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AES New York 2005
Master Class Session Details

Saturday, October 8, 11:00 am — 12:30 pm

M1 - Terry Manning: Classic Recording Techniques from Albert King to ZZ Top

Terry Manning began his career in Memphis in 1963 working at the legendary Ardent Studios as an engineer, musician, producer, and writer. He tracked and mixed seminal recording by artists including Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Al Green, Albert King, The Box Tops, Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, Led Zepplin, and ZZ Top. He later moved to London and Abbey Road Studios and finally to Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas where he worked for Chris Blackwell’s label. Terry also runs a company called Lucas Engineering that designs and manufactures vintage inspired gear. Terry will talk about his techniques in engineering the hits of the past, present, and future from both a technical and musical perspective.

Saturday, October 8, 5:00 pm — 6:30 pm

M2 - Doug Sax: What Happened to Dynamic Range, and Why

Doug Sax is one of the best-known and most prolific mastering engineers in the industry. His work has helped shape the successes of countless recordings of all genres from the LP era through the present. Doug will talk about his philosophy of audio mastering and illustrate with practical examples of specific approaches and techniques. Special attention will be given to the loss of dynamic range in today’s recordings and its effect on the listening experience and the health of the record industry in general.

Sunday, October 9, 10:00 am — 11:30 am

M3 - Oliver Archut: Vintage Gear Insider

Oliver Archut began in audio at age 12 and first became employed by AEG Telefunken Daimler Benz at the age of 21. He was sent to a training center then staffed by master professional audio design engineers, the very people who designed the M49 microphone and V72 pre-amp, who were then close to retirement. The electronics industry in Germany was moving away from analog design and these grand old engineers were sent to run the training center as there was no other place for them in the company. Oliver was responsible for the preserving the Telefunken archives about to be discarded by the company—schematics and precious manufacturing details concerning laminations, chemical compositions, tooling, etc. Concerned that this invaluable data would be lost forever, Oliver continued to collect and preserve “obsolete” analog design information from other companies such as Siemens and TAB. In this session, he will speak about the myths and realities of vintage recording equipment and what actual design features turned certain pieces of equipment into timeless classics. A detailed case study will be made of the M49 microphone and preamplifier designed especially for it, the V72. Oliver will also discuss what it means to be a 21st century manufacturer of “vintage” quality analog equipment and the difficulties of providing parts as well as training young engineers willing to carry on the tradition of hand-crafted, no-compromise professional audio gear today.

Sunday, October 9, 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm

M4 - John Klett: The Art of Studio Maintenance

John Klett is a veteran in-the-trenches master studio technician and currently runs a company called Tech Mecca specializing in repairs, restoration, upgrades, and installation of professional recording equipment. John will talk about tips and tricks learned the hard way and geared for working studio technicians. Emphasis will be on power, wiring and interconnects, trouble-shooting, modifications and upgrades, and system performance certification. Subject matter will be very specific for professional working studio techs as well as engineers engaged in building or maintaining their own project rooms. The session will include demonstrations and audience Q&A.

Sunday, October 9, 5:00 pm — 6:30 pm

M5 - Bob Clearmountain: Mix This

Bob Clearmountain is one of the best-known and most prolific mixing engineers in the industry. He is one of the preeminent engineers who have turned mixing into an art form though the uniquely creative use of balance, selectivity, imaging, and effects. Bob will talk about the art of mixing and illustrate with practical examples of specific approaches and techniques.

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