Mixing With Attitude

US The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers discusses how to create mixes that stand out from the pack      01/10/09

Mixing With Attitude

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The Producers & Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy will present the 21st Annual GRAMMY SoundTables in conjunction with the AES Convention on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, from 2:30 – 4 p.m. This unique event, entitled MWA! – Mixing With Attitude, will provide a close-up look at how some of the top producers and engineers create mixes that stand out from the pack with the power and personality to not only please the artist, producer and record label, but have excellent sound quality at home, in the car, on the radio, and on MP3. Here's all the details directly from the P&E Wing...
Translating the excitement from a recording session to its final mix is a high-pressure art form. This GRAMMY-winning panel work with both attitude and craft to create tracks that rise above the rest. At this special event they will share their tips, tricks, anecdotes, and secrets for success.
Event Panelists:
  • Chuck Ainlay -- With multiple GRAMMY Awards, Chuck Ainlay is one of Nashville's top recording engineers and a leading pioneer in the world of surround sound. He has worked as a producer or engineer for such diverse talents as George Strait, Taylor Swift, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Mark Knopfler, James Taylor, Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow and many more. A partnership with Nashville's famed Sound Stage Studios has enabled him to build his own studio outfitted with 5.1 mixing, resulting in award-winning projects from Dire Straits and Peter Frampton. Ainlay also recently recorded and mixed George Strait's latest album, Twang, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200.
  • Serban Ghenea -- Serban Ghenea is a three-time GRAMMY Award-winning and three-time Latin GRAMMY Award-winning mixer. He has served as mixer for some of the biggest names in music, including Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida, the Fray, Jessie James, Jewel, R. Kelly, Leona Lewis, Dave Matthews Band, Pink, Mark Ronson, Jill Scott, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Usher, among many others.
  • Chris Lord-Alge -- With an engineering/mixing career spanning almost three decades, Lord-Alge has worked alongside such artists as James Brown, Celine Dion, Green Day, Nickelback, U2, Santana, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Steve Winwood and more. Over the course of his career, Chris has mixed approximately 20,000 songs with numerous No.1 albums and singles to his credit.
  • Tony Maserati -- Maserati has played a pivotal role in defining today's R&B, hip-hop and pop aesthetic. With more than 250 releases under his belt, he is widely regarded as a primary architect of the sounds associated with New York R&B production since the mid-90s. His resume includes working with Mary J. Blige, Beyoncé, Black Eyed Peas, David Bowie, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears and more.
  • Nile Rodgers -- Rodgers' signature is on an amazing array of music, as a writer of some of the most influential and popular dance songs with his legendary band Chic, and as a writer/producer of countless hits for a variety of other artists, including David Bowie, for whom he produced the artist's best-selling record Let's Dance, and Madonna, for whom he produced Like a Virgin.
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 grammy.com.
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 producersand engineers.com.
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