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New York, September 9, 2002-The special events program of the 113th AES Convention will feature several seminars and workshops that have been specifically designed with today's recording engineers in mind. Each of the convention's four days will include events that focus on the practical applications of today's studio technologies environment.

On Saturday, October 5, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc. will present the 14th Annual GRAMMY Recording SoundTable, moderated by Howard Massey. Respected artists, producers and engineers from across the country who have impacted the music production industry will discuss the relevant issues and concerns facing today's recording community.

The Stereo and Surround Techniques Workshop will appeal to those engineers working in the new surround formats. Chaired by Geoff Martin, of McGill University in Montr´┐Żal, the tutorial will be hosted by leading industry professionals working in pop, classical, film music, and radio drama production. The elite panel will discuss the characteristics of various microphone configurations as well as upward and downward compatibility considerations.

Day two's events kick off with a workshop on Mixing and Mastering in Multichannel Surround, which will focus on the different formats for mixing and mastering in surround sound. Today's leading industry professionals will compare various loudspeaker configurations and the latest mastering techniques for DVD-Audio and SACD.

Later in the day, "An Afternoon with Tom Holman," is sure to inspire today's recording set, as well as the industry as a whole. President of the TMH Corporation, Tom Holman will participate in an interactive discussion with the audience. With a career that spans three decades, Holman has the rare ability to push the state of the art and challenge entire industries to achieve new quality standards.

This year the convention will feature two Platinum Producers Panels. Panel 1, "Producer, Engineer, Studio Technician-Blurring of Roles" will be moderated by Mitch Gallagher, Editor in Chief of EQ Magazine and feature five of today's hottest producers and engineers. Novice recording engineers and pros alike will appreciate hearing what these industry veterans have to say about the tricks, techniques, technology, and mindset required to cover multiple roles at once.

On day three the recording engineering track continues with the Studio Production and Practices Workshop, which will focus on delivery standards in digital and analog audio in the modern studio. George Massenburg and David Smith will detail their proven techniques for establishing high quality, archive ready audio, using today's state of the art professional tools. They will concentrate on delivery formats, media requirements, and proper documentation, and will cover the myriad of formats embedded in current digital audio workstations.

On the less technical side of the studio business coin, the SPARS Business Panel will serve as as an invaluable resource for the exploration of strategies for adapting one's business to changing times. Panelists will illustrate, with stories and solutions, innovative ways they have handled unique business challenges faced in successfully running today's audio production facility.

Has the promise of yesterday been met by the technical realities of today? What will record production be like 10 years from now? Studio pros can find out at the Platinum Producers Panel 2. Hosted by Howard Massey, the event will feature five top record producers who will take a fascinating peek into the future, while spotlighting the creative techniques they developed to overcome the challenges and limitations of the past.

Everyday, more of the recording and post production studio infrastructure collapses into the frame of a computer. To that end, the special event, "The Virtual Studio: DAW-Based Recording" will be featured on day four. Moderated by Pro Sound News editor Frank Wells, this two-part workshop will focus on technical concerns unique to DAW based recording, as well as present power user application techniques.

Finally, the UK based APRS will host "Audio Post Production in 24p HDTV," a seminar that will address the issues of mixing sound to picture on different continents. Specifically, the differences in frame frequency in Europe and America will be featured.

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