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 mixing engineer, A1, A2, and educator with thirty years of professional industry experience, currently based in central Florida. Sean is the founder and chief engineer for Mixing The Band™ and creator of The Ear Training Kit™. He is also a card-carrying member of IATSE Union Local 631 and Infocomm certified AV CTS.
On drums, he is a DW Artist (Drum Workshop – Drums, Pedals, and Hardware) and former world touring and recording drummer for The Pat Travers Band, Molly Hatchet, Outbound Road, and Brian Howe.
Sean has worked with artists such as Bret Michaels (Poison), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Billy Payne (Little Feat), Molly Hatchet, Brian Howe (Bad Company), Impellitteri, Amanda Overmyer (American Idol), and the Pat Travers Band, along with The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and corporate clients like Pepsi, Chevy, The Tonight Show, Universal Studios, and many others.
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After graduating with honors and a Regents Scholarship from Frontier Central High School in 1982 (Hamburg, New York), Sean Shannon spent the next 5 years in college at the State University of New York’s College at Fredonia, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in The Science of Music Production in 1987.
At SUNY Fredonia, Sean studied drums and percussion with Dr. Theodore Frazeur, and recording with digital audio pioneer Dave Moulton in the School of Music’s Tonmeister Program. During this time, Sean also designed and constructed two sets of stereo 2-way / time-aligned control room monitor speakers with KEF drivers and crossovers for the University’s Mason Hall Studios A and B.
After graduation, Sean relocated to central Florida in 1987, accepting a position as a live sound show operator for Sea World of Florida. Sean is currently an audio engineer (A1, A2), Infocomm certified AV CTS.
Working with the regional recording studios and production companies led to many connections, and soon Sean found himself on drums in the studio and touring internationally with various arena rock bands like Molly Hatchet, Les Dudek, and The Pat Travers Band.
Over the years Sean has produced and engineered hundreds of recordings (many times as both the engineer and a performer on the same session) and is comfortable on both sides of the studio glass. 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 course for audio engineers is held in the studio, and utilizes Sean’s own methods for teaching mixing. The home study version of the course is available on here: 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 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 charts.
Sean is currently drumming, producing music, and mixing live events. He is also developing training materials for the Mixing The Band™ audio ear training and mixing training courses, and is a contributing writer for Recording Magazine, presenting articles on various mixing and audio engineering topics.