Greg Rike Productions has been in business since 1974 when founder Greg Rike was contracted to write and produce a jingle for "4 Seasons Condominiums". The studio was called Morning Sun Recording at that time and was in the sleepy college town of DeLand Florida, home of Stetson University. A steady flow of projects coming to Morning Sun from as far away as Melbourne, Miami and Jacksonville was putting the small studio on the map. Greg became a lab instructor at then fledgling Full Sail before they had their own campus. Seeing the trend toward video and television, Greg went full force into video production and was soon producing corporate videos including the Miss Hawaiian Tropic USA pageant. When MTV kicked off their Daytona spring break, Greg and staff were forefront in helping produce the major music acts of the day. Among them were Atlanta Rhythm Section, Steppenwolf, Firefall and Missing Persons as well as numerous comedy acts including Larry "Bud" Melman from David Letterman show and Jerry Seinfeld . Following on MTV's heels was the Miss Teen Pageant held in Daytona where all the musical acts came to Morning Sun for all preproduction and recording including The Commodores, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Bobby Rydell and Mark Vollman from Frank Zappa's Mother's of Invention and the Turtles.
In 1988 after working with a re-forming Lynard Skynard group (post plane crash) and Waylon Jennings, the studio moved to the bigger market of the Orlando Area (Altamonte Springs) and changed the name officially to Greg Rike Productions, Inc. Major upgrades in both video and audio rooms put the studio squarely in the big league. After the move GRP (as it came to be called) continued it's audio successes mixing the first Backstreet Boys hit "I'll Never Break Your Heart" and moving on to work with numerous artists like Deep Purple, Foghat, 7Mary3, DJ Magic Mike, Patti Labelle, Yellow Jackets, Molly Hatchet, Brittany Spears, Mandy Moore, Little River Band, Little Cory and Lionel Richie. Video projects expanded to include some of the biggest corporate clients on the planet like Seimens/Westinghouse, Disney, Chrysler, Xerox and TAPP Pharmaceuticals.
In 1998 GRP bought and remodeled an old steakhouse restaurant down the street. The move provided about 7000sq/ft of space, 2 audio control rooms, 2 video edit suites and huge studio. The giant control room showcased our vintage API console we purchased from the ABC studios in NY. One of the main additions to the studio was a small live performance venue tucked in the studio. It seated about 100 and gave birth to the national TV series "Living Legends Music". There was also a local TV show on CBS every Saturday night called "The Music Cafe Presents". It featured live performances from local musicians and comedians. As technology progressed, the need for huge audio studios diminished ... the age of the big recording studios was drawing to a close. In the spring of 2015 we received an offer to sell the property and as much as we hated to let it go, it was time. We sold the 13' long API console to a studio in Hollywood, CA and it was moved by the Discovery TV show "Shipping Wars". It seemed like an appropriate farewell to my vintage friend that had recorded so many talented musicians through the years.
By the fall of 2015 we set out in a new direction constructing another facility. We continue to do location video production and we've added a green screen studio with a specialty in virtual sets. This allows us to make it look like we are shooting literally anywhere in the world right from our studio. We are also a more compact audio facility with the same great sound . . and almost 1000sq/ft of recording space. We still love doing music groups live if possible rather than all overdubs . . . always feels best!