About Me

 

Tod is currently working full time as Sound A/V Supervisor, Live, Recording, Broadcast Sound Engineer at Sydney Opera House. 

Whether it is a recording project or in the live arena, you can be assured you are working with an engineer with 24 years of experience in the industry and wide ranging musical knowledge. Tod is a current member of the Audio Engineers Society (AES) and the Australian Jazz Awards Academy (AJAA)

Tod is extremely familiar with and lightning fast on Protools but cut his teeth learning and using the recording and editing techniques of 2”, 1” and 1/4” tape in the mid 1990's. In the Recording Studio, Tod is familiar with Neve, SSL, Euphonix system5, Digidesign C 24, Sony DMX R100 consoles. For live sound Tod is familiar with the Mida XL8, Midas Pro 1, 2, 6 and 9 series, Midas Heritage H3000, Yamaha PM5D, Digico D1 Live, Digidesign Profile and SC48, Digico SD7, SD10 and SD11, Studer Vista 5SR, Midas Venice, Soundcraft MH4, Euphonix System5, Yamaha 01v, Yamaha DM1000, Yamaha LS9, Yamaha CL5 and Mackie DL1608 consoles with Lake systems control, Dolby Lake processors, D&B, L’Acoustic, JBL and Meyer P.A.


Tod has a broad and wide reaching appreciation for all genres of music. When asked what music he chooses to listen to in his spare time, you may be surprised to hear him mention such a diverse range of favourites. From classical performances of works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Frederick Chopin to albums by James Morrison, Take 6, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson and co. How about something from Albert King, Buddy Guy or Stevie Ray Vaughan, or even selections from Metallica, Soilwork, Machine Head, Midnight Oil, Dr. Dre, Ben Harper, Michael Franti, Sting or Bjork. Suffice to say that if you are an exponent of any style of music, you can relax in the knowledge that Tod is very familiar with some leading examples of the genre.

 

Sydney Opera House : 2007-Present

In October of 2007, Tod was invited to assist on some recording sessions with the Sydney Symphony under the baton of Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy at the Sydney Opera House Recording Studio. This came at a perfect time and he was ready to jump at the chance to get back into the recording/audio environment again after a two year break from engineering since leaving Sony Music Studios (Sydney).  He began working as a Sound/ Audio Visual Technician in late January 2008 on a casual basis at the Sydney Opera House in various capacities in most venues. In 2017, Tod became a Sound A/V Supervisor making him a full time member of the team.

In the Recording Studio, Tod has been fortunate to work as
Audio Director, recording and mix engineer for YouTube webstreams of Sydney Opera House's "From Our House To Yours - Digital Season" for The Wiggles, Tim Draxl, Low Life, Winston Surfshirt and more (2020), Sydney Symphony's performance of Wagner's Tristan & Isolde (2015), Sydney Symphony's Visions of Vienna (2015), Ideas At The House presents: An Evening with Stephen Hawking (2015) and Australian Ballet’s HD recording of MacGregor’s Dyad 1929 (2013). Tod has also mixed live YouTube webstreams of the Sydney Symphony performances of Beethoven Piano Concerti with (2014). He begun working in Recording & Broadcast as Second Engineer on a number of projects. These include the Exton SACD recordings of the Rachmaninov (2007), Elgar (2008), Prokofiev (2009) festivals and Sydney Symphony Live recordings of the Mahler Festivals (2010-2012) and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliette (2010-2011) with the Sydney Symphony under the baton of Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy. He has also worked as Second Engineer for live Television/ Satellite broadcasts and Cinema/ DVD recordings with the Australian Ballet (Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Firebird, Petrushka) and Opera Australia (Carmen, La Boheme, Cosi fan Tutti, Bliss, Lakme, Don Giovani) since November 2007, as well as the 2011 YouTube Symphony live web broadcast and  double CD of Burt Bacharach with the Sydney Symphony (2007). He also worked as Assistant Mix Engineer to the legendary Shaun Murphy on Baz Luhrman’s film ‘Australia’ (2008). Tod also recorded and mixed the 2011 Bell Award ‘Best Australian Contemporary Jazz Album’ for the Mike Nock Trio’s double album An Accumulation of Subtleties. Tod has also begun working as Recording/ Mix engineer for CinemaLive/ Opera Australia (Un Ballo e Mascera, Carmen, Don Pasquale, Tosca, Madama Butterfly). He was also Recording Engineer for the YouTube live webstream and DVD/Blu-Ray/CD with Neil Finn and Paul Kelly (2013) plus other YouTube live webstreams for Human Nature with the Sydney Symphony (2008), Florence and The Machine [UK] (2012),  Tegan and Sara [USA] (2013), Sarah Blasko (2013) and Counting Crows [USA] (2013) among others.

In the live arena at the Sydney Opera House, Tod has engineered the front of house sound in various venues for such productions as:

In the Concert Hall for Festival Of Dangerous Ideas (2016), 
TEDx Sydney (2016, 2015 & 2013), Pecan Summer by Deborah Cheetam AM and the Short Black Opera (2016), Bowie Remembered with Sydney Symphony, iOTA, Steve Kilbey, Deborah Conway, Adalita, Tim Rogers and Jack Ladder (2016), Charlie Musselwhite (2014), Goran Bregovic (2013), Gurrumul with The Sydney Symphony (2013), Bobby Womak [USA] (2013), Pirates Of The Carribean with the Sydney Symphony (2013), Rajaton [Finland] with the Sydney Symphony (2012), Tina Arena with the Sydney Symphony (2012), Sydney Symphony’s Gilbert & Sullivan Highlights concerts (2011), Ann Sofie von Otter [Sweden] with the Sydney Symphony (2011), Australia’s Next Top Model Grand Final (2011), Festival of Dangerous Ideas (2009, 2011, 2012), Margaret Cho and Martin Short for Just for Laughs (2011),Sydney Symphony’s Distant Worlds - The Music of Final Fantasy (2011), Sydney Symphony and James Morrison At The Movies (2011), Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under with The Jane Austen Argument, Mikelangelo & the Black Sea Gentleman and Neil Gaiman [USA] (2011), Le Grande Cirque (2011), Eva Ayllon (2010), Sydney Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir’s Songs for Shakespeare (2010), Opera Australia’s New Years Eve Gala (2010),
Sydney Peace Prize (2010), Sydney Symphony’s Best of Broadway (2010),The Matt McMahon Trio (as support for the Wayne Shorter Quartet 2010), The Beach Boys [USA] with the Sydney Symphony (2010), Oedipus Rex and Symphony of Psalms with the Sydney Symphony for the Sydney Festival (2010), Psycho Live! (2010), The James Morrison Quartet with the Sydney Symphony (2009) and The James Morrison Big Band (2008)


In the Studio venue for My Mutation Live! (2009) and The Festival of Dangerous Ideas (2009), the International Women’s Day Conference (2011), front of house and monitors for Steve Balbi album launch (2013) and front of house for Dog Trumpet and Holiday’s on Ice (2013) and mixed monitors for Bardo Pond [USA] during Vivid Live (2010).

In the Opera Theatre for the Australian Ballet seasons of the triple bill 20:21 (2015), the triple bill Concord (2009), Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty (2009), the triple bill The Silver Rose (2010) and triple bill Edge Of Night (2010) as well as Opera Australia’s performances of Rossini's Barber Of Seville (2016), Mozart’s The Magic Flute (2014, 2015 & 2016), Puccini's Turandot (2015) and Verdi's Don Carlos (2015), Bizet’s Carmen (2014), Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt (2012),Strauss’ Cappriccio (2011), Puccini’s Fanciulla del West (2010), Bellini’s La Sonnambula (2010), as well as Hypnotic Brass Ensemble [USA] for Vivid Live (2011) and
 Ratcat + Holly Throsby for DressUp Attack!!! (2015). Also mixed monitors for Matthew E White [USA] for Vivid Live (2013).

In the Utzon Room for US Vice President Jo Biden's meeting with NSW Premier Mike Baird and selected business leaders (2016) and various corporate events.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Tod gives annual lectures to 1st - 4th year students about recording and live microphone techniques for the musician at the James Morrison Academy of Music in Mount Gambier in 2016, 2017 & 2018. In 2016 Tod also accepted an invited to present a lecture on recording and live sound at Integrate 2016 in Sydney.

James Morrison Studios : 2008-Present


Tod began working for James Morrison at his studios in Warriewood in 2008. Since then he has edited and mixed the 2015 Bell Award winning 'Best Traditional Jazz Album' for A to Z of Jazz by James Morrison and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, engineered and mixed the 2013 ARIA Award winning ‘Best Jazz Album’ for Smile by The Idea Of North and engineered the 2010 ARIA Award winning ‘Best Jazz Album’ for Feels Like Spring by James Morrison and The Idea Of North.  With ARIA nominations for Don Burrows and James Morrison In Good Company (2016) and The Idea Of North Ballads (2016) and James Morrison Snappy Too (2012). He has also engineered and mixed other albums for artists such as Melinda Schneider, Sharny Russell, Frances Madden, Marian Petrescu [Finland], Jeff Clayton [USA], James Morrison, The Idea Of North, Emma Pask, Ambre Hammond, Todd Hardy, Simon Burke, Norma Martin, Rachael Thoms, Tim Draxl and Michael Votano plus other various demos, jingles and works including James Morrison’s performance of the two team theme songs at the 2009 AFL Grand Final broadcast around Australia on Network Ten and One HD.

The Idea Of North : 2011 - 2017


Tod was FOH Touring Engineer and production manager for the two time ARIA Award winning A Cappella group The Idea Of North with numerous concerts and festivals around Australia, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Sweden, Qatar, Thailand, Malaysia and Laos. In that time they have also been awarded ‘Best Music’ at the 2013 Adelaide Fringe Festival, voted the CASA (Contemporary A cappella Society of America) Favourite Oceanic A Cappella group 2013 and were inducted into the MusicACT Annual Music Awards Hall of Fame 2013. He has also recorded and mixed their ARIA Award winning 'Best Jazz Album' Smile (2013), recorded their ARIA Award winning 'Best Jazz Album'  Feels Like Spring with James Morrison (2010) in addition to their Limelight Award winning ‘Best Jazz Recording’ and ARIA nominated ‘Best Jazz Album’  Extraordinary Tale (2011) as well as Ballads (2016) and their popular Christmas album This Christmas (2012)

Sony  Music Studios - Sydney : 1996 - 2006

Tod joined Sony Music Studios in February 1996 after approximately two years working in various studios around Sydney and London.

Tod began his career at Sony Music Studios in the Dubbing room, slowly moving up the chain to work on various sessions in Studio B (the Audio Production room), and assisting on sessions in Studio A (the main Recording/ Mixing room). Early on in his career at Sony Music Studios, Tod was fortunate enough to assist on sessions for; Lauryn Hill & Wyclef Jean (U.S.A), Leonardo's Bride, Karma County and The Ghostwriters, among others in Studio A. Tod also edited various tracks for, and in the presence of artists such as Des’ree (U.K.) and Deep Forest (France) in Studio B.

From approximately 2002, Tod regularly engineered sessions at Sony Music Studios, as well as engineering sessions at The Vault Studio, Velvet Studios, BJB studios and Studios 301 in Sydney. He has engineered, co-engineered and/ or mixed tracks on multi-Platinum selling albums and singles by Delta Goodrem (14xPlatinum, 3x Platinum and 8x ARIA awards), Guy Sebastian (6x Platinum and 1x ARIA Nomination), Shannon Noll (3x Platinum, 1xPlatinum and 1x ARIA nomination), Human Nature (Gold) and Selywn (Gold, Gold, Gold, Gold). Please check out the Discography and Releases pages of this site for more information. It was here that he first had the opportunity to work with James Morrison, the man who inspired him to become an engineer.

Other sessions in Studio B included recording and mixing numerous television and radio commercials for various SONY BMG acts and external clients, album editing and mixing, vocal and instrumental overdubbing, various voice-overs for presentations, and mixes for DVD extra contents or television specials. Tod also engineered many episodes of the ‘Toyota Outback Club’, a weekly radio program focusing on all things in the world of Country music from Australia and overseas, broadcast to over 90 regional radio stations around Australia and globally on the internet. Here he recorded interviews and live performances of everyone from Slim Dusty and Smokey Dawson to Colin Buchanan, Kasey Chambers and Lee Kernaghan.

Tod worked on soundtracks for both film and television including releases for Garage Days, Thunderstruck, Salem’s Lot, Farscape, the ABC’s Australian Story and Studio 22. Selwyn’s hit single “Rich Girl” was also featured in The Nugget film soundtrack. Delta Goodrem’s demo of ‘Born To Try’ was featured in the storyline in the TV series ‘Neighbours’ on the 10 network. Under the expertise of Musical Director/Producer John Foreman, Tod engineered and mixed music for the 2003 AFL Brownlow Awards Medal Ceremony, televised nationally on the 9 Network. He has also engineered and mixed with John Foreman, over 120 backing tracks for the 2003, 2004 and 2005 seasons of Australian Idol, televised on the 10 Network around Australia.

In December 2005 SONY BMG closed Sony Music Studios to all but internal demo projects in Studio A, and turned the Audio Production Studio, Graphics Suite and Final Cut Pro/ Audio Production overflow room into office space. Tod was ready for a change, so he opted to leave the studio and regain his bearings away from studios for a while.

 

Shire Music Centre : 2006 - 2008.

In February 2006 Tod joined the sales team at Shire Music Centre in Miranda due to a desire to experience the 9-5 working week. He enjoyed selling everything from pianos to drums, brass and woodwind, electric and acoustic guitars, hi-tech/recording equipment and all manner of accessories.  He was also appointed as Schools Liaison rep for the store. This time enabled Tod to become familiar with all of the new gear currently in the market and expand his knowledge about the various equipment people are using at home and on gigs these days. He left Shire Music Centre in January 2008.


EARLY STUDIES

Tod began his studies on the Piano and Trumpet in 1981 at the age of 10 in Sydney’s south. He completed 8th grade A.M.E.B. on the piano and competed successfully in local and state-wide Eisteddfods along the way. He played Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn and Euphonium in various school and university ensembles, as well as the Sydney Schools Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Sutherland Shire Symphony Orchestra, and the Sutherland Shire Police Citizens Youth Club (Brass) Band.

After successfully completing the Higher School Certificate where he studied 3 unit Music, Tod gained entry into the Bachelor of Music Education (B.Mus.Ed) degree at the University of N.S.W in 1990. One year later, Tod applied and was accepted to transfer his B.Mus.Ed studies to the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music. During his time at the Conservatorium, Tod took an elective subject in Jazz studies lead by the “Queen of Australasian Jazz”, Judy Bailey. It was here that he was introduced to recordings by the amazingly talented Australian multi-instrumentalist and Jazz Icon, James Morrison. Thus began the journey of discovery into multi-track recording and how one man can play multiple instruments on one tune, and sound as if it were a Big Band all playing together. This also coincided with his loss of desire to become a high school music teacher, and after three years of study at the Conservatorium, Tod directed his energy towards sound engineering, gaining a Certificate in Audio Engineering from the Audio Education Centre in Sydney.