The Special Sauce for Mixing a Hit Record
Producer Fab Dupont (Mark Ronson, Jennifer Lopez) walks through one of today’s hottest tracks with esteemed mix engineer Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Lumineers). Hear how the pros bring that "special sauce" to crafting a hit.
Safe Sound & IEM Fundamentals
In-ear monitors provide many benefits, but there’s no guarantee they can save performers’ hearing. This discussion between Mark Frink and Michael Santucci examines the physiology of hearing and fundamentals of in-ear monitoring that can help with hearing conservation.
Greg Stryke Chin: Cloud Collaboration in Pro Tools
With the cloud now a practical vehicle for storage, sharing and working interactively, this session looks at how cloud computing tools enable a new era of collaboration. Greg Stryke Chin explains, with Avid’s Pro Tools as a vehicle for his demonstrations.
Mark Rush: Worship Production: Division of Labor
The spheres of skills in a Worship Tech Team establishes the Audio Division of Labor and determines the scope of each member’s role in audio production. This ability-based method of appropriate roles for audio tech teammates builds skills and confidence. Covers mute groups, VCAs, and apps.
Craig Anderton: How to Make Your Recorded Vocals at Least Twice as Good!
Vocals are what links your soul to your listener, so you don’t want anything to get in the way—and you don’t want to crush your soul with processing, either. Find out how to make your recorded vocals sound at least twice as good through a variety of innovative techniques that polish your vocal, enhance clarity, and reduce the need for processors, with an emphasis on retaining the human qualities that make for a compelling vocal performance.
Entertainment RF: Moving Target
UHF TV spectrum shared by entertainment wireless as secondary users is in the process of being reduced for the second time in as many decades through voluntary auctions that will reduce UHF spectrum by over 100 MHz, rendering equipment operating in the 600 MHz bands (and below) obsolete in a few years. Our experts examine what to expect and when to expect it.
Shed & Arena Optimization: Sides & Subs
Today’s touring speakers sound amazing, but two problems must be conquered in typical shed and arena venues: the interaction of the mains and the side arrays and the management of low end supplemented with subwoofers driven from an auxiliary send. This session examines solutions for large venue applications.
Sam Inglis: Beyond EQ & Compression
Today's plug-in folders are bursting with transient shapers, dynamic equalizers, frequency-dependent dynamics, harmonic enhancement, spectral editors and even faders that write their own automation. When, why and how should you go beyond conventional EQ and dynamics? Taking universal mix issues and real-world situations as examples, Sam Inglis explains how to bring these cutting-edge software processors to bear in your studio.
Howard Page: Shelf the Lows: Time to Kill the Subs?
Subwoofers in sound reinforcement overpower the main mix to the point of distraction at many large-scale live concert events in recent history. Howard Page examines the role and of subwoofers and a means of taming them.
Thomas Lund: The Tipping Point
Thomas Lund presents the latest about ideal leveling for platforms such as Tidal, Spotify, iTunes, YouTube and TV. This presentation also details EBU, AES, Nordic Dynamic and mobile device standards, and addresses loudness-savvy alignment and calibration of loudspeakers in pro.
Brunching with Bonzai
Industry media mainstay Mr. Bonzai and his special guests, Jack & Blake Douglas kick-off the AES Special Events calendar with a first-morning wake-up dialog, talking music, motivation, and music industry trends and prognostications
Mike Senior: Mixing Secrets: Production Tricks to Use with Any DAW (Los Angeles 2016)
Mike Senior suggests methods 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.
The Grand Mother: Miking the Piano
The grand piano is the Mother of Musical Creation, every singer’s lover and the heart of most genres, yet it’s often replaced by synthesizers due to its inconvenient size and a propensity to resonate with adjacent sounds. Discover the right way to record this instrument with this video.
Craig Anderton: How to Get Great Sounds from Amp Sims
If you like amp sims that sound harsh and cold, you can skip this video. But if you prefer warm, creamy amps that respond to the way you play, this video shows how placing certain effects before and after a sim, in addition to specific amp sim techniques, can make playing with amp sims an inspiring experience—and let you create effects that would be difficult, if not impossible, to realize with conventional hardware.
Live Mixing Academy - Monitor Mixing Apps
Remote control allows a dual-function console to be operated by two or more users to make adjustments from meaningful locations, in the house or on stage, replacing personal mixers or a second console.
Larry Crane: Using Noise Reduction Software for Tracking and Mixing Music
Noise Reduction and Spectral Editing software has come a long way in performance and price in recent years, and are no longer only tools for post-production and audio forensics. In this presentation, Tape Op editor Larry Crane shows you how to use this software to repair and prep sources for mixing, including vocals, acoustic guitars, piano, drums, bass, amplifiers, organs, and more.
Living the Dream: Project Studios at Both Ends of the Spectrum. Why We Still Want Them and WHY We Still Need Them
Synthesizers, laptops, iPhones, Plug-Ins, VR, AR, 3D Audio … Where will this all end up? One thing appears certain—the Project Studio continues to be in demand; continues to be re-defined; and continues to be the Studio of Choice for a large percentage of the audio creation community. The need for small, comfortable, acoustically flexible audio production environments has not diminished in the face of proliferating digital/laptop recording options. But certain basics and certain concerns are still with us and we want to be reminded of them.
Robert Scovill: Live Mixing Academy - Console Layout & Workflow
Robert Scovill covers taking a band from concept to rehearsal stage, beginning with a roster of musicians, building an input list and laying it out not only for for easy operation, but to fit into festivals and fly-in situations. Also covered are building mute groups and VCAs, and starting an automation scene list from a song list.
Miking the Symphony: Variations on a Theme
Symphony sound reinforcement has grown from modified Decca trees with outriggers and spot mics borrowed from recording to individually miking every stand or even every musician. Approaches vary from matched pencil condensers to various types of mics for each orchestra section with interesting similarities and differences from one engineer to another, depending, of course on available inventory.
Mono, Stereo or LCR in HOW, Theater, and PACs
Learn the advantages and dilemmas of choosing a one, two or three channel sound reinforcement system for House of Worship, theater or multi-use performing arts center. What are the trade-offs: is stereo good enough, is a center channel worth the added expense and what are the pitfalls of LCR.
Philip Reynolds: Flexible Foo: Digital System Drive
Digital drive signal flow from FOH is today’s professional tour standard for sheds, arenas, and stadiums and the holy grail of system engineers. This session looks at one solution to keep the mix in the digital domain all the way to the amplifiers, avoiding DA/AD conversions and signal degradation.
AES67: Audio Networking Today & Tomorrow
A discussion of current and future audio networking for live sound. The average sound guy wants to know what all the fuss is about Dante, AES67 and AVB for next week’s gig or next year’s installation.
Choosing the Right Vocal Mic
While there are tried and true mics clinched by singers across the world, selecting the best mic for a vocalist involves more than snatching the most familiar mic off the shelf. This session talks microphone fundamentals (including polar-patterns and capsule construction), matching performance with a given voice and singing style, as well as tips for working with vocalists.
Audio as a Business: Building and Developing a Career
Irons in the Fire: Career and Business Development Mentoring with the Manhattan Producers Alliance. Members of the Manhattan Producers Alliance talk about developing your brand and business and functioning as a creative talent in an ever-changing music business.
Virtual Sound Checks and Processing in a Networked Environment
Digital consoles and digital networking offer a natural pathway to simple recording through a single connection, making virtual sound checks an equally simple tool. Further, network appliances are now offering universally applicable virtual effects racks with benefits in pre-production, in enhanced portability, in migrating a studio sound to the stage (including providing recording engineers familiar tools at FOH) and in producing enhance monitor mixes. This session examines the fundamentals of effectively deploying such tools.
Prof. Jörg Sennheiser is interviewed by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Peissig.
Miking Grand Piano and Choirs
In Houses Of Worship, regardless of worship styles, acoustic grand piano and choirs are the most consistent sound sources to have fixed mics employed for sound reinforcement. This session covers the selection of mics, placement and tips for keeping a set-up consistent.
The Future of Wireless: Now What?
There has been dramatic erosion in the television band spaces available for wireless microphone and monitor use. How can a facility find available bandwidth and stay legal? What can be done to future-proof a system? Do 2.4 Ghz and like systems offer a solution, and if so, for whom? What can digital wireless bring to the equation? All these questions and more are addressed on this panel.
Larry Crane: The REAL Skills You Need to Record Professionally
It's easy to think that recording equipment is all one needs to run a successful studio, but it's really a small part of the equation. Larry Crane uncovers the true skills and mindsets that all successful and busy audio professionals really utilize in this session.
Mark Frink: IEM Fundamentals and Hearing Conservation
Drawing on his decades of road experience, Mark Frink explains the logic behind moving live performers to personal In-Ear-Monitoring solutions. Topics will include the selection of IEMs (universal vs. custom), mixing monitors for IEMs, personal mixing by performers and protecting performers hearing.
Jeff Taylor: Mono vs Stereo vs LCR in HOW and Fixed-Install
Architectural issues, acoustic concerns, audience point-of-view, style of music—all these elements come to play in a decision as to whether to configure a fixed installation system in mono, to attempt stereo, or combine the two in an LCR configuration. Jeff Taylor addresses the practical considerations in making a decision and in mixing for the chosen configuration.
Mike Senior: Mixing An Ensemble Recording
Mike Senior dives into the question of isolation during tracking, and use real-world small-studio recordings to demonstrate a wide variety of methods for dealing with spill—and how it's frequently a blessing, not a curse.
Speech Intelligibility: Contributing Factors
The cliché installed sound system is hampered by poor reproduction fidelity and reflected sound—hardly desirable when the message is delivered by spoken word, be it a sermon, a reading, an informational announcement or an evacuation warning. Through cases studies of problems solved, this session demonstrates how systems can live in harmony with their environment.
The Project Studio in the Commercial World
John Storyk moderates this panel exploring four “Project Studios” – each of which vary dramatically in size budget, acoustic solution and purpose. The panelists (either owners or designers) describe the studio’s individual goals, strengths, design/installation tips and significant issues encountered during the design/construction process. Most importantly, they will also reveal the tale of the studio’s success or failure after opening.
Theatrical Sound Design
This panel addresses starting from scratch for theatrical sound design, incorporating hand-crafted sonic elements, textures and effects. Our presenters discuss their process working across development in DAWs and translation to the stage, including modern tools like plug-ins that provide a time-saving predictive bridge between pre-production and a realized design.
Personal Networking for the Audio Professional
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” they say. We say, it’s both, because however good you are at what you do, you can always smooth the path to success with a bit of contact cultivation and networking. This session provides practical networking advice for people in all stages of their careers.
Ike Zimbel: RF Coordination on the Road
Get a look into the working life of a touring RF engineer. In this session, Ike Zimbel, our guest engineer, just off a five-month road haul, compares the RF environments in North American arenas, and shares a practical approach to working with wireless microphones, instruments and monitors in those environments and discusses wireless best practices.
Theatrical Console Automation
Scene and snapshot storage and recall, working with time code, synchronizing with lighting and EFX—these are all among the components of modern theatrical audio production. This session examines the console automation utilized to help the show go on.
Theater Sound System Design and Optimization
Theater sound designers can face architectural and aesthetic concerns within a given facility, audio content that ranges from dialog heavy drama to rocking reviews and a blend of live and recorded elements. Andrew Keister and Bob McCarthy, seasoned veterans of theatrical sound design, share their experience.
Wireless Issues for Live Theater: Broadway and Beyond
Manhattan’s Broadway represents one of the most hostile environments imaginable for wireless microphone use. How do sound designers and system engineers cope with the RF soup that fills the ether in “The Great White Way,” and what lessons learned can be applied to theater applications in general? This session offers answers.
Theatrical Vocal Miking
In theatrical vocal applications, mics should largely be heard and not seen. This session covers the practical issues of reproducing song and voice from the stage, including body mic dressing, use of omnis vs. directional polar patterns, earset vs. hairline mics.
Thomas Lund: Mix and Mastering Optimized for Streaming
Thomas Lund of Genelec discusses loudness-based normalization in distribution, and introduces free tools for equal-loudness comparisons. He also summarizes new streaming recommendations from AES and EBU. The session includes listening examples and tips for optimized delivery.
Creating a Project Studio
John Storyk and panel discuss how to create the best sounding, most ergonomically functional and aesthetically pleasing project studio possible on a given a budget (with questions from the audience). In the second part, the needs and goals for low, medium, and high-budget studios are addressed. The discussion encompasses site selection, construction, acoustics, technology, neighbors, clients, and other issues encountered and overcome.
Hugh Robjohns: The Importance of a Reference Monitoring Level
If you're serious about recording and mixing you need to set a consistent reference level to which you can always return. SOS Technical Editor Hugh Robjohns explains the concept of a reference operating level in the DAW and how that relates to the common metering formats, before showing how to extend that reference level into the acoustic domain with a simple seven-step process resulting in an appropriate calibrated loudspeaker monitoring level.
Marc Brunke: Audio Networking for Theater
As with audio infrastructure in general, digital audio networking is permeating the theater. This session examines why audio networking is finding a natural fit into theatrical applications, and discusses the details of network implementation.
Outside the Box: Alternative Outlets for Your Music
Careers in music don't just revolve around hit records, and never more so than in today's fragmented music business. There are many other ways of exploiting musical creativity and production skills, as this seminar and panel discussion demonstrates.
Stephen Webber & Alex Case: Listen Up, and Learn!-Track 1
A session dedicated to the art of listening, guided by your hosts, Stephen Webber and Alex Case. We'll listen as producers, engineers, composers, performers, and music fans analyzing the elements that contribute to the work's success. You'll gain a deeper appreciation of this recording. More importantly, you'll be inspired to approach your own work in new ways. Most importantly, you'll get an up-close view into how experienced audio engineers break down what they hear, empowering you to keep learning whenever you listen. Track 1 of 2.
Stephen Webber & Alex Case: Listen Up, and Learn!—Track 2
A session dedicated to the art of listening, guided by your hosts, Stephen Webber and Alex Case. We'll listen as producers, engineers, composers, performers, and music fans analyzing the elements that contribute to the work's success. You'll gain a deeper appreciation of this recording. More importantly, you'll be inspired to approach your own work in new ways. Most importantly, you'll get an up-close view into how experienced audio engineers break down what they hear, empowering you to keep learning whenever you listen. Track 2 of 2.
Irv Joel’s lifetime of contribution to the art of recording included 15 years at Capitol Records and early experiments with stereophonic recording. He became chief engineer at A&R Recording (co-owned by Phil Ramone), where he recorded such artists as Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli. Irv created this series of videos you are viewing now, decades ahead of his time, as always.
Norman C. Pickering
Norman C. Pickering was an engineer, inventor, and musician best known for improving the sound of phonograph records by refining record pickups and later designing precision phono cartridges.
AES Historical Committee Success Story - Ampex Corporation
"Success Story" - Ampex Corporation - A Kinescope recording of a live television broadcast on KGO-TV, San Francisco in June, 1955. One of a weekly series that illustrated free enterprise in operation around the San Francisco Bay Area, this documentary tells the Ampex Corporation story at that time. An Ampex engineer found a copy of this kinescope in 2003.
Since being publicly recognized in 1962 with his first GRAMMY® nomination, for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” Bruce Swedien has built a peerless body of work across eras and genres.
Legendary loudspeaker system designer John Meyer, interviewed by Irv Joel.
His many recording innovations include multitrack recording, along with overdubbing "sound on sound", tape delay, and phasing. He is considered by both seasoned rock artists and engineers to be one of the greatest influences in our crafts due to his inventions, longevity and guitar innovations.
Analog Tape in a Digital World
Recording to analog tape remains a hot topic in the world of audio engineering. Software modeling companies work hard to create the best emulations while hardware manufacturers pour over designs to also emulate the "magic" of the tape process, and yet "the real thing" remains a no-option for many artists and engineers still today. This workshop discusses the current state of analog tape manufacturing, availability, and its usage in the recording, mixing, and mastering stages of the music production cycle.
Dave Pensado & Herb Trawick: THE SCRIPT IS FLIPPED
Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick, hosts of Pensados Place, are interviewed for the first time ever. See what they have learned from their superstar guests; from studio technique and engineering to the pressures of creating online television for 180 straight weeks (and counting).
GRAMMY SoundTable: Songs That Move The Needle
At this GRAMMY SoundTable event on record production, presented by The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, five multi-talented, cross-genre hit-makers debated the who, what, when, where, and why of songs that have left an indelible imprint.
Grammy winning Recording Engineer/Producer Jim Anderson shares stories and wisdom from his successful career.
John M. Eargle was an educator, mentor, author, and friend of many in the audio community. He served as Vice President of Product Development at JBL Professional, and recorded or produced some 275 compact discs; interviewed by Irv Joel.
Karlheinz Brandenburg is a driving force behind some of today’s most innovative digital audio technologies, notably the MP3 and MPEG audio standards. Dr. Brandenburg is professor at the Institute for Media Technology at Ilmenau University of Technology and director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology in Ilmenau. Interviewed by Irv Joel.
Louis F. Lindauer is an engineer and was the founder of API. Interviewed by Paul Gallo.
Mike Senior: Vocal Recording in the Project Studio
Mike Senior using live demonstrations and audio examples to show you how to get the best out of the stereotypical project-studio vocal tracking setup -- as well as exploring a variety of common situations where you're actually better off abandoning it completely.
Phil Ramone, one of the most influential and successful producers and recording engineers in the history of the recording industry, interviewed by Irv Joel.
Legendary Audio Engineering pioneer Ray Dolby of Dolby Laboratories is interviewed by another legendary audio engineer, John Eargle.
Richard Small is an American scientist who worked mainly on electroacoustics. The Thiele/Small parameters are named after him. Interviewed by Irv Joel.
We also have a series of tutorial presentations that were recorded between 2007 and 2013.