Résumé: Jim Aikin
Currently available for freelance writing and editing assignments. Will consider offers for a full-time salaried position as a senior staff editor. Willingness to relocate outside Northern California depends on how impressed I am by your company's stability and commitment to meeting readers' needs.
Music technology expert, 25 years' experience, international reputation. Proven track record explaining complex technology to non-technical readers.
Proficient with numerous software tools and operating systems, including Windows, MacOS, QuarkXPress, Word, Excel, and Photoshop. Conversant with HTML, Linux, C++.
Expert knowledge of music hardware and software, including sequencer/recorders (Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, FL Studio), virtual studios (Reason, Project5), software synthesizers (NI Reaktor and FM7, AAS UltraAnalog, Camel Audio Cameleon5000, Spectrasonics Stylus and Atmosphere, many others), experimental music programming systems (Max/MSP, Csound), audio editors (WaveLab, Sound Forge, Peak, Metasynth), hardware synthesizers (Korg Triton, Yamaha Motif, Kurzweil K2500/2600 series, Roland JV series, E-mu Proteus 2000 series, patchable analog systems, etc.), desktop recorders, etc.
June 2002 to present: Freelance writer and editor specializing in music software and hardware. Most recent books are Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming and Chords & Harmony (both from Backbeat Books). Clients include Keyboard, Mix, Electronic Musician, Virtual Instruments, EQ, Sound On Sound, Strings, and Drum! magazines, Backbeat Books, Wizoo Books, Peachpit Press, and software developers. Have participated in beta-test programs for music software (Native Instruments, Cycling '74). Contracted as series editor for Backbeat's Power Tools series of music technology books.
1975-2002: Editorial staff of Keyboard magazine. Various job titles, culminating with senior editor (1997-2002). During tenure at Keyboard, wrote innumerable in-depth product reviews and tutorial features on music technology. Supervised other editors to maintain the magazine's standards for factual accuracy and easy readability. Specialized in learning new technology and writing about it for a non-expert audience.
Recent bylines in Keyboard, Electronic Musician, and Mix are too numerous to list. Details available on request.
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