RSR418 - Chuck Ainlay - The Future of Immersive Audio, Dire Straits, Peter Frampton, METalliance & Country Music - Recording Studio Rockstars

RSR418 – Chuck Ainlay – The Future of Immersive Audio, Dire Straits, Peter Frampton, METalliance & Country Music

Give it all you've got because that might be all they get! Chuck talked about Nashville history, mixing "Money For Nothing", how to record acoustic and vocals, and why your favorite microphones could change in the future of mixing for immersive audio.

My guest today is Chuck Ainlay, a four time Grammy winner with Ten ACM, Two CMA’s Awards & Two Tech Awards. Chuck has over thirty five hundred credits to his name, including work with legendary and defining country music artists such as George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Steve Earle, Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and The Chicks. 

Chuck has placed his distinctive production and engineering stamp on projects with more mainstream artists such as Dire Straits and nearly the entire solo career of Mark Knopfler as well as Peter Frampton, Taylor Swift, Lionel Richie, Ann Wilson, James Taylor, Jewel, Bob Seger, Pentatonix and Sheryl Crow. 

His work in immersive mixing has resulted in ground-breaking projects such as the 25th and 35th anniversary remix of Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive and the Grammy award winning 20th anniversary remix of the Dire Straits album Brothers In Arms. 

He is currently serving as Trustee for the Nashville chapter of the Recording Academy and numerous terms as a Governor. He has chaired the Nashville P&E Wing and is the current Co-Chair the Recording Academy P&E Wing National Steering committee. Chuck has been a coauthor of the majority of the P&E Wing Guidelines and recommendations. Chuck is also currently on the board of directors for the Country Music Association. Belmont University awarded Chuck with the Robert E. Mulloy Award of Excellence. 

Chuck is a founding member of  the METalliance, committed to promoting standards of quality in the art and science of recorded music through education and product certification.

Thank you to Phil Wagner at SSL for the introduction!

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