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Nashville Recording Workshop Makes History

Nashville, TN (April 2, 2009)--The AES Nashville Section, in conjunction with the international AES organization, held a two-day conference and gear expo on February 20-21, 2009, at Nashville’s legendary Musician’s Hall of Fame and Museum.

Ricky Skaggs’

keynote address.

(Photo by Harry
Nashville, TN (April 2, 2009)–The AES Nashville Section, in conjunction with the international AES organization, held a two-day conference and gear expo on February 20-21, 2009, at Nashville’s legendary Musician’s Hall of Fame and Museum.

The successful inaugural event focused on recording musicians, songwriters recording demos, and recording engineers working in personal production spaces. The 341 attendees came from 28 states in the U.S., Costa Rica, Canada, the U.K., and Germany.

Thirteen-time Grammy Award winning artist, label and studio owner, Ricky Skaggs gave the keynote address to set the tone for the event, reminding the audience that “it all comes back to the music.” Skaggs also set the stage for the parade of engineers, producers and other high-profile industry professionals serving as presenters, panelists and moderators for the various workshops.

This group included Rich Adler, Tim Akers, Jeff Balding, Ben Blue, David Davidson, Tony Darren, Tommy Dorsey, Greg Droman, Steve Fishell, Michael Fleming, Lynn Fuston, Gary Hedden, Michael Heeney, Byron Hill, Kurt Howell, Chris Huston, Jim Kaiser, Tom Laune, Jason Lehning, Jeff Markham, George Massenburg, Dennis Matkosky, Pat McMakin, Tony Morra, Danny Orton, Vance Powell, Drew Ramsey, Carter Robertson, Annie Roboff, Dan Rudin, Tony Shepperd, Alan Silverman, Carl Tatz, David Thoener, Michael Wagener, and Casey Wood.

Traveling to contribute to the conference were NY-based mastering engineer Alan Silverman, giving a Mastering 101 workshop, and CA-based engineers Tony Shepperd and Jeff Markham offering a ProTools 101 workshop.

Exhibitors partake in networking
opportunities at the first
Nashville Recording Workshop +
Expo. (Photo by Harry Butler)
The conference was designed to give the recording and songwriting community access to the experience and knowledge of the AES and its affiliates, and to provide real-world insights into technology and techniques that can help attendees achieve professional results, even on shoestring budgets.

Highlight sessions noted by several attendees as “worth the price of admission” by themselves included Adler’s active demo workshop Capturing Acoustic Instruments with multi-instrumentalist Brandon Bostic, and a look at Recording Vocals with Massenburg on stage, actively “producing” Robertson through a live vocal session with Howell (Marshall Graphics) both providing and operating a Pro Tools|HD rig.

Additional workshops were The ABC’s of Mics and Preamps, Going Home: Personal Production Spaces, Small Room – Big Sound, Singer-Songwriter Roundtable, What Do You Need Besides a Great Song, Anatomy of a Mix, When You Don’t Have a Band: Beats and Loops Workshop, Distance Collaboration, and Recording Lifeline: When It’s Time to Call for Pro Assistance.

Beyond workshops, attendees could also browse the offerings of the sold-out ‘Expo’ portion of the conference, with gear, products and services demonstrated by ADK, AEA, AFM Local 257, ATR Magnetics, Auralex, Avant Electronics, Avastor, Big Mics, Cascade Microphones, Charter Oak Acoustic Devices, DPA Microphones, Inc., Dynaudio Acoustics, Endless Analog, Equation Audio, FDW Worldwide (Cable Up, Nevaton, Sontronics, Violet Design), FH Mastering, Final Stage Mastering, FXpansion, Genelec, Gordon Instruments, Great River Electronics, Interface Audio, JRF Magnetic Sciences, Loud Technologies (Mackie Designs), Marshall Electronics (MXL Microphones, Mogami), MicroTech Geffell, Mojave Audio, Nashville Muse, Nic of Time, NPNG, NTS Promedia, Prism Media Products, Pro Audio Solutions, Prodigy Engineering, Purple Audio, Quest Marketing, Raxxess, RMGI, Robert Wolf, Royer Labs, Rupert Neve Designs, SADiE, Solid State Logic, Sonicraft A2DX Lab, Sony Pro Audio, Source Elements, Steinberg, Tannoy, TC Electronic, Techrep Marketing, Universal Audio (graciously providing a UAD-2 Solo DSP accelerator as a giveaway), Waves Audio, and Yamaha.

Additional material and financial sponsorship of NRW+E was provided by 3D Audio Inc, Blackbird Audio Rentals, Clyne Media, Inc., Doug Roberts, Genelec, MasterMix, Music Row Magazine, Nashville Muse, Nashville Music Pros, NewBay Media, NSAI, The Recording Academy P&E Wing, RMA Nashville, Sennheiser USA and, the reception sponsor, Sweetwater Sound. AES President Jim Anderson and Executive Director Roger Furness were among the VIP guests.

Students (many from local schools as volunteer workers) in attendance represented The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville, Belmont University, duPont Manual High School, Elizabeth City State University, Full Sail University, ITT Tech, Lipscomb University, Indiana University, International Academy of Design and Technology Nashville, Jefferson Community and Technical College, Middle Tennessee State University, Nashville State Community College, Touro College of Digital Media Arts, Ohio University, SAE Institute of Technology-Nashville, School of Communication Arts, Trevecca Nazarene University, University of Alabama-Huntsville, Vanderbilt University, and more.

“Whether a musician recording performances, a songwriter laying down demos or a professional engineer creating in his or her own production space, NRW+E provided insights and essential information geared toward boosting the careers of attendees,” said Nashville Section chair Mike Porter. “In addition to exhibits and product demos from leading manufacturers, workshops, and roundtable discussions, NRW+E provided attendees with an outstanding networking opportunity. Essentially, we introduced a mini-AES Convention targeted to a specific audience. We are looking forward to making this an annual event in Nashville.”

Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo

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