I started out as a musician in the 60’s and ended up doing a lot of recording. I became interested in recording technology and that led me to a career in Recording Engineering. For a time, I taught Recording Engineering for the Recording Institute Of America. After working at many studios, I ended up at Wally Heider Recording in the late 70’s, which was the world’s largest independent recording studio at that time. I was a technical engineer and also did occasional recording sessions as needed. Artists working there included Pink Floyd, Peter Frampton, Neil Diamond, The Rolling Stones, Kenny Loggins, etc.
In 1980 I became interested in film and television sound and moved to The Sam Goldwyn Sound Department at Warner Hollywood Studios. I was there for five years. During that time, sound technology for motion pictures was evolving quickly and I led the industry in locking up multiple 24 track recorders to 35mm film chains with time code and synchronizers. Some of the films that we were doing included: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Trek, The Motion Picture, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond, and the Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense. The latter was mixed to a digital Sony 3324 while using 35mm film picture. The Jazz Singer used three mixing consoles, five 24 track recorders, and film picture.
In 1985 I moved to Universal Studios where I was named Chief Engineer. During the following 29 years, we were able to completely rebuild the Sound Department into the pre-eminent studio of its kind. We evolved from 35mm film to multi-track recorders using time code. From there we were the first film studio to move to digital audio using hundreds of DA-88 machines, which were supplanted by MM8 and MMP16 digital units, and from there we moved to digital audio workstations. Today, the NBC Universal Sound Dept is using Digital Harrison Consoles, 300+ Pro Tools systems, multiple D-Control and D-Command AVID ICON control surfaces, SAN storage for recording and mixing, Near Line storage for back-up and multiple tape libraries for long term storage.
I still play some guitar in my spare time…
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