— Top engineers, producers, artists, and songwriters including Desmond Child, DJ Muggs, Roger Nichols, Alan Parsons, and Eric Schilling gather for roundtable pro audio discussion hosted by leading journalist Dan Daley at SAE Institute’s Miami, FL campus —

— Premier live webcast enables global viewing by pro audio professionals as well as interactivity between SAE students and Platinum Series Panelists —

113th AES CONVENTION, LOS ANGELES, CA, October 5, 2002 — SAE Institute, leader in pro audio and multimedia education worldwide, is proud to introduce the SAE Institute Platinum Series World Tour — an education-oriented panel discussion featuring leading engineers, producers, artists, and songwriters discussing the current and future direction of the recording industry. In conjunction with the Platinum Series events, SAE is also pleased to announce several newly established scholarships to be awarded in the name of each individual Platinum Series panelist. Presenting these high-profile events as an educational opportunity for students and audio professionals around the world, SAE has teamed with sponsors, including Lexicon, MIX Magazine, Quantegy, and Steinberg, for an internet-streamed worldwide interactive discussion of current and relevant recording engineering topics on December 6, 2002 at its Miami, FL campus.

The first session of the Platinum Series World Tour is entitled “Recording Practices and Techniques: The Current and Future Direction of Making Records.” Set to be one of the premier programs of its kind, the event is slated to bring together legendary names in the industry such as Desmond Child, DJ Muggs, Roger Nichols, Alan Parsons, and Eric Schilling for an insightful discussion of audio and recording related topics. SAE is gathering these pro audio veterans to discuss how they got their start and what they look for in the studio today. The panel, moderated by Dan Daley, leading professional media journalist, author, and former recording studio owner, will concentrate on media requirements, proper professional tools versus consumer equipment, and the myriad of formats in current digital workstations, along with a few of their own practical tips for everyday success in the studio environment. The event is slated to be webcast live worldwide and made available free of charge to members of pro audio and other leading industry organizations such as the Audio Engineering Society.

In conjunction with the Platinum Series events, panelists will be given the honor of having SAE Institute scholarships in their name awarded to current and future students. SAE is encouraging further industry involvement and participation with the help of key educational partnerships in order to further the educational horizons of its students.

“Working closely with programs like SAE’s Platinum Series gives engineers and producers such as myself the perfect opportunity to put a little back into the industry that we feel so passionate about,” commented Alan Parsons. “It’s a great way to pass the know-how on to students so future engineers can build on what we have done. One of the goals is to give the students a real impression of what actually goes on behind the studio doors while also trying to convey the importance of the right gear, what constitutes good sound, and the right attitude. With the help of key industry professionals, I think SAE offers its students a grounding for the music industry with a genuine sense of reality and purpose.”

“The development of our Platinum Series fits right in with the goals of SAE Institute worldwide — to give students, as well as those already established in the pro audio industry, an overall feel for what is going on inside the top studios in the world,” stated Tom Misner, SAE Institute’s founder and CEO. “By utilizing SAE campuses as a venue for such events, we are able to give the highest possible caliber of artists and engineers a point from which they can provide their own important insights, and do so in real-time around the world from state-of-the-art facilities.”

For the most current, up to the minute information regarding SAE Institute’s first Platinum Series World Tour event, to be held at their Miami, FL campus on December 6, 2002, or for details about the webcast or general information on SAE worldwide, contact Mark Martin at 615-244-5848, mmartin@sae.edu, or stop by AES booth #2247.

Headquartered in Byron Bay, Australia, SAE Institute is the world’s first and largest network of audio and multimedia education and training centers. SAE is affiliated with Middlesex University in England. The Institute operates 36 campuses in 18 countries on four continents. It offers diploma and full degree programs in audio technology, recording arts, multimedia production and multimedia arts. SAE is part of the SAE Technology Group, which also owns and operates Studio 301 recording facilities. With locations in Sydney and Byron Bay, Australia, Cologne, Germany, and Stockholm, Sweden, Studio 301 is a collective group of state-of-the-art recording and mastering facilities.

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— For more information, contact Mark Martin, SAE Institute, 7 Music Circle North,
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