A short version of a long story – –
I was born into a musical family. My father was the great jazz pianist, Jimmy Rowles, and my childhood was filled with access to famous musical personalities who deeply imprinted my destiny. It was a non-typical home filled with lots of love, tons of humor, and a very unique perspective on life!
I started playing guitar professionally at age 16, and began studio work 2 years later. For the next 20 years I worked in Los Angeles as a studio musician, assistant engineer, producer, touring musician, songwriter, arranger, publisher and consultant, and have been deeply involved in most areas of the music business from the ground up. In 1981, I relocated to Oregon to raise a family in the beautiful Willamette Valley.
Audio Media Services opened as Wake Robin Recording & Sound in May/1985, in an old metal building on the south edge of Corvallis. Word got out that there was a good pair of ears in the area, and the music community, media outlets, ad agencies, and marketing reps took notice. This modest facility expanded from a small studio to a multi-room facility with analog and digital equipment in just a few years.
Enter the 1990’s, when our industry embraced low-budget/at-home recording. The studio business model rapidly changed, and the rules of survival were laid out. A relocation plan and my dream of having my own studio/property was realized in 2005. The new facility has superb acoustics, microphone enhancing tracking rooms, 3 sets of monitors in the control room, and a new digital hardware/software update.
I’m constantly looking to build relationships, update my toolkit and methodology, and I’m always eager to engage another paradigm shift in the direction of effectiveness. If I can be of help, please let me know.