P&E Wing Monthly Update June 2016
Producers And Engineers Wing
May 14 – Los Angeles – IMSTA FESTA
Recording enthusiasts from across Los Angeles descended on SAE Institute Hollywood to attend IMSTA FESTA, the daylong conference on music production and recording with a specific mission to highlight and promote music software and the companies that create it. The day began with a keynote conversation featuring DJ, artist, producer and music technologist Morgan Page. Master class demonstrations from exhibitors including Celemony, Native Instruments and Presonus filled the afternoon, with additional professional development programming offered as well. BMI hosted “Music Licensing 101,” followed by “Mastering Bootcamp” led by P&E Wing Advisory Council member Gavin Lurssen. Los Angeles Chapter Governor and P&E Wing Chapter Committee member Tremaine Williams served on “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work,” a panel exploring creative collaboration. The day also included the opportunity for music professionals to visit with MusiCares and ACS Custom to learn more about the GRAMMY® Hearing Health initiative and be fitted for custom in-ear hearing protection. Next stop is Chicago; visit www.imsta.org for more information.
May 19 – New York – GRAMMY Pro Art of the Craft: Sounds of the City
The famed Avatar Studios came alive for a rare in-studio recording demonstration featuring some of New York’s top recording talent. Showcasing varied production and mixing styles, the event kicked off with a live tracking session in Studio A featuring Joe Mardin on drums, Carlos Alomar on guitar, and Jerry Barnes on bass with producer/engineer Robert “LB” Dorsey behind the board building out the production framework for a remix to Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” Simultaneously, in Studio C, producer/engineer Bob Power approached a different version of the same song, enlisting Tyrone “Musicman Ty” Johnson and Avery “Avenue Beatz” Chambliss to support with programmed drums and electronic instrumentation. P&E Wing NY Chapter Committee members and mixers Ariel Borujow and Chuck Zwicky then demonstrated the mixing process, walking through their workflow and individual sonic signatures. Mastering engineer Emily Lazar wrapped up the sessions with an overview of the mastering process, hosting an A/B listening demonstration to identify what to listen for when mastering a record. The day concluded with a keynote conversation featuring mixer Ken “Duro” Ifill and producer/artist Swizz Beatz. Both spoke candidly about working with each other over the years, the pitfalls of the business and how to stay relevant. Attendees enjoyed a closing reception with giveaways courtesy of sponsors Harman Professional, Guitar Center and SoundToys. CLICK HERE to view more photos from this event.