Nathan “Adan” Adam – Resume Highlights
Nathan “Adan” Adam is an award winning audio/video producer and university professor.
As a professor of Audio Engineering at Belmont University and MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry, he has taught hundreds of passionate students about the power of new media technology.
Featured on MSNBC’s Tonight with Deborah Norville (~820,000 Youtube views) he has engineered and edited projects including the orchestral score for “Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby”, along with tracks, TV episodes and radio spots for national artists including:
Bill Medley, Collin Raye, Debbie Boone, Earl Scruggs, Neal McCoy, the Oak Ridge Boys, Rhonda Bennett, the Grascals, Jim Stafford, Larry Gatlin, Clay Cooper, Barbara Fairchild, Mickey Gilley, Dusty Rogers Jr., Moe Bandy, Carrie Tillis, Buck Trent, Les Brown Jr, and many others.
He has co-authored 2 books including the internationally distributed ”Pro Tools 9: the Mixers Toolkit”, and the “Multi-Platinum Pro Tools” book and DVD’s.
He has also produced and post-produced multiple video series including the Telly Award winning “Learn and Master Guitar” and the “Presley Country Music Jubilee” TV series for RFD Networks.
He is co-founder of Multi-Platinum.com and the owner of the Walnut House recording & event complex in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (www.walnuthousemusic.com).
Education: All degrees Summa Cum Laude
EdD: In Progress
EdS: Educational Leadership, Middle Tennessee State University
MBA: Business, Pittsburg State University
BBA: Information Systems, Pittsburg State University
Produced nationally distributed series on advanced audio production techniques. Responsible for video and audio production, editing and mastering.
Multi-Platinum Pro Tools – Text & DVD for Focal Press. International distribution.
Multi-Platinum Mixing with John Merchant (Bee Gees, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, etc)
Multi-Platinum Track Editing with Brady Barnett (N’ Sync, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, etc)
Multi-Platinum Vocal Editing with Brady Barnett (George Jones, Lee Ann Rimes, Josh Turner, etc)
Home Studio Mastering with Mitch Gallagher (prolific author for Performing Songwriter, Acoustic Guitar, EQ, Keyboard, and Pro Sound News)
Hip Hop Mixing with Dave Aron (Snoop Dogg, Prince, Aretha Franklin)
Song Production with Brady Barnett (Trace Adkins, Reba, Lonestar, Steven Curtis Chapman, etc)
Ready to Pitch: Taking your track from Garage Ready to Radio Ready with Kevin Ward (multiple Dove award winner)
Intro To Pro Tools with Nathan Adam (Carrie Tillis, Cathy Rigby, Jim Stafford, etc.)
Other noteworthy projects I have produced. Participation noted below:
Presleys Country Jubilee (RFD Networks) – Digital Video & Audio workflow development. All Audio & Video Post Production for 2 seasons of this live music series. Airs weekly in 11 countries, average viewership of 400,000.
Learn and Master Guitar – Award winning 14 hour, 10 DVD instructional series. The top Google guitar instructional series. (Full video and audio production, editing and mastering.)
“Making of the Record” DVD for banjo legend Earl Scruggs on Dove Award nominated “Lifetimes” record. (Video producer and editor.)
Deadbox for Amylase Entertainment. Independent feature. Longest single shot film (104 Minutes). Post production supervisor, video & audio editor & resynch.
Produced, edited and engineered records, audio books, live performance videos, audio tracks, and radio interviews for companies including Homeland Records, Mansion Entertainment and the Music for Life radio network.
Artists recorded & edited include:
Multi-platinum country stars Collin Raye, Neal McCoy
Gold recording artist Jim Stafford
Grammy winner Larry Gatlin
Les Brown & the Lettermen
Legends in Concert
Spirit of the Dance
Clay Cooper, et al.
4 years as Associate Chair: Department of Recording Industry (Middle Tennessee State University)
2 Years as head of Commercial Music Department (Labette Community College)
9 total years college level teaching.
“The Times They Are a Changin’: Digital Editing Techniques in Modern Country Music” at the Art of Record Production Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Gospel Music Association conference: Web 2.0 Technologies for music distribution. (Panel Moderator)
Worked with the GRAMMY Foundation as Audio Engineering Professor for GRAMMY Camp 2009 at University of Southern California.
Audio Engineering professor in upcoming Sundance festival documentary release: “Happy on the Ground: 8 days at GRAMMY Camp”
Presentation: Visioneering: Conceiving and Achieving a God sized plan. Nkambe, Cameroon, Africa
Presentation: Visioneering: Davao City, Philippines
Guest presenter at MTSU: Instructional Technologies Conference.
Courses regularly taught:
Intro to Studio Techniques
Advanced Technology of Recording (Analog)
Advanced Technology of Recording (Digital & Surround Mixing)
Advanced Pro Tools & DAW
Active member or chair on committees included:
Chairs Advisory committee – Actively pursued consensus on faculty issues and worked with chair to identify solutions
Department Candidacy Appeals – Rigorously evaluated over 100 students per semester based on holistic and objective criteria for admission to the degree
Instructional Evaluation & Development Committee – Chaired a committee on disbursement of $30-$50,000 annually for Faculty Grants
University Technology Committee – Selected University committee for allocation of millions in student fees for Technology upgrades and labs.
Technical Facilities – Acted as a bridge between studio maintenance staff, faculty and chair for implementation and prioritization of recording studio operations.
Other active committees included: MBA, MFA, Major Field Test Update, Record Label, and Spring Forum committees.
Have developed and successfully taught multiple fully online courses on Audio Production over the last 2 years.
Developed dozens of hours of live weekly webinars (complete with live video, audio & chat) for my students, dozens of hours of streaming HD Pro Tools lessons, and back end solutions for uploading & downloading large student Pro Tools sessions.
Produced videos of every weekly webcast including: recording, editing & posting online within a few hours of the live webinar, so students unable to attend live are still able to attend virtually the same day.
Online course experience includes extensive building, testing, and utilizing full D2L/Elearn shells complete with online forums, exams, scheduling, dropboxes and grading. In addition, I have had to develop my own methods of integrating these components with the special needs of audio production topics (i.e. streaming video lessons, massive project folders, etc.) that are not supported by D2L/Elearn.
Developed multiple audio related websites including: www.walnuthouseevents.com, www.mansionstudios.com, www.multi-platinum.com.
Grants & Awards:
$2,500 Faculty Research grant for study of foreign accreditation methods.
$3,000 Outstanding Achievement in Instructional Technology
$1,900 IEDC grant for departmental & MFA video production equipment.
$1,600 IEDC grant for department tutorial production equipment.
$2,500 Student Research supervisor – For studying & comparison of Audio plugins.
$3,000 Student Research supervisor – Omega Delta Psi URSCA recording grant project.
$2,000 Student Research supervisor – URSCA grant to develop advanced HD video capture method.
ITD release time grant to produce an online library of Streaming Video Learning. 3 hours release time
Nominated for Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology.
Studio upgrades & Consulting:
With an equipment background going back to Sweetwater Sound as a Sales Engineer, I have spec’d and equipped hundreds of facilities, producers, studios, schools, churches, rock stars and wannabe’s with millions of dollars in recording equipment. Routinely responsible for finding most efficient allocation of resources, while factoring in all faculty requests, on up to $300,000 of annual upgrade expenditures.