The Studio As An Instrument: The AES Platinum Engineers Panel (Video)

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As we come up on the 2012 AES Convention – October 27-29 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center – we’d like to revisit what some of last year’s AES attendees told us was their favorite panel discussion. We happened to produce it, and now have it to share as video.

AES Platinum Engineers: The Studio As An Instrument” brought an incredible panel of studio gurus into a discussion about creative recording techniques and fascinating collaborations. Those panelists included some of our favorite producers and engineers: Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT), Peter Katis (The National, Jonsi), Damien Taylor (Bjork, The Prodigy) and Chris Shaw (Weezer, Bob Dylan). SonicScoop contributor, Justin Colletti, led the discussion.

The 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. Check it out below – watch, listen, learn.

  • Attic

    I wanted to hear some of the things these guys were saying but you cut the shit out of this video.

  • Attic

    Ok I am at 14:00 I cant watch this. They start to say something that might mean something to someone producing …. and you frickin cut the statement. What a waste of time.

  • Listening

    This is a great great video (and Justin is a fantastic interviewer), but the constant motion by the cameraman is a HUGE distraction – maybe next time a more experienced person would be available? Either way, grateful for the content!

  • What was cut at 14:00 was a bunch of “ums” and “ahs” — An additional 15 seconds of setting up the following statement, which were entirely superfluous, adding nothing to Peter’s point.

    I know, because I made the cuts myself 🙂

  • Thanks! This was my first time moderating a live panel.

    I agree that the camerawork is a little shaky, especially in the beginning. But hey — It was filmed by the AES convention’s student volunteers.

    They seem to get the hang of it as they go along. Once we get through the intro, the camera work evens out considerably, and becomes much less distracting.

    I guess they learned something from the panel too!

  • Or you could say: “Thanks for saving a valuable 30 minutes of my time by cutting out a whole bunch of the moderators’ comments and some redundant false starts from the panelists.”

  • Listening

    Indeed it is worth it, and there’s certainly grace for students learning the ropes (I’ve definitely been in those shoes). 🙂 Keep up the great work Justin!