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Ask Me Anything & Mic Presentations at NAB 2014

At the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas, A-T offered people the chance to get to know some of the most influential people in the industry during our informative "Ask Me Anything" sessions and learn miking techniques from the experts during our educational mic presentations, all streamed live from our booth.

We sat down with industry experts Dennis Baxter (Emmy Award Winning Sports & Olympic Sound Designer), Michael Abbott (TV Audio Mixer & Producer), Maureen Droney (Senior Executive Director, Producers & Engineers Wing – The Recording Academy), Lenise Bent (Audio Mixer, Engineer & Producer for Music and Film), Larry Estrin (Audio Technology Expert, Founder of BEST Audio) and Robert Bigelow (CAS – Audio Mixer/Sound Editor for Film & TV). The recorded Q&A sessions and mic presentations will be available to view shortly. Please check back!


Dennis Baxter – Emmy Award Winning Sports & Olympic Sound Designer
A renowned audio engineer, Dennis Baxter specializes in bringing sporting and other large-scale broadcast events to life for millions of viewers all over the world.

For nearly 20 years, Baxter has overseen the sound design of the Olympic Games (both summer and winter), beginning in Atlanta in 1996. In addition to the Olympics, he has engineered the sound for the Commonwealth Games, World Cup, NASCAR and hundreds of other sporting events around the world. His innovative sound design practices have earned him five National Television Emmy® Awards for sports audio, and most recently, an Emmy for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Throughout his career, Baxter has taught broadcast engineering. Most recently, in conjunction with the Olympic Broadcast Training Program, he conducted workshops and seminars for students throughout Great Britain in preparation for the London Games in 2012, and in Russia for the 2014 Games.

As an author, Baxter has written many articles, columns and papers. His book, Television Sound Engineering, has been published in both English and Chinese, and is recognized by sound engineers around the world as the primer for the serious audio student. He is currently writing a second book that is set to be the definitive guide on broadcast surround sound.

Dennis is interested in all things musical…he has produced original television programming on music, performers and musical instruments. He resides in the U.S. and is married with one son, two grandchildren and multiple guitars.

To learn more about Dennis Baxter, visit

Michael Abbott – TV Audio Mixer & Producer
Michael Abbott has amassed an impressive list of projects throughout his career as an audio mixer and producer for TV.

For the last 25 years, Abbott has worked on the live Grammy Award Show broadcast in some capacity, and as Audio Coordinator for 12 years. In addition to the Grammy’s, Abbott has also been a producer or mixer for the Country Music Awards, CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, CMA Country Christmas and the Billboard Music Awards.

Some of his most recent, additional work has included hit TV shows such as The Voice, Shark Tank, The X Factor, Duets and American Idol, to name a few.

Maureen Droney – Senior Executive Director, Producers & Engineers Wing – The Recording Academy
Maureen Droney began her career in the music recording industry as an assistant engineer at the legendary Automatt Studios in San Francisco, where she trained with such seminal producers and engineers as Fred Catero, Jim Gaines, Leslie Ann Jones, David Kahne, Mitchell Froom and Ron Nevison. From there, she went on to become a freelance engineer on projects for George Benson, Whitney Houston, John Hiatt, Tower of Power and Santana, among many others (including Santana’s Grammy Award-winning album Blues For Salvador).

Maureen holds a degree in Broadcast Communication Arts from California State University, San Francisco, and has taught seminars in the theory and practice of audio engineering for facilities including ABC Television and Radio, CBS Television, and Deluxe Film Labs Post Production. Prior to joining The Recording Academy, Droney was managing director of the Kiva Family of Studios, which included the House of Blues Studios in Los Angeles and Memphis and East Iris Studios in Nashville. She was also the Los Angeles Editor of Mix magazine for more than 10 years, is the author of Mix Masters, a popular recording textbook published by Berklee Press, and continues to be a regular contributor to numerous audio and performing arts publications.

Lenise Bent – Audio Mixer, Engineer & Producer for Music and Film
A seasoned audio professional whose experience runs the gamut from studio work to teaching, Lenise Bent has made a name for herself in the historically male-dominated field of audio engineering, mixing and producing over the years.

She has worked on numerous iconic records, including Aja by Steely Dan, Breakfast in America by Supertramp and Tusk by Fleetwood Mac. Bent was also the first woman to receive a platinum album for engineering on Blondie’s AutoAmerican record, which included “The Tide is High” and the very first hit rap song “Rapture.”

In addition to her work with artists, Lenise is also a post-production audio professional, specializing in shooting and editing Foley for films and animated series. She has worked on projects such as “Robocop,” “Street Sharks” and “Extreme Ghostbusters,” created foreign music and effects tracks for several popular TV series and films, and has traveled the world for DreamWorks supervising the foreign music and dialogue recording for animated features including “Shrek” and “Shrek 2.”

Lenise is a guest lecturer for several audio schools and programs, and is an adjunct instructor at SAE-LA Institute of Technology teaching “Production Sound, Post Production Audio/Foley” and “Music Production.” She is also an audio restoration and repair specialist, recently restoring the audio for the photo exhibit “Who Shot Rock and Roll” for the Annenberg Space for Photography.

Lenise is a long-standing member of the NARAS and the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy, the prestigious Hollywood Sapphire Group, and she sits on the Board of Directors for Los Angeles Women in Music. She is currently producing and engineering several projects for both up and coming artists as well as seasoned professionals, including rock/blues band The Barrelhouse Kinds whose record is all analog.

Larry Estrin – Audio Technology Expert, Founder of BEST Audio
When you take a look at his extensive resume, you realize there’s not much Larry Estrin hasn’t done throughout his diverse career – from working on the first live, multi-satellite global concert broadcast to his involvement in the audio production for presidential and papal events, sporting events (including the SuperBowl and Olympics) and award shows, Estrin has secured his place in audio history through his innovation and accomplishments.

Several career highlights include:

• Contributing to the first live, multi-satellite global broadcast of Elvis’ Aloha to the World from Hawaii concert in 1973 and the first live event stereo broadcast of an Olympic Opening Ceremony from LA in 1984
• Conceiving and designing the NFL referees wireless microphone system in 1974
• Creating the audio speaker cart solution in 1976 for the pre-game Rose Bowl performance of God Bless America and the National Anthem – as of 2011 the solution was still in use for half-time shows at the SuperBowl, World Cup Soccer championships and other global sporting events
• Engineering and implementing the first stereo broadcast of the Academy Awards and Grammy’s (simulcast)
• Conceiving and implementing the multi-dimensional sound environment concept for Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade
• Developing the first multi-venue, city-wide production communications system for President Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Ball TV event
• Serving as Technical Director for President Obama’s 2009 Inauguration, in addition to numerous other White House events and Presidential debates

Estrin is a member of the Audio Engineering Society, and has chaired several audio workshops, as well as being a Co-Chairman of the Audio Engineering Society Convention in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - Oscars®, Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and a past president of the Hollywood & Vine Toastmasters International Club.

He was awarded the Civilian Service Medal by President Bush in 1992 for his work with the USO during Operation Desert Storm, and has also received numerous Certificates of Esteem from the Department of Defense for his volunteer work on 12 Bob Hope Overseas missions, from 1972 – 1993.

His company, BEST Audio, operates out of Studio City, CA. For more information, visit

Robert Bigelow, CAS – Audio Mixer/Sound Editor for Film & TV
With over 20 years of experience in the recording industry, Robert Bigelow has carved a niche for himself as an audio mixer, editor and recordist for TV and film. Recent projects include NCIS: New Orleans, Star-Crossed, and as the live music recordist for the hit HBO drama Treme. While the music in many TV shows is added in during post-production, Bigelow is breaking the mold by recording musicians playing live on set during filming, which makes the show unique among its counterparts.

In addition to Treme, Bigelow’s long list of credits includes a wide variety of TV, movies and documentaries such as Top Chef, Welcome to the Riley’s, The Final Destination, Chef and In the Land of the Free, among many others.

Bigelow also heads a mentoring program in audio recording for film/TV at the University of New Orleans, helping the school further develop its production program.


Monday, April 7Tuesday, April 8Wednesday, April 9
1:30 pm: Fred Ginsburg
Rigging Lavalier Microphones for Film/Video Production
1:30 pm: Fred Ginsburg
Selection and Use of Boom Microphones
1:30 pm: Steve Savanyu
Microphone Techniques for Digital SLR Cameras
2:30 pm: Robert Bigelow
Mid-Side/Stereo Miking Demystified
2:30 pm: Robert Bigelow
Recording Live Music for Broadcast
2:30 pm: Fred Ginsburg
Intro to Multi-track Location Dialogue Recording
3:30 pm: Dennis Baxter
Sports Miking Techniques
3:30 pm: Fred Ginsburg
When and How to Use Planted Microphones
3:30 pm: Fred Ginsburg
Advanced Workflow for Multi-track Location Dialogue Recording