Bob Katz’s Recent Talks to the San Francisco AES Section

    • February 19, 2023 at 5:14 pm #4969
      Bob Katz

        I recently gave two informative talks to the San Francisco AES Section. The first talk is about “Analog versus Digital Processing” – Bob’s choices. What does Bob usually choose and why? I compare and contrast a recording mixed with digital compressors versus one made with analog compressors.

        The second talk is a demonstration of an amazing “Binaural Translator” called “Virtuoso” that I am very happy with. It was designed by Applied Psychoacoustics Labs (APL), headed by psychoacoustician Hyunkook Lee. In my opinion, Virtuoso replicates the loudspeaker experience in headphones better than, more cleanly than and more accurately than any other product I have heard. You’ll hear musical demonstrations in immersive audio designed for playback on headphones.

        To really appreciate these talks requires high audio fidelity, so I strongly encourage you to download and play them on your best system, using your very best headphones.

        Here is a link to download the talks:


        These videos can also be played directly from your browser, but using a very low bitrate lossy codec, so you won’t be able to truly appreciate the audio examples. I strongly encourage listeners looking for a higher audio quality listening experience to download, rather than stream, these videos.


        You can also access these talks (with much lower audio fidelity) at the AES San Francisco Section’s YouTube Channel:

      • February 19, 2023 at 5:19 pm #4970
        Bob Katz

          For more demonstrations of Virtuoso, feel free to head over to the APL site:

          Here, the audio only examples can be played from within your browser losslesslyy. Please set your interface to 48 kHz sample rate. Makes sure that “lossless” is chosen at the bottom of the black box on the left side of the page.

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