Nashville, TN

21 Aug 2019





21 Aug 2019

Music Expo, the multi-city conference for music makers in association with Sound On Sound Magazine announces the first round of program highlights for the return of the Nashville conference on Sat., Sept. 21st. With three tracks devoted to the creative process, technology and music business, the program will combine masterclasses, panel discussions, lectures, live demos and workshops, and will focus on all stages of music creation. Sessions will be led by top producers, engineers, songwriters, music industry leaders, and tastemakers. Newly added for this year, the music business track will feature executives sharing expertise and resources on how creators can bring their music to the masses. Sponsored sessions will be presented by Steinberg and Leapwing Audio and will highlight the latest in company technology.

Music Expo is hosted by SAE Institute and offers unparalleled access to some of the most successful creators. The full-day of educational workshops will be open to the public, both established professionals and aspiring pros. Limited tickets are still available starting at $30 and can be purchased by visiting, For a preview of Music Expo, click here:

Music Expo Nashville’s First Round of Programming;
*Full program tba.

  • The Music Producer's Process, Studio and Community - Join this panel of top production experts; David Kalmusky, Hayley McLean, Bobby Holland, Tim Lauer and Shani Gandhi, as they share insider tips about their own workflow and processes in the studio, and discuss the importance of great gear and why, how to manage client ego and the importance of collaboration and community. 

  • Overcoming Creative Blocks in your DAW Presented by Steinberg - Use a DAW to overcome creative blocks in the production process! Learn ways to explore new chord progressions and easily play chords with chord track, use arpeggios and LFOs, and quickly create engaging arrangements. This masterclass is presented in association with Steinberg.

  • The Singers Ultimate Challenge: Developing A Vocal Identity In The Studio - Veteran Producer/Engineer Jonell Polansky's work has resulted in artists giving their best performances in the studio where there is no audience.  Polansky will reveal tips and tricks on how to demystify the vocal recording session, how to bring out the highest-quality vocal in the studio and how to help artists create a vocal sound that is authentic and recognizable. 

  • Artist Branding and Marketing - Join top music executives as they discuss the differences between branding and marketing and how they relate to the development of your artist career or producer brand. What is the best strategy to help you reach and grow your fan base? This panel includes Valerie Pensa (SVP, Pop/Rock Marketing, RCA Records), Shani Fuller Tillman, (VP of Marketing, RCA Records), Gina Miller (VP and GM, Entertainment One), Peggy Dold (Founder, CEO Navigation Partners), and moderated by Melissa Core-Caballo (Dead Horse Branding).

  • Chasing Magic: Facilitating Connection Between Engineer and Vocalist - Engineer Neal Cappellino and Vocal Coach Laura Donohue will share from their own perspectives on either side of the mic, illustrating the ways in which both parties can show up for the magic that is possible when recording vocals.

  • Artist Development From the Producer Perspective - Producer/Co-writer Femke Weidema (Babyface, Liz Rose and Mary J Blige) will discuss the ins and outs of artist development from the producer perspective. She will cover how to source talent on the web, find a budget with limited resources, and how to develop and nurture an artist. She will also share ways to navigate ownership rights, and how to build and rally a team around a creative project.

  • Three-Part Instrumentation Series - GRAMMY®-Nominated Producer Matt Leigh will host a series of three workshops that will cover topics ranging from selecting the right gear and proper mic placement to signal processing and mixing, and  how to work with an artist to construct meaningful and intriguing musical arrangements. For all portions of the three-part series, Leigh will be joined in the studio by Nashville-based folk artist South For Winter. Workshops will include the following;

  • String Theory - Learn the art of producing and incorporating traditional folk and orchestral string instruments into an arrangement.

  • Don’t Blow It! - Woodwind and brass instruments present a number of uncommon technical challenges when recording. Learn the techniques necessary to capture the natural aesthetics of these instruments.

  • Sing, Sing, Sing - Capturing a compelling vocal performance is paramount to any great music production. Learn the foundational elements to a great vocal recording.

  • Desert Island Gear: Mastering Edition - Mastering tools that we can’t live without! Demystifying lathes, speakers, transfer consoles, and the room. This is a session with Infrasonic Mastering Engineers Pete Lyman, Dave Gardner, Daniel Bacigalupi, and Piper Payne. You’ll hear from the engineers, who have similar goals, but very different approaches to the process of mastering modern records.

GOLD sponsors include Yamaha and Steinberg. Bronze sponsors include Leapwing Audio. Exhibitors include; Alclair Audio, Audio Engineering Society (AES), Eventide, Focal, Full Scale AV, Genelec, Harrison, IK Multimedia, Kali Audio, LaChapell Audio, Prism Sound, SAE Institute, Steinberg, SoundGirls, TASCAM, Women In Audio and Yamaha. Presented in association with Sound On Sound magazine, additional media sponsors includeGearslutz, Making Music, and Tape Op.

Register today (HERE) to be connected with thousands of music creators who have attended Music Expo conferences across the country. For the latest Music Expo Nashville updates, please visit or follow Music Expo on Facebook andTwitter. Music Expo Nashville  is one in a series of conferences for music makers held nationwide. Upcoming Music Expo events include Music Expo San Francisco (11/9 - 11/10).

Music Expo Nashville’s initial lineup, here

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Music Expo in association with Sound On Sound magazine, is a multi-city conference series to inspire music makers. Music Expo presents annual events nationwide in cities including Boston, Miami, Nashville and San Francisco and offers attendees up-close access to some of the world’s top DJs, producers, artists, engineers, songwriters, music industry tastemakers and leading technology brands. Founded in 2014, Music Expo provides pros and aspiring talent the opportunity to learn from some of the most successful music creators and has connected thousands of music makers across the country. Each year, Music Expo donates a portion of proceeds to help support non-profit organizations making an impact in their local community. Music Expo is committed to celebrating diversity and the inclusion of women and minorities. For more information, visit or follow Music Expo on Facebook and Twitter.

Based in Cambridge, England and independently-owned, Sound On Sound has been delivering a quality monthly print magazine since 1985 and is recognized internationally as the 'bible' of the music recording industry. Every month our UK and USA editions deliver consistently more pages than any competing title, packed full of in-depth product tests of Recording Systems, Music Software: DAWs, Virtual Instruments, Plug-ins, Synthesizers, Keyboards & Rack Modules, Music Computers, Samplers, Audio Interfaces, Effects & Signal Processors, Mixing Consoles and not forgetting studio essentials like Microphones and Monitors, plus the best Musician/Mix Engineer/Record Producer interviews you'll read anywhere. Our regular Tutorials and practical 'how to' Workshops offer no-nonsense advice, to help readers gain the most from their studio tools - at all levels of expertise. The SOS website draws over 1.3 million unique visitors each month.

About SAE Institute
Established in 1976, SAE Creative Media Institute provides niche creative media programs to about 10,000 students at more than 50 campuses around the world. SAE Institute is recognized for providing students with access to the best industry equipment and facilities, employing teaching staff with strong industry experience and delivering hands on teaching and learning in small class environments. The Institute engages with industry to develop curriculum that is relevant to local and global workforce needs. Work placements and internships are embedded in SAE Institute programs as pathways to employment. Globally, SAE Institute offers an extensive suite of creative media programs, from short courses and professional training through to bachelor and postgraduate degrees.