Pictured (standing, l-r): Judges Steve Bishir, Bob Olhsson, Dan Rudin, Todd Robbins, Mike Poston and AES Nashville Chair Michael Modesto; (kneeling, l-r) winning team members Chris Diener, Garrett Miller, Nick Spezia.Nashville, TN (March 25, 2008)–Chris Diener, Garrett Miller and Nick Spezia are the winners of the 2008 AES Nashville Spring Mixer competition. The Belmont University mix trio prevailed over participating teams from Middle Tennessee State University, Nashville State Technical Community College, the School of Audio Engineering Nashville, and the International Academy of Design and Technology.
The trio’s mix of Faith Hill’s “Sunday Night Football” tracks was chosen as the best mix in the competition by a panel of five industry judges including Dan Rudin, Mike Poston, Todd Robbins, Steve Bishir, and Bob Olhsson. They judging was based on aesthetic elements such as the sound stage, balance, creativity and vocal treatment.
AES Nashville Chair Michael Modesto emceed the evening, held at the famous RCA Studio B (courtesy Belmont University and the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum), and judged the teams’ technical documentation.
The AES Spring Mix Competition is an annual event organized by Nashville’s local AES Chapter. Schools with student chapters enter one team representing their school. Each team is given eight hours to mix the same song in an identically Digidesign Pro Tools- and Genelec-equipped studio at CMT’s 330 Post Studios located in downtown Nashville. Mixes are judged and scored by leading industry professional engineers and producers. Winners receive a variety of prizes donated by manufacturers and local music stores.
At the conclusion of the event the infamous golden mixer trophy is presented to the winning school and proudly displayed until the following year. Belmont has won the trophy in three of the competition’s five years. This year’s win returns the trophy to Belmont after a two-year residence at MTSU.
The Spring Mixer competition was sponsored by Heil Sound (which awarded PR20 microphones for each winning team member); Digidesign (Mbox2 for winning school); Equation Audio and Corner Music (headphones for the second place team); Guitar Center and EARS Audio (gift cards for the third place team); Millennia Media (cable ties); and Mercenary Audio (t-shirts).
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