Meet the Team

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Robbie Konikoff began his career as a prominent engineer during Buffalo's "golden age" of hits in the 60s and 70s. Moog immediately recognized his expertise and magnetic personality when they made him a large part of their Artist Relations department in 1978. Robbie became Moog's personal liaison to many of the biggest stars of the era, basing his operations out of Los Angeles. Since then, as owner operator of Audio Magic Studios, Robbie has served as a rare conduit for Buffalo's biggest talents for over 20 years. Thanked on countless albums, Robbie Konikoff has had the rare pleasure of being the Buffalo area's most popular "behind the scenes" talent scout, mentor and friend of the arts.
Paul Ceppaglia has decades of experience as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, recording engineer and producer. He’s worked with a wide range of artists all over the musical spectrum: rock, blues, folk, jazz, and classical. In addition, Paul also specializes in online marketing, with a focus on SEO (search engine optimization) and conversion optimization. In addition to serving as President at, Paul is currently an adjunct instructor in the Audio Recording and Production Department at Niagara County Community College.
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Jae Daniel studied production and technology at Berklee College of Music and Academy of Art San Francisco. A full time audio/video engineer based in Western New York, he splits time between the stage and the studio, recording, mixing, and producing for both independent and international recording artists. Favorite Pairings: Telecaster & Mesa Boogie F30 Clean Channel, SM7 & John Hardy 990, Bass & DBX 160X, and Dark Roast & Dark Chocolate.
Joe Mattimore
Joe got interested in audio production while recording and touring as a bassist with indie-rock act Ansley Court in the 1990s. After graduating from Full Sail University, he continued building his skills at Water Music Recorders in Hoboken, NJ, learning under legendary producers Terry Manning, John Agnello, Mike Barbiero, Warren Haynes, Mark Endert, and Caleb Southern. Joe’s career branched into other mediums in the 2000s, as he got into video production and graphic design, and he earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in education from SUNY Buffalo State. He currently lives in Buffalo, NY and teaches Digital Media for Erie 1 BOCES. He is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, song writer and performer, recording and producing out of Blackrock EPS in Buffalo.
Dylan Cottrell
Dylan has been involved in music all throughout his life, culminating in a B.S in Sound Recording Technology from Fredonia State. Through studying with incredible engineers such as Dave Fridmann and Matthew Weiss, he has accumulated much work in studios around the Greater Buffalo area as well as running live sound for many of Buffalo's venues. As an avid producer and engineer himself, Dylan's work bridges the gap between electronic and acoustical elements in his songwriting.
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Jonathan Wisniewski is a 23 year old musician/audio engineer from Staten Island, NY. He started his audio career at the age of 20 interning at "Timber Studios" in Bayonne, NJ, and running his own studio "Second River Studios" in Belleville, NJ. He is currently studying under the Audio Engineering Certificate Program at Niagara County Community college, and currently resides in Buffalo, NY.
Randy Merrill
Randy's audio journey started at the Sound Recording Technology program at SUNY College at Fredonia, where he studied music, audio engineering, and acoustics. After graduation, he went to work for the Eastman School of Music, where he honed his skills in live and studio recording and mixing, live sound reinforcement, and percussion performance. Randy moved to New York City in 1999, where he spent five years as a Technical Engineer at Avatar Studios (formerly known as Power Station). In early 2006 he joined Scott Hull Mastering as Scott’s production engineer, and in 2008 became a staff mastering engineer at Masterdisk. Randy moved to Sterling Sound in 2013 and has been assisting and co-engineering projects with Tom Coyne, as well as continuing to master for his own clients.