Audio Engineers Owners Michael and Robin Kinnie,
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Audio Engineers of Detroit held a grand opening celebration at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 26 at its state-of-the-art audio and educational studio located in Midtown Detroit. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Motor City Match Program Manager Drew Lucco and many other friends and supporters participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Audio Engineers of Detroit is the creation of the husband and wife team, Michael and Robin Kinnie, who both have extensive experience and expertise in the audio industry. Fueled by their mission to increase the number of women and people of color in the audio industry and their passion for the city of Detroit, the state-of-art studio offers intensive hands-on entry and advanced level audio recording courses and access to high-tech equipment for filmmakers, recording artists, podcaster and other creatives.
“Audio Engineers of Detroit is precisely why the Motor City Match program exists,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. Michael and Robin Kinnie exemplify Detroit’s entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to increasing access to economic opportunities for our residents. Through Audio Engineers of Detroit, a state-of-the-art audio studio is now available to our City’s creative community. This business will expand diversity in the audio industry and provide educational opportunities for the next generation of Detroit musicians and producers.”
The new studio is located at 4750 Woodward Avenue in Midtown Detroit and provides the latest high-tech audio and multimedia equipment for filmmakers, music producers, recording and voice over artists, podcasters and other creatives. Audio Engineers of Detroit was awarded a Motor City Match cash grant of $20,000 during Round 17. Additionally, the studio received financial resources and support from Invest Detroit, Michigan Women Forward and Lifeline Business Counseling.
“We offer technology and resources that we believe no other recording studio in Detroit has. Audio Engineers of Detroit gives musicians, podcasters and aspiring sound engineers accessibility to the best technology in town in hopes for a stronger presence in the community.” said Robin Kinnie, president and CEO, Audio Engineers of Detroit.
Both Mike and Robin Kinnie are seasoned audio industry experts. For more than two decades, Mike Kinnie has designed, consulted, and implemented audio systems for major concert and entertainment venues in the metro-Detroit area. Robin Kinnie is an award-winning podcast expert and the president of Motor City Woman. She also leads the SoundGirls Detroit Chapter to provide a support network for women and nonbinary people working in the professional audio industry.
“The Audio Engineers of Detroit studio has been purposefully designed to enable professional recording artists, music producers, podcasters and filmmakers to produce their artwork and projects with the latest audio technology,” said Mike Kinnie, vice president and co-founder. “Additionally, we have partnered with instructors who have a wealth of real-world audio recording and production experience to enhance our students’ educational experience.”
“Motor City Match has helped open 128 brick and mortar businesses throughout Detroit,” said MCM program manager Drew Lucco. “Each business plays a role in making sure that Detroiters have access to the things they need in their neighborhoods. Audio Engineers offers a place for Detroit’s vibrant community of musicians and other artists to record and refine their projects, while also providing the technical training to help create the next generation of music professionals.”
The Audio Engineers of Detroit studio is now available for classes, filmmakers, recording and voice over artists, podcasters, and other creatives to produce their projects. For more information on the studio, pricing and classes, visit aedetroit.com or call (313) 502-5295.
For more information, visit aedetroit.com.