In 1983 I received my first “real” synthesizer, the Moog Prodigy. That was later followed by a Moog Opus 3, a Hohner D6 Clarinet, and finally a Roland Juno 60. My interest in composing and recording music was sparked and so was my interest in sound.
My first mixer, the Realistic Stereo Audio Mixer.
Allusion performing at an after game dance. I was playing a Juno 60, a Yamaha CX5 with a DX100 connected via MIDI. There was a Casio SK5 sampler on the music stand in front of me. We played music by ABC, Simple Minds, and originals. Pictured is Scott Franzke, Derrick Hodnett, and myself.
This Side Up performing at a church in Duncanville. I was playing a Hohner headless guitar most likely running through a Rocktron processor of some sort. I also had an Alesis Quadrasynth with a Roland MC-50 sequencer. Robert Mooty played a Roland TD7 and Derrick Hodnett played a Yamaha Motion B bass through a Hartke Bass rig. We played all original music, often compared to Rush meets Michael W. Smith.
Time of Silence
Time of Silence was formed in 1996, original members include myself, Paul Barnett, Amy Spence, Joshua Payne, and Chris Bussey. The membership changed throughout the years. The band sound was described as mid-80s stadium rock. We played all over Arkansas and Texas. We used click tracks before click tracks had become common. I recorded all of the keyboard parts, click, as well as the lighting cues into a Roland XP-80. Paul played a Roland TD-7 drum kit as well as a Yamaha Stage Custom kit. My guitars were a Heartfield Talon IV and an RR9 running through a Boss GX700, that was also controlled by the XP-80.
Sound & Silence Music Service was created. I was no longer in any bands so I began recording bands and solo artists in my dorm room. I eventually added live sound, then added some lights, that’s sort of when it all started…..
Sound & Silence Music Service became S&S Music. Sound and Lighting was added to the offerings and this was our first event, parents day at HSU. The PA was Audio Centron ACE-1F, Audio Centron amps, and an old Allen & Heath 16 channel console. Notice the homemade power distro leaning against the stage.
S&S Music makes it official. We relocated to Katy, TX for a year and registered with the state to be a legit business. While there the production system grew significantly. The Yorkville TX system, complete with 4 TX8, 4 TX9, 4 TX5M, and two racks full of Yorkville AP series power amps and processors. S&S Music became a Yorkville, Elation, and Sennheiser dealer.
S&S Music relocates to Arkadelphia, AR and opens up a full line music store. We sold guitars, amps, drums, sound equipment, lighting, and we even had a recording studio in the store.
S&S Music buys a spot at a brand new shopping center in Arkadelphia. We were able to design the store from the ground up, well, the inside of the store. We had a lesson room, a storage room, and a studio with a separate control room, drum room, and two vocal rooms. In 2008 I sold the new location to a church and moved to a smaller spot about a mile away. About 10 months later I made the painful decision to close the store and move to Dallas.
Cornerstone Audio Visual was conceived after I spent half a year working for a large AV integration firm as an account manager for churches. As a former dealer of many lines with S&S Music I was able to continue carrying them with CAV. S&S Music had also established a long list of sound clients that continued with me. Our show services has grown and continues to expand. We now have two audio systems that work well with smaller or larger venues. We have added a multi camera video set up that can be projected on to 2 screens (2 different sizes available), live-stream broadcast, and even recorded. We can also make a live multi-track recording of your event and mix it in our studio, or you can take the stems and mix it in your own setup. Our lighting system uses all LED fixtures for low heat and low energy consumption.
In 2014 we were able to convert one of the larger rooms in our house to a recording studio. Everyone in the family contributed. Special thanks to my father-in-law Jerry Scott and my wife Tanya. They performed a lot of the work while I was out on shows during the summer. The studio has 2 rooms, a control room and a sound room. It is constructed with double stud walls, 3/4” quiet-rock and 3/4” sheet rock on every wall and ceiling. The studio has evolved over the years, from a Mac Pro tower to a Mac Mini, a Midas M32 console to MOTU Ultralite MK5 i/o. Here are some never seen before photos of the construction of the studio.
Tanya picks out the colors, Ruby decides to take a nap.
The materials leave Home Depot headed for home.
The original carpet is removed and the glue scraped off
The wall frames are bolted to the floor
Tanya staples in the insulation
Wall frames are complete, the ceiling framing comes next
More insulation goes in, electric wiring is run
Ceiling goes in, second attic door installed
The hallway will have R13 insulation, a layer of quiet-brace on each side, and 3/4” sheetrock on each side
Sheetrock is hung with the sheetrock lift, the black pieces are the quiet-rock. It is installed behind the sheetrock.
Tape and bed, sand and texture. It got dust all over the entire house
Ready for the sliding door
After the paint its time to lay the wood floor
Waiting for the glass, painting is all done.
glass is in, floor is done, the desk and Midas are placed
Oriental carpet is down, sound dampening is up
Here’s how the control room looks now. I’ve added some new furniture, added an office desk, and hung some stuff on the wall. So much has changed since I originally opened the studio. The development of the software has really improved the final products.