SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 25, 2013) — The Recording Academy®, its local chapters and Producers & Engineers Wing® have had a particularly busy Q1-Q2 2013, with a number of events focusing on sound quality of audio formats, studio production techniques and more. Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, has been a strong supporter and sponsor of these events, and in fact has been a long-time supporter of the Academy and P&E Wing in their endeavors.
On January 30 in New York City, The Recording Academy New York Chapter presented the latest installment of In The Studio – The Art of the Craft series at Terminus Recording Studios, where multi-platinum, GRAMMY®-nominated producer and engineer Bob Power (Erykah Badu, Chaka Khan, Miles Davis) demonstrated his engineering and producing processes during a vocal session with guest vocalist Stephanie McKay. GC Pro has been an ongoing sponsor of this event series since its inception.
In April, GC Pro helped sponsor two events –"Quality Sound Matters" in Nashville and "Texas Retreat at the Rock" in Wimberley, Texas – both of which were part of the Academy's ongoing initiatives to educate about and demonstrate the importance of high-quality audio. The events were presented by The Recording Academy Nashville and Texas Chapters, together with the Producers & Engineers Wing®, and both featured a presentation by GRAMMY-winning engineer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, others) entitled "Lost in Translation," in which he compared various listening formats to demonstrate the audible differences when switching between compressed files and lossless masters. The events also included conversations with locally-based luminaries including, in Nashville, singer/songwriter/composer/studio owner Ben Folds, producer/publisher Frank Liddell, and GRAMMY-winning engineer Bob Ludwig, along with GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Chuck Ainlay acting as moderator; and in Wimberley, with The Mastering Lab Chief Mastering Engineer and P&E Wing Steering Committee member Eric Boulanger in a panel discussion with Scheps, moderated by platinum producer/engineer Tim Palmer, during which they explored quality audio issues in the digital age.
Maureen Droney, P&E Wing Senior Executive Director, stated, "These events are a key part of the P&E Wing's educational outreach, continuing growth, and dialogue with the industry. With sponsors like GC Pro, we have an even stronger connection to the manufacturers, experts and sales people who work in the trenches every day. We are very grateful for our ongoing relationship with GC Pro and for their support of our important initiatives."
GC Pro Vice President Rick Plushner stated, "The P&E Wing and larger Recording Academy events and goals are perfectly in line with the values of GC Pro – support of artists, engineers and producers for the benefit of the entire industry, from top to bottom. What they do makes our industry better, and GC Pro is proud to do our part to support their events big and small."
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Photo Caption: Pictured L-R: GC Pro Vice President Rick Plushner and The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Senior Executive Director Maureen Droney. Photo by Trisha Leeper/WireImage.com. Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy®/WireImage.com. © 2012.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.
Currently more than 6,000 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.