|CAF Keynote Presentation Set For 11:30 a.m. on July 27|
by John Gatski
Alan Silverman, a noted audio engineer who has mastered numerous Grammy Award winning recordings, will be a keynote speaker at the Washington, DC-area, 2013 Capital Audiofest, to be held at the Silver Spring Sheraton hotel, July 26-28. His presentation will focus on audio mastering and its ultimate impact on high-quality audiophile recordings, such as SACD and high-resolution 24-bit PCM.
Mr. Silverman specializes in high-resolution mastering. He has mastered numerous Grammy Award-winning CDs, including World Music phenomenon Lagrimas Negras, nominated for Record of The Year, Album of The Year, and Best Engineered Record at the 2004 Latin Grammy Awards. Silverman’s remastering of the soundtrack to Heartworn Highways, a film about outlaw country music artists in 1975, was selected as one of the must-have CDs of all time by Stereophile (an honor I heartily agree with). Mr. Silverman also is a technical consultant to HDTracks, the high-resolution, online download music service, run by David and Norman Chesky.
Mr. Silverman started his professional audio career at Electric Ladyland studios in NYC in the early 1980s, eventually moving on to A&R Recording. In the early 1990s, he began producing records for Judy Collins, as well as recording scores for feature films, including the United Artists musical adaptation of The Fantasticks. He later worked as a music supervisor for Sesame Workshop, producing music and directing Muppet performers and celebrities for the Sesame Street network television specials Elmopalooza and Cinderelmo.
Mr. Silverman turned to full-time mastering in 1996. He received critical acclaim for remastering the RCA and MCA back catalogs of the British supergroup The Kinks on hi-resolution SACD, a SACD featuring Norah Jones, and for his remastering of Keith Richards solo CDs.
With the creation of ARF Digital (now ARF Mastering) mastering facility in NYC, Mr. Silverman turned to full-time mastering in 1996. He received critical acclaim for remastering the RCA and MCA back catalogs of the British supergroup The Kinks on hi-resolution SACD, a SACD featuring Norah Jones, and for his remastering of Keith Richards solo CDs. Recent projects mastered by Mr. Silverman include releases by JD Souther, Paquito D’Rivera, Jane Monheit, Patricia Barber, and Jewel.
Mr. Silverman is active in the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and has chaired workshops on high-resolution mastering at its national conventions. He also enjoys teaching audio mastering to undergrads at the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, which is part of NYU's Tisch School Of The Arts, and to graduate students in the Tonemeister program at NYU-Steinhardt.
Mr. Silverman is scheduled to speak at CAF 213 on July 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the Sheraton in Silver Springs. For more information, visit the CAF official web site at http://www.capitalaudiofest.com/
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