Meet the Staff
Our instructors are engineers, so as an Omega student you will learn from the professionals who've made a career out of audio production and engineering. Their list of accolades is long, and they're the ones who will be teaching you the art of audio engineering. Their real-world experience and the fact that they also work on the studio side of Omega makes them the ideal teachers for our students.
Jim Curtis, Chief Engineer: Jim Curtis is a Pro Tools HD expert-certified recording engineer with over 17 years of in-studio experience. Jim graduated from SUNY Stoney Brook in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He came on board at Omega in 1995 as an Assistant Recording Engineer, and rose to Chief Engineer in 2009. Jim’s many credits include David Archuleta, Dru Hill, Radiohead, Third Eye Blind, Lou Reed, Blindboys of Alabama, NBC Sports. As an expert certified Pro Tools engineer, Jim is part of a select group that numbers less than 100 engineers worldwide. Jim teaches Pro Tools techniques at Omega as part of the Audio Production Techniques and Audio for Film and Television programs, as well as all levels of recording studio instruction.
Scotty O'Toole, Senior Staff Engineer: Scotty started working at a small multitrack studio about 1999 after taking some classes at the Omega Studios School and he hasn't looked back. He's been working as a full time engineer, out of a variety of studios, ever since. He feels fortunate to have worked with many great artists and bands over the years.
Peter Novak, Staff Engineer:
Grammy award winning engineer Pete Novak started his career after completing the audio engineer program at Omega studios. After receiving a degree in music from Radford university, Pete attended the Omega School for a year long course in the recording arts and science. He knew that he wanted to work with the biggest artists in the world so he decided to pick up and move to Los Angeles. The story is similar to that of most engineers, he started as a runner at Larrabee Sound Studios. After a short period of time as a runner he moved into the assistant engineer role. He started working on sessions from everyone from Stevie Nicks to Dr. Dre. The time and dedication would soon pay off. After assisting and doing some smaller freelance sessions he was soon getting calls to engineer sessions for Aftermath artists and even Outkast. The Outkast sessions lead to him work alongside Andre 3000 for about a year and a half on The Love Below. That work resulted in several Grammy nominations and even the Award for album of the year. After that, he went to to work with Gwen Stefani on her first solo album "Love, Angel, Music, Baby," again garnering several Grammy nominations. For a two year span he was Will Smith's personal engineer, overseeing all of his recording and running his studio facility. He has since moved back to the Baltimore/ DC area where he is now a staff engineer at Omega Studios and an instructor at the Omega School. http://www.discogs.com/artist/147030-Pete-Novak
Adam Stamper, Senior Staff Engineer: Adam Stamper began experimenting with audio recording at an early age. Like so many others of his generation he began on an old 4-track cassette recorder (the Tascam Portastudio). Adam later moved on to computer based audio production and it is there in the digital domain that he fell in love with music and audio. For years his interest in audio remained an important part of his life as he assisted local bands in recording and running sound for live shows. Always artistic, Adam first studied graphic design in the mountains of North Carolina before moving to the DC area to enroll in the Omega Studios’ School of Applied Recording Arts and Sciences. After graduating at the top of his class Adam began his professional career in audio by establishing his own freelance engineering and audio consulting business. In 2005 he was hired as an engineer at Omega Recording Studios and has since worked with a wide range of clients, including guitarist Mike Stern, rock band Def Leppard, comedian Cedric the Entertainer, Disney Cruiselines, Folger Shakespeare Library, gospel artist Richard Smallwood, producer Brian Transeau (BT), and many others. Adam possesses expert level certification in Pro Tools.
Nick Martin, Audio Engineer: Nick Martin studied Recording Engineering at the Omega Studios School of Applied Recording Arts and Sciences from 2007-2008. He also has a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Capitol College. He has been a staff engineer at Omega Studios since 2011, where he also teaches courses for the Omega audio engineering school in Recording Engineering and Pro Tools. Prior to working at Omega Studios, Nick spent several years as a freelance engineer recording in basements and bedrooms with some of his favorite local artists. His credits include Raheem DeVaughn and Aretha Franklin, as well as local independent artists The Sea Life and Pree.
Bill Mueller, Audio Engineer and Instructor: Bill joined the staff at Omega Recording Studios in February 2014 as a full-time audio engineer and audio engineering school instructor for the Audio Engineering School. Bill has been an audio/video engineer since the early 1970’s, has a Grammynomination, a TEC Award nomination, nominations for a variety of other music awards, and has worked for over 150 major artists.
Neal Keller, Audio Engineer: Neal attended the Omega Studios’ School between 1991 and 1992, and was invited to join the staff as an adjunct in 1994. In 2008 Neal became a member of the full time staff. Neal’s main areas of expertise include live sound, A/V, presentation systems, mobile recording, and lighting. Neal also has an extensive background in MIDI, sound synthesis, sampling, as well as software based digital audio workstation systems, and video editing systems. Neal has mixed sound for Clan Of Xymox, Romania, Covenant, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Doc Scatlin’s Imperial Palms Orchestra, I Scintilla, Dawn Robinson (En Vogue), Dismemberment Plan, and Mindless Faith. Neal’s main teaching responsibilities at Omega include the Sound Reinforcement For Live Performance Program (Live Sound), for which he has served as the primary instructor since 1994. Neal also teaches classes in the MIDI program and the recording programs. Neal helped to revise Omega’s MIDI program in 2011 to include classes on remixing techniques and advanced sound synthesis.