McNally Smith College of Music AES Section

Welcome to the McNally Smith Student body Chapter of the Audio Engineering Society. This organization is open to all McNally Smith College of Music Students, regardless of your field of study. If you have an interest in recording, live sound, or any aspect of the art and technology of music, you will find something of interest in our meetings.

Fall 2012 Semester Meetings: Fridays, Room 261, 5pm (unless otherwise indicated in the meeting announcements found in the Chapter Blog).

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MSCM/Great River Electronics Preamp Project

A couple of years ago, Dan Kennedy (Great River Electronics) presented a great talk about how he goes about designing a high end microphone preamplifier. Dan made the generous offer of developing a "kit" for our student organization that would give students the opportunity to learn about circuit design and operation and electronic assembly. This fall, Dan delivered the preamp PCBs and parts and our students have been dilligently working on this project for most of the semester. This coming spring, we should be in the testing phase.

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012

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Great River MSCM Microphone Preamplifier Project

As of today, 9/28/2012, the Great River MSCM Microphone Preamplifier Project is go. I picked up a prototype, discussed the final project costs, and have a schematic for the project. At the first meeting of October, we talked about kit costs and our assembly and documentation process. This is going to be a great recruiting project for our group.

The preamp is, essentially, the microphone circuitry and power supply from the Great River Electronics Mixmaster 20 ( ), a great product with a strong reputation for audio quality and value. Dan has custom designed this half-rack preamp kit using the components used in his products, including the ME-1NV chassis, transformers, and other components for educational use. The preamp is expected to have 70dB of variable gain, a polarity switch, phantom power, and a 20dB pad. It has XLR and 1/4" TRS inputs and outputs, a line-in circuit, and an instrument input.

Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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AES - Full Circle Ensemble Recording; March 27

 AES will meet in the auditorium for a special live recording of the Full Circle Ensemble.  They will be recording a few tunes this Tuesday at 6:00 pm.  This will be a great opportunity to learn about live tracking techniques and see a great band in action!

Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2012

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