The METAlliance (Music Engineering and Technical Alliance) is presenting a recording masterclass for students at Ball State University on March 18 with Chuck Ainlay and George Massenburg, two of the organizations founders. On the evening before, 7:30, March 17, the duo will present a keynote address free and open to the public.
Keynote: Sunday, March 17th, 7:30 pm Sursa Performance Hall
Workshop: Monday, March 18th, 2 - 7pm
Ball State Music Media Production Studios
Making use of Ball State's 10,000 sqft. state-of-the-art facility, Ainlay and Massenburg will record and produce a song written and performed by Ball State faculty. Topics of the workshop will include microphone placement and production techniques. The META co-founders will take turns producing and engineering to give participants a unique insight into workflow and technique.
Having two of the world's most respected producer/recording engineers orchestrate a recording session at the Ball State Music Media Production Studios will be an extraordinary learning opportunity for the students of the Music Media Production program.
Multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning producer/engineer Chuck Ainlay has recorded and/or mixed well over three hundred albums, including work with top country music artists such as George Strait, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and The Dixie Chicks. Ainlay has placed his distinctive production and engineering stamp on projects with mainstream pop artists such as Dire Straits and nearly the entire solo career of Mark Knopfler, as well as Peter Frampton, Lionel Richie, James Taylor, Jewel, Bob Seger, Chuck Leavell and Sheryl Crow, earning him widespread international acclaim.
Multiple Grammy and TEC Award-winner George Massenburg is an internationally renowned producer, recording engineer and designer of audio equipment - a man in love with music and the art of the recording. He has won Grammys as both a producer and as an engineer, and in 1998 was awarded the Grammy for Technical Achievement for a lifetime of contributions to the art and science of recording. Massenburg has been responsible for engineering some of the most respected recordings of the modern era, as well as creating that mainstay of the recording process, the parametric equalizer.
Previous METAlliance events in Hollywood, Nashville and New York City have provided intense workshops covering every aspect of recording from mic technique and recording basic tracks to critical listening and advanced mixing. "These are real sessions and we are making real records," commented METAlliance co-founder Al Schmitt.
About the METAlliance
Established in 2005, the METAlliance (Music Engineering and Technology Alliance) was founded by globally-recognized, award-winning audio engineers and producers Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Elliot Scheiner, Al Schmitt, and the late Phil Ramone. The METAlliance works with educators to help insure the skills and techniques that have developed through the history of recording are carried forward. METAlliance : strategic union of music producers and engineers dedicated to the highest standards of audio and delivery of music, securing the art through recording technology in all its evolving modern forms.