AES San Francisco 2012
Project Studio Expo Session Details

Saturday, October 27, 10:00 am — 11:00 am (Proj St EX)

Focal Press Author Panel – Can Project Studios Really Get Professional Results?

Moderator:
Kyle P. Snyder, Ohio University, School of Media Arts & Studies - Athens, OH, USA
Presenters:
David Miles Huber, www.davidmileshubre.com - Seattle/Berlin; Seattle/Berlin
Jay Kadis, CCRMA, Stanford University - Stanford, CA, USA
William Moylan, University of Massachusetts - Lowell - Lowell, MA, USA
Will Pirkle, University of Miami - Coral Gables, FL, USA
Mike Senior, Sound On Sound - Munich, Germany; Cambridge Music Technology


Abstract:
Join Focal Press authors for a discussion as to whether project studios really can get professional results. Panelists include Mike Senior, Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio; Will Pirkle, Designing Audio Effect Plugins in C++; William Moylan, Understanding and Crafting the Mix; and Jay Kadis, The Science of Sound Recording.

 
 

Saturday, October 27, 11:00 am — 12:00 pm (Proj St EX)

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PSE1 - It Won't Sound Right If You Don't Hear It Right
Studio Acoustics, Monitoring & Critical Listening

Presenter:
Hugh Robjohns, Technical Editor, Sound on Sound - Crowle, UK


Abstract:
It Won't Sound Right If You Don't Hear It Right: Studio Acoustics, Monitoring & Critical Listening

The monitoring environment acoustics and the monitoring loudspeakers are critical links in every music production chain. Any weaknesses impact negatively not only on the overall quality of mixes but also on the confidence and ability of the user to assess and process audio material efficiently and effectively. This workshop examines the theoretical requirements and practical optimization of high-quality monitoring systems for home and project studios, drawing on the author’s experiences in the "Studio SOS" series published in Sound On Sound magazine. It will also explore choosing new monitoring loudspeakers, optimizing control room acoustics, and honing critical listening skills.

 
 

Saturday, October 27, 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm (Proj St EX)

PSE2 - Total Tracking: Get It Right At Source
Choosing & Recording Your Sound Source

Presenters:
Hugh Robjohns, Technical Editor, Sound on Sound - Crowle, UK
Bill Gibson, Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group - Seattle, WA, USA; The Art Institute of Seattle


Abstract:
Total Tracking: Get It Right At Source: Choosing & Recording Your Sound Source

The astonishing and ever-improving power and versatility of digital signal processing plug-ins for computer audio workstations has encouraged the widespread belief that everything can be "fixed in the mix"— and in many cases, of course, it can. However, this approach is always extremely time-consuming and the results aren’t always perfect. It is often much faster, and with far more satisfying results, to get the right sound from the outset by careful selection of the source and appropriate microphone selection and positioning. This workshop will explore a wide variety of examples, analyzing the requirements and discussing practical techniques of optimising source recordings.

 
 

Saturday, October 27, 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm (Proj St EX)

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PSE3 - Mixing Secrets: Production Tricks to Use with Any DAW

Presenter:
Mike Senior, Sound On Sound - Munich, Germany; Cambridge Music Technology


Abstract:
Affordable DAW software now provides all the processing tools you need to create commercially competitive music mixes within a home, college, or project studio. As such, the overriding concern for budget-conscious engineers these days should be to develop effective habits with regard to studio monitoring, mix balancing, and quality control. Important techniques in each of these three areas are often neglected in small-scale productions, leading to mixes that don't stack up against professional releases, or that collapse on some mass-market listening systems. In this seminar, Sound On Sound magazine's "Mix Rescue" columnist Mike Senior will draw on his experience of thousands of project-studio mixes to highlight the most frequently overlooked studio tricks. In the process he'll demonstrate how these methods can powerfully upgrade your sonics without breaking the bank, no matter which DAW you're using.

 
 

Saturday, October 27, 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm (Proj St EX)

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PSE4 - Master Your Tracks: DIY Results to Compete with the Pros

Presenter:
Craig Anderton, Harmony Central / Electronic Musician - Santa Fe, NM, USA


Abstract:
Mastering is the final step prior to duplication and, as such, represents the last opportunity to make any final tweaks to a piece of music for highest sonic quality—and maximum transportability among playback systems. Traditionally, musicians have used professional mastering engineers in order to take advantage of their experience and ears, but in today’s tight economy—and with the advent of tools that allow for “do-it-yourself” mastering—many musicians are choosing to do their own mastering. This workshop describes the pitfalls and advantages of “project mastering” as well as the main mistakes to avoid but primarily emphasizes practical techniques that can bring out the very best in a piece of music. It also covers the process of album assembly and how to make sure the music in a collection or album provides a smooth, cohesive listening experience.

 
 

Saturday, October 27, 3:00 pm — 4:00 pm (Proj St EX)

PSE5 - You Ask, We Answer

Presenters:
Joe McGrath, SAE Institute
Hugh Robjohns, Technical Editor, Sound on Sound - Crowle, UK
Mike Senior, Sound On Sound - Munich, Germany; Cambridge Music Technology
Paul White, Sound On Sound - Malvern, Worcestershire, UK


Abstract:
Panel discussion with industry pros on topics of special interest to attendees.

 
 

Saturday, October 27, 4:00 pm — 5:00 pm (Proj St EX)

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PSE6 - Take Your Studio On Stage
Live Performance with Laptops, Looping Pedals, & Other Studio Techniques

Presenter:
Craig Anderton, Harmony Central / Electronic Musician - Santa Fe, NM, USA


Abstract:
Take Your Studio On Stage: Live Performance with Laptops, Looping Pedals, & Other Studio Techniques

For many musicians, as well as DJs and electronic acts, a 21st century live performance requires much more than just a mixer and a bunch of amps. This workshop takes a practical look at how to use technology on stage without being overwhelmed by it, ways to insure a smooth performance, and includes invaluable information on the “care and feeding” of laptops to insure optimum performance—and uninterrupted performances. Other topics include using controllers for a more vibrant live performance, performing with Ableton Live and dedicated control surfaces, improvisation with looping pedals and DAW software, and the evolution of DJ controller/laptop combinations into tools for a musical, complex new art form.

 
 

Saturday, October 27, 5:00 pm — 6:00 pm (Proj St EX)

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Young Guru

Presenter:
Young Guru, Roc Nation - Brooklyn, NY


Abstract:
M-Audio/Akai Professional Present: Young Guru

 
 

Sunday, October 28, 11:00 am — 12:00 pm (Proj St EX)

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PSE7 - Keeping the Human Element in the Digital Age

Presenter:
Craig Anderton, Harmony Central / Electronic Musician - Santa Fe, NM, USA


Abstract:
Ways to keep music sounding alive and interesting

 
 

Sunday, October 28, 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm (Proj St EX)

PSE8 - Total Tracking: Get It Right At Source
Choosing & Recording Your Sound Source

Presenters:
Bill Gibson, Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group - Seattle, WA, USA; The Art Institute of Seattle
Hugh Robjohns, Technical Editor, Sound on Sound - Crowle, UK


Abstract:
Total Tracking: Get It Right At Source: Choosing & Recording Your Sound Source

The astonishing and ever-improving power and versatility of digital signal processing plug-ins for computer audio workstations has encouraged the widespread belief that everything can be "fixed in the mix"—and in many cases, of course, it can. However, this approach is always extremely time-consuming and the results aren’t always perfect. It is often much faster, and with far more satisfying results, to get the right sound from the outset by careful selection of the source and appropriate microphone selection and positioning. This workshop will explore a wide variety of examples, analysing the requirements and discussing practical techniques of optimising source recordings.

 
 

Sunday, October 28, 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm (Proj St EX)

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PSE9 - Mixing Secrets: Production Tricks to Use with Any DAW

Presenter:
Mike Senior, Sound On Sound - Munich, Germany; Cambridge Music Technology


Abstract:
Affordable DAW software now provides all the processing tools you need to create commercially competitive music mixes within a home, college, or project studio. As such, the overriding concern for budget-conscious engineers these days should be to develop effective habits with regard to studio monitoring, mix balancing, and quality control. Important techniques in each of these three areas are often neglected in small-scale productions, leading to mixes that don't stack up against professional releases, or that collapse on some mass-market listening systems. In this seminar, Sound On Sound magazine's "Mix Rescue" columnist Mike Senior will draw on his experience of thousands of project-studio mixes to highlight the most frequently overlooked studio tricks. In the process he'll demonstrate how these methods can powerfully upgrade your sonics without breaking the bank, no matter which DAW you're using.

 
 

Sunday, October 28, 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm (Proj St EX)

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PSE10 - Master Your Tracks: DIY Results to Compete with the Pros

Presenter:
Craig Anderton, Harmony Central / Electronic Musician - Santa Fe, NM, USA


Abstract:
Mastering is the final step prior to duplication and, as such, represents the last opportunity to make any final tweaks to a piece of music for highest sonic quality—and maximum transportability among playback systems. Traditionally, musicians have used professional mastering engineers in order to take advantage of their experience and ears, but in today’s tight economy—and with the advent of tools that allow for “do-it-yourself” mastering—many musicians are choosing to do their own mastering. This workshop describes the pitfalls and advantages of “project mastering” as well as the main mistakes to avoid but primarily emphasizes practical techniques that can bring out the very best in a piece of music. It also covers the process of album assembly and how to make sure the music in a collection or album provides a smooth, cohesive listening experience.

 
 

Sunday, October 28, 3:00 pm — 4:00 pm (Proj St EX)

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PSE11 - Make Music with Your iPad
Hot Apps, Great Gadgets & All Things iOS

Presenter:
Mike Metlay, RECORDING Magazine - Boulder, CO, USA


Abstract:
Make Music With Your iPad: Hot Apps, Great Gadgets & All Things iOS

In this seminar we will look at hardware and software for music production on iOS devices, with an emphasis on the iPad. A number of worthwhile interface products and apps will be demonstrated for the audience, and there will be an in-depth discussion of the advantages and pitfalls of working with iOS in the studio. There will be material for beginners curious about the iPad as well as some advanced tips and tricks for experienced users.

 
 

Sunday, October 28, 4:00 pm — 5:00 pm (Proj St EX)

PSE12 - Ask the Editors: Q&A Session

Presenters:
Craig Anderton, Harmony Central / Electronic Musician - Santa Fe, NM, USA
Strother Bullins, Pro Audio Review magazine - North Carolina
Larry Crane
Sarah Jones, Electronic Musician magazine - San Bruno, CA, USA
Tom Kenny
Mike Metlay, RECORDING Magazine - Boulder, CO, USA
Hugh Robjohns, Technical Editor, Sound on Sound - Crowle, UK
Frank Wells, Pro Sound News - Murfreesboro, TN, USA
Paul White, Sound On Sound - Malvern, Worcestershire, UK


Abstract:
Panel discussion with industry pros on topics of special interest to attendees.

 
 

Sunday, October 28, 5:00 pm — 6:00 pm (Proj St EX)

MIDI Makes Music: Celebrating 30 Years of MIDI


Abstract:
The MIDI Manufacturers Association Presents “MIDI Makes Music: Celebrating 30 Years of MIDI”

In 2013, the MIDI Manufacturers Association will bring together the world's top digital music companies to recognize and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the invention of MIDI technology. MIDI dramatically changed music-making 30 years ago—and it remains a key technology for music-making today. Come and get a sneak-preview of how the MMA will celebrate this important milestone and hear from some of the people who were there from the beginning. Also learn how the standard evolved over the past three decades and see what's next for MIDI technology.

 
 


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