Noted recording engineer to teach noncredit classes

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 11:11 PM

Walters State’s Division of Community Education offers local residents the chance to gain from the experience of Michael “Wolf” Reaves, a recording engineer with over 25 years professional experience in the recording industry.

Reaves will be teaching non-credit classes in music and media production. He plans to share tips on how to make the most from available technology and avoid common mistakes.

“Each course will cover some simple basics that will make recordings sound more professional,” Reaves said.

Reaves has worked with many best selling artists and on many projects, including 23 certified platinum records and more than three dozen gold records. He’s worked with Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Metallica, Boyz II Men, Jessica Simpson, Justin Timberlake and others. Blige gave him his industry nickname due to the long hair and beard he sported earlier in his career.

Reaves has recently moved to this area and is eager to be in a classroom or lab.

His teaching credits include being a faculty member at Full Sail University.

The classes are designed for musicians and small business owners. Both courses will stress the skills needed to make professional recordings regardless of the technology used. The classes will help individuals take advantage of technology and avoid the sound of “basement recording,” Reaves said.

“For small business owners or individuals working in advertising, this class provides the skill set needed for recording. Previously, recording was left to high-end advertising agencies. Now, businesses may be left out in the cold if they don’t take utilize what is available,” he added.

“Music Production: Recording Your Demo” is a five-session class. Two options are available in Sevier County. One meets on Mondays beginning Jan. 28 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Gatlinburg. The second option meets Tuesdays beginning Jan. 29 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Sevierville.

“Media Production for Small Business” is also a five-session class. A Monday class begins Jan. 28 in Gatlinburg with a Tuesday class beginning Jan. 29 in Sevierville. Both classes meet from 2-5:30 p.m.

Each course is $159. Exact locations will be announced soon.

For more information, contact Amanda Hill at (423) 798-7946 or email to