AES New York 2011
Master Class Details


Thursday, October 20, 11:00 am — 1:00 pm (Room: 1E07)

MC1 - The Fine Line between Voicing and Design

Casey Dowdell
Brian Zolner

When the design brief of a digital to analog conversion system calls for performance regardless of cost, a series of known concepts can be put in place. When performance is the highest priority, the execution and fine tuning of these concepts changes the design brief and project schedule. A list of the fundamental concepts is presented along with the relevant discussion as to their necessity. Intriguingly, protracted listening during development results in progressive design changes that must occur to reach an extraordinary outcome. (Mr. Dowdell, formerly of Lexicon and HP, and Mr. Zolner, formerly of The Harman Specialty Group, are co-founders of Bricasti Design.)

Friday, October 21, 11:00 am — 1:00 pm (Room: 1E08)

MC2 - Human Hearing 101—How it Works (The Short Version)

Jim Johnston

In this class, we will discuss a variety of subjects at a conceptual level, from Head Related Transfer Functions to the actual filters implemented in the human Cochlea. Along the way, loudness vs. intensity, the law of the first wavefront, localization, auditory masking, the effects of attention, and inter-sensory interaction will be discussed. When you are done with this class, you will have an understanding of how the ear does frequency analysis, and the way that that affects everything else that relates to the human auditory system, from localization, through masking, to the absolute threshold of hearing. In addition to the above, issues of envelopment, direct vs. diffuse sensation, and spatial perception will be discussed as time allows.

Saturday, October 22, 4:30 pm — 6:30 pm (Room: 1E07)

MC3 - The Hybrid Edit/Mix Approach to Feature Film Sound

Skip Lievsay

Skip Lievsay has worked on the sound-design and mixing of such blockbuster films as True Grit, No Country For Old Men, I Am Legend, It Might Get Loud, and Men In Black. Skip will illustrate his "Hybrid Edit/Mix" approach to post production sound that erases the traditional lines between sound design, editing, ADR, and the final mix, as all these actions are performed concurrently with the picture edit. The process provides the director with a thorough appreciation of the sound during the crucial early stages of post-production. Most of the mixing happens during this period rather than at the final dubbing stage. Live demonstrations will be given using a ProTools workstation.

Sunday, October 23, 2:30 pm — 4:30 pm (Room: 1E15/16)

MC4 - Superstar Sessions

Tony Visconti

Tony Visconti rose from the streets of Brooklyn to become a key architect of the sound of British Rock via studio work with such legends as David Bowie, T-Rex, Thin Lizzy, The Moody Blues, Badfinger, and Morrissey. Beyond his production and mixing skills, Visconti is an accomplished composer, musician, and arranger. This Master Class will present techniques and experiences culled from a lifetime of collaboration with some of the world’s most celebrated artists, as well as his on-going work on new releases such as Future Is Medieval from The Kaiser Chiefs.

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