Craig Anderton leads a dual life as a musician and author. During the
early ’70s he played sessions on both guitar and synthesizer for
Epic, Metromedia, Columbia, RCA, United Artists, and other labels. He
has played on, mixed, or produced over 20 major label releases, including
his solo album “Forward Motion.”
He is also a prolific author who writes about music and technology for
magazines including EQ, Keyboard, Guitar Player, Pro Sound News, Performing
Songwriter, Sound on Sound (UK), Music Run (France), Interface (Netherlands),
Keyboards Recording & Computer (Germany), and many others. Craig has
authored over 20 books on musical technology, including the classic text
“Home Recording for Musicians;” his most recent books are
“Cubase SX/SL Mixing and Mastering,” “Sonar 3 Mixing
and Mastering,” and “The Sonar Insider.” His next book,
“Audio Mastering for Musicians,” is due out in 2005. He also
coined the term “Electronic Musician” and co-founded the magazine
bearing that name.
As a sound designer, Craig has created sounds for DigiTech, Discrete Drums,
E-mu, Ensoniq, M-Audio, Peavey, Steinberg, Wizoo, Native Instruments,
Alesis, TC Electronic, and M-Audio. His latest sample CDs are “Adrenalinn
Guitars,” “Turbulent Filth Monsters” (industrial drum
loops), and “Technoid Guitars.” He also spec’ed the
Quadrafuzz plug-in, which is included with Steinberg’s Cubase SX.
In 1995, Craig started the Sound, Studio, and Stage site on America OnLine.
Its combination of forums and instructional materials made it one of the
first commercially successful sites for musicians. In 2000, the SSS forums
moved to the web as part of www.musicplayer.com, a division of CMP Information
(the same group that publishes Guitar Player, EQ, Keyboard, and other
prominent music magazines).
Because of his ability to demystify complex technology with a practical,
hands-on approach, Craig has given highly-acclaimed lectures on technology
and the arts in 37 states, 10 countries, and in three languages. But he
also continues to play music. In 1998 he started playing on a semi-regular
basis with Rei$$dorf Force, a German electronic band headquartered in
Cologne, and performing solo under his own name. He also appears occasionally
as a guest artist with the group Air Liquide. Several of his tunes have
been remixed for the European dance music market.
You can visit Craig's web site, and check out some of his music, at www.craiganderton.com.