Unique Learning Opportunities for LA Area Musicians at the MacGathering

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The 3rd annual MacGathering™ provides some unique opportunities for musicians of all levels to learn about digitizing and distributing their music, thanks to rare classes by 41-year industry veteran Jerry Christie, and other pro-level seminars.

LA is one of the hearts of the US music industry. There's a lot of musical talent here

On May 19, musicians in Los Angeles have the chance to acquire some otherwise hard-earned knowledge about digitizing and distributing their music. The 3rd annual MacGathering™ is bringing in 41-year industry veteran Jerry Christie, along with other music pros, to provide some unique opportunities for musicians of all levels -- and at an amazing price.

“LA is one of the hearts of the US music industry. There’s a lot of musical talent here,” explains show producer Deborah Shadovitz, “So I asked the brilliant folks at BIAS Inc and M-Audio, and others, ‘what do musicians of any level need to know or know better?’”

“People are often disappointed with the sound of their recording,” explains renowned musician Herbie Hancock, who is unable to attend due to his touring and recording schedule. “With the advent of mixing software, they figure they can fix any problems in the mix, but that rarely works. To truly capture the soul of a great performance you have to get the performance when it actually happens.” “’We thought we would fix it in the mix’ are famous last words in this industry. Great mic placement and technique can make the difference between a boring recording and a great listening experience,” explains Jerry. So how does one learn just where to place that mic? Typically, by lots of trial and error. “There simply isn’t one place, one class where you can learn this without paying thousands of dollars,” says Deborah Shadovitz.

Deb explains, “I wanted to find someone truly perfect to teach a master class on recording techniques, so I turned to a record producer-friend who owned Milagro Sound Recorders, which earned the honor of the cover of Mix magazine (May, 95) as well as placement in Mix's Great Studios Of The World 1995 Calendar. He approached Jerry for me. We're amazingly lucky that Jerry agreed to develop this master class for us and is so enthusiastic about this!"

Christie, who has recorded such notables as Chick Corea, Tiffany, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Simpson, Boyz II Men, Lenny Kravitz, Jessica Andrews, and Brian McKnight, and teaches at both the Musician’s Institute and the Los Angeles Recording School, will also be teaching one of two seminars on mixing. He’s a ProTools user. Attendees can also learn about mixing using M-Audio’s Pro Tools M-Powered 7 from Oscar Garza, a musician in his own right and music teacher by trade.

The day of professional-level audio seminars is completed with a class on how to master mastering. “Mastering is another area where people have trouble. An improperly mastered CD can’t be guaranteed to play on all appropriate devices,” says BIAS’s Gabe Khofri, a professional drummer himself. “We’ll show folks how to use BIAS Peak to create a 100% Red-Book CD Master. (If you’re in music and don't know what 100% Red-Book CD Master means, you definitely need this seminar.)” Then, to learn about the hottest option for distributing your music, join the Podcasting 101 seminar on Saturday.

From beginners to pros, anyone bringing music into his Mac, mixing, or creating a CD will miss a tremendous opportunity to gain some career changing skills if they miss these seminars.

Music beginners can learn about creating music and voice recording on Saturday. Many a business owner will find these seminars helpful as well; audio spots and podcasts can provide excellent promotion.

Additionally, BIAS Inc and both M-Audio will be in the show’s Exhibit Hall to demonstrate their products and answer questions. Also in the hall will be Synk Audio, premiering Musicbed DV, a new software which enables filmmakers to easily add dramatic music to films.

The cost for a Two-Day Seminars Pass is only $129 at the door, $109 in advance, or $89 for students, teachers or with a coupon available via the Register page. A One-Day Seminars Pass is just $80/$70/$55. These passes include Exhibit Hall entrance and free sessions as well. An Exhibit Hall/free sessions pass is only $15/$10/$7.

About the MacGathering™ and SoHo Tech Show™

The MacGathering, now in its third year, is produced by Macintosh author/consultant Deborah Shadovitz. The event brings vendors and users together, produces excellent seminars, and provides networking and entertainment opportunities as well. This year the show adds the SoHo Tech Show™ as a new focus. This small/home office aspect was created to help people become familiar with computer technology so they can make cost-effective informed purchases for their small business. You can learn more about the event at MacGathering.com and about Deborah Shadovitz at Shadovitz.com.

The MacGathering™ is sponsored by MelroseMac, Sharpics, TeachMac, Microsoft's Mac Business Unit, Oceanside Photo and Telescope, LearningWare, PRWeb, Macworld, and iProng (formerly iPodGarage).

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