Mike Collins is a studio musician, recording engineer and producer who has worked with all the major audio and music software applications on professional music recording, TV and film scoring sessions since 1988 – click here for more info.
During that time, Mike has regularly reviewed music and audio software and hardware for magazines including Future Music, Computer Music, PRS for Music’s M magazine, Macworld, MacUser, Personal Computer World, Sound On Sound, AudioMedia, Studio Sound, Electronic Musician, EQ, MIX, and others. Mike also writes industry news and technical reports for Pro Sound News Europe.
Mike has been writing for Focal Press since 2000. His first book, “Pro Tools 5.1 for Music Production”, was published in December of that year. A second book, “A Professional Guide to Audio Plug-ins and Virtual Instruments” was published in May 2003. “Choosing & Using Audio & Music Software”, Mike’s third title for Focal Press was published in 2004 along with “Pro Tools for Music Production Second Edition”. Mike’s fifth book, “Pro Tools LE & M-Powered”, was published in the summer of 2006. “Pro Tools 8” was published in the summer of 2009 and “Pro Tools 9” followed this in the summer of 2011.
In 2010, Mike was invited to join a team of audio transfer engineers at Iron Mountain’s Xepa Digital Studios in Slough, near London, to help to transfer a large part of Universal Music’s back catalogue of classic popular recordings from analogue and digital tape copies of the archive stored in the UK to WAV files for archiving at Iron Mountain’s secure underground facility in the US. Using an Ampex ATR100 tape machine and Sonic Studio digital audio equipment, Mike personally transferred from ¼” tape much of the Chess catalogue along with many albums by Cat Stevens, Joe Jackson, Louis Armstrong, Quincy Jones, Barry White, Tricia Yearwood and lots of other famous bands and artists from Universal’s library of ‘hit’ recordings from the past 60 years.
Throughout 2011, Mike regularly performed ‘live’ as a duo with vocalist Aurora Colson at venues in and around London – see www.michaelandaurora.co.uk for more info. In the final quarter of 2011, Mike set up Rude Note Records – www.rudenoterecords.com – to release recordings he has produced, including Jim Mullen’s solo jazz guitar album “Thumbnail Sketches”, together with three EPs and nine singles featuring Aurora Colson. Two collaborative albums featuring Mike with Jim Mullen, “Blues, Jazz & Beyond” and “Pop, Rock & Gospel”, were released in December 2011 and February 2012, respectively. These recordings are all available via Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and various other online retailers.
Between May 2012 and May 2013, Mike worked on a new album with singer/songwriter David ‘DaPaul’ Philips, recording and mixing the album, playing guitars on various tracks, and co-producing most of the tracks with David. This Gospel-influenced soul album, ‘Soulful Spirit’, was released in the summer of 2013 and is available at CD Baby – http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dapaul2. Several tracks, notably “She’s So Entertaining”, achieved significant plays on top UK radio programmes, and the ‘Soulful Spirit’ album reached #3 on Starpoint Radio’s UK Soul Chart in December 2013.
Also active as a Music Technology Consultant, Mike Collins often presents seminars and chairs discussion panels on Pro Tools, Music Production, Music Technology, Music Rights and Copyrights.