Mitch Gallagher Spotlight

"The Sentinel" from his forthcoming album
TGS Spotlight Player from June 30, 2011

Mitch Gallagher was born in Jamestown, North Dakota. He studied electrical engineering and computer science at North Dakota State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Moorhead State University (now known as Minnesota State University - Moorhead). His graduate studies at the University of Missouri in Kansas City included music composition and classical guitar. While a student, he taught hundreds of guitar lessons to students of all ages and in all styles.

He toured as a lead guitarist/vocalist in rock and country bands, and has played with big bands, fusion and experimental music groups, and as a classical and steel-string guitar soloist. As a classical guitarist, he studied with Michael Coates and Douglas Niedt, and currently studies with Jason Vieaux and Denis Azabagic. He has performed in master classes with William Kanengiser of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and Lorenzo Micheli of Italy’s SoloDuo.

As a music technology specialist, he has taught college courses, lectured, given clinics, consulted with manufacturers, and spoken at festivals, conventions, and conferences around the world. Publications such as the Washington Post consult him as a technology expert. He is a respected recording, live sound, and mastering engineer, and operates his own recording studio and production company, MAG Media Productions.

As a composer, he studied with Henry Gwiazda, Gerald Kemner, and James Mobberley. His compositions cover genres from classical to experimental to rock. Prophecy #1: At First Glance, an experimental percussion ensemble/synthesizer work based on the Fibonacci number series, received a 1991 NARAS (Grammy) award in the Best New Music/New Classical category. He was a featured artist at the 1994 International Computer Arts Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he lectured on, and performed, his Prophecy series of electronic music compositions.

The former senior technical editor of Keyboard magazine and former editor-in-chief of EQ magazine, Gallagher has published nearly 1,500 articles in publications such as Premier Guitar, Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Guitars & Gear, Performing Songwriter, EQ, EQ en Espanol, Keyboard, Pro Sound News, Select, Sweetnotes, ProGear, Government Video, Extreme Groove, Music Technology Buyer’s Guide, Videography, Strings, and Microphones & Monitors. He is also the former editor of Church Sound magazine, and served as associate editor at Live Sound magazine. His monthly column, “Guitar Tracks,” currently appears in Premier Guitar magazine.

Mitch’s books include Make Music Now! (Backbeat Books), Pro Tools Clinic (Music Sales/Schirmer Trade Books), The Studio Business Book, 3rd Edition (Thomson Course Technology), Acoustic Design For The Home Studio (Thomson Course Technology), Mastering Music at Home (Thomson Course Technology), and The Music Tech Dictionary (Thomson Course Technology). Project Studio Mastering (Multi-Platinum Pro Tools) is his first instructional DVD. In 2011, he will release two more books: Guitar Tone: Pursuing the Ultimate Electric Guitar Sound and Guitar Mods & Customizations: Putting Together the Ultimate Guitar (both Thomson Course Technology).

As the Editorial Director for Sweetwater in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Mitch has written hundreds of articles, and manages content for seven catalogs per year, four print newsletters, two e-zines, a daily Internet newsletter, and more. He has appeared in over 100 videos for Sweetwater, including the popular weekly Sweetwater Minute series, which is available via Sweetwater’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Gallagher contributes the monthly "Guitar Tracks" column to Premier Guitar magazine, and is also an adjunct faculty member at the Indiana University/Purdue University Fort Wayne, teaching music business, music technology, and recording courses. He lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with his wife, Felicia, and their Yorkie, Paddington.

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