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Mix Nashville 2012 Report

Mix magazine technical editor Kevin Becka (pictured at far left) moderated the panel ‘Room Treatment: Accuracy in the Studio Monitoring Environment,’ which was held on May 15. The panelists were, from left: Gary Hedden, Carl Tatz, and John Schirmer.

The 4th Annual Mix Nashville kicked off Audio Week in Music City, welcoming more than 400 engineers, producers, musicians and students on May 15-16 to Soundcheck Nashville for two days of expert panels and pro audio exhibits. That was followed by two days of the Audio Masters golf tournament, a true community-based benefit with all proceeds going to the nonprofit Nashville Engineer Relief Fund.

Mix Nashville kicked off with two lively morning panels, the first moderated by Chris Grainger of Welcome to 1979 studios and focused on “Leakage in the Studio: Bleed Is Your Friend”; panelists included Russ Long, Joe Costa, Dave Cobb and Marshall Altman. Then, Mix technical editor Kevin Becka led the ever-popular “What’s In Your Rack?” panel, where attendees were treated to a bit of the vibrant personality that is Vance Powell, counterbalanced by Reid Shippen and Terry Christian.

There were panels on Room Treatment featuring Carl Tatz, Gary Hedden and John Schirmer; Mastering for Multi-Release, led by Pro Sound News editor Frank Wells with Andrew Mendelson, Michael Romanowski, and Tommy Dorsey; “Studio to Stage: Making Tracks Work Live” with Bob Bussiere, Eric Elwell and Jason Spence; Vocal Tracking with Russ Long, Neal Cappellino, Richie Biggs and Gene Miller; “The New Music Business: What Is It?” moderated by Tennessean music critic and former Mix Nashville editor Peter Cooper, with producer Frank Liddell, author/entrepreneur Jay Frank and Sound Stage/Black River general manager Nick Autry. The event concluded with “Anatomy of a Hit: Dirt Road Anthem by Jason Aldean”, with super-hot producer Michael Knox and secret-weapon old-school engineer Peter Coleman.

“It was a great week all around,” said Mix editor Tom Kenny. “Perfect Nashville weather, a real sense of involvement from the attendees and sponsors, and some truly expert panelists. Then we got to close with a record release party at Ben Folds’ studio, which raised even more money for Nashville engineers who need some assistance. This town really comes together and supports its people.”

Mix Nashville was free to the public thanks to the support of sponsors: Sennheiser, Yamaha, Sony, Magix, GC Pro, Earthworks and Emotiva.