Sweetwater to host VornDick studio seminar

Bil VornDickRenowned studio engineer and producer Bil VornDick has teamed up with mega-music retailer Sweetwater, and Chicago grassers The House Carpenters to offer a 3-day recording seminar in Fort Wayne, IN. It is scheduled for April 23-25.

VornDick is among the most celebrated acoustic music engineers in the world for his work with Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck, Doc Watson, Claire Lynch, Edgar Meyer, Tim O’Brien, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Stuart Duncan, Ralph Stanley, Doyle Lawson, Del McCoury, Bluegrass Album Band, and many others.

The seminar will be in the form of a master class, including instruction and demonstration on studio set up and microphone placement for bluegrass instruments, plus basics of digital recording, editing and mixing. Sweetwater’s Studio A will host the event, which is a state-of-the-art facility, using the ProTools HDX system, with their S6 control surface.

Students will also get Bil’s tips on choosing and using microphones, preamps, and digital processing software, on top of watching him at work.

This would seem to be a unique opportunity for people interested in learning about modern recording techniques for bluegrass music. Space is limited for this event, with a tuition fee of $1195, including hotel accomodations.

More information and registration information can be found online.

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