Brian Smith has been involved with audio technology since the early 1980s, and teaches workshops and master classes on sound design and audio production techniques.
After studying electroacoustic composition and computer music at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Smith co-founded the Language Lab, a multimedia improvisational group which performed throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area. He then moved to Paris to study orchestral conducting and teach music theory, before relocating to Berlin in 1994, where he still lives.
In 2010, Smith founded big brain audio, a boutique audio school devoted to high-quality hands-on audio training in instrument creation, sound design, and music production. He is an Ableton Certified Trainer, using Ableton as the central production environment in the courses he offers at big brain audio. Smith has given lectures and seminars throughout Europe on audio technology, music production, sound design, synthesis, and audio productivity workflows, and he currently teaches sound synthesis in the Audio Design Department at the University of Applied Sciences Berlin, as well as serving on the board of the DEGEM (the German Society for Electroacoustic Music),