From left: Peter Laanen (Ex’pression Center for New Media CEO), Narada Michael Walden, Jim Rietzal, Eddie Kramer and Vernon “Ice” Black
On Friday, December 10, 2004, Ex’pression College for Digital Arts (Emeryville, Calif.) hosted a gathering of recording industry notables — including producer Jack Douglas, NARAS S.F. executive director Merl Saunders Jr., engineer Eddie Kramer, Narada Michael Walden and bassist Jim Rietzal, among others — to dedicate The Jimi Hendrix Studio, the school’s former Neve room.
Kramer cut the red ribbon, and the aubergine-hued room was packed with guests who enjoyed a Hendrix-inspired jam featuring Rietzal, Walden on drums and Vernon “Ice” Black on guitar. The room features a 48-channel Neve VR with Martinsound Flying Faders and recall, an Otari MTR-90, a Meyer Sound monitoring system and Yamaha NS-10 near-field monitors.