Microphones: State of the Art II
a device that captures audio by converting sound waves into aural sensations
When: Wednesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: Noble Street Studios
17 Noble Street
(Queen Street W and Dufferin St)
About the Event
What is a microphone? Why do some generate such passionate, even fanatical loyalty? Why do some people pay huge sums to have their vintage microphones certified that they still contain all original components, while others pay equally huge sums to have old models refurbished, even to the point of replacing critical parts such as the diaphragms, with newer materials and construction? Why do some artists care so much that particular models, even particular microphones must always be available for their sessions? What is the current state of the art, and what innovations will the future bring? What is it we really need from a microphone?
There are many fine sounding microphones, some regarded with almost mystical reverence, their inexpressible qualities hotly debated and fiercely defended. Why do these otherwise inanimate objects generate such strong emotions? How are these subjective perceptions achieved through the specifics of design? Some models are staggeringly expensive – others incomprehensibly cheap. How can there be such a significant quantitative difference?
Join us, and a cross-section of the industry to address and debate these questions, to see where the microphone has been, where it is headed, and what factors drive development. Bob Breen (former VP Eastern Region AES, and current owner of Armor Pro AV, and retailer of Peluso Microphones) will moderate the session.
We want to hear your thoughts, what makes you believe, and how you employ your choice. Perhaps you have a favourite mic or technique. Bring a recording to illustrate how and why you love it.
If you would like to participate, please contact meeting coordinator Earl McCluskie
It’s been over 20 years since we had our last microphone meeting… Microphones: State of the Art I .
It is Time.
Pre-meeting Dutch treat dinner
5:00 pm at the Cadillac Lounge
1296 Queen Street West, Toronto
“The menu’s reasonable — mains average about $10 –
and they sell jive swag.”
- Bob Breen (Armor Pro AV and Peluso Microphones): “Vintage Design and the Modern Mike”
- Peter J. Moore (The ERoom Mastering): “The Microphone as a Creative Tool”
- Frank Lockwood (Lockwood ARS): “Design Trade-offs in Microphone Design”
- John Vanderkooy (Audio Research Group, University of Waterloo | Physics): “Microphone Design for Measurements”, and some thoughts on “Where Physics and Philosophy Intersect”
- Alan Clayton (SolutionZ/The Presentation Source): “Beamforming Microphones in AV Installations”
- Damian Kearns (Post-production Audio Engineer): “Microphone Modeling”
- Robert DiVito – Double MS and choir
- Earl McCluskie – Concert Video: The Invisible Microphone
- Frank Lockwood – Some Fav Techniques
- Mariana Hutten – Unconventional Mike Techniques
This month’s meeting is made possible by
_and with the support of
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