Meeting Topic: Microphone Preamp Design
Moderator Name: Richard King
Speaker Name: Saul Walker
Other business or activities at the meeting:
Items Discussed during the meetings prior to the main event:
- Choosing topics and creating an abstract for the event.
- Creating itineraries and budget for Saul Walker's visit from March 13th 2011 to March 14th 2011.
- Preparations for Sound Recording students meet and greet, Tour of the facilities, and AES Talk
- Making posters and sending out invitations to the Montreal community; discussing different ways to invite people to join AES. Also, made the decision to charge non-members in order to attend the event.
- Booking audiovisual equipment, room (A802). Purchasing food and wine for after talk refreshments.
Meeting Location: Schulich School of Music of McGill University Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Saul Walker, renowned console systems designer, is a true pioneer in audio circuit design. He has designed the infamous API 2520 op-amp. His op-amp design has been widely accepted as the "API sound". During the meeting, Mr. Walker discussed his microphone pre-amp designs and its applications.
Saul Walker started his career at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, where he studied advanced military electronics systems. In 1967, at the request of a friend, he designed the first 12 track recording console for Apistolic Studio in New York, used by Frank Zappa for many of his legendary recordings. The popular response to this project led to the founding of Automated Processes, Inc. (API) where, as Engineering V.P., he was responsible for the design of the company's product line of audio components and consoles installed in major recording studios and broadcasting facilities worldwide. Saul Walker was awarded a Fellowship by the Audio Engineering Society in 1979 for his innovative console systems designs.
Also, he teaches both graduate and undergrad courses in analog and digital electronics in the Music Technology program of the Dept. of Music and Performing Arts Professions at Steinhardt School, New York University.
Written By: Jung Wook Jonathan Hong