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Chuck Ainlay, George Massenburg to host recording masterclasses

UK: The producer/engineers and METAlliance founding members, Chuck Ainlay and George Massenburg will jointly present two seminars in London this May.

UK: The producer/engineers and METAlliance founding members will jointly present two seminars in London this May, writes David Davies. Chuck Ainlay (pictured) has numerous credits for work with the likes of Mark Knopfler, Vince Gill, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Waylon Jennings. Massenburg, meanwhile, has logged studio time with Little Feat, Randy Newman and James Taylor, and runs his own recording equipment manufacturer, GML (George Massenburg Labs).

The two-day sessions – to be held at Knopfler’s British Grove Studios in West London – will take place directly after AES Europe on May 26-29. Pre-production session planning, tracking set-up, mic placement, overdubs, mixing, delivery and archiving will be among the topics covered during the masterclasses.

Delegate numbers will be strictly limited for the seminars, and anyone wishing to register their interest can do so at the dedicated webpage (link below).

The events are being overseen by Gary Ash at Sable Marketing, which is the UK distributor for George Massenburg Labs. Ash cites a number of previous, “very entertaining” Sable-organised Q&A events involving Massenburg at RAK Studios, the University of Surrey, KMR and Funky Junk, and highlights the engineer’s extensive academic pedigree, including teaching credits at the Berklee College of Music and McGill University.

“Students admire his technical expertise, but he’s fun as well (‘Those last 14 takes were just great, but how about that thing where we’re going to play it in time and in tune?’), and humour can disarm and get the best out of people,” Ash tells PSN-e. “When you’ve had a hand in as many great-sounding records as he has, you command respect. Take that legacy and factor in his many academic & technical achievements – it really adds weight to his opinions about our industry and the whole recording process.”

A long-time friend of regular British Grove client Ainlay, Massenburg was highly impressed by the London facility during a visit last year. With the help of studio manager David Stewart, Sable has been able to schedule the masterclasses directly after the AES Europe Convention.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for anyone studying audio engineering or running their own studio,” notes Ash, “and it’s just got to add to the buzz we all want there to be around the first London AES for 20 years, and to help remind people of how important this city is as a recording centre.”