Santa Monica, Calif. — The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Manufacturer Council Breakfast was held on Friday, Sept. 29, 2016, during the 141st AES Convention in Los Angeles. At their biannual meeting, this group of industry leaders — who are dedicated to the advancement of sound quality and to the overall growth of the professional audio industry — shared ideas and discussed issues of interest to all parties in attendance, with the goal of raising awareness about the importance of high-quality audio, credits and recording metadata, music streaming bit rates and other related topics.
The program included opening remarks from GRAMMY-winning engineer/producer Ed Cherney who, reflecting on the P&E Wing’s 15th anniversary year, shared the history of how the Producers & Engineers Wing was created in September 2000 when the Music Producers Guild of America (MPGA) merged with The Recording Academy. The MPGA was established in 1997 by Cherney with the goal of creating a forum for the technical recording community that would represent its interests as well as organize relevant events and promote dialogue on important technical, creative and economic issues. Maureen Droney, Recording Academy Managing Director, Producers & Engineers Wing and Recording Technology, then turned the mic over to Phil Wagner (President, Focusrite Novation Inc.), who gave an update on the P&E Wing / CTA (Consumer Technology Association) DEG (Digital Entertainment Group) High Resolution Audio Initiative. Paul Jessop (County Analytics/RIAA) then discussed the debut of the new DDEX standard RIN (Recording Information Notification), with leading members of the P&E Wing offering their perspectives on the subject.
The following manufacturers, organizations and publications were represented at the meeting: Ableton, AES, Apogee, Audio-Technica, Country Analytics, Focusrite Novation, Fraunhofer, Genelec, HARMAN Professional, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, iZotope, KRK, Systems Manley Labs, Music Marketing, Prism Audio/Sadie, Rupert Neve Designs, Shure, SSL and Waves. P&E Wing Advisory Council Members were in attendance, including Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Gavin Lurssen, Morgan Page, Piper Payne, Michael Romanowski, and Andrew Scheps, as well as AES Executive Director Bob Moses.
P&E Wing Managing Director Maureen Droney stated, "Each year, it is a highlight of our time at the AES convention to meet with our manufacturer friends, to mark the occasion and discuss the state of our industry. By combining efforts and perspectives, we can help chart the course for the next year of developments in the recording community."
Photo Caption: Representatives from leading manufacturers, organizations and publications, along with members of the P&E Wing Advisory Council, at the P&E Wing Manufacturer Council Breakfast during the 141st AES Convention in Los Angeles. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Clyne Media Inc. © 2016 Photographed by: Corey Walthall, Clyne Media, Inc.