I am a 30-year professional in the Music Retail Industry. I have a degree in Music, and studied Audio Engineering at Columbia College Chicago. In addition, I owned and operated my own music store, commercial recording studio, and live sound company in SC for over 7 years before coming to Sweetwater. As a live sound engineer, I have mixed FOH for such diverse artists as The Motels, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Spyro Gyra, and Mark Wills - even did live sound for a few political figures such as Sen. Strom Thurmond, Sen. Bob Dole, Mrs. Barbara Bush, Mrs. Laura Bush ...even Ross Perot!
As a musician, I play guitar, bass, and keyboards, and have played professionally since the age of seventeen. I have played all over the US and Europe, but am now content to write and record in my home studio!
I find it rewarding to be able to apply the lessons learned by my experience to help my customers realize their goals when they're buying equipment or trying to solve problems.
As your personal contact here at Sweetwater, please let me know anytime I can offer help or advice.
(800) 222-4700 ext 1299E-mail Randy
My Certifications are with Solid State Logic Matrix, Apogee, Auralex Level 1, Focusrite RedNet, Vivitek, and I am a graduate of Rode Microphone University and Sweetwater University.
Savannah, GA, but spent most of my adult life in South Carolina
Music Store/Recording Studio/Live Sound Company owner
I was looking for a new challenge, hopefully with a company that mirrored my ideals of customer service - I was successful!
Proficient in recording hardware, computers and software, guitars and amps
I'm married to my wife of 16 years, Stuart Crockett-Akins, and have one daughter, Annika.
I am a Grill Master!!!!
Classic Sci-Fi novels
A customer needed something for a performance the next day, but it was too late for us to ship it to him in time. As he was only 80 miles away, I delivered it to him personally that night after work.
A rock festival in Germany for over 20,000 people!
Randy Akins is very helpful. He answers all my questions and has always been there for me.
Scott from Russell, KS
Randy Akins and Sweetwater ALWAYS exceed expectations. I only but from Sweetwater because as a professional studio owner, I only buy form friends and professionals.
Mike from Pasadena, MD
You guys are awesome. I saw this product online and decided to run into a local competitor since I was right there and their website said they had 2 in stock. After waiting 30 min. for them to figure out they only had one (which all of the software codes had been stolen out of the box) the guy tried to talk me into something I didn’t want for more money. After another 20 minutes had gone by, now frustrated and not wanting to talk to any more of their sales guys, I pulled up your website on my phone and ordered it from you right there in the store and you call me before I even get home to tell me it would be here tomorrow and you gave me a little off. That’s customer service. I seriously don’t know how this place has stayed in business this long. You are top notch. Just want you to know you are appreciated Randy!
Tony from Chesterfield, MI
Excellent customer service, excellent product, excellent staff! I love that I can always reach a live person with questions. I always get individual treatment.
Kathy from Wilmington, NC
Absolutely amazed by the personal service on our order! It is obvious customer satisfaction is a priority. Your company would be the first place we would look for music related items. Great prices, great service and BTW, even the little touch of adding some candy made my kids very pleased! Thank you!
David from Renton, WA