About Mike Senior

Mike Senior (Cambridge MusicTechnology)

Mike developed an interest in recording while studying for a Music Degree at Cambridge University, and worked as an assistant engineer at a number of London studios including RG Jones, West Side, Angell Sound, and Music By Design. Following an MSc in Music IT at City University, he landed a full-time job as in-house engineer at Great Linford Manor Studios, working with artists such as The Charlatans, Reef, Therapy, Nigel Kennedy, and Wet Wet Wet. In October 1999, he moved back to Cambridge and joined the editorial department of Sound On Sound magazine full-time, where he was Reviews Editor for six years and presided over the launch of the popular Studio SOS and Mix Rescue columns, and since turning freelance was also instrumental in developing the regular Session Notes and The Mix Review features. He now devotes his time to recording, mixing, writing, and developing multimedia educational resources, as well as hosting the monthly Cambridge-MT Patrons Podcast. His best-selling books Recording Secrets For The Small Studio and Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio provide complete recording and mixing courses based around the techniques of hundreds of the world’s most famous producers.

Mike has been one of Sound On Sound’s more prolific authors, and you can read some samples of his work on their site by following the links below (although for any articles published within the last nine months you’ll need an e-subscription to view them in full):

Workshop features

‘Mix Rescue’ – reader remixes

‘Session Notes’ – recording features

‘The Mix Review’ – hundreds of chart productions analysed

For almost ten years, these critiques appeared in Sound On Sound magazine’s monthly ‘The Mix Review’ column, but in 2020 I decided to continue them on their own dedicated The Mix Review, allowing me to make the articles more interactive, incorporate in-line audio/video examples, and consolidate the hundreds of past and present critiques into an easily searchable archive. Here are just a few of the latest productions I’ve featured:

Interviews

Product Reviews

Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio
Recording Secrets For The Small Studio
Vocal Comping & Editing (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature)
Podcast Like A Pro (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature)
Drum Compression (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature)
Mixing Bass (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature)
Steal The Feel (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature)
The Ten Biggest Mixing Mistakes (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature)
Recording Acoustic Guitar (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature)
Melodyne DNA review (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature)
Compression Made Easy (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature)
SSL X-Desk review (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature)
Universal Audio UAD2 review (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature)
Use Reverb Like A Pro (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature)
Kick & Snare: Advanced Recording Techniques (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature)
Strings: On A Budget & In A Hurry (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature)
Perfect Piano (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature)
Recording Electric Guitars (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature)