Santa Monica, Calif. (May 25, 2016) — On Tuesday, April 26, The Recording Academy® Memphis Chapter and the P&E Wing presented the latest GRAMMY Pro® Studio Summit at Esplanade Studios in New Orleans. More than 200 recording professionals attended the summit, and it was hailed as a success by all who participated.
The day began with opening remarks from the honorary event chair, P&E Wing co-founder and multi GRAMMY®-winning engineer Elliot Scheiner. Guests then enjoyed a candid and lively keynote discussion with legendary engineer Geoff Emerick (the Beatles, America, Cheap Trick, Elvis Costello), who shared insights from his long career, along with anecdotes about his experiences recording the Beatles and his decision-making process in helping to create their signature sound. Next, Memphis Chapter P&E Wing co-chair Chris Bell moderated a panel dubbed "Demystifying Mastering," featuring Eric Boulanger, Michael Romanowski and Jonathan Wyner.
The program concluded with a discussion about the life, music and legacy of the late New Orleans native Allen Toussaint, with a focus on his work in the studio and recording with different artists. Panelists included legendary NOLA-based musicians Gary Brown, Danny Jones, Leo Nocentelli and Reginald Toussaint, and recording engineer Roberta Grace with the discussion moderated by New Orleans-based journalist/musician/producer Ben Sandmel.
Representatives from Adam Audio, Presonus and Rupert Neve Designs were on site to demonstrate their latest gear, and ELS Studio Premium Audio hosted the post-event reception, which featured a traditional Louisiana style crawfish boil and listening demonstrations of the Elliot Scheiner-designed audio system featured in the fleet of Acura luxury vehicles.
"The New Orleans Summit has become a yearly tradition and one of the highlights of our annual itinerary," said Maureen Droney, Managing Director, P&E Wing and Recording Technology. "The history of the city speaks for itself, as do the many passionate professionals working there who carry the torch of New Orleans music. We thank our panelists and sponsors and all who participated."
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Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R: Jon Hornyak, Sr. Executive Director, The Recording Academy® Memphis Chapter; Gerbe Waddell, Memphis Chapter member and P&E Wing committee member; Danny Jones, panelist, Studio Magic of Allen Toussaint; Geoff Emerick, keynote speaker; Chris Bell, Memphis Chapter member and P&E Wing committee co-chair; and Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, Memphis Chapter member and P&E Wing committee co-chair. Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy®. © 2016.
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Photo Caption 2: Pictured L-R: P&E Wing co-founder and multi GRAMMY®-winning engineer Elliot Scheiner (also honorary event chair);, and keynote speaker and legendary engineer Geoff Emerick. Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy®. © 2016.
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Photo Caption 3: Jon Hornyak, Sr. Executive Director, Memphis Chapter; Geoff Emerick, keynote speaker and legendary engineer; Elliot Scheiner, P&E Wing co-founder, multi GRAMMY®-winning engineer and honorary event chair; Chris Bell, Memphis Chapter member and P&E Wing committee co-chair; and Reid Wick, Sr. Membership & Project Manager, Memphis Chapter. Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy®.
About The Recording Academy: Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, 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 more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.
About The Producers & Engineers Wing: Currently more than 6,500 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.