Heidi Leah Gerber-Salins:
Producer, Phase I

Heidi Gerber-Salins when at Morgan State University

Ms. Gerber-Salins’ work in audio production, engineering and related areas such as radio, TV and films, spans a wide range of music genres and communication formats.  She worked extensively with recording:


Her projects garnered multiple Grammy and Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) nominations, as well as a New York Festivals Radio Award.

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In addition to being an audio producer and engineer, Ms. Gerber-Salins is:

Formal Education

Ms. Gerber-Salins has a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a minor in Chorus, where she also studied voice privately???? while in college.

She also has an MA in Communications from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

Background

IS THERE ANYTHING FROM YOUR HIGH SCHOOL DAYS THAT MIGHT BE GOOD HUMAN INTEREST TO INCLUDE, SUCH AS ARE INCLUDED IN MY CREDITS IN PHASE I, OR BILL McELROY’s CREDITS AS ASSOCIATE PRODUCER IN PHASE II. Thoughts include: sang in choirs, made recordings, cooking, etc.? SINCE YOU MENTIONED GORMET COOKING TO ME YEARS AGO, THERE MIGHT BE AN INTERESTING STORY THERE?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO include anything more about The Omega Studios’ School of Applied Recording Arts & Sciences?

After graduation from college with her BA, she studied Audio Engineering at Omega Studio's School of Applied Recording Arts & Sciences in Rockville, MD. Following graduation from her training at Omega as an audio engineer in 1991, Ms. Heidi Leah Gerber-Salins began working for Bias Recording Studio in Springfield, Virginia, where among other responsibilities she worked as a professional audio engineer and producer for a range of products.

Her mentor when hired by Bias was the then co-owner, Mr. Bill McElroy. 

Mr. McElroy left Bias in 1993 to pursue his passion for trains. First he worked as an Assistant Train Director at Union Station, Washington, DC, and then on monitoring Track Geometry conditions on lines of the Southern Pacific Railroad. A couple years later, to be near his son who had moved to Richmond with his mother, Bill moved to Richmond, VA.


After his short hiatus working with trains, when Mr. McElroy moved to Richmond he also returned to the recording business. First as a mastering studio in Richmond, and subsequently he started the new recording studio Slipped DISC, located just north of Richmond in the town of Ashland, Virginia. In that capacity Mr. McElroy became the Sound Engineer and Associate Producer for Phase II of Hymns and Songs for Living.



Comments by Bias  from 2001 About Ms. Gerber-Salins

Heidi officially entered the recording engineering and production worlds when she went to work for Bias Recording in 1991. She immediately began racking up credits. In her first year, she earned a Grammy Certificate for her work on the Columbia project Roots of Rhythm and Blues: The Robert Johnson Era.She followed that up putting in hundreds of hours behind the console, both as engineer and increasingly also as producer.
Heidi loves music, and her clients (who encompass many different musical worlds) love her. A good measure of the truth of this is they continue coming back to work with her at Bias, record after record. Heidi has sprinkled her special magic over projects ranging from:
 -  Jazz and bluegrass; to
 -  Celtic;
 -  Alternative Rock;
 -  Traditional and new age hymns; and
 -  Christian rock.
Heidi's clients enjoy and value her passion for: 
 -  Good interpretations;
 -  Quality recording;
 -  Personnel expertise;
 -  Diligence;
 -  Incredible enthusiasm, and
 -  Her mind boggling ability to explain why you want to do what needs to be done.
One professional measure of how clients value Heidi is demonstrated by those who are members of the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA). [As of when Ms. Gerber-Salins left Bias in 2001] they have nominated her four?? times for "Best Recording Engineer."
Ms. Gerber-Salins served on the Board of Governors for the Washington D.C. Chapter of the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which annually awards the GRAMMY’s.

Click here to see list of Ms. Gerber-Salins' credits while at Bias

All Access Audio

Ms. Gerber-Salins left Bias Recording Studio in 2001, ten years after beginning there, to establish her audio production and communications company, All Access Audio. First in Reston, VA, and later on the opposite side of Washington, DC in far northern Silver Spring, Maryland. In that role, she worked in coordination with Bias and other recording studios as appropriate to obtain augmented services for her clients, such as when they might need a larger studio setting, say for an orchestra, or needed both a producer and a recording engineer, etc.

While running All Access Audio, Ms. Gerber-Salins attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and obtained her M.A. from the Communication Program. [DATE???  she obtained her MA in Communications in 20??.]

As part of her graduate studies, Ms. Gerber-Salins gave a presentation on her audio production technology research to the 2010 International Art of Record Production Conference.  Her paper was titled Adult MP3 Users’ Perspectives on Past and Present Consumer Audio Technology: Does It Still Sound the Same?. The paper was published as part of the conference's 2010 proceedings.

Also while studying for her masters in Communications, Ms. Gerber-Salins also taught undergraduate and graduate-level audio technology courses at American University in Washington, DC, entrepreneurship courses at Howard Community College, (main campus Columbia, Maryland) and audio production workshops at the Levine School of Music in Washington DC.  Ms. Gerber-Salins also taught Mass Media Effects [WHERE??] during her graduate studies at Johns Hopkins.

University Professor

Ms. Gerber-Salins joined the faculty at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland in 2013??? as an Assistant Professor in the School of Global Journalism and Communication for Multiplatform Production.  Her teaching interests included:

Six???? years later in fall of 2019, Ms. Gerber-Salins moved to the faculty at Howard University in Washington, DC as an Assistant Professor in the Cathy Hughes School of Communications, Department of Media, Journalism and Film.  Her teaching responsibilities at Howard  have a more significant emphasis on sound recording for films. 

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