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Past Event: Tour of Symphony Center, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Charlie Post

Charlie Post

February 18, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Location: Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60604

Speaker(s): Charlie Post, CSO Recording Engineer


Charlie Post moved to Chicago in 2014, having accepted a position with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is recording CSO performances for archival, for potential future commercial release on the CSO Resound label, and for the CSO broadcast on the WFMT radio network. The weekly radio broadcast can be heard on WFMT and around the world on or SoundCloud, and has upwards of 250k listeners.

The Tanglewood music festival is a large part of his career. For 10 years he spent his summers in the Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts, supervising a team of engineers covering multiple venues, He recorded and mixed sound for hundreds of performances each season, ranging in scope from solo and chamber to full orchestras with choir, as well as jazz groups and rock shows. At the request of the CSO, he changed to a full-year-round position following the 2016 season at Tanglewood.

Alongside working with the Orchestra, he records, edit, and mix classical music for his company PostProductions Audio. He engineers and produces remote recording sessions, and offers live sound mixing services. He has a home studio where he edits and masters recordings, utilizing a high resolution Merging Technologies Pyramix-based digital audio workstation. He uses other software when working on different genres.

Before moving to Chicago, Charlie lived in Miami, mixing live sound at IATSE Local 500 venues such as the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts, Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, the Colony Theater and the Miami Dade County Auditorium. He also mixed many shows for the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center and the Miramar Cultural Center / Artspark, assuming the position of head of sound at these venues on an interim basis.

Specialties: Charlie has over 20 years of professional experience in studio engineering and live sound. He worked in NYC commercial recording studios for 10 years, splitting time between engineering and studio management. Although he has been specializing in classical and acoustic music since 2006, he also has years of experience in jazz and rock plus big band, opera, Broadway cast recordings, R&B, etc. Charlie has eclectic tastes in music. Besides engineering, he studied music formally and still plays the saxophone and clarinet. Music is his life!


Other Business: SOCIAL HOUR: Social hour will begin at 6:00pm at the Threshold Acoustics office (a short walk from Symphony Center). -- Sandwiches from Jimmy Johns as well as beverages will be provided. Please indicate your attendance at social hour when you RSVP for the tour so that we can get an accurate count for food. Please also indicate if you have a preference for vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. -- Price is $10 for non-members or $8 for members and students (please bring cash). (if you want to partake in the sandwiches, simply attending the social hour and tour is free!) -- Threshold Acoustics is located in the Board of Trade building at Jackson & LaSalle, 141 West Jackson Boulevard. By CTA, use the LaSalle/Van Buren stop and enter the building from the Van Buren St. entrance. -- Parking lots are available with attended parking on Financial Place between Jackson and Van Buren, or on Federal street in the same block. -- Once in the building, proceed to the 2nd floor, and if you have RSVP’d, your name will be your ticket to enter through security. Please bring a valid state or federal ID for admittance into the building. Threshold is on the 20th floor in the Northwest corner of the building.

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