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From the company President
Our contributors are the lifeblood of the training academy and have graciously accepted the task of assisting us in building our curriculum. One man is an island, and with this industry being so full of colorful and immensely intelligent individuals, we felt only they could deliver the “real” message to our students. It is fair to say that as the curriculum for TIA expands, we have continuous access to some of the most talented and experienced people in our industry. We feel it is important for the audio industry to see who is stepping forward, with incredibly busy personal schedules, to assist our academy. As more contributors are added, we will host their photos and short bios here, while in the background we will be building more comprehensive pages for each and every person.
Thank you to all who have helped us so far.
Robert Scovill is a 35-year veteran of professional concert sound and has mixed over 3500 events in his career. His engineering and production credits include Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Matchbox 20, Jackson Browne, Rush, Def Leppard, Prince and many others. His work in live sound and recording has garnered numerous industry accolades including 6 TEC Awards, 3 PLSN Parnelli Awards for live sound engineer of the year, multiple nominations for Mobile Productions “Top Dog” award and an inaugural nominee for the coveted Pensado Award for live sound excellence. In 2018 he was awarded the prestigious Lydmannen Award by Nordic Sound Symposium for outstanding presentations on professional audio.
Jim Ebdon is a British-born, Los Angeles-based, live/studio sound engineer with 30 years of world-class tour and studio mixing experience. “I decided to finish school at aged 17 to pursue a musical career. First as a drummer but then soon landed a job at one of the UK’s top recording studio’s as an intern. I made the tea, swept floors and gradually learned sound engineering with first-hand experience from some of the most talented record producers and engineers. After a few years I had become a house engineer but sadly the studio was sold off and I was forced to go freelance. At that time I was asked to mix a couple of live shows for a band I was recording an album with and the rest is history”. Jim’s live sound credits include Maroon 5, Sam Smith, Aerosmith, Annie Lennox, Matchbox Twenty, and Sting.
Martyn “Ferrit” Rowe has been a fixture in the professional audio industry since 1979. He has worked with some of the biggest touring bands in modern history when they were (and some still are) at the top. Thin Lizzy, Supertramp, The Police, The Cranberries, Bon Jovi were all names on the CV as his career developed over the years. His skill set is diverse having been a Production Manager, FOH Engineer, Monitor Engineer and of course a Systems Technician. In modern history he has worked with EAW, Martin Audio, as their MLA specialist, and currently resides at OSA in Las Vegas, NV. He has been tirelessly focused on techniques in sound system design and deployment and looks forward to bringing the many years of pro touring to the academy
George Edwards brings well over three decades of industry experience to TIA, with a strong background in touring, production management, and business development. He cut his teeth working with legends like Black Flag, Social Distortion, Huey Lewis, Journey, Santana, David Bowie, and Motley Crew to name just a few. His stints with ShowCO, R&R Sound, Morpheus, and as Sound on Stage’s General Manager for a decade are legendary. All these experiences brought him to yet another chapter in his professional career. In 2009, George founded Delicate Productions/San Francisco, where he held the position of GM for seven years. During that time, the company earned a reputation as a top technical production provider resulting in several industry awards. George is now General Manager of the Northern division of Sound Image Productions, located in Hayward, California.
Jim Yakabuski has been mixing audio for over 37 years. He is currently the FOH engineer for Peter Frampton and has had the honor of mixing other amazing bands like Matchbox Twenty, Journey, Rob Thomas, Avril Lavigne, Van Halen, and many more. He is also a Parnelli award winner for FOH engineer of the year (2013 – Journey) and has written a book entitled “Professional Sound Reinforcement Techniques – Tips and Tricks of a Concert Sound Engineer”. He still loves to get out on the road and mix great bands, but equally enjoys spending time with the next generation of audio heroes passing on techniques and lessons learned from an amazing career in live sound.
Martin Frey has been mixing live concert sound since 1983. He has simultaneously crafted multiple skills in sound system design, measurement, and tuning. As an FOH engineer and/or Production Manager, he has worked with incredible entertainers such as Journey, OneRepublic, Alan Parsons, Lonestar, Tanya Tucker, Big & Rich, and many others. He wishes to continually grow in this industry while also sharing his experiences with others. He firmly believes that his continuous quest for knowledge coupled with real-world experience are key aspects to the personal success he has attained thus far.
Pepe Ferrer, is an Audiovisual Systems Engineer and has a Masters in Mathematics Education from the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona. Since 1993 Pepe has been making designs, adjustments, and mixes for a variety of companies and artists, and since 2010 has provided advanced audio training in Spanish-speaking countries. In his “spare time”, he has developed two software packages – one being RiTA (Analysis) and the other Submapp (Prediction). Pepe is also co-author of the book “Configuración y ajustes de sistemas de sonido“ from Altaria publications.
Stanley Soares began his career as a studio engineer, but fortuitously for the live sound industry, he was invited to step out of the studio and mix a live show. Hooked on it from the start, Stanley has been mixing live shows ever since but still jumps between live and studio work. Currently the FOH for Latin Grammy-winning artist Juanes, Stanley has also toured with Sepultura, Motorhead, Meshuggah, and Megadeth, just to name a few.
Chris “Sully” Sullivan has 34+ years of experience in all facets of live and installed sound reinforcement starting in 1987 as symphonic engineer for America’s “We the People celebrations. A dual talent with FOH credits Point of Grace, Gary Allan and Luke Bryan and system technician credits with Kenny Chesney and Bruno Mars where he received a TEC Award for his work on the 24K World Tour, Sully continues to advance his career in all directions. Other credits include full time applications engineer and consultant work with L-ACOUSTICS, columnist for Live Sound International, contributor to ProSound News and a host of permanent installation design and calibration including Webster Hall and Terminal 5.
Vic Wagner is a touring, front-of-house engineer with nearly 20 years of professional experience. He has toured with high level artists such as Sia, Zac Brown Band, Linkin Park, Kid Rock, Taylor Swift, and with Sound Image, Maroon 5 and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers where he was presented with a Parnelli Award as systems tech of the year in 2017. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a Bacheler of Arts degree, Vic continues to grow his craft providing specifications for large tours, consultation work and factory training for a variety of professional loudspeaker manufacturers.
Chris Wilson is an audio engineer with nearly two decades of experience. His work background includes international touring runs with top Broadway theater productions, weekly live/broadcast mixing for a local mega church, as well as national systems tech for a speaker manufacturer. His skills range from the basics of stage layout & cable runs to project sketchups & final install commissioning & tuning.
Matthew “Matt” McQuaid is a Freelance Audio Engineer based out of Chicago, IL. While maintaining a diverse freelance client list, Matt currently spends the majority of his time touring. Matt started his career with a local sound company in Geneva, IL where he quickly developed a passion for sound reinforcement. He graduated Cum Laude from Columbia College Chicago, earning a B.A. in Audio Arts & Acoustics. After graduation, Matt freelanced throughout the midwest, working for a number of regional sound and corporate A/V companies. In early
2015, an opportunity arose with Sound Image which brought about the start of his touring career. Comfortable as both a technician and mixer, Matt often finds himself on “both ends of the snake” in a variety of crew positions. Matt has toured with artists such as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Prophets of Rage, Lenny Kravitz, and Santana.