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The 48th GRAMMY® Awards on Feb. 8th showcased an amazing collection of musical performances and tributes. The Recording Academy®, CBS Television Network, and Cossette Productions combined forces for the broadcast, utilizing the latest in technology to provide television viewers worldwide with a cutting-edge, high-definition/5.1 surround sound event. The 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by Cossette Productions in association with Ken Ehrlich Productions for The Recording Academy. John Cossette and Ken Ehrlich are executive producers, Walter C. Miller is producer/director, Tisha Fein is the coordinating producer, and Tzvi Small is executive in charge of production.

The GRAMMY Awards' technical staff is comprised of audio pioneers who continually strive to employ the latest in HDTV and 5.1 technology to enhance the show. Phil Ramone, Chairman Emeritus of the Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing, and Hank Neuberger, advisory council member of the P&E Wing, again supervised the broadcast audio. Shown L-R: Nile Rodgers, multiple award winner/legendary producer, P&E Wing advisory council member and artist in the Sly Stone tribute; John Cossette of Cossette Productions; Maureen Droney, Executive Director of the P&E Wing; and Phil Ramone, who also won a Grammy for his production work with Tony Bennett.

Courtesy of The Recording Academy®
Photograph by Douglas Sonders/WireImage ©2006

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The 48th Annual GRAMMY® Awards were held February 8, 2006, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Continuing its groundbreaking tradition as the first major awards show to make full use of HDTV and 5.1 surround sound formats, this year’s GRAMMY Awards again set the standard for broadcast entertainment with an elaborate and highly technical production. The team assembled for this year's GRAMMYs included many returning contributors, all renowned in their particular areas of expertise.

The sound system was provided by ATK/Audiotek with Ron Reeves and Mikael Stewart running FOH (front-of-house). Phil Ramone and Hank Neuberger of The Recording Academy® supervised the broadcast audio. The 5.1 surround and stereo feeds were supplied by New York-based XM/Effanel Music with their
L7 remote recording truck, along with music mixers John Harris and Eric Schilling.

The following group made a visit to the XM/Effanel Music L7 remote recording truck just minutes prior to the CBS Television Network broadcast:

L-R standing: Glenn Lorbecki, co-chair for The Recording Academy®'s Producers & Engineers Wing; Maureen Droney, Executive Director for the P&E Wing; Hank Neuberger; John Harris; and Eric Schilling, who is also on the P&E Wing's Steering Committee.

L-R seated: Daniel Green, engineer for Coldplay; and Stuart Price, Music
Director for Madonna.

Courtesy of The Recording Academy®
Photograph by Douglas Sonders/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/pe_wing.

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