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Winters End Audio Productions

Mckinney Botts (Owner, Mixing Engineer)

I’m just a dude who grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and who loves music and music technology. My first exposure to music was praise and worship songs in church. I was 7 or 8 when I noticed a person in the back of the church moving faders and knobs around and I was instantly curious. After the service was over I asked my parents what he was doing and they told me he was running sound. They introduced me to him so I could ask questions and at that moment I fell in love with the music world. Fast forward to a few years later, I was in high school and I had become the head audio tech at the church, running worship services and recording the sermons.


    When it came time to attend college I chose to pursue a music business degree at Montreat College, just outside of Asheville, North Carolina. While there, I was the lead audio technician for the college, running all chapels and worship services while simultaneously working for the local church as one of the staff engineers. After a year and a half of studying music business, I realized that I wanted to focus my efforts on recording and mixing records. I moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend SAE Institute for a deeper education in recording. After graduating from SAE with academic honors, I interned at a recording studio in Nashville for about a year. Following my internship, I had the opportunity to work with several talented men. In the country music scene, I worked as an assistant engineer with Grammy nominated producer Kent Wells (Dolly Parton) and Grammy nominated engineer Patrick Murphy (Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney, The Grascals). In the rock/pop genre, I worked as a mix assistant with Billboard charted J. Hall of JHall Inc.In 2014, I moved to Kansas City, Missouri, and began work as an assistant engineer and mix engineer in the metal/punk genre with Billboard charted producer and artist, Joshua Barber. I am now living in the Dayton area and have opened my own business, Winter’s End Audio Productions.

Josh Manuel (Co-owner, Management)

Josh is a long time lover of music and owner of Manuel Music Studio, LLC in Dayton, OH. Manuel Music Studio provides music education to hundreds of students around the greater Dayton area in over ten different schools. Josh is a graduate of Wright State University School of Music with a degree in vocal performance. 

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