a brief history
Tarsia grew up in Philadelphia with a love
for music and electronics. That combination eventually
led him to work as a laboratory technician for Philco Corp.
in the research department. In his spare time, he moonlighted
fixing TVs, where he met someone who had a recording studio
and needed his tape recorder fixed. Joe never left and
eventually rebuilt the studio. He began servicing other
studios, one of which was Cameo Parkway. He worked his
way up from Assistant Junior Engineer to Chief Engineer, where
he worked with such artists as Gamble & Huff, Thom Bell,
Chubby Checker, Dee Dee Sharp, the Dovells, Bobby Rydell,
Billy Paul and Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes.
1968, Joe Tarsia would form his
own company, Sigma Sound. Under Tarsia's leadership,
Sigma brought cutting edge innovation to sound recording,
as the second studio to offer 24-track recording and the first
studio anywhere to successfully employ console automation.
It was during the mid 60's to the early 80's that the unique
sound that came to life in Sigma Sound Studios would dominate
the world's airwaves. Joe Tarsia
and Sigma Sound became synonymous with "The Sound of