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PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS WING
OF THE RECORDING ACADEMY®
SUPPORTS MUSIC PLAYER LIVE! EVENT
The Producers & Engineers Wing Continues to Participate in High-Profile
Industry Events Supporting Recording and Audio Education
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2005) — The Producers
& Engineers Wing (P&E Wing) of The Recording Academy® recently
sponsored two panel discussions at the inaugural Music Player Live!
consumer music summit, held Oct. 21 – 23, 2005, at the Crowne
Plaza Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The three-day event featured exhibits,
live performances, interviews, lessons and panels designed for every
skill level, as well as activities for players of guitar, bass, keyboard,
and those interested in recording. The panels, titled "Mixing For
Maximum Stun," and "Turning Vintage Archives Into Modern Masterpieces,"
continue the P&E Wing's support of The Recording Academy's ongoing
commitment to promote recording and audio education to the music community.
"Mixing For Maximum Stun," held October 22,
was moderated by legendary producer/engineer Jimmy Douglass. Known for
his distinctive engineering and mixing style, Douglass has worked with
artists including The Neptunes, Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Ginuwine,
Justin Timberlake and The Game. On the panel were New York-based mixer
Paul Falcone, whose credits include Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah, Tweet,
Angie Stone and Britney Spears; Miami-based Fabian Marasciullo, who
has worked with Lil Wayne, Mannie Fresh, Bone Crusher, Carlos Santana
and Jennifer Lopez, among others; and Demo, who currently works out
of Hit Factory/Criteria Studios in Miami, and whose credits include
Timbaland, Damn Yankees, LL Cool J, Jay-Z and Nelly Furtado.
A member of the Producers & Engineers Wing Steering
Committee, Douglass led the discussion into such real-world aspects
as devising an approach to a mix, communicating with a new artist, choosing
the right equipment, and how to make a mix stand out from the crowd.
Panel members offered their perspectives, illustrated by real session
experiences, and a question-and-answer period followed.
The second panel, "Turning Vintage Archives Into
Modern Masterpieces," which was co-sponsored by Adobe, was moderated
by GRAMMY®-nominated, New York-based producer, mixer and engineer
Dave O'Donnell (James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Joss Stone). On the panel
were: Sony Music Studios's senior mastering engineer Vic Anesini, who
for more than 17 years has mastered and mixed music legends including
Aerosmith, Bob Dylan, Simon And Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Santana, Elvis
Presley, Johnny Cash and the Byrds; New York's Universal Mastering Studios's
mastering engineer Ellen Fitton, with more than 20 years of engineering
experience in recording, digital editing, analog and lacquer restoration
with artists such as Donna Summer, Bob Marley And The Wailers, and Wynton
Marsalis; and Mark Wilder, whose more than 20 years of experience in
the industry has earned him numerous gold, platinum and GRAMMY Awards,
and whose credits include such leading artists as Wayne Shorter, Sonny
Rollins and Beyoncé.
An active member in The Recording Academy currently serving
as both a New York Chapter Governor and Chairman of the New York Chapter
of the Producers & Engineers Wing, O'Donnell guided the panel to
discuss the restoration process of classic tracks and albums, with each
panel member sharing views on how to approach a project, what to listen
for, how to work with the original artist, and the various technologies
used to create these masterpieces. Vic Anesini discussed the stereo
remixing of the Byrds' "Mr. Tambourine Man" and Sly And The
Family Stone's "Hot Fun In The Summertime," cuts which had
originally been released in mono, as well as his work on Simon And Garfunkel's
classic "Scarborough Fair," on which the original master had
actually become unusable from wear. Fitton discussed her recent remastering
work on The Complete Motown Singles, a historical collection of every
single ever released on the Motown label. Wilder discussed how recording
and mastering has progressed over the years, citing examples from throughout
the career of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
Valerie Pippin, Music Player Live! Event Director, stated,
"We were very pleased to have the participation of the Producers
& Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy at Music Player Live!
The P&E Wing brought some of the top professionals in the industry
to our event who shared their extensive knowledge of the recording process
with our attendees. It was a perfect addition to our program and we
look forward to continuing to work with them in the future."
The Producers & Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy® presented
the panel "Mixing For Maximum Stun" at the Music Player Live!
summit on Oct. 22.
Shown L-R: Fabian Marasciullo, Paul Falcone, moderator Jimmy Douglass
Courtesy of The Recording Academy®
Photograph by Pete Sembler
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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/pe_wing.
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).
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