Audio Production & Music Mentor

Jay Elliott has been an audio team mentor here at MadeLife since 2013. He specializes in audio production technique—that is, the recording, editing and mixing of music. Jay owns and operates his recording studio, IntroVertigo Recording, in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. His most recent studio production work includes tracking and mixing for several acclaimed Colorado recording artists, including Dechen Hawk, Augustus, Foxfeather, Theresa Peterson, The Noisy Residents, Hugh Manatee, and Mile High Express. Jay is also an accomplished drummer, both live and in the studio. He has performed on stage with many of the areas best bands, including the national act Yonder Mountain String Band, Wicked Messenger, Augustus, Foxfeather, Neighborhood Landmine Project, The Jarrad Menard Band, Mortimer, Runaway Truck Ramp, and many others. Jay first started recording in high school, back in the 4-track cassette dark ages of the Twentieth Century. As a recording engineer, he is largely self taught (though he has had many great mentors along the way). He regularly attends seminars and workshops—most recently with mix engineer extraordinaire Joe Barresi at his world famous House of Compression in Pasadena, CA—in a perpetual quest to sharpen his recording and mixing skills and keep up-to-date with the continually evolving technology. Jay has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master’s Degree in Media Studies from the New School in New York City. He has been an adjunct professor of Media Arts/Audio Production at the Art Institute of Colorado in Denver since early 2016. Here at madelife, Jay excels at one-on-one instruction, and he recently has been developing group workshops exclusively for madelife in several different audio-related areas, including Microphone Placement, Mixing Basics and Workflow, Rhythm 101 for Beat-makers, and The Joys of Analog. Jay strives to impart a purposeful and creative approach to all things audio, recognizing that a “sound” grasp of the fundamentals balanced with fearless experimentation is often where the magic happens.