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The Panelists

May 8, 2009 2:15 PM

Kevin Becka
Lou Bradley
Dave Brainard
Bob Bullock
Gary Burnette
Nathan Chapman
Terry Christian
Chris Grainger
Kevin Hill
Neilson Hubbard
Mills Logan
Russ Long
Chris Mara
Steve Marcantonio
Pat McMakin
Jerry McPherson
Brent Milligan
Mark Montgomery
Tony Morra
Sean O'Connell
Joe Palmaccio
Vance Powell
F. Reid Shippen
Robert Venable
Bil VornDick
Michael Wagener
Shane Wilson

Kevin Becka

Kevin Becka has been the technical editor of Mix since 2003. Prior to that, he served as an editor of Pro Audio Review and also as U.S. editor for the British publication Audio Media. Becka was an adjunct professor at Belmont University, teaching advanced recording at the Mike Curb School of Music. He also has taught surround recording at the Danish Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2005 and is currently the director of education at the Conservatory of Recording Arts in Arizona. A member of ASCAP, AES, SPARS and a voting member of NARAS, Becka has engineered multi-Platinum and Grammy-winning records for Kenny G, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Quincy Jones and Michael Bolton, among others.
Moderator: Advanced Plug-In Techniques; Wednesday, May 26, 11 a.m.

Lou Bradley

Panelist: Analog Techniques: When to Reach for the Rack; Wednesday, May 25, 3:30 p.m.

Bob Bullock

Born in Oakland, Calif., producer/engineer Bob Bullock began his lifelong career in the music business while still a senior in high school. Living in the Los Angeles area, he made his way up the ranks as a studio engineer, training under such greats as Humberto Gatica, Barney Perkins, Roy Haley and Roger Nichols. He quickly became a top engineer himself and worked with a variety of acts, including The Tubes, Art Garfunkel, Seals and Crofts, Chic Corea and REO Speedwagon. In 1981, while working at Lionshare Recording Studio for Kenny Rogers, he was approached by producer Jimmy Bowen to engineer for Warner Bros. Records in Nashville. Bullock commuted from L.A. to Nashville until 1984, when he and his family made a permanent move. Bullock has worked with Shania Twain, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Mark Wills and Kenny Chesney.
Panelist: Track, Overdub, Mix: The Link Between Home and Studio

Dave Brainard

After spending five years as a guitarist in the Air Force Band at Offutt Air Force Base, NE, Dave Brainard moved to Nashville in 1999 to pursue a career as a songwriter. After arriving there, he quickly broke into the restaurant industry, working long nights but spending his days either co-writing or using his Roland VS880 8-track digital recorder to demo his songs. It wasn’t long before there was enough demand from his co-writers to start recording demos full time out of an extra bedroom in his condo in Antioch, eventually upgrading to Pro Tools. During that period, he worked with then no-name writers like Chris Tompkins, Dierks Bentley, Chris Wallin, etc., and even produced an independent album on Jamey Johnson, which helped Johnson early on to turn some ears around music row. Brainard signed his first publishing deal with Balmur Corus Music in 2001 and had cuts with Neal McCoy and Sammy Kershaw. In 2002, he went on to sign his second publishing deal with Big Picture Music, where he had cuts with Kelly Coffee and Brooks and Dunn. After leaving Big Picture, he began focusing more on recording than writing, finding a little one-room space on 18th Avenue where he stayed busy for the next few years demo'ing and making independent records on various artists. In 2006, Brainard teamed up with his good friend, Brian Kolb, to open up Mix Dream Studios. Their partnership has been a success, having worked with the who’s who of the Nashville creative community. In 2008, longtime friend Jerrod Niemann approached Brainard to help him record an independent record and over the next year, Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jurycame to be. The album was signed to Arista Records and went on to debut at Number One on the Country Albums chart. “Lover Lover” is Brainard’s first Number One single as a producer and engineer.
Panelist:Day 2, Anatomy of a Hit

Gary Burnette

Panelist: The Power of Collaboration; Wednesday, May 25, 11 a.m.

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Nathan Chapman

Nashville's Nathan Chapman began playing drums and guitar at age 3, sang his first commercial album by age 6 and was recording music by the time he turned 14. His first producing credit was for Taylor Swift's debut. Since then, Chapman joined Sony/ATV Music Publishing as a songwriter; produced projects for Jesse Lee, Stephanie Chapman, Jimmy Wayne, Lori McKenna and Sara Evans; and completed Taylor Swift's followup, Fearless, which won Grammy Awards this year for Best Country Album of the Year and Album of the Year. Currently, he is producing new music for Anna Nalick, Laura Bell Bundy, Point of Grace, the Band Perry, The Invite, Jewel, Leighton Meester and Taylor Swift's third LP. Find out more information about Nathan Chapman.
Panelist: Anatomy of a Hit; Tuesday, May 25, 5 p.m.

Terry Christian

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Terry Christian began his professional career in Southern California at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, where he worked alongside Aretha Franklin, the Doobie Brothers, Elton John, Van Halen, Michael Jackson, Genesis, Toto and Barbra Streisand, among others. He has worked with some of music’s top producers, including Michael Omartian, George Martin, Phil Ramone, Quincy Jones, David Foster, Arif Mardin, Prince and Alison Krauss.  Christian's long list of engineering and mixing credits includes Peter Cetera, Keith Urban, Donna Summer, Roy Orbison, The Time, Amy Grant, Michael Bolton, Alan Jackson, Christopher Cross, Roberta Flack, Vince Gill, Jermaine Jackson, LeAnn Rimes, Boz Scaggs and many more. In addition to his work on records, Christian has contributed to numerous movie soundtracks and has done extensive orchestral work, including recording and mixing The Nashville Symphony and the soon-to-be-released Cliff Richard Big Band project. Along with his many RIAA Gold and Platinum awards, Terry Christian received a 2006 Grammy nomination for “Best Engineered Recording."
Panelist: Advanced Plug-In Techniques; Wednesday, May 25, 11 a.m.

Chris Grainger 

Nashville-based producer, mixer, engineer and songwriter Chris Grainger began making records in the early '90s, working on projects for the likes of Wilco, Switchfoot, Sixpence None the Richer and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Grainger has also been involved in developing libraries for music software companies such as Toontrack Music’s EZ Drummer and Superior lines. In early 2003, he decided to focus on developing new artists, the first of which was Minneapolis-based band Dropping Daylight, whose demos created interest from several labels, and shortly after signed with Octone Records. Grainger has since found similar success working with Luna Halo (American) and Ludo (Island). He is currently working with Nashville indie buzz bands the Kopecky Family Band and the Honeymoon Thrillers.
Panelist: Analog Techniques: When to Reach for the Rack; Wednesday, May 26, 3:30 p.m. 

Kevin Hill

Boosting Revenue; Tuesday, May 24, 12:30 p.m.

Neilson Hubbard

This Nashville-based producer began as a singer/songwriter in the mid-'90s, releasing four solo albums on labels such as E Pluribus Unum/Geffen, Parasol and Media Creature. This opened the door to production work about a decade ago. Since then, he has produced albums for many top-tiered critically acclaimed artists from both Nashville and around the country, including Glen Phillips, Kim Richey, Matthew Ryan and Garrison Starr. His recent collaborations with Nashville-based artist Matthew Perryman Jones have found their way on TV shows such as Private Practice, Kyle XY, One Tree Hill, Bones, Royal Pains, Eli Stone, Raising the Bar and Grey's Anatomy.
Panelist: The Power of Collaboration; Tuesday, May 25, 11 a.m.

Mills Logan

Mills Logan moved to Nashville in 1991. After working as an assistant engineer for Brent Maher and several years recording countless jingles, Logan started recording and later mixing records for the likes of Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Sister Hazel, Rascal Flatts, Ashley Cleveland, Rodney Carrington, Rissi Palmer, Lonestar, Collective Soul, Trailer Choir, Steve Azar, Sarah Buxton, Pat McLaughlin, Kenny Rogers, Pam Tillis, Michelle Wright, James Otto, Matthew West, Shelly Fairchild, Neal McCoy and Leann Rimes. Logan has also won a Grammy for Ashley Clevelands Before the Daylight’s Shot, in the Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album category in 2007. Logan recently has mixed Number One records for Toby Keith and Luke Bryan.
Panelist: Track, Overdub, Mix: The Link Between Home and Studio

Russ Long

Russ Long has been producing and engineering a wide variety of music and film projects since the late 1980s. His credits include the hits “Kiss Me” and “There She Goes” by Sixpence None the Richer and albums by Wilco, Newsboys, Over the Rhine, Reliant K, Dolly Parton and Jim Brickman. His film credits encompass the soundtracks to the Girl Interrupted, Here on Earth, Jonah, How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days, The Second Chance and She's All That motion pictures. Long has done 5.1 mixes for Allison Moorer, David Crowder Band and Mercy Me, and is in demand as an engineer for live sound recordings having multitracked live performances for Switchfoot, Chris Tomlin and Nichole Nordeman.

Moderator: The Power of Collaboration; Tuesday, May 25, 11 a.m.

Chris Mara

Originally from the Minneapolis area, Chris Mara has called Nashville home for the past 15 years. Rising through the ranks in traditional manner from intern to assistant engineer, then on to being an engineer, Mara now produces/engineers all genres of music, focusing on independent rock artists. Along with working in other studios all over the country, Mara also owns a retro-all analog recording studio in Nashville, aptly named “Welcome to 1979.”
Panelist: The Power of Collaboration; Tuesday, May 25, 11 a.m.



Steve Marcantonio

Marcantonio started his career at the Record Plant Studios in 1978. During the course of his eight years there, he worked on projects with artists such as the J. Geils Band, the Blues Brothers, KISS, Aeorsmith, The Knack, Graham Parker, Cheap Trick and John Lennon. In 1987, Marcantonio was called on by Rodney Crowell to engineer a Rosanne Cash record. After commuting back and forth from New Jersey, he moved to Nashville in 1992. Since then, he has engineered records for artists such as Alabama, Vince Gill, Deana Carter, Brooks and Dunn, Montgomery Gentry and Blake Shelton. Marcantonio has served on the board of governors of NARAS, is an alumni of Leadership Music and won the ACM Engineer of the Year award in 2007. He currently camps out at Blackbird Studios, working in and out of the box.
Panelist: Advanced Plug-In Techniques; Wednesday, May 26, 11 a.m.

Pat McMakin

With more than 30 years in the music industry, Pat McMakin has worked as a recording engineer, record producer, songwriter, general manager of Sony Tree Studios and general manager of Tree Productions (Sony/ATV’s music production/artist development company). He has worked with a wide variety of artists, including Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Brooks and Dunn, Lonestar, Brenda Lee, N’Sync, Steve Martin and countless other artists, producers and songwriters. McMakin has produced and engineered in a wide variety of musical genres, including country, rock, pop, jazz and classical music. He was employed at Sony/ATV for more than 25 years. In March of 2008, McMakin assumed the leadership of Belmont University’s Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios where he currently serves as director of operations.
Panelist: Boosting Revenue; Tuesday, May 25, 12:30 p.m.

Jerry McPherson

Panelist: Recording Guitar; Tuesday, May 24, 3:30 p.m.

Brent Milligan

Panelist: Recording Guitar; Tuesday, May 24, 3:30 p.m.

Mark Montgomery

During the past 15 years, he has worked with hundreds of entertainment and corporate clients, including Sony, Kanye West, Keith Urban, RIM/Blackberry, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, Best Buy, Gnarls Barkley, Rascal Flatts and General Motors to name a few. Montgomery has been working in the Web space since the early '90s, launching his first B2C ecommerce play in early 1996. In 1999, he co-founded echo, a company focused on building communities around entertainment brands. He was the co-creator of the a patented platform echotools™, a direct-to-consumer delivery and data-management system that grew to serve millions of users and distribute hundreds of millions of pages, data feeds and e-commerce transitions. The company was sold in 2007 to IAC/Ticketmaster. A winner of multiple "Best in Business" awards, as well as "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2007, Montgomery is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at music business and industry functions from well-known university business schools to Grammy organizations throughout the United States. He is currently the entrepreneur in residence for Claritas Capital, headquartered in Nashville.
Panelist: Selling Your Music in an Online World; Wednesday, May 26, 12:30 p.m.

Tony Morra

Tony Morra started his professional career in the music industry in 1980 at the age of 16. Morra went on to work in the studio and live concerts with the likes of Phil Ramone, Diane Warren, Keith Thomas, Kip Winger, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Broening, Amy Grant, Donna Summer, Roberta Flack, Paul Taylor, Discrete Drums Loop Series, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Toby Mac, Cindy Bradley, Jay Soto, Stephanie Smith, Ayeisha Woods, Rebecca Saint James, Britt Nicole, Stevie B, Sweet Sensation, Kathy Troccoli, Regie Hamm, Crystal Lewis, Avalon, John Elefante, Van Zandt and more. His career has taken him from New York City to L.A. to his current residence in Franklin, Tenn. Morra is a successful session drummer and producer in Nashville. For eight years now, Morra has been tracking drums for demos, custom records and indie projects.
Panelist: Track, Overdub, Mix: The Link Between Home and Studio

Sean O'Connell

Moderator: Boosting Revenue; Tuesday, May 24, 12:30 p.m.

Joe Palmaccio

Three-time Grammy-winning engineer Joe Palmaccio has been mastering major and independent album projects of all styles of music for more than two decades. His mastering of hundreds of compact discs for an enormous variety of artists, producers and record labels has earned him an industry-wide reputation as a highly respected expert in the field of mastering. Some notable artists Palmaccio has mastered projects for include AC/DC, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Jeff Buckley, Kris Kristofferson, Montgomery Gentry, Eric Clapton, Hank Williams Sr, KISS, James Brown, Willie Nelson and Godsmack. From 1999 until opening The Place in 2006, Palmaccio was senior mastering engineer at Sony Music Studios in New York City. Other former posts include Sterling Sound (1995-1998), PolyGram Studios (1990-1995) and Bonneville Broadcasting (1988-1990).
Panelist: The Power of Collaboration; Tuesday, May 25, 11 a.m.

Vance Powell

Panelist: Analog Techniques: When to Reach for the Rack; Wednesday, May 25, 3:30 p.m.

F. Reid Shippen

New Jersy–born, Nashville-based mixer F. Reid Shippen has worked with a diverse roster of talent including Mercy Me, India.Arie, Matt Wertz, Flyleaf, Jonny Lang, Minus the Bear, John Hiatt, Tobymac, Robert Randolph, Mat Kearney, Eric Church, Backstreet Boys, Steven Curtis Chapman, The Afters, Death Cab for Cutie and Duane Eddy & Brian Setzer. He considers himself fortunate to be the mixer on hundreds of records, including six that have won Grammys, and to continue to listen to music for a living every day.
Panelist: Advanced Plug-In Techniques; Wednesday, May 265, 11 a.m.

Robert Venable

Nashville-based producer/engineer Robert Venable has worked with many artists including Megadeth, INXS, Scott Stapp, Tamia, Kutless, Disciple and Building 429. In addition to his music credits, Veenable has also mixed for Saturday Night Live, Discovery Channel, Lexus, Burger King, Pixar and various other commercial entities. After relocating from Scottsdale, Ariz., he partnered with his friend Lester Estelle Jr. in opening his own recording/mixing facility in Franklin, Tenn. (Off the Wall Studios), where he spends the majority of his time when not at home with his family.
Panelist: Advanced Plug-In Techniques; Wednesday, May 25, 11 a.m.

Bil VornDick

Bil VornDick’s love for music, like many of us, began when he was a teenager, recording songs in his studio and reaching out to record/produce other groups in the Washington, D.C., area. Transitioning to Nashville with the help of Marty Robbins (who made VornDick his chief recording engineer), the producer soon began a longtime working relationship with Alison Krauss, as well as many other Grammy-winning artists—Bob Dylan, Ralph Stanley, Bela Fleck, etc.—and soundtrack work. He continues to be active in the local music community, giving back to an area that has helped him rise up the ranks.
Moderator: When to Reach for the Rack; Wednesday, May 26, 3:30 p.m.

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Michael Wagener

Dokken. Motley Crue. X. Metallica. Poison. Alice Cooper. WASP. Ozzy. King's X. Just a taste of this producer powerhouse's impact on the hard-rock/metal world — no wonder his introduction to music was purchasing a guitar in 1962. From his early beginnings as an electronic engineer in Germany — designing and manufacturing studio/stage equipment — to building a 16-track studio in Hamburg in '79, it was a chance meeting with Don Dokken (who was touring in Germany) that brought this seminal producer to the States — specifically, L.A. After stints as a maintenance engineer at Larrabee Sound and doing live sound with Accept, Wagener truly burst onto the production scene with Dokken's Breaking the Chains, which helped firmly ensconce metal into mainstream radio play. Thousands of productions (more than 50 million copies have been sold worldwide) and a move cross-country to Nashville later, we can find Wagener sitting comfortably in his WireWorld Studio, a fully digital 5.1 surround production facility for his Double Trouble projects, which have recently included some Greatest Hits albums for Skid Row and Testament, as well as cultivating “young metal blood” from the likes of Karaoke and Hydrogyn. And he's beginning production on what may be the last Dokken album.
Panelist: Recording Guitar; Tuesday, May 25, 3:30 p.m.

Shane Wilson

Panelist: Recording Guitar; Tuesday, May 24, 3:30 p.m.




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