My goal is to provide high quality audio production and training services to the international music community, and bang a few drums along the way!
Sean Shannon is a DW Drum Artist and audio engineer with over twenty years of experience in recording studios and on the stage; he is also the founder and chief engineer for Mixing The Band.
Sean’s work history includes such notable rock acts as Molly Hatchet, Brian Howe’s Bad Company, Impellitteri, Rob Rock, and the Pat Travers Band, along with production and audio gigs for companies like Pepsi, Chevy, The Tonight Show, and Universal Studios.
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After graduating with honors and a Regents Scholarship from Frontier Central High School in 1982, Sean spent the next five years at SUNY Fredonia. At the University, he studied Engineering Mechanics and Computer Science from 1982 to 1985, before his acceptance into the School of Music and the Tonmeister Studies Bachelor of Science Degree Program.
While at Fredonia Sean studied drums and percussion with Dr. Theodore Frazeur and recording with digital audio pioneer Dave Moulton. During this time, Sean designed and constructed two sets of stereo 2-way time-aligned control room monitor speakers with KEF drivers and crossovers for the University’s Studio A and Studio B.
Sean relocated to central Florida in 1987, doing live sound for Sea World of Florida. This move led to connections, and Sean was soon on drums touring nationally and internationally with various arena rock bands like Molly Hatchet, The Pat Travers Band, Brian Howe’s Bad Co., and others.
Over the years Sean has worked on a lot of recordings as both engineer and performer (many times both at the same time). He has had the pleasure of working on records with talented producers and mixers such as Steve Thompson (Guns N’ Roses, Wu–Tang Clan), Dennis MacKay (Judas Priest, Pat Travers Band), Jon FX (Gyptian, Bounty Killer), and Malcolm Springer (Collective Soul, Faith Hill); their approaches to making records have inspired Sean’s own production methods.
Sean founded The Mixing Workshop™ in 2007. This hands-on, audio ear training and mixing training program for engineers was held in the multi-studio SSL6056-based studio complex PARC Studios, and was based on Sean’s own methods for teaching mixing. The home studio version of the course is now called Mixing The Band™.
In 2008 Sean was credentialed at Orlando’s Valencia Community College, teaching audio and MIDI. One of his most memorable achievements for Valencia was teaching a college-level MIDI course to a blind student, using Cakewalk’s Sonar and the CakeTalking application.
In 2011 Sean formed the hard rock / American country cross-genre band Outbound Road. The band’s debut album, Hard Country, was co-produced by Sean and Malcolm Springer (Sean was also responsible for mixing and final mastering). The album featured the song Home To Me (co-written by Sean), which made the Top 10 on the Independent Country Music chart.
Over the last few years, Sean has had the pleasure of working with notable artists like Rob Rock, Impellitteri, Pat Travers, Two Wolf, The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Carmine Appice, and Billy Payne. Sean is currently making records with players from all over the world thanks to internet file transfer, and is active in audio education with his Mixing The Band™ audio ear training and mixing training courses.
Sean is also a contributing writer for Recording Magazine, presenting articles on various mixing and audio engineering topics.