Emmy-award winner Michael Cohen has opened Signature Sound, a professional recording studio, at 2047 Global Court, Sarasota, Florida 34240.
With $200,000 of state-of-the-art equipment, the studio offers analog music recording, tracking, mixing and mastering services. Clients include singer-songwriter Sheree Cade of Bradenton, tenor Jonathan Herman of Sarasota, the Backbeat Blues Band of Tampa and numerous other artists.
In addition to providing support for recording artists, Cohen also composes and produces music for movies, corporate videos, documentaries, advertising and other purposes.
He credits the studio's high-fidelity performance to its Rupert Neve Designs 5088 mixing console, combined with an array of very high-end outboard processing gear. His preference is to mix "out of the box" using his high-end analog chain.
"Without the right tools, you just can't create pure, high-fidelity sound," said Cohen, himself a multi-instrumentalist. "We have created an environment where artists can let their creativity shine."
Although he has always composed music, Cohen was a successful psychologist before deciding to pursue his love of music fulltime. During his 18-year career in psychology, he launched and administered a medical center substance-abuse program treating Navaho patients in Farmington, New Mexico, and directed a child-protection team for the Hawaii Department of Health in Kona, Hawaii. A native of Oyster Bay, New York, he did his graduate school work at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Antioch University.
In 1992, Cohen moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to study jazz at North Carolina Central University, which is revered for its jazz program. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Florida, and performed as a jazz saxophonist at the Marriott on Marco Island, then at Salvatore's in Sarasota's Burns Court district.
Cohen won an Emmy award in 1996 for creating the soundtrack for the documentary, The Life and Times of Frank Porter Graham, narrated by Charles Kuralt. He has scored numerous corporate, advertising and political videos and commercials.
Now he is reinventing himself once again, bringing to the Florida Suncoast the best of music recording technology and offering his vast talent and expertise to support a new generation of recording artists.
"I am truly interested in helping artists achieve their full potential," Cohen said. "I like to see people self-actualized through their art and I want to be part of that. My joy comes from meeting and working with interesting people, being involved with interesting music, and adding beauty to our world." Cohen said he also enjoys helping people to record their life stories for posterity.
Michael Cohen can be reached at (239) 298-1411 or mcohen108[.]verizon.net. Website: SignatureSoundRecording.com.