FEATURED SPEAKERS / INSTRUCTORS* (please note that mentors may be subject to change)

Ronan Chris Murphy

rcm-maskface-thumbRonan Chris Murphy – Producer/mixer/mastering – has diverse credits ranging from Prog-Rock legends King Crimson to YouTube sensation Tay Zonday and everything in between, including Tony Levin, Steve Morse, Terry Bozzio, Alexia, Martin Sexton, Ulver, Jamie Walters, Steve Stevens and Nels Cline. His productions have charted as far away as Iceland, Greece and Malaysia. He also works on music for non-album projects including the hit Norwegian film Uno and video games Mafia III and Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. He is the founder of Recording Boot Camp, which helped pioneer the recording intensive concept and is now launching an online training series.

John Rodd

cropn_Fox-Newman_lo-resJohn Rodd is a music recording, mixing and mastering engineer with decades of experience in all genres of music. He has worked at the world’s finest studios, including Ocean Way, Abbey Road, and seven years on staff at 20th Century Fox’s Newman scoring stage.  John recently opened his own studio, Clearstory Sound, in Los Angeles where he records, mixes, and masters for some of the top composers in film, games, TV and albums. He has worked on hundreds of film and TV projects including Elysium, Breaking Bad, The Lincoln Lawyer, and Batman vs. Robin. Video game credits including Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Mass Effect 3, Star Wars Kinect, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Avatar, Socom 3: U.S. Navy Seals, and works extensively with Blizzard Entertainment on the World of Warcraft series.

Mark Kilborn

mark_headshotMark Kilborn is a sound designer, mixer and implementer with over a decade of experience in the video game industry. He has worked on various game franchises including Borderlands, Forza Motorsport, Brothers In Arms, Tony Hawk and Project Gotham Racing. For the last six years he has served as one of the Audio Directors for the Call of Duty series, collaborating with teams of sound designers around the world on various projects including Modern Warfare 3, Advanced Warfare, Black Ops 1-3, Exo Zombies, Call of Duty Online and Modern Warfare Remastered.

Peterson Goodwyn

PetersonPeterson Goodwyn began building his own audio gear in 2008 for one simple reason: he couldn’t afford to buy it. In 2011 he founded DIY Recording Equipment with the vision of making excellent audio equipment affordable and accessible to anyone who was willing to pick up a soldering iron. Since then, DIYRE has enabled thousands of musicians and engineers to build their own equipment, through hundreds of DIY tutorials, designs, and blog posts.  His DIY workshops were one of the highlights of the 2016 Recording Retreat!  You can learn more at

Brad Smalling

brad-smalling_small“Brad Smalling is a Colorado based recording, mixing, and mastering engineer working out of Evergroove Studio. Owned and operated by him and his wife, Jenny, Evergroove is located on 4.5 forested acres in the foothills just West of Denver.  Brad’s ear for sound and Evergroove’s location combine to create a retreat like recording experience that is sought after by local, national, and even international artists. Recently, Brad and Jenny launched the Evergroove Academy of Recording (EAR). EAR is a a new series of workshops for audio engineers, producers and musicians focused on producing the highest ­quality recordings possible. EAR is proud to be sponsored by Slate Digital.”

* While unlikely to happen, mentor/speaker line-up is subject to change.