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Rob Gillis, President
Reid Hyams, Vice-President
Rebecca Francescatti, Secretary
Eric Roth, Treasurer
Fran Allen-Leake, EARDRUM Editor
Danny Leake, EARDRUM Editor


EARS: The Engineering And Recording Society of Chicago, is an independent (not-for-profit) group dedicated to the advancement of excellence in audio production. EARS welcomes all recording engineers, producers, live sound mixers, studio owners, as well as musicians, students, enthusiasts, and pro-audio representatives alike. Our meetings usually take place on the last Tuesday of every month. Meetings are held at a a variety of recording studios, radio stations, live sound venues, and manufacturers' facilities. The subject matter ranges from gear shoot-outs to discussions of recording techniques and myriad issues encountered today in an ever-evolving and increasingly complex recording industry.

Many years ago, a handful of Chicago engineers ran into each other at an AES show in New York and realized that they met more away from town than they did back home and maybe they ought to do something about it. The concept of EARS was born: a monthly social get-together where friends and competitors would meet in an atmosphere of fun and friendship to talk about gear, business, and music. So it was and so it's been these past 27 years. We encourage all participants to attend the meetings with an inquisitive attitude and a thirst for adventure in audio! EARS meetings are usually held on the last Tuesday of every month so mark your calendar and join us!

RIP ERIC ROTH 1969-2014


EARS is pleased to team up with the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest) in a showing of the 2011 film, STYX LIVE: THE GRAND ILLUSION/PIECES OF EIGHT. This outstanding concert film highlights a live performance of two of the Chicago-born group’s multi-platinum albums. It was filmed at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, with 11 HD cameras. We can say that this is one of the best concert films ever made- absolutely technically superb.

And to let us in on the how's and why's of the sound and video aspects, there will be an interactive live Q&A with a few of the talented individuals who made the movie happen. Executive Producer Terry Fryer, Audio Producer Gary Loizzo, Recording Engineer Timothy Powell, and Mastering Engineer Danny Leake will be joined by surprise guests in a lively discussion of the making of this cinematic gem.

Exact time and exact location will be announced shortly. The serves as a preview of the amazing CIMMfest that officially begins on May 1st.

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EARS Jukebox is the playlist featuring the recordings, productions, and performances of our own members to showcase and share their work and talents with the recording community. Click on the waveform to FF or REWIND the track. To leave comments on a particular track, click on the gray bar below the waveform and follow the link. The playlist is updated regularly so check back for new additions. Learn how to upload tracks here...
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