Roger Hughes


Growing up in a small town on Florida’s Space Coast, Roger developed an affinity for science and music. Armed with this passions, Roger moved to Tampa in 2005 to pursue a degree in audio recording and earned a BFA in Recording Arts in 2008. 

Even while in school, he was working in various studios throughout the area as a freelance Pro Tools operator, audio editor and assistant engineer. In the beginning of 2009, Roger began working full time at Top Secret Studios in Sarasota as studio manager and engineer working with local musicians, indie filmmakers and web content creators. 

In 2011, he began teaching at The International Academy of Design and Technology and did so for the next 5 years. There he taught and developed curriculum for various classes covering studio music recording, surround sound mixing, post production recording and trained and certified students in Avid Pro Tools. While still teaching, Roger joined the Contender Productions team in 2014 where he continues to work as Director of Audio Production. 

With over a decade of professional audio experience, Roger is an Avid certified Pro Tools 310 Expert and Avid Certified Trainer. He has worked with countless area bands as producer, engineer and mixer, worked as sound designer, and occasionally surround mixer, for full length indie features and shorts as well as hundreds of commercials for radio, television, and web. He currently resides in St Petersburg, Florida with his two cats.