San Francisco, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2012) — In recent years, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® (booth 609) has illuminated those who labor behind the scenes to create music by highlighting their achievements and educating about best practices. The P&E Wing provides a forum where all recording professionals — from producers, engineers and studio personnel to retailers, manufacturers and educators — can work together to preserve and grow their industry. Now, as both the music industry and consumers are rediscovering the value of high fidelity recordings, the Wing has taken a leading position with a continued effort to advocate and educate about the important role sound quality and audio professionals play in communicating the emotional and artistic intent of recorded music. At the 133rd AES Convention in San Francisco, the P&E Wing will be holding a number of events and making the following announcements:
*In what is becoming a yearly tradition, at the 133rd AES Convention the P&E Wing will present a third iteration of the GRAMMY SoundTables® event titled "Sonic Imprints: Songs That Changed My Life" on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The session will explore music that has inspired and shaped influential careers and will be moderated by GRAMMY®-winning engineer/producer Ed Cherney (Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt). Panelists are scheduled to include GRAMMY-winning engineer/mixer/producer Ryan Hewitt (Avett Brothers, blink-182, Red Hot Chili Peppers); GRAMMY-winning engineer Leslie Ann Jones (engineer for Herbie Hancock, Kronos Quartet, Bobby McFerrin, and currently Skywalker Sound's director of music recording and scoring); GRAMMY-winning mixer Dave Pensado (Pink, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce); composer/producer SaLaAM ReMi (Fergie, Nas, Amy Winehouse); and GRAMMY-winning engineer Elliot Scheiner (the Eagles, Foo Fighters, Faith Hill). Panelists will break down the DNA of their favorite tracks and explain what moved them, what grabbed them, and why these songs left a lifelong impression.
* As part of its mission to promote high-quality sound, the Producers & Engineers Wing, in collaboration with the Audio Division of the Consumer Electronics Association, is debuting a GRAMMY.com-based microsite, www.qualitysoundmatters.com. The site, which will be cross-promoted via P&E Wing and CEA social media platforms throughout 2013, will function as a repository providing information to both consumers and audio professionals about sound quality.
*The P&E Wing is pleased to announce that it has renewed its partnership with HARMAN Professional Group (HPro) leading brands AKG® Acoustics, JBL Professional and Lexicon for 2012-2013. This longstanding relationship has proved a fruitful alliance in educational and creative initiatives focused on sound quality. Harman's participation in listening events all around the country and as a sustaining member of the P&E Wing's Manufacturer Council helps further mutual goals with the P&E Wing that are related to professional development, critical listening and best practices in the art of recording.
*The Recording Academy has also launched "Give Fans The Credit" — a new national campaign that will enhance fans' discovery of new music and help ensure that all music creators are credited for their work on digitally released recordings. Meanwhile, the P&E Wing continues its efforts toward finding technical solutions to the problem of lack of crediting in digitally released recordings.
* The Nashville-based Delivery Recommendations committee has completed the second revision of the guidelines document called Recommendations for Music Project Master Delivery. The document will be released in time for AES and be available on producersandengineers.com. or http://www.grammy.org/recording-academy/producers-and-engineers
* Finally, the P&E Wing has announced its 2012–2013 Steering Committee: Chuck Ainlay, Carlos Alvarez, Eric Boulanger, Richard Burgess, Ed Cherney, Mike Clink, Bob Ludwig, James McKinney, Phil Nicolo, and Dan Workman.
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 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 YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.
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.