Modern music production combines time-tested techniques with those made possible by new technologies to produce today’s most popular hits. Recording artist, producer, educator and Governor of the Audio Engineering Society, Paul “Willie Green” Womack, will welcome a wide range of the music industry’s brightest up-and-coming engineers and producers, innovators leading tech and seasoned professionals for two days packed with insightful insight into cutting-edge production practices at the AES Music Production Academy, taking place online April 20-21. Priced at just $25 for AES members / $49 for non-members, the AES Music Production Academy will cover topics ranging from vocals to vinyl, offer inside hosts high-level sessions, and study deliverables and good business practices, with additional presentations from event partners Eventide and Sonarworks. Registration, event schedule and presenter biographies are now available online.
After the Academy kicks off with a surprise special guest speaker, the main content begins with what promises to be a lively session: “Behind the Scenes of Loud: The History of Reggaeton” with Jeanne Montalvo (John Legend, Cultura Profética, Bobby Sanabria’s Latin Jazz Big Band) and Stephanie Lebow (Director of Engineering at Futuro Media & Futuro Studios). The event continues with a technology presentation from event partner Eventide, followed by “Digital Delivery Concepts – Alternate Release Formats” featuring Womack (Wiz Khalifa, The Roots, Gimlet Media) and multi-talented Jawwaad Taylor (Shape of Broad Minds, The Young Mothers, Carrie Mae Weems), as well as an “Advanced Vocal Processing” workshop, also led by Womack.
Day two begins with an overview of “Cutting Vinyl Records with Today’s Modern Tools” with Heba Kadry (Mars Volta, Lucy Dacus, Ryuichi Sakamoto) and Josh Bonati (Bonati Mastering), followed by the panel presentation “Let’s Talk Production” featuring Stephen Dent (Notorious BIG, Diddy, Mary J. Blige), Carlin “Busy Works” Hines (Busy Work Beats), Amond “AJ” Jackson (Snoop Dogg, CeeLo Green, Killer Mike) and Eric” Realistic” Michael (LoveOfPharaoh, Rick Ross, Future). The day continues with a partner presentation from Sonarworks, then an in-depth look at “Hip-Hop Music Biz” with Angela Piva (Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton, Ronnie Spector) and Scott Rubin (Public Enemy, John Mayer, Zac Brown Band ). The day ends with a Production Masterclass hosted by Gloria Kaba (A Tribe Called Quest, Jack White, Kanye West) and Womack.
Full details and registration for the not-to-be-missed event are available now on the AES Music Production Academy website.