AES Los Angeles 2014
Historical Event H2

Thursday, October 9, 5:00 pm — 6:30 pm (Room 408 B)


H2 - Audio Architects of the Nashville Sound: Highlights from the AES Nashville Lifetime Achievement Awards

Michael Janas, Belmont University - Nashville, TN, USA

“Nashville would have never become a recording center without the engineers,” - Country Music Hall of Fame and Musicians Hall of Fame guitarist Harold Bradley.

As often as people talk about how great records sound from many decades back, so little attention has been given to the engineers who captured the sound for all-time. If the sounds weren’t captured just right by the engineer, it would be a completely different story to all who hear them.” - Eddie Stubbs, WSM 650 disc jockey and Grand Ole Opry Announcer. Audio engineers played a crucial role in the evolution of the Nashville sound through the combination of their technical prowess, their own musicianship and their ability to understand the needs of the artist, the music, and bring to fore the elements of a hit song. In 2012 the Nashville Chapter of the AES began to honor these audio engineers with the AES Nashville Lifetime Achievement Awards. Presented annually in the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, these awards honor the individuals with a sustained record of outstanding achievement in music and sound in the Nashville recording industry. Many of the twenty-one individuals honored as of 2014 have recorded and mastered thousands of hit recordings from many different genres while others developed technology audio engineers and musicians rely upon today, such as inline console architecture and the distortion pedal. Highlights from the past three AES Nashville Lifetime Achievement Awards presentations will be featured in this program, including audio recordings, still images, video interviews and video footage from the presentations.

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