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Friday, October 22 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Streaming: Mastering, Preparation, Aggregation, Distribution and Delivery of Files

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The relationship between Audio Mastering and Streaming Distribution is still in its infancy. This workshop aims to clear up misconceptions, open up a dialogue between Mastering and Distribution and help bring this relationship to a new level of maturity.

Topics will include:

  1. Acceptable formats for delivery to distributors: WAV, FLAC, ALAC? Wordlengths? Sample rates? What about MQA? Now that more streamers have begun to stream high resolution audio, these concerns become even more important.
  2. Metadata. Is it necessary or desirable to encode source files with metadata, including ISRC, catalogue number, artist, date, loudness?
  3. Sample rate conversion. Who should perform it? What source sample rates are being stored and how are they streamed? What are streamers doing about multiple sources: Lossy, lossless, and multiple sample rates?
  4. Streaming levels: What happens to our master files when they are streamed, played back and loudness normalized?
  5. File Names: Is there a recommended or standardized format for naming master files?

The panel will consist of mastering engineers and representatives of streaming firms and distributors. We expect a lively discussion.

Please note: The discussion will continue in Discord following the session! You can join the server HERE.

Moderators
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Anna Frick

Mastering Engineer, Airshow Mastering
Anna Frick, workshop co-chair, is a Mastering Engineer at Airshow Mastering in Colorado, working primarily with independent artists across a wide variety of genres, including several Grammy-nominated projects. Anna serves as a Trustee of the Recording Academy, Vice Chair of the AES... Read More →
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Bob Katz

Digital Domain, Inc.
Bob Katz, workshop co-chair, has been an audio engineer since 1971 and AES member since 1975. He’s played the Bb Clarinet since age 10. Currently President and mastering engineer at Digital Domain, he is an AES Fellow, engineered 3 Grammy-winning albums and numerous nominees. He... Read More →

Speakers
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Robert D'Amico

Sr. Director of Product Management, Audio Services, Avid
Rob D'Amico is the Sr. Director of Product Management, Audio Services at Avid. He brings more than 25 years of experience in music and audio production to his role at Avid Technology. He delivers new audio services and solutions to enable and inspire artists to be more creative.
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Anna Held

Director of Product Development, CD Baby
Anna Held started in the music industry in 2004 as a project manager at Disc Makers, where she helped independent creators get their content ready for CD manufacturing. She has been at CD Baby since 2008, spending 11 years as Director of Artist Services and now is Director of Product... Read More →
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Buddy Judge

Advanced Media Design, Apple
Buddy Judge likes music. He has been on both sides of the microphone during his career — as a recording artist and as a producer/engineer. He currently works at Apple Inc. where he developed the Apple Digital Masters program and recently launched Lossless and Spatial audio on Apple... Read More →
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Dan Mackta

Managing Director - Qobuz USA, Qobuz
Dan Mackta joined Qobuz in 2018 after decades spent on the label and artist side of the business. In February 2019, he launched the US version of this French Hi-Res music platform. As VP of Marketing at Jive Records and RCA Records, he oversaw all projects for artists as diverse as... Read More →
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Kevin Moo

CEO and Founder, Alpha Pup Records
Kevin Moo (aka Daddy Kev) is an American DJ, Grammy Award-winning audio engineer, record producer and executive from Los Angeles, California. He is CEO and founder of Alpha Pup, a global independent music distributor, and leads development on its cloud-based supply chain platform... Read More →
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Andreas Rossholm

Senior Research Scientist, Spotify
Andreas Rossholm, Ph.D. in Applied Signal Processing, is a Senior Research Scientist at Spotify focusing on Audio and Video quality from injection to consumption. Earlier Andreas has worked at Microsoft Skype Division, responsible for technical benchmarking and before that he worked... Read More →
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Shawn Singh

Senior Engineer for Audio Processing, YouTube
Shawn Singh is a senior engineer for audio processing at YouTube, and has been at Google for 10 years. Shawn has loved making music since childhood, has enjoyed many years as a violinist in youth and college symphony orchestras. He continues to enjoy music as a hobby through virtual... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
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