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Music Production

METAlliance Readies for a Busy Fall

By Clive Young. Appearances and announcements are in store.

New York, NY (August 23, 2018)—The METAlliance has been on the move in 2018, and is only picking up speed as it heads into the fall season. The coming months will see the group of famed producers and engineers hold a panel discussion at the AES Convention; host a private learning event for Berklee students at the Power Station at BerkleeNYC studios; announce the group’s next METAlliance Academy event, to be held in early 2019; and kick off a monthly feature in the pages of Pro Sound News, starting with the October issue.

The METAlliance (Music Engineering and Technology Alliance) is comprised of the globally-recognized, award-winning audio engineers and producers Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Elliot Scheiner and Al Schmitt, who, along with the late Phil Ramone, co-founded the group in 2005.

The first half of the year found the group hosting one of its trademark Academy educational weekends in March at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, recording more than 20 songs with featured performers eight-time Grammy nominee Tierney Sutton—who produced herself and her band’s music—and José James, who worked with acclaimed producer Don Was. Throughout the Academy, they explained and discussed every recording decision with a group of attendees—recording enthusiasts, both beginners and seasoned pros, who got to mix songs, witness great performances and ask every question they could think of to the seasoned pros and performers.

METAlliance Makes Tracks at Capitol

In August, the new METAlliance Academy Curriculum Series book series, published by Hal Leonard Books, released its latest title, Al Schmitt on Vocal and Instrumental Recording Techniques, sharing the insights and knowledge of the 20-time Grammy-winning engineer who’s worked with everyone from Sinatra and McCartney to Usher and Dr. Dre. The book takes readers into the studio with Schmitt as he works through his miking process, discussing how to select proper equipment, and guiding readers on how to capture only the best sounds. Additionally, Schmitt reveals his favorite techniques and setups for a number of instruments, including drums, bass, piano, guitars (both acoustic and electric), organs and horns as played across many genres of music.

Looking ahead, METAlliance members will gather in mid-October for a freewheeling panel at the AES Convention, to be held in New York City at the Jacob Javits Center. Those who can’t make it to the show should keep an eye out for the group’s new monthly feature in Pro Sound News, which will further the METAlliance’s educational mission as members review new and venerable gear, share best practices and insights, and more.

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Also expected in October will the announcement of the group’s next Academy workshop weekend, anticipated to be held in Southern California in January around the time of the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim. Those interested in attending the workshop should keep an eye on our pages and the METAlliance website for upcoming details.

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