AES 2012: Platinum Producers & Engineers Panel boasts stellar line-up

The 2012 AES Convention’s Platinum Producers & Engineers Panel looks set to be one of the show’s key highlights, with an impressive line-up confirmed to participate in the October 28th event.

Convention Special Events chair, Christopher Smith worked closely with panel moderator Michael Romanowski, to coordinate the event, which takes at 1:30pm–3:00pm at the Moscone Centre in San Francisco. “We are tremendously excited to have a group of this stature participating in a single AES event,” Smith said. “The range of their work encompasses iconic hits for artists ranging from John Lennon to Aerosmith, Whitney Houston and Jay-Z. These superstar engineer/producers represent the best of the best.”

Romanowski is a mastering engineer who has worked for the likes of Third Eye Blind, Big Brother & The Holding Company and many other major artists. He also serves as president of the NARAS Board of Governors, and chairman of the SF Chapter’s Producers & Engineers wing. The highly anticipated event will range across a field of creative and technical topics, including memorable moments in the studio, the finer points of collaboration, and innovative recording techniques.

The Panel

Young Guru: Boasts credits for over a dozen Platinum hip hop classics, including Jay-Z’s The Black Album, Life & Times of S. Carter, and The Blueprint; Kanye West’s The College Dropout; Ghostface Killah’s FishScale; Nellyville, Drake’s Thank Me Later and Beyonce’s Crazy In Love.

Jack Douglas: With a long and close association with John Lennon, Douglas worked in NYC’s Record Plant where he engineered the classic Imagine album. In 1980 he completed the Grammy of the Year Double Fantasy album just weeks before Lennon was murdered. He has since gone on to work with such acts as Supertramp, Guns N’ Roses and Miles Davis.

Narada Michael Walden: A successful producer, drummer, singer, and songwriter, Walden’s career spans three decades and is highlighted by multiple Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum Awards. In 1985 he won R&B Song of The Year Grammy for Aretha Franklin’s ‘Freeway of Love’ and in 1987 he won Grammys for Producer of the Year and Album of the Year for The Bodyguard movie soundtrack.

Warren Huart: The Los Angeles-based producer has played a fundamental part in creating platinum albums and in the development of such successful artists as The Fray, Aerosmith, Howie Day and Matisyahu.

“The scope of their credentials may vary widely, but the quality and success ratio of their projects establishes a common ground for these creative masters. I also want to thank AES Tech Tours Chair Jessica Livingstone for her help in bringing Jack Douglas and Narada Michael Walden to this panel. This event will be the talk of the Convention,” Smith concluded.

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