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Immerse yourself in the art and technology of music recording. Feb. 20-21, 2009.
NASHVILLE: The AES Nashville Section has developed a compelling two-day recording workshop and gear expo focused on getting the most from your studio environment. With thirteen-time Grammy Award winner, musician and studio owner Ricky Skaggs as the keynote address speaker, the AES Nashville section, in conjunction with Audio Engineering Society, Inc. is offering this two-day program on February 20 & 21, 2009 at the Musician’s Hall of Fame and Museum, Whether you are a recording musician, a songwriter laying down demos, or a professional engineer working in a personal production space, the Nashville Recording Workshop and Expo will provide essential insight and information geared to boost your career.

Affordable and more powerful technology has made for a burgeoning market in recording equipment as songwriters, musicians and engineers create their own personal production spaces. Nashville has long been touted to have more personal studios per capita than anywhere in the country, and never has this been truer than in today’s DAW-centric recording environment. NRW+E presents a unique opportunity for personal studio owners to learn from the pros who put the Music in Music City, to check out the latest tools of the trade in the exhibition space and to “network� with their peers.

NRW+E presenters will include: leading producer/engineers Ricky Skaggs, Jeff Balding, Russ Long, Pat McMakin and Gary Paczosa, and Lynn Fuston of 3D Audio, to name but a few of the high-profile participants to be announced. Subjects planned for the two-day event include: vocal and acoustic instrument miking, a singer/songwriter production roundtable, producing a dynamite demo, arrangement and recording for better mixes, adding rhythm and spice with virtual tracks, collaboration across time and space, work environments that enhance creativity, practical acoustic and room treatment, when to call in a pro, a beats and loops workshop, and many more.

Mike Porter, Chairman of the Nashville section of AES states, “The Nashville community has long hoped to host an AES event, with enthusiastic support from many outside our area. While this isn’t as big an event as New York or San Francisco, it will certainly be a mini AES for area people to attend. AES conventions usually are geared more toward engineers; this workshop will have much more to offer songwriters, musicians, home and small studio owners and recording enthusiasts, as well as the studio professionals.

With at least 7 higher educational schools in the area that have recording engineering and music business programs in their curriculum, we welcome the students of those programs. The Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo will afford them the opportunity to participate in discussions with some of the audio professionals in the area that they might not normally have access to.�

“AES Sections around the country frequently develop educational events to advise their members about technical changes and industry-related issues and developments,� AES Executive Director Roger Furness remarked. “As a focal point for talented engineers, producers and recording artists, the Nashville Section has pioneered a number of particularly ambitious events. This year’s Recording Workshop + Expo signals an impressive new level of programming quality. Attendees and exhibitors alike will encounter a wealth of technical and networking options.�

‘Early Bird’ registration for AES members and members of participating professional songwriter, performance, musician and engineering organizations is $79, non-members is $99, student members is $39, and non-member students is $59. Early registration is open through January 23. For the full program listings, information on registering or to book an exhibition space visit:


Photo: Ricky Skaggs will serve as keynote address speaker for the AES Nashville Section 2Day Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo on Feb. 20, 2009.