Meet the guys behind SOTP


What we teach you is the collected knowledge of working with hundreds of the best producers, engineers, and artists in the world of audio. And that’s only the beginning. Our goal is to help you quickly learn all the techniques and standard practices that we’ve seen used to create great music by these experts.
We also have a long list of excellent pro and customer endorsements.

Ken Walden

Audio Engineer/Mixer • Producer • Home Theater & Sound System Design • Pro Tools Expert • Ambassador of Audio Excellence

Credits Include: Metallica • Santana • John Lee Hooker • Booker T Jones • Neil Young • Skywalker Sound • Sammy Hagar

Starting in bands, Ken learned recording to make demos. He stayed in the field and ended up working at the world-famous Plant Recording Studios with some of the biggest names in music.

Ken then become a Senior Pro Tools Product Specialist for Digidesign (now Avid). He worked with a long list of top audio producers & engineers, film post production experts, and many more. If you want to know something regarding Pro Tools Ken is your guy! He is also an excellent Pro Tools tech so if you’re having an issue with your system he can help.

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Ken is also the founder of Secrets of the Pros and is passionate about bringing top shelf audio info to everyone!

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Manny LaCarrubba

Audio Engineer/Mixer • Studio Designer • Speaker Designer • Acoustician

Credits Include: Santana • Herbie Hancock • Primus • Greg Alman • Maria Carey • Metallica • Celine Dion

Manny is one of the most knowledgable people in the audio industry we could find. He’s an excellent engineer and mixer, a studio designer, a speaker designer, an acoustician, and a world of knowledge about anything audio. We are proud to have him as one of our lead instructors.

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“We [the Santana Band] traveled to dozens of great studios during our last several records, and worked with a long list of top producers and engineers. The guys at Secrets of the Pros are first-rate recording and mixing engineers. They really know how to get to the heart of the matter of music making. Even better is that they know how to explain all this stuff and make it easy to understand.”

Benny Rietveld

Music Director for Santana, Composer, Bass Player, Producer, 9x Grammy Award Winner Santana, Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker, Sheila E., and more

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Generations of Audio Greats

We will humbly say that we have learned much of what we know from a long list of the best of the best. We have been honored to have shared many experiences with these passionate people and want to pass this knowledge on to you. That is what Secrets of the Pros is about ... a passion for great sounding audio! Enjoy!