2309 Silver Star Road
Orlando, FL 32804

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Recording Arts & Show Production Faculty

Earl Hoback

Director of Education

Earl Hoback has worked in the Digital Media industry as an audio engineer, musician, and instrument technician for over 10 years. He has recorded and mixed indie rock groups as well as reinforced them in a live sound environment. Hoback has helped fabricate the audio systems for several theme parks, including the Rip Ride Rocket for Universal Studios Orlando Resort. He also has been the front of house engineer and musical instrument technician for Blue Man Group Orlando since 2007. Most recently he assisted with Blue Man’s appearance at the Latin Grammy’s in Las Vegas. Hoback graduated from Full Sail with an AS in Recording Arts at the age of 19.
Richard Ott

Richard Ott

Program Director of Recording Arts & Show Production

Richard Ott is a 20 year veteran of the audio engineering industry. He has worked on countless projects in multiple mediums with amazing people and talent from major labels to independent productions. Some of the artists he has been fortunate enough to engineer or produce include Adam to Eve, Jimmy Barnes, B.R.M.C., Karl Cochran, Dev, Bob Daisley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Living Loud, Steve Morse, 98 Degrees/Jeff Timmons, Sam Rivers, Snow Patrol, Sun Ra, Joe Vitae, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and many more. Along with music, Richard has worked in audio post production for Fox, Tae Bo, Fuel, and several independent commercial productions. He has designed sound systems for churches, studios, and home theaters along with several of his own studios. Richard has also worked with many talented producers and engineers that have taught or mentored him throughout the years including, Michael Bishop, John Blanche, Tom Canning, Don Dixon, Rockwilder, Alphonse Kettner, Paul Lani, Darren Schneider, and Bruce Swedien. Since his early teens, Richard has been working in professional recording studios and is now a resident producer in John Blanche Studios. Through years of working with labels such as Atlantic, EMI, Fuel Records, Sony, WEA, and other imprints, he has gained an insider knowledge of the audio industry and loves sharing that knowledge with students. Richard’s passion for audio is equalled by his love of history, and he has taught Music History along with audio production during his 12 plus years of educating the next generation of audio professionals.
John LaRosa

John LaRosa

Instructor - Recording Arts & Show Production

John LaRosa started his audio engineering career after graduating from A.R.T.I. in early 2000. He began as a voiceover editor, which led him to manage an audio department that produced books on tape for publishing companies, such as Harcourt, Inc., and Holt, Rinehart and Winston. LaRosa later changed his career path to strictly work in the music industry as a recording and mixing engineer for genres including: Gospel, Blues, Rock, Pop, RnB, and Rap. LaRosa works at Hard Rock Live Orlando as a stagehand and monitor engineer. He has also been an instructor at F.I.R.S.T. Institute in Orlando and mentor for students since 2003. He enjoys teaching and knowing he is affecting students’ lives in a positive way.
Bob Hershberger

Bob Hershberger

Instructor - Recording Arts & Show Production

Bob first recognized his passion for production at the age of 15 when he discovered the wonders of cassette bedroom recording in the rural town of Clay, WV. Seeing that he wanted to continue to pursue recording and to play in rock bands, Bob made the decision to leave West Virginia and moved to Orlando, Fl when he was just 18 years old. Upon his arrival in the Sunshine State, Bob quickly found other musicians who had the same interests and formed a band, playing various venues throughout Florida and touring nationally. When Bob wasn't on the road, he began running live sound at various venues in the greater Orlando area and interning at local studios to sink his teeth into all aspects of music production. Little by little, he started learning the real fundamentals of sound reinforcement in both live and studio applications, along with analog tape and Digital Audio Workstations. Sixteen years later, Bob has recorded, mixed or mastered over 300 records and worked as head engineer for thousands of bands at live venues. His credits speak for themselves, along with his passion for audio and dedication to teaching others who are interested in this wonderful thing called music.
Ismael "M" Perez

Ismael "M" Perez

Instructor - Recording Arts & Show Production

Ismael "M" Perez Began his musical career at the age of seven playing the piano. For the past eight years, he has taught piano and music theory. Ismael has produced, mixed, mastered, written songs and performed live for genres including: Reggaeton, Hip Hop, Rap, Cumbia, Salsa, Rock, Techno, RnB, Dubstep, and Gospel at The M.A.D Factory Studio in Orlando, FL as well as many other studios within the state. He is working with many great artist such as Travy Joe, Ron Kenoly, Ingrid Rosario, Sammuel Rolon, Thiago Holando, Al2 El Aldeano, Hector "El Father" Delgado, JQuiles, Deraj, Anthony Fama, Ana Isabelle, RJ4L and many more. As a Recording Arts & Show Production instructor at the Florida Institute of Recording, Sound & Technology, Ismael is able to intertwine his passion for teaching and audio engineering to guide and inspire the next generations to come.