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Javeriana University - October 7, 2014

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On September 3rd, 2014 was held in the Paul VI auditorium at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana a lecture William Mynard and Francisco Meléndez, important and prestigious engineers of the company Sound State Logic (SSL) in Colombia. The conference was titled "Why do you work that way?" and it was part of the Clinics Tour that SSL offered in 5 different universities in Bogotá. To the event attended round 40 people, 10 of them were AES members.

In the first part of the talk, before tackling the main issue, the conference began with a review of the history of SSL , theme that had already been exposed on January 26 of 2014 by Max Noach at the conference "History of Sound State Logic (SSL) and the analog context in the digital world."organized by AES Javeriana.

After a short break, the second part of the conference began, talking about its main topic: the digital and analog audio. Max Noach, trying to be brief in his arguments and analysis, concluded that the sound output achieved by analog process cannot be matched by digital technology, since both the process and the sound emanating from analog, has characteristics and textures that digital processing cannot achieve. It is important to clarify that in this conversation, Noach based the talk according to his personal point of view and his professional experience.

In the second part of the talk, William Mynard discussed the different workflows than can be managed in the studio, and as an example he talked about the experience of Peter Gabriel. Mynard was very clear explaining that ther is not a better or worse way to work, it all depends on the personal rythm of work and on the equipment that you use. Mynard emphasized some aspects that are relevant when thinking about the workflow (especially in the study):
-In order to have a better workflow, emotions should be the core.
-The confortable and enjoyable workspace is also an important fact for the working process.
-Identify when you want to be creative and when you want to be technical.
-Always read the manual.
-Buy from companies who understand how you work.

At the end of the event, both the attendees and the speakers were happy and satisfied with the development of the conference. William Mynard continued talking with some students interested in sharing a few words with him.

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