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Converting video files from AVCHD files to Final Cut Pro – iorgsoft.com

August 18, 2011

Converting MTS files (AVCHD) for use with Final Cut Pro. What to watch out for: We recently shot a video for one of our artists on a Panasonic Lumix —- and a Sony HD camera but came up with different problems for each camera dealing with the conversion of the MTS files for editing on […]

Tam White – RIP

June 21, 2010

Friend and Offbeat recording artist Tam White has sadly passed away this midsummer morning of a suspected heart attack. Tam had a mild heart attack less than a week ago and had a short spell in hospital before they let him home following a routine op. I first worked with Tam in the Eighties at […]

Fulgor – new footage

November 12, 2009

Back in 2oo2 Beau McClellan, producer of the theatre art performance show Fulgor, asked me to co-write and produce music for the show which was staged in Almancil, Algarve for Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber, The show involved 75 performers and four stages at the famous golf course location Pinheiros Altos. A studio was […]

Spirit Of The Glen 3

August 3, 2009

I’m back to Heartbeat Studios this week for the recording of the third Spirit Of The Glen album, this time for Decca Records. The first album reached no1 in the UK Classical charts, the second achieved a Classical Brit for best album of 2009 so there are high hopes for this album also. Producer Jon […]

Allie Fox – Waylands Blues – Offbeat.co.uk

June 16, 2009

Allie Fox – Waylands Blues Five years in the making, the acoustic guitar album, Waylands Blues by Allie Fox, is now being mixed. The album will be released on Vixen Records lateer this year.  I worked with her on her debut album Diving For Pearls which was critically acclaimed by Mojo, Q magazine and BBC […]

Classical Brit Award – Spirit Of The Glen -best album of 2009

June 14, 2009

It was fantastic to be part of the team that recorded Spirit Of The Glen – Journey – for Universal Music Group. recorded mainly at Heartbeat Studio, the album was also party recorded in Basra, Iraq last August/September. Competition for the Brit Award included Katherine Jenkins, Mike Oldfield, The Male Fron Choir, Andrea Bocceli and […]

Spirit Of The Glen II

August 15, 2008

The recording for Spirit Of The Glen has now been completed. Producer of the project, Jon Cohen, arrived last Friday for the set up at Heartbeat Studios. I took my Apple G5 and Cinema Screen, Mackie Controller, Emagic Midi and Metric Halo sound unit along to the studio for the recording and engineered the session. […]

New album for Universal Music Group – Recording The Pipes

August 2, 2008

Following the amazing success of Spirit Of The Glen by The Royal Scots Dragoons and the Czech Film Orchestra, once again I’ve been asked to organise the studio and engineer the follow up album for The Universal Music Group which begins on August 8th. Spirit Of The Glen reached the coveted Christmas No 1 slot […]

Allie Fox- Editing continues

May 25, 2008

Allie’s album is nearing the completion of editing, what I call the premix stage. I generally like to do at least 90% of the editing prior to mixing so that when the that time comes I’m really able to focus on what’s important. The overall feel and sound of the mix. Although these days I’m […]

Syncing film to music without timecode

April 26, 2008

Back on the case with the video for Kirsty’s debut single ‘Feels Good’. I’ve been experimenting with how to sync the film to sound and have come up with a method that works quite well without the benefit of a camera that has time code. It’s a bit time consuming and it involves chopping the […]