P&E Wing Update June 2017
Producers And Engineers Wing
May 3 – New Orleans – GRAMMY Pro® Studio Summit
The third annual New Orleans GRAMMY Pro Studio Summit returned to beautiful Esplanade Studios and featured prestigious panelists who have collectively won 42 GRAMMY® Awards. Renowned engineer Elliot Scheiner served as the event’s Honorary Chair and offered opening remarks before introducing 20-time GRAMMY-winning engineer/producer Al Schmitt for the keynote conversation, moderated by Producers & Engineers Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney.
A panel titled “Exploring the Producer/Engineer Relationship” featured Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell (Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”) and Tracey Freeman (Harry Connick, Jr., Rebirth Brass Band). Breakout sessions included a surround demonstration by Scheiner, “In The Mastering Studio” with Brad Blackwood and John Fischbach, and production demonstrations gear sponsors including Esplanade Studios, ELS Studio Premium Audio, JBL Professional by Harman, PreSonus, Rupert Neve Designs, sE Microphones, MusiCares, and Sync Up. Droney, along with Memphis Chapter P&E Wing co-chairs Gebre Waddell and Chris Finney provided a brief P&E Wing update on the status of the Wing’s high resolution audio and recording metadata initiatives. Finally, the panel, “Making Records with Mac (Dr. John),” with Schmitt, engineer Chris Finney, and guitarist John Fohl, was elevated to a cosmic level when it was joined by a surprise guest, none other than the master, Dr. John himself!
May 13 – San Francisco – GRAMMY Pro Studio Summit: High Resolution Audio
Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter P&E Wing members gathered at Meyer Sound Laboratories in Berkeley, Calif., for GRAMMY Pro Studio Summit: High Resolution Audio—a day of panels and breakout playback sessions in Meyer’s Pearson Theatre and Bear’s Lab recording and performance spaces. Hosted by four-time GRAMMY-winning engineer Leslie Ann Jones and GRAMMY-nominated mastering engineer Michael Romanowski, the event addressed the growing interest in releasing best-sounding recordings, addressing perspectives of the consumer marketplace and the production workflow requirements that make "Hi-Res Audio," and the slogan “Stream the Studio,” a reality.
After a welcome from the Chapter and hosts, Miles Rogers of Meyer Sound introduced the venue and the day’s listening tools to attendees with a demonstration of the Pearson Theatre’s Meyer Constellation System. Marc Finer of Digital Entertainment Group gave the opening keynote and shared trends and developments in the consumer marketplace related to Hi-Res Audio.
The first panel, “Why Hi Res Audio?” dove into how sound affects the brain and the evolution of recording formats. Led by Romanowski, it featured best-selling author, producer, and neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, Dolby Labs’ Rhonda Wilson, Jones and Marc Finer.
Between sessions, attendees visited with online retailer Massdrop, an event sponsor showing exclusive prototypes of custom made high-fidelity audio gear including DACs, headphones, and headphone amps from leading high-end manufacturers.
After lunch, P&E Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney discussed the Wing’s newly published Recommendations for Hi-Res Music Production and the contributing team behind it, which included Jones and Finer.
“Hi-Res Workflow and Distribution," moderated by Jones, covered production, label distribution, archiving, preservation, and statistics on hi-res downloads and monetization of the format. On the panel were Bay Area hip-hop/Latin engineer and Infinite Studios owner Michael Denten, founder of Blue Coast Music Cookie Marenco, multi-GRAMMY-winning rock engineer Nick Raskulinecz, and Romanowski, who shared audio clips and experiences recording and releasing in high resolution formats.