Surround Broadcast of 45th Grammy Awards Wins Sound Emmy

On September 13, the 45th Annual Grammy Awards (February 23, 2003, on CBS) sound team won the Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or Special.

Members of the award-winning team assembled by the Recording Academy — production sound mixers Randy Ezratty and Ed Greene; sound mixers John Harris, Ron Reaves, Mikael Stewart, and Jay Vicari; and re-recording mixer Richard Maitland — will appear as part of the Producers & Engineers Wing’s (P&E Wing) 15th Annual Grammy Recording SoundTable, sponsored by the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention, in New York on October 10.

The 45th Annual Grammy Awards telecast was the first live show of its kind to be broadcast in high definition and discrete 5.1 surround on a major broadcast network. The 15th Annual Grammy Recording SoundTable titled, “The Year Of 5.1 Broadcasting — The Grammys Kickstart The Future Of Broadcast Audio,” will take place from 4–6 PM and will discuss the unique problem solving involved in taking more than 1000 microphone inputs from the stage of Madison Square Garden, balancing them in 5.1 — in real time — and delivering discrete surround audio to homes across America.

Members of the Emmy-winning team scheduled to sit on the panel include surround sound designer Ezratty and telecast music mixer Harris. In addition, the Grammy SoundTable panel also will feature the VP of engineering and advanced technology at CBS Robert Seidel, sound designer Murray Allen, and Dolby Labs’ Rocky Graham. Co-moderating the event for the Recording Academy are Grammy Award-winning producers Phil Ramone and Hank Neuberger.

For information about the 15th Annual GRAMMY Recording SoundTable, visit To find out more about the 115th AES Convention, please visit

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