NAMM Panel To Explore Mastering

The NAMM Show’s H.O.T. Zone will present a panel, “Mastering Engineers on Optimizing for Multiple Release Formats,” at 12:30pm on January 20 in Room 203 of the Anaheim Convention Center.
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Mastering engineers (l-r): Bernie Grundman, Doug Sax, Gavin Lurssen, Stephen Marsh.
Anaheim, CA (January 17, 2012)—The NAMM Show’s H.O.T. Zone will present a panel, “Mastering Engineers on Optimizing for Multiple Release Formats,” at 12:30pm on January 20 in Room 203 of the Anaheim Convention Center.

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Hosted by Pro Sound News blogger Mr. Bonzai, the panelists are Bernie Grundman, Gavin Lurssen, Stephen Marsh and Doug Sax. Mastering is described by panelist Bernie Grundman as “basically post-production for the recording industry--the final creative step before delivery to the public as physical vinyl, CD, or any of the various digital formats.”

Bernie Grundman Mastering was launched in 1984, following his 15-year tenure with A&M Studios. In 1997, Grundman opened his Tokyo mastering studios and in 1998 relocated to expanded facilities in Hollywood.

Gavin Lurssen established himself in 1991 as a prominent mastering engineer in the industry, and has earned three Grammy Awards and a Latin Grammy Award. Lurssen’s work has been recognized with two TEC awards in 2008 for Mastering and for Outstanding Facility as well as with a Berklee College of Music Distinguished Alumni Award.

A native New Yorker, Stephen Marsh came west at 19 to take a job at Sony's West Coast Mastering operation, working under David Mitson. Having now spent half his life behind the mastering console, he can count Grammy nominees and winners, multiple Gold and Platinum albums and numerous chart successes among the releases to his credit.

Doug Sax opened the doors to The Mastering Lab Hollywood in 1967, founding one of the first independent facilities in the world. Now located in Ojai, CA, The Mastering Lab utilizes unique signal flow concepts and electronics pioneered by Doug's brother, Sherwood Sax.

“Providing relevant and high-value education programs to the thousands of pro-audio and live sound members of NAMM is one of our key objectives,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO, NAMM. “The role of technology continues to expand and we believe that this unique educational opportunity at the 2012 NAMM Show makes attendance a must for anyone working in this important segment.”

The H.O.T. Zone is a feature of the 2012 NAMM Show, which will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, Jan. 19-22, 2012.

The NAMM Show
www.namm.org/thenammshow/2012