I've been involved in audio education since 1986. Before that I learned my profession on the prestigious Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey, graduating in 1981. I progressed to live sound engineering at the Royal Opera House, where I worked the mixing console in the 2000-seat theatre, where the audience expects that there is no sound engineering involved whatsoever! That's a tough challenge. I also worked monitors on stage, satisfying the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. At the Royal Opera House I learned the importance of working to world-class standards. Everyone works to world-class standards there - the performers, conductors, musicians, lighting, stage crew, wardrobe... and of course sound. During my time there, I was lucky enough to go on tour with the Royal Opera Company and run the sound in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, USA; the Odeon of Herod Atticus, Athens, Greece; the Sejong Center, Seoul, South Korea; the Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan.
Following that in 1986 I split my career three ways - I started writing and recording music for television, for both the Chappell and Carlin music libraries (now combined into Universal Publishing Production Music). My music has made it all the way to the heady heights of the Oprah Winfrey Show! I also started writing about audio for magazines such as Sound on Sound, Audio Media, Studio Sound, Sound & Video Contractor and more. I wrote four books, How to Set Up a Home Recording Studio, Recording Techniques for Small Studios, How to Become a Record Producer, and A Sound Person's Guide to Video. I also took the opportunity to spend two days a week teaching audio hands-on. From this, I learned not only how to help students make fast progress towards professional standards, I also learned that this is what I like doing most of all, and I've done it ever since!
You might like to check out some of the hundreds of magazine articles I've written on audio. Visit www.soundonsound.com and search for "David Mellor", or just click this link...
In recent years I have mostly written for the web. You can search for my articles on Google...
Currently I spend most of my time doing exactly what I love, which is working with Audio Masterclass. Since we went online in 2001 we have expanded all over the world and we have fully enrolled and paid-up students in more than one hundred countries.
If you would like to ask any questions to me directly, just send an e-mail to email@example.com. I may not be able to reply the same day because I'm busy developing new course materials for Audio Masterclass. I will however get back to you within three or four business days.
Good luck with your professional recording career!
Course Director, Audio Masterclass