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Hip Hop Hits AES Producers Panel

Four top engineers/producers will be featured on the AES Platinum Producers & Engineers Panel for the 133rd AES Conference at San Francisco’s Moscone Center on Sunday, October 28 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Narada Michael Walden (left) and Young Guru will be part of the panel for the AES Platinum Producers & Engineers Panelon October 28.
San Francisco, CA (October 19, 2012)—Four top engineers/producers will be featured on the AES Platinum Producers & Engineers Panel for the 133rd AES Conference at San Francisco’s Moscone Center on Sunday, October 28 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Convention Special Events Chair, Christopher Smith worked closely with panel moderator Michael Romanowski, to coordinate this event, which includes Certified Platinum participants Young Guru, Jack Douglas, Narada Michael Walden and Warren Huart.

“We are tremendously excited to have a group of this stature participating in a single AES event,” Smith says. “The range of their work encompasses iconic hits for artists ranging from Whitney Houston and Jay-Z to John Lennon and Aerosmith. These superstar engineer/producers represent the best of the best.”

Moderator Michael Romanowski: Owner/chief mastering engineer of the San Francisco-based facility, which bears his name, Romanowski has worked with Third Eye Blind, Big Brother & The Holding Company and many other major artists. He also serves as President of the NARAS Board of Governors, and Chairman of the San Francisco Chapter’s Producers & Engineers wing. This highly anticipated Special Event will range across a field of creative and technical topics including: Memorable moments in the studio, the finer points of collaboration, and, innovative recording techniques.


Young Guru: Weighs in with credits for over a dozen Platinum hip hop classics including Jay-Z’s The Black Album, Life & Times of S. Carter, and The Blueprint; Kanye West’s The College Dropout; Ghostface Killah’s FishScale; Nelly’s Nellyville, Drake’s Thank Me Later and Beyonce’s Crazy In Love. Young Guru has logged over a decade of Grammy-winning experience as an engineer, producer and, an A&R wizard for Roc-A-Fella and Def Jam Recordings. Committed to sharing his knowledge, he lectures extensively, and has established the Young Guru Scholarship Fund for students pursuing careers in Communications, Audio Engineering, Music Education and Music Business.

Jack Douglas: An undisputed legend, Jack Douglas had a long, and close association with John Lennon. Working in New York City’s fabled Record Plant, he engineered the classic Imagine album, considered one of the most influential recordings of the last century. In 1980, he completed the Grammy-winning album of the Year Double Fantasy, just weeks before Lennon was murdered. Douglas went on to work with such giants as Supertramp, Guns N’ Roses and Miles Davis. He remains at the top of his game today, with current projects for the Michael Monroe Band and many other contemporary hit makers. Douglas also teaches a studio etiquette class at Ex’pression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville, CA., where he is also hosting an AES Tech Tour.

Narada Michael Walden: Is an eminently successful producer, drummer, singer, and songwriter. His musical career spans three decades, and is highlighted by multiple Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum Awards. In 1985, he won R&B Song of The Year Grammy for Aretha Franklin’s “Freeway of Love.” In 1987, he won Grammys for Producer of the Year and Album of the Year for The Bodyguard movie soundtrack, which included Whitney Houston’s timeless hit, “I Will Always Love You.” Named one of the “Top Ten Producers With the Most Number One Hits” by Billboard magazine, Walden has owned and operated Tarpan Studios, in San Rafael, since the mid-1980s.

Warren Huart: This Los Angeles based, UK-born music producer has played a fundamental part in creating platinum albums, and in the development of such successful artists as The Fray, Aerosmith, Howie Day and Matisyahu. Known for his hard work ethic and deep respect for the artist’s vision, Huart’s more than 20 years of experience encompasses record production, engineering, mixing and song writing. His extensive knowledge of musical equipment ranges from vintage through state of the art.

“The scope of their credentials may vary widely, but the quality and success ratio of their projects establishes a common ground for these creative masters. I also want to thank AES Tech Tours Chair Jessica Livingstone for her help in bringing Jack Douglas and Narada Michael Walden to this panel. This event will be the talk of the Convention,” Christopher Smith concludes.