53rd Grammy Awards Tech Team Hits Home Run for Live Broadcast Sound

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2011) — The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, showcased an amazing collection of musical performances and tributes and utilized the latest in technology to provide television viewers worldwide with a cutting
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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2011) — The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, showcased an amazing collection of musical performances and tributes and utilized the latest in technology to provide television viewers worldwide with a cutting-edge, high-definition/5.1 surround sound event.

The GRAMMY Awards' technical staff consists of audio pioneers who continually strive to employ the latest in HDTV and 5.1 technology to enhance the show. The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® members Phil Ramone and Hank Neuberger again supervised the broadcast audio, while fellow P&E Wing member Leslie Ann Jones supervised the house audio.

0211 Grammy tech team group shot

(Click above for larger image) Pictured L-R: Top Row: Mark Linnet, M3 Offline Remix Truck Engineer-in-Charge; Hank Neuberger, GRAMMY Award Telecast sound supervisor; Maureen Droney, P&E Wing Senior Executive Director; Michael Abbott, Audio Coordinator; and Mikael Stewart, Front-of-House Engineer. Bottom Row: Eric Schilling, Co-Broadcast Music Mixer; Phil Ramone and Leslie Ann Jones, GRAMMY Award Telecast sound supervisors; Doug Mountain, Consulting Engineer; and B.J. Ramone, Assistant Engineer.

Photograph courtesy of The Recording Academy/Wireimage.com © 2011. Photograph by Jordan Strauss.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, and a YouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.

Currently more than 6,000 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.