Monthly Meeting - Tuesday April 28 at Sportsmen's Lodge, Studio City   home

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Live Sound for Annual Grammy Awards
at Staples Center


The April meeting of the AES Los Angeles Section will focus on front-of-house mixing and PA-system design for the live audience within the Staples Center, and delivering a 5.1-channel broadcast music mix from custom-designed remote trucks, plus design of RF wireless systems and a digital infrastructure.


Our panelists:
Mikael Stewart is partner and VP of Special Events, ATK Audiotek, and FOH production mixer for the Grammy Awards.
Founded in 1983, ATK Audiotek is a highly experienced sound-reinforcement provider for the professional audio industry. Its client roster includes hundreds of TV productions, special events, industrial conventions, permanent installations and concert tours. ATK Audiotek has received many industry awards, including four TEC Award nominations and two wins for outstanding technical achievement.

Jeff Peterson is a project manager, mixer and systems engineer with ATK Audiotek, responsible for designing and tuning the JBL VerTec PA system used on the Grammy Awards, and for coordinating the Optocore fiber-optic digital network between system components, including audio sources, digital consoles and amplifier racks.

Mark Linett is co-owner of Music Mix Mobile West, which handled 5.1-channel music mixing for CBS Televisionís coverage of the Grammy Awards for the sixth time this year. A three-time Grammy winning producer/engineer, he is also owner of Your Place or Mine Recording, and has worked extensively with the Beach Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, Los Lobos, Rickie Lee Jones, Randy Newman and producer/musician Brian Wilson on several 5.1 remastering projects, including Smile. Founded in in 2008, Music Mix Mobile/M3 has provided remote recording/mixing/broadcast audio for many high-profile projects, ranging from the Country Music Awards to Latin Grammys and Grammy Awards. M3 comprises a number of first-call engineers working on the East Coast, including Jay Vicari and John Harris, along with partners Mitch Makentansky and Joel Singer, plus Mark Linett and Bob Wartinbee on the West Coast. Each identically equipped mobile truck features a 192-input/32-fader Avid D-control surface and two redundant 192-input Pro Tools HD-6 systems

Taidus Vallandi heads up technical Sales at DiGiCo-US which, prior to the Grammy Awards supplied ATK Audiotek with a number of SD Series digital consoles interconnected via a DiGiCo Optocore fiber-optic ring, including an SD10 for FOH production sound, an SD7 fitted with a redundant DSP engine for music mixing, plus SD7 consoles with redundant engines for monitor mixing on the A and B Stages.

Dave Bellamy is founder/co-owner of Soundtronics Wireless, which handles wireless-frequency planning and coordination for a wide cross section of live performances and TV broadcasts, including the Grammy Awards. The company pioneered the development of Phoenix Series diversity phased RF antenna arrays. This yearís show required wireless mics, guitar/bass belt packs and in-ear monitors for 23 acts, including a large choir and string section plus six performances on the central ďSatellite Dish.Ē Because of complex set designs, there were fewer RF antennas this year in the high steel and more below the stage platform, including eight Sennheiser A5000 antennas, in addition to Soundtronics Dominators Sidewinders antennas at several high-steel locations in the Staples Center auditorium, 115 feet off the ground.

Preview by Mel Lambert

PLACE: Sportsmenís Lodge Event Center, 12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604 (at the corner of Ventura Blvd. and Coldwater Canyon)


TIME: Tuesday April 28. Meeting & Presentation start at 8:00 PM.


Meetings are free and are open to everyone including students, non-members and guests.


PRE-MEETING DINNER (optional) service starts at 7:00 PM.


Dinner cost is $30 for student members with reservations, $35 for student members without reservations, $35 for members with reservations, $40 for members without reservations, $40 for non-members with reservations and $45 for non-members without reservations.


Please make your reservation with the Treasurer - Richard Wollrich - before the cutoff time of 10:00AM, Monday April 27. We need to notify the Sportsmenís Lodge as to the dinner attendee count.


Sportsmenís Salad - Organic greens, Point Reyes blue cheese, candied pecans, baby tomatoes
Sliced Tri-tip with mushroom sauce
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Rolls and Butter
Coffee, Tea, and Iced Tea
Trio of sorbet with fresh berries


An alternate vegetarian dinner is available upon request.




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