Santa Monica, CA (November 16, 2005)–The Producers & Engineers Wing (P&E Wing) of The Recording Academy recently sponsored two panel discussions at the inaugural Music Player Live! consumer music summit, held Oct. 21 – 23, 2005, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The three-day event featured exhibits, live performances, interviews, lessons and panels, as well as activities for players of guitar, bass, keyboard, and those interested in recording.
The Producers & Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy presented the panel “Mixing For Maximum Stun” at the Music Player Live! summit on Oct. 22. Pictured (l-r) are: Fabian Marasciullo, Paul Falcone, moderator Jimmy Douglass and Demo. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy. Photograph by Pete Sembler.The panels, titled “Mixing For Maximum Stun,” and “Turning Vintage Archives Into Modern Masterpieces,” continue the P&E Wing’s support of The Recording Academy’s ongoing commitment to promote recording and audio education to the music community.
“Mixing For Maximum Stun,” held October 22, was moderated by producer/engineer Jimmy Douglass. Known for his distinctive engineering and mixing style, Douglass has worked with artists including The Neptunes, Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Ginuwine, Justin Timberlake and The Game. On the panel were New York-based mixer Paul Falcone, whose credits include Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah, Tweet, Angie Stone and Britney Spears; Miami-based Fabian Marasciullo, who has worked with Lil Wayne, Mannie Fresh, Bone Crusher, Carlos Santana and Jennifer Lopez, among others; and Demo, who currently works out of Hit Factory/Criteria Studios in Miami, and whose credits include Timbaland, Damn Yankees, LL Cool J, Jay-Z and Nelly Furtado.
A member of the P&E Wing Steering Committee, Douglass led the discussion into such real-world aspects as devising an approach to a mix, communicating with a new artist, choosing the right equipment, and how to make a mix stand out from the crowd. Panel members offered their perspectives, illustrated by real session experiences, and a question-and-answer period followed.
The second panel, “Turning Vintage Archives Into Modern Masterpieces,” which was co-sponsored by Adobe, was moderated by Grammy-nominated, New York-based producer, mixer and engineer Dave O’Donnell (James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Joss Stone). On the panel were: Sony Music Studios’s senior mastering engineer Vic Anesini, who for more than 17 years has mastered and mixed music legends including Aerosmith, Bob Dylan, Simon And Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Santana, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and the Byrds; New York’s Universal Mastering Studios’s mastering engineer Ellen Fitton, with more than 20 years of engineering experience in recording, digital editing, analog and lacquer restoration with artists such as Donna Summer, Bob Marley And The Wailers, and Wynton Marsalis; and Mark Wilder, whose more than 20 years of experience in the industry has earned him numerous gold, platinum and Grammy Awards, and whose credits include such leading artists as Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins and Beyoncé.
An active member in The Recording Academy currently serving as both a New York Chapter Governor and Chairman of the New York Chapter of the P&E Wing, O’Donnell guided the panel to discuss the restoration process of classic tracks and albums, with each panel member sharing views on how to approach a project, what to listen for, how to work with the original artist, and the various technologies used to create these masterpieces. Anesini discussed the stereo remixing of the Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man” and Sly And The Family Stone’s “Hot Fun In The Summertime,” cuts which had originally been released in mono, as well as his work on Simon And Garfunkel’s classic “Scarborough Fair,” on which the original master had actually become unusable from wear. Fitton discussed her recent remastering work on The Complete Motown Singles, a historical collection of every single ever released on the Motown label. Wilder discussed how recording and mastering has progressed over the years, citing examples from throughout the career of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
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