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Capitol Studios Hosts Symposium on Hi-Res Audio

Don Was addresses the attendees of the Hi-Res Audio symposium held at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, Calif. on June 1, 2016.

Photo: Matt Hurwitz

Capitol Studios played host to a symposium on Hi-Res audio on Wednesday, June 1. The event was sponsored by the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing, along with Universal Music Group and Sony Electronics.

Following the presentation of a new video on the history of Capitol Studios, producer and Blue Note Records President Don Was introduced the event, along with the Digital Entertainment Group’s Marc Finer, who acted as moderator.

A panel comprising Capitol A&R executive Nate Albert, Universal Music Group VP of Technology and Promotion Jim Belcher, and the Recording Academy’s Maureen Droney discussed a variety of topics, including where Hi-Res audio fits into the A&R process, advances in delivering Hi-Res audio via streaming services, and where Hi-Res audio fits into the marketplace.

Sony was on-hand to provide demonstrations of Hi-Res home audio gear, as well as playback equipment for the car and personal use. 

Capitol Studios engineer Steve Genewick offered a sampling of the path from vinyl to CD to MP3 to Hi-Res audio, following various releases of a Frank Sinatra track recorded at the studio in the early 1960s.

The day ended with the presentation of a Certificate of Appreciation for the studio from the Academy, given to Arthur (Art) Kelm, Vice President/General Manager/ Chief Engineer, Capitol Studios; Paula Salvatore, Vice President/Studio Manager, Capitol Studios; and Patrick Kraus, SVP-Head of Studio, Production & Archive Services, Universal Music Group.

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