Monthly Archives: March 2011

EARS Chicago has successful meeting with Russ Berger at Shure headquarters

  REWIND: EARS @ SHURE INC: AN EVENING WITH RUSS BERGER –  excerpted from the March 2011 EARS Newsletter the Eardrum. (1) Russ Berger via Skype at the onset of his in-depth talk EARS members; (2) More than 60 attendees … Continue reading

SPARS Member Sennheiser to kick off Recording Sound Academy series in Austin April 6th, 2011

Sennheiser kicks off their Recording Sound Academy series in Austin, TX at Wire Recording on April 6, 2011. The Recording Sound Academy is part of Sennheiser’s comprehensive nationwide traveling seminar series for professional sound applications. The seminars are targeted to … Continue reading

SPARS spotlights new member Magdalena Acoustik

Magdalena Acoustik provides on location recording services for classical, chamber, choral, organ, vocal, instrumental, jazz, ethnic and other acoustic music. Using world class equipment and refined techniques, the company captures the natural timbres of the music within the acoustic environment. … Continue reading

Philadelphia Recording Community (PRC) to host informal meet & greet at Milkboy Recording

  The Philadelphia Recording Community will be hosting an informal meet and greet “get the recording community together” event at Milkboy Recording 27 W. Athens Ave. Ardmore, PA 19003. The meeting will be at 11:00 AM on Monday the 28th … Continue reading

SPARS Spotlights new member EastWest Studios, Hollywood

For over 50 years, EastWest Studios has attracted the best in the industry and has garnered more engineering awards than all others. In 1957, audio engineer Bill Putnam moved to California in search of a new studio. The founder of … Continue reading

A Conversation with Blaise Barton, President of E.A.R.S.

I had a chance to talk with Blaise Barton, President of EARS (Engineering And Recording Society) of Chicago about their organization. Blaise was elected President in November 2009. It seems fitting that Blaise got his first break when he was hired at Chicago’s ACME Recording as an assistant engineer for EARS founder, Mike Rasfeld in 1988. He attended some of the earliest EARS meetings. Over the years his career grew from being assistant engineer, to chief engineer at ACME Recording, to owning and operating his own studio business, JoyRide Studio. This year, Blaise won his first Grammy along with Chicago producer / engineer (and EARS co-founder) Michael Freeman for work on the Pine Top Perkins / Willie Smith album Joined At the Hip in the “Best Traditional Blues Album” category.

EARS was founded in 1986 as an independent non-profit group dedicated to the advancement of excellence in audio production. A handful of Chicago engineers gathered at an AES show in New York in 1985 realizing that they met more away from home than they did back at home. The idea of EARS was born – a monthly social get-together where competitors could meet in an atmosphere of friendship, talk about gear, business, and music. The creed or motto on their logo says, “Deaf Before Dishonor.” (Another logo has the additional saying, “Don’t Shed On Me”.) EARS is a 501(c)3 organization.

As the music industry changed, so did EARS. The organization evolved to become truly music-centric and has opened their doors to all members of the community to create a group that encompasses every aspect of the music industry.

In a nutshell, the focus of EARS can be summed up as “fun, industry, and education” – that is have fun, discuss issues regarding the business, attend educational events, visit other studios and bring in high-profile guest speakers. In 2010, EARS guest speakers included Eddie Kramer, Bob Clearmountain, and Jim Gaines. At the February 2011 meeting, Russ Berger was the guest speaker.

There are approximately 180 members with 4-5 new members joining every month. Members consist of recording engineers, studio owners, musicians, students, manufacturers and pro-audio representatives. The Chicago market is diversified with post production work (for ad agencies such as Opus and Leo Burnett), a thriving music community and of course blues. Many new members are students from local audio programs. In Chicago, the main schools that offer programs are Columbia College, Flash Point Academy, DePaul University and more recently Northwestern University.

EARS meets monthly to discuss techniques and issues facing the recording industry. EARS meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every month (unless otherwise noted) at various studios and establishments around Chicago. Last November, Genelec’s Paul Stewart along with distributor Spoiled By Technology demonstrated setup and fine tuning of Genelec’s advanced 8260A monitors configured in a 5.1 arrangement at Chicago’s world class studio Chicago Recording Company. Using Genelec’s finely tuned system, EARS then conducted a master class on mixing in 5.1 Surround led by CRC’s Chris Steinmetz and American Mobile founder, CRC manager, and EARS member Chris Shepard. Besides the monthly meetings, activities include an annual holiday party, an annual summer BBQ and the occasional EARS Roast. EARS puts out a very well edited newsletter called EARDRUM.

One of the issues EARS has been discussing is the proliferation of studios started by recent graduates who were unable to find sustaining work – an issue not unique to Chicago and a common thread seen throughout the country.

EARS is well organized and is a very active organization. Please visit the EARS Web site to find out how you can join their group. You can also find more information about them on their facebook page or LinkedIn Groups.

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E.A.R.S. (Engineering and Recording Society of Chicago) announces March 2011 meeting

The E.A.R.S Chicago recording group has announced their March 2011 meeting , a networking event, to to be held at Schuba’s. EARS NETWORK EVENT 2011: AN EVENING AT SCHUBA’S TUESDAY, MARCH 29th 7:30 p.m. 3159 N. SOUTHPORT AVE. CHICAGO 773-525-2508 … Continue reading

E.A.R.S. Chicago hosts meeting at Lincoln Hall | Industry Focus – An Evening with Martin Atkins

The following is excerpted from the EARS February 2011 newsletter, the Eardrum. Martin Atkins & Blaise Barton “Tuesday, January 25, 2011: We didn’t quite know what to expect as we stumbled our way to Lincoln Hall — which in another … Continue reading

Navitas purchase of SPARS Member SAE complete

When audio engineer Tom Misner began showing people how to twiddle the knobs in the 1970s, he never imagined the business would sell for almost $300 million three decades later. The Sydney-based founder of the SAE Group proudly accompanied a … Continue reading

SPARS spotlights new member Colorado Sound

Since 1977, Colorado Sound has provided top quality recording services for local artists, national artists and businesses. For over 32 years, Colorado Sound has maintained the highest standards in providing a full-service, professional facility for music production, mastering, composing, arranging, … Continue reading