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AES Los Angeles Convention Calendar of Events Goes Live

AES Los Angeles Convention Calendar of Events Goes Live

 The Audio Engineering Society has unveiled the detailed calendar of events for the highly-anticipated 141st AES International Convention in Los Angeles, taking place Thursday, September 29 – Sunday, October 2, 2016. With a full range of events and presentations spanning all segments of the audio industry, the AES Los Angeles Convention offers four full days of information and inspiration, led by industry leaders in science and practice, with attendance packages suited for every level of audio professional, student or enthusiast. From the latest research and technology presentations to the largest pro audio gear exhibition and showcase of the year, with many of the greatest ears in audio in attendance, the AES Los Angeles Convention is the place to truly immerse yourself in audio. Best of all, many events, including the gear exhibition, are FREE to attend with an Exhibits-Plus badge, or attendees may choose to maximize their experience with an All Access badge for admission to the complete technical program. The preliminary calendar is available at http://www.aes.org/events/141/program/. Early-bird pricing ends August 30; register now for the very best deals on the convention program and on accommodations while in Los Angeles.

 
The AES Los Angeles Technical Program and Events calendar, both online and in the free AES Events app, provides the clearest overview of the wide array of events covering Broadcast and Streaming Media, Recording and Production, Game Audio, Live Sound, Networked Audio, Product Design, Sound for Picture and much more. Sessions are laid out according to areas of interest, with varied program material featuring Tutorials, Workshops, Research Paper Presentations and Engineering Briefs, as well as a host of special guest speakers, expert panel presentations and face-to-face networking opportunities. Additional Student and Career events, Historical sessions, Tech Tours, Standards meetings and other standard AES Convention programs will also take place.
 
“The AES L.A. technical program is amazing in its range and depth,” stated AES Executive Director Bob Moses. “The AES 141 Convention committee has kept up the tradition of luring the best minds in the industry to share the latest in research, product development and practical applications – with sessions suited for every level of experience and expertise, across the wide span of audio disciplines. Browse the calendar and start planning ahead. While member, student and partner discounts make many events free, to get the most out of attending the Convention, register for an All Access pass – and for the best value, act now before prices go up at the end of the month!”

Early Registration pricing is now available for All Access badges, or attendees may register to receive a FREE Exhibit-Plus badge (promo code AES141WEB) for the AES Los Angeles Convention: aesshow.com. Exclusive convention housing options with partner hotels are also still available. 


Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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New AES Membership Benefits Plan Including Exclusive E-Library Content, Discounts and More

New AES Membership Benefits Plan Including Exclusive E-Library Content, Discounts and More

Audio Engineering Society members now have full access to the AES E-Library as a membership benefit. “AES has been the driving force behind most, if not all, audio innovation over the past six decades,” notes Bob Moses, AES Executive Director, “From the early days of pro audio in the 50’s, to present developments in networked and spatial audio, virtual and augmented reality, streaming, signal processing, the Society has been at the forefront of development in both science and practice across the full range of professional audio disciplines. The AES E-Library documents this incredible legacy in one searchable, online database, with every paper, AES Standard, and Electronic Brief ever published – it’s not just the papers, but the papers that led to the papers. It’s an incredible asset, and we are opening it up to all AES Members as we strive to provide high value in our membership package.” Full access to the E-Library is free to all membership types – Members, Associate Members and Student Members.   

A modest increase in membership dues – which have remained the same for over a decade – will begin September 1, 2016. New members can sign up, and existing members can renew, at the current rates for the month of August. Multiple years of membership, up to five, can be purchased now at the lower rate.

“The E-Library joins other AES Member benefits such as deep discounts on AES events, access to our growing library of streaming videos featuring industry leaders on a variety of topics, eligibility for awards, and full participation in our global community of audio professionals,” says Alex Case, AES President-Elect and Membership Committee co-chair. “The value of membership has increased well beyond the new dues rates, particularly when compared to the former cost of membership and an E-Library subscription combined. Now is the time to take advantage of these benefits at the old rates.” Membership dues provide the most significant funding of AES’s mission to promote and disseminate advances in the audio sciences and its practical application.

To join or renew an Audio Engineering Society membership, visit http://www.aes.org/join/

As of September 1, 2016, annual dues for AES Members/Associate Members will be $125. Annual dues for AES Student Members will be $50.

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Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2016

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New "AES Portal" in Process of Being Rolled Out

New AES Portal

New AES Portal

The Audio Engineering Society is migrating many of our member services to a new tool called "MemberSuite", but we prefer to call it the "AES Portal". This is where we've begun to handle event registrations (such as for the upcoming Los Angeles convention) plus it has options for paying dues, storing a credit card, downloading AES Standards, and much more.
 
For security reasons your username and password from the AES website could not be transferred into the new system, which means you'll need to setup a new Login. By default we have setup your Login ID as your primary email address, which you should type into the "forgot password/reset password" form here:
 
http://www.aes.org/portal/setup
 
You should then wait for an email to arrive with a subject of "Reset Audio Engineering Society Password" - it will be from this email address: "Audio Engineering Society
 
You should then click on the link in that email to reset your password since your old password was not loaded into the new system.
 
After you've setup your new password you can login here and check that all your information looks correct:
 
http://www.aes.org/portal
 
If you have any problems please contact AES Member Services for help.
 
Please note that during this interim period you'll continue to have your old login for the main AES website and also this new login for the AES Portal. Later this year we'll complete the migration and then you'll be able to use this new Login ID everywhere, including on the main AES website.
 

— AES Member Services 

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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2016

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AES 2016 Election Results Announced

AES incoming President-Elect, David Scheirman

AES incoming President-Elect, David Scheirman

The AES has released the list of winning candidates from the balloting in the 2016 Audio Engineering Society international elections. The newly elected officers will assume their roles in October, shortly after the end of the 141st International AES Convention in Los Angeles. Entering the office of President-Elect is David Scheirman, who will serve first on the AES Board of Governors and Executive Committee as President-Elect, assuming the Presidency in October, 2017 for a one-year term.

Newly elected Governors and new and re-elected Vice Presidents, all beginning two-year terms in October are: 

Secretary: Valerie Tyler

Vice President Eastern Region, US & Canada: Anthony Schultz

Vice President Western Region, US & Canada: Leslie Gaston-Bird

Vice President Northern Region, Europe: Per Sjosten

Governor:

Jim Anderson

Masataka Nakahara

Agnieszka Roginska

 

Within the stipulations of the AES bylaws, the overall function and direction of the AES is established by the Society’s Board of Governors, which is elected by voting members of the Society. The Society’s Executive Director operates and manages the AES headquarters in New York City, NY, and reports to the Executive Committee, which consists of the Society’s corporate officers. In turn, the Executive Committee reports on its activities and on issues facing the Society to the full Board of Governors. The AES President serves as the CEO of the Society, under the supervision and direction of the Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors consists of:

(1) the Society’s corporate officers (President; President-Elect; Immediate Past-President; Secretary; and Treasurer)

(2) the Treasurer-Elect (when there is an incoming Treasurer)

(3) the eight Regional Vice-Presidents (Eastern USA/Canada; Central USA/Canada; Western USA/Canada; Northern Europe; Central Europe; Southern Europe; Latin America; International)

(4) and eight Governors-at-Large

For more information on the AES and how to become involved visit aes.org.


Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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AES Opens Early Registration & Housing Options for AES Los Angeles, September 29 — October 2

AES Opens Early Registration & Housing Options for AES Los Angeles, September 29 — October 2

It's Official! - Audio Engineering Society Opens Early Registration and Housing Options for AES Los Angeles, September 29 — October 2

 

Use promo code AES141FB at checkout for FREE Exhibit-Plus badge to the year's largest pro audio event!

 

The Audio Engineering Society has announced that Early Registration is now open for the largest pro audio event of the year – the 141st Audio Engineering Society International Convention, which returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center, Thursday, September 29 – Sunday, October 2, 2016. Attendees should sign-up now to take advantage of Early Registration pricing on multiple premium All Access options, which include the full Tech Program. Exhibits-Plus registration is FREE with advance registration, by using the promo code AES141WEB at checkout. Exhibits-Plus access includes the gear exhibition (September 29 – October 1), as well as the Project Studio Expo, Live Sound Expo and more. Additionally, the first AES Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality, will be co-located with the Convention on September 30 and October 1. Student and AES Member discounts are available for the AVAR conference, as are packages that combine event registrations. Exclusive priority housing rates are also available for attendees of either event through the aesshow.com website.

 

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Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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Research Finds Audible Differences with High-Resolution Audio

Research Finds Audible Differences with High-Resolution Audio

 Listeners can hear a difference between standard audio and better-than-CD quality, known as high-resolution audio, according to a new study published in the June issue of the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society (JAES) by Dr. Joshua Reiss of the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

The meta-study compared data from 18 studies involving 450 participants listening to samples of music in different formats. In total, the studies involved over 12,000 different trials where participants were asked to discriminate between formats. Overall, listeners could distinguish between the formats, especially if they had been trained to hear a difference. This is the first time that formal meta-analysis techniques have been applied to audio engineering research.

In addition to training, the research suggested that careful selection of stimuli, including use of long duration samples, may play an important role in the ability to discriminate. Studies that did not show an ability to discriminate were generally more prone to biases or flaws in their design. Reiss concluded that “the perceived fidelity of an audio recording and playback chain is affected by operating at a resolution higher than the CD standard.”

“Audio purists and industry should welcome these findings,” said Reiss. “Our study finds high-resolution audio has a small but important advantage in its quality of reproduction over standard audio content. Trained listeners could distinguish between the two formats around sixty percent of the time.” Dr. Reiss explained, “One motivation for this research was that people in the audio community endlessly discuss whether the use of high-resolution formats and equipment really makes a difference. Conventional wisdom states that CD quality should be sufficient to capture everything we hear, yet anecdotes abound where individuals claim that hi-res content sounds crisper, or more intense. And people often cherry-pick their favorite study to support whichever side they’re on.” He continued, “We gathered 80 publications in the field, and analyzed all available data, even asking authors of earlier studies for their original reports from old filing cabinets. We subjected the data to many forms of analysis. The effect was clear, and there were some indicators as to what conditions demonstrate it most effectively. Hopefully, we can now move forward towards identifying how and why we perceive these differences, and better experimental design.”

When asked about the type of content for which high-resolution recording and playback most made a difference, Dr. Reiss responded, “The jury is still out. The studies that most showed an effect mainly used jazz and classical music, but this wasn’t exclusive. We looked at lots of factors like choice of content and equipment. Results suggested that listeners often needed to listen to each sample for more than 30 seconds, but possible factors were mostly overshadowed by training test subjects in critical listening skills specific to the test, and in general, good experimental design.”

The Journal of the Audio Engineering Society features peer-reviewed papers reporting research in the audio arts and sciences, along with Section and AES event coverage. Full JAES access is a member-benefit. As an Open Access document, Dr. Reiss’ research can be freely downloaded here: http://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=18296

 

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Posted: Monday, July 11, 2016

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AES Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality Announces Program Details

AES Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality Announces Program Details

The inaugural International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality has unveiled an expansive program of technical papers, workshops and tutorials for the two-day event to be held on September 30 and October 1, 2016, co-located with the 141st AES Conven­tion at the Los Angeles Convention Center’s West Hall. The conference and manufacturer’s Expo will spotlight research institutions, developers and vendors that are providing immersive spatial audio for virtual-reality and augmented-reality media, demonstrably one the fastest-growing segments of the entertainment-audio industry. Registration for this must-attend event is now open at www.aes.org/conferences/2016/avar/registration/.

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Posted: Saturday, June 4, 2016

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Check out the AES Paris Photo Album on Facebook

AES Paris 2016

AES Paris 2016

We're still getting in photos from last week's AES 140th International Convention in Paris.  

 

Check out the latest, here, and be sure to Tag and Share:

https://www.facebook.com/AES.org/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10153832862958585


Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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Expanded Exhibits Hall and Tech Program Offerings for Exhibits-Plus and All Access Attendees at AES Paris

Expanded Exhibits Hall and Tech Program Offerings for Exhibits-Plus and All Access Attendees at AES Paris

Boasting an expanded Technical Program and a doubling in professional audio gear and technology exhibitors to over 130 brands, the 140th AES International Convention, taking place at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France, June 4 through June 7 will showcase the latest in audio technology and practice, with all the traditional, indispensable elements of an Audio Engineering Society show, along with several new programs – open to both Exhibits-Plus and All Access attendees – including the all-new Professional Sound Expo (PSE) training presentations and the “Audio Projections” multi-format listening experience series. 

Detailed Technical Program and in-depth events calendar for the AES Paris Convention are available both online and through the AES Events mobile app, with complete details on Papers, Engineering Briefs, Workshops and Tutorials, Special Events, Student and Career activities, and more. An exhibitor list and convention map are also available for maximizing your visit to the largest European professional audio gear exposition of the year, showing the latest in technologies from the top companies in the industry.

Complete AES Paris 140th International Convention information and online registration is available at http://www.aes.org/events/140/ and also via a free update to the AES Events mobile app (iOS and Android), which offers conventions maps, scheduling, social media interaction, and other helpful guides to making the most of your convention.

Premium All Access and Exhibits-Plus badges are available online at http://www.aes.org/events/140/registration/. Member and Student discounts apply. 

Exhibits-Plus badges are your ticket to getting into the AES Exhibition, PLUS you can attend all of the following:

• Special Events 

• Professional Sound Expo 

 

All Access badges are available to anyone looking to take their knowledge and professional career to the next level. AES will once again be the meeting place for the top names in audio engineering to deliver a diverse program of workshops, tutorials, papers and more on the latest developments in professional audio. All Access badge-holders may attend all on-site AES events. (Tickets for tech tours cost extra and can be purchased on-site.) One- and Two-Day All Access registration is available.

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Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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AES to Hold First International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality — Paper Proposal Deadline Extended to May 23rd

AES to Hold First International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality — Paper Proposal Deadline Extended to May 23rd

 

The inaugural AES International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality, to be held on September 30 and October 1, 2016, will be co-located with the 141st AES Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center’s West Hall. The two-day program of technical papers, workshops, tutorials and a manufacturer’s expo will throw a unique spotlight on the creative and technical challenges of providing immersive spatial audio to accompany virtual-reality and augmented-reality media, which is demonstrably the fastest-growing section of the entertainment-audio markets. The deadline for Paper proposals has been extended to May 23rd for those who still wish to participate in this first-ever AES event.  

The conference will attract content developers, researchers, manufacturers, consultants and students, in addition to audio engineers seeking to expand their knowledge about sound production for virtual and augmented reality. The companion Expo will feature displays from leading-edge manufacturers and service providers looking to secure industry metrics for this emerging field.

“Film director George Lucas once stated that sound represents 50% of the motion-picture experience,” considers co-chair Andres Mayo. “This conference will demonstrate that convincing VR and AR productions, using a variety of playback devices, require audio that follows the motions of the subject, and produce a realistic immersive experience. Our program will spotlight the work of leading proponents in this exciting field of endeavor, and how realistic spatial audio can be produced from existing game-console and DSP engines.”

The rich and varied conference program will provide an overview of the AR/VR creative process, applications workflow and product development, while creating an activity hub to focus attention on the expertise the Audio Engineering Society can offer these expanding creative communities. Costs range from $195 for a 1-Day Pass for AES members ($295 for a 2-Day Pass) and $125 for accredited students, to $280/$435 for non-members; early-bird discounts also are available.

Proposed topics include: Object-based Audio Mixing for VR/AR Applications; Immersive Audio in VR/AR Broadcast; Live VR Audio Production; Developing Audio Standards for VR/AR Applications; Cross Platform Audio Considerations in VR Applications; and Streaming Immersive Audio Content. 

This must-attend conference will be held within a recently-remodeled 300-seat theater and companion seminar room at the LA Convention Center. A unique entrance from the main convention lobby will offer a dedicated attendee registration check-in and related facilities. Conference registrants can also attend the 141st AES Convention’s companion exhibition and select educational sessions and special events free of charge with an Exhibits-Plus badge.

For further information on the 2016 International Conference Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality, visit http://www.aes.org/conferences/2016/avar/. Follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/audioforvr) and Facebook (http://bit.ly/1R4leDI). For more about the 141st Audio Engineering Society International Convention in Los Angeles, visit http://www.aes.org/events/141/. Find out more about the Audio Engineering Society at aes.org.

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Posted: Monday, May 16, 2016

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