P&E Wing Monthly Update - June 2014
Producers And Engineers Wing
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May 15 – Chicago – GRAMMY SoundTables: Behind the Glass with Steve Lillywhite
The Recording Academy Chicago Chapter, in conjunction with the Producers & Engineers Wing and Shure, presented GRAMMY SoundTables: Behind the Glass with Steve Lillywhite at Shure headquarters in Niles, Ill. Shure’s Senior Director of Global Brand Management Mark Brunner led the discussion, during which five-time GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer/mixer Steve Lillywhite shared stories that took the audience from his humble beginnings during the punk wave in England to his rise as one of today’s most in-demand producers, working with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, and Morrissey. Lillywhite reminisced about working with a new Irish band that piqued his interest despite a horribly recorded demo—that band would come to be known as U2—and how the collaboration skyrocketed his career. Lillywhite also spoke on his “outside the box” approach as a producer, telling the room that there are no rules when it comes to making records, with one exception: “No food in the control room!”
May 29 – Miami – From Mic To Mix with Eric Schilling and Carlos Alvarez at Noisematch Studios
The Producers & Engineers Wing and the Florida Chapter hosted From Mic To Mix with Eric Schilling and Carlos Alvarez at Noisematch Studios, a fixture of Miami’s lively Wynwood Arts District. Attended by members of the Florida Chapter and The Latin Recording Academy, the evening began with a welcome reception featuring cocktails and light bites. Attendees then moved into the studio for live recording demonstrations with the versatile and highly-respected Cuban artist Aymee Nuviola. Nuviola and her very hot 11-piece band performed two songs, showcasing her stunning vocals and the talents of the accompanying musicians using AKG microphones and headphones. Instrumentation in addition to the basic keys, drums, guitar and bass rhythm section included congas, timbales, backing vocals and a four-piece horn section. In the control room, playback was heard on JBL M2 master reference monitors, and signal processing consisted of Lexicon PCM hardware and software. Alvarez and Schilling walked the audience through the microphone and recording techniques used and ended the session with a Q&A. Also on site to answer questions were GC Pro representative Ricardo Jimenez, JBL Professional Director of Broadcast & Recording Peter Chaikin and AKG USA Product Manager Joseph Wagoner. Special thanks to our sponsors Harman Professional and GC Pro for their support of this event!
May 31 – Seattle – Pacific Northwest Studio Summit
A sunny spring day almost always sends sun-starved Seattleites outside. But the lure of a lineup that included GRAMMY-winning engineer/producer Andrew Scheps’s acclaimed Lost In Translation presentation, along with interviews with engineer and owner of NYC’s Jungle Studios Ann Mincieli, songwriter/producer Erik “Rook” Ortiz from the production team J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and 21-time GRAMMY Award-winning (and two-time Latin GRAMMY Award-winning) engineer Al Schmitt drew a full house of engineers, producers, musicians, and studio owners inside instead for the 14th annual Pacific Northwest Studio Summit.
Held at EMP’s JBL Theatre, the all-day event kicked off with Scheps, who somehow never fails to make a discussion about lossy vs. lossless audio formats entertaining as well as educational. Interviewed by mastering engineer Glenn Schick, Ortiz then explained how the three-person J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League has helped craft hits for the likes of Mary J. Blige, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross and Jay Z. Engineer/studio manager Kisha Kalahiki moderated the conversation with Mincieli, who enlightened about what motivated her to build the stunningly high-end Jungle City complex and also delved into how she juggles multiple hats in her career pursuing both her love of sound and recording and her ambitions to find new ways for artists to navigate today’s music business. Author/educator/producer/engineer Bill Gibson served as interviewer for Schmitt, who readily shared mic techniques and anecdotes to the great enjoyment of the audience.
The day ended with a lively roundtable discussion among Mincieli, Ortiz, Scheps, and Schmitt moderated by P&E Wing Senior Executive Director Maureen Droney on the topic of Quality Sound Matters, following which attendees adjourned to EMP’s POP restaurant for a mix and mingle reception.
WHO'S DOING WHAT, WHERE
Eric Boulanger is working on the recently announced forthcoming Bob Dylan album. He’s also remastering Jackson Browne’s Late for the Sky in a multitude of formats (CD, MFiT, 192,24, DSD, vinyl), and Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell for a four-sided LP vinyl … Glenn Schick mastered Future’s highly anticipated album Honest, which features Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Andre 3000, and Drake.