Learn to Mix at New York's METAlliance, February 19-20

Jazz vocal sensation Kat Edmonson (pictured below) will be tracked and mixed by the METAlliance founding directors "In Session with The Guys," February 19 20, 2011 in NYC at famed Avatar Studios.  Edmonson has been described as "equal parts Billie

Jazz vocal sensation Kat Edmonson (pictured below) will be tracked and mixed by the METAlliance founding directors "In Session with The Guys," February 19-20, 2011 in NYC at famed Avatar Studios. Edmonson has been described as "equal parts Billie Holiday and Bjork" in All About Jazz.

 "Kat is a tremendous talent -- the best new jazz singer I've heard in years." says Grammy-winning engineer Al Schmitt, who mixed Edmonson's first album. "Kat is definitely a rising star in jazz, with a style and charm that reaches fans in the worlds of blues, rock, pop, and beyond. We'll be recording tracks for her new album, so this is a unique chance to see a true artist making great music in the studio."

"In Session with The Guys" attendees will participate and interact with the METAlliance founders in live recording and mixing sessions with Edmonson. From Austin, Texas, she been called, "memorable and contagious" by NPR and "the most promising American jazz singer to come along since Cassandra Wilson" by The Boston Globe. Other artists to be recorded during the Avatar weekend are TBA.

As in the inaugural 2010 METAlliance event in Hollywood at Capitol Studios, participants get a close-up look at basic tracking and mic techniques. In separate mixing sessions they are presented with the detailed procedures in significant detail, plus experience in-depth critical listening workshops.

The METAlliance offers a unique opportunity to experience living history while learning invaluable techniques with the legendary master craftsmen who founded the METAlliance. Every attendee will participate in four sessions, each designed to provide different experiences in the recording process and led by the founding members. Space is very limited.

* Session One: Phil Ramone and Al Schmitt
* Session Two: Elliot Scheiner and Ed Cherney

* Session Three: Chuck Ainlay
* Session Four: "In the Box" home studio mixing with Frank Filipetti and George Massenburg in a home studio environment

For more information and registration forms visit: http://www.metalliance.com

The METAlliance is comprised of a group of globally-recognized, award-winning audio engineers and producers who have been deeply involved in establishing techniques and technical standards that are the foundation of modern music recording. The METAlliance founders are Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Phil Ramone, Elliot Scheiner and Al Schmitt.

The METAlliance is a collaborative community that allows producers, engineers and audio technology manufacturers to work together to ensure the highest standards of audio production. Recognizing the industry's success in bringing products offering convenience and low cost, the METAlliance is dedicated to the passionate commitment of securing the art of music through recording technologies that best deliver the music in all its many modern forms. To accomplish this goal, quality requires recognition and support.

Alongside platforms for research and development, standardization and education, METAlliance also works closely with manufacturers to evaluate and certify products that offer the highest levels of quality in the recording chain. To date, only a handful of products have achieved this accolade.

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.


New York State of Mind

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES NEW YORK SO INCREDIBLE is its sheer density of interesting, creative people. It’s as evident in the music as it is among the people making the tools for those musicians. I recently headed east to visit a bunch of the top bass and amp builders in the biz. One thing I learned: when it comes to bass building, tiny little Woodstock gives the Big Apple a run for its money! The shot at left was from heck of a memorable dinner with some of the brightest bulbs in bass. There’s many more cool pix from my week-long sojourn to check out. Just got to our blog www.bassplayer.com.


New Gear February 2010

Ampeg SVT-7PRO & SVT-8PRO Heads Ultra-vintage Ampeg is going decidedly modern—as in super-light Class D power sections—with its latest additions to the venerable SVT amplifier line. The SVT-7PRO head throws down 1,000 watts while weighing only 15 pounds, while the SVT-8PRO shoots the moon with a scary 2,500 watts of power in a similarly compact and lightweight package. Both units feature familiar Ampeg front-end tone controls—so essentially it’s the same preamp many know and love, just stronger and lighter on the back end. And there’s a line of lightweight cabs (called PRO NEO) debuting in early 2010 to go with them. Prices SVT-7PRO, $799.99; SVT-8PRO, $2,399.99 Contact www.ampeg.com