SPARS spotlights new member Pogo Studio and Mark Rubel

Since 1980, Mark Rubel has made about 1,000 recordings at his Pogo Studio in the center of The Center of the Universe (Champaign IL), where he has recorded Hum, Alison Krauss, Rascal Flatts, Adrian Belew, Melanie, Luther Allison, Henry Butler and many others, including work for RCA, Capitol, Warner, Jive/Zomba, etc.

Mark belongs to SPARS, AES, NARAS, ASCAP, the Music and Entertainment Industry Educator’s Association (MEIEA), Chicago’s Engineering and Recording Society (EARS), and many other acronyms. Recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Studios, he is a member of the Grammy┬« Producers Committee, NARAS Producers and Engineers Wing and Education Committees.

Having taught audio at the college level to more than 4,000 students since 1985, Mr. Rubel now serves as Audio Director for Eastern Illinois University’s $65 million Doudna Fine Arts Center, where he is lucky enough to teach Audio and Recording Technology, the History of Rock, and works on developing new audio and music business curricula.

Mark travels about doing panels and workshops, including a 2010 AES panel with Al Schmitt, Ed Cherney and Elliot Scheiner. He has been featured in various books and magazines, interviewed Les Paul, Terry Manning and others for Tape Op Magazine, and acts as a consultant, beta tester and legal expert witness.

Mark’s thrash oldies band Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets has been rocking since 1980. He plays many instruments badly and sings worse, and is ridiculously happy cultivating songs, students and cats, along with his beloved and saintly wife Nancy

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