A-T’s Recap of the First Csaba Petocz Master Class Scholarship

This summer, Audio-Technica was honored to be a part of the first-ever Csaba Petocz Master Class Scholarship, a two-day advanced audio workshop conducted by Joe Chiccarelli at Sunset Sound Recording Studios in Hollywood, California.

The scholarship was created to honor the legacy of the beloved producer and engineer Csaba Petocz, who had a legendary track record. Petocz worked with some of the top names in the music industry, including Metallica, Alanis Morissette, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Costello and more. His talents earned him three Grammy nominations, 37 number-one record credits, and 32 platinum or multi-platinum album credits.

Petocz’s longtime friend and colleague Joe Chiccarelli hosted the weekend-long workshop. Chiccarelli himself is a Grammy Award-winning producer and engineer, who has worked with the likes of the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, the Shins, My Morning Jacket and more.

The Csaba Petocz Master Class Scholarship was awarded to five lucky advanced audio engineering and music production students, who worked with Chiccarelli to get firsthand experience tracking, mixing, and producing in the legendary Sunset Sound.

Throughout the weekend, various industry friends of Petocz’s stopped by the studio to speak with the students. Grammy Award winners Niko Bolas and Chris Lord-Alge visited the students, and Lord-Alge spoke about Petocz’s work ethic and what it takes to make it in the industry. Additionally, LA-based indie rock band Slow Hollows performed a live recording session the students worked to track.

“The event at Sunset Sound was so successful, we are planning to do it again in 2018 as a way to honor Csaba’s accomplishments and to pass on his philosophies and ideals to the next generation of audio professionals,” A-T Vice President Michael Edwards said.

Due to the scholarship’s great success, the Csaba Petocz Master Class Scholarship will continue as an annual audio education event to honor Petocz’s legacy. The Csaba Petocz Master Class Scholarship was hosted in conjunction with the Recording, Radio and Film Connection (RRFC) and Clyne Media, Inc.

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