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Legendary Engineers to Judge Shure’s Fantastic Scholastic Competition

Shure Incorporated has enlisted some esteemed assistance in judging entries for this year’s Fantastic Scholastic recording competition, including Chuck Ainlay, Steve Albini, Roy Thomas Baker, Mike Fraser, Ryan Hewitt, Andy Johns, George Massenburg, John McBride, Justin Niebank and Trina Shoemaker. The judges for this year’s competition will use their studio expertise to select this year’s winner, which will be announced in May.

Recording in the studio for this year’s competition were student teams representing American University, Appalachian State University, William Paterson University, University of Michigan, Indiana University, Berklee College of Music, Ohio University, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Lebanon Valley College and Shenandoah University. All entries for this year’s competition were due by February 9, 2007.

“We started to seek out our judges for this year’s competition almost immediately after the last one ended,” says Shure market development specialist Dave Mendez, who coordinates the contest. “Luckily we have some friends in the industry, both old and new, who were more than willing to help us out, and it seemed like the list of judges grew in numbers once word spread. The judges participating this year are very diverse, and hopefully that’s going to offer some of the most unique feedback we’ve ever had.”

The panel of judges is currently critiquing both the audio and studio journal entries for each of the 10 schools in this year’s competition. Judges will use the following criteria when scoring this year’s entries: clarity of sound (30 percent), microphone technique (30 percent), mixing technique (30 percent) and performance/production (10 percent).

For more information on this and other Shure contests, visit