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DEG Details High-Res Audio Plans For Dedicated CES Booth

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group has unveiled plans for a previously announced Hi-Res Audio Pavilion at CES.

The new exhibit space, which makes its CES debut next month in the LVCC’s Central Hall, will be the culmination of a joint effort by DEG, a coalition of Hollywood studios and CE retailers, manufacturers and technology providers, and The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing.

Other supporters include the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), producers of CES; the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); the Japan Audio Society; MQA Ltd.; and the major music labels including Warner Music and Universal Music Group.

Their goal, explained DEG senior director Mark Finer, is “to bring a studio-quality experience to a new generation of fans.”

The 50×40-foot Pavilion will recreate a fully equipped, world-class recording facility to promote the benefits of high-res sound, and will feature a series of live sessions with award-winning music producers and engineers.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy high-resolution recordings from dozens of major and independent music labels on audio devices from companies including Astell&Kern, AudioQuest, Autonomic, Bluesound, dCS, DTS, ELAC, Mytek, Onkyo, Samsung, Sony and Westone.

“Studio professionals aspire to make great recordings that deliver the impact and emotion that great songs and performances are capable of,” noted Maureen Droney, managing director of The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing and Recording Technology. “This first-of-its-kind exhibit at CES will provide attendees with insight into the process of creating high-resolution studio-quality recordings, and perspective on how to better appreciate these recordings as a listener.”

Additional information on the coalition’s initiatives will be announced on Jan. 5 in Room S228 of the LVCC at noon.

Hi-Res Audio Pavilion Live Sessions (Central Hall, booth 14546)

Thursday, Jan. 5

11 a.m. Gavin Lurssen (mastering engineer for Miranda Lambert, Steven Tyler and Alison Krauss); 1 p.m. Eric Boulanger (mastering engineer for Green Day and Rufus Wainwright); 3 p.m. Mick Guzauski (mixer/recording engineer for Daft Punk and Jamiroquoi); 4 p.m. Al Schmitt (recording engineer for Bob Dylan, Paul Mc- Cartney and Diana Krall)

Friday, Jan. 6

10 a.m. Bruce Botnick and Jac Holzman (recording engineer and producer for The Doors); 12 p.m. Dion “No I.D.” Wilson (producer for Kanye West and Jay Z); 2 p.m. Vic Anesini (mastering engineer for Simon & Garfunkel, Harry Nilsson and Elvis Presley); 4 p.m. Al Schmitt (recording engineer for Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Diana Krall)

Saturday, Jan. 7

11 a.m. Justin Smith (mastering engineer for Otis Redding, Gordon Lightfoot and Linda Ronstadt); 1 p.m. Steve Berkowitz (producer for Miles Davis, Johnny Cash and Leonard Cohen)