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Ableton Live and Push – Create, Produce and Perform – The workflow of a performing producer.









Capturing your musical ideas quickly has never been more important.

Presenting your crafted productions to your audience is now a vital process in the modern music industry.

Building on her success so far in the UK , Rachel K Collier will perform, deconstruct and also create new track ideas alongside Ableton Education Specialist/Certified Trainer Simon Lyon.

This is a chance to see a perfect example of a hardworking 21st century songwriter, producer and performer at work. Rachel has co-written with a Grammy-nominated artist  Mat Zo and had a number 12 hit on the UK Singles Chart with Ray Foxx’s single “Boom Boom (Heartbeat)”.

Come along for an insight into songwriting, modern music production and how to take your music to your audience.

Ableton Live performance of “Nothing is Forever”


Ray Foxx feat. Rachel K Collier – Boom Boom (Heartbeat) (Official Video)




Rachel K Collier is an Artist and Producer from Swansea, Wales. Growing up singing, writing songs and looping with an old double deck tape player using her vocals and a keyboard from the age of 12, she moved on to develop a serious interest in song arrangement and production, inventive vocal recording techniques and beat programming. A grade 8 pianist with a distinctive voice and innovative output, she studied Creative Music Technology (BMus) at the Royal Welsh college of Music & Drama. During her four years at the College Rachel’s career as an electronic producer began to take shape, gaining competence with a selection of DAW’s and hardware, she also delved into more advanced sound design, foley, music for film, Pure Data/ MaxMSP installations and contemporary electronic music production technique.

Following her move to London in 2010, Rachel‘s arrangement of the Jimmy Cliff classic, Hard Road To Travel, for a Saatchi televised advertising campaign charted at number 79 in the UK Singles Chart. She then went on to co-write and feature on UK Chart hit “Boom Boom (Heartbeat)”, Wookie’s “2 Us” and the single “Only For You” taken from Mat Zo’s Grammy-nominated album “Damage Control”.

Rachel demonstrated her own talents as a solo electronic producer and performer with the release of her debut self-produced EP “Words You Never Heard” (Mixmag “8/10”) in October 2015 on independent electronic label Love & Other.  She has since signed a distribution with Kobalt for own her record label NIF Records, releasing her first single “Ships” on the label in September 2016, supported by a live electronic performance at Bestival.  As well a further releases of her own, Rachel hopes in time to use her Label as a platform to showcase up and coming electronic female producers in the UK.

Focusrite Midnight Plug-in Suite free to all visitors of MPX16

Focusrite are giving away free plug ins to visitors to Music Production Expo

You’ll find Focusrite at Music Production Expo in Milton Keynes on 18th & 19th November. Focusrite are giving attendees the opportunity to get hands-on with the latest Focusrite equipment including, Scarlett Second Generation, the Clarett Range and Red 4Pre. They’ll also be giving all attendees a free Focusrite Midnight plug-in suite worth £79.99!

Buy an Advance ticket and be entered in to a free prize draw

Buy a MPX16 ticket in advance for a chance to win


Pop Audio Studio Edition

  • The ultimate Pop Filter Kit

  • 3 types of switchable filters

  • Ball and socket joint arm provides flexibility and strength

  • Strong, quick release clamp attaches to anything


  • Pop Audio Pop Filter

  • 1 x Foam Filter

  • 1 x Metal Filter

  • 1 x Fabric Filter

RRP £55.00

A winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be notified by 25/11/2016.

An Audience with Phill Brown & Tony Platt – MPG Seminar










Among the highlights of this year’s show will be a very special appearance by two legendary UK producers. Between them Tony Platt and Phill Brown have worked with everyone from AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley to Soweto Kinch, Bombay Bicycle Club and Maxi Jazz – and MPX presents a rare opportunity to see the pair in conversation.

Covering topics including working with rock legends to modern production techniques, “An Audience With Tony Platt and Phill Brown” promises to be a must-see at MPX.


ROLI will be presenting the (launched this week) BLOCKS & NOISE along with RISE

BLOCKS is powered by NOISE, a music-making app that doubles as the software synthesizer and sound engine for the BLOCKS system. Everything works wirelessly, so anyone with an iPhone or iPad chooses their sound on NOISE and plays it on a Lightpad Block. This means that all of your software is on a conveniently portable device — as if it’s another Block in the system.

Seminar is Friday at 13.00

J.A.M.E.S Staff Room – Calling All Teachers & Lecturers











FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER 10.00am – 5.00pm

JAMES Staff Room – (Teachers & Lecturers welcome)
Room 5

Need a quiet 5 minutes?
Join us – sit  down, put your feet up
Free tea, coffee and biscuits

JAMES Links Industry & Education


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.


MPX14 Seminars Packed Out!

The huge range of seminars at MPX14 were all packed to the rafters! Expect am increased number of seminar halls and wider range of topics for MPX15.