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Masterclass: Vintage & Analogue Equipment in the Digital Era

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Masterclass: Vintage & Analogue Equipment in the Modern Digital Studio

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When: Monday 5th March - Thursday 8th March (17:00-20:00)
Where: Noize Fabrik - Elsenstrasse 52, 12059 Berlin
Instructor: Stefan Peetz (Biography below)
Fee: 150,- Euros (Netto)

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Course Description:

This course is an introduction to working with vintage and modern analogue equipment. It is meant to give participants the necessary skills to:
- Independently assess new and vintage equipment and understand the technical specifications of the manufacturer.
- To properly integrate vintage & analogue equipment into analogue and digital studio environments.
- Understand the best technical parameters to make the best use of such equipment
- Understand the usages and history of analogue recording equipment

AKG C12, EMT 140, Neumann U47, Telefunken V76, Studer C37… The list of legendary pieces of studio equipment - Made in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and that sell for considerable sums on the second hand market - could fill many pages…

If at all, many younger sound engineers and interested amateurs only know about this gear by name. Publications such as Recording the Beatles as well as countless YouTube videos and
Internet forums contribute to this hype, while there is not really that much hands-on experience in using these objects of desire.

The audio equipment industry reacts to this hard to satisfy demand for working and affordable historic audio kit by producing ‘vintage gear’ that claims to have the same properties as the genuine article. But what really are the properties of tube amplifiers, transistor-based mix desks, audiotape (and vinyl records) compared to the digital technologies?

Which of all of these – and what skills – are necessary for an emerging sound engineer to understand how to integrate these old treasures into your existing technical equipment? What are the issues that come along with buying decade-old gear and who can help? Are there really inexpensive alternatives to the well-known gear?

The goal is to use existing equipment, images and sound recordings as well as handouts to close any knowledge gaps on the functionality of analogue studio equipment and its history in
a vivid and practical manner.

The course has four three-hour modules that will take place inside of one week, the same each day, one in mid-morning and one in the evening.


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Module 1: Introduction to analogue studio equipment and its history. Microphone, Mix Consoles (from preamp to junction point) Effects Equipment, Connecting and Integrating hardware equipment

Module 2: Connecting Equipment part II, correct set up and proper integration of analogue kit into an existing recording and/or mastering studio

Module 3: Audiotape and vinyl records: Alternatives/compliments to digital media? ‘Vintage gear’. Second hand versus new/inexpensive alternatives – summing up

Module 4: Field trip

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About the instructor:
Stefan Peetz was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1968 and has been living in Berlin since 1996. He first encountered electronic media during a student internship at the German Broadcasting
Archive (Deutsches Rundfunkrachiv) in 1982. This set the stage for an early career as an author and presenter, mostly in radio broadcasts of the Hessische Rundfunk. At the same time, he was involved in studio and audio measuring equipment (setting up and reconditioning of studio equipment) and until 2001 was a technician for broadcasters, private sound studios and universities (film sound) as well as record labels. He has since then produced a number of music recordings as well as restoring historic recordings of all genres. Since 2000, he has been engaged in the production of audiobooks in various roles (narrator, director, sound engineer). Since 2013, he is responsible for the studio equipment at the Studio am Zollhaus, Berlin. His intellectual and artistic interests covered among others: the study of philology at the universities in Frankfurt/Main and Berlin as well as training as an actor since 2004 (certified in 2007 by ZAV Berlin) and continues to work as a narrator and actor.

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