Platinum Panels Draw Big

Both the Platinum Producers and Platinum Engineers Panels were big draws at the convention yesterday, with some of the biggest names in the industry on the bills, representing top-selling albums from a variety of genres.
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Both the Platinum Producers and Platinum Engineers Panels were big draws at the convention yesterday, with some of the biggest names in the industry on the bills, representing top-selling albums from a variety of genres.

Record-making stories from top producer panelists Mark Wright, Jack Joseph Puig, Phil Ramone, Howard Benson and Chink Santana were fodder for a captive audience; the discussion was moderated by president of A&M Records/producer, Ron Fair. Attendees certainly got what they came for this year, with a colorful crew on stage sharing stories of various hit records. Benson spoke of his work on the latest Hoobastank album, describing in particular the making of hit song, The Reason, and Ramone told of his most recent and anticipated project, the new Ray Charles album.

This year’s installment of Platinum Engineers was The All-Star Mix Engineers Panel, featuring Tom Lord-Alge, Bob Clearmountain and Chris Lord-Alge (pictured l-r, above).

Panel moderator Jack Joseph Puig led the discussion with these accomplished mix engineers, discussing the challenges and techniques of taking an album with multiple mediums, producers and recording engineers and making it sonically consistent and radio-ready.