Archive for July 18th, 2014

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Showcases High-Resolution Audio at CE Week in New York

Listening Event on June 24 and Panel on June 25 Highlight New Developments in Convenience of High-Resolution Audio and Its Distribution

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 16, 2014) — As part of its ongoing initiatives to promote sound quality and High-Resolution Audio, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® hosted two successful events in New York during CE Week, the Consumer Electronic industry’s official mid-year meeting, conference and new technology showcase, which this year took place June 23-26.

On June 24, the P&E Wing hosted a High-Resolution Audio Listening Event in partnership with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) at one of Manhattan’s premier studios, Jungle City Studios in the Chelsea district. The event marked a celebration of the recent announcement of an industry agreement for a formal definition for High-Resolution Audio and featured three-time GRAMMY®-winning engineer/mixer Chuck Ainlay; six-time GRAMMY-winning engineer/mixer Frank Filipetti; seven-time GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer Bob Ludwig; GRAMMY-nominated composer/engineer/producer David Chesky; AIX Records/iTrax.com founder and chief engineer Mark Waldrep and GRAMMY-nominated engineer Kevin Reeves. These audio luminaries took over the main control room at Jungle City and shared selections of master recordings provided by label partners Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group. The tracks were played to attendees through a JBL M2 Reference Monitor System, which was set up and tuned by JBL senior manager of Recording & Broadcast Marketing Peter Chaikin. Attendees were also able to experience High-Resolution Audio-capable gear throughout the facility from manufacturers Astell & Kern, dCS Ltd., Onkyo USA and Sony Electronics. Hi-res digital music retailers Acoustic Sounds and HD Tracks also presented some of the latest in master-quality recordings available to the public.

The following day, June 25, the P&E Wing and the DEG hosted a panel titled “Making High-Resolution Audio Accessible.” Conference attendees packed the Gallery at the Metropolitan Pavilion on Wednesday afternoon for the panel, which featured Sony Electronics Home Audio Division Product Marketing manager Aaron Levine, Onkyo USA National Marketing and Product Planning manager Paul Wasek, Universal Music Group vice president of Technology and Production Global Digital Business Jim Belcher, Warner Music Group Chief Technology Strategist Howie Singer, P&E Wing Senior Executive Director Maureen Droney and Sony Music Legacy Recordings vice president, Marketing, John Jackson. The panel, moderated by DEG senior director Marc Finer, discussed the steps that different facets of the music industry are taking to make High-Resolution Audio readily available to consumers. The panel concluded with a brief audience Q&A session.

Chuck Ainlay stated, “High-Resolution Audio is important for all kinds of music. It isn’t just for classical, or acoustic-based music, although of course those are wonderful places to hear what High-Resolution can offer. Hi-Res is simply the best way to capture the full spectrum of sound for any recording, so that listeners can hear it as it was intended to be heard.”

“In the past, people were not able to fully hear and appreciate the way the music sounded when it was first created, even on vinyl,” added Filipetti. “But today, listeners can hear the music in their home exactlylike we do in the studio when we record and mix it. All they have to do is demand it!”

Photo Caption 1: The High-Resolution Audio Listening Event, presented by the P&E Wing with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), at Jungle City Studios in the Chelsea District of Manhattan, June 24, 2014, during CE Week. Pictured with microphone is Frank Filipetti. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Craig Barritt/WireImage. © 2014. Photographed by: Craig Barritt/WireImage.

Photo Caption 2: The P&E Wing-hosted panel “Making High-Resolution Audio Accessible,” June 25, 2014, at the Gallery at the Metropolitan Pavilion during CE Week. Pictured L-R: Marc Finer (event moderator), DEG senior director; Jim Belcher, Universal Music Group vice president of Technology and Production Global Digital Business; Howie Singer, Warner Music Group Chief Technology Strategist; Maureen Droney, P&E Wing Senior Executive Director; Aaron Levine, Sony Electronics Home Audio Division Product Marketing manager; Paul Wasek, Onkyo USA National Marketing and Product Planning manager; and John Jackson, Sony Music Legacy Recordings vice president, Marketing. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®. © 2014.

Genelec Now Shipping 8010 Active Monitor: the Smallest Member of the 8000 Series

NATICK, MA, July 14, 2014 — Genelec, the world’s pioneer in active monitoring, is now shipping the 8010 Active Monitor, the smallest member of the acclaimed 8000 product range. The 8000 Series is widely used in the high-end professional audio, mastering, post-production and broadcast market sectors around the world. Its professional heritage is reflected in the compact-sized 8010. Suitable for professional work in small studios, it offers accurate monitoring capability with ease of installation. The outstanding sound quality makes the 8010 ideal for small editorial studios and OB vans, and a perfect companion for portable recording devices and other mobile production work.

Featuring a balanced XLR input, 3-inch bass driver, 3/4-inch tweeter and efficient Class D power amplifiers – one for each driver – the 8010 produces more sound pressure level than might be expected from a monitor of this size. The Intelligent Signal Sensing ISS circuitry saves energy by automatically putting the monitor to sleep when the audio signal has been absent for a period of time. Once a signal is detected again, the monitor wakes up automatically. This circuitry can be bypassed when the automatic standby function is not desired.

A full range of versatile accessories is available for the 8010, which cover all mounting needs. For example, an elegant L-shaped table stand can be used to optimize monitor orientation toward the listening position and to minimize undesired sound reflections. Thanks to its exceptional sound quality, small size and universal power supply, 8010 is the perfect monitor companion for music production professionals on the move.

The 8010 Active Monitor is now available at a U.S. MSRP of $440.00 each.

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

Pensado Awards Announces Winners

Inaugural awards show, “recognizing the faces behind the sound,” reveals honorees in 16 categories

Live ceremony was highlighted by presentations from Neil Young and Sir Paul McCartney

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, was the place to be on June 28, 2014, as a standing-room-only crowd gathered for the inaugural Pensado Awards, an award show created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place. A live video production of the ceremony is now online on the Pensado’s Place YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/sB7r2u2EWRs. The ceremony hosted a crowd of over 600 recording industry figures – some as proud nominees, some as presenters, some there to simply be a part of the evening – including Martina McBride, Neil Young, Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam), Manny Marroquin (Bruno Mars, Rolling Stones, Imagine Dragons), Jack Joseph Puig (Florence + the Machine, U2, Lady Gaga), Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Black Eyed Peas, Keyshia Cole) and many more. A special highlight was a taped tribute to the winner of the Pensado Giant Award from Sir Paul McCartney.

Co-hosts included singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb along with producer-engineers Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas), Marcella Araica (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink, Duran Duran, Keri Hilson) and Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey).

In recent years, developments in music and technology have changed the landscape for producers, songwriters, engineers and musicians, encouraging artists and composers of all types to hone their craft. The Pensado Awards acknowledges the following talented individuals and their work:

Game Changer Producer of the Year: Alex da Kid
Break Thru Songwriter: Kendrick Lamar for “Swimming Pools”
Spin Doctor DJ Award: DJ Ali and MAKJ
Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television and Gaming: Saturday Night Live and Alan Meyerson for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
OMG! Mix of the Year: Tony Maserati and Manny Marroquin
Unique Project Studio: HeartsRevolution
Break Thru Mixer: Drumsonic Daniel
Best Non-English Song: Jeff Kung for “Suspended Memories”
Tracking Engineer: Ross Hogarth
Master of Mastering: Brad Blackwood
Live/FOH: John McBride
AIR Award (Best Assistant, Intern or Runner): Ghosts Web of SoundCap Audio
Outstanding Brand: Universal Audio/UAD and Vintage King Audio
Dave Pensado Educator Award: John McBride
Herb Trawick Visionary Award: Steven Slate and Alex da Kid
Pensado Giant Award: Al Schmitt, presented by Neil Young with a special video tribute from Sir Paul McCartney

A full list of nominees can be found at http://pensadoawards.com/award_categories.html.

Herb Trawick, the Co-host/Executive Producer and Creator of Pensado’s Place, stated, “It was truly thrilling to be able to honor these winners and the rest of the nominees with the inaugural Pensado Awards. We thank them for their contributions to the industry.”

Dave Pensado (Co-host of Pensado’s Place, GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer, Teacher) added, “So many talented individuals go unnoticed every year in the music industry, and the Pensado Awards was able to honor a few of these figures and congratulate them on a job well done. The show was a huge success, and we are excited at the prospect of doing it all again next year.”

About Pensado’s Place
The hour-long weekly web series Pensado’s Place was created nearly four years ago. Co-hosted by legendary mix engineer Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson and more) and show creator Herb Trawick, Pensado’s Place includes interviews with top music industry artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives, as well as in-depth tutorials in production, engineering and mixing. Pensado’s Place has positioned itself as “the most influential show for audio engineers,” mixers and producers (Forbes Magazine) in just three years. Pensado’s Place is more than just a show, as it highlights the very best in the industry of music, gaming, sound identity on film, and audio equipment, with a presence in live events. As a leading educational resource, Pensado’s Place is helping build the next generation of audio greats.

Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R, front row: Pensado Awards Co-Host Lisa Loeb; Pensado Giant Award winner Al Schmitt; OMG! Mix of the Year winner Manny Marroquin; and Leon Pendarvis, Saturday Night Live musical director, recipient of the award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound for Film, Television and Gaming. Pictured L-R, back row: Game Changer Producer of the Year winner Alex da Kid; and Break Thru Mixer winner Drumsonic Daniel. Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for The Pensado Awards. © 2014.

Photo Caption 2: Pensado Award winners and presenters gathered on stage for the ceremony’s finale, with Dave Pensado (podium left) and Herb Trawick (podium right). Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for The Pensado Awards. © 2014.

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