imgNashville, TN (September 18, 2013)—A panel discussion with a distinguished group of audio engineers will cap a day of microphone demos at this Saturday’s Vocal Microphone Invitational 2013 at Oceanway Nashville. The free September 21 event will focus on capturing vocals in studio and on stage, and will include live vocal performances.

The panel of audio engineers will be moderated by Lynn Fuston, engineer (Kathy Troccoli, Michael W. Smith, DC Talk), proprietor of the studio 3D Audio and its affiliated website, discussion board and Facebook group. Lynn is also the creator of a series of mic, mic pre and other comparison CDs and is the Technical Editor for Pro Audio Review.

Fuston will be joined by three studio pros with voluminous discographies: Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osbourne, Kings X, Skid Row, Dokken, Stryker, Lordi) is the owner and operator of WireWorld Studios, Double Trouble Productions; he also conducts a series of educational workshops. Jeff Balding is a long-time Nashville veteran with an amazingly diverse discography (Shania Twain, Megadeth, Giant, Lionel Ritchie, Kelly Pickler).   Producer/Engineer Neal Cappellino is also a 20+ year Nashville veteran who built his career on working empathically with a broad swath of artists (Alison Krauss & Union Station, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Darius Rucker). Cappellino also the operates The DogHouse recording studio.

Joining the panel from the post and live event recording camp is Michael Davis, owner and chief engineer of Digital Audio Post. Michael is a musician and composer who has toured as keyboard player and programmer with Dolly Parton. He’s also provided audio for numerous TV and film projects, and provided post production services for CMT’s Summerfest Concert Series and more.

From the front of house comes a pair of live sound professionals-Jonathan Loeser currently serves at FOH for Rascal Flatts, and his background also includes work for Colbie Caillat, Olivia Newton-John and Prince. Brett Blanden is a 12-year veteran in studio and live sound, currently working at FOH for Lady Antebellum.

The Vocal Microphone Invitational 2013 is produced by the AES Nashville section, Pro Sound News and Pro Audio Review. Blue Microphones, byerdnamic, Royer Labs, Mojave Microphones and Vintage King are sponsoring the event, to be held in Oceanway Nashville’s Studio A, a world-class Music Row studio owned and operated by Belmont University as part of the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.

Studio A at Oceanway has proven itself a venue well-suited to the Vocal Microphone Invitational’s formula. A female and male vocalist, Jill Courtney and Cameron Barton, will be on hand, behind the control room glass of Ocean Way Studio A. The audience will face the studio glass from the vantage point of the spacious studio floor—meaning the singers will be seen, but not heard except through the studio playback system. Each manufacturer will have equal opportunity to present and demonstrate their microphones, the vocalists providing audible reference for the mics’ application and performance. All microphones brought for demonstration will be precisely level balanced prior to the presentation (Lynn Fuston will oversee the calibration), with the presenter able to request the vocalists to perform on demand. The vocalists will have short selections in various styles rehearsed for request.

The Oceanway Nashville Studio A doors will open at 10 AM on the 21st, with the sponsors available to discuss microphones and vocal capture before the program begins (at 10:20 AM) and in transitions between demonstrations. A local food vendor will be on hand during the two midday transition and networking breaks. The greater Nashville engineering community, including studio, broadcast and live sound engineers and engineering students, are invited to attend. Registered attendees will be eligible for microphone giveaways (attendees must be present to win). The event will conclude by 5 PM.

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