Gary Levitt

Gary L.

Ridgewood, NY

About Gary L.

Gary teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: February 1996
Last sign in: Within a month

Overview

Hello! I'm Gary L, I teach in person or online out of my recording studio. I will also come to your place if that's more convenient. We can also do online lessons via Skype, Facetime or Google Hangouts.

I've been a professional musician and recording engineer since 2004. I love to teach and pass on my knowledge and experience. Watching students progress is one of the most rewarding things for me.

I've toured internationally as a singer, guitarist and bassist with my original music and also as a hired sideman. I run a successful studio out of Bushwick Brooklyn called Young Love Studio.

My songs and recordings have been on radio, film and TV internationally including NPR, KEXP the BBC etc... They've been featured in commercials by Capital One, National Parks Foundation, Claire's Cosmetics, Avis, Hot Wheels, and TV shows like Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Gossip Girl, The Good Guys, Flipping Out, Teen Mom etc...

I created a music app for iOS called MicSwap:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/future-moments/id895157892

Here I am interviewed by Forbes magazine:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/karstenstrauss/2014/06/16/making-money-on-the-music-mix-meet-mixgenius/

Here's an interview with me in Sonic Scoop:
http://www.sonicscoop.com/2015/07/06/sonic-startup-brooklyn-making-the-micswap-mic-modeler-recorder-app/

Technically Brooklyn:
http://technical.ly/brooklyn/2015/06/04/music-recording-history-micswap-app/

I'm also the sound recordist for the popular RISK! podcast with Kevin Allison which averages 900,000 downloads per episode.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/risk!/id334724074?mt=2

I have a BA in Audio and Film Production from SUNY New Paltz. Prior to running my own studio, I worked as an engineer in a few professional recording studios with some amazing talent. I've had the experience of working in the studio with grammy winning producer Nellee Hooper (Bjork, Smashing Pumpkins, No Doubt, Massive Attack). I've recorded Grammy winners Molly and Jay Ungar, bass monster Tony Levin, legendary drummer Steve Holley (Wings, Elton John, Joe Cocker), horn player Tom "Bones" Malone (Blues Brothers, SNL, Letterman Band), played guitar and recorded with The Cribs frontman Ryan Jarman along with a slew of other super talented people above and below the public radar.

When it comes to the recording studio, not all engineers are musicians. I am youthful, creative, enthusiastic, positive and fun. I believe in the importance of good gear, but feel that musicians don't need to spend large amounts of money to get a great recording. Of course nice microphones, preamps and compressors help, but I believe that ears, technique and quality gear are most important, in that order.

On a personal note, I'm also a stand-up comedian and a musician/songwriter with 5 records released under the band name Setting Sun. ( https://settingsun.bandcamp.com ) All these records were written and recorded by me and I also played most of the instruments besides the strings and horns. I've studied at UCB and The PIT where I took classes on improv and sketch comedy writing. I'm very easy to work with. I like to have a good time, but also take my work seriously.

Photos and Videos

A demo of the MicSwap app.

Experience

Co-Founder

Dec 2014 - Present
Future Moments (MicSwap & MicSwap Pro)

Creator of the first and only studio, microphone modeler and recorder for iOS. Available now in the App Store

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/future-moments/id895157892

Music for Film and TV

Jan 2008 - Present
Young Love Studio

I record and produce original music that can be heard in TV shows Gossip Girl, The Good Guys, Flipping Out and commercials by Capital One, National Parks Foundation, Claire's Cosmetics, Avis, Hot Wheels, etc...

Recording Engineer

Jan 2004 - Present
Young Love Studio

Young Love Studio recordings have been on radios, film and televisions internationally including NPR, the BBC etc... They've been featured on commercials by Capital One, National Parks Foundation, Claire's Cosmetics, Avis, and TV shows like Amy Schumer, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Gossip Girl, The Good Guys, Flipping Out etc... Our mixed down sounds have been written about in magazines like Spin, NME, Paste etc. Many of our recordings have been in the top 100 CMJ college radio charts and have led bands to touring the world.

Main engineer/musician Gary Levitt earned a BA in Audio and Film Production. He's had the experience of working in the studio with grammy winning producer Nellee Hooper (Bjork, Smashing Pumpkins, No Doubt, Massive Attack). He's recorded Grammy winners Molly and Jay Ungar, bass monster Tony Levin, legendary drummer Steve Holley (Wings, Elton John, Joe Cocker), horn player Tom "Bones" Malone (Blues Brothers, SNL, Letterman Band), played guitar and recorded with The Cribs frontman Ryan Jarman along with a slew of other super talented people above and below the public radar.

Education

Improv

Jan 2010 - Jun 2014
The Peoples Improv Theatre

BA Audio and Video Production

Sep 1992 - May 1996
SUNY at New Paltz

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

BA Audio and Video Production

Jun 1996
SUNY @ New Paltz

Earned a BA in Audio and Video Production

Awards

CMJ Top 100

May 2013
CMJ

Affiliations

Audio Engineers Society

Mar 2005
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Established in 1948, the Audio Engineering Society, Inc. (AES) draws its membership from amongst engineers, scientists, other individuals with an interest or involvement in the professional audio industry. The membership largely comprises engineers developing devices or products for audio, and persons working in audio content production. It also includes acousticians, audiologists, academics, and those in other disciplines related to audio. The AES is the only world-wide professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology.

Broadcast Music Inc.

Jan 2000
BMI

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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1 Review on Gary L.

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Erica Q. Aug 15, 2015
Audio Engineering · In studio
Gary's been my long time recording engineering teacher, he really knows pro-tools in and out! He's a patient teacher, he's thoroughly knowledgeable, and I highly recommend him to anyone who would like to learn the basics or further their recording abilities.