A cool, dark place with mysterious LEDs glowing in shadowy corners, the recording studio is sacred place that inspires reverence when entering, and the spiritual center for all my integration design.
Roles I can fill: Designer, manager, or installer. These roles sometimes overlap, depending on the specific project. I’ve listed my primary responsibilities in the “Resume Addendum” on this page.
I can also track guitar, bass & vocal parts :-)
Credit & thanks to Michael Cooley.
Studio Design & Installation
Manage on-site installation teams, ensuring functional milestones are met, and resolve any issues arising outside team's scope.
Track budgets, purchase materials, & maintain inventory. Receive & stage studio, etc. equipment in support of installation team.
Work with installers to complete systems to specifications.
Orchestrate our integration plans with concurrent facility improvement efforts by other contractors, during large scale installations.
Process: Design Phase
Establish scope of work with client (system function, budget & schedule), collaborating with project architects, acoustical engineers and contractors as required. Consult client on platform & device selection.
Room layout & furniture placement, rack elevation drawings. (some experience with room acoustic design & lighting design.)
General Studio System Design
Complete functional device and interconnect design, including technical drawings indicating placement of all I/O (cabling, jacks, plugs, panels, racks, devices, etc.).
Interconnects: All room cabling from & from rack-mount, furniture-integrated, or free-standing devices, and all studio trunk cables and any other intra-room cabling.
Signal routing includes analog & digital audio, MIDI & USB for control, DAW storage (NAS, USB 3, Thunderbolt 2, etc.), video and AC & DC power.
Control Room: Configure mixing consoles, racks, and studio furniture. Configure patchbays, jack panels, and monitor systems.
Vocal booths, drum rooms, live rooms, etc.
Process: Installation Phase
Create interconnect tables for installation team.
Run cable, solder, prep ends, assemble connectors and dress cables with proper service loops.
Rack-mount equipment, wall-mount equipment, assemble furniture & racks. Experienced in minor remodeling, including framing, drywall, & electrical.
Clean, prep & finalize installation, program hardware & software devices and op-check systems.
Digital Audio Workstation Setup
Computer configuration, installation & setup of hardware, software, storage. Setup of manual or automatic backup procedures.
Integration of DAW with external sources. Console & mix controller integration and mix automation setup.
MIDI control & virtualization of external electronic instruments & processing.
Note: Installed my first Pro Tools system in 1995, am skilled in Logic Pro X usage, a Logic user since 1997.
Catalog detailed inventory data, including serial numbers, authorization codes, and hardware & software versions.
Provide studio device & interconnect documentation (hard & soft copy), including signal flow diagrams, complete interconnect tables, rack elevation drawings, etc.
Labeling for cables, jack panels, devices, etc.