US: Bob Ludwig is to preside over an all-star Mastering Panel at the AES Convention this Saturday, reports PSN-e. The 'Platinum Mastering - Ask the Experts' session - set to take place on October 4th between 11.30am and 1pm - will feature input from Ludwig (Gateway Mastering), Bernie Grundman (Bernie Grundman Mastering), Scott Hull (Scott Hull Mastering/Masterdisk), Herb Powers Jr (Powers Mastering Studios) and Doug Sax (The Mastering Lab). Meanwhile, DK-Technologies and Solid State Logic are among many companies to have issued details of products they plan to exhibit in San Francisco.
The Mastering Panel discussion will centre on "the craft and the business of mastering", while a Q&A section will feature queries submitted in advance by recording students.
"We've been fortunate to attract a terrific group of experts for this year's panel," commented Ludwig (pictured), whose numerous credits include albums for Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana and AC/DC. "I've known these engineers for many years. They're as articulate as they are accomplished, and I look forward to an entertaining as well as informative discussion."
Meanwhile, companies to have released their AES exhibition plans include DK-Technologies. Products to be shown include the MSD100C Loudness meter, designed to tackle the issue of the perceived loudness of audio signals. The company will also highlight new 5.1 software upgrades for its flagship MSD Series of high-end audio meters (MSD600M++, PT0600M, PT0660M and PT0660M-LS).
CharterOak Acoustic Devices is to exhibit the SCL-1 Solid State Compressor/Limiter, which is reportedly capable of providing a constant output level regardless of input level or frequency, without the familiar pumping of some other compressor/limiters.
Furman is to show the Classic Series of single-rack-space power management/light modules, including three 15-amp models (PL-8C, PL-PLUS C, PL-PLUS DMC) and two 20-amp 'Pro' models (PL-PRO C and PL-PRO DMC).
TiMax will publicise the latest developments for its audio matrix systems - TiMax2 SoundHub and TiMax Tracker - and demonstrate the new TiMax Tracker show control automation product, which utilises UWB radar tracking technology.
Renkus-Heinz - global distributor of EASE, EASE JR and EASERA and Ahnert Feistel Media Group (AFMG) - is to demonstrate the latest enhancements to the programs.
Solid State Logic will highlight the Duende DSP powered plug-in range, including the newly introduced Vocalstrip. Combining powerful EQ and dynamics sections with essential vocal processors, Vocalstrip is said to bring power, character and clarity to vocal tracks from a single interface.
Rounding out PSN-e's AES preview, TL Audio will highlight a new version of the M1 Tube tracker console, the M1-F. The latest desk adds a number of new elements - including an improved master section and a mono button for use when mixing - to the original's feature set. The M1-F can also be fitted with the TL-Audio's latest digital interface, the DO-F card, which enables all channel inputs, outputs and main outs to be accessed via a single FireWire cable connected to a computer, without the need for an extra interface or soundcard.
The 125th AES Convention begins at San Francisco's Moscone Center this Thursday, October 2nd, and concludes on the 5th.