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NILES, IL, May 5, 2011 — Even in the lofty stratosphere of serial hit-makers, few producers have a career that spans not only A-list musicians but show business icons. And, it’s all too rare for them to get the chance to sit down and talk shop with a few hundred of their colleagues. At the recent GRAMMY® SoundTables: Behind The Glass event with Phil Ramone, the multiple GRAMMY-winning producer whose clients have ranged from pop icons to iconic politicians, stopped at Shure Incorporated for a chat with Chicago-area producers and engineers.

At the event, co-sponsored by The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter and the Producers & Engineers Wing®, Ramone shared studio experiences, personal stories, and industry insights. The conversation proved that a producer’s work extends beyond music, running the gamut from psychology to logistics.

From the challenges of working with various talents on Frank Sinatra’s Duets sessions, to dealing with city officials during Simon and Garfunkel’s concert in New York’s Central Park, Ramone related personal stories about working with music icons like Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, and Phil Spector, plus not one but two United States Presidents (Kennedy and Obama). In addition, he spoke about the creative and financial challenges that producers and engineers face today regarding digital formats and new distribution models for music.

“This was one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve had, personally and professionally, in my 20-plus years working at Shure,? said Mark Brunner, Senior Director of Global Brand Management, who moderated the discussion. “The sheer breadth and depth of Phil’s impact on the music industry – artistically and technically – is simply stunning. It was inspiring as well as educational to have him here.?

“This was a wonderful event, and the S.N. Shure Theater is an amazing venue,? said Maureen Droney, Senior Executive Director of The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing. “It was a real pleasure to give producers and engineers this kind of forum to talk about their craft.?

Photos: http://www.grammy365.com/gallery/chicago-grammy-soundtables-behind-glass-phil-ramone

About Shure Incorporated

Founded in 1925, Shure Incorporated (www.shure.com) is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics. Over the years, the Company has designed and produced many high-quality professional and consumer audio products that have become legendary for performance, reliability, and value. Shure’s diverse product line includes world-class wired microphones, wireless microphones and in-ear personal monitor systems, headphones for performers, presenters and recordists, award-winning earphones and headsets for use with MP3 players and smart phones, and top-rated phonograph cartridges for professional DJs. Today, Shure products are the first choice whenever audio performance is a top priority.

Shure Incorporated corporate headquarters is located in Niles, Illinois, in the United States. The Company has additional manufacturing facilities and regional sales offices in China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Denmark, and the United States.
About The Recording Academy

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. The Recording Academy Chicago Chapter, founded in 1961, works closely with many established music and arts organizations and has become an integral partner in the Chicago and Midwestern cultural communities. The Chapter represents music professionals from Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, and Minneapolis as well as other prominent areas across the Midwest region. For more information about The Academy or the Chicago Chapter, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization’s social networks on Facebook (www.facebook.com/thegrammys), MySpace (www.myspace.com/thegrammys), Twitter (www.twitter.com/thegrammys), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/thegrammys).

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