The 10th Art of Record Production Conference:
November 6 - 8 2015
Drexel University, Philadelphia PA, USA
Confirmed speakers so far include:
Tony Maserati is an American record producer and audio engineer who has worked with many mainstream artists including Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Jason Mraz, James Brown, Mariah Carey, Notorious BIG, Black Eyed Peas, Destiny's Child, R. Kelly, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Puff Daddy, and Tupac Shakur. His work encompasses worldwide sales in excess of 100 million units. He won a Grammy Award for his work on Beyoncé Knowles' No. 1 single, "Crazy In Love" and a Latin Grammy Award for Sérgio Mendes's Timeless (2006). He has seven additional Grammy nominations, including a 2013 Record of the Year nomination for Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and a nomination for Best Engineered Album (Non Classical) for Jason Mraz's "Love Is A Four Letter Word" in 2012. He is currently a nominee for 2014 Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards for his work on Beyonce's "Beyonce."
Maserati attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts for production and engineering. He relocated to New York City during the early days of the record making business in New York City, and was trained by the technical and engineering staff of legendary Sigma Sound Studios as well as the steady stream of R&B, Dance and Rock luminaries who booked the rooms there.
According to Sound on Sound, Maserati helped to define the sound of New York hip-hop and R&B through his mixes: a "huge low end and a smooth, velvety high", and an “outhouse on the bottom, penthouse on the top”, according to Mix magazine.
Maserati uses both analog and digital technology, and has worked with manufacturers to test, create, distribute and promote quality audio solutions for the market. In a partnership between Maserati and Waves Audio Ltd., digital plug-in versions of Maserati's favorite analog chains were created and released as the first in a line of Waves Signature Series plugins - The Tony Maserati Collection. Maserati has been a spokesperson for other brands including Avid, Chandler Limited, SoundToys, RetroInstruments, Crane Song, Softube and Universal Audio.
In 2011, Maserati and Stefan Skarbek co-founded Mirrorball Entertainment, a music publisher, production team and recording company.
After eight years as a Lab Tech in the Research department at the Philco Corporation in 1960 Joe started working nights at AMS, a small studio in South Philadelphia. In 1962 Joe left Philco and AMS to take a full time engineer position at Cameo Parkway
Records. During his years there he recorded artists that included Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydel, The Dovels, The Orlons, Dee Dee Sharp and The Tymes. Eventually Cameo was sold, with the change Joe decided to make his move and in 1968 he established Sigma Sound Studios.
Under Tarsia's leadership, Sigma brought cutting edge innovation to the sound recording business. Sigma was one of the first studios on the East Coast to offer 24-track recording and multi-track noise reduction (Dolby). It was the first studio
anywhere to successfully employ console automation. In cooperation with Allison Research, Sigma developed the first endless throw automation fader. Sigma was instrumental in the design of the MCI 600 series recording console and later, the monitor features of Solid State Logic’s 6000 series recording console. Many of the design innovations developed by Sigma were adopted by pro audio manufacturers and are still in use today.
No professional achievement is more meaningful to Joe Tarsia than his hand in creating the "Philadelphia Sound". From the mid 60's to the early 80's the unique sound that came to life in Sigma's studios dominated the world's airways. The success of Sigma regulars, Gamble & Huff, Tom Bell, Tom Moulton, Bobby Martin and Baker, Harris & Young attracted a stream of top artists and producers from around the world, coming to capture the "Sigma magic".
In 1977 Sigma expanded to the Big Apple opening Sigma Sound Studios of New York. After 35 years Joe sold it all in 2003. Joe was a founding member and first president of The Society of Professional Recording Studios (SPARS) and a founding members and a past Chairman of the Board of The Philadelphia Music Alliance (PMA).
Mr. Kenneth Gamble is widely known for having written, produced, recorded, and published more than 3,000 songs performed by artists such as The Jackson Five, Teddy Pendergrass, Jerry Butler, The O’Jays, Spinners, Delfonics, Jones Girls, Billy Paul, Lou Rawls, Phyllis Hyman, Dionne Warrick, and many others (nearly 60 artists in total represented the Philly label). A great deal of music he produced carried a social theme and what was described as a “message in the music.” In 1974 and 1989, he received Grammy Awards for writing “Me & Mrs. Jones” and “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” respectively. He founded several record companies, including Philadelphia International Records, of which he remains CEO and chairman of the board.
The Gamble and Huff writing duo has received every major musical award in the U.S. and abroad including being inducted into the National Academy of Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1995; the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame in 2001; the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008; and the Dance and Music Hall of Fame in 2005. He has also received the prestigious UK Ivor Novello Award in 2006 and Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2009 the duo was named BMI Icons at the 57th Annual BMI Pop Awards.
The Gamble and Huff catalog has secured: 80 #1 Hits; 200+ Top #100 Hits; 175 Gold/Platinum Albums; #1 R&B Publisher Worldwide; #8 Pop Publisher Worldwide; and one of Gamble and Huff’s records is played every 13 minutes worldwide. In addition, Mr. Gamble was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree in Public Service from Cheyney University in 2005 and an Honorary Doctorate degree of Music from Berklee College of Music in 2010.
Trevor Pinch is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Science and Technology Studies and Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. He holds degrees in physics and sociology. He has authored many books and numerous articles on aspects of the sociology of science, the sociology of technology, the sociology of economics, and sound studies. His books include Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer. He is co editor of the Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies. He is also a performing musician with the Electric Golem and The Atomic forces. He has an honorary degree from Maastricht University.