Wes “Wesonator" Maebe has responded emphatically to being named Studio Engineer of the Year at the 2016 Pro Sound Awards, which took place 22 September at Ministry of Sound in London.
Maebe, a staff engineer at London's RAK Studios, has worked with a variety of artists, including Ellie Goulding, Elliott Randall, UB40, Plan B, and Cat Stevens. Clients have praised Maebe – who said he always does "whatever it takes to get the best sound out of every artist" – for always going the extra mile to bring their music to life.
“I am delighted and honoured to be named Studio Engineer of the Year,” said Maebe. “The role of the engineer has evolved. The recording and mixing process isn’t just about putting all the components together and pushing the faders up. It’s about making everything work, making sure nothing interferes with anything else. It’s about creating a dynamic piece of music that talks to the heart of the listener. It’s about helping artists fully realise their artistic vision. Both a recording or a mix are more than just the sum of its parts, which is why I love the challenge of giving music its own distinctive character.”
Outside of the studio, Maebe has also given masterclasses at several industry trade shows, including NAMM, AES, and IMSTA; produced online tutorials on everything from optimising a sound system upgrade and getting the best out of vintage equipment to microphone tips and tricks; and is a regular contributor to publications including Audio Media International.
Click here to read Maebe's review of the Tegeler Audio Manufaktur Crème compressor and EQ in our September 2016 issue.