Groove Tunes Studios Featured In North Fulton County News
Groove Tunes Studios: Helping Musicians Sound Their Best
"Groove Tunes Studios is a state-of-the-art recording studio located in Alpharetta, owned and operated by Eric Tunison. The studio is equipped with the top-of-the-line Pro Tools HD digital recording system along with high quality microphones and a host of other studio equipment. I visited with Eric last week and had the pleasure of being wowed by his facility. On the day of our interview there was a TV pilot video shoot taking place, but in between cameras rolling I had the opportunity to sit down with Eric for a chat.
Steven Ming: Eric, this place is amazing! How did Groove Tunes get its start and what is your role in all of this?
Eric Tunison: Hey Steve, good to see you. I don’t usually have video cameras in the studio so today is a bit out of the ordinary. As far as the studio goes, you might say it sort of evolved from a life long association with and love for music. My role is I own and operate the business.
SM: So you are the studio owner and the chief engineer. Are you also a musician?
ET: Yep. I’ve been involved with music and sound recording since high school, which was a very long time ago for me! I started out playing lead guitar and singing vocals for a California rock band in the ‘60’s called The Classics. We cut some records in Los Angeles and I caught the recording bug then. When the band dissolved I moved to Seattle to attend college and study engineering. It was while I was in Seattle that I bought a multi-track tape recorder and started learning how to play all the parts of songs I liked, you know, all the guitar parts, bass guitar, keyboards, drums, vocals – you name it. I was able to put all this to good use when I became the musical director for a musical/comedy troupe in Tacoma, Washington, called The Twilight Zone Players. I played and recorded all the musical parts for all the skits and parodies written for these crazy funny people. It was a gas.
SM: So I imagine having that sort of musical background helps you work with musicians in the studio.
ET: Most definitely. Having played many of the instruments myself helps me understand where they’re going with their parts and where those parts need to go in the song mix. And because I have an understanding of music theory I can assist with an arrangement if needed, or help a vocalist find a harmony. Being a recording engineer is not all technical stuff, much of it is musical."