On October 6 and 7, 2011, Digital Media Wire will host their 7th Annual Digital Music Forum West, where 300+ of the most influential music and digital media leaders gather in the heart of Hollywood to socialize, share ideas, do deals and learn about new technologies and services.

1. Excellent Organization
2. Continuous Learning
3. Good Attitude
4. Mentoring
5. People Skills
6. Technical Skills
7. Listening

This is a list Karl Winkler produced for prosoundweb.com of the seven most important habits of highly effective sound people.

Read Winkler's breakdown of each habit on prosoundweb.com

St. Louis' KPLR reports:

Rapper Nelly taught the nation country grammar. Now, he is going to help teach Vatterott students a little about the music world.

He is planing to open a music recording school at his former SkyBox sports bar and grill on Laclede's landing. It will be part of Vatterott College's Ex'Treme institute that will open in October. It will include a recording studio, music engineering space and a graphics studio.
Join engineers/producers Joe Gilder and Graham Cochrane September 29th through October 1st in Nashville, Tennessee, for the Simply Recording Academy.  This two day workshop is "designed to give the home studio owner the most real, practical, and relevant training possible."  You can also win free gear just for attending.

Here's what the academy says students will do:
  • Participate in two days of interactive workshops and roundtables focused on simplifying the recording and mixing process for maximum results.
  • Help record and produce an entire song of a live band and take home the raw multitrack files for mix training.
  • Receive a personalized one-on-one consulting session with Joe or Graham.
For more info on the academy and to register, visit: http://simplyrecordingacademy.com/

Joe Gilder www.HomeStudioCorner.com
Graham Cochrane www.TheRecordingRevolution.com

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems presents their second annual Audioversity on August 24th and 25th, 2011, at the Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This free event promises to have product training seminars, speaker demos, panel discussions with industry professionals, networking clinics, and much more.

Event Schedule PDF
Event page: http://www.audioversityexpo.com/

The Audio Engineering Society announces their Oral History series for the web and mobile devices, beginning September 4th, 2011.

Text "AES" to 757575 for updates.

Ronan Chris Murphy has worked as a music producer/engineer/mixer (King Crimson, Tool, Ulver, Wilco) for over twenty years.  He will be leading a workshop called, "Mastering for the Home Studio" on August 6th, 2011, at Chuck Levin's: Washington Music Center.

Here's the pitch:

In a perfect world, everyone would be able to send off their tracks to a high-end mastering facility with a dedicated mastering engineer to put the final polish on their tracks. But with changes in budgets, work flow and even the ways and reasons people record music, more and more home or small studio owners find themselves needing to handle “mastering” duties themselves.

“Mastering for the Home Studio” is a workshop created by Ronan Chris Murphy to give small studio owners a better understanding of the mastering process, and strategies to do better “home brew” mastering in any studio situation. This intense session of Mastering Boot Camp™, dives into understanding the tools of mastering, how they apply to the mastering process and strategies for using both high end analog hardware as well as inexpensive plug-ins to get the best results from your studio.

The “loudness war” is also discussed in detail, but from an unbiased perspective, demonstrating the pros and cons of loud masters, and tricks for making loud masters sound the best they can if you want your masters to have the loudness of current levels.

For more info visit the event page here.

The International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) is holding it's second annual IMSTA FESTA at the SAE Institute in New York on September 24th, 2011.  Here is what they have to say about it:
IMSTA FESTA brings a collection of the top audio technology companies together in an environment where they can interact with music makers face-to-face. If you use music software you will benefit from this event in a number of ways.

IMSTA FESTA is a FREE event. All you have to do is register , attend and learn. The event is at SAE Institute, 1293 Broadway [6th & 34th] New York, NY 10001 and kicks off at 11:00AM sharp and runs through 7:00PM. Don't miss this very special event. 
  • Open to anyone interested in the art of music making; Professionals, Semi-pros, Hobbyists, Students. All you have to do is register.
  • Meet the top music technology companies in a hands-on environment. 
  • Ask questions and learn from highly trained clinicians and product specialists. 
  • Get the inside scoop on the future of music technology. 
  • Attend the Shocklee Innertainment Panel Series hosted by the legendary Hank Shocklee producer of Public Enemy. These panels include industry heavy weights who will counsel and coach you on how to get the most out of your music.

The Audio Engineering Society announces the live audio events to be held at their 131st Convention in New York, from October 20th-23rd, 2011.

Two front-of-house giants, Robert Scovil and Dave Natale, have worked with Tom Petty, Madonna, Rush, Lionel Richie, The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Motley Crue, and Prince, among many others.  They will discuss their live mixing experiences, from technology idiosyncrasies, happy and not so happy accidents, and unforgettable performances.

Other events include topics like, "Multi-track Recording for the Live Sound Engineer," and "Theatrical Microphone Dressing."“Live sound courses through our blood,” states Committee Co-Chair Mac Kerr.  “Henry Cohen and I build our panels based on issues we know will make a difference in the way our peers function in this rapidly shifting environment.” 

To read the entire list of events, go here:http://www.aes.org/events/131/press/?ID=111