Michael Quam

MIchael Quam is a recording engineer, sound designer, and professional musician/teacher located in scenic Boulder County Colorado. He specializes in recording and audio services for classical, jazz and multi-genre (folk, world music, etc.) ensembles and soloists.
Since 1998, Michael Quam has enjoyed a successful history of providing quality audio services to his clients at competitive prices.

 

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About Michael Quam

Mr. Quam has extensive remote recording experience in hundreds of performance venues in the United States. His recordings can be heard on the recording labels of the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), Naxos, AK/Coburg, Sonari, Clear Note Publications, Upbeat, and Equilibrium. His recordings are frequently aired on National Public Radio both regionally and nationally.  Mr. Quam's recordings have been featured on the nationally broadcast radio show America's Music Festivals with host Marin Alsop. In addtion to recording, Michael has mixed live radio broadcasts for a number of regional orchestras for Colorado Public Radio including the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic and Colorado Music Festival.

Most importantly, Mr. Quam is an active musician and teacher.  He has a Master's degree in Performance and Certificate of Computers in Music from the Florida State University.    His teachers and mentors include John Hadden (Sony, Teldec, harmonia mundi, Virgin Classics) and Brian Gaber, Associate Professor of Contemporary Media at Florida State University.

Mr. Quam's  musicianship combined with the latest audio technology makes him a top notch engineer, editor, and producer in today's competitive recording industry.

Audio Client Quotes

"We never have to wonder about the quality of recordings by Michael Quam. They are always first rate." — Charley Samson, Classical Host and Executive Producer of Colorado Spotlight

 

"Michael Quam recorded and engineered my first CD. The process was great - Mike was very helpful and supportive, and left me alone to do what I wanted to do while giving helpful suggestions that made the project successful. Recording with him carries the additional advantage of his extensive training in music. I didn't need to listen to every take to find out if it was good; Mike's ears and feedback were so good I gave him production credit on the CD. I get as many compliments on the sound quality of my CD as I get on my playing. When I am ready for the next CD I'll be giving Mike a call." — Steven Walter, guitarist


"I really enjoyed working with you, and the quality of the editing and recording was great! " — Stephen Lias, composer

 

"Working with Michael Quam was a professional and easy experience from beginning to end! He knows his craft, how to utilize the space that he’s working in to its best advantage and turns out a high quality product, both with audio and video. No drama, no fuss, no errors. I would trust recommending him to anyone --- it’s a pleasure to work with him!" — Jephta Bernstein, Executive Artistic Director of OFF the HOOK Chamber Music Festival and PYCh, Project Youth and Chamber Music

 

"Michael's work producing a recording of my work's performance at the Colorado Chamber Player's concert was great. He captured everything in great quality from the subtle to the explosive moments." — Petra Hogan, composer

 

"THANK YOU!!! The CD turned out very well. The editing was fantastic!...seamless...thanks again" — Javier Pinell, violinist

 

"BTW, the mixes you did sound freakin awesome man! Thank you. " — Nicolas Kendall, violinist from Time for Three

 

"Jake's latest release is Live, his first full-length CD since 2006's best-selling Gently Weeps. After taping dozens of U.S. and overseas performances Jake chose these tracks as representing "the best of the best" of his live playing. ... Of course there's a live version of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" which might be Jake's best-recorded version yet!" — from CD liner notes from Jake Shimabukuro's LIVE CD


"A solo recording involves so much practice and preparation from the performer that when you feel you are ready you want it to go as smooth as possible. I couldn't have made a better choice than Mike Quam as my recording engineer. His expertise of the entire process -selecting appropriate equipment and microphones, choosing an ideal location, actual recording, editing and mastering - proved invaluable. Mike's knowledge and understanding of the performing experience (he's an accomplished performer as well) and his ability to listen even to the slightest details to help me achieve the sound and character I wanted for each different piece helped me to be much more relaxed and confident in each session. His feedback on my playing during the course of the recording sessions was so helpful that I included him in the CD as one of my musical producers. I would (and will) record with him again without hesitation." — Ysmael Reyes, flutist


"I needed an audio engineer who had the experience to record a wide range of music, and the professionalism to interact with the musicians and promoters who gave permission for the recordings to take place. Michael fulfilled each of those requirements. I admired his commitment to quality, evident in the fact that he mastered each recording before submitting it for broadcast. Michael recorded local groups like the Tallahassee Winds, Tallahassee Bach Parley, Baroque Southeast and the Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestra. He also recorded nationally and internationally renowned groups like Tashi, Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, The Shanghai String Quartet, Chorovaya Akademia Russian Men’s Choir and the Penderecki String Quartet. His recording of the Penderecki String Quartet was so exceptional, a portion of it was broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today. My experience working with Michael was extremely positive. I could always rely on him to do quality work in a timely fashion." — Aimee Coleman, WFSU-TV/The Florida Channel


"Thanks for your help and your fantastic work recording the Boulder Concert Band." — Will Kinne, conductor

 

"Recording at Quam Audio, I was able to achieve the exact sound I wanted. This was possible for two reasons: the quality of the studio and the setting of the recording sessions. The equipment used at Quam Audio surpassed my expectations, and I was amazed by the richness, clarity, and dynamic possibilities this studio provided. And the setting could not have been better. Mike's recording space is comfortable and peaceful. I was completely relaxed there, and I felt like I was playing in my own home. Most importantly, Mike's direction and suggestions raised the level of my expectations and resulted in a highly satisfying recording. He has a rare talent to assess and determine what a player does best, and he calmly brings those strengths out of the performer." — Jeff Copeland, classical guitarist


"Has the uncanny knack for finding the sweet spot in a hall, auditorium or room...wherever it is...quite an ear too." — Todd Henry, choral director

 

BTW, Mike, the CD is great! You did a fantastic job of miking the soloists! They are really clear! — Marilyn Howard, pianist and music teacher

 

"The clarity of sound on the recording for our chamber music concert at the Broomfield Auditorium was the result of Michael Quam's experience with this particular venue and sensitivity to the individual characteristics of the unusual combination of instruments. Michael's strong musical background contributed to his ability to achieve a well-balanced mix of timbres in this live hall." — Grace Asquith, founder of Chamber Ensemble con Grazia and pianist


"I was very satisfied with the recording quality and the turnaround time was very fast. Also the CD cover and tray liners were very attractive." — John L. Heins, composer and pianist

 

"Thanks so much, Mike - the CD is really, really wonderful. You are terrific!" — Faye Nepon, jazz vocalist

 

"Thanks Michael, I listened to it yesterday. It is good! ... Love your playing and recording. Thanks so much." — Don Campbell, The Mozart Effect Author and Director of Music and Acoustic Services of Aesthetic Audio Systems, Inc.

 

"We're impressed with the quality of the recording. I'm so glad that you were able to record for us. It was a pleasure meeting you, and I'd be happy to do business with you in the future. " — Bill Elliott, pianist

 

"You did a fantasitc job on the sound on that CD!!! Whoa! I am overwhelmed at the quality! Professional level all the way!!!" — Chris Henson, Author & Motivational Speaker of LayoffShield, Inc.


"Thanks for the Spirituals CDs. I thought you did an outstanding job of recording. They sound great. Thanks!" — Ronald J. Williams, composer and conductor


"You can chalk up one proud effort! The master was great, the recording fabulous... You have done a truly HISTORICAL recording and no other recording engineer will probably ever have a chance like the one you realized and with which you've immortalized your name now with lovers of serious music and especially aficionados of string instruments. I can only wish you continued success in your field. I will promote you whenever and wherever feasible. I'm glad you took pleasure in your encounter with Draeseke, Krug, the Summit Chamber Players and myself, but at this point, the pleasure is really all ours!" — Alan H. Krueck, International Draeseke Society, North America, AK/Coburg CDs

 

"Over the last few years as I have played with different musical groups in Colorado, Michael Quam has repeatedly been the chosen recording engineer for groups wishing to archive performances or have fine quality recordings to use for publicity and grants. Working quietly in the background he has achieved a wonderful recorded sound that captures the the energy of live performances with the sound that comes from being a fine musician himself. Bravo Michael!" — Bruce Barrie, Associate Professor of Trumpet at Seoul National University


"Thanks for all of the expert help. The section I especially was pleased with was the one with Larry Graham at the piano. Beautiful sound obtained for one of Charles Eakin's best works. Look forward to working with you on future projects. You're easy to work with and certainly have the technical down." Hobart Bell, Flat Nine Films


"Mike of Quam studios did a great job capturing our live show and then editing it down to a very nice sounding CD." — Rayleigh Rask, folk musician

 

"Beautiful recording! Thank you again, Mike!" — Alexandra Eddy, composer

 

"Thanks for great recording! ... Thank you for all your work on my recital CD! It sounds great, and is nicely packaged too:)" — Seth Houston, choral director

 

"Thanks, Mike, for your work in recording our recent concert. Sure appreciate your professional attitude and work! — G. Randall Coleman, conductor

Select Non-Profit Clients

Colorado Public Radio

Colorado Music Festival &

Center for Musical Arts

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Colorado Bach Ensemble
Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra
Colorado Chamber Players
Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado
Colorado Bach Festival

Augustana Arts

Stratus Chamber Orchestra

Metro State Department of Music

Colorado State School of Music

Colorado Women's Chorale

Denver Early Music Consort

Off the Hook Chamber Music Festival

Denver Young Artist Orchestra (DYAO)
Rocky Mountain Brass Band Festival

Wonderbound

Ballet Nouveau Colorado
Rocky Mountain Brassworks
Boulder Concert Band
Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts
Broomfield Cultural Affairs Division

Off Broadway School of Fine Arts
The Broomfield Choral Festival

Colorado Repertory Singers

Chamber Ensemble con Grazia
Aster Women's Chamber Choir

Florida Public Radio

Baroque Southeast
Tallahassee Bach Parley
Atlanta Baroque Orchestra
Tallahassee Winds
The Florida State University College of Music
The Tallahassee Youth Orchestra

International Draeseke Society, NY

 

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