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Ask Me Anything Livestream Events at AES 2014

Our popular 'Ask Me Anything' (AMA) live video events returned at The Audio Engineering Society Convention (AES) in Los Angeles on October 10th and 11th. Once again, industry experts were put in the hot seat, fielding questions from a live and online audience. Watch all the action from the AMA sessions in the videos below!

AES 2014 "Ask Me Anything" Livestream Events Schedule
TimeFriday, October 10TimeSaturday, October 11
1 pm Pacific
(4 pm ET)
Ryan Hewitt
Engineer, Mixer, Producer
11 am Pacific
(2 pm ET)
Joe Chiccarelli
GRAMMY Award-Winning Producer/Engineer
2 pm Pacific
(5 pm ET)
Michael Beinhorn
Producer, Engineer
1 pm Pacific
(4 pm ET)
Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick
Co-hosts of Pensado’s Place
3 pm Pacific
(6 pm ET)
Joe Barresi
Producer, Mixer, Engineer
3 pm Pacific
(6 pm ET)
Curt Bisquera
4 pm Pacific
(7 pm ET)
Matt McArthur
Executive Director of The Record Company
4 pm Pacific
(7 pm ET)
Frank Klepacki
Audio Director, Engineer, Composer, Performer


Ryan Hewitt – Engineer, Mixer, Producer

Ryan began his musical career by taking up drums and piano in the third grade, and set up his first primitive recording studio at age 10. This display of interest prompted his father, remote recording engineer David Hewitt, to take him on the road at age 12. Over the course of 15 years on the Remote Recording Services trucks, Ryan learned to get sessions going quickly, pay attention to details and capture the moment on tape at all costs.

After receiving a degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, Ryan moved to New York City to take a job with Sony Music Studios. Once there, he quickly moved up the ranks to assist and learn from some of the best engineers and producers in the business, including Michael Brauer, Phil Ramone, Bob Power and Elliot Scheiner. Moving to Los Angeles in the autumn of 2000, Ryan landed at Cello Studios, again moving to the head of the class and working with top engineers such as Jim Scott, Richard Dodd and Ed Thacker.

Today, Ryan is emulating his mentors and recording, mixing and producing projects by diverse artists like the Avett Brothers, The Band Perry, Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlile, Jamie Cullum, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, blink-182, Flogging Molly, The Alkaline Trio, Three Days Grace, We Are Scientists, Tom Petty and John Frusciante. Additionally, producers such as Rick Rubin, Matt Serletic, Gregg Wells, Jeff Trott and Max Martin have called on Ryan for his work ethic and sense of humor as much as for his recording and mixing skills. In his spare time, Ryan graciously writes for the Audio-Technica blog, imparting his knowledge and advice to readers all over the world.

For more information, visit his website at

Michael Beinhorn – Producer/Engineer

Across his accomplished career, producer Michael Beinhorn has worked with some of the biggest names in rock and beyond – including Herbie Hancock, Marilyn Manson, Soundgarden, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Hole…just to name a few. Among these artists, Beinhorn is credited with producing many of their “career records” – including “Superunknown” by Soundgarden, “Celebrity Skin” by Hole and “Mechanical Animals” by Marilyn Manson. Each of these projects was either the most successful and/or well-received recording by its artist. In fact, during the week of September 15, 1998, Beinhorn achieved the distinction of being the first-ever record producer to have two records simultaneously debut in the Billboard Top Ten, with “Celebrity Skin” at #9 and “Mechanical Animals” at #1, respectively.

Beinhorn went on to produce and develop artists for Atlantic Records in the years that followed, contracting with the label as a Vice-President of A&R. While in this position, he helped develop an artist named Brent Smith, who eventually formed the band Shinedown – one of Atlantic’s most successful rock bands. During this time, he also had the opportunity to work with other artists such as Pharrell Williams and Outkast on the soundtrack to Oliver Stone’s hit film “Any Given Sunday”.

Beinhorn continues to produce records for a wide variety of artists, from “Untouchables” by Korn and “…And The Glass-Handed Kites” by Mew to “Nobody’s Daughter” by Courtney Love.

But his work doesn’t stop there – in addition to his success as a producer, Beinhorn can add programmer, performer, songwriter, arranger, mixer, and engineer to his repertoire. He is also an accomplished fine artist and writer, continually pursuing his passion for free, creative expression through as many avenues as possible.

For a full biography, visit

Joe Barresi, Producer/Mixer/Engineer

Joe Barresi has amassed an impressive list of clients over the years, acting as a producer, mixer and engineer on some of the top rock albums of the last two decades. Having worked with everyone from Monster Magnet, Slipknot, Beatsteaks, Queens of the Stone Age, Chevelle, Bad Religion, Nine Inch Nails, New Model Army, Soundgarden, Jane’s Addiction and Tool to Volto, Weezer, Keren Ann and Hole, Barresi is nothing if not well-rounded. His extensive resume is proof of his value to artists, and he himself is constantly learning and trying new things in the studio.

In a 2013 interview with Sonicscoop, writer Eleanor Goldfield noted that, “While he [Barresi] spends a few two-day blocks a year teaching intensive recording classes, Barresi is himself a constant and avid student of audio. From learning about software drum sampling by working with FXpansion BFD on the ‘Evil Joe’ drum collection to building his own effects pedals, he is eager and willing to push boundaries, and find new ways of advancing his craft.”

In the same article, Barresi added that one of the focuses of his workshops is to “get people to use their ears and preserve the art of recording.”

For more information on Barresi, visit his website at

Matt McArthur, Executive Director of The Record Company

After graduating from the Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in music production and engineering, Matt McArthur co-founded New England’s first professional nonprofit recording studio – The Record Company – to give Boston’s community of young musicians a place to hang out, learn and record their compositions. According to The Record Company’s website, the organization bridges the gap between up and coming talent and access to not only a recording studio, but also “the decades-long tradition of professional musical recording: a tradition encompassing concepts of professional conduct, mentorship, technical expertise, creativity, and more.”

The space features two studios and a live recording space, in addition to lounge areas for the participants of the organization’s key programs; these include field trips and workshops for all ages, after-school recording programs for teens, professional internships for college students, and affordable studio time for both students and independent artists. Each year, in fact, the studio hosts more than 900 of these affordable sessions, giving indie artists a place to call their own.

McArthur is one such independent artist who benefits from the studio space, using his position with TRC to support his passion for music. In a 2011 interview with Indie Ambassador, he aptly stated that, “We (The Record Company) are a community studio for musicians by musicians.” Audio-Technica is proud to be one of two principal equipment donors for the organization.

For more information on McArthur and The Record Company, visit

Joe Chiccarelli, GRAMMY Award-Winning Producer/Engineer

Joe Chiccarelli started his career as musician and then , as many in the business do, as an assistant engineer in Los Angeles. While working in the studio, Chiccarelli was given the chance of a lifetime to act as the lead engineer on Frank Zappa’s “Sheik Yerbouti” album, when Zappa’s regular engineer was unavailable for the recording. Zappa liked what he heard, and asked Chiccarelli to engineer several other albums in the coming years…and the rest is history.

Since then, Chiccarelli has garnered an impressive number of ten GRAMMY awards and nominations, including Producer of the Year, for his work with artists like Elton John, The White Stripes, U2, Beck, The Strokes, Morrissey, The Killers, Spoon, My Morning Jacket, Tori Amos, Jason Mraz, Etta James, Alanis Morissette and many, many others.

According to his “Mix With the Masters” profile, although still based in LA, Chiccarelli “works in studios across the US using a hybrid analogue-digital approach. Having been deeply steeped in the analogue multi-track and large format console recording techniques , Chiccarelli has adapted to and incorporated every new technological and musical development that has come out since. While he still works with analogue desks and outboard gear, the enormous flexibility offered by today’s DAWs and the fast-paced demands of the modern music world mean that a lot of his work is now done in the box.”

During Mix With the Masters’ weeklong music production seminars in France, world-renowned mixers and producers – Chiccarelli included – share their plethora of knowledge with 14 lucky students from around the world. This year, Chiccarelli will teach on his methods November 1 – 7, as he has three times previously.

Dave Pensado & Herb Trawick, Co-Hosts of Hit Web Series Pensado’s Place

Each week, GRAMMY Award-winning mixing engineer Dave Pensado, along with his co-host and executive producer Herb Trawick, broadcast the hit web show Pensado’s Place, where they discuss all things music and audio with a variety of guests from the industry. Top music artists, engineers, producers, mixers, and record executives regularly join the duo, and Pensado offers first-hand, in-depth tutorials in engineering and mixing to up and comers in the business.

Having worked with top names like Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Lionel Richie, Maroon 5, Michael Jackson – and too many others to name – Pensado knows a thing or two about creating buzz-worthy music…and he’s eager to share his knowledge with aspiring industry professionals. In addition to the web series, Pensado continues to mix for both top-tier and indie artists in his Los Angeles studio.

Likewise, Herb Trawick has a variety of experience managing and executive producing for artists like Brian McKnight, Maurice White, Robin Thicke and Tyrese. Coupled with his business sense and management experience, Trawick joins Pensado in offering real-world advice to Pensado’s Place listeners each week, and serves as both the show’s executive producer and Pensado’s manager and advisor. Together, they have aired nearly 200 episodes of the web series.

For more information on Pensado’s Place, visit

Curt Bisquera, Drummer

Curt Bisquera, the world-renowned studio drummer affectionately referred to as “Kirkee B.” by those who know him best, is a legend in his own right. Having played with more famous artists than we have room to name, he’s in demand both in the studio and on the road. His impressive client list includes everyone from Mick Jagger, Elton John, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Seal, John Fogerty, Sarah McLachlan and John Legend to Hans Zimmer, Josh Groban, Lana Del Rey, Celine Dion, Johnny Cash, Billy Joel, Tina Turner, Donny Osmond, Lionel Richie and many, many more.

Bisquera’s success can be traced all the way back to his childhood, when he began playing drums at the tender age of 3. According to, Bisquera had such a unique talent that by the time he entered grade school, his mother – a jazz musician herself – had him playing with her in jazz clubs on the weekends. At the age of 19, after attending the Musician’s Institute and studying under the likes of Joe Porcaro, Ed Roscetti and Joe Brancato, Bisquera landed his first “official” tour with Morris Day. After two tours and several other projects with R&B artists, Bisquera was hired for his first major studio session, playing for Bonnie Raitt’s “Luck of the Draw” album. Her single, “Something to Talk About,” went on to win a GRAMMY award, effectively launching Bisquera into the spotlight as a highly sought-after musician…and the attention only grew from there.

In addition to his long list of hit records and major tours, he’s also worked on soundtracks for several blockbuster movies, including “Despicable Me,” “The Bourne Supremacy,” “The Craft” and “She’s the One.”

In the coming weeks, Bisquera will join Sarah McLachlan as the drummer on her Canadian tour. He has also released a solo CD titled “C.M.B” (Consciousness-Mindfulness-Beauty) and continues to contribute his talent to projects all over the world.

For more information, visit his website at

Frank Klepacki, Audio Director, Composer/Licensing, Sound Designer, Studio/Live Engineer, Performer, Voice Actor

Frank Klepacki has worked on titles for most top publishers in the video game industry including Westwood Studios, Lucasarts, Electronic Arts, Sega, UBI Soft, Disney, SSI, Hasbro and Virgin Interactive. Currently the Audio Director at Petroglyph, he services multiple music composition styles for a variety of game genres, major TV network shows, as well as full audio direction, sound design, and voice talent.

In 1992, Klepacki scored the first real time strategy in history, Dune II. In 1995, he pushed the limits of music in the game industry in what would become one of the biggest game franchises, Command and Conquer. Its score was among the first to break ground with a music style that had crossover commercial appeal in a computer game that would merit its own stand-alone soundtrack. Moreover, he won the PC Gamer award for Best Game Soundtrack for C&C: Red Alert. In 2012, its main theme "Hell March" was ranked #7 of top 100 video game themes of all time by

By the year 2000, Frank moved into television and film, licensing music for HBO and ABC. He released several independent albums via website and digital distribution. Since 2003, he has been a regularly featured recording artist on the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Pay-Per-View, Spike TV, and FOX Sports. In 2007, he scored entire shows for HDNet Fights and Inside MMA, and since 2011-present, has recurring music placements in several dozen shows including America’s Got Talent, Top Gear, and Pawn Stars.

From 2008-2011, Klepacki was also the touring drummer for The Family Stone, featuring original rock & roll hall of fame inductee members of Sly & The Family Stone, Jerry Martini and Cynthia Robinson. He also guest performs as a guitarist / composer with symphonies around the world for the shows Video Games Live and Games In Concert.

In his spare time, Frank graciously writes for the Audio-Technica blog, imparting his knowledge and advice to readers all over the world.

For more information on Frank, visit his website at