More She in the Monitor
What music production, in the studio and on stage, needs is “sound women.” SAW presents two online workshops celebrating women in sound, that aim to give you good information about how to work with a sound engineer and about the unique advantages to a more feminine perspective.
Diversity in music has come a long way on stage, but off stage it’s a different picture. Our new “More She in the Monitor” workshops look at sound and sound engineering from a woman’s perspective and approach, featuring professional studio engineers and live sound women as special guests. Women sound engineers can bring a different sensibility and sensitivity and collaborative style that can be beneficial to all musicians. But mostly this is about good sound techniques and practices that work regardless of gender. We encourage men to join these sessions too to find out how their process can be improved and enhanced.
Each 90 minute session will be run as a panel discussion and will include time for questions from participants. Sign up for one or both sessions through SAW.org. The cost is $20 for each.
Working with sound engineers in the studio (Thursday May 6, 7pm): Especially if you are new to the studio, the social and collaborative style that is more typical of women engineers can be beneficial to your recording project. Learn how you can best prepare for your recording session, familiarize yourself with important terminology, and work together with your sound engineer to produce recordings that you are both happy with.
Panelists for the 5-6 studio workshop:
Holly Baynham owns and runs R Street Studio, the only black woman-owned recording studio in Washington DC. After a short stint at NYU, Holly earned her masters degree at American University, whose audio technology program is one of the top in the country. Now she wants to see more women in the industry and her actions speak loud. R Street Studio has hosted events like the Women’s Open Session, where a featured engineer and singer/songwriter write and record music on the spot, to highlight non-male artists on the scene. Holly also has plans for Girls Groove, a program she conceived of to provide one-on-one and small group instruction for girls to show them that a career in audio technology is possible.
Sophie Adams engineers at Tonal Park and also serves as the studio assistant. She helps coordinate scheduling, offers support to other engineers, and makes sure artists feel at home. She graduated from Elon University with a B.S. in Music Production and Recording Arts, and has experience in artist management, studio tutoring, and is a former intern at Tonal Park. She is also a singer-songwriter and enjoys tracking, editing, and mixing her own and other artists’ music. She began playing and recording with her sister and father in a home recording studio when she was eight, covering bands like Cheap Trick, The Verve, and The Pixies. After years of watching her father run his studio, she decided to continue pursuing music production and recording. She has loved living in Takoma Park for the past fifteen years, and is always working on new song ideas.
Audrey Martinovich is the Co-owner of Audio for the Arts, Wisconsin-based recording studio specializing in acoustic music, Audrey Martinovich is a trusted engineer and producer for artists in the Midwest and beyond. She became the first female contributor to Pro Tools Expert in 2017, and a year later, was a finalist to receive the award for Breakthrough Studio Engineer from Pro Sound Europe. She has spoken and been on panels at Between the Waves Music Conferences, Empowering Women in Audio Clinics, and E-Women’s Network. Audrey is a Warm Audio artist, member of SoundGirls, AES, and a voting member of the Recording Academy.