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Key Audio and Music Industry Professionals Tackle the Issue of Providing Convenience and Portability without Compromising Quality at GRAMMY® Professional RoundTable Event

Santa Monica (Jan. 13, 2006) — The Producers & Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy®, the organization that presents the annual GRAMMY® Awards, held one of its acclaimed industry roundtable events on Jan. 5, 2006, against the backdrop of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Convenience Plus Quality: Joining Together To Grow The Business brought 14 key industry figures together to converge upon the crucial issue of how to continue to supply the portability and innovation that consumers now expect in their audio devices while also providing a high-resolution, high-quality sonic experience.

The event, which took place before a select audience at the Venetian Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, was moderated by Bob Ludwig (award-winning audiophile mastering engineer for artists including the Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crow, Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen). Ludwig led a wide-ranging discussion with panelists who work daily on the front lines touching upon key issues in both the business and technology of music and video. Panel members included GRAMMY-winning producers and engineers Michael Bishop and George Massenburg, as well as Best Buy Senior V.P. of Entertainment Gary Arnold; Vice President Marketing, New Formats, Universal Music Group's eLabs Paul Bishow; Ted Cohen, Senior Vice President, Digital Development & Distribution, EMI Music; Tom Dunn Senior Manager, Marketing, Panasonic; co-owner and president of Thiel Audio and former chairperson of the CEA Kathy Gornik; Manager, Business Development, Microsoft-MSN Entertainment Jon Kertzer; Surround Music Award-winning engineer Nathaniel Kunkel; Noel Lee, founder of Monster Cable/Monster Music; XM Satellite Radio Executive V.P. of Programming Eric Logan; game music producer Tommy Tallarico; and Motorola's Senior Director of Marketing for Digital Media Services Dave Ulmer.

"How we as an industry handle the reconciliation of quality and convenience will go far in determining the extent to which both the industry and consumers can benefit from advances in technology," observed Maureen Droney, Executive Director of the P&E Wing.

"This panel was an unprecedented collection of talent from all over the music production spectrum, with producers and engineers alongside representatives of the record industry, the gaming industry and other sectors." observed Bob Ludwig, President of Gateway Mastering and Co-Chairman of the P&E Wing. "I personally cannot recall another panel with such a wide range of experience and perspective. Everyone learned a lot, with each discipline learning from the others. The P&E Wing of The Recording Academy has really helped broaden the exchange of views on a complex topic."


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Photo Caption: seated L-R: Ted Cohen, Kathy Gornik, Bob Ludwig, Jon Kertzer, Dave Ulmer
standing L-R: George Massenburg, Michael Bishop, Paul Bishow, Glenn Lorbecki (Co-Chairman of the Producers & Engineers Wing), Tommy Tallarico, Eric Logan, Gary Arnold, Maureen Droney, Nathaniel Kunkel, Tom Dunn.

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Photo Caption: Shown L to R: Moderator and Gateway Mastering owner Bob Ludwig;
Eric Logan XM Satellite Radio Executive V.P. of Programming; and
Tommy Tallarico Game Music Producer

Photos courtesy of The Recording Academy ®
Photos by Denise Truscello/WireImage

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/pe_wing.

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