SOUNDREF is a resource for musicians who want to explore the world of home recording. It was created by experienced musicians in response to the lack of quality information available online.


Daren Banarsë – Writer

Daren Banarsë, aka Troy Banarzi

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for making and recording music.

When I left Trinity Laban Conservatoire as a classical pianist, I had no idea how to write and record my own music.

My dream was to write music for TV.

But it took some years before I finally plucked up the courage to set up my first home recording studio.

And I’m so pleased I did.

I used my home studio to learn how to write and record music. I started with TV adverts, and I eventually amassed hundreds of credits, including music on The Apprentice, Top Gear and Newsnight.

My home recording studio is always evolving, and has gone through many incarnations, even turning into a commercial studio in a Shoreditch basement at one point.

I really enjoy sharing my knowledge.

I used to lecture on the music degree course at Goldsmiths College, University of London. All of my students there had simple home studio setups. They were learning to make high quality recordings of their own songs and music for film, TV and video games.

Now I’m excited to bring my expertise directly to you as you take your first steps into home recording, and setting up your own home recording studio.

I’m also a huge fan of melodicas!


Paul Narang – Reviews editor

Paul Narang studied classical saxophone at the London College of Music, before undertaking a jazz degree at Middlesex University. He went on to complete the prestigious Audio Production Degree at the SAE Institute.

In demand as a studio session musician and engineer, Paul has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry.

“I’ve always had a fascination with how things work, and enjoy keeping up to date on the latest music technology.”