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PAR Contributor of the Month — Randy Poole

An independent engineer who got his start in Detroit in 1985.


Randy Poole is an independent engineer who got his start in Detroit in 1985. First working under Gerard Smerek, Bob Seger’s engineer, Poole soon landed at Studio A in Dearborn Heights, MI in 1987. There, he worked under owner/producer Eric Morgeson and Grammy-winning engineer John Jaszcz.

In 1995, he moved to Nashville and “really enjoyed the beautiful surroundings, talented musician pool, and great clients,” he insists. Poole soon built an impressive client list of his own featuring many great artists from several musical genres, such as Anita Baker, CeCe Winans, Aretha Franklin, Take 6, Backstreet Boys, Toni Braxton, George Clinton, Michael W. Smith, and many others.

In 2001, Poole built his first Pro Tools|HD-based mix room, and over the past few years he has become a regular contributor to Pro Audio Review and Pro Sound News magazines. He has served on the AES Nashville committee for nine years, and, in the summer of 2008, he opened The Poole Room, his own mixing and tracking facility located in Franklin, TN.