Toronto AES Announces "Microphones: State of the Art II" at Noble Street Studios on Jan. 30

The Toronto chapter of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced that its January meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Noble Street Studios. Entitled "Microphones: State of the Art II," the event will examine key questions about the microphone market.

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: Noble Street Studios (17 Noble St., Toronto near Queen Street W. & Dufferin Street)


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 AES Toronto 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.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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