P&E Wing Monthly Update - September/October 2014
Producers And Engineers Wing
July 31 – August 2 – Tucson, Ariz. – PotLuck Audio Conference
PotLuck Con ruled the roost for true pro audio geeks in August, holding court at the Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson, Ariz. This unpretentious conference once again delivered diverse and interesting programming along with lots of quality hang time with people you either know or would like to. The P&E Wing dived into the PotLuck pool this year with three events. Andrew Scheps returned for the second year with his always enlightening “Lost In Translation” presentation that, impossibly, makes the subject of lossy vs. lossless audio fun. San Francisco-based mastering engineer Michael Romanowski led the spirited conversation “Why Metadata Matters” featuring fellow San Franciscan and audio engineer/archivist Tony Brooks, P&E Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney, GRAMMY®-winning engineer and Skywalker Sound Director of Recording Leslie Ann Jones, Scheps and Houston, Texas-based producer/engineer/manager and studio owner Dan Workman. And during the Friday night “Casita Crawl,” (interrupted by gorgeous desert thunderstorms) P&E Wing members took turns hosting an open house dubbed “I’m A Member, You Should Be Too” that ended up being an almost all-night listening session fueled by sno-cones. (OK, there might have been a little tequila in those cute li’l cones….)
Other highlights over the two days of workshops and tutorials included “Mastering for the Internet and High Res Delivery,” “Electronics for the Recording Engineer,” “The Urban Edge” and EveAnna Manley’s soldering class, “Build Your Own Cables (and more!)”. Thanks to PotLuck Con organizers Craig Schumacher and Karen Lustig for their dedication and enthusiasm to producing this one-of-a-kind annual event.
Sept. 9 – Philadelphia Chapter – P&E Wing: In the Studio
The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter invited members for an evening of networking and critical listening at Philly Sound Studios. After a tour of the facility led by Drew Ralson, attendees were welcome to play back a recording for the group, whether it was a current project or simply a song that they wished to share with their peers. The listening experience sparked discussion among the guests, who either settled into the control room or remained mingling in the live room as the songs played.
Sept. 17 – San Francisco Chapter– P&E Wing Microphone Techniques (Colorado)
Colorado-based members of the Producers & Engineers Wing® gathered in Denver for P&E Wing Microphone Techniques, a critical listening event in collaboration with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Along with Mike Pappas of the CSO and Sennheiser/Neumann President Wolfgang Fraissinet, San Francisco Chapter Governor Leslie Ann Jones offered a look at the orchestra’s use of digital microphones to record a performance of Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9.” After detailing some of the unique challenges of capturing sound in an environment with so many variables, Jones and Pappas gave attendees a tour of Boettcher Concert Hall to see and hear their work. Thanks to Jones, Pappas, and Fraissinet for offering our members exclusive access to such an ambitious and exciting recording project.
Sept. 25 – Los Angeles Chapter – Art of the Craft with Manny Marroquin
More than 75 members attended Art of the Craft with Manny Marroquin at The Recording Academy HQ in Santa Monica, Calif. Eager to learn about Manny Marroquin’s creative process and mixing secrets, guests filled the boardroom and participated in an in-depth interactive discussion with the multi-GRAMMY-winning mixing engineer. Chock-full of personal anecdotes about his career successes and failures, Marroquin talked through the elements of making a hit record, the personal attributes that will make or break you in the business, and the powerful lessons he’s learned about working with talent and delivering a finished product. Following the discussion, guests networked and munched on light snacks courtesy of Westlake Pro. A full video recap from this event is coming soon to GRAMMYPro.com, so check back often for updates!
Sept. 27 – Memphis Chapter – GRAMMY futureNOW
The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter hosted its annual signature event GRAMMY futureNOW at Stax Music Academy in Memphis on Sept. 27, 2014. The day-long professional development event focused on utilizing new media tools to enhance fan engagement, developing new revenue streams and ways indie artists can improve their online presence, overall marketing and financial well-being. In addition to featuring GRAMMY nominee Ledisi as a keynote speaker, several panels were presented that day, including the P&E Wing-sponsored conversation titled “Recording Metadata, Credits and Your Future.” P&E Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney moderated the panel, which featured GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer Brad Blackwood (Euphonic Masters) and artist/music publisher/Atlanta Chapter Trustee Brandon Bush (Sugarland/Songs of the Architect). The discussion focused on the importance of capturing recording metadata, the problems with, current state of, and possible solutions for, delivery of this information via digital distribution outlets. Examples of what’s working and where improvements can be made were discussed, as well as general advocacy for further development of accurate and efficient capture and dissemination of recording metadata and credits.
Sept. 27 – New York – IMSTA FESTA New York
Settling in to the new state-of-the-art SAE Institute NYC, the International Music Software Trade Association, in partnership with leading pro-audio software and hardware manufacturers, hosted IMSTA FESTA New York on Saturday, September 27. With more than 500 attendees, the day-long product exhibition and series of educational panels covered topics ranging from software piracy to new technologies and creative platforms that improve workflow efficiency and productivity. The P&E Wing participated in the conference as host of the talent VIP room for the plethora of recording professionals participating in the panel discussions. Familiar faces in the crowd included keynote speaker and GRAMMY-nominated producer/engineer Ken Lewis, iStandardProducers.com co-founder Don DiNapoli, Frequency, Shaun Bless, !llmind, Ariel Borujow, Brent Kolatalo and Ricardo Gutierrez. Attendees received free software giveaways, networked with peers and played with gear all under one roof. Learn more about IMSTA’s mission and the conference by visiting www.imsta.org.
WHO’S DOING WHAT, WHERE
Congratulations to the sound mixing team for the 56th GRAMMY Awards—Tom Holmes, John Harris, Eric Schilling, and Pablo Munguia— for their Creative Emmy win in Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Special or Series category … And another round of congratulations are in order—this time for GRAMMY- and Latin GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer and P&E Wing founding member Al Schmitt, who received an honorary doctor of music degree from Berklee College of Music in September.