Riley J. Connell
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First and Last Name
Riley Connell
What is your profession?
Sound Engineer
Website
http://www.ryedawg.com
How did you find this Network, and please name that source
My friend, Harold Smiley Davis told me about it.
My Bio/Profile
Riley started his career as an assistant engineer for Ed Mashal (Recording Engineer for the Eagles) at Criteria Studios and Quad Radial Studios in Miami, FL. way back in 1989. This led to a temporary Production Assistant/Assistant MIDI Tech position with Miami record producer Ramone Arcusa, who at the time was producing a Julio Iglesisas album at Criteria Studios. He was then hired as a staff engineer at New River Studios in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in 1990.

At New River, Riley worked on projects that earned three platinum album awards, one gold album award (Skid Row, Jimmy Buffett, Yngwie Malmsteen, Extreme), other projects hailed numerous Ampex Golden Reel Awards, an ADDY Award with Music a la Carte and a Grammy Nomination for best Mexican-American Vocal Album (Juan Gabriel-"El Mexico Que Se Nos Fue"). New River afforded Riley the chance to learn his craft with some real experts. He had the honor of working with some pretty well respected producers and engineers. Guys like Hans Zimmer, Jim Gaines, James & Ron Last, Tom Hartman, Ramone Arcusa, Rudy Perez, Michael Wagener, Erwin Musper, Mario Breuer, Eric Schilling, Russ Kunkle, Jeff Glixman, Ed Mashal, Jim Thomas, Larry Janus, and Dave Barton just to name a few (the list goes on and on). Each one provided him with more knowledge and insight than he could have ever imagined and Riley is forever in their debt for showing him his true calling. Thanks guys! Also, while at New River, Riley was fortunate enough to work on several film scores/sound tracks, dialogue/ADR for the films, "Days of Thunder", "Beverly Hills Cop III", "Super Mario Brothers", "Kidnapped" and Disney's "Hunchback of Notre Dame" as well as hundreds of radio and TV spots for "Block Buster Video", "Florida Tourism", "Florida Lottery", "Planet Hollywood", "Goya" and many more.

In 1996, he was head hunted by Walt Disney Entertainment. In conjunction with IATSE, he started working as a live sound engineer, doing everything from sound design, sound system installation to mixing live shows and special events. He was also the engineer for a Beatles tribute band called The British Invasion.

During his tenure at Disney, Riley started Rye Dawg Productions. Rye Dawg was started in the fall of 2001 with one client doing a four song demo. That first client is now becoming very successful in NYC and her craft just gets better and better. Since that first simple session, Rye Dawg has recorded and co-produced many vocal demos, voice over's, music and sound fx tracks, mostly for actors/singers working on their professional reels and independent productions. Riley is also working with several bands such as The Pheromones and Fully Loadid doing their live sound, and having a great time doing it. He's still a member of IATSE and has attended Syn-Aud-Con seminars on electro-acoustics.

Most recently, Riley joined the team at Urban Soundz Studio, owned by recording artist, Jen Stackpole, in Deltona, FL. and working with two great engineer/producers, Frank Starchak (Deltona Records Studio) and Adrian Sutton (Urban Soundz Studio).

Riley is also a member of the QVC Television Network's Remote Productions Team, doing live remote broadcasts around the world.

So if you're looking for a professional in the recording/live sound industry with a passion for doing things right the first time, please feel free to contact Riley. Be sure to check out some of the Recording, Live Sound and Film/TV/Radio productions he's worked on.

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At 12:29pm on October 10, 2011, Cory James said…

Welcome Riley ... interesting timeline of your profile.Our timing was different, but similar studio experiences. I was the 1st contracted Music News Producer / Interviewer & Voice for MTV '81 - '85 headquartered in Coconut Grove, Fl. My ENG Combat-Video News Crew, called 'The Men in The Blue Suits' reported worldwide, but did many So. Florida MTV segments at all the studios you mentioned... the focus of our reports being various Recording engineers & producers, the artists' sessions & their down time in Miami.. too many bands to mention, plus Tom Dowd; Bob Ingria; Jack Douglas; Mac Emmerman (and others I can't remember) BGees; DEVO-MeatLoaf-Ramones-Pat Travers-S.Stills-Allman Bros. to site just a few ... and that studio in the Grove where the Eagles recorded w/ Bill Symzick (spelled wrong here) I think it was called Bayshore Studios,we did reports with Al kooper/ Jefferson Starship & others. I'm still in close touch with Gary Vandy (the NEW Studio Center-Miami)& Robert W. Walker ( Walker Sound in LA ) ... & David Hughes (DigiVibes) ... welcome to this site & good luck... I sure do miss those early days of prolific Studio-Music activities ...

 

 

At 4:50pm on October 9, 2011, Harold Davis said…
At 4:47pm on October 09, 2011, Harold Davis gave Riley J. Connell a gift
At 4:10pm on October 09, 2011, leroy radcliffe gave Riley J. Connell a gift
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Hey Riley, welcome aboard. this is the best network in the world thanks to our Mr. Smiley (Davis) all the best, neighbor - leroy
At 3:59pm on October 9, 2011, Harold Davis said…

Hello Riley! My God it's great to have you on the TMP! You are the one guy I shared part of my life with while in Miami... From Ted Nugent, to the Bee Gees~! Man I could go on forever~!  

I am just happy to say..........  I will always be here for you, and I hope you can say the same... lol

We got so much catching up to do........  And I hope we can do a production together soon....

 

Love you Brother,

Harold

 
 
 

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