P&E Wing Monthly Update January 2017
Producers And Engineers Wing
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The Recording Academy
November 14 – Memphis – Up Close & Personal With Larry Crane
The Recording Academy® Memphis Chapter, together with the P&E Wing, hosted Up Close & Personal with Larry Crane in Studio A at the Stax Museum. Crane, an engineer, studio owner, and the founder and editor of Tape Op magazine, is well-known as an accomplished interviewer in his own right, so it was a treat to see the tables turned and get a deep dive into his famously unique perspectives on the art of recording. Memphis Chapter P&E Wing committee co-chair Gebre Waddell skillfully led the Portland, Ore.-based Crane through a retrospective of his 20-plus-year career, covering his philosophies of capturing performances and what makes a great recording. Crane—whose credits include Sleater-Kinney, the Go-Betweens and the Decemberists, as well as a long-time working relationship with the late, revered Elliot Smith—delighted the audience with his in-depth knowledge of Memphis music history. Attendees included such Memphis recording luminaries as Stax producer/songwriter David Porter, GRAMMY-winners Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell and Matt Ross-Spang, and vinyl mastering engineer Jeff Powell.
November/December – Philadelphia/Washington, D.C., Los Angeles – In The Studio: The New Paradigm
The Recording Academy Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; and Los Angeles Chapters’ P&E Wing committees hosted workshops to preview cutting-edge studio software from Music Marketing’s Ray Williams. Seasoned and emerging producers and engineers attended the sessions, and were challenged to look at new digital interfaces and unique visual mapping in reverb, compression, EQ and harmonics software. The workshops focused on Spectral EQ, Musical EQ, Death Of The Click and Speed DAW-ing, and fostered discussions on working with these new tools, and offered insight to be relayed back to the designers.
December 5 – Chicago – In The Studio: Listening Session at VSOP Studios
The Recording Academy Chicago Chapter P&E Wing Committee hosted In The Studio: Listening Session, where producers and engineers from the Chicago area gathered at the brand new VSOP Studios. The 26 program attendees were able to share tracks they have worked on, along with inspirations, techniques, and gear talk with their fellow audiophiles. Mat Lejeune, Steven Gillis, Percy Bady, Michael Freeman, Blaise Barton and Zak Jablow all contributed to the session, sharing content from past and current projects.
Following the listening session, attendees continued their conversations as they explored the newly opened studio space. The program enabled the attendees to learn new techniques from their fellow industry professionals, as well as network with peers.
December 13 – Nashville – Art Of The Craft With Ken Lewis
The Nashville Chapter and P&E Wing presented Art Of The Craft with New Jersey-based producer, engineer and songwriter/composer Ken Lewis. Held at The Tracking Room, a conversation between Lewis and moderator and GRAMMY-nominated songwriter/producer Kevin Kadish carried throughout the evening. Lewis delivered a listening session along with an inside look of tracks he’s produced and mixed with artists Ingrid Michaelson, Kanye West and Skrizzly Adams. Demonstrations were shown on a monitor for the audience to see and hear how he develops his mixes, his approach to vocal compression, auto-tune, and samples.