The Nashville Chapter of the Audio Engineering Society honors mastering engineer John Eberle, studio owners Richard Carpenter and John Logan, and audio engineers Fred Cameron, Jack Linneman, and Brent Maher with the AES Nashville Lifetime Achievement Award, created to celebrate Music City’s audio pioneers.
AES member John “Yosh” Jaszcz opens the event—held June 4, 2017, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum—with brief remarks. Mike Porter, chairman of the Nashville chapter of AES, emcees, beginning with insight about how the organization’s membership spans the various roles of studio and live engineering.
Eberle, who was unable to attend due to illness, is honored for his work at Americana Mastering. Audio engineer Mike Bradley accepts on his behalf.
Logan and Carpenter founded Carlo Sound, whose clientele included the Allman Brothers Band on tour. Logan accepts the award alongside Carpenter’s widow, Margaret.
Cameron is credited with creating Nashville’s first mobile studio, Celebration Sound, and is considered an innovator in studio equipment, particularly microphones. His son, Phillip Cameron, accepts on his late father’s behalf.
In a break between presentations, Porter brings studio designer Carl Tatz and then-AES-president-elect David Sherman to the podium for short speeches.
Jack Linneman, who died in 2011, is recognized as a founder of Hilltop Recording Studio. His son, musician Billy Linneman, speaks, and audio engineer Johnny Rosen accepts the award.
Video clips with Brent Maher are followed by a speech from Naomi Judd. Credited with discovering the Judds, Maher also produced their albums and wrote many of their songs. Judd tells the audience, “If there were more songwriters, engineers, and producers like this man, country music would be more authentic and real today.”
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