Pictured at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music is George Massenburg (standing) and fellow METAlliance directors (seated, from left): Phil Ramone, Frank Filipetti, Al Schmitt, Elliot Scheiner and Chuck Ainlay.
Audio recording professionals worldwide gathered in San Francisco for the first METAlliance Educator Summit, hosted by the Music Engineering and Technology Alliance to promote quality in audio production and reproduction. Educators participating represented leading institutions in the U.S. and abroad, as the Alliance continues to partner with those who share similar goals.
"Our first summit was an exciting opportunity for audio educators and audio professionals to hear the many facets of an extremely important dialog," says Jim Anderson, NYU professor and AES president. "We are off to a great start."
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) sponsored the event. "Our support of this prestigious event follows with AMD's long-term commitment to quality and education," says Charles Boswell, AMD's director of media and entertainment. "AMD and the META team share a common commitment to both the artist and consumer of preserving quality and aesthetic throughout the entire production process."
Colleges and universities that attended included New York University, Berklee College of Music, University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Michigan, Webster University, Belmont University, McGill University and the University of Southern California. Additional international educators from Mexico, South America, Japan and Europe also participated in the one-day event.
Educator summit topics included a discussion with educators about their methods and challenges in demonstrating and teaching the essentials of audio excellence. Attendees enjoyed critical listening samples and discussions about interactive learning with METAlliance founders. Educators also met with METAlliance ProPartner Manufacturers to develop relationships to further their programs and develop their learning environments.
Manufacturers who have become ProPartners with the METAlliance include Audio-Technica, Cakewalk, GML, JBL Pro, Lexicon, Manley Labs, Millennia Media, Neumann, Prism Sound, Royer Labs, Sanken Microphones, Sonnox, TC Electronic and Universal Audio.
The METAlliance is comprised of globally-recognized, award-winning audio engineers and producers who have been deeply involved in establishing techniques and technical standards that are the foundation of modern music recording. The METAlliance Board of Directors is Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Phil Ramone, Elliot Scheiner and Al Schmitt.
"We are moving forward with an aggressive agenda and working closely with the educational community," adds Jim Pace, METAlliance's director of business affairs. "There is no time to wait—educators today are under pressure to elevate audio consciousness in the recording community. Today's students will be tomorrow's engineers, producers and technology designers."