Starting From the Ground Up

After an amazing two years at Revolution Recording studios in Toronto and becoming a new father to a beautiful baby boy, I have found myself (once again) starting from the ground up. Welcome to my new journey!

I’m planning to use this blog as a means to revisit and reinforce some of the incredible things I have learned over the past ten years working in music and audio. Starting from my early appraoches to producing my own music, attending the Electroacoustic Studies program at Concordia University, freelancing with some amazing up-and-coming musicians, working as a live sound engineer, up to my most recent experience working in a world-class recording facility.

My goal is to approach each blog post linearly, as if I were dicovering these ideas for the very first time. Obviously there will be posts that travel through time, shifting around discretely as we do in the  cut and paste world of digital audio. Some posts might e totally organic – analog, if you will – as I continue to discover new concepts and techniques. Regardless how it’s organized, I intend to approach this blog as a learning tool for both myself and others who read along.

So with that said, it’s now time to start digging through old journals, archived recordings, university course notes, input lists, stage plots, session documentation and any other notes or scribbles. I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time, so hopefully the outcome might prove useful to myself and other readers looking to revisit the fundamental concepts used in audio engineering.




Author: James Finnerty

James Finnerty is a Toronto based audio engineer. He is an award recipient and graduate of the Electroacoustic Studies program at Concordia University, a member of the Audio Engineering Society, and a past staff engineer at Revolution Recording. Specializing in sound recording and mixing, digital audio editing, studio tech, sound design, location recording and post-production sound. In September 2016 he became a father to a brand new baby boy!

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