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If you’re a tech junkie, you’ve no doubt heard of the New-Tech 15 show that is hitting the Sydney Showground July 31-Aug 2. If you’re even a casual lover of new gadgets and gear, this is a modern day Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory just for you.

[caption id="attachment_6628" align="aligncenter" width="565"]Greg Simmons will present a live recording session taking place in Hall 5 on Saturday 1 August and Sunday 2 August from 11am-4am (including a decent lunch break and plenty of time to socialize. Greg Simmons will present a live recording session taking place in Hall 5 on Saturday 1 August and Sunday 2 August from 11am-4am (including a decent lunch break and plenty of time to socialize.[/caption]

Anyways, amongst the mind-blowing new televisions and high-end audio lounges, you’ll find a good thwack of recording-related goodies and showcases.

One that has peaked our interest is the Live Recording Session taking place in Hall 5 on Saturday 1 August and Sunday 2 August from 11am-4am (including a decent lunch break and plenty of time to socialize. Presented by by Greg Simmons, a writer, educator, traveller and sound recordist with 30 years of professional audio teaching experience, the demonstration will be an on-site high-resolution direct-to-stereo recording session,

The aim of the game is to answer questions like, “Why do recording engineers have to mess with the sound?” and “Why won’t they let me hear the music in its purest form?”

The presentation will begin with an overview of the recording process, explaining how it has evolved and diversified to suit the aesthetics and market expectations of the different genres of music that are available in recorded form.

The presentation then focuses on the numerous methods used for making high-resolution direct-to-stereo audiophile recordings that attempt to capture a performance with as little processing as possible.

Theoretical ‘ideal’ situations are described, practical real-world limitations are introduced and necessary compromises are discussed with the aim of meeting the expectations of the audiophile market.

Following the lunch break, the attendees are taken through the process of making a high-resolution direct-to-stereo recording of an acoustic performance in the presentation room. After an appropriate stereo microphone technique has been chosen and placed, the attendees become the audience for the live performance recording. Following the recording is time for questions, discussion, listening sessions and more.

The raw high-resolution recording will be available to attendees following the presentation, and a mastered version will be available for download at a later date.

Sound like a process you’d like to see demystified, right before your eyes in real time? For tickets and extra info, check out www.chestergroup.org/newtechsydney/2015.