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Atlanta Section of AES Conducts Audio Workshop for High School and College Students

Oct 4, 2005 8:00 AM

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Selah Abrams, a production engineer with Turner Studios, teaches mixing techniques to students in the Mixing on a Console session at AES’ audio workshop Sept. 17.

The Atlanta section of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) conducted an audio workshop for high school and college students on Sept. 17, 2005. The program, which was developed in association with students from the newly formed AES Atlanta Student Section, was geared toward individuals interested in pursuing careers in the audio industry. The full-day workshop was held in the facilities of Turner Studios.

There were 43 students in attendance representing a variety of schools and organizations including Dekalb School of the Arts, Druid Hills High School, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Grady High School, Harrison High School, Media Mind Productions, Messenger Media Systems, and the University of South Carolina.

The workshop included multiple sessions including Mixing on a Console, Technical Troubleshooting Techniques, Pro Tools: Beyond the Basics, and Microphone Placement Techniques. The workshop concluded with a career panel discussion with the session instructors.

The Mixing on a Console session was conducted by Selah Abrams, production engineer with Turner Studios, in one of Turner’s sound design rooms. Abrams started the session by going over console signal flow on a Mackie mixer, then moved to the similarities and differences between analog and digital consoles. He demonstrated mixing techniques using tracks recorded on a Pro Tools HD2 system with 24 tracks of digital I/O and a 96-channel Studer D950 digital mixing console.

In Technical Trouble Shooting Techniques, taught by Turner Studios production engineer Peter Young, students learned how to isolate poor audio performance from sync issues, poor connection, and incorrect system gain. Young also demonstrated proper soldering techniques using Switchcraft XLR connectors and Canare microphone cable.

Turner Studios sound designer Arno Baar taught the Microphone Placement Techniques session with assistance from Jeff Brugger, Turner Studios director of audio post, and Moriz Oepen, a Turner Studios sound designer, along with the help of musicians from performing arts magnet school Grady High School. The session started with a microphone primer presented by Brugger. The students were then encouraged to listen to each microphone through a headphone monitoring system to hear the differences in each. Once the baseline was established, Oepen and Baars discussed different microphone scenarios. After the discussion, musicians then played to demonstrate how different microphones and miking techniques affected the overall sound of the recording.

Pro Tools: Beyond the Basics was presented by Michael Cruz, of the Pro Tools Training Center, using a Pro Tools system provided by Digidesign. This session covered details on transporting sessions to other studios and systems with minimal grief. Plug-ins, advanced routing, and navigation in the Pro Tools environment were also covered.

A career panel discussion was held at the end of the day, which included Q&A with all the instructors. Many door prizes were awarded, including a training session courtesy of Pro Tools Training Center and three pairs of MXL microphones from Atlanta Pro Audio. Other workshop sponsors included Comprehensive Technical Group (CTG), Digidesign, Joseph Electronics, Techrep Marketing, Switchcraft, and Turner Studios.

The Atlanta section would like to thank all of the sponsors and instructors who made the workshop a success!

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