In the Beginning...
I was first inspired in 1997 by a guitar player named Jim Stokes from the band STOKES BROTHERS who
had / has a recording studio in his attic in Cleveland. He introduced me to ADAT, and the ever-complex methods of drum
micing, and since I was a drummer, this concept interested me.
When I entered High School, I met a guitar player named Kyle Hartzell, who I still do work with.
He and I started to recording random things that we came up with, at the time I had been using a Shure SM-58 and
a cassette deck to record with, this was deemed a very primitive way of recording a demo. Later on that year, I
received a Tascam Portastudio 414 mkII four-track recorder from my father who is also a musican and he saw that I had
an interest in session recording.
After acquiring a 4-track recorder, I decided to upgrade to some better microphones, so I went to my buddy
Bobby Bruno from Bruno Brothers Music and he sold me a Phantom Power supply and a pair of budget microphones that mimicked
Neumann's U-87 both electronically and physically. They sounded 110% better than the pair of Shure SM-58's I had been
using. It was then that I fell in love with the recording art.
That summer, I saved up and bought a truckload of gear, I bought a monitoring system, a recording console,
a few new mics and an Alesis LX-20 and I started to record my father's band for demos.
Over those past six years, I have acquired a trained ear and all the knowledge I need to run a recording
studio. I've learned the art of recording on older open reel decks and even rebuilt the unit that I use to this day.
I still use the ADAT machine that I originally purchased in 2000 and still have not parted with my Tascam Portastudio.
Upon entering college, I started working for Cleveland's renowned David Yost at Cleveland State University's
recording complex. I am also working on a Bachelor of Arts in Music to gain the credentials to become a professional recording