Detroit, MI (June 2, 2021)—Audio Engineers of Detroit has opened a new recording studio offering commercial voiceover, podcast, music recording, stereo, surround and immersive mixing, audio restoration, location sound and audio-visual services, with a 32 channel Neve Genesys Black console as its centerpiece.
“Some years ago, I had the pleasure of mixing on a vintage Neve console and fell in love with the sound,” says Mike Kinnie, founder and vice president of Audio Engineers of Detroit. “We wanted that Neve sound for the new studio and we also wanted a console that had DAW control, so it made sense to us, after researching different consoles, to choose the AMS Neve Genesys Black console.
“It does make life easier, and it makes a difference knowing that you have options in terms of the way you want to work — traditional or in the box. Most of our clients prefer ‘in the box’, but it is great that we can give them a choice. Having this console will also help our students develop their engineering skills — I know it has already helped develop mine.”
Kinnie, who began his career in live sound before moving into studio recording, runs Audio Engineers of Detroit with his wife and company president, Robin Kinnie. The company also offers an education program that teaches students the skills and techniques needed to follow a career in professional audio.
Robin Kinnie regularly speaks on amplifying diverse voices and serves as the Detroit Chapter head of Soundgirls.org. Motor City Woman Studios, of which Robin is also President, aims to amplify the voices of women and tackle themes of diversity and inclusion.
The couple opened their first studio in 2016 after realizing the need for a quality internet broadcasting voiceover facility that was both affordable and accessible. “The studio started as a digital radio station and has now expanded to producing podcasts, audiobooks and voiceovers,” Robin explains. “We also offer digital courses, workshops and partner with the community.”
Audio Engineers of Detroit is a separate venture that has taken six years to bring to fruition. Choosing equipment for the new studio required careful thought because it had to fulfil two functions – commercial and educational. The Kinnies were guided by Dave Malekpour of Pro Audio Design, who advised them throughout the project.
“Working with Dave and his team has been a pleasure,” Mike says. “They have achieved and exceeded our goals by helping us to purchasing the right equipment for our needs. I first came across Dave in 2003 when I read an article, he wrote on how to set up a recording studio. We didn’t actually meet until 2018 and it was only when we began putting this studio together that I ran across that article and realized the Dave that I was working with was the same man who wrote the article that was so inspirational to me.”
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