Recording and mixing engineer Wes “Wesonator" Maebe (pictured), who is based in London, has been named Studio Engineer of the Year at the 2016 Pro Sound Awards, which took place on September 22, 2016 at the Ministry of Sound, London. Now in its fourth year, the Pro Sound Awards encompass the wide spectrum of pro audio, recognizing excellence in the four sectors of installed, studio, broadcast, and live/touring sound.
Maebe, who is also a regular contributing author for Mix magazine, was recognized for his ability to create a big sound, whether working in some of the world’s most legendary studios or in his home studio, Sonic Cuisine.
“I am delighted and honored to be named Studio Engineer of the Year,” says Maebe. “The role of the engineer has evolved. The recording and mixing process isn’t just about putting all the components together and pushing the faders up. It’s about making everything work, making sure nothing interferes with anything else. It’s about creating a dynamic piece of music that talks to the heart of the listener. It’s about helping artists fully realize their artistic vision. Both a recording or a mix are more than just the sum of its parts, which is why I love the challenge of giving music its own distinctive character.”
Maebe, who is a staff engineer at RAK Studios in London, has worked with a variety of artists, including Ellie Goulding, Elliott Randall, UB40, Plan B, and Cat Stevens. Clients have praised Maebe for always going the extra mile to bring the music to life.
“I do whatever it takes to get the best sound out of every artist,” Maebe says.
His knowledge, patience, experience, and consistent, forward-thinking approach, combined with his ability to match artists with writers and musicians, means Maebe always gets the best out of people by constructing the optimum team for the perfect sound.
A prolific guest speaker, Maebe has given master classes at a variety of industry trade shows, including NAMM, AES, and IMSTA. He has also produced online tutorials on everything from optimizing your sound system upgrade and getting the best out of vintage equipment to microphone tips and tricks. In addition, he is a regular contributor to a host of industry journals.
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