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Label Watch: N2K Encoded Music

Phil Ramone

One would be hard-pressed to recall the kind of fanfare accompanying the birth of a label that N2K Encoded Music has garnered. No doubt it’s due to the heavy hitters that have rallied around the new label. High visibility has been created at N2K Inc. due to the presence of chairman/CEO Larry Rosen, co-founder with Dave Grusin of GRP Records, and label president Phil Ramone, the respected veteran producer who helped shape the careers of such big names in pop as Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Natalie Cole, Sinead O’Connor and Gloria Estefan.

On the technical side, Ramone is associated with innovations that have changed the face of the recording industry, including Dolby four-track discrete sound, satellite links between studios, optical surround sound for motion pictures, digital live recordings and the use of fiber optics to record tracks in real time from different locations. As president of N2K Encoded Music-as well as the newly elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences-Ramone begins a new era of his extraordinary 30-year career.

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