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Ken moved to Atlanta seeking new opportunities and soon landed a gig at Atlanta Pro Audio, a premier studio equipment dealer and consultant in the area. Big name producers and artists were quick to recognize his technical abilities and work ethic. He started working freelance with Andre Benjamin (Outkast), Sonny Emory (Earth, Wind, and Fire) and continued to do projects with local/regional rock acts.
His versatility with different genres and technical knowledge paid off in 2010 when he became a full-time staff engineer for mega-producer Tricky Stewart. With Tricky he engineered sessions for the likes of Beyonce, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Usher, Jessica Simpson, Semi Precious Weapons, and The Pilot Kids. He separately did projects with Aretha Franklin, and Frank Ocean. In 2013, Ken's work with Frank Ocean was nominated for an "Album of the Year" Grammy.
He has more recently expanded into sound for TV/Film productions. As of 2017, Ken has also become more involved in the business side of the industry. He continues to work with major label clients in multiple capacities.
Mixed and Recorded for Gucci Mane, David Banner, Killer Mike, Starlito, Don Trip, Young Dolph, Young Dro, Rehab, Trouble, Superfly Soundtrack, Ubisoft, Orlando Magic.
Sound Design for 1917 movie ad campaign, Justice League movie ad campaign, Ubisoft.
As the owner of Smash Productions llc Mr. Dennis Heads up a National Network and Team of Professionals and vendors to Serve his Clients on a National and , international scale. Services offered are : Concert Touring Design and Consultation , Venue Design and Consultation , Production. Mgt. Services , Festival Design and Services. , Large Scale Televised Sporting Events and Product Rollouts Live Event Services include : Personnel , Equip. , Staging , Lighting as well as all aspects of event Mgt. Recording Services , Live Award show Production and Staffing as well as House of Worship Production Design and Consultation and Staffing His Ability to Connect with Artists across many genres has brought him together with such greats as : Al Green , Bob Dylan , to Tony Bennett to Gerald Albright , Usher,Widespread Panic , Phish , Dave Matthews Band , The Pixies , Deacon Brody , Ziggy Marley , Steel Pulse , Tribe Called Quest , Ice -T , Branford Marsalis , REO Speedwagon , Marilyn Manson , Love Tractor , Elvis Costello , Steve Earle , TheSamples , Drivin and Cryin and so many more. He has Served as House Sound engineer at many Venues throughout the years including Trax in Charlottesville Va. , Georgia Theater in Athens , Ga and the Tabernacle Theater in Atlanta , Ga where under his tenure They Recieived the “Rolling Stone Venue of the year Award “ Mr. Dennis Has Recorded in and has a continuing relationship and Association with Many of the Top facilities in the Country including but not limited to Olympia Studios ,Tree Sound Studios , Southern Tracks Recording Studios , Exocet Studios , Musiplex Atlanta, Ardent , Memphis and many More.
He has 38 platinum albums and four Grammy nominations.
Karl was born and raised in Miami Florida. Started engineering after graduation from Full Sail University in 1987 at Miami’s famed Criteria/Hit Factory Studios in Miami. After freelancing for a few years, he moved to Atlanta and found himself at the beginning of the r&b and rock explosion. Karl began his run in Atlanta as Chief Engineer at the seminal rock studio, Southern Tracks. Working with Brendan O’Brien and Nick DiDia on records for the Black Crows, Rage Against the Machine, Kings X, STP and Pearl Jam. Soundtracks for Waynes World 2, Dumb and Dumber and The Crow. He also began a working relationship with R&B great Keith Sweat, They together worked on Silks multiplatinum debut that yielded the single “freak me”. Karl then moved operations to Keiths Private studio, The Sweat Shop and continued to work on his multi-platinum album with the single “Nobody”. Karl recorded, mixed and played bass on the single. Then came albums from Silk, Kut Klose and 2Pac (Vocals for Pain from the Above the Rim Soundtrack). Where then followed by 4 years of world tours where he began his live life doing FOH. After owning and managing his studio Ocean VU in Miami, he returned to Atlanta to work with Jeezy. Engineered on 4 mixtapes including “trappin aint dead” and albums TM103 and Pressure. Subsequent tours followed including Lil Waynes Most Wanted tour and Jay –Z Blueprint 3 album and tour. This working relationship yielded two Grammy nominations and 3 plus million albums sold. Karl then wanted to give back and began teaching at the Art Institute of Atlanta. Teaching beginning and advanced multitrack recording, mixing and protools certification prep. Karl now splits his time between scoring (did the score for the indie films Pet, the indie The Intruder and the feature Unleaded) and studio sessions. Also peppered with live shows and onset recording as he recently was called in to record the choir and church service for the film “Just Mercy” starring Jamie Foxx. Hoping for a Oscar win in 2021. He is now happy to call Tree home base and look forward to making great music.