lecture series

Nika Aldrich: Exploring Bit Depth

Following his talk in December on sample rate, Nika explores the other fundamental aspect of digital audio: Bit Depth. This talk will explore the myths and fallacies related to various aspects of bit depth in digital audio, including:

Whether 24 bits is enough for recording; whether we need greater than 16 bits for delivery; Floating point vs. Fixed point processing; When, why and how to apply dither; Noise-shaping; the correlation between bit depth and dynamic range; and alas, the benefits of DSD. (more…)

Todd Whitelock

In his talk, Todd Whitelock discussed selected projects he has worked on and include details about session set-up and organization. He played examples of his work and describe the recording, editing, and mixing process.

After completing a music degree at Berklee College of Music, Todd Whitelock started his career in music recording with an internship and eventual full-time position at Power Station Studio in New York City. After a few years he moved to Sony Classical Productions and is currently a Senior Recording Engineer at Sony Music Studios. He has worked with some of the finest musicians in the world including Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, James Taylor, Allison Krauss, Bobby McFerrin, Mark O’Connor, and Edgar Meyer. Additionally he has also done a significant amount of remastering work and recording of music for films and TV. Mr. Whitelock is the recipient of two Grammy Awards: Best Engineered Album, Classical for Yo-Yo Ma’s Obrigado Brazil (2004) and Best Broadway Cast Album for Gypsy (2004).