Grammy Award-Winning Studio Engineer Hired at Vol State

Submitted on September 26, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Five Grammy awards, more than 20 years of recording experience, and work on more than 120 number one singles gives Steve Bishir plenty of credentials. The new Volunteer State Community College recording studio coordinator has engineered in studios across Nashville and around the world, including the famous Abbey Road Studios in London. He says though, that he wants to teach Vol State students the art of having a positive impact in the studio, while remaining in the background.

"You have to be somewhat malleable in your personality given some of the situations," Bishir said. "Someone good can anticipate what that next question or next request will be. A great assistant helps the recording process move along."

Vol State recording studio classes can help students get a foot in the door at studios as interns and eventually assistant engineers. Vol State grads are currently working in studios across Nashville. Bishir brings to the program years of experience working with artists such as Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Michael W. Smith, Nick Lachey and Steve Curtis Chapman. He was nominated for "Best Engineered Recording by the Grammy Committee. Bishir recorded the London Session Orchestra on more than 100 projects. He says the well equipped Vol State studio gives students a chance to get hands-on with some of the latest gear, including an Avid/Euphonix S5 Fusion Digital Audio Console with Eucon Technology.

"You have to build your palette of knowledge and that happens over time. You just need to do it. This is one of those things you can only learn by doing it."

Vol State offers a Recording Industry Management Program and Commercial Music Program. Music students also work in the studio on various projects during the year. The College plans a recording studio open house on Tuesday, October 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the studio in the Ramer building room 167. It is free and open to the public. For more information on the Vol State Recording Studio visit www.volstate.edu/recordingstudio or contact Mr. Bishir at steve.bishir@volstate.edu

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