Producer, Mixer & Engineer
(Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd, Steve Smith, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker)
Dennis Moody has been working as a recording engineer since the late 1970's. His first job was at Paramount Recording Studios in Hollywood. He worked there for many years. While employed there, he had the opportunity to work with many name acts, such as Prince, Aerosmith, Diana Ross, Iggy Pop, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Womack and Womack, The Jacksons, Stanley Clarke, The Commodores, and many more. During his time at Paramount, he was the personal engineer for legendary Motown producer Hal Davis, with whom he worked with for over ten years. Moody felt very fortunate to have had this experience to work with Hal, Berry Gordy, and many others at Motown Records.
In the mid 1980's, Mr. Moody became a freelance engineer to allow him greater opportunity within the industry. During this time Mr. Moody worked on projects involving Miles Davis, Jackson Browne, Chevy Chase, Manhatten Transfer, and the Yellowjackects to name just a few. He's participated on thousands of records and CD's.
In 1991, he designed, built and successfully operated Sonora Recorders in Los Angeles. While at Sonora, Mr. Moody had the chance to work with Mick Taylor, Ron Wood, Mothers Finest, John Mayall, Spencer Davis, Clint Eastwood, Vanity, Chester Thompson (from Genesis), and many more.
In summer of 1996, he was involved in an experimental project sponsored by Lexicon Audio and JBL Co. to mix 5.1 channel surround sound music to be manufactured in the DVD format for the consumer. This was a big hit at the annual Audio Engineering Society convention in Copenhagen. These sessions were produced by Bobby Owsinski, and were instrumental in developing 5.1 and surround standards.
Mr. Moody was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in Europe, where he was hired to do many projects for Artbeat Records in Hamburg. He also went to Korea on a 3 month contract to engineer various projects for Bay Productions in Seoul. There he engineered albums for numerous artists including a project for Korean superstar John Park. For a time he was constantly traveling between Europe, Asia, and Los Angeles, working on recording projects. In April of 2000, he returned to Los Angeles on a more permanenet basis, where he's engineered and produced various projects as a freelance engineer and producer.
In October of 2001, Mr. Moody built his existing studio just north of downtown L.A. It has since delevoped from a small Digi01 "work station" studio into a full blown ProTools HD band tracking and mixing studio that can accomodate live tracking sessions as well as edit, mix, and mastering sessions.
Some of Dave’s other accolades include a Best Jazz Vocal Album GRAMMY Award for Kurt Elling’s Dedicated To You, three GRAMMY nominations in the Best Engineered Album category—for James Taylor’s Before This World, Aaron Neville’s Nature Boy and Deborah Cox's Destination Moon—and a GRAMMY Album of the Year nomination for John Mayer's Continuum. He’s also accrued five TEC Awards, and for mixing The Kennedy Center Honors and the 2009 Official Inaugural Celebration, received two Emmy nominations.
Dave believes in giving back to the industry and has served on both The Recording Academy’s New York Chapter Board and the SAE Institute’s New York Advisory Committee, and has also participated on numerous industry panels. He is currently a member of The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Council.
For more information, visit www.daveodonnell.com
Dennis Moody Studio
Los Angeles, California
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- 2 - WA76 - Discrete Compressors
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