Welcome to Shuster Sound
My name is “Midnight” Bob Shuster and I am one of the few remaining good old analog heavy duty audio techs left from the height of the New York City recording studio days. My nickname, “Midnight Bob” was given to me because I usually worked the overnight shift at the major recording studios. During those hours, I had the greatest access to the studios allowing me to perform the types of repairs and maintenance necessary to keep these world class rooms in tip-top shape.
Unfortunately, too many of those classic rooms are now gone and by the beginning for the 2000s, the only way a tech could survive was to change occupations or become independent. While Shuster Sound has been in business since the 1970s, it was a sideline business for me, and I did more than just repairs at the time. It was more my outlet to do smaller projects as a recording engineer.
For a while, it looked like analog recording was going to become extinct, but, thankfully, there has been a big resurgence and now there just aren’t enough of us old heavy duty techs out there anymore. I regularly work at WKCR, the student run radio station at Columbia University in New York, and it is very encouraging to see the high level of interest the students show when I am asked to do seminars.
Please check out the pages on my site to find out what I do. I hope to be constantly developing the site in order to include more of the photos, articles and other interesting bits of history I have experienced in my decades in the recording studio business.