P&E Wing Monthly Update - July/August 2014
Producers And Engineers Wing
June 5 – Hollywood, Calif. – On the Inside with Iron Mountain
The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® hosted a select group of recording professionals for On The Inside with Iron Mountain Entertainment Services at Iron Mountain Entertainment Services’ Hollywood headquarters. Soaring above the flashing lights of Santa Monica Boulevard, the 14-story historical landmark houses over three million media assets for entertainment-based clients including Universal Music Group/EMI Capitol Records, the GRAMMY® Museum, USC Film School, and Corbis. Tours of the studios were provided by Iron Mountain Director of Technology Claus Trelby, who described the state-of-the-art processes involved with migration, digitization and storage of assets. Trelby also explained the techniques and equipment used in preservation and archiving, including the trend toward remote access to assets. Also on hand to welcome attendees and mingle during cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were Iron Mountain’s Senior Media Consultant Guy Abrahams, Studio Services Manager Steve Ricotta, and Vice President Entertainment Services Jeff Anthony.
June 11 – Jackson, Miss. – P&E Wing Listening Session & Jackson Community Networking Reception
The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter welcomed members to Terminal Studios for a P&E Wing Listening Session and Jackson Music Community Networking Reception. P&E Wing members enjoyed an intimate listening session in the early evening, to which a few attendees brought tracks to share and discuss. The listening session was followed by a reception that was open to all Jackson-area Academy members, as well as non-members who are part of the local music community. Attendees got a chance to learn more about the Academy and P&E Wing from Memphis Chapter P&E Wing Committee Co-Chair Chris Bell, Senior Production Manager Reid Wick, Memphis Chapter Senior Executive Director Jon Hornyak, and Memphis Chapter Board members D.A. Johnson and John “Jdogg” Shaw.
June 14 – Los Angeles – IMSTA FESTA LA
On Saturday June 14, the International Music Software Trade Association hosted the second annual IMSTA FESTA L.A. Music Technology conference at SAE Los Angeles. Featuring panels, music gear and software demonstrations, the conference hosted approximately 800 attendees throughout the day. Attendees learned more about the recording process, new technologies and creative approaches that will help them develop their professional careers. The Producers & Engineers Wing hosted a candid keynote address featuring GRAMMY-nominated producer, engineer and songwriter Harvey Mason, Jr. moderated by P&E Wing Sr. Executive Director Maureen Droney. Additionally, two-time GRAMMY®-winning engineer Andrew Scheps was on site to present “Lost In Translation”, his enlightening and entertaining lossy vs. lossless format listening demonstration. Other producer and engineer notables participating included P&E Wing Steering Committee Co-Chair Mike Clink, P&E Wing Advisory Council member Dave Hampton, and engineers Rafa Sardina, Dave Isaac and Khaliq Glover. Special thanks to Peter Chaikin and JBL Professional for their donation and support of the M2 Master Reference monitoring system used for music playback during the panels. Learn more at www.imsta.org. Next stops for the conference tour are Toronto on Sept. 6 and New York on Sept. 27.
June 18 – Philadelphia – GRAMMY SoundTables®: Behind The Glass™ With Chuck Ainlay & Jacquire King
It was a Nashville takeover in Philadelphia’s Drexel University as three-time GRAMMY-winning engineer/mixer Chuck Ainlay and two-time GRAMMY-winning engineer Jacquire King took the hot seat as the subjects of this year’s installment of the Philadelphia Chapter’s GRAMMY SoundTables: Behind the Glass™, presented in conjunction with the P&E Wing and Shure, Inc. This event gives members the opportunity to hear more about the creative process of renowned engineers and producers. With multiple GRAMMY wins and top tier clients between them, Ainlay and King delivered an engaging evening of conversation. The discussion, moderated by Maureen Droney, touched upon their history working as assistants, their current work, and technology and studio notes. An audience Q&A session capped off the program, and members were invited to a networking reception that immediately followed.
Special thanks to Disc Makers, Shure and The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design for supporting this event.
June 21 – Austin – P&E Pro Sessions: Insights & Innovation with Mick Guzauski & Steven Slate
P&E Wing members of the Texas Chapter gathered for P&E Pro Sessions: Insights & Innovation with Mick Guzauski and Steven Slate, an exceptional afternoon of professional development presentations by GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer Mick Guzauski, and pro-audio technologist and Slate Digital CEO Steven Slate at the Gibson Showroom in Austin. The audience was welcomed by Chapter Trustee and former Texas Chapter P&E Wing Committee Chair Malcolm Harper, and Sr. Executive Director Theresa Jenkins before turning it over to the event moderator, Chapter Vice President and owner of SugarHill Studios in Houston, Dan Workman.
Slate gave a lively talk about his journey of breaking into the recording technology and design world. He discussed the relationship between analog sound and the human auditory system. Additionally, he showcased how current digital audio workstations enable engineers to record efficiently and economically without compromising quality or authenticity. Members had the chance to play with and ask questions about the latest Raven MTX, Slate Digital’s multi-touch audio production system.
After a brief intermission, members gathered back into the showroom for a one-of-a-kind discussion and presentation with Guzauski, GRAMMY winner for Record of the Year at the 57th GRAMMY Awards® for his work on “Get Lucky,” by Daft Punk, featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers. Guzauski played and discussed his mixes from 1977 to present, including hits by Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Eric Clapton, Mr. Mister, Chuck Magione, and Daft Punk, and took questions from the audience after each sample.
A reception followed, where attendees enjoyed complimentary food and beverages.
This event was presented by the P&E Wing in partnership with the Texas Chapter of The Recording Academy. We thank our sponsors GC Pro and Gibson.
June 24 – New York – The High Resolution Audio Listening Event at CE Week
On a warm and humid evening befitting a visit to a place called Jungle City Studios, the P&E Wing—in partnership with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, and Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)—hosted a very special listening event at the Chelsea recording facility. The event marked a celebration of the recent announcement of an industry agreement for a formal definition for high-resolution audio and featured three-time GRAMMY-winning engineer/mixer Chuck Ainlay; six-time GRAMMY-winning engineer/mixer Frank Filipetti; seven-time GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer Bob Ludwig; GRAMMY-nominated composer/engineer/producer David Chesky; AIX Records/iTrax.com founder and chief engineer Mark Waldrep and GRAMMY-nominated engineer Kevin Reeves. These audio veterans took over the main control room and shared selections of master recordings provided by label partners Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group, played to the room through JBL M2 Reference Monitor System, which were set up and tuned by JBL Senior Manager of Recording & Broadcast Marketing Peter Chaikin.
Attendees were also able to see and try out high-resolution audio-capable gear throughout the facility from manufacturers Astell & Kern, dCS Ltd., Onkyo USA, and Sony Electronics. Hi-res digital music retailers Acoustic Sounds and HD Tracks also presented the latest in master-quality recordings available to the public. Thanks to all of our partners, sponsors, and presenters for helping make this event a success.
June 25 – New York – “Making High Resolution Audio Accessible” Panel at CE Week
The Metropolitan Pavilion buzzed with activity as companies converged on its show floor to display the latest technologies in consumer electronics for the CEA’s annual CE Week in New York. Conference attendees packed the Altman Gallery on Wednesday afternoon for the “Making High Resolution Audio Accessible” panel, which featured Sony Electronics Home Audio Division Product Marketing Manager Aaron Levine, Onkyo USA National Marketing and Product Planning Manager Paul Wasek, Universal Music Group Vice President of Technology and Production Global Digital Business Jim Belcher, Warner Music Group Chief Technology Strategist Howie Singer, P&E Wing Senior Executive Director Maureen Droney, and Sony Music Legacy Recordings Vice President, Marketing John Jackson. The panel, moderated by DEG Senior Director Marc Finer, discussed the steps that different facets of the music industry are taking to make high resolution audio readily available to the consumers. The panel concluded with a brief audience Q&A session.
July 15 – Los Angeles – P&E Wing Mixer
The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter Producers & Engineers Wing Committee held its second P&E Wing Mixer of the year in Studio City at the laid back musician-friendly Vitello’s restaurant. Designed to introduce potential new members to the Academy, the intimate, invitation-only evening kicked off with brief remarks by P&E Wing Committee Co-Chair Brian Malouf and created an environment where emerging local producers and engineers who are not yet members could learn more about the Academy and P&E Wing initiatives. Attendees included LA Chapter P&E Wing Committee members Evan Bogart, Jeff Greenberg, Cheryl Pawelski, Rafa Sardina and Tremaine Williams, and LA Chapter Governors Eman Kiriakou, Gavin Lurssen, Jason Schweitzer, Christopher Tin, and Rachel Stilwell, engineer/mixer/producer Mark Needham (Fleetwood Mac, The Killers, Imagine Dragons) and producer/artist Ricky Reed (Jason Derulo, Pitbull, Mary Lambert). A special thanks to Vitello’s for hosting the event.
July 20 – San Francisco – P&E Swap Meet
The San Francisco Chapter presented the second P&E Swap Meet at JingleTown Recording in Oakland, Calif., in partnership with the Audio Engineering Society San Francisco Section. Hosted by two-time GRAMMY®-winning producer and SF Governor Chris Dugan of JingleTown, members were invited to meet up to buy, sell, or trade music gear and instruments. Attendees and exhibitor participants had the chance to acquire, upgrade, or unload equipment while talking shop over gear and refreshments provided by the Let’s Be Frank hot dog cart. This year’s addition of a live “Build a Secondhand Studio” demo with SF Chapter Governor Gino Robair (Mix, Electronic Musician, The Robair Report) added an interactive and educational feature to the program, during which Robair pulled items from sellers’ tables and tallied a successful home studio set up with the gear on hand for under $2000. The well-attended event included many members of the SF Chapter P&E Wing Committee, including SF Trustee Michael Romanowski, David Bowles, McKay Garner, Kerry Rose, Piper Payne, Camilo Landau, Ram Dass Khalsa, Chapter Vice President Nona Brown, along with other Chapter Governors and AES members. Thank you to the AES SF and to JingleTown for their hospitality and support to make this event a success.
July 28 – New York – In The Studio: Art Of The Craft With Salaam Remi
GRAMMY-nominated producer Salaam Remi joined The Recording Academy New York Chapter at the Chapter office as the subject of its latest In the Studio – Art of the Craft series with a special demonstration titled “Anatomy of a Hit.”
Moderated by musician, producer and Washington D.C. Chapter Board member James McKinney, Remi shared his inspirations and thought processes, then led the audience through techniques he’s employed while masterminding some of the biggest hits in music today, including songs by Amy Winehouse, Jasmine Sullivan, and Nas.
Following the demonstration, Remi answered audience questions and provided advice for anyone looking to become a producer. After the Q&A attendees also had the opportunity to network with and address additional production and industry-related questions to Remi, McKinney, and the New York Chapter staff.
Thanks to all NY Chapter P&E Wing Committee members and Co-Chairs Scott Jacoby and Ann Mincieli for their efforts, and also our sponsor GC Pro for their continued support of this series.