Meeting Topic: Applications of thermionic valves in modern recording studios
Speaker Name: Charlie Slee, Thermionic Culture/Big Bear Audio and Dr Rob Toulson, Anglia Ruskin University
Meeting Location: SAE Institute, London, UK
In a world where digital technology has transformed the recording studio and where outboard equipment has been replaced by the DAW, this lecture will take a look into the importance of valve outboard equipment in the modern recording studio.
We will give an introduction into circuit design and the challenges faced when using thermionic valves in the recording studio, and show their benefits and excellence when used properly. We will take an in-depth look into classic designs and their philosophies, and with circuit analysis give an understanding of different topologies and their uses, and explore performance improvement using modern techniques and technologies.
The integration of analogue hardware units within the modern digital recording studio will also be discussed, highlighting a number of emerging technologies which are enabling hybrid recording and mixdown setups.