Engineer Elliot Scheiner and Mixer Tom Fleischman discuss their work on the film, The History of the Eagles.
As listeners, we owe a lot to the advancement in digital music production, as it has allowed us to enjoy our favorite bands on the go. Twenty years ago, the idea of portable music involved a Walkman and tape, and later evolved to the slimmer CD and CD player, but both formats involved lugging around bulky tapes and CDs to have a selection of a few dozen songs.
Now, we have the convenience of downloading and streaming digital music to our MP3 player or smart phone, which can carry thousands of songs on one pocket-sized device.
But even with the convenience of portable music, at what expense are we spending to have these files on hand? Award-winning engineer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2) said that while these audio files are convenient, we are also missing pieces of the original song as it is condensed to a smaller file size.
Recently, Scheps presented his acclaimed audio format comparison presentation, Lost in Translation, in New York City at the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing and Consumer Electronics Association Audio Division’s Hear It Like I Hear It event. His presentation, which compared a number of digital audio formats from high res, to CD, to MP3, demonstrated the process of converting analog audio to digital, and how sections of information are lost during the conversion process (for a more detailed account of Schep’s presentation, check out PSN’s June 2013 cover story, “Evangelizing Sound Quality“).
The second half of the event was dedicated to audio in film, with Grammy-winning engineer Elliot Scheiner and re-recording mixer Tom Fleischman giving live commentary on their recent film project, The History of the Eagles. Showing clips from the two-part documentary, Scheiner and Fleischman discussed how they remixed the audio from old footage of the band’s performances to play in 5.1 Surround Sound.
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