Alan Ratcliffe has been described as a musical polymath, having a deep knowledge of most aspects of the music industry. He is deeply involved in guitar technology such as effects, modelling and synthesis. He is also a:

  • Musician – Singing and playing guitar, bass and drums. Often all at the same time!
  • Luthier – Repairing and setting up most stringed instruments and servicing equipment
  • Guitar/Drum/PA Tech – For bands and solo artists
  • Sound Engineer – Both recording and live
  • Recording Producer and Mixer – In the pop and rock genres
  • Workshop Clinician – Hosting workshops on guitars, guitar synthesizers, amplification, pickups, effects, PA and recording
  • Consultant – Sound installations, architectural acoustics and soundproofing
  • Writer – Book author, article writer and equipment reviewer

Latest Articles

Answers to live performance FAQs

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When I play out in the real world, invariably there is at least one person in the audience, usually a player themselves, who notices there’s a lot going on and at some point... READ MORE

New website!

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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