imgSanta Monica, CA (July 17, 2014)—The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing hosted two events in New York during CE Week to promote sound quality and High-Resolution Audio (HRA).

On June 24, the P&E Wing hosted a High-Resolution Audio listening event in partnership with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) at Manhattan's Jungle City Studios. The event celebrated the recent industry agreement for a formal definition for High-Resolution Audio and featured three-time Grammy-winning engineer/mixer Chuck Ainlay; six-time Grammy-winning engineer/mixer Frank Filipetti; seven-time Grammy-winning mastering engineer Bob Ludwig; Grammy-nominated composer/engineer/producer David Chesky; AIX Records/ founder and chief engineer Mark Waldrep and Grammy-nominated engineer Kevin Reeves.

Tracks supplied by label partners Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group were played to attendees through a JBL M2 reference monitor system set up and tuned by Peter Chaikin, senior manager of recording and broadcast marketing, JBL. Attendees were also able to experience High-Resolution Audio-capable gear from manufacturers Astell & Kern, dCS Ltd., Onkyo USA and Sony Electronics. Hi-res digital music retailers Acoustic Sounds and HD Tracks also presented some of the latest in master-quality recordings available to the public.  

"In the past, people were not able to fully hear and appreciate the way the music sounded when it was first created, even on vinyl," said Filipetti. "But today, listeners can hear the music in their home exactly like we do in the studio when we record and mix it. All they have to do is demand it!"

On June 25, the P&E Wing and the DEG hosted a panel titled "Making High-Resolution Audio Accessible." Conference attendees packed the Gallery at the Metropolitan Pavilion for the panel, which featured representatives from Sony Electronics, Sony Music, Onkyo USA, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, plus P&E Wing senior executive director Maureen Droney. The panel, moderated by DEG senior director Marc Finer, discussed the steps being taken by the music industry to make High-Resolution Audio readily available to consumers.

The Producers & Engineers Wing