Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

AES Seminar: Walter Samuel and DPA Microphones

Part 1: – Life behind the Glass: A Recording Engineer’s Journey

It’s not everyday you get insight into the mind of a prestigious engineer who’s career has spanned the decades of the history of the recording business.

In the first of our three part event hosted at Chairworks Studio, Walter will talk about his life as an engineer through the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 00’s.

Starting from his career at Nova Sound Studio in Bryanston Street as tape operator in 1973, through to CBS as junior engineer, where he was trained by his mentor Mike Ross-Trevor, to his return to Nova as senior engineer after a year and then offered a return back to CBS, Walter worked throughout the 1980’s with artist like Tina Turner, Talk Talk, Heaven 17 and Blancmange.

He remixed one of the biggest selling singles of the decade Jennifer Rush’s The Power of Love and into the 1990’s, the position of Chief Engineer was offered at Utopia Studios and Walter accepted.

A year later he made the decision to be a freelance Engineer/Producer and has worked at all the major studios in the UK and Europe, where during this time he engineered and co-produced albums for Irish legends Christy Moore and Van Morrison.

There will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A, so bring all those burning questions with you!

Part 2: – A Recording Session with Walter using DPA Microphones

During a Recording Session arranged especially for this event, Walter will demonstrate his Recording Techniques as used throughout his career using DPA Microphones.

As well as sampling Microphones used in the recording session, there will be on offer a wide selection of DPA microphones for your perusal, with on-hand specialist knowledge of the microphones and their applications available, courtesy of Sound Network.

Part 3: – Chairworks Studio Tour

You will receive a guided tour around one of the UK’s most highly specified Complexes.

Location: The Chairworks, Perseverance Works, Morrison Street, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 4BE  

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