2015 Mix Sound for Film: The Art of Sound Design
Los Angeles, CA
The second annual “Mix Presents Sound for Film” event was held last September at Host Sponsor Sony Pictures Studios, in Culver City, Calif., September 26. “The Art of Sound Design: Music, Dialog and Effects in an Immersive World.” More than 400 attendees were treated to a series of Master Classes on Immersive Sound by Dolby, DTS DSpatial, AID and Auro Technologies, to go with expert panels on Music, Dialog, Effects and Mixing. And in the hallways and mixing stages at Sony, leading manufacturers and organizations in film sound showcased their technologies and talents. The event included a sponsor trade show area, giveaways, breakfast, lunch and a cocktail reception before a VIP screening of Mad Max: Fury Road in Dolby Atmos, in the William Holden Theatre. Using onsite catering from Wolfgang Puck, attendees were treated to some great food in the Rita Hayworth room, outside the audio post offices and down Main Street on the Sony lot.
Los Angeles, CA
ArtistMax held their first three-day weekend artist development session at the world-famous Village Studios in West Los Angeles. Presented by GRAMMY®–winning engineer, producer and author Ken Caillat, (Fleetwood Mac), the ArtistMax weekend session explored the keys to becoming a successful artist, including tips from behind-the-scenes expert coaches to stars like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Katharine McPhee, John Legend and many others. Sessions included vocals, songwriting, publishing, production and production tools and arrangement. A special preview event, “An Afternoon of Artist Development,” was held during the NAMM Show at the Hilton Anaheim. The event included appearances and panel discussions by a number of noted artists and producers, including GRAMMY®–winning artists and songwriters Colbie Caillat and Toby Gad (Beyoncé, “If I Were a Boy,” John Legend, “All of Me”).
Event responsibilities including training a volunteer staff, registration, and catering for a very diverse group with different food allergy issues, under a very tight budget, among other things.
Second Annual Pensado Awards
Culver City, CA
The live ceremony for the second annual Pensado Awards, took place on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA. The event attendees, all loving the outdoor venue read like a who’s-who of the audio community, with over 700 in attendance, including prominent TV personality, producer and musician Randy Jackson (American Idol, Journey, etc.), producer Young Guru (Jay Z, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey), legendary producer Quincy Jones, producer/recording artist Dave Stewart, legendary producer/engineer Al Schmitt, vocalist Patti Austin, songwriter and vocalist Siedah Garrett and more. A video production of the ceremony will be posted soon through Pensado’s Place online channels. The evening’s culmination was the presentation of the Pensado Giant Award to Bruce Swedien. Ed Cherney kicked off this segment, introducing a short video that chronicled Swedien’s six-decade-plus career in music. Event duties included venue management (two simultaneous receptions), food and beverage for two very diverse budgets and areas, seating logistics, the after-party, and handling registration, volunteers and working closely with the production team and other vendors.
30th Annual NAMM-TEC Awards
Moving to a new Saturday night time slot, the Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Awards celebrated their 30th annual event. The evening was hosted by comedian and musician Sinbad who kept a fast pace on the evening to make sure everyone got their fair time for both live performances and the thank you speeches from the award winners. In addition to the numerous categories of technical and creative awards, the NAMM committee recognized several individuals for special awards. The TEC Hall of Fame Inductees were Grammy winning producer/Engineer Ed Cherney and veteran of over 2000 recordings and countless liver performances with the greatest performers in the world bassist Nathan East. Nathan was able to attend the event and performed with the band and his award presenter and friend Bob James and the TEC award house band. The featured artist recognition for the evening was the Les Paul Award. On this the 100th anniversary of Les Paul, it was fitting that one of Les Paul’s close friends and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame/Grammy award winner Slash was honored. In addition to the traditional acceptance speech, Slash treated the audience to several songs with his friends Orianthi, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, & Richie Sambora.
Duties included working with the hotel catering to determine food and beverage needs for the VIP reception/buffet, seating for the awards show, main contact with sponsors, writing and coordinating program book production, interviewing and training a volunteers staff of 20, among other things.
Blue Bear Benefit with Mavis Staples
Mill Valley, California
The Blue Bear School of Music put together a benefit concert is a small club in Marin County to continue their 43-year legacy of bringing innovative and affordable music education programs to anyone, regardless of financial means. The event was SRO with a VIP buffet, followed by a concert opened to general admission attendees who enjoyed Mavis Staples and her band. The evening started with a film clip from a documentary produced by Jerry Harrison, followed by two opening bands and then Mavis herself.
The event was catered by the venue. The most challenging aspect of the evening was converting the music hall from an intimate dinner area to a standing room only event. The event was completely sold out with more than 350 people enjoying this fundraising event.
Bob Moog Foundation Ignite Gala
The Bob Moog Foundation journeyed to the West Coast for their inaugural fundraiser. Held to benefit the Foundation’s hallmark educational initiative, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, the event brought a full house of the best and brightest in music, recording, science, and technology to the splendid Encino, California home of Michael and Edie Lehmann Boddicker.
The Boddicker house is a perfect place to hold an event with an open floor plan and easy flow from the house to the backyard. The landscaping was beautiful and there was plenty of room to set up the buffet and bar outside.
Guests were treated to an intimate candlelight dinner, capped off by a performance by the star-studded house band that included keyboardists CJ Vanston (Prince, Tina Turner, Toto, Joe Cocker, Spinal Tap) and Steve Porcaro (Toto), bassist Leland Sklar (James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Toto), drummer Joe Pusateri (John Lee Hooker, John Entwistle, the Muppets “Animal”), guitarists Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) and Tony Valenziano (The Stand, Smash), and singers Joseph Williams (Toto) and Rob Giles (Circa Zero, The Rescues), as well as a guest performance by theremin virtuoso Michael Gough.
The evening also included a silent auction of musical instruments, including custom autographed guitars and keyboards, as well as music and Hollywood memorabilia, travel packages, and other donations.
Mix Magazine — Immersive Sound: From Production to Playback
Los Angeles, CA
More than 500 film sound professionals visited Sony Pictures Post-Production Studios on September 6 to take part in an inaugural Mix event, Immersive Sound: From Production to Playback. Beginning with a keynote address by two-time Academy Award winner Randy Thom, director of sound design at Skywalker Sound, and concluding with a panel on Technology and Workflow in Immersive Sound Formats, the all-day event brought together the best of the creative and technology communities in addressing the issues surrounding the emerging formats. The event was produced in conjunction with Host Sponsor Sony Pictures Studios, event partners Motion Picture Sound Editors and Cinema Audio Society, and a range of manufacturers and companies involved with professional audio and film.
The event included a sponsor trade show area, giveaways, breakfast, boxed lunches and a reception. Using onsite catering, attendees were treated to some great food in different venues on the Sony lot, as well as a red carpet sneak-peek film preview.
2014 Pensado Awards
Santa Monica, CA
The Pensado Awards, an award show created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place to acknowledge today’s emerging brand of music professional and “recognize the faces behind the sound,” held its inaugural live ceremony on the evening of June 28, 2014, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California.
The ceremony hosted a standing-room-only 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, Manny Marroquin, Jack Joseph Puig, Ron Fair 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).
2014 Recording Industry Golf Tournament
The 2014 Recording Industry Golf Tournament (RIGT) was held earlier this month, welcoming the local Los Angeles recording community to the Malibu Golf Club. Proceeds from the day benefitted the music program A Place Called Home, where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts and well-being.
Grammy-winning recording veterans Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt once again served as Honorary Co-Chairs for the afternoon.
Sponsors included Audio Engineering Society (AES), Audio-Technica, Design FX Audio, GC Pro/Sterling Audio, Vintage King Audio, Bob Hodas Acoustic Analysis, Avid, Dave Collins Mastering, Clyne Media, NAMM, JBL Professional, PreSonus, The Recording Studio Insurance Program, The Record Plant, SAE LA, Full Sail University, Universal Mastering, Westlake Recording Studios, studioexpresso.com / AlterMedia and TransAudioGroup. Additionally, Hyundai Motor America worked closely with KMD Productions to offer a series of special opportunities to tournament participants.
Approximately 100 players made the rounds following the day’s registration time, which included a putting contest, a longest drive of a marshmallow, Hole-in-One opportunities, a Million Dollar Shootout, circus entertainment, coffee, Bloody Mary’s, Tequila golf cart, mimosas, and amazing food at the 19th Hole.
PreSonus Grand Opening!
Baton Rouge, LA
Music-industry VIPs, business-community leaders, and PreSonus employees, distributors, and dealers from around the globe flocked to warm, friendly Baton Rouge on April 30, 2014, to celebrate PreSonus’ stunning new headquarters. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal opened the ceremonies, and PreSonus Chairman of the Board Kevin Couhig, CEO Jim Mack,cofounder/Chief Strategy Officer Jim Odom, and cofounder/VP of Manufacturing Brian Smith each offered their thoughts about the gorgeous new building. The grand opening celebration used virtually every inch of the building, with live bands entertaining the crowd in the parking lot, the foyer, and the live-sound room, as well as jamming in the studio. Featured performers included Tab Benoit (backed by Louisiana’s LeRoux, with Jim Odom on guitar), Edwin McCain, Briana Tyson, and Chris LeBlanc.
29th Annual NAMM TEC Awards
On Friday, January 24, 2014, the NAMM Foundation presented the 29th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards in the Hilton Pacific Ballroom in Anaheim, Calif. With close to 800 attendees. the evening also included a presentation of the Les Paul Award to recording artist and producer Todd Rundgren, as well as the TEC Hall of Fame induction of audio technology pioneer John Meyer and renowned session drummer Hal Blaine of The Wrecking Crew.
Duties included working with catering to determine food and beverage needs for the VIP reception, seating for the awards show, main contact with sponsors, writing and coordinating program book production, interviewing and training a volunteers staff of 20, handing ticket issues, and handling any last-minute issues.
Baton Rouge, LA
PreSonuSphere 2013 brought 450 musicians, producers, engineers, and other music-business professionals from all over the globe to the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Attendees sold out two hotels and filled numerous area restaurants while enjoying Southern cooking, Southern hospitality, crowd-pleasing music, informative educational seminars, and seemingly endless networking opportunities.
The event kicked off on Thursday evening, October 24, with a rooftop jambalaya cookout, serenaded by Louisiana country/folk-rockers L’Angelus and Baton Rouge blues master Chris LeBlanc.
The next morning started with Breakfast with the Chiefs, in which legendary journalist, musician, and industry personality Craig Anderton grilled a panel comprising PreSonus CEO Jim Mack, Chief Strategy Officer Jim Odom, Chief Technology Officer Bob Tudor, VP of Sales Rick Naqvi, and Executive VP John Bastianelli about industry trends and their vision of the future.
Friday and Saturday were filled with presentations on a wide range of topics. Anderton, Grammy Award-winning engineer Khaliq Glover, renowned acoustician John Storyk, composer and sound designer Justin Lassen, veteran FOH engineer John Mills, producer and clinician Martin Atkins, and church-sound specialist Doug Gould were among those presiding over seminars and fielding questions on recording, mixing, mastering, acoustics, music education, stage lighting, the music business, and more.
Multitrack recordings of performances by L’Angelus were captured live to Studio One, and attendees witnessed the journey from recording the first riff all the way to final release on Nimbit. An assortment of partner companies staffed booths where attendees could check out their products and ask questions.
Friday night’s highlight was a high-energy set from Lafayette, Louisiana, rockers Royal Teeth, which brought the crowd to its feet
2013 Recording Industry Golf Tournament
The 2013 Recording Industry Golf Tournament (RIGT) was held Monday, June 24, 2013, at Malibu Country Club and benefited the music program at A Place Called Home, a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. GRAMMY®-winning recording veterans Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt served as Honorary Co-Chairs for the afternoon’s festivities.Honorary co-chair Al Schmitt stated, “It was a distinct honor to serve as co-chair for the RIGT. My colleagues in the industry work very hard most of the time, so it is fun to spend a day unwinding on the links. Karen Dunn put together a fantastic tournament with a great atmosphere, and it was all a very rewarding experience.”
Approximately 100 players made the rounds following the day’s registration time, which included a putting contest, massages, coffee, Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, muffins, and a selection of swag.
Sponsors included Blue Sky, Avid, GC Pro, Sterling Audio, Dave Collins Mastering, Design FX Audio, JBL Professional, Lurssen Mastering, Ocean Way Studios, PreSonus, Record Plant, SAE Los Angeles, Shure, Sound Design Corporation, TransAudio Group, Clyne Media Inc., Vintage King Audio and Westlake Recording Studios.
Sennheiser Kickoff Meeting 2013
Foxwoods Casino & Resort, Ledyard, CT
In February, all Sennheiser channel managers and area managers in North and Latin Americas, came to Connecticut for their annual Kickoff Meeting, setting the tone for their upcoming year. The event included two and a half days of meetings and breakout sessions, followed by special team events every evening, including a cocktail reception, game night and jam session. Sennheiser took over two ballroom spaces, as well as five breakout rooms.
6th Annual P&E Wing Grammy Celebration
The Village Studios, Los Angeles
Ultimate Ears was back in the sweet spot at the 6th Annual Producers & Engineering Wing Grammy Week Celebration Wing party celebration– set between the chocolate tasting room and their own sponsored coffee and dessert bar on the third floor of the Village Studios. More than 600 industry VIPs were in attendance as “An Evening of Jazz Honoring Quincy Jones & Al Schmitt” honored the extraordinary talents of these two men. The party was once again a smashing success and a highlight of the week.
28th Annual TEC Awards
Twenty-eight technical and creative awards awards were presented to the teams responsible for the past year’s groundbreaking audio production tools, as well as the sound engineers, editors, producers and other audio professionals behind the recording, film and live sound mega hits of 2012 at the 28th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, at 2013 NAMM.
Highlighting the evening were two lifetime achievement awards, beginning with the induction of Record Plant President Rose Mann-Cherney to the TEC Awards Hall of Fame by recording executive Ron Fair and Slash, followed by the Les Paul Award presentation to renowned recording artist and composer Pete Townshend. The Les Paul Award was presented by film producer and humorist Martin Lewis and Jeff Salmon, representing The Les Paul Foundation.
The ceremony was hosted by singer/songwriter John Sebastian, who opened the show with “I’m Satisfied”. Larry Batiste and the 2Cold ChiliBone TEC Band carried the night’s music, which included a song dedicated to Mann-Cherney sung by the Rosettes, and climaxed with performances of Townshend hits featuring Eric Burdon, Tal Wilkenfeld, Narada Michael Walden, Julia Fordham, David Pack, Phil Chen, Laurence Juber and, lastly Pete Townshend. Celebrity presenters included Suzanne Ciani, Melora Hardin, Harold Perrineau, Nathaniel Kunkel, Orianthi, and producers Niko Bolas, Ryan Hewitt, Steven Slate and Csaba Petocz.
PreSonus Product Reveal!
It was the talk of this year’s NAMM show as PreSonus hosted the party to end all parties. introducing the new PreSonus StudioLive™ AI loudspeakers, as well as nine other new PreSonus products the evening prior to NAMM opening. This stellar event, attending by several hundred audio industry movers and shakers brought a little bit of Baton Rouge to Anaheim, as the Marriott ballroom was transformed into a Louisiana venue with with great Cajun-themed food and drink, lighting effects, videos that showed off our latest technology, and amazing live performances by Keb’ Mo and L’Angelus.
5th Annual Santa Monica Firefighters Charity Golf Tournament
It was perfect weather for the 5th Annual Santa Monica Firefighters Charity Golf Tournament held in October at the Malibu Golf Club. With the biggest turnout ever and support from firefighters, police officers and the community businesses and residents, the Santa Monica Firefighters Charity Golf Tournament was an overwhelming success!
The Santa Monica business community came out in full-force to support the local heroes. Sponsors and donors included Brick + Mortar, Border Grill, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Fastsigns, Grill on the Alley, Westlake Village, Hotel Shangri-La, Los Angeles Firemen’s Credit Union, Loews Santa Monica Hotel, Oceana Santa Monica, Roger Dunn Golf Shops, Santa Monica Daily Press, Securitas Security USA, Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica, Shore Hotel, South, The Georgian, The Huntley Santa Monica, The Lobster, Tikkun Holistic Spa, Urth Caffe, Viceroy Hotel and Whole Foods.
Proceeds from this tournament go to the Santa Monica Firefighters Relief Fund, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit charity. In addition to supporting causes such as the Burn Foundation, Relay for Life, Children’s Hospital and a scholarship fund at the high school, the Relief Fund helps families who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances. It supports the children and adults of the community and helps keep Santa Monica the great place it is to live, work and play! A portion of the proceeds are also used to assist the families of Santa Monica firefighters who have been injured or killed in the line of duty.
PreSonuSphere 2012, PreSonus’ annual users’ conference, brought hundreds of musicians, producers, engineers, and sundry music-business professionals from all over the globe to the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge.
PreSonuSphere’s 481 attendees—nearly triple the attendance of the 2011 event—sold out two hotels and filled numerous area restaurants while soaking up southern cooking, southern hospitality, killer grooves, and one of the year’s best collective mind-melds of musicians and technology.
Thursday evening got underway with a rooftop jambalaya cookout, serenaded by classic Baton Rouge brass band the Michael Foster Project. Then it was downstairs for a set from Papa Grows Funk, with Tower of Power vocalist Larry Braggs sitting in.
Friday and Saturday John Storyk, Craig Anderton, Grammy-nominated producers Brent Milligan and Fab DuPont, veteran FOH engineers Ace Baker and John Mill were among those presiding over seminars and fielding questions on recording, mixing, acoustics, and more.
But PreSonuSphere wasn’t just about technology. Music was everywhere. Multitrack recordings of performances from Papa Grows Funk, Chris LeBlanc, and Jordy Searcy were captured live to PreSonus’ Studio One software, and Friday night’s highlight was Chris LeBlanc’s smoking blues and rock set..
17th Annual TEC LA Open
It was a perfect day for golf last June as the audio industry hit the greens for the 17th Annual TEC LA Open. Presented by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the popular audio industry event was sponsored by GC Pro, Harman, Shure and Sterling Audio.
New sponsors, Argosy, VKLA and SAE, were joined by Avid, Design FX Audio, the Grammy Museum, NAMM, Ocean Way, the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy, Record Plant, studioexpresso.com and Westlake Recording Studios.
The winning team, with a score of 58, was out-of-towners, Ray Benson, Sam and Aaron Seifert and Will Armstrong. Second place went to the Westlake Studios team, followed by Avid in thirds. The dynamic duo of Honorary Chair, Al Schmitt, and Master of Ceremonies, Ed Cherney, once again graced the stage and kept the festivities lively at the 19th Hole.
Proceeds went to SoundArt. Sound Art catalyzes a child’s raw creativity through the mentoring power of professional musicians. It serves the inner city neighborhoods where enrichment programs are most scarce.