Our instructors are engineers, so as an Omega student you will learn from the professionals who’ve made a career out of audio production and engineering. Their list of accolades is long, and they’re the ones who will be teaching you the art of audio engineering. Their real-world experience and the fact that they also work on the studio side of Omega makes them the ideal teachers for our students.
Jim Curtis, Chief Engineer: Jim Curtis is a Pro Tools HD expert-certified recording engineer with 20+ years of in-studio experience. Jim graduated from SUNY Stony Brook in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He came on board at Omega in 1995 as an Assistant Recording Engineer, and rose to Chief Engineer in 2009. Jim’s many credits include David Archuleta, Dru Hill, Radiohead, Third Eye Blind, Lou Reed, Blindboys of Alabama, NBC Sports. As a Pro Tools expert certified in both music and audio for film production, Jim is part of a select group that numbers less than 100 engineers worldwide. Jim teaches Pro Tools techniques at Omega as part of the Audio Production Techniques and Audio Engineering for Film and Television programs, as well as all levels of recording studio instruction.
Scotty O’Toole, Senior Staff Engineer: Scotty started working at a small multitrack studio about 1999 after graduating from the Omega Studios School and he hasn’t looked back. He’s been working as a full time engineer, out of a variety of studios, ever since. He feels fortunate to have worked with many great artists and bands over the years.
As a senior staff engineer at Omega Studios, he continues to work on great sessions ranging from rock and country music to the Washington Opera, as well as sharing his experience with students of the Omega Studios School.
Adam Stamper, Senior Staff Engineer: Adam Stamper began experimenting with audio recording at an early age. Like so many others of his generation he began on an old 4-track cassette recorder (the Tascam Portastudio). Adam later moved on to computer based audio production and it is there in the digital domain that he fell in love with music and audio. For years his interest in audio remained an important part of his life as he assisted local bands in recording and running sound for live shows. Always artistic, Adam first studied graphic design in the mountains of North Carolina before moving to the DC area to enroll in the Omega Studios’ School of Applied Recording Arts and Sciences. After graduating at the top of his class Adam began his professional career in audio by establishing his own freelance engineering and audio consulting business. In 2005 he was hired as an engineer at Omega Recording Studios and has since worked with a wide range of clients, including guitarist Mike Stern, rock band Def Leppard, comedian Cedric the Entertainer, Disney Cruiselines, The Folger Shakespeare Library, gospel artist Richard Smallwood, producer Brian Transeau (BT), and many others. Adam possesses expert level certification in Pro Tools.
Bill Mueller, Audio Engineer and Instructor: Bill was a roadie for Heil Sound in the early 1970’s, touring and building PA gear for Humble Pie, ZZ Top, The Who and other major artists.
In 1975 he moved to the East Coast. From 1976 to 2000 Bill was the chief engineer/senior VP of A/V productions of Sheffield Recording Studios. As Engineer, was an online video editor for Discovery, Family and CNN, and was the A1 engineer for Remote Recordings programs.
In addition to his music engineering, in the 2000’s Bill designed game and systems engineering software for the NASA International Space Station and Constellation Moon and Mars programs. Bill also worked as a Master Control Center operator at National Public Radio headquarters in DC, and designs therapeutic software, music and games for brain-injured children with sensory processing disorder.
His audio career includes touring live sound, live remote broadcast, studio engineering, music production, audio for video, game audio, studio systems design, acoustic design, radio broadcast engineering and equipment maintenance.
Neal Keller, Audio Engineer: Neal attended the Omega Studios’ School between 1991 and 1992, and was invited to join the staff as an adjunct in 1994. In 2008 Neal became a member of the full time staff. Neal’s main areas of expertise include live sound, A/V, presentation systems, mobile recording, and lighting. Neal also has an extensive background in MIDI, sound synthesis, sampling, as well as software based digital audio workstation systems, and video editing systems. Neal has mixed sound for Clan Of Xymox, Romania, Covenant, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Doc Scatlin’s Imperial Palms Orchestra, I Scintilla, Dawn Robinson(En Vogue), Dismemberment Plan, and Mindless Faith. Neal’s main teaching responsibilities at Omega include the Sound Reinforcement For Live Performance Program (Live Sound), for which he has served as the primary instructor since 1994. Neal also teaches classes in the MIDI program and the recording programs. Neal helped to revise Omega’s MIDI program in 2011 to include classes on remixing techniques and advanced sound synthesis.
Curtis Fye, Audio Engineer: Born in Richmond, Va, Curtis grew up playing bass in school ensembles and neighborhood garage bands. His relationship with recording music began while tracking a demo tape in a local studio with his high school rock band. Curtis was hooked from that point on. He bought a 4-track cassette recorder to record band practices, then graduated to a digital 16-track to make better demos, and eventually a computer-based system to record and mix music for release. In 2002, Curtis graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies. After a few years of touring the U.S. and parts of various countries, he enrolled in and completed the Comprehensive Recording Industry Program at The Omega Studios School of Applied Recording Arts and Sciences. Curtis has spent time on the production team at the 9:30 Club, The Lincoln Theatre, and The Anthem as well as running sound for live performances on WPFW radio. He has also recorded and/or mixed music for artists such as The Winn Brothers Band, Juliana Daugherty, The Willies, Floyd York, and Loon Lake Live. Curtis is an Avid Certified Pro Tools Operator and he really enjoys sharing the magic of the studio with students as an instructor at Omega Studios.
Isaac Breslau, Audio Engineer: Isaac Breslau was born in Maryland. He comes from a musical family. His father played lead saxophone for Chuck Brown, his mother released an EP produced by Glen Ellis and his sister grew up singing in the choir (Urban Nation). Isaac was into sports all throughout school until he moved to Florida in 2004 where he used his networking skills and determination to enter the music industry by becoming a roadie for a gospel quartet band in Montgomery, Alabama. After acquiring some skills with recording DAWs, a computer, microphone, and a Behringer mixer, Isaac returned to Maryland.
As Isaac made his way back to Maryland, he sharpened his skills by bringing equipment to friends’/clients’ houses. In return for Isaac’s services, he was paid in food and/or gas money. In 2010, Isaac got his L.L.C for his production company “SkyBox Productions”. As the name “Skyboxpro” spread through the D.C area, Isaac has had the opportunity to produce for artists like “Shy Glizzy”, “Light Show” and many more. One artist, in particular, that “Skybox Productions” invested in named “Produca P”, has made several appearances on MTV Jams, B.E.T, Revolt TV, and VH1. One of the many songs that reached these platforms was called “Used To Be” and produced by Isaac while attending the Omega Studios’ School between 2015 and 2016. Stemming from that project, Isaac has had the opportunity to work with ASAP Ty (ASAP Rocky’s producer), Ade (Wale’s artist), Project Pat, Young Dolph, Yvng Swag (WildnOut), Kurupt (Snoop Dog’s “Dog Pound” artist) Retro Spectro (ATL show) and many more.
In between projects, Isaac has had a few interns and students and was teaching them how to engineer and operate in the music industry. In August 2018, Isaac was invited to join the staff as an Audio Engineer/Instructor at Omega Recording Studios. Being employed by one of the most prestigious studios on the East Coast has given Isaac a great opportunity to work with tons of fantastic students and clients such as Wale, DJ Kool, Diamond D, and many more.
Isaac enjoys teaching the next generations of engineers and continues to grow as an Audio Engineer at Omega Recording Studios.
Steph Rohde, Audio Engineer: Steph has been playing and engineering music since the 8th grade, primarily specializing in metal, punk, and other alternative music genres. Steph came to Omega in 2018 and came aboard as an engineer in 2020, achieving Pro Tools Operator certification. Bands Steph has worked with, either live or in the studio, include Earthride, Et Mors, Voarm, Escuela Grind, The Astral Void, Mosquito Drone, Crawler, and MSD.
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