Split the Difference Audio

Ron Cook: FOH, Monitor, Live Webstream, and Mix Engineer

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago.  From an early age I showed that I had a gift for music and throughout my childhood years I was encouraged to take lessons and learn as many instruments as possible.  However by the time I finished High School the audio bug had bit me through experiences with class plays and friends' bands.  


In 1994 I graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a degree in Acoustical Contracting, and for the next 6 1/2 years worked for T.C. Furlong Inc.,  a local sound company learning the ropes of the live sound world.


In Nov. of 2000 I took a job as an Audio Engineer at Willow Creek Community Church and was on staff for almost 15 years. In that time week after week, I mixed Monitors and FOH for almost all main services as well as large events and conferences.    


Towards the end of 2015 I decided my time at Willow had come to a close and I started Split the Difference Audio.  I now work as a freelance audio engineer for events ranging from rock shows, to corporate events, to church services, as well as record mixing. 


I am the Founder of Chicagoland Worship Audio Engineers and in 2018 I served as Vice President of EARS (Engineering and Recording Society of Chicago)   I am also a DPA Microphones Master Club Member.