Recording/mixing engineer Edward J. “UK” Nixon
How do the pros do it? What makes great gear great? How is that hit sound achieved? What does it take to become a successful and in demand audio engineer? These are just some of the questions that Prism Sound is setting out to answer as it takes its Mic to Monitor series of free seminars and audio production workshops through Florida this week and next week.
Targeted at music production students, hobbyists and professionals, Mic to Monitor aims to dispel the many myths surrounding the recording process. In conjunction with SADiE and PMC, Prism Sound kicked off its 2014 U.S. tour at SAE Atlanta on March 19 and then comes to Full Sail in Orlando on March 21; the Winter Music Conference in Miami for two days, March 24 and 25; and the University of Miami on March 26.
Each seminar features presentations from recording professionals who will answer audience questions on recording techniques. Chris Allen, Prism Sound’s sales executive and support engineer, says, “Our Mic to Monitor tours are always well received because they give those attending the opportunity to learn tips, tricks and technical know-how directly from top producers and engineers. Our guest speakers are always willing to share their knowledge and to back up their examples with original material from their own studios and projects.”
There will also be the opportunity to demo equipment and win a Prism Sound Titan USB interface, SADiE 6 Sound Suite software and PMC Twotwo.5 speakers. To be eligible for the prize draw, you must attend the events in person. The Mic to Monitor event on March 21 in Orlando will also be Webcast live for those who want to be part of the experience but are unable to attend in person.
Guest speakers for Mic to Monitor USA 2014 include Edward J “UK” Nixon of the Grammy Award winning J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League on March 19 in Atlanta and March 21 in Orlando; multiple Grammy Award winning producer Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-Quee on March 24-25 at the Winter Music Conference and University of Miami on March 26; mastering engineer Glenn Schick; and mastering engineer Bob Katz.
Edward J “UK” Nixon, who presents the seminars in Atlanta and Orlando, will give an insight into his story No Secrets, the rise of his career from early beginnings in the idyllic Lake District in the English countryside to becoming one of the most globally respected engineers of today. Nixon will also demonstrate his approach to the workflow, mixing style and processes which earned him his title as Chief Engineer of the production super-group, The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League (Sir Paul McCartney, Nas, Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross & Drake).
Producer/DJ Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-Quee will present “That Perfect Mix,” sharing his production experience and knowledge that has resulted in more than 25 million record sales to date for his work with Eminem, Drake, Bruno Mars, John Legend, Mary J Blige, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Akon, Rihanna and more.
Bob Katz presents “Audio Mastering in 2014.” His work has received numerous accolades, including three Grammy Awards. Katz built the first useable model of an oversampled A/D converter to produce the world’s first oversampled commercial recordings; recorded the first commercially available 24-bit/96kHz audio DVD; and invented and patented an ambience recovery algorithm that has been commercialized in several products. Katz has been the chair of various AES sections and conventions, and his book, Mastering Audio: The Art and The Science (Focal Press), has gone through nine printings and two editions.