McNally Smith College had a huge presence at the Audio Engineering Society’s 123rd Convention in New York City, October 4th thru the 7th. Andre Fischer – Dean of Music Industries, Bryan Forrester – Chair of Music Technology, and Chopper Black – Senior Engineer made the trip on behalf of the college as special guests of Solid State Logic, the industry standard console manufacturer. McNally Smith’s Technology Department recently installed two SSL Duality consoles, being the first educational facility to purchase two of the award winning consoles. One of the highlights of the stay was the opportunity to meet with rock legend Peter Gabriel who is now a principal owner of SSL. “Peter Gabriel has always been a hero of mine ever since his early days with Genesis”, says Forrester.
Besides getting insights into the up and coming releases from manufacturers, attendees had the chance to network with industry peers. “We were invited to a gathering of SSL Educational Partners where we had the opportunity to chat and share ideas with representatives of schools from around the country that use SSL products” said Fischer.
A very special treat was in store for Chopper Black. Chopper had always bemoaned the fact that he had never had the opportunity to meet one of his most respected engineers in the world, Al Schmitt. Dean Fischer, a long time friend of Al, working with him on Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable” album, lined up a special dinner on Friday night. “I had met all the greats except for Al, until now. This was an evening I’ll remember for a long time”, exclaimed Chopper.
McNally Smith employees also attending the show as representatives of their own company were Jeff Marcovis and Jake Swanson from S&M Audio. “Not only was it a great time to meet face to face with people we have been talking with about our products, but I got to meet a lot of the vendors that I deal with on a daily basis for the school,” said Jake.
André Fischer and Les Paul
André Fischer and George Massenburg
André Fischer, Chuck Ainlay, and Chopper Black
Will Lee and Chopper Black
Alan Sides, André Fischer, and Chopper Black
Picture 1: Phil Wagner (SSL), Peter Gabriel, Chopper Black, Bryan Forrester, and André Fischer
Picture 2: Chopper Black and Al Schmitt
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