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Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - March 8, 2021

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The meeting began with the typical small talk, just to catch up and see how everyone was doing. We then moved on to announcements, beginning with the fact that our next Week 1 Monday meeting with D Kohr will be in person in Live Sound! This was very exciting and many students are looking forward to the next meeting. Mackenzie went on to talk about what AES is for the new students, including the myriad benefits that come along with membership. We moved onto the question of the week, which was a fun one: "What is the weirdest place you've ever fallen asleep?" Answers ranged from football games, to the subway, to in the studio!

Alan Leggett then started his segment, where he broke down his most recent mix he's been working on. Right off the bat, his session was very organized and had some very complex routing, so we immediately knew it was going to be a fun session! Alan then showed us some of his monitoring plug ins, like Sonarworks, panipulator for mono summing, and Isol8. He went on to show us some of his drum processing. One of the key takeaways from this portion of his mix was that he rarely processes his kick and snare directly; rather, he prefers to send them to multiple parallel busses, each doing something specific that he can add back into the mix. These parallels include transient designers, distortion, "boom," and more. He does this so that he doesn't ruin the integrity of the original sound - he's only adding what he wants to add. Very cool! Alan explained much more in greater detail about his vocal chain, bass processing, and mix bus processing. It was all-in-all a great segment, and we definitely all learned a lot! We appreciate Alan for taking the time to be with us!

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