The Staff and Facilities of Western Sound Studio


John Campos

          John Campos is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Production and Engineering. Since 1987 he has been the director of Western Sound Studio in the School of Music at Western Michigan University where he also teaches courses in audio engineering. Campos has taught classes and workshops in recording to all levels of students, from high school to graduate students in the Master’s program at WMU. Campos plays guitar, mandolin and violin and is an active performer and songwriter.

Bryan Heany

          Bryan Heany is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. He was the departmental scholar in 2008 and was accepted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Long devoted to projects of interest, Bryan has continued in music as a drummer, live & recording sound engineer, and now-former radio show host. Bryan also enjoys welding, general shop projects, nature, and the unnatural. He is employed by WMU as the Sound Studio manager, as well as a staff engineer. He is also self-employed mostly in the field of live sound and audio recording, with an ever-growing client list which now includes Fontana Chamber Arts, the Gilmore Foundation, the Kalamazoo Public Library, Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra and many freelance bands. Bryan is currently working towards an MA in Communication at WMU.


Western Sound Studio

          Western Sound Studios is both a full-service commercial recording studio and a teaching facility in the School of Music at Western Michigan University. The studio is equipped with state of the art equipment including world-class microphones (Neumann, AKG, Royer, DPA, etc.), microphone preamplifiers (Avalon, Cranesong, John Hardy, True Systems, API), compressors (Cranesong, API, dBX), and much more. The studio is also home to a RADAR hard disc recorder, a Pro Tools HD3 Accel workstation, and a Digidesign 003 remote recording rig. (Click here for a complete equipment list) The studio records many of the School of Music's ensembles both in live performances and studio recordings for commercial release. Clients and students also have the option of using the 458-seat Dalton Recital Hall when the acoustics suit their projects.