Palmetto, FL (November 7, 2005)–“Who says an old dog can’t learn new tricks?” asks Berkleemusic.com student Del Couch. After 20 years as a successful real estate agent, the 56-year old Couch enrolled online and now owns and operates his own recording studio in Florida, dubbed Howling Dog Studios. Last year, Couch recorded with neighbor Rick Derringer, who first gained fame in the 60s with his band the McCoys and their hit, “Hang On Sloopy.”
Pictured (l-r) are Rick Derringer and Howling Dog Studios’ owner Del Couch”Rick told me if I got hip to Pro Tools he would certainly like to record at my studio,” explained Couch. “All I knew about recording was from reading trade magazines, so when I heard about Berklee online, I signed up for Pro Tools 101. I not only learned how to become a digital engineer, but I also found out what equipment and software I should buy.”
Couch followed up with Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools and the Production Workshop courses. “Just having my certificates on the wall has really helped make the studio a success,” he explained. “And studying online is the best way to keep up with the accelerated changes in technology. My next step is to upgrade to Pro Tools HD and to get Pro Tools Control to replace my Digi 002 console.”
Before his career in business, Couch was a gifted trumpet player and was accepted by Juilliard before being drafted and serving four years with the U.S. Air Force Band. Years later, he has now returned to his first love, and fronts the variety band, Shaman, which plays 120 gigs a year for corporate and charity functions. According to Couch, his studio business is booming with local bands, and local players available for session work include musical greats Graeme Edge (drummer for the Moody Blues), Duck Dunn, (bass player with Booker T. and the MGs), and Dickie Betts of Allman Brothers fame.
Enrollment for the Winter semester at Berkleemusic.com ends January 5, 2006. Courses begin on January 9.
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