AES 2004 San Francisco
AES 2004 is history and a great show it was! Unlike the last
show at the Moscone Center in 1998 (where there was literally
tumbleweed rolling down the aisles), attendance was high. As
usual, our row of high-end analog manufacturers was the place
to be, and we were swamped all four days. For those of you who
weren't there, here's what the booth looked like:
next-door neighbor was Chandler Limited, whose EMI discrete solid-state
gear is a great complement to our tube designs. We have many
users in common, which made us a great draw at the end of our
aisle. Wade, his wife Tess, Cody and Bryan are great folks to
hang out with, and their gear sounds great.
always, the best part of the show for me is meeting everyone
I've spoken to on the phone in the past year, meeting new customers,
and making new friends. The absolute highlight this year was
meeing and talking with someone who has had a profound effect
on me and my involvement in engineering, music production and
designing equipment. To those of you who know me this will come
as no surprise. It's Geoff Emerick, the legendary Abbey Road
engineer whose work with the Beatles is ground zero for pro audio
and the creative use of the studio to make art. My respect for
him and his influence on those of us who make records cannot
be undersetimated. Sure we spoke about gear, but mostly about
the joy of making records with everyone singing and playing in
the same room at the same time. His recent record with Nellie
McKay is a wonderful example of a recording (to analog!) that
is intimate and draws the listener into the music. Here's me
Bob Power stopped by to say how much he's enjoying his 6386 and
ES-8 Limiters, and uses them both for tracking and bus compression.
He says "The ES-8 and 6386 are the ultimate vocal compressors,
and the ES-8 adds a top-end shimmer to the track that I can't
get with any other box. It's stunning!" Bob has turned on
a lot of people to the ES-8 and OCL-2, and his kind words are
much appreciated. Here's Bob at the booth:
also spent time with Chuck Ainley, who came by to demo the Quartet
II and the OCL-2, as well as check out the SPS-1 Acoustic Guitar
Preamp. He's putting together a touring rig for Mark Knopfler,
and the SPS-1 is at the top of his list. Al Schmidt and Elliot
Shiner also dropped by to check out the Quartet II and the ES-8
and OCL-2 compressors, which was a great treat.
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who were at the show to accept the
TEC Lifetime Achievement Award, stopped by to say hi and put
our gear on the short list for their new rooms.
over the pond, Andrew Dudham and Dave Holley from Abbey Road
Studios, and TimVine-Lott from AIR Lyndhurst came by to learn
more about our products.
extraordinaire Jean-Marie Horvat (Michael Jackson, Destiny's
Child, Jennifer Lopez, etc.) and his assistant Gabe Chiesa came
down to brag about using the 6386 and ES-8 on every mix, either
on a vocal bus or the mix bus. Jean-Marie is one of our best
'salesmen', turning on folks like Jack Joseph Puig, Tony Maserati,
Michael Brauer, Mark Needham and many others to our compressors.
He says: "Save youself $30,000 and buy a 6386 or a ES-8
instead of a Fairchild. Trust me, you'll be glad you did!"
Here's Gabe and Jean-Marie:
people using our products were kind enough to stop by and say
very nice things about them. I can't remember all of you, but
a heartfelt thank you for your kind words and support.
thanks Brad Blackwood and Dave Collins for their support of the
6386 and OCL-2, and great tech-talk over dinner. They kept me
on my toes, and were polite while I droned on about the stuff
I used to do at Bell Labs way back when.
was fun spending time with Dave Amels (Bomb Factory and Voce).
We had a superb dinner at Osteria, and he introduced me to Don
Buchla and Bob Moog at the analog synth cocktail party, which
was very cool. If you're in search of the ultimate Hammond B3
emulation, you must try his Voce V5+ organ module. It has real
drawbars, and it turns your MIDI controller into a B3. It's so
good it's scary. Two manuals plus bass pedals, key click, leakage,
overdrive, precussion, chorus and vibrato. All dead-on.
it was great hanging out with the other manufacturers, like Rupert
Neve, Doug Fearn, Dave Hill, Dan Kennedy, Wade and Tess Goetke,
Jonathan Little, Geoff and Debbie Daking, Amalia and John at
Royer, and Dave Derr.
you all again for your support - especially my friend Richard
Dobson for his help at the booth. I hope to see you again at
AES 2005 in Barcelona, TapeOpCon2005 in New Orleans, and/or AES
2005 in New York.
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