History is something that cannot be altered. At Audio Vision Recording Studios we have a rich history of success and accolades and one that is unmatched by any other recording studio in the South Florida area!
The Albert Brothers Discography at Criteria Recording Studios includes:
Abba, Jack Adams, Aerosmith, Steve Alaimo, Aftermads, Monty Alexander, Allman Brothers Band, Gregg & Duanne Allman, America, Ann-Margret, Patti Austin, Art in America, Average White Band, Russ Ballard, The Band, Count Basie Orchestra, Basilio, The Beach Boys, Barry Beckett, Bee Gees, George Benson, Chuck Berry, Jeff Buckley, Bush, Regina Belle, Bow Wow Wow, Elvin Bishop, Black Oak Arkansas, Blood Sweat & Tears, Barry Blue, Kylene Brandon, James Brown, Brownsville Station, Dave Brubeck, Jimmy Buffet, Bus Boys, Bobby Caldwell, Mariah Carey, Vickki Carr, Cameo, The Chamber Brothers, Carol Channing, Harry & Tom Chapin, Chic, Chayanne, Collective Soul, David Coverdale, Eric Clapton, Petula Clark, George Clinton & P – Funk Allstars, Joe Cocker, Wayn Cochran, Mark Colby, Alice Cooper, John Cougar, The Covergirls, Lamont Cranston, Rossington Collins Band, Comateens, Dave Crawford, Pablo Cruise, Delany & Bonnie, Rick Derringer, Derek & The Dominoes, John Denver, Dickie Bettes & Great Southern, Dion, Dixie Flyers, Danger Danger, David Bowie, Plácido Domingo, Tommy Dorsey, Ian Drury, The Eagles, Duke Ellington, Keith Emerson, Emmanuel, Gloria Estefan, Extreme, Don Felder, Jay Ferguson, Firefall, Fleetwood Mack, Foreigner, Dan Fogelburg, Ivano Fossati, Frankie & the K.O.’s, Aretha Franklin, Gang of Four, Jerry Garcia, Art Garfunkel, Siedah Garret, Bobbi Gentry, Phil Gernhart, Giant, Andy Gibb, Debbie Gibson, Jackie Gleason, Benny Goodman, Grand Funk, Grateful Dead, H-Town, Roy Halee, Bill Halverson, Emmylou Harris, Procol Harum, Richie Havens, Haddaway, Phyllis Hyman, John Lee Hooker, Whitney Houston, Julio Iglesias, The Ink Spots, Iron Butterfly, Michael Jackson, Ahmad Jamal, James Gang, Joan Jett, Doctor John, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Jimmy Johnson, Journey, Judas Priest, Pierre Jaubert, BB King, Freddie King, Gladys Knight, Kix, Lenny Kravitz, Nil Lara, Tracy Lawrence, Levert, Trigo Limpio, Little Richard, Kenny Loggins, Cheryl Lynn, Madness, Yngwie Malmsteen, Barry Manilow, Bob Marley, Rita Marley, Man o’ War, Marshall Tucker Band, Sam the Sham, Meatloaf, Melanie, Menudo, Metallica, Buddy Miles, Miami Sound Machine, Mitch Miller, Steve Miller Band, Eddie Money, Mother’s Finest, Mothers of Invention, Judy Mowet, Joey Murcia, Eddie Murphy, Markita, Billy Ray Martin, Mutiny, Graham Nash, Stevie Nicks, Niteflyte, Ted Nugent, Nuclear Valdez, Oingo Boingo, Ohio Players, The Outlaws, John Parr, Jimmy Page, Jaco Pastorius, Wilson Pickett, Esther Phillips, Henry Paul Band, Mike Pinera, The Police, Pure Prairie League, Queen Latifah, Rare Earth, The Rascals, Reo Speedwagon, Elio Roca, The Rolling Stones, Lulu, 2 Live Crew, Todd Rundgren, Leon Russell, Bobby Rydell, Mitch Ryder, Sam & Dave, David Sanborn, Michael Sardou, The Scorpions, John Secada, Bob Seger, Arturo Sandoval, Sieko, Slaughter, Grace Slick, Camilo Sesto, Soda Stereo, Spanky & Our Gang, Status Quo, Cat Stevens, Supremes, Rachel Sweet, Takanaka, Taj Mahal, Third World, George Thurston, Peter Tosh, Rick James, Robin Trower, Ike & Tina Turner, Ultravox, Vanilla Fudge, Bobby Vinton, Joe Walsh, The Wailers, Warrant, Was Not Was, Vanessa Williams, Jimmy Witherspoon, Bobby Whitlock, Bill Wyman, Johnny Winter, Wishbone Ash, Neil Young.: Bad Boy Ent. DMX La Reese Teddy Riley Bam
The Albert Brothers – Ron and Howard
When the Albert Brothers (Ron and Howard) began (circa 1967), recording techniques were a little different. Multi-track tape machines were just finding their way thanks to the efforts of Les Paul and Tom Dowd.
Recording consoles, power amps and speakers left a lot to be desired. In fact, the only truly wonderful stuff was the European microphones. Howard and Ron were instructed early on that those expensive mics where only for delicate orchestra recordings, not for loud rock!
In spite of that, the Albert Brothers were on a mission. The daytime recording was reserved for ad agency clients, so most of Howard and Ron’s recording (and experimenting) was done at night (out of sight from the boss). As soon as Howard heard the drum sound, they got with condenser mics all bets were off! Uncountable hours were spent experimenting and eventually the Albert Brothers “fat” drum sound was being heard all over the world.
As time went on it became common knowledge that the secret to the Albert Brothers sound was their “multi-mic” concept of using a separate mic on everything! (So now, you know why the album credits read: Recorded and Produced by Howard Albert and Ron Albert for Fat Albert Productions).
It is important to remember that through the kindness and understanding of Mack Emerman (founder and owner of Criteria Studios) and that Boss, Howard and Ron were given the opportunity to develop their skills.
South Florida was not known as a recording capital and South Beach hadn’t been invented yet, but Jerry Wexler (Atlantic Records president) and legendary record producer Tom Dowd had a plan. They were spending a lot of time in South Florida entertaining artists on “The Big A” (Atlantic’s corporate sports fishing yacht). Naturally, the idea of hopping into a studio for a quick overdub made a lot of sense. Soon Ron and Howard (also fishing’ fools) were hanging out with the best of the company.
The Albert Brothers have said, “Tom Dowd gave us both his unlimited knowledge of producing records and the understanding of artists’ creative minds. It is a great honor for us to have Tom as our mentor and as our friend”. Working with Tom (and later with Karl Richardson and Chuck Kirkpatrick) Howard and Ron have recorded rock history!
“Idlewild South” and “Eat A Peach” by the Allman Brothers Band are two of the early albums that Ron and Howard recorded. The first album the Albert Bros. recorded with Eric Clapton was Derek and The Domino’s “Layla”. By the time, the Brothers recorded the Rolling Stones, Crosby Stills & Nash, and John Mellencamp the floodgates were open.
Sales of records recorded and produced by Howard and Ron have topped 100 million copies! The sun was shining brightly on both South Florida and The Albert Brothers.
In 1987, Howard and Ron (along with their partner Steve Alaimo) formed two new companies. Vision Records, an independent record company offering national distribution to new and established artists including Betty Wright, Stephen Stills, Jimmy Cliff and Dion.
Additionally, they opened Audio Vision Recording Studios (initially for their in-house use). Recently Audio Vision Studios was opened to the recording community, offering major labels, producers and local artists a state of the art recording facility.