Jet Setting Audo Instructor Works in LA
April 20th, 2009

Jet Setting Audo Instructor - Gregg SartianoGregg Sartiano has been flying out to Los Angeles every weekend for the past two months working on the upcoming album of Warren G. Gregg was featured on the cover of Indonesia’s Rolling Stone magazine highlighting his Indonesian project which he completed just before he started teaching at the School of Communication Arts. (SCA)

The Indonesian project was a talent search similar to “American Idol,” looking for the next great talent in Jakarta. The winner received a recording session to record the next big hit. Gregg is still waiting for the outcome of that project, but uses examples of “real world” studio mixes as classroom tools now. Working with translators and numerous people with broken English, the project was completed. “The toughest part of the project was the language barrier,” he claims, but says, “Communication through music is a beautiful experience.”

Gregg is no stranger to the audio industry; he has been making “beats” and working with artists such as Warren G, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, Method Man, B-REAL, and many more. His best friend and colleague James Lugo is the vocal coach for many American Idol contestants. Gregg is well connected to the Hollywood audio world and recently had audio student, David Pruitt, accompany him to a recording session for Warren G’s upcoming album.

Whether Greg is in LA or here at SCA he brings the real world insights and war stories of the industry. This is a real world plus to his students.
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Debra A Hooper
Vice President/Director
School of Communication Arts
@ Digital Circus




Student, David Pruitt Goes to Hollywood
April 20th, 2009

Bright city lights of Hollywood were calling out to audio student David Pruitt as he and Audio Instructor Gregg Sartiano hopped the eye-opener flight from Raleigh, NC to Los Angeles, CA. The two arrived in LA just before noon and drove straight to the studio for a scheduled recording session with Graham Ward and Mark McCombs. Graham Ward is a musical prodigy specializing in percussion, and Mark McCombs is a seasoned jazz pianist.

Almost upon arrival, Gregg, David, and the musicians got straight to work recording, slicing and mixing tracks for an upcoming Warren G album. When things slowed down in the studio, David and Mark were able to venture out into the streets of LA running errands and site seeing. David saw some of the familiar sites he had always seen on television, such as the Walk of Fame, Kodak Theater, Wax Museum, and Capital Records building.

Day two started early, Gregg had five songs to mix before lunch. Later that day, as a creative exercise, Gregg took the fresh tracks they had created and put them on a CD and drove around the city. Mixing business with pleasure, Gregg showed David the “perks” of being an audio engineer in a town like Hollywood. They went into a tall plain looking building and inside David found a hidden treasure of talent, such as the sound engineer for “Cold Play,” Gregg’s good friend James Lugo who is a vocal coach for “American Idol,” and Dave Stewart audio engineer for “Eurythmics.”

David’s determination, talent and passion to be a part of the audio industry in Los Angeles led him to meet Gregg’s peers who accepted him as one of their own. He now has contacts in his field and an open invitation to any one of the studios he visited.

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Debra A Hooper
Vice President/Director
School of Communication Arts
@ Digital Circus