P&E Wing Monthly Update January/February/March 2015
Producers And Engineers Wing
December 3 – Nashville – Lost In Transaction
The Recording Academy® Nashville Chapter, in conjunction with the Producers & Engineers Wing® hosted Lost In Transaction, a panel discussion delving into the intricate changes in revenue streams that the music industry is currently facing for artists, record producers and recording engineers. The event was held at Ocean Way Studios in the heart of Nashville's Music Row. An audience of nearly 100 Recording Academy members and guests gathered in the facility's Studio A to hear panelists Joe D’Ambrosio (Joe D’Ambrosio Management, Inc.), Elizabeth Banks (entertainment lawyer), Jay Frank (owner and CEO of DigSin) and moderator, Dan Daley (journalist and author) discuss the pros and cons of our increasingly complex industry, along with the evolution of, and their opinions regarding, our financial future.
December 9 – Memphis – Fall P&E Wing Listening Session at Royal Studios
The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter hosted its P&E Wing Listening Session at Royal Studios in Memphis. The evening began with a reception welcoming 30 producers, engineers, artists and students from the Memphis area. Memphis Chapter President Boo Mitchell and Memphis Chapter P&E Wing Committee Co-Chair Scott Bomar served as hosts. Attendees played a wide variety of music for the session participants, sparking a lively discussion about the equipment and techniques used to make the various recordings. There were special software demonstrations by Musistic, a Memphis-based new company which has developed a plugin that allows a variety of DAW users to collaborate remotely, and Gebre Wadell from Stonebridge Mastering, who demonstrated his bx refinement plugin, the first plug-in to be released for UAD-2, AAX DSP, AAX Native, RTAS, AU, and VST formats. The event generated goodwill, good buzz and new members.
December 11 – Asheville, N.C. – Producers Roundtable
The Asheville Music Professionals (AMP) and The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter presented Producers Roundtable at Echo Mountain Recording’s API Studio in Asheville, N.C. Over 100 music professionals attended the panel featuring producers Jeff Balding, Jerry Douglas, Steve Heller, Shannon Sanders, Michael Selverne and Vance Powell. Collectively, this group of producers has worked on albums spanning the Country, Rock, Pop, R&B, Rap and Bluegrass genres. The Nashville Chapter and AMP are proud to have partnered for this opportunity to bring the two exceptional music communities together to share creative and technical discussions.
December 15 – San Francisco – P&E Surround Nominee Listening Event
The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter P&E Wing members gathered to listen to the 57th GRAMMY Awards Nominees for Best Surround Sound Album at Skywalker Sound in Nicasio, Calif. The event began with SFC P&E Chair Piper Payne and Skywalker Sound Director of Music Recording and Scoring (and 56th GRAMMY Awards Surround Sound Nominee) Leslie Ann Jones explaining surround sound and its presentation and setup to those who made the trek to the sprawling facility in rural Marin County.
Recording Academy Trustee and fellow 56th GRAMMY Awards Surround Sound Nominee Michael Romanowski summarized the importance of this event: “Each year, there are more than one hundred nominations in the Surround Sound category. To make an informed voting decision in the category, it is very important to have a well-calibrated listening environment and a firm understanding of the technical and artistic considerations of the presentation. Surround audio plays an integral part in the listening experience in many fields of audio and video, and we wanted to help our P&E members understand more about the perception, calibration, and artistic nature of surround sound.”
The Surround Sound event expands on the San Francisco Chapter’s pioneering P&E Listening Sessions, where engineers come together to present and discuss their latest works in a professional listening environment. The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter would like to thank Leslie Ann Jones, Skywalker Sound and its excellent staff, and all those in attendance for participating in this special event.
January 13 – Norristown, Pa. – P&E Wing: In The Studio
The Philadelphia Chapter's P&E Wing Committee Co-Chair Ryan Schwabe ushered in the second P&E Wing: In the Studio mixer at Morningstar Studios in East Norriton, Pa. The studio is owned by Chapter Board Member and producer/engineer Glenn Barratt.
This second installment of the In the Studio series was filled to capacity with captivated Chapter members eager to check out Barratt’s new space. The evening featured food, drinks and lots of tech talk, including frenzy over the new Neve Genesys console that Barratt is expecting delivery of any day now.
Remarks were made by Executive Director Mark Schulz, Chapter President Ivan Barias, and Barratt himself. All three speakers urged those who were in attendance to stay connected with the Chapter and the P&E Wing. They also shared information about exciting upcoming events including the next In the Studio in April and the one-day music conference GRAMMY futureNOW on May 2.
Networking continued into the night as guests toured the space and listened to projects currently in progress at the studio.
February 3 – Los Angeles – P&E Wing GRAMMY Week Celebration Honoring Nile Rodgers
GRAMMY Week commenced with plenty of style and a touch of Chic at The Village Studios, which again was transformed for the P&E Wing’s annual signature event—this year, honoring GRAMMY-winning producer, songwriter, composer, and artist Nile Rodgers. Partygoers got to explore the many rooms of the iconic studio, where they found they found an Oculus Rift virtual reality experience with DTS, an immersive audio Dolby Atmos surround sound demonstration with JBL, music software demonstrations with Music Marketing, the AVID S6 console, and Audeze Planar Magnetic headphones, among others. Specialty food items included the chicken & waffle bar with Shure, jambalaya with Louisiana Entertainment, fondue with Astell & Kern, and delectable desserts with iZotope. Lastly, margaritas with PMC and the chocolate wonderland with Lurssen Mastering continue to be popular stops along the party route, as well. During arrivals, attendees experienced the ELS Studio in-vehicle surround sound audio demonstration.
Rodgers was presented with a President's Merit Award by The Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, after which he was joined on stage by legendary bassist Flea and iconic vocalist Kathy Sledge for a performance of a selection of Rodgers's hits. Among the revelers were Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire; Aloe Blacc; Weird Al Yankovic; Ric Ocasek; Geoff Emerick; and Peter Asher. Many thanks to Jeff Greenberg and his staff at The Village, to Command Performance Catering, and to all of our amazing sponsors ELS Studio/Driven Communications, Avid, Music Marketing, Shure, Louisiana Music Commission, Astell & Kern, DTS, Harman Pro, Iron Mountain, PMC, GC Pro, Recording Connection, Broadcast Music Inc., iZotope, Lurssen Mastering, Sound Exchange, Westlake Pro, Audeze, Capital Bauer Insurance, Audio-Technica, Black River Entertainment/Soundstage, Conway Studios, Jungle City Studios, Native Instruments, Prism Sound, Record Plant Studios, Studio at the Palms, and Joe D’Ambrosio Management for their support of this event!
February 24 – Los Angeles – Art & Commerce: Producer Management
The LA Chapter of The Recording Academy, in conjunction with the P&E Wing, hosted Art & Commerce: Producer Management at The Recording Academy’s Santa Monica headquarters. Local up-and-coming producers and engineers invited by members of the LA Chapter P&E Wing Committee kicked off the evening with an open discussion about issues of importance to their careers.
Topics included the growing importance of High-Resolution Audio, as well as resources like SoundExchange. Participants shared ideas on best practices and the future of the music business as it relates to producers and engineers. Many thanks to LA P&E Wing Committee Chair Brian Malouf and LA P&E Wing Committee member Howard Benson for leading the enlightening discussion.
The evening then went into a moderated discussion about producer management between Producers & Engineers Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney and special guests Jerimaya Grabher (co-founder and CEO of Global Positioning Services) and Fabienne Leys (owner, FabWorks Entertainment). Insight from Jerimaya and Fabienne was well received by the group and included information about the role of a producer manager, the challenges that they face, different streams of income, and best negotiation practices.
After the discussion, participants were able to meet and network with each other and continue what was the start of an important dialogue.
February 24 – Nashville – In The Mix: Listening Session
The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter, in partnership with the P&E Wing, recently presented In The Mix: Listening Session at Addiction Sound Studios in the Berry Hill neighborhood known for its studio community. Addiction Sound Studios is a private studio owned by Jonathan Cain (Journey) and David Kalmusky, and designed by Chris Hudson. Leading the session was P&E Wing Committee Co-Chair Julian King, and sharing songs were Jason Lenning, Jim Catino, Bil Vorndick, Jon Randall Stewart, Russ Long, Dan Shike, Garth Fundis, Steve Ivey and Rick Clark. The tracks spanned genres including country, pop and rock. Attendees discussed the importance of unique recording techniques, and the inspiration behind each track. This repeat event is always highly anticipated. With an attendance of approximately 45, it allows P&E Wing members a chance to step out of the studio and socialize with their peers in a casual setting.
Special thanks to Addiction Sound Studios General Manager David Kalmusky, Ethan Barrette, and staff, who helped put this great event together.