Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June 2015 - Students Recording in the Studio with Engineer Ron Vermeulen (Ron Obvious)

Ron Obvious  

This article is about the record producer. 
Ron Obvious
Birth nameRon Obvious Vermeulen
BornLevin, New Zealand
OriginVancouver, Canada
GenresPunk-rock etc.
Years active1976–present
Associated actsPointed Sticks, D.O.A., Spirit of the West
Notable instruments
Soldering Station, Service Manuals
Ron Obvious (Ron Obvious Vermeulen) was a Vancouver based alternative-rock engineer, producer and studio designer.
After completing an electronics degree in Toronto, He started working in the recording industry, September 1976 at Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver. Working as a technical assistant to John Vrtacic, while also working in the dubbing room and assisting on recording sessions. In the following years he was the engineer on many jingles and assisted on various movie soundtracks.
In the evening hours Ron along with Bob Rock and Mike Fraser, started recording the early punk/new wave bands in Vancouver around 1977. These included Tim Ray A/V, Pointed Sticks,Magic Dragon, D.O.A., The Subhumans, Bob Coulter, Go Four 3, Popular Front (which recorded club hit songs Doomsday Army, Synchronized Swimming, and The Touch 1979 & 1980), and UJ3RK5. Also recording the first albums by Brandon Wolf (Barney Bentall) and Spirit of the West. After assisting on the 1984 Loverboy album "Lovin' Every Minute Of It" on the newly installed SSL 4048 E in Studio B, he made the move to a full-time technical future.
Upon leaving LMS in 1991, he went on to design and build studios for Bryan Adams "The Warehouse Studio",[1] Jim Vallance "Armoury Studios",[1] k.d. lang (private), Bob Rock (private), Colin James (private), and Mutt Lange (private), Ron also completed the acoustic and technical design for a number of recording schools in British Columbia, Canada.
Ron retired from the recording industry as technical director of The Warehouse Studio in August 2003, and later owned and operated Mermaid's Kiss Art Gallery, in Gimli, Manitoba.
At the 2013 'Vancouver Music Industry' awards, Ron was awarded the John Vrtacic Memorial Award for his many years of technical contributions to the studio industry.
Designing his own mobile recording studio, "Dragonfly Mobile Recording". Ron can now be found recording various small projects, in the Manitoba Interlake area.
He is a longtime friend of Katie Sketch, lead vocalist for The Organ and has recorded two EP's by the Manitoba based band The Paps.
Recent engineering/co-production projects have been albums by - Mise en Scene [2] (Nov 2012), Little House (Dec 2012) and Moon Tan (Sept 2013).
Ron has continued his technical skills with setups and installations of recording studio's using ProTools and GarageBand at, Dauphin High School and Gimli High School in Manitoba. He also continues to be a freelance audio instructor for recording and F.O.H engineering at Gimli High School, Manitoba Canada.