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Gary Cobb

Gary Cobb - Owner

Gary started his career in audio back in 1973, as the sound engineer for local band called Porter County Line. He started recording demos in his house in 1975 on a Sony 1/4" 2 track machine with a Peavey 600s mixer. He mixed live sound and cut demos for many local bands. He also jobbed himself out as a freelance engineer for a sound company called Bridgewater Custom Sound.

During the mid 70's until the early 80's he took several courses in electronics at South Suburban Community College and Sound System and Control Room Design programs with Synergetic Audio Concepts of San Juan Capistrano, California. He was also the Front of House Engineer for many festivals from (1978 - 1995) in Chicago and Mexico City (i.e. Chicago Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Viva, Taste of Chicago, Mexico City Jazz and Blues Festivals). During this Time he added an Otari 1" 8 track and 3M 2" 16 track machine to his home studio.

In Febraury 1984 he purchased a studio called Timbre recording, which had been around since the late 70's he changed the name of the facility to ARS (Audio Recording Studios) and reopened it in April of 84. Because Gary has maintained both his Live and Studio engineering jobs he manages to keep himself current in all facets of audio production.

Still today Gary is actively involved in Live Sound, Mastering and Audio Restoration (he has been deemed an expert witness in the field of Audio Forensics by the Illinois legal system) and he has cleaned up and/or recovered many undercover tapes for the DEA, FBI, ATF, and DOC. His client list is comprised of many local, national, and international clients. He has mixed sound, designed systems, recorded or mastered for many different acts from Aerosmith, George Benson, Chuck Berry, Eddie Blazonczyk, Ray Charles, Stanley Clark, Al Dimeola, Cameo, Chicago, Peter Gabriel, Poi Dog Pondering, Diana Ross, Soul Children of Chicago, Dionne Warwick, White House Communications (since Gerald Ford up to & including the current administration), Lisbon World Expo'98, Hanover World Expo 2000, Israeli Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, London Symphony Orchestra, Placido Domingo, Ramone Vargas, and the Mexico City Symphony Orchestra and many more.