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Spring 2019

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64 S P R I N G 2 0 1 9 C A S Q U A R T E R L Y Demetri Martin was back as host this year for another evening of fun! Creative mixing was represented well with wins for Black Panther, Game of Thrones, and Star Wars: Battlefront II. Among the Technical Awards (the majority of the evening) was Avid for Pro Tools Ultimate. Peter Frampton was given the Les Paul Innovation Award. After performing two classics, "I Want You to Want Me" and "Black Hole Sun," dedicated to the late Chris Cornell, Frampton made it clear how important he thinks technology is to recording. "Les Paul was the godfather of modern recording, the most innovative of guitar players, and the creator of what we do. It's a debt we all owe him. Whatever I've done to win this amazing recognition started with Les. Les showed us that innovation isn't about high tech or money—it's about ideas and using the tools at your disposal to make music in ways it's never been made before." Mixer Leslie Ann Jones was inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame, with a great introductory speech by Herbie Hancock, with whom she has worked before. As a pleasant surprise, before she was given her Hall of Fame Award, the award for video went to Star Wars: Battlefront II, allowing her to take the stage twice in the evening! I had the opportunity for a brief chat with Leslie before the show. I asked her what the award meant to her. "It means a lot to me. The more people that congratulate me, the more it means to me. I've won four Grammy Awards, but those were for individual projects. This award is for an entire career." Leslie is a trustee from the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy and still manages the scoring stage at Skywalker Sound. She recently worked with Andrew Lippa on the cast recording of his Broadway musical Unbreakable, and regularly works with the Kronos Quartet. She recorded the US Army field band in 7.1.4, with an array in the room and various pairs around the room. It will be released on Blu-ray. Leslie does not follow sales on her projects, so she is happy to do multichannel NAMM TEC Awards Recap by David Bondelevitch CAS MPSE

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