P&E Wing Monthly Update May/June/July 2015
Producers And Engineers Wing
May 5 - Los Angeles - Up Close & Personal with Manny Marroquin & Dave Pensado
The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® hosted pro audio VIPs at Larrabee Studios for a rare and exclusive conversation with GRAMMY®-winning mix engineers Manny Marroquin and Dave Pensado. The event showcased the newly renovated studio adjacent to the main facility that was formerly owned by iconic engineer Bill Schnee, which Larrabee has preserved and updated with the addition of an SSL Duality console. The live and control rooms that feature Schnee’s classic design and acoustics remain intact, with the lounge and common areas now sporting a full makeover. The evening kicked off with a brief cocktail reception featuring complimentary caipirinhas courtesy of Cuca Fresca Cachaça. P&E Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney initiated the interview with some anecdotes about Manny and Dave, transitioning to a discussion about their careers and successes. Manny and Dave dissected their approach to mixing and offered details about their most important professional lessons learned to date. A brief Q&A closed the program, followed by a meet and greet. Special thanks to our participating sponsors, including iZotope, Solid State Logic and Westlake Pro. Visit www.grammypro.com for more information and to view the video highlights from the evening.
May 11-14 - Nashville - Nashville Music Biz Conference
The P&E Wing represented on several panels and workshops at this year’s MusicBiz 2015 (formerly the NARM Convention) which took place in Nashville May 11-14 (see photos here: www.flickr.com/photos/narm/sets/72157653088945322) The conference included a day long metadata summit at which representatives from labels, digital service providers, technology companies and startups debated solutions for streamlining the music industry’s flow of information and revenue. SF Chapter member Tony Brooke, a member of Pandora’s curation team, moderated the lively discussion “Interoperability: Less Talk, More Action.” Also from the SF chapter, Kevin Arnold, founder of IODA and OpenAura, joined Bob Barbiere of new EDM song identifier Dubset and Chris McMurtry, whose automated publishing company Dartmusic.com addresses the challenges classical music has faced in online distribution, for “Future Business Models in Metadata.” On Wednesday, High-Res audio took center stage with a standing room only audience for, “The Role of High Resolution Audio in the Industry.” Digital Entertainment Group’s Marc Finer led producer/engineer Chuck Ainlay, UMG VP Technology & Production Jim Belcher, VP Content Acquisition Pono Music Bruce Botnick, P&E Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney and Omniphone Director of Music Experience Matt White in a conversation about current developments in the High Res arena and how and why the trend is catching on.
May 14-15 - Nashville - AudioMasters Golf Tournament
The annual Audiomasters Golf Tournament benefitting the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund is always a highlight of the year for the Nashville recording community. The P&E Wing once again sponsored teams and swag, and with food and drink (and often live music) at every hole, a good time was definitely had by all.
May 16 - Los Angeles - IMSTA FESTA LA
More than 500 music and audio enthusiasts visited the new state-of-the-art SAE Institute Hollywood to attend IMSTA FESTA LA. The annual conference celebrates pro audio software and hardware manufacturers with a day-long program featuring demonstrations, panels and networking. The day kicked off with a candid keynote conversation featuring GRAMMY-winning producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. Moderated by P&E Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney, Darkchild shared a series of informative and inspirational anecdotes that spanned the history of his career. The Professional Panel Series included two P&E Wing programs—“Pathway to a GRAMMY,” an overview of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Awards process, and “Leaders of the New School” a conversation with a group of today’s young hitmakers. Participating talent included Academy staffers Deston Bennett, Yvonne Faison, Jeriel Johnson, Joseph Langford and Sean Riley as well as producers Rahki, Rob Knox, Sakpase, and Scoop Deville. The day concluded with closing remarks from GRAMMY-nominated artist and producer DJ Khalil, who also served as a judge of the IMSTA songwriting contest that awarded the opportunity to record a demo in Santorini, Greece. Visit www.imsta.org for additional coverage and learn more about why it’s important to “Buy The Software You Use.”
June 4 - Chicago - Behind The Glass With Joe Barresi & Andrew Scheps
Members of The Recording Academy Chicago Chapter Producers & Engineers Wing gathered for an evening with GRAMMY-nominated producer/engineer/mixer Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, Weezer) and GRAMMY-winning engineer/mixer Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Adele, Jay Z) at Shure headquarters in Niles, Ill. The pair discussed their education (both attended the University of Miami, under the recording engineering program) and how their regimented course work prepared them with tools that separated them from the rest of the workforce. They recounted their similar experiences starting out doing tech repairs (Barresi at Cherokee Studios, Scheps as a freelancer), developing important relationships that led to engineering jobs, and moving on to work with some of the biggest names music.
June 23-25 - New York - CE Week
CE Week once again took over New York City’s Metropolitan Pavilion to showcase the latest in consumer technology. Interest in High-Resolution Audio continues to build among consumers, and CE Week this year dedicated an entire day to the subject with its Your Next Audio conference featuring four panels, day long listening demos and a Hi-Res pavilion on the show floor. The P&E Wing was represented on Digital Entertainment Group’s “Hi-Res Music Super Session” panel. Moderated by DEG's Marc Finer, it featured a cross industry consortium of interested parties: Sony Music Legacy Recording’s John Jackson, P&E Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney, Universal Music Group’s Jim Belcher, and Warner Music Group’s Howie Singer, who examined opportunities and challenges facing the music industry in its quest for higher quality digital delivery.
An evening Hi-Res listening event, hosted for press by Sony Legacy at its Battery Studios, rounded out the activities. The evening kicked off with a rooftop networking reception at which Sony Legacy was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the P&E Wing for its 25 years of dedication to excellence in audio and preserving and restoring important recordings. Following the reception, Battery engineers Vic Anesini, Matt Cavaluzzo and Mark Wilder, along with Jackson, demonstrated the art of re-mastering classic recordings in Hi-Res. Attendees were amazed and enthralled as they were led through the painstaking processes used to deliver final products that are close as possible to what the original artists had intended, and were wowed by hearing selections from new releases by Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Lou Reed, Simon & Garfunkel and Roger Waters.
The Hi-Res market continues to grow, and three press announcements marking the trend were released during CE Week. The P&E Wing has embarked on the creation of a series of Hi-Res production guidelines with the goal of clarifying the technology and techniques essential to producing great Hi-Res music. The RIAA and its member companies unveiled a new Hi-Res MUSIC logo designed to help music fans identify the highest quality digital music. And, in an industry first, this fall Best Buy will debut Hi-Res music stations at more than 70 Best Buy Magnolia Design Centers.
June 25 - Portland - Pacific Northwest Studio Summit
The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter’s latest Studio Summit event gave GRAMMY members a chance to spend a day listening to intimate and insightful discussions between some of today’s great talents of contemporary music at Tucker Martine’s beautiful Flora Recording & Playback in North Portland.
First, A to Z Media’s Mike Jones moderated a panel featuring producer Tucker Martine (Decemberists, Neko Case) and My Morning Jacket front man Jim James, who joined via Skype. Martine talked about the excitement of working with a band like My Morning Jacket, particularly their recording sessions in non-traditional spaces. After a short listening section and audience Q&A, producers and musicians mingled in Flora’s control room and lobby in between the panel sessions.
Next up, Colin Meloy of the Decemberists took the stage along with Martine and Chapter Trustee Glenn Lorbecki. Meloy and Martine covered a range of topics, including recording the Decemberists’ The King is Dead in a farmhouse with limited equipment, capturing Meloy’s vocals with the right microphone (Martine likes the Wunder CM7 and the Telefunken U47), and the sensitive relationship between artist and producer. After their chat, the three listened to two Decemberists songs from the band’s latest album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. After a short audience Q&A, the speakers and moderators mingled with guests over refreshments from A to Z Winery and Deschutes Brewery, plus tacos and burritos from Portland’s Koi Fusion food truck.