Nashville, TN (May 14, 2009)–The annual Nashville Audio Engineering Society (AES) Spring Mixer competition was won by three Digital Audio Production program graduates of International Academy of Design Technology (IADT).
Dayan Raily, Josh Spencer and Scotty Baker were in the final term of their studies at IADT when they were chosen by the faculty to represent the school at the event. This year’s competition included: IADT, the Art Institute, Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and SAE Institute. In the previous years, MTSU had taken the trophy twice and Belmont University won three times.
This year, five teams from local colleges and universities competed and were provided the same, professionally recorded tracks two weeks prior to the Spring Mixer. The teams then mixed in identically equipped rooms at MTV studios in Nashville. Each team had eight hours to work on its project, which was to result in a five-minute final mix that was presented to the judges.
This year’s judges–Benny Quinn, Steve Tillisch, Randy Poole, Garth Fundis, and Vance Powell–played excerpts of the submissions for the audience and also publicly gave their critiques to the contestants. A list of artists that these men have worked with includes Alabama, Backstreet Boys, Jimmy Buffet, Eric Clapton, George Clinton, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Wynonna Judd, Martina McBride, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood and CeCe Winans.
Jeff Tackett, who is the chair of IADT’s Digital Audio Production Department, has been a member of AES since 1982, having joined when he was a student. He is currently a member of the AES Nashville Executive Committee and he has been very actively involved with the organization throughout his career. “We are proud of the efforts of our students,” said Tackett. “This event provided a terrific transition as they embark on their careers.”
“This year was significant as IADT unseated the longstanding wins shared only by Belmont and MTSU,” said Mike Porter, chair of the AES Nashville section. “The Spring Mixer is a highly anticipated event each year. Nashville is fortunate to have industry professionals who are willing to critique the work of those who are working toward becoming mixers and recording engineers in this profession.”
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