I started tinkering with electronics when I was about ten. The first experience I had working a soundboard was with my brother's band in southern Indiana. I was thirteen. I was told to turn up the master volume when instructed and when I heard feedback to turn down the master volume. I was also told not to touch anything else because it was a rented PA. Oddly, this was very educational for me. After all I am someone who can't accept 'no', 'just because' or 'it's impossible' for an answer. I knew there had to be a better way to do this and that I needed to learn more. I read a lot of audio manufacture's equipment literature, manuals and schematics. Remember PCs and the interweb didn't exist yet. I built several working tube and transistor mixers and amplifiers and learned by doing. I spent a lot of time with garage bands. I even picked up and played bass for a while but was told to put it back down.


By the time I was 20, my brother was established in Chicago, had a band called Gabriel Bondage, a record label, and was recording albums. I was their live sound guy while they were together. I assisted at the studios they recorded at. When I started working for Rainbow Bridge Studios as an entry level engineer I met the following people.

 

Perry and Rick Johnson, Owners of Rainbow Bridge Studios, Dharma Records and Dog Ear Record stores.

 

Dave Houston, head engineer of Rainbow Bridge Studios

I became head engineer when Dave relocated to the west coast. I was only with the studio for about five years. During that time, I helped produce and engineer several albums. One of which went gold.

 

Rob Kingsland, engineer at Paragon Studios and for Styx albums.

When Rob was asked to engineer live sound for one of Styx tours, he asked me for advice since he never engineered live sound before.

 

Jeff Percy, a great engineer. Always had a positive and energetic approach to mixing. A great inspiration to me.

 

JB Richie, great guitar player and head engineer at Rainbow Bridge Studios after I left and up until they closed their doors for good.

 

Rick Peterson aka Dix Risquo, great guitar builder, player, songwriter, music guru and new found friend.

 

My brother Rex, Rick Peterson, the members of Gabriel Bondage and the others were a great influence and helped me hone my engineering skills.

 

My brother's band broke up before finishing their third album.


I got married, quit the studio and dropped out of studio and live sound for a while. I got a day job and did audio and video repair and installations on the side. My old friend Rick Peterson called me and asked if I wanted to do live sound for his band. So I bought some sound gear and started offering sound equipment rentals to other bands and event coordinators. By 1990, I decided to quit my day job and start Bundy Audio full time and was never happier than I am now. Since then I have had the opportunity to work with many great musicians and bands. In 2006, my good friend Rick passed away but left me with a great inspiration to keep moving forward.




I now offer a full spectrum of audio and video services to event coordinators with great enthusiasm.


The old recordings of Gabriel Bondage are being restored by the bands bass player Tony. A work in progress. You can check out the recording here: 

https://www.facebook.com/Gabriel-Bondage-111045592566/

The old recordings of Gabriel Bondage are being restored by the bands bass player Tony. A work in progress. You can check out the recording here: 
https://www.facebook.com/Gabriel-Bondage-111045592566/

Don@BundyAudio.com

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