P&E Wing Monthly Update August 2015
Producers And Engineers Wing
July 10 - Nashville - Producers & Engineers Wing Panel at Summer NAMM
A P&E Wing panel at Summer NAMM was moderated by journalist Dan Daley and featured Jeff Balding (Don Henley, Taylor Swift, Megadeth), Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Harry Connick, Jr. , Nickel Creek), and Shannon Sanders (Jonny Lang, India.Aria, Robert Randolph.) The discussion focused on two areas important to the future of music production: current legislation affecting the economic health of music producers (The Allocation for Music Producers (( AMP)) Act (H.R. 1457) which is intended to ensure that producers get efficient and direct payment of performance royalties they are due, and the trend to High Resolution Audio, including issues related to metadata and security.
July 14 - Seattle - From Mic To Mix With Mike Clink
The P&E Wing hosted the third installment of From Mic To Mix, visiting the Pacific Northwest to record Seattle-based artist Star Anna at London Bridge Studios. Using an assortment of Harman Professional hardware and software to support the session, producer and P&E Wing Steering Committee co-chair Mike Clink guided attendees through the tracking process, microphone selection and placement, signal processing techniques and monitoring options. London Bridge Studios co-owner and producer/engineer Geoff Ott then also shared his approach to mixing, with Clink offering additional tips for carving the perfect sound. Representatives from AKG, dbx, JBL Professional, and Lexicon were on hand to talk tech and identify products and technologies used during the session. The evening began and ended with networking that included eats from Chipotle, beer, wine and Margaritas. Lexicon gifted all guests with free Native Reverb or Native Effects bundles as a token of their appreciation. Familiar faces in the crowd included P&E Wing Steering Committee member Glenn Lorbecki, pro-audio author and Recording Academy trustee Bill Gibson, composer/producer and Pacific Northwest P&E Wing committee chair Dave Gross, artist/producer David Miles Huber, and mastering engineer/technologist Steve Turnridge, among others.
July 21 - Los Angeles - Art & Commerce: Collecting Royalties from SoundExchange
In partnership with the Producers & Engineers Wing, the Los Angeles Chapter hosted a roundtable discussion at Hollywood’s famed United Recording Studios (formerly Ocean Way Recording) on July 21.
Special guests Martie Muhoberac of Nettwerk Management and Jerimaya Grabher of Global Positioning Services spoke to an intimate group about the role of SoundExchange in today’s industry and the process for obtaining and filing letters of direction that allow SoundExchange to distribute payments to performance royalty- entitled producers and engineers. Also discussed were best practices for working with SoundExchange and how to correctly submit the required documentation related to LODs.
Attendees also heard from P&E Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney on the AMP (Accountability for Music Producers) Act and the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, which includes the AMP Act, and addresses four parity issues within one piece of legislation by establishing a process for setting fair-market royalty rates, creating a performance right for artists on terrestrial radio, closing the pre-1972 loophole so that veteran performers receive royalties, and, for the first time, codifying royalty payments to music producers.
July 22 - New York - P&E Wing: Art Of The Craft With Ken “Duro” Ifill
On Wednesday, July 22nd, The Recording Academy New York Chapter alongside the P&E Wing presented GRAMMY PRO: Art Of The Craft with Ken “Duro” Ifill (Mary J. Blige/Jay Z/Beastie Boys) at Jungle City Studios. The evening’s moderator, New York Chapter Governor and P&E Wing co-chair Scott Jacoby, engaged the GRAMMY-nominated mix engineer and CEO of Desert Storm Records in a discussion about his humble beginnings and passionate work ethic. Ifill talked about his love for both the technical aspect of mixing and the creative process behind it. He concluded by touching on the business side of engineering—speaking about how to market yourself and your brand, and the importance of cultivating and maintaining close relationships with clients and peers. Post interview attendees adjourned for an informal networking session at the beautiful Jungle City. Many thanks to the studio’s owner and P&E Wing Steering Committee member Ann Mincieli for hosting the evening!