The second METAlliance Academy, ‘In Session with the Guys’, took place at New York City’s Avatar Studios on 19/20 February, drawing attendees from across the country and as far away as Argentina and Venezuela.
During recording sessions with Kat Edmonson and Robby Sinclair, participants got a close-up look at basic tracking and mic techniques, while separate mixing sessions provided them with the opportunity to participate in critical listening and various key mixing processes.
METAlliance co-founders Phil Ramone and Al Schmitt recorded Kat Edmonson and her band in Avatar Studio A. Elliot Scheiner and Ed Cherney recorded Robby Sinclair and his band, Lazer Cake, in Studio C, both tracking and overdubbing. Chuck Ainlay was in Studio B soloing tracks, processing and mixing analogue from multitrack masters on a large format SSL console. George Massenburg and Frank Filipetti explored home studio mixing ‘in the box’ in the Studio B tracking area.
Kat Edmonson commented: “Recording with Al Schmitt and Phil Ramone was the time of my life! I am entirely grateful to the METAlliance for allowing me such an immense opportunity. The experience was, of course, invaluable and would be for anyone with ANY interest in the recording industry. To work with them was a dream come true.”
Phil Ramone reflected: “Once again, this was a great experience for all of us, working with great musicians and a very diverse group of students, pros, educators and recording novices.”
“Keeping the session groups small in number allowed for a very intimate setting. There’s nothing like it anywhere,” said Jim Pace, executive director of the METAlliance.
Photo by Guillaume Chadalliac