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Vintage King Sponsors Eddie Kramer Studio Prodigy Master Class

Students Engage at EastWest Studios and Bernie Grundman Mastering

Pictured in Hollywood at EastWest Recording Studios are Eddie Kramer, Ryan Hewitt and Studio Prodigy Master Class attendees. Photo by David Goggin.

Sessions Four and Five of the popular Studio Prodigy Master Class Series were led by renowned producer/engineer Eddie Kramer. Founder of the series and Award-winning engineer Ryan Hewitt was on hand for the two-day recording and mixing sessions at Hollywood’s world class EastWest Recording Studios and also the final two days at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

Working in a recording studio is much like any other profession. With new advanced gear coming out daily, there is a constant education curve that engineers, mixers and producers must follow. With the formation of the Studio Prodigy Master Class Series, founder Ryan Hewitt has helped to expedite the education process. Sponsored by Vintage King Audio, this milestone audio recording event will be available as part of the ongoing video series.

As the leader of Studio Prodigy Session Four, Eddie Kramer needs no introduction for those on the inside track of the world of rock. Born in Capetown, South Africa, Kramer would get his start engineering two Beatles singles before moving onto work with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones.

Kramer talked about his recording techniques on the first day while covering mixing on day two. Walking students through the operation of the studio’s expansive 80-input Neve 8078, Eddie explained in detail what it takes to capture a truly classic rock performance.

Pictured in the vinyl cutting room at Bernie Grundman Mastering are (foreground seated L-R) Chris Bellman and Eddie Kramer, (standing L-R) Ryan Hewitt and Francis Buckley, with Studio Prodigy attendees. Photo by David Goggin.

As a part of the second session, Chris Bellman and Francis Buckley teamed up for an advanced course at Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios. Bellman, whose mastering credits include Tom Petty, Neil Young, Carole King and Van Halen, has been working in the industry since the late 1970s. Francis Buckley got his start in the early 1970s, and has since worked on projects for Black Flag, Quincy Jones and Alanis Morissette.

With a focus on mastering for both analog and digital, Studio Prodigy explored the differences between the two procedures. Considering the rebound of vinyl in recent years, it’s noteworthy that mastering is a uniquely complex process. During the course, Eddie Kramer and the students each provided a mix for mastering which was then cut straight to acetate.

Other Studio Prodigy Session Four sponsors included The Recording Connection Audio Institute, Royer, Mojave, Waves, EastWest Studios, F-Pedals, Equator Audio and Deltah Design.

To learn more about the Eddie Kramer, Chris Bellman, and Francis Buckley sessions, as well as upcoming Studio Prodigy Master Classes, visit: