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Brian Hutchison was given a tape recorder by his father at the age of 5 and has been enjoying making recordings ever since. Recording and engineering for local bands at Kaye Smith Studios in the early 70’s gave him his real introduction to professional methods of audio recording and equipment. He has since done recording at many studios over the years including Steve Lawson Productions (Bad Animals), Ironwood Studio, Trident, Kaye Smith, Cairo West Studios in CA, London Bridge, Studio One Sound Recorders and others as well as his own studio.

He devoted years to being a Steinway Piano Concert technician, preparing and tuning pianos for performers such as Robin McCabe, Malcolm Frager, Billy Taylor, McCoy Tyner, Ahmad Jahmal , Jeff Lorber, Eugene Istomin, Rudolph Firkusny, Tom Grant, Harry Connick Jr. , Gerard Schwartz, Roger Williams, Bright Sheng, Wayne Horvitz and many others.

He also is a guitarist and a composer who has played in rock and fusion bands, playing many shows at the Showbox including opening up for Jeff Lorber Fusion, Kenny G, and performing with Eddie Harris. For years he has written and produced music for industry videos and shows as well as music for film writing additional music for Hemdale Productions “Miracle Mile” that featured a Tangerine Dream soundtrack. Recently engineering, producing and performing on guitarist James Byrd’s albums “Flying Beyond the 9” and “Anthem” for Lion Music Records in Finland. Also co-writing material and playing guitar for Bay area band Cairo “Time of Legends” for Magna Carta Records

His love for recording and microphones led him to co-found ADK Microphones, which manufactures studio microphones, preamps, and dynamics processors. Working primarily in product development, these mics are now widely used in the recording industry by everyone from Megadeth, to the late Ray Charles who used ADK microphones for all of his vocals on the multi Grammy award winning “Genius Loves Company”.

Brian has seen the art of recording transition from reel to reel analog, to the multi format digital wonder it has become today, but believes that sound waves are sound waves, and knowing how to properly capture them is essential to anyone interested in getting the best from their recordings. His class will focus on getting a solid foundation in audio recording and it’s tools that can be applied to any medium.