ASG Personalities: Collyer Spreen

Collyer Spreen joined Advanced Systems Group in October 2020 as a sales engineer for the audio team. A Pro Tools expert, he spent more than seven years as a pro audio solutions specialist for Avid Technology. He is based in Dallas and continues to work as a freelance recording engineer through his company, Soundasleep Productions.

What drew you to audio technology?
I’ve played drums since I was six years old. I built my first set of drums out of Charles Chips cardboard tubs – I turned them upside down and they became drums. Growing up listening to vinyl, I became a particularly focused listener. That led me to wanting to learn how to make those sounds myself. 

How did your career progress as a professional musician?
I played my way through high school and college with various bands, and then I moved to New York City and became a recording engineer. After two years, I moved to California, and within nine months I had another studio job.

About this time, MIDI appeared, and I became really good as a MIDI programmer. Actually, I had moved to L.A. to be a drummer, but I also realized that drum machines were here to stay – so I figured I’d better learn how to program these things or I was going to be out of a job! I hooked up with Starship as their MIDI programmer during their Knee Deep in the Hoopla tour, and wound up working with them for four albums and tours.

What sparked your interest in Pro Tools?
I was literally there in the golden hour of perfect sunlight of audio as it transitioned from analog to digital. After the music industry started to change to home studios in the late 90s, I decided I could do what I did anywhere, so I moved back to Texas. Pro Tools hit the market, and I started to learn the technology, which I used as a post engineer for commercial and episodic TV for 15 years.

Around 2010, I was laid off – but within six months I was hired by Avid as a Pro Tools and workflow specialist. That was an incredible experience on so many levels, and reconnected me with so many people that I had lost touch with when I moved to Texas. Joining ASG was a good opportunity for me to gain some stability with a company that has thrived and grown during the pandemic. 

What do you think is the next “big thing” in audio?
Audio over IP is on a significant growth curve – networked audio is an important part of studio infrastructure. There’s also a going to be a lot of continued growth in immersive audio, which is still defining itself. With immersive audio, it’s like being in a pool of sound, and you can put yourself anywhere in that pool. Dolby Atmos is the leading format, but there are many competing formats from other companies. It’s just going to continue to develop.

How can ASG help with today’s audio challenges?
The pandemic forced the industry to accelerate the adoption of working from home business models. That’s where the industry was going anyway, but the time is now instead of five years from now. Unfortunately, the pandemic put a lot of people on the curb instead of the highway of progress. We decided to get in front of the challenges of remote production workflows and solve them.

ASG Strengthens Audio Team with Addition of Industry Veterans Jeff Briss, Collyer Spreen

EMERYVILLE, CALIF., DEC. 7, 2020 – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading media technology and engineering firm, today announced two recent additions to its audio team. Jeff Briss joined the company last month as audio ambassador, while Collyer Spreen joined in October as the company’s new sales engineer.

In 1993, Briss co-founded Cutting Edge Audio Group, a systems integrator with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and remained with the company until he retired in late 2018. Mostly recently, Spreen provided pro audio consulting and sales for Cutting Edge. He also spent more than seven years as a pro audio solutions specialist for Avid Technology. A Pro Tools expert, he continues to work as a freelance recording engineer through his company, Soundasleep Productions.

“We place a strong emphasis on audio production solutions at ASG. The addition of professionals with such high levels of knowledge and experience translates to significant benefits for our customers,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “Both Jeff and Collyer have built formidable reputations across our industry, and we are very pleased to welcome them to our team.” 

Briss is based out of San Francisco. Contact him at 415-819-9937 or Based in Dallas, Spreen can be reached at 214-850-0025 or

About ASG:
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area with offices in the New York Metro Area, Los Angeles, and the Rocky Mountain Region, Advanced Systems Group LLC has provided engineering, systems, integration, support, and training to the multimedia creative and corporate video markets for more than 20 years. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of the largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems in North America. Highly focused on customer success, the ASG team has installed and supported more than 500 storage networks, along with production and post-production systems. As part of its complete solution approach, ASG also offers a range of managed services, providing expert staffing for media production and event management. For more information, visit or call 510-654-8300.

Avid Introduces Pro Tools | Carbon

Avid has announced Pro Tools | Carbon, an AVB-connected, hybrid DSP and native audio interface. Pro Tools | Carbon is a new breed of audio interface—built to capture brilliance. It’s a hybrid audio production system that features incredible sound quality and combines the power of your native CPU with onboard HDX DSP acceleration.

The interface features 25 inputs: eight mic pre/line in, 16 channels of ADAT optical, Talkback mic, four mic pres with variable impedance (for inputs 5/6/7/8), two instrument inputs (1&2) with variable impedance, and the Talkback mic on front panel, which appears in the Pro Tools IO setup. There are also 34 outputs: eight line outs, studio monitor outputs, 16 channels of ADAT optical, and four stereo headphone outs.

Who is Carbon For?

With eight mic pres, two dedicated GTR/instr inputs with variable Z, and 16 inputs via ADAT optical format, recording bands or intricate setups is easy and flexible with 24 simultaneous inputs. Carbon comes with a one-year subscription license of Pro Tools software, and with the hybrid DSP workflow, multitrack recording sessions with near-zero latency is no longer the exclusive domain of Pro Tools Ultimate HDX systems.

AVB: Audio Video Bridging

AVB (Audio Video Bridging) is an extension to the Ethernet standard, designed to provide guaranteed quality of service, which means that audio latency in a given AVB system is consistent. AVB allows you to create a single network for audio, video, and control data, using an AVB-compatible
switch. AVB is compatible with AES67, but is not directly compatible with Dante or Ravenna. Carbon uses a direct connection to the computer Ethernet port for lowest possible latency values. Many other audio devices and manufacturers use AVB, including Avid’s own live console, the S6L series.

Comes with Plug-Ins

Carbon comes with 115 AAX plugins, including UVI Falcon, Avid Complete Plugin bundle, and HEAT. Additional 3rd party plugins that come with Carbon (with permanent licenses) include Arturia Rev PLATE -140, Brainworx: bx_console N, Brainworx: bx_rockrack, Brainworx: bx_masterdesk, Brainworx: Purple Audio MC77, Embody Immerse Virtual Studio, McDSP 6050 Ultimate Channel Strip HD, Native Instruments Vintage Organs, and UVI Model D Grand Piano.

Includes Pro Tools 2020.11

The latest updates to Avid’s industry standard DAW software include Audio-to-MIDI drag and drop conversion, Space Clips command, Direct ADM Import/Export to speed ATMOS workflows, a new Dark theme GUI option, and the return of bounce-to-Quicktime video capabilities in Catalina.

ASG: Your Pro Tools | Carbon Experts!

ASG has been creating Pro Tools systems for audio and video professionals since day one. If you have questions about Pro Tools | Carbon, contact our Avid factory expert Collyer Spreen at or 214-850-0025.