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INDUSTRY SUPERSTARS TURN OUT
6TH ANNUAL PACIFIC NORTHWEST STUDIO SUMMIT
— The Producers & Engineers Wing,
the Pacific Northwest Chapter of The Recording Academy® and GC Pro
the 6th Annual PNW Studio Summit at Seattle's Experience Music Project
— Producers/Engineers Joe Chiccarelli and Mike Clink Joined
Mastering Legend Bernie Grundman at EMP to Examine the Art and Craft
of Audio and Explore Digital Delivery and Archiving Standards —
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (March 22, 2006) — The Pacific Northwest
recording community gathered for a day of panels, gear demonstrations
and networking at The Recording Academy®'s 6th Annual Pacific Northwest
Studio Summit. The Summit, which took place on March 4 in the JBL Theatre
at Seattle's Experience Music Project, was co-sponsored by EMP and GC
Pro — the professional audio division of Guitar Center, Inc. —
which provided attendees the chance to become familiar with several
new pieces of pro audio equipment.
Kicking off the day was a keynote interview with producer/engineer
Joe Chiccarelli (Café Tacuba, Beck, Melissa Etheridge) by Seattle
studio owner and P&E Wing Co-Chairman Glenn Lorbecki, that ranged
from Chiccarelli's production techniques and experiences recording Elton
John and Beck to the changing role of the producer in a more consolidated
Following Chiccarelli, mastering legend Bernie Grundman
took center stage for an in-depth presentation on the history of mastering.
Grundman used material by Michael Jackson and Jack Johnson to illustrate
some of his personal techniques, and participated in a lively Q&A
with the audience on everything from his preferred signal chain to the
inherent problems of digital audio.
Between presentations, the audience networked and sampled
equipment in EMP's Learning Labs from event sponsors GC Pro, Gibson
Guitar and Ultrasone Headphones. Prizes of a Mackie ONYX-1620 Premium
Analog Mixer and DrumCore software were awarded to Steve Mack, Larry
Crane, and Doug Dubrow, the winner of a recording trivia quiz.
The panel "Better Safe than Sorry: Managing Your
Masters," moderated by P&E Wing Executive Director Maureen
Droney, featured Steve Smith (Avastor, Inc.), Rick Senechal (Microsoft
Studios), Chiccarelli and Lorbecki and dug deep into the current state
of digital storage. Smith held the audience rapt describing the proper
care of hard drives, and the panel also enumerated current challenges
of master delivery, highlighting recommendations put forward by the
"Great Perfomances," an interview with producer/engineer
Mike Clink (Guns n' Roses, Megadeth, Metallica) by PNW Chapter Executive
Director Ben London, rounded out the day. Clink spoke eloquently about
everything from choosing material, to making singers comfortable while
cutting vocals, to how he helped Guns n' Roses forge their signature
"The Studio Summits bring people together in a really
meaningful way, reflecting that creativity is an interactive process,"
commented Droney. "This event focused on some of today's leading
edge professional audio issues such as delivery and archiving standards.
It was a terrific day, and we look forward to continuing this series
of events coast to coast throughout The Recording Academy's 12 Chapters."
Photo File: PNWSummit_1.JPG
Photo Caption: (Shown L-R) Rick Senechal, Microsoft Studios; producer/engineer
Joe Chiccarelli; Glenn Lorbecki, P&E Wing Co-Chairman and owner
of Seattle's Glenn Sound; Maureen Droney, P&E Wing Executive Director;
Ben London, PNW Chapter Executive Director ; Mastering legend Bernie
Grundman; and Steve Smith, Avastor, Inc.
Photo File: PNWSummit_2.JPG
Photo Caption: (Shown L-R) Maureen Droney, P&E Wing Executive Director;
Glenn Lorbecki, P&E Wing Co-Chairman and owner of Seattle's Glenn
Sound; PNW Chapter Executive Director Ben London; and producer/engineer
Photos courtesy of The Recording Academy®
Photos by Kevin Casey/WireImage ©2006
Established in 1957, the National Academy of Recording
Arts & Sciences, Inc., also known as 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 Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional
development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services
programs — including the creation of the national public education
campaign What's The Download® (www.WhatsTheDownload.com).
For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.
Currently, 6,000 professionals comprise the Producers
& Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers,
remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and
technical professionals in the recording community. This organized voice
for the creative and technical recording community addresses issues
that affect the craft of recorded music, while ensuring its role in
the development of new technologies, recording and mastering recommendations,
and archiving and preservation initiatives. The Wing builds on the existing
regional professional development activities of The Recording Academy,
which include workshops, forums and panel discussions, and other recording
technology-related events, all occurring locally and nationally throughout
the year. For more information, please visit www.grammy.com.
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