Grammy-nominated Mastering Engineer Emily Lazar Discusses Her Craft at IMSTA FESTA New York, A Music Technology Expo

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IMSTA FESTA New York is a celebration of music technology open to musicians, songwriters, music producers, audio engineers and students featuring panel discussions with music industry experts and live product demonstrations. IMSTA FESTA will be held Saturday, September 26 at the SAE Institute New York.

If you’re a musician, songwriter, music producer, sound, audio engineer or someone with an interest in music making, IMSTA FESTA offers a full day to learn tips, trends and gain professional insights,”said Ray Williams, president of IMSTA.

Emily Lazar, the first female mastering engineer to be Grammy nominated for both Album and Record of the Year will share insights on the music industry as keynote speaker for IMSTA FESTA New York. The celebration of music technology is hosted by the International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) and is scheduled for Saturday, September 26 at the SAE Institute New York located at 218 W. 18th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY.

“Emily is truly a pioneer in the music industry. We are honored to have her address IMSTA FESTA New York as she shares her creative and artistic approach to audio mastering and her Grammy-nominating experiences,” said Ray Williams, president of IMSTA.

Lazar is founder and president of The Lodge, an audio mastering facility in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Her credits include working on over 2,000 albums with artists including Foo Fighters, David Bowie, Rza, Destiny's Child, Sia, Vampire Weekend, Beck, Haim, Sky Ferreira, Mika, Brandon Flowers and Peaches.

Music technology is rapidly changing, becoming more accessible and powerful. DAWs, plug-ins and associated hardware improve every year. If you’re a musician, songwriter, music producer, sound, audio engineer or someone with an interest in music making, IMSTA FESTA offers a full day to soak it all up, listen and learn tips, trends and gain professional insights,” adds Williams.

Key New York music industry leaders including Ariel Borujow, Scott Hull, Joe Lambert, Paul Gold, Chris Gehringer and Nick Cucci, are part of the IMSTA FESTA New York panel series. Topics include “Elements of Mixing,” “When You Need Professional Mastering,” and “GRAMMY 101 Primer” focusing on everything you need to know about the GRAMMY Awards.

Attendees will have a chance to network with major industry professionals and access the latest music technology equipment experiencing live interactive demonstrations. Native Instruments, Avid, Cakewalk, Celemony, PreSonus, Propellerheads, Sony, Focusrite, Steinberg and Sonnox are among the exhibitors who will be on hand to showcase their products and answer questions at IMSTA FESTA New York.

IMSTA FESTA will also feature song reviews where attendees receive a learned appraisal of their songs from industry insiders. The day will conclude with the crowning of the IMSTA Songwriting Competition regional New York winner.

The event is co-sponsored by the SAE Institute, Broadjam, GRAMMY P&E Wing, NAMM, Keyboard, Electronic Musician and Guitar Center.

Admission is FREE but all visitors must register at:


IMSTA is a global non-profit association of music software companies. One of IMSTA’s principal missions is to conduct public education about piracy in the music software space. IMSTA promotes the ‘Buy The Software You Use’ slogan and exposes the public to the industry and this message through a variety of ways including the popular IMSTA FESTA music technology events held in Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City.

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