RECW grad gets Academy of Country Music nomination, "Audio Engineer of the Year"
The Academy of Country Music has announced the nominees for the 2013 ACM awards, and RECW grad Mills Logan is up for "Audio Engineer of the Year".
Mills has been the engineer/mixer for Toby Keith for several years now, and his studio work with Luke Bryan certainly has helped shine a bright light on his talent. Bryan's "Tailgates and Tanlines" is up for "Album of the Year".
CBS will air the ACM Awards on April 7th. No doubt Mills will be having a pretty exciting day.
RECW grad's band to tour with Bad Company & Lynyrd Skynyrd
RECW grad Jon Lawhon and his bandmates in Black Stone Cherry have just joined a summer tour with Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd. 12 cities & 10 states this June/July. Should be a great chance to bring their stuff to the classic rock crowd.
RECW grad mixing Kanye West in London, Paris, Brussels
Kanye West hit London, Paris and Brussels a few weeks ago. RECW grad Jon Smeltz was the the mixer extraordinaire for this surprise mini-tour.
Certainly is an interesting piece of news to share right after the tidbit about RECW grad Jordan Kolenc being the monitor mixer for Taylor Swift on her RED tour. Having a RECW grad handle mixing duties is something Kanye can agree with her about.
RECW grad Jacquire King produced two songs for Bon Jovi on their new release "What About Now". Billboard put this album at number 1 on this week's Top 200 chart.
Jacquire has been a producer/mixer/engineer for a lot of great music. His studio talents with the Icelandic group Of Monsters and Men helped put their single "Mountain Sound" at number 2 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart just last month.
RECW grad & staff alumnus Jonathan Wyner had his new book on mastering released a few days ago. It's called "Audio Mastering" - a very clear title for a book that is very clear in its well-crafted content.
Jonathan is chief mastering engineer and president of M-Works Studios in Boston. His numerous credits include David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana and one my favorites Aimee Mann.
This book really stands apart from many others on this topic. Jonathan provides incredibly clear explanations and offers very practical examples in what is often perceived as the mystical art of mastering.
Jonathan Wyner's book on mastering is only a few weeks old...
However another RECW grad has had an audio book "hit" in Korea for years now.. over 90,000 copies sold..
He recently sent us this note:
I was 24 when I was in chiilicothe for hot summer of 91. I wrote this book in 1993 where there were only 2 books available in the country, but those were just translated or edited from many books which i really thought no one would understand, thicker than The Bible. My wife encourage me to write a book which people like her to understand how sound system works, even thought I was only 26 and not that much experienced one. After 2 decades, it sold over 90,000 copies, revised several times. Almost all Korean sound guy and schools uses as a basic textbook. I trully can speak that my expierence and studies from the recording workshop builds a strong foundation for Korean sound industry and a part of KPOP you guys listening these day.
Thanks all of you in the workshop.
This made us happy around the staff table... almost broke into a horse dance...
RECW grad mixing Costello & The Roots at Brooklyn Bowl
Mixing Elvis Costello & The Roots for their Brooklyn show tonight is RECW grad extraordinaire Jon Smeltz.
Their new album "Wise Up Ghost" gets released tomorrow, and the show tonight at the unique Brooklyn Bowl is a great lead-in.
Much of this new album was recorded in The Roots' rehearsal room for their "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" gig. Jon Smeltz had a big hand in designing this creative space that the band has used in ways far beyond the norm.
RECW grad Jonathan Wyner giving AES presentation for iZotope
RECW grad Jonathan Wyner (M-Works, Boston) will be giving an AES presentation for iZotope tomorrow. He is a mastering engineer extraordinaire, and a wonderful communicator... it will be an excellent event.