AES Convention, New York (October 18, 2013) — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® has announced its 2013-2014 Steering Committee, the leadership group of the P&E Wing, which researches and recommends solutions for technical, creative and economic issues facing today's music production professionals. The newly seated Committee, consisting of a diverse array of music engineers, producers and audio professionals, will build upon the significant legacy established by prior Steering Committees and work to identify and evaluate key issues confronting music production professionals, with the goal of finding meaningful solutions and suggestions for the industry moving forward.
The P&E Wing 2013–2014 Steering Committee includes the following music industry professionals: Chuck Ainlay (Nashville), Carlos Alvarez (Miami), Eric Boulanger (Los Angeles), Richard Burgess (Washington, D.C.), Mike Clink (Los Angeles), Scott Jacoby (New York), Glenn Lorbecki (Seattle), Bob Ludwig (Portland, Maine) and Phil Nicolo (Philadelphia).
Steering Committee Co-Chairs Mike Clink and Chuck Ainlay will lead the committee as the P&E Wing continues to advocate for excellence in sound recording, audio technologies, education in the recording arts, and the rights of music creators overall.
"We owe great thanks to all of our past Steering Committee members, including John Alagia, Jeff Balding, Ed Cherney, Jimmy Douglass, Nathaniel Kunkel, Sylvia Massy, James McKinney, Keith Olsen, the late Phil Ramone, Elliot Scheiner, Tommy Tallarico, Eric Schilling and Dan Workman," states Maureen Droney, Sr. Executive Director of the P&E Wing. "Past Steering Committees members have laid the groundwork and continue to be involved as we move forward. This is a period of transition in our industry, and it is all the more important that we work together with strong leadership and creative, informed ideas, and this year's Steering Committee has the tools and perspective to lead us into 2014 and beyond."
Chuck Ainlay (Co-Chair) is a multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner, one of Nashville's top recording and mixing engineers, a pioneer in using surround sound technology and a leading advocate for high quality audio. He has worked as a producer or engineer for such diverse talents as Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler, Emmylou Harris, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and many more. Ainlay was the ACM Engineer of the Year in 2009, 2011 and 2013.
Carlos Alvarez's engineering and production career has taken him around the world working with a variety of artists including, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Carrie Underwood, Buika, Juan Luis Guerra, and Julio Iglesias among others. He's won three GRAMMYs and eight Latin GRAMMYs for his work with and including, Marc Anthony (El Cantante, 3.0-mixer) Alejandro Sanz (El Tren de los Momentos, Best Latin Pop Album 2007), Jose Feliciano (Senor Bachata, mixer-Best Tropical Album 2008), Luis Enrique (Ciclos, mixer-Best Tropical Album 2009). Serving on The Recording Academy's Florida Chapter Board of Governors since 2002, he lives, plays the bass, and operates his studio in South Florida.
Eric 'V' Boulanger of The Mastering Lab is a classically trained violinist who has performed at some of the most celebrated venues in the country. Eric holds a degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and has mixed and/or mastered records across a variety of genres with credits, including Colbie Caillat, OneRepublic, Sarah Jarosz, Plain White T's and Chris Botti. With the P&E Wing, Eric has taken a lead role in Apple's "Mastered for iTunes," which aims to improve the quality of current and future downloaded music.
Richard James Burgess Ph.D. has produced, recorded and/or performed on numerous platinum albums with diverse artists such as Spandau Ballet, America and New Edition. He authored The Art of Record Production in 1997, which is now entitled The Art of Music Production: The Theory and Practice, 4th Ed. on Oxford University Press. Also known for his pioneering work with synthesizers, computers and sampling, Burgess is an inventor of the SDSV drum synthesizer. He currently works at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
Mike Clink (Co-Chair) has produced projects that have sold more than 70 million records worldwide. Known for working with legendary rock acts such as Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses and Metallica, Clink also specializes in developing new talent for his label, No Relief Records. A pioneer in live recording and distribution, he started a new media company that specializes in the instantaneous fulfillment of CDs with added value content available immediately after a concert event. Clink frequently speaks on panels for The Recording Academy and the Audio Engineering Society (AES).
Scott Jacoby is a GRAMMY Award-winning writer, producer, engineer, mixer, musician and recording artist. His work, spanning all genres of music, has garnered awards, graced platinum-selling albums and topped charts throughout the world. John Legend, Vampire Weekend, Sia, Laura Izibor, Jose James, Vanessa Hudgens, Fabolous, Naturally 7, and Vivian Green are a few of his notable collaborations. An acclaimed composer, Scott has scored award-winning feature-length films, documentaries, television shows, and national television commercials. Scott is the Founder/President of Eusonia Records (the label's first release earned a 2009 GRAMMY nomination); he is also the Owner of Eusonia Studios in Manhattan and the CEO of SCOJAC Music Productions. Scott sits on the National Board of Trustees for The Recording Academy and also serves as Co-chair of the New York Chapter's Producers & Engineers Wing committee.
Glenn Lorbecki is a producer, engineer, composer, musician, educator, author and dad. His career includes such projects as the Violent Femmes, Dizzy Gillespie, Coldplay, Weezer, The White Stripes, Green Day, and other GRAMMY-nominated projects. Lorbecki is President/CEO of Seattle’s Glenn Sound studios, and performs live with The Xtremes. A former co-chair of the Producers & Engineers Wing, he recently served two terms as the national Secretary/Treasurer of The Recording Academy Board of Trustees, and is writing a music production book series for Hal Leonard.
Bob Ludwig is a multi-GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer with degrees in music education, performance (trumpet) and music literature from the Eastman School of Music and an honorary doctorate from the University of Southern Maine. He was the first person to be honored with the Les Paul Award for "consistently outstanding achievements in the professional audio industry," as well as the TEC Award for "Outstanding Creative Achievement, Mastering Engineer" an unprecedented 14 times. He served as Co-Chair of the P&E Wing from 2004 to 2008.
Phil Nicolo is a GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer who founded Studio 4 in 1980, a recording studio in Philadelphia where he and his brother established themselves as a force in all genres of music production—from rock to R&B, mainstream to cutting edge—as the Butcher Bros. In 1989, Ruffhouse Records was launched out of Studio 4 operations, and over the next ten years was responsible for the careers of Lauryn Hill, the Fugees, Cypress Hill, Wyclef Jean and Kriss Kross. Phil's producing and engineering credits include Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Urge Overkill, Sting, among many others. Current projects include new releases from Polar Bear Club, Title Fight and Lauryn Hill. Phil is also President of the newly relaunched Ruffhouse Records.
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Photo Caption: Front Row L to R: Scott Jacoby, Richard Burgess, Carlos Alvarez, Phil Nicolo, Mike Clink; Middle L to R: Eric Boulanger, Bob Ludwig, Maureen Droney, Chuck Ainlay; Top Corner: Glenn Lorbecki. Photo by Deston Bennett/The Recording Academy®. © 2013.
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