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BOB KATZ TO PRESENT A FULL-DAY MASTERING SEMINAR IN ROME

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ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FLORIDA: With an impressive collection of tools and techniques and an unflagging enthusiasm for great audio, Bob Katz is something of an audio sorcerer. He knows the incantations that can bring a mix back from the dead to not just walk, but to breathe and dance and dream. In a career that is now in its fourth decade, Katz has mastered multiple Grammy-winning albums and authored the authoritative text, Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science. On June 8th, Katz will present a full-day seminar, Bob Till You Drop, in Rome, that will greatly raise the perceptions and increase the skill sets of participants.

The event will take place at Auditorium Della Discoteca Di Stato one day before TC Electronic will hold a two-day mastering seminar in the same space that will feature Katz, George Massenburg, and other mastering luminaries as keynote speakers. The cost of Katz’s one-day seminar is USD185 (with twenty-five USD140 student tickets available), and the benefit is a lifetime of substantively better masters. More information, along with a link to the TC Electronic seminar, is available at www.digido.com. Katz will present in English, and participants will receive a special certificate of attendance. Seats are limited.

“It’s going to be a fun, inspiring and deeply educational day,” said Katz. “I’ll have a high-resolution, mastering-quality playback system on hand and the room itself will be acoustically treated. We’re going to do a lot of listening. We’ll listen to minimalist-mic’d recordings that will highlight the ways in which a recording’s origins impact the mix and the master. We’ll A/B a lot of final mixes with their masters, carefully considering the philosophies and tools that can improve even a good mix. Importantly, we’ll also listen to some masters that are worse than the raw mixes, highlighting what went wrong and how to avoid it.”

Katz invites participants to bring in their own mixes for evaluation, which will serve as relevant, un-canned topics for discussion with the group. What aspects of the mix must not be damaged by the mastering process? How can they be preserved? What aspects must be improved by the mastering process? How can they be improved? He will discuss a number of technical items, including album assembly, PQ coding, master preparation, proofing, shipping of DDP masters, production of reference masters via FTP, restoration techniques, dynamics processing, and the pros and cons of stems. Importantly, Katz will reveal the “how-to” behind his most-cherished mastering magic tricks.

To guarantee a seat, please register before May 21, 2011. To register, visit: www.digido.com and click on the Bob Till You Drop link. For further information, contact Mary Kent or Todd Hays at +1 407-831-0233 or visit digido.com and choose “Contact Us.” Follow Bob Katz on Twitter @bobkatz48bit. Keep an eye out for the #BTYD search.twitter.com/search?q=&tag=btyd hashtag for breaking news!

Bob Till You Drop, in Rome, June 8th, 2011, at the Auditorium Della Discoteca Di Stato, Via M. Caetani 32 – 00186 Rome, Italy. Lunch and drinks will be provided. Seating is limited.

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