Pictured at Capitol Studios in Hollywood are
METAlliance founders (l-r) Chuck Ainlay, Ed
Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg,
Phil Ramone, Elliot Scheiner and Al Schmitt,
with attendees of the first METAlliance
Academy. Photo by David Goggin.Hollywood, CA (March 31, 2010)–The inaugural METAlliance Academy event at Capitol Records, “In Session with The Guys,” drew 26 attendees from around the country and as far away as Japan.
During recording sessions with soul singer Lalah Hathaway and hard rocker Trev Lukather on March 20 and 21 at the historic Capitol Records studios in Hollywood, participants got a close-up look at basic tracking and mic techniques; in the separate mixing sessions, they were engaged in the processes in significant detail and participated in critical listening. The METAlliance Academy occupied the historic Capitol Studios for the entire weekend.
METAlliance co-founders Phil Ramone and Al Schmitt recorded Lalah Hathaway in Capitol Studio A, where such artists as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole recorded in the past. Chuck Ainlay and Ed Cherney worked with Trev Lukather and his band, Intelligent Design, in Studio B, demonstrating the fine art of tracking and mixing a power trio. Elliot Scheiner was in Studio C soloing tracks, processing and mixing analog from multitrack masters on a large format Neve console. George Massenburg and Frank Filipetti explored home studio mixing “in the box” in the spacious Capitol lounge, taking great care in explaining how to make the most of past techniques in a world of new technology.
Ed Cherney summed it up: “I think we have inspired this first METAlliance Academy group to carry the message of quality back to their worlds of recording. What could be better for the future of music?”
The METAlliance is comprised of seven globally-recognized, award-winning audio engineers and producers who have been deeply involved in establishing techniques and technical standards that are the foundation of modern music recording.