Soundwaves and Stories: Mark Rubel, Producer


Mark Rubel: Critically Acclaimed Producer / Engineer / Musician / Educator (Hum, Alison Krauss, Los Lobos)

Join us on an inspiring episode of The Jay Franze Show as we sit down with a true luminary in music education and recording, Mark Rubel. With a career spanning decades and a passion for sound that knows no bounds, Mark has shaped the musical landscape through his teaching, production work, and unyielding dedication to preserving the art of sound.

As the Director of Education for The Blackbird Academy and a former Audio and Recording Director at Eastern Illinois University’s Doudna Arts Center, Mark has imparted his wisdom to countless students, fostering the next generation of audio engineers and music enthusiasts. Throughout his journey, he’s shared his expertise in audio, music technology, the music business, and rock history, leaving an indelible mark on his students’ lives.

Beyond the classroom, Mark’s influence resonates through the music he’s produced at his famed Pogo Studio, with an impressive client list including Hum, Alison Krauss, Rascal Flatts, and many more. His recording prowess extends to capturing unforgettable performances at events like the Wall to Wall/Ellnora Guitar Festival, where he’s worked with musical icons like Los Lobos, Calexico, and Ani DiFranco.

Mark’s dynamic presence is not confined to the studio. He’s a sought-after panelist, moderator, lecturer, and workshop leader at renowned audio conferences like the Audio Engineering Society Conferences and SXSW. His expertise extends to the legal realm, where he serves as a consultant and expert witness in audio and copyright cases.

In this episode, Mark shares captivating stories from his journey, the evolution of recording studios from the ’60s to the ’70s, and the pivotal role of education in shaping the music industry’s future. We delve into his experiences with legendary artists, insights into the art of production, and his work as a writer for esteemed publications like Tape Op and Mix Magazine.

Tune in to The Jay Franze Show as we explore Mark Rubel’s multifaceted career, his unbreakable bond with music, and his mission to inspire the next generation of sound enthusiasts. Whether you’re an audio aficionado, a music history buff, or simply someone who appreciates the magic of sonic storytelling, this episode promises to resonate with you on every wavelength.

Show Information

  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: Mark Rubel
  • Recorded: August 14, 2023


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