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Meeting Recap - November 15, 2011

AES Chicago Section Meeting Notice

TOPIC: A Firsthand-Look at Five Decades of Audio Development


DATE: Tuesday, November, 15, 2011

TIME: 7:30pm; dinner (optional) at 6:30pm

LOCATION: Shure Incorporated, 5800 W. Touhy Ave, Niles, IL 60714

The Progress of Audio Quality: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


A professional audio engineer for almost 50 years (Sound 80, DMP Records), Mr. Jung began his professional audio engineering career in the early 1960s and went on to co-found the famous Minneapolis-based Sound 80 studio, that recorded such artists as Cat Stevens, Leo Kottke and Bob Dylan. Known to most in the audio biz as TJ, he moved to New York in 1979 as a freelance engineer — recording movie scores (Cotton Club, Annie) and working with several pop labels. In 1983, he created DMP (Digital Music Products), which was one of the first labels to record jazz with the fledgling digital PCM technology used for CDs. DMP recorded and created CDs for numerous top-tier jazz acts. Tom received a Grammy in 2001 for the Bob Mintzer Big Band — Homage to Count Basie. Always in pursuit of the next generation of better-sounding audio technology, Tom Jung worked with PCM up to 24-bit. In the late 1990s, he switched to the DSD (Direct Stream Digital) system and recorded some of the best-sounding stereo and multichannel high-resolution titles ever produced. He created a number of splendid DSD-recorded discs for DMP, such as Steve Davis — Quality of Your Silence, Joe Beck and Ally Ryerson — Alto; and Bob Minzter — Gently, to name a few.