Rick Derringer (left) and Del Couch
Photo: Mr. Bonzai
After 20 years as a real estate agent, 56-year-old recent Berkleemusic.com graduate Del Couch now owns and operates his recording studio in Palmetto, Fla. (just south of Tampa), Howling Dog Studios, which hosts local bands and musicians available for session work. Last year, Couch recorded with neighbor rocker/producer Rick Derringer. “Rick told me if I got hip to Pro Tools, he would certainly like to record at my studio,” said Couch. “All I knew about recording was from reading trade magazines, so when I heard about Berklee online, I signed up for Pro Tools 101. I not only learned how to become a digital engineer, but I also found out what equipment and software I should buy.”
Couch then took Mixing and Mastering With Pro Tools and the Production Workshop courses. “Just having my certificates on the wall has really helped make the studio a success,” Couch said. Howling Dog is centered on a Digidesign/Focusrite Control|24 mixing console and Pro Tools|HD3 Accel running on a Mac G5, as well as top-notch mics and outboard gear.