P&E Wing Monthly Update - March 2014

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    New York - Art Of The Craft: In The Studio with Fab Dupont
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    Nashville - Listen Up! with Harman Professional
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    Nashville - P&E Wing Listening Session
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    Los Angeles - P&E Wing Mixer hosted by Mike Clink
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    San Francisco - Mastering Workshop with M. Romanowski Mastering

February 11 – New York – Art Of The Craft: In The Studio with Fab Dupont
The Recording Academy® New York Chapter and the Producers & Engineers Wing® presented Art of the Craft: In the Studio with Fab Dupont. GRAMMY-nominated producer/engineer Fabrice ‘Fabulous Fab’ Dupont graciously opened up his Flux Studios to a group of Academy members and non-member guests to demonstrate the art of synth programming. Everyone gathered in the main control room, where Fab discussed in detail his process and techniques, with the presentation followed by a Q&A. 

February 13 – Nashville – Listen Up! with Harman Professional 
Leading members of The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter P&E Wing committee, along with representatives from the HARMAN®Professional brands AKG®, JBL®and Lexicon®, hosted Listen Up, a series of seminars and workshops at Nashville's Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School. The event was aimed at the school's students, who benefit from a world-class on-campus recording studio, opened last year and developed by members of the P&E Wing and others as part of Nashville’s "Music Makes Us" educational initiative.

Following the workshops, Nashville producers and engineers turned out in full force for a celebratory evening featuring a listening event and social mixer. The listening event was an opportunity for the Nashville recording community overall to see in person the project they’d heard so much about as well as to experience JBL’s innovative M2 monitors which are installed in the facility’s control room along with the latest in AKG critical listening headphones. On hand to answer questions and demonstrate products were JBL’s Peter Chaikin and AKG’s Joe Wagoner. Other luminaries included Nashville Chapter President Jeff Balding, P&E Wing Co-Chair Chuck Ainlay and current Nashville Chapter P&E Wing Committee Co-Chairs Julian King and Shannon Sanders.  

February 18 – Philadelphia – AES and P&E Wing Reception
The Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter opened the doors to its Chapter office for an evening of networking for members of AES and the P&E Wing. The casual reception included updates from Philadelphia Chapter Executive Director Mark Schulz, Philadelphia Chapter P&E Wing Committee Co-Chairs Ryan Schwabe and Phil Nicolo, and AES and Academy member Jonathan Orose. Orose discussed the collaborative conversations that the Chapter is having with the recently re-launched AES Chapter in Philadelphia. Schwabe and Nicolo spoke about P&E Wing initiatives, including metadata and the importance for consistency in data capture, and Quality Sound Matters and the emerging consumer interest in HD audio. 

February 24 – Nashville – P&E Wing: Listening Session
More than 40 P&E Wing members attended the third installment of the Nashville Chapter’s In The Mix: Listening Session held at Southern Ground Nashville. The beautifully remodeled studio houses a superbly aesthetic tracking room wrapped in cedar with flooring made out of the same type of wood used for Taylor Guitars.

Chapter President Jeff Balding welcomed the attendees and took a few moments to recognize the Nashville Chapter’s 50th Anniversary this year by listing songs and albums that charted 50 years prior (February 1964). P&E Wing Committee Co-Chair Shannon Sanders also addressed the crowd, allaying any anxiety about playing a song for the group by ensuring a judgment-free zone. A diverse group of six producers and engineers played songs ranging from pop to bluegrass and R&B to folk, each followed by Q&A. Nashville Chapter P&E Wing members who shared a song included James Waddell, Joe Palmaccio/Jamie Tate, Gary Paczosa, Leslie Richter, Nathan Chapman andShannon Sanders/Greg Fuqua.  

February 25 – Los Angeles – P&E Wing Mixer hosted by Mike Clink
The Recording Academy® Los Angeles Chapter, P&E Wing Steering Committee Co-Chair Mike Clink and LA Chapter P&E Wing Committee Chair Brian Malouf (both of whom are also LA Chapter Governors), hosted the P&E Wing Mixer at Vitello’s in Studio City. The intimate, invitation-only event was designed to introduce potential new members to the Academy. The evening featured brief remarks from Clink and Malouf and served as an opportunity for a small group of current members to mix with emerging producers and engineers in Los Angeles, allowing those not yet familiar with the Academy to learn more about the initiatives and benefits of the P&E Wing and engage in meaningful conversations about topics of interest in the industry. Among the attendees were LA Chapter Governors Jeff Greenberg, Cheryl Pawelski, Jason Schweitzer, James Leach, and Tremaine Williams. A special thanks to Vitello’s for hosting the event. 

February 26 – San Francisco – Mastering Workshop with M. Romanowski Mastering
Members of The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter attended Mastering Workshop with Michael Romanowski Mastering atCoast Recorders in San Francisco. The evening was presented by GRAMMY®-nominated mastering engineer Michael Romanowski, with mastering experts Piper Payne and Paul Stubblebine, and was facilitated by Gino Robair. The evening kicked off with an introduction about the importance of mastering with a discussion on the transition from final mix to master. The 60 guests then broke out into three groups that rotated through the live room and mastering suites for specific perspectives on the process from each of the engineers, including an overview of vinyl mastering with Paul Stubblebine. Content included preparation of a mix for mastering, digital vs. analog masters, preparing for different applications (such as radio or commercial release), and an ongoing open dialog and Q&A with the mastering engineers. The evening included a mixer and tour of Coast Recorders, a historic Bill Putnam-designed San Francisco recording institution.

Brian Deck is currently producing, engineering, and mixing for Counting Crows, and Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch … Michael Jamesrecently mixed three songs on the upcoming album from Kalimba (Sony Music Entertainment Mexico), 10 songs for Mario Guerrero, including his current single, “Porque Miento,” and “Encendiendo Lunas” for Stefano Vieni (Vibe Prod./ARK Records). He also produced, mixed, and co-wrote an upcoming single for Indianapolis 500 race car driver and X-Games winner Kenny BrackGavin Lurssen of Lurssen Mastering mastered Afghan Whigs’ Do to the Beast, Cowboy Jack Clements’ final album (produced by Dave Ferguson and T Bone Burnett, mixed by Mike Piersante), the soundtrack to Winter’s Tale (mixed by Alan Meyerson), and the score suite to Amy Berg’s documentary West of Memphis: Voices for Justice. He is currently working on the new Miranda Lambert album (produced by Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, and Glenn Worf; mixed by Chuck Ainlay) … Reuben Cohenof Lurssen Mastering mastered a new album by Fool’s Gold (produced by Lewis Pesacov, mixed by Matt Linesch); Incan Abraham’s new album (produced by Lewis Psacov, mixed by Nicolas Vernhes); and the new Nick Waterhouse LP, Holly (produced by Nick Waterhouse and Kevin Augunas).

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