Alec graduated from The Recording Arts Center in 2013 and moved to Bangor, Maine in 2014, where he was soon hired as Media Director for Rock Church—the exact kind of job Alec hoped to get. “I was hired for my passion,” Alec says.“With our talented band, running sound is amazing. I use my The Recording Arts Center knowledge all the time especially from Mixing and Signal Flow classes.” Alec's primary responsibility is to provide audio visual support for the church’s four services each week.
Since graduation from The Recording Arts Center in 2013 Aaron went on to engineer at Big Fish Studios in Encinitas and then became a runner at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, which boasts a fat address book of A list clients. Aaron is now working as audio engineer for NBC's hit show, The Voice.
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"I'm doing exactly what I want to be doing," Aaron says. "I feel lucky to be surrounded by the best in the industry. The Recording Arts Center helped me prepare for the most demanding sessions I've encountered in LA. I can honestly say I would not be in the position I am without Peter and Mark's amazing generosity and support. I plan on earning this job every day through hard work and attention to detail. I can't express how much I appreciate The Recording Arts Center."
Daniel graduated in 2013 and immediately starting working on a wide variety of large sessions and projects for Studio West. His work for the studio includes several years of coordinating the studio’s open house Record Nights—well over 100 bands and artists—as well as a stint coordinating the studio’s intern program. Currently Daniel is a staff engineer who has worked with a wide variety of clients, including percussionist Michael Fisher; fiddle player Dennis Caplinger ; Japanese composer Mitsutoshi Satoh; a Sony label based project called "Canonic Fugues - Radical Classical”; Taylor Guitars; and films including Origin: Beyond The Impact, The Outcast, and Bass Clef Bliss. Daniel is also a much sought-after engineer for local San Diego bands. Daniel says, “I always try my best to facilitate the band's needs and what they are trying to accomplish with their budget in mind.”
Chris graduated from The Recording Arts Center in 2014 and spent the next 2 years working closely with the school and studio. Initially assisting in classroom preparation for TRAC and recording smaller projects at Studio West, he was able to prove his reliability and eventually became the Studio Manager. As an engineer, he recorded both audio and video sessions at Studio West, and was a strong asset in the video-editing department. Inspired by the technical knowledge he gained through TRAC, he moved to the Bay Area in mid-2016 to further challenge himself through exploring the tech industry. He is currently a Junior Web Developer in San Francisco, but still loves finding opportunities to do audio work.
Alex graduated in May of 2016 and immediately interviewed for a job working at SIR Studios in New York City. He began working on June 1st, 2016. At SIR he’s a resident engineer working with both audio and backline. He's had the opportunity to work behind the boards for many established and up and coming artists performing regularly in Manhattan. He has also begun doing sound at BlueNote New Yorks Subrosa Night Club, a Latin/Jazz/latenight club where he has had the opportunity to work with some pretty incredible artists, the likes of DJ Premier, Pharoahe Monch and Rass Kass just to name a few.
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“Because of the huge scope of the education and the practical experience that I received from Studio West I’ve been given these fabulous opportunities. Studio West afforded me the chance, both in my successes and my failures, to feel responsible for my future in this industry. Within weeks of starting the program I began feeling like I belonged in the environment and that I could take some ownership of it.
I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with Peter Dyson who taught me not only the skills required to be in this industry, but to show up as a person who will do whatever it takes - that’s what really makes a difference in our business. I get to work with some really amazing artists and I’m under contract so I can’t tell you who they are, but what I can say is that it’s all of the little things and the depth of what that I Iearned during my time at Studio West that gives me the foundation and confidence to walk into any situation knowing exactly how to handle it, or at least how to learn from it.
I was not planning to work in live sound- but it's a testament to the curriculum that I was able to attain a position working at my current capacity, which allows me not only to financial stability- it allows me to continue doing freelance work in the studio environment as well. These are hard times for recording studios. You can't afford to pay for an education that will not make you competitive. All of the staff and teachers- as well as many former students- at TRAC/Studiowest are industry professionals. You will not be mislead. The Curriculum they have put together is ambitious, but it is also practical. If you show you're interest and you put in the work you will find the opportunity to work on meaningful projects from the jump and you will quickly find yourself of value.“ Alex Gehring
In October of 2016, Steven graduated from The Recording Arts Center. A few days later he saw a posting for a Sound Mixer and Editor job at Turning Point, a non-profit Christian organization in Lakeside. The job required 5 years of experience. Without this experience, Steven applied anyway. After a lengthy interview process that required four meetings, he was the top candidate and was offered the full time position of Sound Mixer/Editor. Steven works collaboratively with members of the television, radio, and digital media teams to provide audio mixes. He also works as the primary sound mixer for the live broadcast of Saturday night services at Shadow Mountain Community Church.
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“The Recording Arts center was such a valuable experience for me. Because of the knowledge of all the teachers and staff, they prepared me for anything I would encounter after graduation. Whether it is music mixing, post production editing and sound design, or recording location audio for TV shoots, all of it was covered in their vast curriculum at TRAC. I am able to apply everything I learned there in my job at Turning Point. I’m lucky that what I get to do every day is what I’m passionate about. I have to thank everyone there for that."
Soon after graduating from The Recording Arts Center in January of 2016, Jimmy landed a job on tour with reggae band Tribal Seeds as front of house engineer and stage manager. Jimmy is a fan of the band and saw an ad posted on social media. He thought it was a long shot but decided to apply for the job. Several candidates vied for the position, including a few from L.A. He had an edge, he says, because of the extensive training he received at The Recording Arts Center. "What Ben taught us whooped their ass," he said, laughing. "Thank you, The Recording Arts Center! I wouldn't be in this position without this amazing school."
Jonah is a co-founder and co-owner of Analog Media Productions, a digital media company based out of San Diego and Los Angeles. Analog delivers a broad range of media services, specializing in branding and re-marketing. Their clients include Wal-Mart, Ziess, Yamaha, and Lizzy James. Check out their stellar work at:
Sam graduated from The Recording Arts Center in January 2016, and interned first with Studio West, then with Hans Zimmer Studios, where he was quickly hired to assist with music for numerous television pilots. In January of 2017, Sam began working as a Sound Designer and Sample Editor at Amper Music, a new software company that helps people create unique, royalty-free soundtracks.
Soon after graduating in July 2013, Shelby's found success with the Reggae band The Movement. Their album "Side by Side," which Shelby tracked and mixed, debuted at #1 on iTunes' Reggae charts and #2 on Billboard's. Shelby is now the audio engineer at The Compound Studios, and has produced 5 albums since graduating from The Recording Arts Center in 2013. One album in particular, Soul InSight by The Marcus King Band, was re-released October 30th, 2015 under Warren Haynes' label, Evil Twin Records.
After graduating from The Recording Arts Center in 2013, Alec started interning at Studio West and soon carved out a niche as a post-production engineer, both for Studio West and for others. Alec works regularly in television and film in San Diego and LA. He was part of the film crew for “Steve White: Painting the World with Music” that won Best Documentary at the San Diego Film Awards in April, 2016.
James, who graduated in 2013, built and runs his own recording studio, Emerald Age Recording, in North County San Diego. “When I started taking classes at Studio West I thought I’d later work in LA with audio for movies, TV and games, but I quickly found myself having as much, if not more fun working with bands on EPs and full albums,” James says. He works with a growing number of North County bands including: Taken By Canadians, Aviator Stash (formally the Art Dealers), Pink Eye, El Consumption, Bedlams Edge, The Strawberry Moons, Super Buffet, as well as some LA bands such as Roast. Lately, James has started producing some artists, and he’s in the process of starting his own indie label to represent them.
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“The business courses were amazingly helpful and definitely gave me a great head start with learning industry business terms, contract information, what and where to look for more information when going into specific detail. I didn't expect to be quite at interested in it as I ended up being. I don't intend on becoming an entertainment lawyer but it's only helped keep me progressing positively with recording, label creation and helping artists keep themselves protected and profitable."
Ori is a location sound mixer for television and film. Some of his clients include ESPN, NBC, E!, Discovery, National Geographic, VICE, CMT, TLC, and more. After spending roughly a year in the Dallas/Fort Worth area working on various shows, Ori has since moved to Los Angeles where he continues to work mixing in the industry.
After graduating from The Recording Arts Center in 2012, Colin did an internship with Studio West and soon proved himself invaluable and has subsequently become a key member of the team. Although he came to the program with a strong interest in music (he’s a multi-instrumentalist and singer and frequently plays on studio projects) Colin found himself attracted to the world of post-production and has become the first-call post-production engineer for Studio West. His keen attention to detail also makes him valuable on the administrative side of the business as The Recording Arts Center's Registrar. Colin holds a degree in Business Administration and Music Industry from the University of Southern California.
James works for Larry Levinson Productions as a music editor for TV Movies that air on the PixL network and the Hallmark Channel. He works closely with different composers to make sure the music fits the movie, as well as make sure the Pro Tools session is set up in the correct format when it comes time for the film to be mixed. James also founded Phase One Audio Productions, where artists can purchase instrumentals for their projects.
Andrew has worked with many up and coming San Diego bands since graduating from The Recording Arts Center in 2012. His artist list includes Inspired and the Sleep, Tan Sister Radio, Adult Films, Paper Days, and Michael Montano. He regularly engineers out of Studio West and also handles audio production duties for Flood Church. In addition to his busy schedule as a freelance audio engineer, Andrew is both student and teacher—he's an instructor for Studio West's high school programs and is finishing up a bachelors in Music Humanities at UCSD.