David Santamaria brings 30 years of audio and technology to the table. Starting as a DJ in 1985 he had to gain the basic fundamentals of wiring turntables into a mixer and then into the amplifier and speakers. Constantly having a taste for the best gear, he always kept his equipment up to date with the latest and greatest in PA systems. In 1997 Dave, after playing drums along to CDs, decided to form a band. Wanting his band to sound the best that they could, he put together an audio rack with a Mackie mixer, QSC amplifiers and a few Behringer processors, like EQ, compressor and crossover. The speakers were Mackie S500 and the subwoofers were custom built by David himself.
As time went on, the band wanted to record. They were paying $40 an hour at a local studio in Brooklyn. David thought it would be great to record the rehearsals as well, but that $40 an hour was steep, since the band played about 5 hours at a time. David went to the local Sam Ash Music and purchased a Roland VS1680. Quickly upgrading to the VS2480, David and the band started doing home recordings. The guys noticed that the recordings sounded better than the studio at $40 per hour.
The year was 2001 and up until then, David had been self taught at audio for some 16 years. It wasn't enough though, so he enrolled at the Institute of Audio Research in NYC. Coupling his degrees in broadcasting and business from Brooklyn College, David achieved a 4.0 GPA from IAR. Together this earned him a degree in audio engineering. Around that same time on September 10, 2001 David went to work for Sam Ash Music in NYC on 48th St. On September 11, 2001 David walked home from Manhattan to Brooklyn, due to the unfortunate happenings with the World Trade Centers. He said after his 2nd day of work at Sam Ash "I don't think this job will last very long". Since then, over 15 years later, David has gone on to become one of the most successful sound system designers and salespeople for Sam Ash Music.
After working in 6 different locations around the country, David had the opportunity to learn the clientele from various demographics. This gained him the experience to be able to cater to any customer's needs. Along the way, while working in Nashville TN, David did live sound for Tanya Tucker, KRS One, Rhett Akins and the world famous Jordanaires. While in the North Carolina region, David did sound for Doug E Fresh, Kurtis Blow, Erykah Badu and Bell Biv Devoe. Ricky Bell made the comment "this is the best I've ever sounded".
Now, back in the Northeast in NJ, David heads up the Pro Audio department at Sam Ash in Springfield. Recently he increased his knowledge of audio and technology, by going back to school for home automation programming. The training was on the Control 4 platform. It involved home Hi Fi audio, infrastructure, securities and networking. Graduating the course with a 97%, David continues to add tools to his audio knowledge toolbox. Also, being bi-lingual in English and Spanish, as well as beginning to learn Portuguese, David can handle servicing a vast array of clientele with there audio and technology needs. This includes anything to do with live sound, DMX lighting and studio recording.
Since the beginning of his career, David Santamaria has gained a ton of experience with what types of gear are suitable for each client's needs. He himself, has graduated from the days of a Mackie analog mixer and Behringer processors to a Midas digital mixer controlled by an iPad and a Dynacord Variline rig as well as an RCF vertical array. David Santamaria is definitely a very reliable source in the industry for designing any sound system project from 2 powered speakers on stands to a line array.
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