Mel Stark of Stark Audio ProductionsMy name is Melissa Stark, my friends call me Mel.

I hail from Sacramento, California where I graduated with honors from Sacramento City College with an A.A. I then transferred to the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music where I received a Bachelors of Music in Composition, Magnum Cum Laude. Finally, I ended up in Eugene, Oregon at the University of Oregon, “Go Ducks!”, where I graduated with a Master of Music in Intermedia Music Technology. Now I’m blessed with working in a field I love. How cool is that!

For over 15 years I have been working in the music technology field, composing, creating, designing, recording, mixing and mastering music of all types. Since 2004, I’ve been teaching three levels of Audio Engineering at Lane Community College. When I’m not teaching in the recording arts, I am a freelance audio engineer, taking on projects of every type; recording, mixing or mastering and work in local studios around town.

What is a Freelance Engineer?

Many engineers in the field are associated with, or work for, one studio in the area, and as they promote themselves they also promote the studio they are affiliated with.  Of course that is always a good thing for the studio!  But not all studios are created equal and that is why we have many to choose from that will fit almost any budget.  This also means, you as the potential client, have many engineers to choose from as well.  Your options are almost limitless.  However, what if you like to work with an engineer that is not affiliated with the studio you want to work in?  The client has to compromise. I’m here to tell you, with me, you do not.

I have the flexibility of working out of four studios in the Eugene area. I also have a mobile rig where I can come to your environment to record your project. The choices are many. Just let me know what studio you’d like to work out of and I’ll help you budget your time and money best for that environment.

My rates are flexible and competitive and I would be honored to meet you and assist you in your project.