The Studio as an Instrument

The 133rd AES Convention is right around the corner, and in just a few short weeks, my editors at SonicScoop will be flying me out to San Francisco to check out all the festivities, talks and new technologies and report back.

Last year, I was honored to be invited to the 131st convention as guest moderator for a panel that some attendees have called one of the best in memory. I’m inclined to agree, but that has nothing to do with the fact I was on stage. When Janice Brown and I put together The Studio an an Instrument we selected a dream team”of creative recording engineers who would be our best-case-scenario picks. Shockingly, all of them said yes. If the panel was half as good as I’ve been told, that’s their doing, not ours.

Our guests included some my personal favorite producers and engineers; People who have worked on groundbreaking records for The Flaming Lips, Weezer, Bjork, Bob Dylan, Public Enemy, Tribe Called Quest, The National, Interpol, MGMT, Sleater-Kinney, Elf Power, Low, Arcade Fire and more.

Since we put on the panel last year, I’ve had dozens of requests to make a video version available. Now, as part of our countdown to AES 2012, you’ve got it. Check out the clip embedded below, or click here to download the talk as a podcast.

This full version of the panel has been edited down slightly to just over 90 minutes in order to streamline the flow of the conversation without losing any of the insights or personality our panelists brought to bear.

Watch and listen as very special guests Dave Fridmann, Chris Shaw, Peter Katis and Damian Taylor share tips, techniques and stories that you will not soon forget. You will laugh, learn, and just maybe, make better records.

For those of you with less time on your hands, click to follow our Twitter and Facebook feeds, where we’ll be sharing highlights from this panel, and our two others from last AES.

Thanks and enjoy,

Justin Colletti

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