P&E Pro Sessions: Insights & Innovation with Mick Guzauski and Steven Slate
The Recording Academy
The Recording Academy
On Saturday, June 21st at the Gibson Showroom in Austin, P&E Wing® members of the Texas Chapter gathered for an exceptional afternoon of professional development presentations by Pro-Audio technologist and CEO of Slate Digital, Steven Slate, and GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Mick Guzauski. The audience was welcomed by Chapter Trustee and former P&E Committee Chair, Malcolm Harper, and Sr. Executive Director, Theresa Jenkins, before turning it over to the event moderator, Chapter Vice President and owner of SugarHill Studios in Houston, Dan Workman.
Slate gave a lively talk about his journey of breaking into the recording technology and design world. He discussed the relationship between analog sound and the human auditory system. Additionally, he showcased how powerful digital audio workstations enable engineers to record efficiently and economically without compromising quality or authenticity. Members had the chance to play with and ask questions about the latest Raven MTX, Slate Digital’s multi-touch audio production system.
After a brief intermission, members gathered back into the showroom for a one-of-a-kind discussion and presentation with Mick Guzauski, GRAMMY winner for Record of the Year at the 57th GRAMMY Awards® for his work on “Get Lucky,” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers.
Mick played and discussed his mixes from 1977 to present, including hits by Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Eric Clapton, Mr. Mister, Chuck Magione, Daft Punk and more and took questions from the audience after each sample about his technique. Mick also demonstrated tonal and dynamic changes in recorded sound as recording technology has evolved, ranging from early magnetic tape multi-tracking in the 1970s, hybrid analog–early 16-bit digital tape in the 1980s, all-digital signal path in the 1990s, and the latest hybrid analog—high resolution digital tracking used on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories album. He also demonstrated sounds lost from an original recording when converted to the mp4 and mp3 file compression formats.
The event was followed by a reception with complimentary food and beverages and networking with fellow members.
P&E Pro Sessions: Insight & Innovation was presented by the Producers & Engineers Wing in partnership with the Texas Chapter of The Recording Academy®. We thank our sponsors GC Pro and Gibson.
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