Institute for Audio Excellence to Offer Free Recording Seminar Before NAMM

Jan 8, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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As NAMM approaches, so does the first training seminar offered by the Institute for Audio Excellence, "Maximizing Your Studio Time: Practical Acoustic Setup, Recording and Maintenance Techniques," to be held January 14, 2004, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Fender Museum in Anaheim, Calif.

The free seminar will cover a wide range of topics including "Studio Acoustical Setup Made Easy,” “Recording and Mastering Techniques: The Basics and the Not-So-Basics” and “Studio Maintenance: How to Make a Necessary Evil Less...Evil.”

For the Acoustical Setup, topics to be discussed include noise, low frequencies and speech intelligibility. The general philosophy will be to identify the problem, quantify/qualify the problem and solve the problem. This portion will not be intensive in terms of math or physics, but will assume the attendee has some grasp of basic sound concepts like decibels and frequency.

The Recording section will cover a diverse group of concepts, including techniques for normalizing the final mix, EQ'ing for consistency and EQ traps to avoid, and mastering methods—ears vs. machine.

Finally, the Maintenance portion will cover all aspects of studio maintenance, from measuring analog components like speaker distortion and tape heads to developing good DAW maintenance routines.

"We’re very excited to offer our first seminar at the Fender Museum. Their world-class facility will give all participants an opportunity to learn a variety of useful techniques in a hands-on environment. Plus, everyone will benefit from the extensive knowledge of our two instructors, Andrew Smith, former owner and operator of Colorado Sound and current CEO of TerraSonde, and Jeff Szymanski, chief acoustical engineer for Auralex Acoustics," commented Patrick O’Neal, director of marketing for the IAE.

For more information, including class content, registration and seminar schedule, visit

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