During the latter half of 2022, the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing co-presented a series of six webinar sessions with Dolby titled “Inside the Mix” as an engagement of the Dolby Atmos Music Master Class series that were streamed live for P&E Wing members and are now available to everyone on YouTube. (The series of sessions are here.)
Each session presented different specialists from Dolby covering topics that include room configurations and tuning, metadata for immersive audio, along with a live Q&A with producers and engineers working with Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Each webinar was introduced by Maureen Droney, vice president of the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, and Christine Thomas, Dolby Laboratories head of Music Partnerships, and moderated by GRAMMY Award-winning engineer Michael Romanowski.
Droney states, “As part of the P&E Wing’s ongoing commitment to providing the industry with the most needed information, we are pleased to present these sessions recorded with experts from Dolby. These sessions were informative, timely and entertaining as well, and we invite all audio professionals to watch them for yourselves and get the inside scoop. We thank all of our guests from Dolby for their incisive commentary, and we look forward to further sessions covering more topics of importance in the future.”
Also part of the “Inside the Mix” series, a separate earlier session offered a primer on immersive audio: “Prelude: Immersive Audio 101.” This session featured panelists Jimmy Douglass (producer and engineer: Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z), Leslie Ann Jones (recording engineer, director of music recording and scoring/Skywalker Sound, and current Co-Chair of the P&E Wing), Mike Piacentini (mastering engineer: Bob Dylan, Coheed and Cambria, Miles Ahead – A Miles Davis Biopic) and Darcy Proper (mastering engineer: Billie Holiday, Steely Dan, the Eagles), who were joined by moderator Brian (BT) Gibbs (producer and immersive mix engineer, Skyline Entertainment & Publishing) and Droney. It’s available here.