Michael Paul Stavrou (Stav) was born with a passion for sound! First gaining experience by hosting shows on college radio, followed by working at radio and television stations across the US, studying at Virginia Commonwealth University, and landing a recording studio job at Virginia’s fist multi-track facility -  Eastern Recording Studios

Searching for the ultimate experience and learning environment, led Stav to work at Air Studio in London for more than a decade - mastering every conceivable recording situation, style of music, instrumentation & acoustical limitation, and highlighted by working on a Paul McCartney LP, that was being recorded at AIR Studios in Montserrat. Subsequent moves in the organisation saw him take on the titles of Studio Manager and Chief Engineer.

After finishing working at Air, Stav continues on as a freelance Audio Engineer, writer for industry publications, acoustic designer, inventor and Licensor of Arc Technology to Smart AV, and runs StudioStav in Byron Bay NSW


Over many years, I have found Ritchie to be an extremely rare and valuable resource for solving technical problems with Steinberg Nuendo and computers that I have running it, that other technicians fail to even dent. I would happily recommend Ritchie for any task that he feels comfortable performing.
— Mike Stavrou ( StudioStav - Byron Bay )