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PSN and PAR To Heat Up NAMM HOT Zone

Anaheim, CA (January 7, 2011)—Pro Sound News and Pro Audio Review contributors will present sessions on miking and mixing at the upcoming NAMM Show.

Anaheim, CA (January 7, 2011)—Pro Sound News and Pro Audio Review contributors will present sessions on miking and mixing at the upcoming NAMM Show.

NAMM’s H.O.T. Zone (Hands On Training) has been expanded to 75 sessions this year, featuring a broad range of practical application topics. Capping the event on Sunday, January 16 are two sessions facilitated by Pro Sound News and Pro Audio Review. PAR senior contributor, Russ Long, will present a session on Mixing In The Box at 12: noon, and PSN/PAR contributor Jason Spence will discuss Live Performance Vocal Miking at 1:45 PM.

Long and Spence are eminently qualified to address their respective topics, both being active audio professionals. Long is a studio owner/engineer/producer based out of his Nashville facility, The Carport. Spence specializes in live sound and owns the design/build, installation and gear sales company, J. Sound Services.

Long will discuss the dominant emerging paradigm for music production—mixing in the box—working near totally inside of a digital audio workstation. Spence will discuss the various types of microphones used in live sound vocal production, and the criteria used to make a vocal mic choice.

Long has been producing and engineering since the late 1980s. His album credits include Sixpence None the Richer, Wilco, Steven Curtis Chapman, Newsboys, Over the Rhine, Dolly Parton, Fernando Ortega and Jim Brickman. His film credits encompass the soundtracks to the Girl Interrupted, Here On Earth, Jonah, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, The Second Chance, The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, She’s All That and Hannah Montana: The Movie motion pictures. Russ has done 5.1 DVD mixes for Allison Moorer, David Crowder and Mercy Me and is in demand as an engineer for live sound recordings, having multi-tracked live performances for Guy Clark, Switchfoot, Chris Tomlin, and Relient K. His studio, The Carport, opened in 1994 and has played a key roll in the majority of these projects.

In addition to producing and engineering, Russ has authored over 100 articles and equipment reviews for Pro Audio Review, and elsewhere. He has also been involved in the development of a series of educational DVDs for that currently includes Russ Long’s Guide to Nashville Recording, Shane Wilson’s Guide to Recording, and Shane Wilson’s Guide to Mixing.

Spence, who mixed his first live performance at age 12 and bought his first PA system at age 16, has now toured the world with notable artists from many genres. His accumulated live mixing and recording credits range from the Super Bowl, and CMA Awards to Keith Urban’s live DVD, Love, Pain, and the Whole Crazy Thing. Spence is currently mixing front-of-house for R&B artist & producer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and monitors for the band 3 Doors Down, all while running J Sound Services, which focuses on providing solutions specific to his clients’ pro audio, lighting, & video needs.

Additional NewBay Media H.O.T. Zone sessions from EQ, Guitar Player, Bass Player and Keyboard magazines will cover topics including mastering, MIDI, acoustic room treatment, tips for the gigging bassist, using soft synths on stage and guitar recording.