Sales Associate HiTech
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Favorite Instruments

Piano, Keyboards, Yamaha p120, Kawai Pianos, Komplete 8, East West Quantum Leap Software

Category Expertise

Keyboards & MIDI > Portable & Arranger Keyboards > Arranger Keyboards

Favorite Bands

Third Day, Sanctus Real, Adam Cappa, Chris Tomlin, The Michael Gungor Band, Jason Crabb, Ashmont Hill, Shannon Wexelberg, Big Daddy Weave, Kansas, Brian Doerksen, David Crowder*Band, Avalon, The Bowling Family, - 33 Miles, Hillsong, Darlene Zschech, DOWNHERE, Jesus Culture, Happy Goodmans, The Hinsons, The Rambos, Kutless, Paul Baloche, Phil Wickham, Robbie Seay Band, Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Kristian Stanfill, Foreigner

Musical Interests

Recording, Digital Performer, Studio One 2 Pro, Shure Microphones, Focusrite Preamps, Cubase, Pitch Correction, Kawai MP 9000, Yamaha P120, MOTU PCIe-424 with HD192, RME, M-Audio, Apple Computers, iphone, Cubase 7, Comp Recording Techniques, Contemporary Christian and Gospel

Rich Wallen
Sales Associate HiTech

Certified in: ProAudio

I have worked in music for 30 plus years, traveling doing Gospel music back in the 70s and 80s, since then, leading worship and training young musicians to do the same.

Audio recording since the days of "tape."  Since then, digital audio recording with Cubase (since 1992), Digital Performer, Logic 9 (some) and my current favorite, Studio One Pro2.
I love to learn gear, make great sound and make music for the passion of my soul !

More about Rich Wallen.

How did you first get involved in playing/making music?
I always loved to sing.  Even when I was little I loved to sing.  In fact, I loved music so much that at the ripe old age of 4 years, "Santa Claus" brought me a record player for Christmas.  It wasn't much, but it was mine.  Along with the record player came a variety of Christmas albums, thus began my love of Christmas Hymns and Holiday favorites.  
I sang along with all those albums, so much so that when I was 7 years old, my Elementary School music teacher, Virginia Stipp put me on the microphone for the Christmas program, and I did my first solo performance of "Nuttin For Christmas."  I performed for around a thousand parents, teachers and kids and I loved every minute of it.  
What was your first instrument?

Well, VOICE was my first instrument.  As I mentioned, I sang in school, but as far as an instrument goes, my Aunt and Uncle had acquired an old "upright" piano, that had to have been about a hundred years old.  I started plunking tunes on it when I was around 9.  I liked it, so my mom talked to the local piano teacher down the road from us, and I began my 'professional' studies.  
I didn't even have a piano at the time.  I would walk down the road to the neighbor's to practice.  They allowed me to come as often as I wanted to, until Dad agreed to buy the piano.  I remember the day the truck backed up the hill and I walked onto the truck to play the little I knew.  Dad signed the agreement and I had a piano.
My piano teacher would end up being a little frustrated with me as I wanted to play more by 'ear' than by reading music, but I continued on, playing gospel music and accompanying the middle school and high school choirs, playing all that I could.
Who are your musical influences?
My earliest musical influences were the church piano players.  I would stand and watch as often as I could get up there between services.  Also, I listened to the current POP music on the radio.  I didn't care for much of the serious rock stuff, I liked the bubble gum pop, growing up.  I know it sounds corny, but still, I liked it.  The Archies, Partridge Family, Osmonds, Jackson5, and most especially THE CARPENTERS were my earliest favorites.  Later, I developed a taste for Styx, Kansas, Abba, The Eagles, Air Supply, Journey, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and The Pointer Sisters were some of my favorite pop music artists.  In the world of GOSPEL music, I regularly listened to The Happy Goodmans, The Hinsons, and The Rambos.    In recent days, I listen to a lot of Darlene Zschech and Hillsong, Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp, David Crowder Band, Hillsong United, Paul Baloche, Kari Job, Shannon Wexelberg, The Bowling Family, TobyMac, Selah, 
What are your top 5 favorite records?
The Hinsons- HIGH VOLTAGE, 
The Partridge Family ALBUM, 
Chris Tomlin-ARRIVING
How many instruments do you play?
I play piano and keyboards, some harmonica and guitar.
What current music projects are in involved with?
I lead worship team at my church with a band of 7 instrumentalists and 8 singers.  Also, I do my own music recording with Digital Performer, Studio One 2 Pro and Cubase.  We weekly record our live music and I mix the 18 tracks and upload to our church's website, various singers and instrumentalists in the church.  
What is your favorite instrument and why? is like an extension of who I am.  I can't imagine life without being able to play piano.
What advice would you give to somebody that wanted to start playing music?
Learn the basics.  Really work on the technical stuff, no matter how boring it is.  Long term, it really pays.  Any beginning musican has to understand that this is a life-long proposition.  You have to eat, sleep and drink the instrument. 

String club is now at Guitar Center Hobart
It's an incredible deal! You just come in the store and purchase a card for $20.00 and it automatically turns into $60.00 worth of strings, that's $40.00 worth of strings for free!!!
Each month your card is loaded with $5.00 to be used on in-store purchases of strings. Message one of our experts or come in the store to learn more.