P&E Wing Update September 2017
Producers And Engineers Wing
James Johnson Jr.
Rick Kern/Getty Images
June 20 – New York – GRAMMY Pro Art Of The Craft: The Listening Sessions
The Recording Academy® New York Chapter and the Producers & Engineers Wing® presented The Art of The Craft: The Listening Sessions at Benzaquen Hall at The DiMenna Center. Kevin Killen (Shakira, Peter Gabriel), Tom Elmhirst (David Bowie, Adele), and Erik “Rook" Ortiz of J.U.S.T.I.C.E League (Rick Ross, DJ Khaled) shared songs and were interviewed about their selections by Joe Mardin (Chaka Khan, Queen Latifah), Emily Lazar (Coldplay, Sia), and Ken “Duro” Ifill (Jay-Z, Fabolous), respectively. Each engineer showcased a track highlighting their work while discussing their time-tested methods in the studio, delving into topics ranging from daily workflow to working with assistants to microphone selection. They also offered perspectives on all the special moments that go into making an album complete.
June 25 – Atlanta – GRAMMY Pro Up Close & Personal With Sheryl Crow & Jeff Trott
The Great Room at the W Atlanta - Buckhead was buzzed with excitement at the start of this latest Up Close & Personal, featuring nine-time GRAMMY® winner Sheryl Crow and her long-term musical partner Jeff Trott. Following Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter Senior Executive Director Michele Caplinger’s opening remarks, Leslie Fram, the moderator and Senior Vice President of Music Strategy for CMT, led the conversation, asking Crow and Trott a number of questions about their early musical influences, the collaboration process, and the making of Crow’s latest album Be Myself.
The pair discussed the ease of their dynamic when working together and the role of social media in today’s music industry. They also shared anecdotes, such as writing the album after dropping off kids at school and recording in Crow’s barn with her horses, as well as a poignant experience recording with Johnny Cash’s vocals.
July 11 – Philadelphia – Deconstructing The Hit with Kevin Killen
Deconstructing the Hit with Kevin Killen presented by the P&E Wing and the Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter took shape at Philly Sound Studios. Located in South Philadelphia, the converted church studio provided a great environment for an intimate discussion with the GRAMMY-winning engineer about the creative and technical decisions that go into mixing a hit song.
Kevin’s ProTools sessions were projected on a large screen, providing a visual guide for the discussion. GRAMMY-winning engineer and P&E Committee Co-Chair Phil Nicolo led Kevin on an in-depth look at Brandon Flower’s hit “Between Me and You,” a record with 110 tracks. Killen walked the attendees through how to manage a session so large and talked about his personal minimal approach when it comes to cutting records. From there they looked at building the mix, and some of the key technical decisions along the way.
Guests for the evening included Philly Sound owner Drew Raison and his staff engineers, along with Ivan Barias, Ryan Schwabe, Ryan Moys, Man Man and others. Killen stayed for a reception following the lecture to chat with attendees about gear, mixing and much more.
Special thanks to Philly Sound Studios staff, the P&E Wing and committee and all the night’s guests.
July 29 – Seattle – In The Mix
Producer Sylvia Massy joined the Pacific Northwest Chapter at the iconic London Bridge Studio for the sold out P&E Wing In the Mix event. Massy shared insights and stories from her prolific career, and delighted attendees with her unique demonstrations that included sending a signal path through cheese and lighting up a pickle. These odd experiments highlighted Massy’s unconventional approach to sound and how one can capture it. She encouraged the professionals in the audience to experiment and find creative solutions to common problems. After the presentation, members connected for a mixer and toured the studio, which is home to seminal projects from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Macklemore.
July 31 – Texas – A Salute To Rupert Neve
On the momentous occasion of the legendary Rupert Neve’s 91st birthday, the Recording Academy, P&E Wing, and Yamaha’s Pro Audio Division presented A Salute To Rupert Neve to honor the Technical GRAMMY winner’s career. Two other legends, multi-GRAMMY nominee Alan Parsons and multi-GRAMMY winner Geoff Emerick, joined the celebration in Austin, Texas to share their admiration and respect for their longtime friend.
In addition to Parsons’ and Emerick’s remarks, Director of the Texas Music Office Brendon Anthony, General Manager Josh Thomas of Rupert Neve Designs, Director of Marketing for Yamaha’s Pro Audio Division Marc Lopez, and Texas Chapter P&E Wing Committee Chair Tre Nagella paid tribute to Rupert throughout the event. Additional friends and admirers who couldn’t be in attendance sent their birthday wishes to be shown on the big screen, including GRAMMY winner Jimmy Jam, GRAMMY winner Nile Rodgers, GRAMMY-winning engineer Ed Cherney and producers John McBride and Jacquire King.
The event concluded with Rupert cutting into his cake—a remarkable replica of his 5088 Neve Console.
August 11 – Nashville – From Mic To Mix With Ryan Hewitt
The P&E Wing, in partnership with HARMAN® Professional, touched down in Music City to host From Mic To Mix at Nashville’s famed Sound Stage Studios. Guests gathered for a cocktail reception and recording and mixing demonstration with GRAMMY-winning engineer Ryan Hewitt featuring a live performance by the Nashville-based international rock trio Elle Macho. The demonstrations highlighted the latest recording products and technologies from HARMAN Professional brands AKG®, dbx®, JBL® and Lexicon® – including the debut of the highly anticipated JBL 7-Series powered master reference monitors.
The evening began with remarks from Sound Stage Studios Manager Nick Autry, Recording Academy Nashville Chapter Executive Director Alicia Warwick, and Director, Recording Solutions for HARMAN Professional Peter Chaikin. The crowd then proceeded to Sound Stage’s Back Stage Studio, where Hewitt helmed a live tracking session and mix of a song by Elle Macho. The group, which includes David Mead (guitar/vocals), Butterfly Boucher (bass/vocals), and Lindsay Jamieson (drums/vocals) did several takes, capturing the audio via AKG microphones, while Hewitt monitored in the control room with the new JBL 7-Series 705p and 708p Master Reference Monitors. Hewitt talked the attendees through his process, gamely answering questions throughout the session.