Archive for August 29th, 2011

131st AES Convention Workshops & Tutorials: Programs On Progress

natanya-ford.jpgThe Mobile Generation; Delay FX; MP3 Can Sound Good

NEW YORK: “In a convention program crowded with illuminating options, Workshops and Tutorials represent beacons of focused knowledge sharing,” observes 131st AES Convention Chair Jim Anderson. “Workshops/Tutorials Chair Natanya Ford has performed the herculean task of sifting through dozens of worthwhile submissions to develop eminently relevant presentations. Participants will attain authorative, detailed information from every event on their ‘don’t miss’ lists.” more

Metropolis Group Adds Oxford Limiters & EQS to all 10 Suites

miles-showell-metropolis.jpgOXFORD, UK: Europe’s largest independent mastering facility, The Metropolis Group, has purchased a significant package of 10 Sonnox Oxford Limiters and 10 Oxford EQs. Sonnox Sales & Marketing Manager Nathan Eames reports, the substantial plug-in acquisition was vetted by Metropolis Group Technology Development Manager, Crispin Murray. “We test drove a good number of plug-ins, and Sonnox were the ones that everyone seemed to come back to,” Murray said. “Because they were the most transparent of all we tried, they are now installed in all ten of our mastering suites.”

Mastering engineer Miles Showell comments, “Transparency is particularly important with loudness. I don’t think we’re mastering any louder than we used to. We won’t go down the ‘level at all costs’ route, but you do need to compete. If your stuff isn’t loud enough, clients will just go elsewhere. It’s better that we do it as cleanly as possible, rather than just smash the hell out of something, to get it loud. The Oxford Limiter is the cleanest one we have. I use it on probably 85% of my work and have come up with a setting with a slight tape compression feel to it, which makes things sound really nice. more

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