SAE 2009 graduate Shaul Dover (right) is the owner of Sweatshop Studios in Katonah, NY.
New York, NY (April 10, 2014)—SAE Institute has followed the careers of its graduates since it started in 1976, most recently with 2009 graduate Shaul Dover, the owner of Sweatshop Studios in Katonah, NY. Originally launched as a music production studio, Sweatshop has recently expanded its business by making its services available to creative professionals in the film, streaming web, and commercial production industries.
Before graduating from SAE, Dover began building Sweatshop. He enlisted John Storyk of the firm Walters-Storyk Design Group to plan the studio’s construction and optimize the acoustics of the live rooms. Dover also began accumulating gear and instruments under the guidance of SAE NYC faculty member Michael White, who was his teacher.
Dover’s audio-related pursuits originally began as a hobby to support his children’s’ musical interests. “Before my kids started playing music, I had no experience in audio technology or the music business. As their passion for music grew, I became increasingly fascinated by the recording and production process, and I realized that I required proper training in order to gain the experience and understanding that I was looking for,” he explained.
He researched a number of audio engineering schools in the New York area, and after reviewing his choices, Dover decided to enroll at SAE Institute in Manhattan in 2008. “While other audio technology schools that I visited had rundown gear and consoles, SAE’s equipment was the best and the most current,” says Dover. “I was also impressed by SAE’s faculty, who really seemed interested in helping students to succeed. I felt that SAE was the right place for me to get a strong foundation in audio recording and production.”