Michael Tarsia’s studio experience began at the age of four when he watched his father Joe engineer at a small neighborhood studio and then at Philadelphia’s Cameo Parkway Records. By the time his father was building his own studio Michael was by his side stripping wires, assembling components and running for coffee. It wasn’t long after that Michael was assisting on sessions for the likes of Thom Bell, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. By the early 80’s he was sitting behind the console engineering his own sessions. Michael’s engineering career had begun in earnest.
Working with a wide variety of talented clients and artists from P.P. Arnold to the Yellow Jackets, Michael quickly earned a number of gold and platinum record awards. Clients gave him the nickname Mike “The Mix” Tarsia and in 1990 he received his first Grammy® recognition for his work on Patti Labelle’s Grammy® winning album, Burnin’. His achievements as a music mixer soon led him to motion pictures working on the soundtracks of Beverly Hills Cops, Coming To America and Booty Call, among others.
In 1990, Michael became Sigma’s President. Today while continuing to work in the studio, he also manages Sigma’s day to day activities. Active in the music community, he helped to organize and was elected to serve on the first Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Branch of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences® (NARAS®).