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Philadelphia Recording Community (PRC) announces January meeting at Studio 4

The PRC will meet for their January meet & greet session on Monday, January 23, 2012 at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA. January 23, 2012 6:00 PM – Networking, Meeting @ 7:00 PM Program – “Behind the scenes with Phil … Continue reading

Philadelphia Recording Community (PRC) announces “HOLIDAY CHEER” meeting

You are invited to a special PRC “HOLIDAY CHEER, NETWORKING & MENTORING” meeting…   Next Meeting: Monday · November 28, 2011 Time: 6:00 pm Hosting Location: Philly Sound Studios 2829 S. 18th Street Philadelphia, PA 19145 ON THE AGENDA NOVEMBER 28th: PRC Holiday Cheer, … Continue reading

Philadelphia Recording Community (PRC) announces October meeting at mSound Studios

You are invited to an informal meet and greet, “get the recording community together…”      Next Meeting:  Monday · October 17, 2011 Time: Door opens 6:00 pm, meeting starts at 7:00 pm Our 1st EVENING Meeting! Hosting Studio: mSOUND Recording … Continue reading

SPARS initiates new Mix Column | Timely topics to be featured

SPARS SoundBite | This month’s topic – Local Music Communities By Kirk Imamura, SPARS President/Director | President, Avatar Studios, NY Welcome to the new Mix Magazine SPARS column, where we will inform you of what we are doing to move … Continue reading

Philadelphia Recording Community (PRC) July meeting to host recording legends Joe Tarsia and Billy Jackson

The Philadelphia Recording Community (PRC) has announced their July meeting, which will be held at Junction Music on July 11, 2011 at 11:00 AM. Philadelphia Recording Community (PRC) July meeting Junction Music, LLC 2381 Philmont Ave., Suite 112 Huntingdon Valley, … Continue reading

Philadelphia Recording Community (PRC) to host May meeting at Philly Sound Studios

The PRC will host an informal meet and greet, “get the recording community together” event at Philly Sound Studios, 2829 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145. The meeting will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday the 19th of May. The … Continue reading

SPARS spotlights the Philadelphia Recording Community (PRC)

The PRC is a community of recording artists, producers and engineers interested in building and promoting a stronger local Philadelphia area music community. The group was started in the summer of 2010 by Mike Tarsia, a Philly based Engineer and … Continue reading

Philadelphia Recording Community (PRC) to host informal meet & greet at Milkboy Recording

  The Philadelphia Recording Community will be hosting an informal meet and greet “get the recording community together” event at Milkboy Recording 27 W. Athens Ave. Ardmore, PA 19003. The meeting will be at 11:00 AM on Monday the 28th … Continue reading

Q&A with Philadelphia Recording Community’s Mike Tarsia

1. When and how did your group come together? The group came together in the summer of 2010. When Sigma Sound, the studio my father founded in 1968 began, there were only three recording studios in the Philadelphia area. I had noticed from word of mou… Continue reading

Q&A with Philadelphia Recording Community’s Mike Tarsia

1. When and how did your group come together?

The group came together in the summer of 2010. When Sigma Sound, the studio my father founded in 1968 began, there were only three recording studios in the Philadelphia area. I had noticed from word of mouth and Internet searches that there are now ten times that just within a few miles of me. I decided to hold a meeting in the back of a small local bar/restaurant on a Monday morning when I knew most traditional studios were slow and find more out about the phenomenon and how we could work together.

2. What is your group’s mission?

Our mission is cooperation, education and dynamic interface. Studios come in many sizes, shapes and abilities today. Some have more ability in certain areas, such as tracking of drums, cutting vocals or mixing. Many are musician or band project rooms. To meet, see each others facilities, discuss ways we can work together using the best elements of each studio, have the group opportunity to see the latest hardware and software from manufacturers while seeking out new revenue streams and marketing concepts, drives our mission.

3. How many members do you currently have and can you describe the makeup of your group?

It’s really a loose dynamic group. At most meetings there are between 40 and 50 people, plus the guest speakers. On Facebook there are over 250 people who joined the page. We have colleges who are members (as well as) larger professional studios, mid and small sized facilities and independent producers.

4. Do you meet regularly and where?

We meet once a month and we go to different facilities in our area. It gives us a chance to see who has what to offer and where.

5. What kind of activities does your group engage in?

The meetings usually start out with people filtering in and getting into informal discussions. It’s surprising how many studio people just want to talk to their peers and mentors. Then we have a formal discussion of issues concerning the community; I usually lead that part of the meeting. Finally a manufacturer demonstrates its wares and engages the group. George Hajioannou from Studio Logic Sound is the person who invites the manufacturers to the meetings.

6. How would you describe the Philadelphia recording scene?

It’s very active but faces the same issues as most recording scenes in tertiary markets.

7. What do you think are some key issues your members are facing or grappling with?

Well ever since the advent of low cost DAW based recording systems. The line between “home hobbyist” recording and professional recording has blurred. Novice people seeing out a place to record need to be educated about what it takes to make a great sounding record. Conversely studios need to know when it’s best to pass off parts of their projects to more capable facilities and how to best utilizing their place for things like tracking if they have a hot sounding room for that.

8. How do you think your group can address some of these issues?

By face-to-face interactions at changing venues. It’s great to see people who are in essence “competitors” so open and candid about their concerns and feelings. Also there is power in numbers so on issues with manufacturers and such, a group has more influence.

9. Can you share with us any info regarding upcoming events?

Our next event is Febuary 23rd at “The Studio.” Telefunken is bringing down their microphone arsenal and recording a one-man band, layered instrument by instrument. We’ll also be discussing Converse’s “FREE” recording studio Rubber Tracks.

10. Where can people in your area find out more about your organization?

They can visit our website and our Facebook page.

11. How can SPARS and PRC work together and/or help each other?

As you know, my father was a founding member and the first president of SPARS. Years later I became president of SPARS also. So there is some history there. I see a relationship where SPARS acts as a national conduit for the common concerns of the community based recording groups like the PRC, which are cropping up in cities around the nation.

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