Alan Ratcliffe has been described as a musical polymath, having both a wide and a deep knowledge of most aspects of music and the music industry. He is focused on cutting-edge music technology such as: effects; instrument & amp modelling; synthesis; sound reinforcement and recording. He is a:

  • Musician – Singing and playing guitar, guitar synthesizer, bass and drums. Usually all at the same time!
  • Luthier – Repairing and set-up of most stringed and percussion instruments, building electric guitars and servicing electronic musical equipment
  • Guitar/Drum/PA Tech – For bands and solo artists
  • Sound Engineer – Recording, live, TV/radio and stage
  • Recording Producer and Mixer – All genres
  • Workshop Clinician – Hosting workshops and demonstrations for manufacturers, distributors and retailers of all music technology items
  • Consultant – Sound installations, architectural acoustics and soundproofing
  • Writer – Book author, article writer and equipment reviewer

Latest Articles

Parallel Effects Part 2

After the recent release of the new Boss Guitar processor, I noticed a flurry of adverts selling off the older (but still good) Boss and other similar processors. Now for some, the reason... READ MORE

Parallel Effects Part 1

Whether in the studio or on stage, as recordists or musicians we all run into a situation eventually where one sound doesn’t do the job. It might be a distorted electric guitar sound... READ MORE

Effect Chain Order

When effects first started appearing in the 1960’s, there were very few available and consequently, very few ways of connecting them together. That didn’t stop people from experimenting though! These days there are... READ MORE

Guitar Effects 101

This article is a copy of my workshop notes handouts for a series of clinics I did with Roland/Boss. Info is short and to the point as demos and examples were done live,... READ MORE

New website!

As you may have noticed, the www.ratcliffe.co.za site is undergoing major changes at the moment – which is something I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while now. The new site will... READ MORE