MASTERFUL MASTER CLASSES DISTINGUISH AES 123RD CONVENTION
The Art & Science of Making & Playing Great Recordings + Hard Earned Secrets
NEW YORK: Originally introduced in 2005 the AES Master Class Program was mandated to recognize a select group of Masters in their fields and to provide full-program attendees with in-depth, focused Master Classes in each of the invited disciplines. In his second turn as Master Class Committee Chair, Alan Silverman has developed a series of compelling events for the 123rd AES Convention.
Highlights of this yearâ€™s series include:
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF MAKING AND PLAYING GREAT RECORDINGS
â€“ The High Resolution Experience: Keith O. Johnson, Reference Recordings,
Pacifica, CA, will explore the listenerâ€™s emotional involvement with a recording and
consider how intangible factors such as imaging, transparency, articulation and
delineation impact on its reproduction. Working from a multi-channel perspective,
Johnson will reveal how instruments, halls, and visual cues create a live concert
experience and how microphone choices, placements and mixing strategies can
constrict or expand a soundscape.
HARD EARNED DESIGN SECRETS – Reconciling The Objectivist and Subjectivist
Points Of View: Bruno Putzeys, of Hypex Electronics, Rotselaar, Switzerland, will
disclose a wealth of tantalizing secrets including: Revealed Preference: Aligning
philosophical preference with actual behavior, how listening habits impact on your work
whether you’re after transparent reproduction or emotionally engaging sound and,
whether you like it or not; Op Amp Theory Rrefresher: A genuine understanding how
they work, not just what they’re made of;. Minimalist design – or not?: When adding
more parts really helps; Intelligent Design in Audio: Recipes for success and disaster in
co-developing and subcontracting audio electronics; That Digital Sound: Deviating
from theory is the problem, not the solution., an invaluable exposÃ© of digital filtering and
its relation to “the digital sound.”
FROM ROUGH MIX TO â€œYOGIâ€– An accomplished and eclectic mixer Michael Brauerâ€™s credits include Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Aimee Mann, Coldplay, Ben Folds, and John Mayerâ€™s critically acclaimed CD â€œContinuum.â€ This Master Class will cover mixing factors that cannot be achieved with hardware or software alone. How do you mix a song that you are hearing for the first time? How do you create a mix that brings out its spirit and message? Brower will also discuss technical aspects including his unique multi-stage/multi-bus mix technique.
VINTAGE MICROPHONE MYSTIQUE â€“ How Sex Appeal Trumps Specs: Klaus
Heyne, German Masterworks, Portland, OR and Oliver Archut, TAB-Funkenwerk,
Gaylord KS. The current phenomenon of using fifty-year old microphones in critical
recording applications from pop vocals to classical symphony orchestras, is
unprecedented, and seemingly illogical in a world of rapidly evolving recording
technologies. Oliver and Klaus will examine why vintage microphones occupy this
uniquely antiquarian role, and why many of today’s manufacturers yield to industry
demands for microphones and new products that emulate the past.
AUDIO INTERCONNECTIONS â€“ Dispelling The Myths: Henry Ott, Henry Ott Consultants, Livingston, NJ: High signal-to-noise ratio is an important goal for most audio systems. AC power connections, however, unavoidably create ground voltage differences, magnetic fields, and electric fields. The class will cover cabling, grounding , balancing, and shielding issues in audio interconnections for electromagnetic compatibility and maximum signal integrity. Design ideas will be offered to insure the ability of a device, product, or system to operate properly without degradation and without being a source of interference.
ADVANCED IDEAS & TECHNIQUES IN HIGH-DEFINITION SURROUND MUSIC POST-PRODUCTION FOR FILM & TV: Ken Hahn, co-owner of Sync SoundÂ®, Inc, a leading NYC audio post -production facility, will cover such critical topics as: How to achieve 5.1/stereo/mono compatible mixes; The reasons for working at a fixed monitoring level; How to achieve a mix that satisfy both client and engineer; Audio Post â€œTools of the trade,â€ Dealing with delivery specs and how they dictate workflow; and, Is louder really better?
Commenting on the program, AES Committee Chair Jim Anderson remarked, â€œPrevious AES Master Class presenters such as Bob Clearmountain, Terry Manning, Roger Nichols, Doug Sax, Floyd Toole, and Bill Whitlock delivered outstanding presentations which immediately popularized this addition to the Convention Program. Alan Silvermanâ€™s roster for the 123rd Convention clearly matches the standards established by those earlier events.â€
Alan Silverman is principal and mastering engineer at Arf! Mastering, a NYC facility specializing in high-resolution audio. His discography lists numerous Grammy Award CDs including the world music phenomenon “Lagrimas Negras,” nominated for Record of The Year, Album of The Year, and Best Engineered Record in the 2004 Latin Grammies and voted the top CD of 2003 by Ben Ratliff of the New York Times. He recently completed re-mastering The Kinks catalog for hybrid SA-CD.
The AES 123rd Convention will be held at NYâ€™s Jacob Javits Center October 5-8 2007. For additional information please visit www.aes.org