Meet the Instructors

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 make them the ideal teachers for our students.

Instructors:

Lead audio engineer Jim Curtis Mixes using the Neve V/R Console in Studio A of Omega Recording Studios

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, and 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.

 

Audio engineer Neal Keller teaches class in Studio C at Omega Recording Studios

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, and 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.

Phil DiMercurio, Audio Engineer, Educator, and Session Drummer: Hagerstown, MD

Phil DiMercurio, a Pro Tools-certified recording, editing, and mixing engineer has carved out a diverse career in the engineering and music fields. A graduate of Hagerstown Community College, Phil earned an Associates of Arts in Graphic Design in 2017. He worked at WHAG/ NBC-WDVM as a broadcast engineer, camera operator, and prompter operator through Nexstar Media Group, Inc. Phil spent ten years studying rudimentary snare drumming and drum kit under Nicholas Dehlberg, along with two years of jazz and Latin drumming and hand percussion at Hagerstown Community College under Gary L. Rupert. As an engineer and musician, Phil has worked with many talented and award-winning artists and organizations such as Milana Zilnik, C.L Barnhouse, The United States Army Band, Skyboxpro, Nester, Mr. Jon & Friends, and many more. Phil has an extensive history in sound for live performance, he has been sought after as a FOH Engineer, and for live recording and streaming by renowned entities such as Stagecoach Productions, International Community Church, Onstage Performance, and various local bands. Phil enriches the minds of aspiring professionals at Omega, teaching the following courses: Audio for Film and Television, Audio Production Techniques, Advanced Recording Studio Techniques (Levels I and II), Intermediate Recording Engineering, MIDI (Levels I and II), and Basic Practical Recording Engineering.

LINKS

WHAG/WDVM – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WDVM-TV
Nester – https://www.nexstar.tv
Hagerstown Community College – https://www.hagerstowncc.edu

Nicholas Dehlberg – NicksDrumLessons.com
Milana Zilnik – https://www.milanazilnik.com
Barnhouse – https://barnhouse.com
U.S. Army – https://usarmyband.com/ensembles

Skyboxpro – https://www.instagram.com/skyboxpro/?hl=en

Nester – https://www.nestermusic.net

Mr. Jon – https://www.mrjonmusic.com

Stage Coach – https://www.spslpro.com
ICC – https://www.iccog.org
On Stage – https://www.onstageperformance.com

Andrew Mastroni, Audio Engineer: Bio coming soon!

Dave Goodermuth, Audio Engineer: Bio coming soon!

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