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Past Event: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Mics!

March 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Location: Sirius XM 1500 Eckington Place NE Washington, DC 20002

Moderated by: AES DC Section and SBE Chapter 37

Speaker(s): Steven Savanyu from Audio Technica

 Our next AES/SBE meeting is on a subject that all of us deal with at one time or another: The selection, placement, mounting, and mixing with microphones. Whether for a live event, sound reinforcement, broadcast studio design, a recording session, or a video conference; we are challenged with bringing excellent and clear sound to our facilities and products.

Perhaps we take for granted the physics of how a microphone actually functions. Which type will give me the result I want? How best to isolate a single instrument in a concert setting? How to accentuate incident and suppress reflective sound?

Nothing more affects psycho-acoustical perceived quality of a video, film, recording, or live event more than accurate and well-defined sound. And nothing affects that perceived quality and value more than effective microphone selection and placement.

SBE Chapter 37 has the pleasure to host Steven Savanyu, Education Director at Audio Technica, a large manufacturer of microphones. Steven brings us his famous Microphone and Wireless portable workshop road show. Mr. Savanyu has a penchant for clear and precise explanation of the most esoteric and technical aspects of transducer physics and technology.  He is an adjuct Professor of Audio for Video at Kent State University.

This event is useful not only for aspiring novices to broadcast and recording, but also for seasoned professionals; as there is always something new to learn with new technology and products.  This is a hands-on event, with practical examples for us to see and hear.

The meeting will be held at Sirius XM headquarters in Northwest DC (NOMA).  Tours of the Sirius XM facility take place after the presentation.  We greatly appreciate their help in hosting our meeting.  This is a joint meeting of the local DC SBE and AES chapters.

A bite to eat will be served Tuesday, March 12th at 6:30 PM.  We'll discuss a tiny bit of Chapter 37 business about 6:45 PM and begin our presentation about 7:00 PM.  Please RSVP before Noon March 11th by dropping an e-mail to [email protected] and let us know if we should expect you for dinner!

Other Business: -April 25th meeting with Sennheiser to be discussed -As mentioned at the meeting we are looking for folks to step up and run for leadership roles in the DC Section of AES - it is a great opportunity to work with a wonderful AES Community in a different capacity.  At the April meeting, we will hold the elections for section officers as the current officers' terms are coming to an end. If you or someone you know is interested, please let us know so we can begin to create the ballot.  Officer roles in the DC Section are Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.  Email [email protected] if you are interested in running.

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