AGENDA

Saturday, May 11, 2024
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (CDT)

Registration Open / Breakfast

 
10:00 AM - 10:05 AM (CDT)

Welcome Remarks

Tom Kenny
10:05 AM - 10:35 AM (CDT)

Keynote | Creating a Sonic Vision: Stereo and Immersive

Should one be an “expansion” of the other, remaining true to artistic intent? Should one be complementary to the other, yet artistically fresh and somewhat “new”? Something in-between? Catalog material? A new project? Every song and every mix is different, of course, but good things seem to happen whenever an artist, producer and engineer talk about the sonic approach to a mix, whether stereo or immersive…or both.

 
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)

Immersive Music Mixing: The Proscenium and Beyond

For the past 70-plus years, music production and playback has been based on the proscenium, with a left-right-phantom-center image presented to the listener, as if from the front wall, or a stage. Essentially the same for 5.1, 7.1, first-gen IMAX and all other versions of surround sound, on through the introduction of Atmos and 360RA. And yet…immersive music feels different, and it’s just getting started. Nashville mix engineers discuss what they have discovered, learned, adopted or been happily surprised by these past five years in working with objects, beds, LCR, sides, rear and heights.

Warren David
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CDT)

Lunch

 
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM (CDT)

Mix Translation: From Studio to Binaural to Streamer to Home

We start with the assumption that there is a final, master, future-proof version of the immersive mix, at the highest sample rate and bit depth, ideally created in a studio with speakers. And that the end goal is to bring listeners, whether in a car, sitting in a high-end home theater or laying on the couch with headphones on, as close as possible to that experience. Immersive music distribution and playback poses entirely new, and sometimes maddening, challenges for mix and mastering engineers, while at the same time opening up tremendous, all-new creative possibilities. Here, engineers discuss the tips and techniques they’ve developed to help ensure that consumers experience a quality immersive mix.

F. Reid Shippen Rob Burrell Adam Grover
5:00 PM (CDT)

Closing Remarks

Tom Kenny
Saturday, May 11, 2024
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)

Programming to Be Announced

 
Saturday, May 11, 2024
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)

Programming to Be Announced

 
Saturday, May 11, 2024
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)

Programming to Be Announced

 
Saturday, May 11, 2024
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)

Programming to Be Announced

 
Saturday, May 11, 2024
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)

Studio Crawl and Listening Sessions

The Berry Hill neighborhood of Nashville features the highest concentration of immersive music mix studios in the country. All studios listed are within a three-block radius of Blackbird, and throughout the evening shuttle buses will run in 15-minute loops so that attendees can visit a variety of immersive mix environments.

The party starts at Blackbird Studio!

More studios to be announced soon.