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METAlliance Reports On ‘In Session’ Event at Avatar

The second METAlliance Academy event took place on February 19 and 20 at historic Avatar Studios in New York City. METAlliance reports that “In Session with The Guys” was a resounding success, drawing attendees from across the country and as far away as Argentina and Venezuela.

Pictured at the METAlliance ‘In Session’ event at Avatar Studios in New York City, from left: Frank Filipetti, Elliot Scheiner, George Massenburg, Al Schmitt, artist Kat Edmonson, Phil Ramone, Chuck Ainlay, artist Robby Sinclair, and Ed Cherney.

Photo: Guillaume Chadalliac

METAlliance co-founders Phil Ramone and Al Schmitt recorded jazz artist Kat Edmonson and her band in Avatar Studio A, while Elliot Scheiner and Ed Cherney recorded Robby Sinclair and his band, Lazer Cake, in Studio C, including both tracking and overdubs. Chuck Ainlay was in Studio B soloing tracks, processing and mixing analog from multitrack masters on a large-format SSL console. George Massenburg and Frank Filipetti explored mixing inside the box in Avatar’s spacious Studio B tracking area, taking great care to explain how to make the most of new and past techniques in a world of current technology.

Attendees got a close-up look at basic tracking and mic techniques, and were also engaged in separate mixing sessions, participating in critical listening.

“I have never felt so at ease while recording,” says Sinclair. “The energy during those two days was extremely positive and contagious, and the love for music was paramount.”

Edmonson adds, “Recording with Al Schmitt and Phil Ramone was the time of my life! I am entirely grateful to the METAlliance for allowing me such an immense opportunity. The experience was, of course, invaluable and would be for anyone with any interest in the recording industry. To work with them was a dream come true.”

“It’s very gratifying to have our work appreciated with such passion and dedication,” says Elliot Scheiner.

“Once again, this was a great experience for all of us,” says Phil Ramone, “working with great musicians and a very diverse group of students, pros, educators and recording novices.”

“The talent this year was just outstanding,” said Al Schmitt.

Attendee Slau Halatyn, who won the Nuendo 5 drawing, says, “I can’t imagine any other scenario where I would have access to that caliber of talent under one roof at the same time—simply unbelievable.” Other winners included Mark Kondraki, who won the iZotope Ozone/RX/Nectar plug-in bundle; Marcel Fernandez, who won the Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Bundle; and Mike Grosso, who won the Sonnox Native Essential plug-in bundle. A number of JBL RMC Room Mode Correction Calibration Kits were also given away.

Attendee Angelo Montrone says, “To be able to spend the weekend with seven masters of their field, learning how each of them does their magic, was truly an experience of a lifetime.”

“The search for good recording is just a fever that drives you forward,” Ainlay observes.

“We were very impressed with the depth of the dialog and discussion,” says Massenburg.

“This event really brought the best of the old school and the new technology together,” says Filipetti.

“I feel we’ve inspired this Avatar group to see how important quality can be to the future of music,” Cherney adds.

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