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Boston - June 9, 2009

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AES Boston Section
June 2009 Meeting
with Charles Dye

The AES Boston Annual banquet was held on Tuesday June 9th, 2009 at the Henderson House in Weston, Massachusetts. Members elected Alec Francesconi as Vice Chair and confirmed Adrian Gates as Treasurer, who has been serving as Acting Treasurer since January. A Certificate of Recognition Award was presented to former Section Chair Jordan Tishler for his many years of service to the Boston Section. Additionally, former officers, Secretary J. Nelson Chadderdon and Treasurer Joel Goldberg, were also given awards but were not present to receive them. Section Chair Tony Schultz and Secretary Jonah Goska are currently halfway through their two-year term.

The night featured Latin Grammy Award-winning Engineer, Mixer and Producer Charles Dye, who began his talk with a timeline of the step-by-step process that eventually led him to some aspired opportunities. He shared how the technology he was using during his early years influenced his projects and the importance of understanding the potential of the technology and pushing the limits to achieve a greater level for his projects.

He gave his view on the state of the industry and gave examples of how the diminished Record Label budgets have affected him as well as the industry in general. He moved on to focus on one reason, among others, for this steep decline in industry budgets—Music Piracy. Audience discussion ensued about ways in which piracy could be limited. It was noted that other countries have adopted penalties for piracy infractions such as cutting off Internet usage. The group agreed that the United States has been lax in keeping music piracy under control.

Charles Dye's work has appeared on records selling over 80 million copies worldwide. His work includes mixes for John Ralston, Ricky Martin, Jon Bon Jovi, Julio Iglesias, Sammy Hagar, Billie Myers, Jon Secada, Jenna Drey and Robi Draco Rosa. He has recorded the artists Lauryn Hill, Shakira, Aerosmith, Jennifer Lopez, Thalia, Hanson, Gloria Estefan, and many others. Dye is also an innovative educator with his critically acclaimed video course "Mix It Like A Record".

Dye has become a pioneer in the area of DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) mixing, evidenced by his mix of "Livin' La Vida Loca". Dye's further commitment to mixing in-the-box was demonstrated by his two-time Grammy and Latin Grammy nominated engineering and mixing of five additional songs on Martin's English debut album, including two more singles "Shake Your Bon Bon" and "Private Emotion". In 2001 Dye was awarded a Latin Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album for Thalia's "Arrasando", working with a DAW on that project as well.

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