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Theta Sound Studio Receives
Prestigious Best of 2014 Award

Theta Sound Studio Receives Prestigious Best of 2014 Award

Our full-service audio/video facility recognized for stellar service by national awards organization!

Theta Sound Studio in Burbank, California, has a new jewel to add to their industry awards collection: Best of 2014, Burbank, in the Recording & Rehearsal Studios category. Studio founder and lead engineer / producer Randall Michael Tobin was quite enthusiastic as he recounted, “I was going through our daily e-mails when I saw one that told us we had won this very cool award. The last time I received an e-mail along those lines, it was from a major songwriting competition I had entered; that e-mail informed me I had won First Place in the Adult Contemporary song category, and it was for real. So I knew to not hit the delete key so quickly after that experience!”

This is the seventh prestigious music industry award bestowed upon Randall Michael Tobin since 2005 and the first one for Theta Sound Studio itself.

Randall Michael Tobin at Theta Sound Studio

Randall Michael Tobin at Theta Sound Studio

Awards previously received by Randall Michael Tobin at Theta Sound Studio include:

2013 – Great American Song Contest – First Place, Adult Contemporary Category – “Kinda Cool” (Songwriter)

"Kinda Cool," written by Randall Michael Tobin and sung by Amy on her debut album "Vocalessence," took top honors in the 14th Annual Great American Song Contest, Adult Contemporary category, announced March, 2013. You can listen to "Kinda Cool" and other songs from the album at (it's the 12th tile on the page, but you should really start at the beginning ["press to play"] for the whole story).

2009 – Just Plain Folks – Best Solo Piano Album award (Engineer) – Bettie Ross – “A Magical Time of Year”

2009 – Just Plain Folks – Best Solo Piano Song award (Engineer) – Bettie Ross – “Merrymaking”

2006 – Aurora Platinum Best of Show award – Composer – “Xtasy – The Real Story, part 1” – Friends of Narconon

2006 – Aurora Platinum Best of Show award – Music Producer – “Xtasy – The Real Story, part 1” – Friends of Narconon

2005 – Themed Entertainment Association Award for Outstanding Achievement – Recording & Engineering – “Health Royale” (children’s interactive game show at COSI, Columbus, Ohio)

The Three Awards seen here have an interesting backstory. The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) award was presented to the creators of the "Health Royale" project, a Hollywood Squares-style interactive multimedia game show installation with celebrity characters playing the roles of various parts of the human body, i.e., Elvis is called Pelvis in the game. Installed in the COSI childrens museum in Columbus, Ohio, two children from a touring group would be picked to be X and O and play the game with a Groucho-skeleton Emcee named Bones. All of the questions and answers were recorded, edited and converted to spec by Randy Tobin at Theta Sound Studio. Health Royale received the top award for Outstanding Achievement in the Limited Budget (under $750,000) category. The beautiful center statuette is the Aurora Platinum Best of Show award (details in the next Gallery photo). The Just Plain Folks (JPF) awards are very special as they come from the world's largest grassroots music organization of the same name. Bettie Ross recorded a special piano album called "A Magical Time of Year" here at Theta Sound Studio. Upon its completion, Bettie entered the album and various tracks in the JPF Awards competition and flew to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend the ceremony where she was surprised and stunned to hear her name called for not one, but two awards: Best Solo Piano Album and Best Solo Piano Song! Randy Tobin received his awards as engineer for the record.

Randall added, “I really want to thank all of our clients and friends for helping us achieve these milestones and for celebrating our success! This means so much to us personally and professionally. For nearly 37 years I’ve been helping artists to realize their creative dreams while at the same time making a better world through emotionally impactful music and spoken word recordings. It’s great to have our studio recognized for that work; it validates what we’re all about.”

Randall Michael Tobin is a voting member of The Recording Academy (since 1982) and an ASCAP songwriter and publisher. His original score for “The Snow Queen Ballet” has delighted audiences for the past 16 years at the Glendale College Theatre for the Performing Arts (a California Contemporary Ballet production).

The Grammy Awards are presented each year by The Recording Academy (formerly National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences - NARAS) and the winners are picked by voting members of the Academy. Randall Michael Tobin has been a voting member since 1982 and in 2007 received this certificate for 25 years of membership in the Academy (as of this writing it's now 32 years).