This issue‚Äôs Customer Studio Showcase takes us to Rochester, New York, home to first-call voiceover artist Bob Marini and his Summer Sound Studio. Marini, whose work ranges from narration to voice acting to music composition, has operated the studio out of its current location since 1985. ‚ÄúThe studio‚Äôs focus right now centers around my activities, be it voiceover narration, video game work, voice acting, audio theatrics, jingle writing, or documentary score writing,‚ÄĚ he says. ‚ÄúSo it stays very busy with me. Maybe two or three times per year, I have somebody come in and actually rent an hour. But that‚Äôs really not the focus.‚ÄĚ
Marini‚Äôs initial career in radio led him to work in the voiceover field, and his experience as a musician has helped him add instrumental elements when the situation calls for it. He‚Äôs quick to point out that Rochester is rich in musical talent, but he adds, ‚ÄúI‚Äôve developed a knack for doing a lot of the instrumentation myself, because I needed to as budgets began to prevent me from hiring a lot of people.‚ÄĚ Primarily a guitar player, Marini also plays bass, drums, and keyboards. ‚ÄúGenre-wise, when you‚Äôre running a studio and you‚Äôre in voice talent, anything that comes through the door, you do.‚ÄĚ
As his client list has grown, his studio setup has evolved. Currently, Marini lists his Novation Launchkey 61 controller, a Universal Audio 6176 channel strip, an Apogee Ensemble (‚ÄúA phenomenal converter,‚ÄĚ he notes), and a loaded iMac among his ‚Äúgo-to‚ÄĚ pieces of studio gear. ‚ÄúA lot of stuff is from Sweetwater,‚ÄĚ Marini says. ‚ÄúSweetwater has been a big help to me. I‚Äôm currently with Dave Brow, who‚Äôs my Sales Engineer. He‚Äôs my ‚Äėpartner in audio crime.‚Äô He‚Äôs very good about getting to me when he thinks there‚Äôs something I may like, or after I‚Äôve purchased something to see that I‚Äôm happy with it, that it‚Äôs working out for me ‚ÄĒ or if it‚Äôs not, he takes care of it. I really appreciate that.‚ÄĚ
Marini is excited about new projects and new gear for Summer Sound Studio. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve got a lot of things in store for 2014, and Sweetwater is an enormous part of everything I do with my gear,‚ÄĚ he says. Find out more about Bob Marini‚Äôs work and Summer Sound Studio at bobmarini.com.