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November, 2015

Steinberg Seminar Features Major International Producers

Friday and Saturday’s seminars will be hosted by two well-known producers and DJs. The first masterclass is held by Marc JB, one half of Bimbo Jones with over 70 #1 remixes for the likes of Lady Gaga and Rihanna. The second session has acknowledged House producer Danny J Lewis giving insights into his latest projects.

Stop by our demo station to check out our best music production DAW yet, Cubase Pro 8, and the many exciting virtual instruments that come with Absolute 2. Also showcased is our new UR22mkII

Yamaha Workshop: Synthesis Made Easy


Find your OWN sound with Yamaha’s ‘Synthesis Made Easy’ Workshop programme to debut at Music Production Expo

Today, we live in a world where ‘sharing’ rules, and for musicians and producers alike that means access to a never ending supply of free samples and more presets for our synths and software than we could ever wish for – or will ever use.

Of course this is a good thing but it does mean there’s a risk of us all sounding the same – or spending more time looking for the ‘right’ sound.  To succeed musicians and producers need to cut through this homogenous ambient noise with their own ‘ signature’ sounds, not an easy task but worth it in the long run.

It’s too easy to stick with presets but that’s not really the point of Synthesizers is it?  Creative types don’t want to be using their energy searching for a sound that’s not ‘their’ sound.

Welcome to Yamaha’s brilliant new ‘ Synthesis Made Easy’ workshop programme, a series of national events to be launched at the forthcoming Music Production Expo at The Emirates on 20th/21st November.

The aim of the ‘ Synthesis Made Easy’ workshop is to help musicians and producers get back to creative synthesis basics, and understand how to build truly original sounds from scratch. Following the launch Yamaha will be taking the Workshop programme on the road. They’ll be popping up around Britain and will appeal to anyone with a passion for synthesis, sound design and originality.

Hosted by the acclaimed Dom Sigalas, who will be delivering hugely entertaining and informative sessions, which will prove invaluable to those seeking ‘their’ sound.   During the sessions Dom will dissect a professionally produced track and demonstrate how the signature voices have been crafted from scratch to result in a fresh and memorable sound.  From fat basslines, screaming leads, massive pads, to dynamic FX and percussion.  Dom will be using the brand new reface synths complemented by the award-winning MOTIF XF and MOXF instruments.

Yamaha’s Chris Irvine devised the programme and he said “For many synthesis and sound design is a scary subject, but a little knowledge can go a long way in helping you build your own sounds from scratch. The ‘Synthesis Made Easy ‘ workshop programme aims to break the habit of reaching for the presets, and take you back to being creative, original and building your own sounds from scratch….Why?  Because it feels good to create your own unique sounds.”

Music Producers Guild Seminar Details

‘About to press record? …are you ready?’

A panel of producers and engineers will have a broad discussion ranging from consumer to pro aspects of recording that will cover:

  • Preparing the artist for a session.
  • Rehearsal and Pre-production.
  • Planning the session.
  • Making the most out of your resources.
  • Working within a budget.
  • Choosing the right team and studio.

….. and much more

Danton Supple

Based at Strongroom Studios in Shoreditch, East London, Danton is an accomplished producer and mixer and has recently been producing and mixing the debut album by Norma Jean Martine (Universal Germany), mixing his third album with Soulsavers and Dave Gahn and producing tracks for Mark Eitzel of American Music Club.

Starting as an engineer at the famous Sarm Studios, Danton spent many years with legendary producers such as Trevor Horn, Steve Lillywhite, Phil Spector, Paul Oakenfold, Mike Hedges and Gil Norton, gaining invaluable experience from them all, before moving to production in the late 90’s.


Charlie Andrew is a record producer, mixer, songwriter and drummer in Laurel Collective with whom he runs the In The Woods festival. His work has been nominated for Grammy’s, Brits’s, Ivor Novello’s, won the Mercury Prize, ARIA awards and more, he’s had several top 10 albums including a number 1 with Alt J last year. In 2013 Charlie won the Break Through Producer of the Year at the Music Producers Guild Awards.

Having begun his career as an assistant at Abbey Road where he worked on several high profile projects including The Wall (Roger Waters Live In Berlin) and several film scores such as Gangs of New York, Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets and the Lord of The Rings trilogy, He left Abbey Road to pursue his career as a drummer with the Laurel Collective & as a record producer/mixer. He’s since been signed as a songwriter to Double Six (Domino’s publishing company) and is now published by BMG.

He’s worked with the likes of Alt J, Madness, Matt Corby, Nick Mulvey, Rae Morris, Clive Langer, We Were Evergreen, Sivu, Marika Hackman, Tenterhook, Darwin Deez and more.

In The Woods has gained a reputation as one of the best showcase festivals for new bands winning Best Independent Festival at the AIM awards, and has been nominated for several other awards. It’s played host to acts including Years & Years, Slaves, Laura Marling, Kate Tempest, Slaves, Jack Garratt, Gengahr, Anna Calvi, Kwabs, Soak, Ghostpoet, Alt J, Lianne La Havas, Lucy Rose, Drenge and more.


Dan Cox is a sound engineer and music producer, and co-founder of Urchin Studios in East London. He has been in the recording profession for over 8 years, and in 2014 won Breakthrough Engineer of the Year at the MPG Awards. Dan is probably best known for his work with the singer-songwriter Laura Marling, and former Sonic Youth front man Thurston Moore.


Catherine Marks is a Producer, Engineer and Mixer recently nominated for Breakthrough Producer of the Year at the 2016 MPG Awards.

Having worked closely with legendary producers Alan Moulder and Flood in the past, she now has over 10 years of experience working in studios all over the world. Her production, mixing and engineering credits include Wolf Alice, Sunset Suns, Foals, The Amazons, Alex Winston, Jagaara, PJ Harvey, Champs, Howling Bells, Meanwhile, Kanye West, Ian Brown, MIA, Placebo, Ride, Killers and Mr Hudson.

Collaborating with new bands and established artists alike, Catherine is always endeavouring to get the best out of those she works with. Completely in tune with the mechanics of the studio environment, Catherine is calm, devoted and passionate about each project she works on making the artists feel relaxed and positive about creating and experimenting in the studio.

Catherine has recently returned from the States working with LA based artist Beware of Darkness on his second record and, now back in London, will be going into the studio again with Fiction Records latest signing, The Amazons.