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All is right again in the StarChamber Lunch world, as this week our old haunts (the PATIO) were made available to us again...and the weather was perfect (how often does one say THAT in SoCal?)! And the word that Al Fresco would be attending brought back some friends who stayed away last week.
A fairly new-to-me friend (we met in January at CES in Vegas), Gebre Waddell stopped by before meeting with our comrades Dave Pensado & Herb Trawick (Pensado's Place) where he will be a guest on an upcoming show. Gebre hails from Memphis (cue Chuck Berry!) where he is an accomplished mastering engineer and brainchild of Soundways (who make some fascinating mastering software) and chairman of the Audio Engineering Society's Memphis Section.
Another Lunch Bunch 'virgin', was L.A.'s great mastering engineer - and handsome devil, Gavin Lurssen, who found some good company today, as always! Likewise first-timer John Musgrave. John has some serious studio history here in town, having worked at many of the greats (Conway, Capitol, et al) - but is renowned for his prowess for rebuilding analog recording consoles. A good man to know!
While it's not part of the 'program' per se, I find it so interesting to sit next to different folks each week! You think you know something about someone, but really you don't...unless and until you've shared a taco and an adult beverage together. Today I sat with Mr. Bonzai who is totally worth the price of admission hisself (!) and hitmaker-mixer Mick Guzauski. Case in point, Mick and I graduated from the same friggin' High School - a year apart - and never met!
The good guys at United Recording showed up en masse today, and great to have them join in! Studio managers Rob Goodchild and Justin Fisher coerced archivist extraordinaire Dan Johnson to come see what all the fuss is about. Exciting times over there as the legendary studio gets reborn.
ANOTHER great first-time visitor: Moogie Canazio who was celebrating (Brazilians are always celebrating!) the birth of his grandson and spread the love all around. He left us with a story about how his nickname "Moogie" came to be. "They said I would go way too heavy on the bass in my mixes. 'Hey, Moogie - back off that Moog, man'!"