AES New York 2015
Tutorial T20

Sunday, November 1, 9:00 am — 10:30 am (Room 1A06)


T20 - Righting a Wrong – Distortion, from Recording Accident to Rock and Roll Requirement

Alex Case, University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA, USA

Engineers obsess – as well we should – about proper gain staging and careful equipment maintenance and calibration, lest distortion should accidentally corrupt our audio. Engineers also embrace – we can’t help it – the deliberate use of distortion to express feelings not easily conveyed without it. A distortion accident became a distortion product, and almost overnight, distortion became de rigueur for so many styles of pop music. Alex U. Case details the creation of distortion and the technical and artistic ways to make it most effective.

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