Michael Schulze founded and directs the Audio Production program at the Lamont School of music.  He is an engineer, audio and video producer, musician, and writer, contributing regularly to Recording magazine.


Independent music producer and audio engineer.

Produce and engineer classical, jazz, and rock/popular recordings for various independent clients.  These recordings have been released on Hyperion, Chandos, Victor Japan, and other labels.  See discography below.

Video Production

Video author, director, producer, editor and post production for music and educational projects, long and short form.

Independent music composer, songwriter, and arranger.


Author of educational audio production articles and videos for Recording magazine.  See Publications, below.

Performing Musician

Performing in the Denver area as a guitarist and vocalist.

September 2003 - present:

Lecturer, Audio Production and Electronic Music, University of Denver, Lamont School of Music.

Initiated, develop, direct, and teach the award winning Audio Production Concentration within the Bachelor of Music degree, including courses in music production, audio engineering, music and sound synthesis, MIDI, and video/multimedia production.  Engineer audio and video recordings and live sound events.  Multimedia authoring in Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro.  Maintain and develop new and existing audio/video production facilities.  Audio and video systems design, installation, and integration.  Develop text and multimedia training materials and audio processing and sound synthesis applications.

Student Awards

  1. Andrew Sowell, Senior Audio Production major, won the 2009 Downbeat magazine award: Best Engineered Studio Recording.

  2. Chris Beeble, Junior Audio Production major, won the 2009 Downbeat magazine award: Engineered Studio Recording, Outstanding Performance (2nd place)

  3. Clark Smith and Dylan Johnson, runners up (2nd place) in the 2008 Shure Bros. Scholastic Fantastic competition.

  4. Dylan Johnson, Junior Audio Production major, won the 2007 Downbeat magazine award: Engineered Studio Recording, Outstanding Performance.

  5. Andrew Sowell, Junior Audio Production major, won the 2006 Downbeat magazine award: Best Engineered Studio Recording.

1992 to 2003:

Director of Audio Services, The Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Supervised and trained a staff of of 15 - 20 undergraduate students who provided professional quality audio services for the Conservatory, including stereo and multi track recording, mixing, archiving, duplication, live radio and internet broadcast, and highest quality sound reinforcement for musical, theatrical, and multimedia events. Over 400 events and 1000 duplication orders annually. Taught audio and music production including stereo and multi track recording, editing, mixing and mastering.

  1. Created the first and audio recording course at Oberlin Conservatory in 1991.

1989 to 1992:

Assistant Director of Audio Services, Oberlin Conservatory of Music


1988: B.Mus. The University of Illinois, Music Technology. This independent plan of study consisted of an applied music core curriculum and courses in analog and digital synthesis, computer programming, electronics, and audio engineering. Graduate assistantship awarded while still an undergraduate.


Recording magazine

March 2005: What teaching Taught Me 1498 words

October 2005: “Vocal Microphone Choices, the Quest for the Holy Grail  pp.24 - 30, 3540 words

July 2005: Time and Space (and how they can spoil drum tracks) pp 32 - 38, 3237 words

June 2005: Miking Brass and Woodwinds pp 30 - 34, 2717 words

January 2006: Guitar Tone part 1 of 3

February 2006: Guitar Tone part 2 of 3

March 2006: Guitar Tone part 3 of 3

October 2006: Recording Acoustic Bass 1196 words

November 2006: Minimal Drum recording 1655 words

Dec 2006: Acoustic Guitar Maximization 1909 words

January 2007: Tube Amp Anatomy part 1 955 words

January 2007: Size Matters - Recording Huge Drum Sounds part 1 976 words

February 2007: Tube Amp Anatomy part 2 1315 words

February 2007: Size Matters - Recording Huge Drum Sounds part 2 1028 words

Spring 2007: Fun with Delay 2990 words

December 2010: Acoustic Recording 1533 words

October 2011: Mid Side Stereo Recording, 1932 words

November 2011: Guerilla Audio for Video, or Confessions of a Self Taught Post Producer, 1556 words

April 2012: Mid Side Recording, 1932 words

Instructional Videos: Recording Bass Guitar 1 - 4, Recording Acoustic Guitar 1 - 5, Recording Electric Guitar 1 - 3, Recording Vocals 1 - 2, Mid Side Recording.

Research and Collaboration - 1997 to 2001

Research collaboration with AT&T Research Labs towards the development of Advanced Audio Compression (AAC), internet/LAN audio multicasting, and multichannel recording and playback systems for surround sound field reconstruction.

Evaluated audio quality of the AAC coding process.

Engineered, evaluated, and presented multichannel surround sound field reconstruction (SFR) recordings at Oberlin Conservatory, Severance Hall, Woodstock '99, and elsewhere. Consulted in the areas of sound quality and the design and use of the SFR array.

Initiated strategic partnership negotiations between AT&T research labs and The Cleveland Orchestra. Engineered and evaluated experimental multichannel surround recordings of The Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center, and of the gala inauguration concert of the Severance Hall E.M. Skinner organ. Directed and engineered multimedia presentations to The Cleveland Orchestra Board of trustees.

Designed and installed audio systems, acoustic treatment, and training materials for double blind subjective listening tests conducted by the Oberlin College Psychology department.

Directed the encoding of 20,000 songs for the AT&T Digital Jukebox at Cleveland's Rock Hall of Fame in only 3 months. Each song was ripped from cd, encoded, and auditioned in its entirety and in real time. Designed a database to log listener feedback for each of the 20,000 songs.

Composed music for Social Dances, choreographed by Lance Hardin and performed five times by the Boulder Ballet in February, 2010.  Duration: 20 minutes.

Producing a series of 15 - 20 short form instructional videos for Recording magazine.

Directed, recorded, mixed, and all post production for 1969, audio/video recording by Alarm Will Sound, and experimental music ensemble from New York, NY.

Popular Music MIDI Transcription

Sound-alike MIDI transcription of complex popular musical arrangements for Yamaha Corporation of America Karaoke machines and arranger workstations.  Delivered extremely high quality musical transcriptions in MIDI xf file format on tight deadlines.  Won “Song of the Month” competition three months consecutively.

Other Musical Experience

20 years experience as a professional musician - jazz, classical, commercial.

Commercial arranger, composer, and midi programmer for music and audio for video projects.

Recent Discography and Credits

Alarm Will Sound


Audio/Video recording of live concert

Director, audio recording/mixing, video editing, all post production

Kenneth Cox and Ricardo Iznaola

Winterreise, 24 song cycle for Classical Guitar and Voice

Producer, editor, and recording engineer


The Denver Brass

Siochán Audio CD and Video DVD 2009

Producer, audio engineer, video editing and post production

The Denver Brass

Live!  A Tribute to America’s Heroes

Producer and Engineer

Stereo CD, 2008

Susan McCullough and Jesse McCormick

It’s All Relative

Producer and Engineer

Stereo CD, 2008

Kaori Fujii

Girl From Ipanema

Stereo CD, 2007

Producer, recording, mixing, and mastering engineer

JVC Victor VICP-63789

  1. Made the pre-nomination round for the Latin Grammy awards (LARAS)

The Summit Brass

Live in Denver, Summit Records, 2007

Recording engineer

Christopher Malloy

Millions of Mischiefs

Producer and engineer

Stereo CD, 2008

Andy Nevala

Alone Together, 2007

Recording Engineer

Capri Records

The Denver Brass

Brass Bagpipes, and Co., 2006

Stereo CD, Stereo and Surround DVD Video

Audio recording, live sound engineer, audio editing, audio and video post production, DVD authoring.

Other Releases

John Luther Adams

In The White Silence

New World Records, #80600

"... the most lusciously sensuous new recording I've heard in years." - Kyle Gann, The Village Voice

The Center City Brass Quintet

Romantic Music for Brass, 2003

Stereo CD and surround SACD

"In Romantic Music for Brass, the Center City Brass Quintet is an exquisitely blended, focused ensemble who render these works with much aplomb and facility. To cap it, they begin with Verne Reynolds' skillful arrangement of Mendelssohn's youthful opus 12 Quartet. In surround-sound, this is an immaculate feast of soaring music in a refreshing and unlikely idiom." - Gramophone.

On The Town

Chandos CHAN4SS4, 2000 - producer and engineer.

"The ensemble precision and individual technical accomplishments fairly take the breath, away" ,superb recorded sound,,," Jeremy Nicholas, International Record Review, August 2000

From Berlin to Broadway

Chandos CHAN9924, 2002 - producer and engineer.

JVC Victor (Japan)

Soichi Muraji

Sounds of the Americas, 2006, Stereo CD and Surround DVD-Audio

New York Sketches, 2005, Stereo CD and Surround DVD-Audio

Fuoco, 2004, Stereo CD and Surround DVD-Audio

Kaori Fujii

J.S.Bach 2Suites for Solo Cello arranged for flute and partita for solo flute, 2005


Megumi Kanda,

Amazing Grace, 2002, Stereo CD and Surround DVD-Audio

Gloria, 2004, Stereo CD and Surround DVD-Audio

Mona Lisa, 2005, Stereo CD and Surround DVD-Audio

Other Recordings

Kartik Seshadri,

Live at Oberlin, Traditional Crossroads

Raga Rasha, That Which Colors the Mind, Traditional Crossroads

“Sitar virtuoso Kartik Seshadri’s latest recording Raga: Rasa - That which Colors the Mind has been named one of the Top Ten World Music albums by Songlines, the prestigious London-based music magazine. This two-disc recording was released in July 2004 by the audiophile label, Traditional Crossroads, New York, with Bikram Ghosh on the accompanying tabla.”

The St. Petersburg String Quartet,

Shostakovich: Quartets Nos 5, 7, and 9

Hyperion CDA671SS - editor

Chamber Music America WQXR Record Award for Best Chamber Music Album of 2001

John Luther Adams

In the White Silence

New World Records #80600 (1998), engineer

"... the most lusciously sensuous new recording I've heard in years." – Kyle Gann, The Village Voice

eighth blackbird

eighth blackbird, 1997 - producer and engineer

round nut tool, 2000 - producer and engineer

Apollo's Fire (Baroque Orchestra, period specific instruments and tunings)

Saint John Passion (J. S. Bach)

Eclectra ECCD-2044, 2000 - associate producer/editor

"An interpretation of persuasive intelligence and musicality." American Record Guide, 2001

The Brandedburg Concertos (J. S. Bach)

Eclectra ECCD-2047, 2000 - producer and engineer

"In all, these performances are lively and unfailingly attractive-the best in what historical performance can be....An impressive treasure." American Record Guide, 2001

L'Orfeo (Montiverdi)

Eclectra ECCD-20S2, 2001 - assoc. producer/editor

"A high achievement.... Bears comparison with the finest performances of the work. ...Highly recommended." (Fanfare, 2001)

Vivaldi and Friends

Eclectra ECCD-20S9, 2001 - producer and engineer

"I've rarely heard better crafted performances of the Seasons." Indianapolis Star, 2000

Susan McCullough and Jesse McCormick (French Horns)

It’s All Relative

Producer and Engineer, 2008

Steven Witser

Among Friends

Albany TROY373 1994 - producer and engineer

High Anxiety ‘Bones

Music for Trombone Quartet

Albany TROY346 1993 - producer and engineer

"Add High Anxiety Bones to the rather small list of trombone quartets who have made excellent recordings. .. .No hint of anxiety can be heard in this superb recording, though....The sound produced by High Anxiety Bones fits my own concept of the ideal trombone-quartet sound - more varied than the four-equal-voices sound of the Summit Brass trombones, less varied than the Datura Trombones....The group plays beautifully in tune and is a true pleasure to hear." (American Record Guide)

Sedmara Rutstein

Russian Piano Music: Tishchenko & Slonimsky Sonatas for Piano

Albany TROY279 - producer/engineer

Albany TROY135 - producer/engineer

Boris Tishchenko Piano Sonata No.7

Albany TROY096 - producer/engineer

"Tischenko's music is post Soviet, post tonal, and almost postmodern. although the composer's nearly Prokofievan idiom still leaves its traces. This is altogether a stimulating work... Recorded sound is warm and colorful, close and detailed... anyone who can make the Slonimsky flow and navigate the Tishchenko has my admiration. The latter's second movement has more musical minefields than any mere human should have to encounter." (Fanfare)

Lisa Crawford, Professor Emeritus of Harpsichord, Oberlin Conservatory

The Goldberg Variations

upcoming release - producer/engineer

Barb Knight and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra 2001 - engineer

The Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra 2000 - producer-engineer

Additional Music Recording for Film and Television

Body Count (1998) Island Pictures, MainLine Pictures, Polygram Starring Forest Whitaker, David Caruso

"Undressed" TV Series, MTV

Live Concert Recordings

Kronos Quartet

The Either Orchestra with Mahmoud Ahmed

Tan Dun’s Water Passion after St. Matthew

Anne Akiko Meyers

Lamont Symphony Orchestra with the London Symphony Chorus

Charles Mingus Big Band

Les Violons du Roy

The Cleveland Orchestra

And many others…

Provided Sound Reinforcement for the following Artists:

Bill Bruford

Billy Taylor

Buddy Guy

Burkhina Electric

Charles Mingus Big Band

Chick Corea

Dave Holland Quintet

the Either Orchestra/Ethiopiques

eighth blackbird

Hiram Bullock

JJ Johnson

Jimmy Owens

Joe Henderson

John Lee Hooker


Jovino Santos Neto

Kronos Quartet

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Marcus Belgrave


Michael Hedges

Mile High Voltage Festival 2010

Miro Quartet

Take 6

The Flying Karamazov Brothers

The Jack Rubys

They Might Be Giants

Toshiko Akioshi / Lew Tabackin Big Band

Turtle Island String Quartet

Michael’s new instructional video series can be found at: