Santa Monica, Calif. — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® presented a three-part online series titled “Remote Controlled,” demonstrating techniques for optimizing home setups for remote recording and streaming. The series, held as part of the P&E Wing’s ongoing mission to provide resources for both its membership and the wider industry, is archived online and available for viewing on GRAMMY.com through early August.
Hosted by the Recording Academy Washington, D.C. Chapter, Part 1 focused on home recording for artists and musicians. This segment paired both a vocalist and an acoustic percussionist with a studio professional to help guide them toward the best results. P&E Wing Senior Managing Director Maureen Droney introduces the series; Washington, D.C. Chapter P&E Committee co-chairs Dan Merceruio and Carolyn Malachi lead the conversations. Recording engineer Jake Vicious and multi-instrumentalist/producer Asha Santee discuss how to record acoustic percussion instruments. The second half consists of an exchange between singer/songwriter and Howard University student Samiyah Muhammad and producer-engineer Marcus Marshall.
The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter hosted Part 2, providing advice for artists and musicians on how to maximize recording sessions while working remotely with a producer and/or engineer, hosted by Los Angeles Chapter P&E Wing Committee co-chairs Jon Yip and Cheche Alara. Tips from guest panelists – including GRAMMY®-winning engineer Rafa Sardina, Village Studios owner/CEO Jeff Greenberg and Zoe Thrall, Director of Studio Operations at Las Vegas’s The Hideout Recording Studio – offered ideas to avoid everything from technology breakdown to personality clashes. GRAMMY-nominated composer John Beasley joins in to help by playing several takes of “Reverie,” a solo piano piece he wrote 25 years ago for his daughter. Sardina, who is engineering the track, guides viewers through the take.
Part 3 was produced by the Recording Academy Texas Chapter and covered best practices and hints for improving livestreaming performances, featuring musicians, engineers and technologists to help viewers navigate complicated software and make videos to remember. Greg Carter of Black Fret – an Austin community of art patrons that provides grants for artists – explains how the Zoom musical landscape has improved since the pandemic began. Chris Shaw, committee co-chair of the Texas Chapter P&E Wing, guides viewers through a tutorial on streaming software OBS Studio. David and Joseph Dunwell, guitarist/vocalist and lead singer of English pop-rock outfit The Dunwells, discuss StreamYard, which allows for cross-platform streaming. Then, StreamYard’s Head of Marketing Dana Bentz Shaw joined singer/songwriter and Texas Chapter P&E Wing committee co-chair Lisa Morales for further detail. The video concludes with a demo from Austin musician Roger Blevins about making compelling visual experiences.
“The amount of passion and planning that went into the Remote Controlled series made these sessions a highlight of the online event itinerary the Academy has produced since the pandemic started,” stated Droney. “Full of real-world practical info and wisdom, these videos are a definitive primer on home recording and livestreaming. We thank all involved, and we welcome all who haven’t taken the time yet to view these sessions to visit our site, sit back, and get ready for an educational trip through the ins-and-outs of music creation at home.”
Photo caption: Pictured L-R: multi-instrumentalist/producer Asha Santee and recording engineer Jake Vicious, conversing in Part 1 of the Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® online series “Remote Controlled.”