What does it take to last 30 years in New York City's fiercely competitive commercial music/post scene? Howard Schwartz Recording (www.hsrny.com) held a party in early June to commemorate its three decades in business and divulged one of those secrets to survival by example: Have a lot of friends. The event was well attended, as hsr/ny's expansive midtown facilities were jammed with a who's who of well-wishers from the composing, mixing, audio engineering, advertising, TV and film communities
Beyond food, drinks and a great DJ, there were plenty of technical achievements on display. Highlights included access to all studios, including veteran mixer George Meyer's sound design room loaded with goodies ranging from an SSL board to a 5.1 setup. Along with the cocktails, Meyer and his colleagues also offered up free pointers for creating high-speed sound design to picture.