My name is Jonathan Espinosa, SSR London Head of Audio, AVID Protools Instructor and freelance music producer and sound engineer.
I started working professionally in the industry 17 years ago, and since I have acquired a lot of experience based on many clients I worked with and learnt from as well as lots of research that I have done myself in the past and continue to do nowadays.
So I will be sharing with you lots of interesting stuff, from analysis of current trends to recording, mixing and mastering techniques among other things related to music.
My first tip to give you, if you really want to become a real producer and sound engineer, is simply this:
Listen to music and learn from it!
Analyse those productions that you really admire and ask yourself what is it that you like that record so much - this is the foundation of what we call "Critical Listening".
I do have my favourite bands and music genres BUT you really need to exercise your ears and listen everything from Britney Spears to jazz, funk, electro, acoustic, hard rock, minimal, cinematic, pop...detach from the artist and thoughts and judge those productions with a critical ear and exercise it!
You go to the gym to exercise your muscles to become fitter and improve your body strength, so do the same with your ears but without going to the gym!
And the best thing, you can do this anywhere at any time - it is a never ending experience from which we base our sonic boundaries and conceptions of music.
Hailing from Madrid, Spain, Jonathan is an experienced and highly respected engineer working with high profile acts such as The Pogues, Enya and Joy Malcolm. He is also a music producer working with recording companies including Ministry of Sound, Defected and Sony. He continues to release his own music with Cafe del Mar and has recently mastered tracks for Nate Young.
Meet The Tutors Jonathan features in our new 'Meet the Tutors' video series which you can watch by clicking play below...
Jonathan is an official Pro Tools Instructor with expertise in both music and post production. He is certified by AVID to 210M / 210P / 310M and 310i.
Jonathan is an outstanding tutor who ensures that our students graduate with the knowledge, skills and experience to be successful in the industry.