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Mark Hornsby

Producer, Engineer, Sound Designer, and Pro Audio Consultant & Columnist

It's all about people skills. Literally. It doesn't matter if you're the greatest engineer in the world, if you're not a cool person to hang out with in a room for 15 hours at a time, you probably won't get called back for the gig.

ProMedia Trainer Mark Hornsby

Mark Hornsby has earned a solid reputation over the years as an award-winning engineer, producer, and certified Pro Tools expert, guiding artists and helping them bring out their unique sound—be it rock, Christian, country, blues, Broadway, or anything in between. Whether it’s a 48-track live recording, a custom studio project, a seventy-five minute progressive rock album, vocal editing, or drum recording, chances are he has worked on it. His resume reflects that diversity, and includes entries with artists ranging from Jon Anderson (Yes) and New Found Glory, to Travis Tritt and The Judds. Recently, Hornsby re-recorded a Genesis classic, “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway”, at Java Jive Studio in Nashville, featuring some of Music City’s best session players.

As a sought-after consultant and sound designer, he adds his expertise to a variety of high-profile audio technology companies such as IK Multimedia and Sonic Reality; the “Studio ProFiles” library he co-produced for Sonic Reality will be released at the 2009 NAMM Show.

He is a regular contributing writer on music technology for Recording Magazine and Tape Op.

  • How did you break into the music business?
    I actually grew up around it. Aside from being a musician, my uncle was already a successful engineer in Nashville. My first job was running sound for a Television broadcast in my hometown of Johnson City, TN when I was 12 years old. By the time I got out of high school, I was working at the local CBS affiliate doing everything from commercial production to voiceover work. At that point, I decided to move to Nashville to pursue music production full-time.
  • What was your first real success?
    I guess co-owning a studio in Florida, Ridenour Studios, was a real turning point. We literally had about 300 musicians come through there during the course of a week for one reason or another. One day, it would be a Grammy award-winning artist getting ready to go out on tour, the next day, it was an ‘unheard’ of band (like New Found Glory) recording their very first album. At the time it seemed like a lot of work, but looking back, we did a lot of cool stuff.
  • How long have you been teaching at PMT?
    I have been teaching for Pro Media Training for almost three years. The curriculum is, bar none, exactly what you need to be able to either get started in the music business or improve your professional engineering skills.
  • What advice do you have for someone trying to break into the biz?
    It's all about people skills. Literally. It doesn't matter if you're the greatest engineer in the world, if you're not a cool person to hang out with in a room for 15 hours at a time, you probably won't get called back for the gig.

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