Inspired by attending Woodstock ’69 and music by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, and others, Karen Kane has been in the music business for more than 35 years. She attended Berklee College of Music, Boston and graduated from the Recording Institute of America, where she obtained 2 diplomas in audio engineering. Early in her career, she managed a number of recording studios including the well-known 6 West Recording, a major jingle facility in New York City.
Since the 1970′s, Karen has produced and/or engineered over 200 full-length album projects and has engineered hundreds of live sound shows. Currently, she runs her own studio, Karen Kane Music Productions in Wilmington, NC. Besides music recording, mixing and mastering, her Wilmington recording studio is also where she teaches Audio Engineering and Music Production.
Kane’s recording career was originally focused in the Boston area from 1974-1990 and in Canada from 1990 to 2002. While in Boston, Karen worked at Intermedia Sound, where the legendary album, “Dream On” by Aerosmith was recorded. Kane helped pioneer the way for women in audio by being one of the first women recording engineers to be successful, as well as one of the first successful free-lance recording engineers (male or female) in the area.
While living in Toronto, Karen engineered 3 albums that were nominated for the Canadian Juno Award (the Juno is the “Canadian Grammy”). The artists nominated were Harry Manx (’03), Big Daddy G (’02) and Jack Grunsky(’97). Two of the nominations were in the “Best Blues Album of the Year” category.
Karen is pleased to announce that she won “Producer of the Year 2013” at the Carolina Music Awards in Raleigh, North Carolina on July 6, 2013! She was also nominated (but did not win) for the same Award for the 2014 Carolina Music Awards.
Kane’s recording work has been nominated for Boston Music Awards, and singles have appeared on U.S. music charts. Her extensive experience with on-location mobile recording includes the BareNaked Ladies (for a live TV special) and a music festival which included Janis Ian. In 1986, Karen engineered Tracy Chapman’s first-ever demo recording. Her extensive live sound work at music festivals and concerts has been going on since 1976 and is still very active today. For 19 years, Kane was privileged to be the Head Live Sound Engineer at the Acoustic Stage at the Michigan Women’s Music Festival.
Karen is the author of numerous articles on recording methods and techniques published in Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, Sing Out and Hot Wire.
In 1996, Karen was hired to develop and teach new audio engineering courses for Centennial College and The Learning Annex, Toronto. In 1998, she joined the faculty at Harris Institute for the Arts, Toronto.
In 2002, Kane re-located to Wilmington, North Carolina and continued her work as a Producer/Engineer and Audio Educator. In 2003, she launched 5 levels of audio engineering classes that are now in its’ tenth year. There are also one-on-one intensives or private classes catered to the individual. The classes are offered in January, April and September (Summer term is sometimes available). For more information, go to the Classes link on the website.
In 2012, she expanded her teaching career by joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as the instructor for the Recording Technology program. She continues to produce and engineer in her Wilmington recording studio and travels both regionally and internationally for music projects.
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