St. Louis has a rich history of quality audio production. Studios such as Technisonic thrived here in the 1950’s and 1960’s, with producers like Ike Turner and artists like Chuck Berry at the forefront. The recording scene declined in the 1970’s and 1980’s despite the continued success and growth of live music, particularly in Blues and Jazz.
Dedicated to community improvement through outreach to teens, including those who are economically underprivileged, the St. Louis Audio Project is a cooperative, youth-oriented, education-based, non-profit effort to close the achievement gap, give students a viable career path, and revitalize activity and quality in the local audio industry. This initiative is led by award-winning educator, author, and recording engineer Gary Gottlieb
Our organization seeks to educate young home recordists, musicians and beginning audio professionals regarding issues of quality in audio. Our goal is to introduce these future professionals to quality recording facilities and techniques, and offer a career path to those who might not otherwise see it.
We reach out to regional high school students and make facilities available to them in order to educate young recording engineers and musicians in St. Louis.
We hope that exposure to the quality and availability of good facilities, along with good training will reward our community with our ultimate goal of bringing quality audio back to St. Louis, and returning St. Louis to the level of national prominence in the recording industry that it achieved in the past, while improving the quality of the overall output of the audio industry and closing the achievement gap.