Making Do with What You Have

I use a fully loaded Pro Tools HD rig for most of my work (and an LE system for some remote work). But I firmly believe that you do not need a full-blown production system to make a great record.

Of course, to consistently be able to work on various projects and be able to evolve with each project's needs, you need a little more than a startup kit. But to make a good record, all you really need is the ability to record.

Part of the fun of making records is finding creative ways around the technical road blocks you hit, like an under-mixed drum set or a backing vocal that cannot be re-done. And the sound is usually better when the fix involves capturing your first instincts rather than relying on the fire power of an expensive editing system. If you have a Pro Tools LE system and aren't getting the full usage out of it that you think you could, feel free to e-mail me and I can give you some suggestions.

Teaching Pro Tools

I have been using Pro Tools almost every day for the past 18 years, and part of my week usually involves making a house call to teach someone Pro Tools or fielding a last minute phone call for a how-to question.

Teaching is something I enjoy very much, so let me know if you need some guidance. If you're stuck, chances are I've climbed out of that rut once before.