Members of the Women's Audio Mission gather with Geoff Daking and Brad Lunde at AES 2004 in San Francisco.
Geoffrey Daking & Co. and U.S. distributor TransAudio Group recently donated a Daking mic pre/EQ and a Daking compressor/limiter to the Women's Audio Mission.
The San Francisco-based Women's Audio Mission (WAM) is a female-run, all-volunteer organization dedicated to creating an environment that will encourage and enable the aspirations of women in the recording arts. Headed by founder and executive director Terri Winston, the organization provides access to audio technology and training in the areas of recording sound for music, radio, film, television and the Internet for women and girls.
As Winston, who also directs the sound recording program at City College in San Francisco explains, WAM is currently homeless, relying on donations of studio time from local facilities in order to host workshops and sessions. Until the group finds a permanent home, the two Daking units will also be mobile.
"We're in a heavy fundraising phase to find a home. I have a couple of business plans that happened as a result of the AES Convention to share some space with people, so that we can put the equipment in a studio setting and put it to its proper use," explains Winston. "Until that happens, we're thinking of doing a lot of comparisons. My membership has never had access to such high-end equipment. They'll be totally stunned to hear the Daking gear and to even just do a comparison to what they have been using."