“Hybrid Audio: Mixing Virtual and Acoustic Instruments for Media Presentations”


Media & Studio Arts Symposium

Inventing Oneself Through Art and Technology

Hybrid Audio: Mixing Virtual and Acoustic Instruments for Media Presentations

February 20, 2020 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Brandie Lane

Description: An increasing amount of recordings are starting to use a mixture of virtual (MIDI) and acoustic instruments. This is especially prevalent in media and film scores. Over the past 4 years, The West Point Band has implemented recording and mixing techniques that marry virtual instruments with live acoustic elements to create soundtracks for media presentations seen on television and web platforms. Clients have included NBC, CBS, Army West Point Sports, The United States Military Academy Public Affairs Office, and the Department of Defense. This workshop will break down the recording and mixing techniques used to create these soundtracks. 

Presenter Bio:

Brandie Lane currently serves as a United States Army Sergeant First Class and the non- commissioned officer-in-charge of the Audio Section with the West Point Band, located at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. She has served as producer, recording engineer, and front of house engineer for the many performing elements of the band and is credited on their commercial stereo and surround sound releases, television and web specials for FOX, CBS, HISTORY, and military events in New York City. Prior to joining the United States Army, Brandie held the position of Head Audio Engineer at GRAMMY winning Sono Luminus, an independent classical label in northern Virginia. In her free time, Brandie is an adjunct faculty member at NYU – Steinhardt and a freelance engineer/consultant in the Hudson Valley area.

Her accolades include a GRAMMY Award for “Best Engineered Album, Classical,” engineering credits on multiple GRAMMY nominated albums, a Downbeat Award for “Best Engineering for a Live Recording” and an “Award of Excellence” from the Audio Engineering Society High Resolution Recording Competition. Her military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal.

Her professional affiliations include membership with the Audio Engineering Society, where she frequently serves as a judge and panel member, and voting membership with The Recording Academy (Producers and Engineers Wing).