producer Jeff Wolpert will present a
discussion on what mixing is and why should we do it.
with a (very) brief history of sound recording and the idea of the
"balance engineer" to compensating for recording and playback
systems and situations through to modern multi-track projects we will take a
look at the goals and methods of mixing including but not restricted to the
What is mixing?
Why should we do it?
Which direction to take?
What tools to use and how to use them
to achieve a desired result?
Perspective and how to keep it.
Will they like it and should you care?
When is it done?
multi-award winning engineer, mixer, producer, editor, and educator Jeff Wolpert has worked with some of
the biggest names in today's music industry, in addition to a successful career
working in film and television.
most recent award is the Recording Engineer of the Year Juno Award for Holly
Cole’s “Shade”. That makes three awards in this category as well one for
co-producing Loreena McKennitt ‘s THE MASK AND MIRROR. He has engineered eight
other albums and toured extensively with the incredibly successful and talented
Ms. McKennitt, winning 3M Visionary Awards for THE VISIT and THE MASK AND
MIRROR along the way. He has also done The Cowboy Junkies last several releases
including EARLY 21ST CENTURY BLUES, Anne Murray’s new releases DUETS: FRIENDS
AND LEGENDS featuring Sarah Brightman, Nelly Furtado and k.d. Lang and produced
by Phil Ramone as well as I’LL BE SEEING YOU, Jimmy Webb's 10 EASY PIECES and
most recently produced, engineered and mixed the debut release for The Canadian
Tenors. He also recorded, mixed and edited the soundtrack to BLUES BROTHERS
2000 for Paul Shaffer, which included performances by James Brown, Wilson
Pickett, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Johnny Lang and Aretha's re-recording of
R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Recently he has completed Natalie MacMaster’s In My Hands
featuring Allison Kraus, Kris Kristofferson's THE AUSTIN SESSIONS, The Misfits
for George Romero’s film Bruiser, and a new collection by legendary songwriter
Barry Mann with guest appearances by Carole King, Bryan Adams, Daryl Hall,
Deana Carter and many others. Current nominations include the Gemini Award for
Best Sound for Carol Welsman’s LANGUAGE OF LOVE featuring Herbie Hancock, Oscar
Castro-Neves and Brazilian superstar Djavan, The Maple Leaf Blues Awards nomination
for Producer of the Year for Carlos del Junco’s BLUES MONGREL as well as The
Juno Award for Engineer of the year for Manteca’s latest release Onward.
Recently released is the epic work CONStaNTiNOPLE by Christos Hatsis featuring
The Gryphon Trio as well as the 2010 Juno CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR
CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Winner Joel Quarrington: Garden Scene. His latest production
is the next CD from The Canadian Tenors featuring Sarah McLachlan as well as
tracks for The Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Vancouver, BC.
other work in film includes Mary Harron’s American Psycho, BEING JULIA for
Serendipity, Chris Veer Weil’s CLETIS TOUT, Saul Rubinek's much acclaimed
BLEACHER BUMS, JERRY AND TOM and CLUBLAND, Paramount's FRIDAY THE 13TH parts 5
& 6, INTIMATE RELATIONS for Fox Searchlight, JADE for Universal, Eugene
O'Neil's classic, LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT for Rhombus and Jeremy
Podeswa’s THE FIVE SENSES for Atlantis/Alliance and THE COMEBACK SEASON for
Endgame/Myriad Next in line is the film GOOBY for Coneybear Productions and
IRON ROAD for CCI Entertainment. In television, Wolpert's credits include such
movies as the Emmy award-winning WILLIAM FAULKNER'S OLD MAN, REDWOOD CURTAIN,
BRUSH WITH FATE, ATTICUS and PLAINSONG for Hallmark Hall of Fame. Other works
include YOU KNOW MY NAME for Turner and PRISONER OF ZENDA for Showtime, the
series BEVERLY HILLS 90210, FOREVER KNIGHT and FRIDAY THE 13TH and the
mini-series JOAN OF ARC, The AUDREY HEPBURN STORY and HAVEN which received an
Emmy nomination for Best Dramatic Score. Recently He mixed the live music
broadcast for the JUNO AWARDS and THE CANADIAN SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME.
Recently he mixed The Canadian Tenors live on The Dr Phil Show and Oprah where
Celine Dion joined them. Soon to be released is the documentary on theatre
director Des McAnuff called A Life In Stages.
opportunities to travel have arisen in Wolpert’s career. Recently he has been
to Granada Spain, Beijing China, Rio De Janeiro Brazil, Beirut Lebanon,
Budapest Hungary, Taormina Italy, Zagreb Croatia and several cities in Greece.
His exploits have ranged from recording at the renowned Mosfilm complex in
Moscow to a recent expedition through the amphitheatres of the Mediterranean
carrying a complete 48 track recording system in two suitcases. This last
exploit was documented in the Oct 09 issue of MIX Magazine. He recently
returned from a 2 week working trip to Havana, Cuba where he recorded 8 top
recording artists including Manolito Simonet.
on the cutting edge of technology, Wolpert has been mixing in various surround
formats for years. His recent credits include 5.1 mixes for the LONG JOURNEY
HOME DVD by The Cowboy Junkies, the 6.1 mix for the IMAX SPACE STATION movie,
the EMI DVD disc LUNCH AT ALLAN’S featuring Ian Thomas, Mark Jordan, Cindy
Church and Murray McLaughlin, the DVD-Audio version of Anne Murray’s I’LL BE
SEEING YOU the NO JOURNEY’S END and NIGHTS AT THE ALHAMBRA DVD for Loreena
McKennitt, the DVD of Peter Buffet’s SPIRIT SEVENTH FIRE and PUBLICITY STUNT
for hip hop master K-OS. Soon to be released is the Surround Sound version of
Amin Bhatia’s VIRTUALITY. Currently in production is the next Loreena McKennitt
DVD titled A MOVABLE MUSICAL FEAST, the concert DVD of Lenny Solomon’s BOWFIRE
and the tribute to legendary fiddler OLIVER SCHROER.
involved in the advancement of sound recording and mixing Wolpert recent
educational endeavors include becoming a Professor at Fanshawe College in
London, Ontario. Recently he was co-author of the syllabus for the Bachelor of
Contemporary Music Degree in Music Production and co-designed the Recording
Studios for Humber Applied University in Toronto, Canada. He continues to teach
Music Mixing for the Master of Music in Sound Recording program at McGill University
in Montreal, is a guest lecturer at the Banff Centre for the Arts and has
recently joined the advisory panel of Durham College in Ontario.
graduate of Concordia University in Montreal (BFA Studio Music), Wolpert went
on to earn his Masters of Music Degree in Sound Recording (Tonmeister) from
McGill University in 1982. Upon graduation, He started as a system tech and
mixer at PA Plus in Toronto and then joined Inception Sound where during his 11
years there, he helped build it from one eight-track studio into two 48-track
studios. He then became the chief engineer at McClear Digital Recording and
Post Production Studios, a five-studio multi-format recording and mixing
he is the owner and chief engineer of Desert Fish Studios, located in downtown
Toronto, which was custom designed by Jeff and opened in 2012. Known for his
mastery of acoustic recording and intricate mixing, Wolpert is also recognized
for his vast technical and computer knowledge.