Mark Rubel

Mark is an Instructor and Co-Director for The Blackbird Academy. He has taught audio, music technology, music business, and the history of rock to thousands of students since 1985. He has taught at various colleges and universities, and served as the Audio and Recording Director at Eastern Illinois University’s $70 million Doudna Arts Center. Mark has recorded and produced extensively since 1980, both at his Pogo Studio in Champaign, Illinois and elsewhere. He serves as panelist, moderator, lecturer, workshop leader and recording judge at numerous audio conferences, including national and regional Audio Engineering Society Conferences, the Tape Op and Potluck Conferences, SXSW, and many more. He is on the national board of SPARS (the Society of Professional Recording Services) and also belongs to NARAS, AES, ASCAP, MEIEA and EARS. Mark is a musician, recording engineer and producer, and also works as a consultant and legal expert witness in the fields of audio and copyright. He has written occasionally in such publications as Mix Magazine and for Tape Op Magazine, for whom he interviewed Les Paul.

Recent Posts

Pro Tools Tips: Playlists and Comping

Greetings from Blackbird Studio and The Blackbird Academy! Here is some information that we hope will help you.


Recording Piano 101

Greetings from Blackbird Studio and The Blackbird Academy!

The acoustic piano is one of the most wonderful instruments we get the pleasure to record...


What to Consider When Recording Bass Guitar

Bass guitar recording is an important skill. The bass provides the harmonic foundation for the music, and helps form the rhythmic pulse. It can..


The Studio Production Hierarchy

Greetings! Here at The Blackbird Academy, we teach many subjects: technology and techniques, critical listening, business skills, history, acoustics,..


What to Think About When EQing Vocals

Greetings from Blackbird! Here are some points about equalizing vocals, ranging from general to specific.