Platinum Panels Gleam at 125th AES Convention

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--The traditional AES Convention gathering of “Platinum Eagles”will offer a stellar series this year. Platinum Events Chair Paul Verna, former Billboard and Mix journalist, co-author of The Encyclopedia of Record Producers, and eMarketer sr. entertainment analyst, has coordinated a trio of outstanding Platinum panels.“Paul Verna’s insights into and ties to the pro audio world have consistently enabled him to build outstanding panels,” remarked AES Executive Director Roger Furness. “We are extremely fortunate to have him on our team and, as always, we expect these Platinum events to be primary attractions to the Moscone Center October 2 thru 5.”

“This year marks an interesting shift in the traditional Platinum Producers and Engineers Panels,” Verna reports.“For the first time we have invited top practitioners of both these closely related skill sets to participate in a single event. I anticipate particularly intriguing dialogues as these tightly-linked collaborators share their experiences and insights.”

Friday, Oct. 3, 11:30AM – 1:00PM: PLATINUM PRODUCERS & ENGINEERS: Moderator, Paul Verna – Panelists include studio pros who successfully honed their craft from a variety of entry points: A&R - Tony Berg (Aimee Mann, Beck, Air Supply, Edie Brickell); performing - Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind); engineering - Joe Chiccarelli (U2, Frank Zappa, Elton John) and Chris Lord-Alge (James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Madonna); and classical music - David v.R. Bowles, engineer/producer of over fifty top classical music recordings.

Sunday, Oct. 5, 11:30AM -1:00PM: PLATINUM ROAD WARRIORS: Clive Young, Pro Sound News Sr. Editor and author of CRANK IT UP: Live Sound Secrets of the Top Tour Engineers will guide an all-star panel (TBA) across subject matter ranging from gear to gossip, in what promises to be an insightful, amusing and enlightening 90 minute session. Engineers for superstar artists will discuss war stories, technical innovations and heroic efforts to maintain the eternal‘show must go on' code of the road. Ample time will be provided for an audience Q&A session.

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