Author/musician Craig Anderton is an internationally recognized authority on musical technology. He has authored over 35 books, mastered hundreds of tracks, played on or produced over 20 albums, played Carnegie Hall, written over 1,000 articles for magazines like Guitar Player, Sound on Sound, Electronic Musician, Pro Sound News, Mix, and several international publications, as well as lectured on technology and the arts in 38 US states, 10 countries, and in 3 languages. He co-founded Electronic Musician magazine and has also consulted to leading companies like Gibson, Microsoft, Steinberg, Roland, Acoustica, E-Mu, Peavey, Alesis, Akai Professional, Native Instruments, Cakewalk, Ableton, Avid, and literally dozens more.
His musical career started with appearing on Swiss TV when he was a child, and includes three years of touring and recording with the group Mandrake in the 60s, doing session work in the 70s, producing a string of classical and other instrumental records in the 80s and 90s, and at the turn of the century, playing with German electronic group Rei$$dorf Force and guesting with Air Liquide. A frequent collaborator with Public Enemy bandleader Brian Hardgroove, they've worked on several production projects as well as the "power duo" EV2, with Brian on drums and Craig on Gibson's HD6X digital guitar. He still does rare appearances as an EDM solo artist.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, as he's done everything from scoring a rock version of Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream," to recording whales in Alaska with electronic music pioneer Bernie Krause, to being awarded two patents - one of audio enhancement of consumer audio systems, and one for telecommunications. Then there's the time he was standing on the top of the bar at the Roxy club in Cologne, playing guitar with DJs...but that's another story, for another time.
Craig is currently writing, consulting to companies, doing workshops, and writing books. The Musician's Guide to Home Recording series (published by Hal Leonard) now has eight books, and he'll be following up his 2018 music video project, Joie De Vivre, with more music and videos on his YouTube channel. For the latest info (and his popular monthly nag to back up your computer data!), follow @craig_anderton on Twitter.
For More Information
Craig guested on Dan Giffin's Live Producers Online podcast - Episode #33 on Songwriting Workflow and Music Psychology.
One Louder magazine featured a lengthy interview in Issue #7.
Craig guested on Bobby Owsinski's Inner Circle podcast.
Additional video and radio interviews:
Interview with Ty Christian, People Like Things for the Wrong Reasons
Sound Experience, Mixing Techniques with Craig Anderton
Sweetwater Minute, Craig Anderton Interview Pt 1 of 2
Sweetwater Minute, Craig Anderton Interview, Pt 2 of 2
Seven Simple Steps to Buying a Word Processor (Warner Brothers)
Electronic Projects for Musicians First Edition (Music Sales)
Electronic Projects for Musicians Second Edition (Music Sales)
Home Recording for Musicians (Music Sales)
Cubase SX/SL Mixing and Mastering (Music Sales)
Sonar 3 Mixing and Mastering (Music Sales)
Sonar Insider (Music Sales)
Digital Projects for Musicians (Music Sales)
MIDI for Musicians (Music Sales)
DigiTech GNX Guitar Workstation: The Power User’s Guide (Music Sales)
Power Sequencing with Master Tracks Pro (Music Sales)
The Complete Guide to the Alesis HR16 and MMT8 (Music Sales)
Digital Delay Handbook (Music Sales)
The Electronic Musician’s Dictionary (Music Sales)
Guitar Gadgets (Music Sales)
Multieffects for Musicians (Music Sales)
Adobe Audition CS5 Classroom in a Book (Peachpit Press)
Adobe Audition CS6 Classroom in a Book (Peachpit Press)
Do-It-Yourself Projects for Guitarists (Backbeat Books)
The 21st Century Guitarist (Waves)
Making Music with Sonar Home Studio (CEngage)
The Guitarist’s Guide to Sonar (CEngage)
Quick Start: Audio Mastering (Wizoo)
Quick Start: Propellerhead Software Reason 2 (Wizoo)
Quick Start: Sonar (Wizoo)
Sonar 2 (with CD-ROM) (Wizoo)
Cakewalk Home Studio (Wizoo)
How to Use and Apply Equalization (Hal Leonard)
How to Get the Best Sounds Out of Amp Sim Software (Hal Leonard)
How to Record and Mix Great Vocals (Hal Leonard)
The Musician’s Guide to Audio (Hal Leonard)
How to Create Compelling Mixes (Hal Leonard)
How to Apply Dynamics Processing (Hal Leonard)
Microphones for the Recording Musician (Hal Leonard)
How to Choose and Use Audio Interfaces (Hal Leonard)
EQ De-Mystified (Craig Anderton Publishing)
The Big Book of Sonar Tips 1 (Craig Anderton Publishing)
The Second Big Book of Sonar Tips (Craig Anderton Publishing)
The Huge Book of Cakewalk by BandLab Tips (Craig Anderton Publishing)
How to Record and Mix Great Vocals in Studio One (Craig Anderton Publishing)
Beyond Compression: The Complete Guide to Dynamics in Studio One (Craig Anderton Publishing)
How to Create Compelling Mixes in Studio One (Craig Anderton Publishing)