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Networked Audio Makes Connections at AES New York 2019

AES New York Networked Audio Track chair Bob Lee

AES New York Networked Audio Track chair Bob Lee

Networked audio continues to play an ever-expanding role in a wide variety of pro audio applications, from recording and production, to live sound, installs, and more, with a near ubiquity of network capabilities on new gear and the bridging of proprietary standards by the AES67 and AES70 protocols. The Audio Networking Track events, taking place during the AES New York Convention, October 16 – 19 at the Javits Center, are set to connect the latest technologies and techniques with attendees looking to take their audio networking skills to the next level.


“Networking technology in audio systems are increasingly becoming the norm and not the exception,” states AES New York Networked Audio Track chair Bob Lee. “We in the audio industry have been fortunate to be able to leverage the off-the-shelf technology developed by the IT industry to meet our needs reliably and economically. I’ve assembled this program to provide many varied opportunities for convention participants to learn from and interact with the experts in a range of topics. If you’re in audio and want to come away with less uncertainty and more confidence in using networked audio in your work, this is the track for you.”


Networked Audio events kick-off on the Convention opening day with a premier panel “Solution-Based Approaches for Networked Audio in Live Production” moderated by Dan Ferrisi (Sound & Communications) with panelists Tim Boot (Global Brand Strategist, Meyer Sound), Genio Kronaue,( L-Acoustics), Morten Lave (Adamson Systems Engineering), Patrice Lavoie, (Solotech) and Jamie Pollock (Kore Audio Design). The panel will cover topics including scalability, IT expertise and planning, along with insights from the panelists’ years of industry experience.


The AES70 networked control standard will be examined in “An Introductory Tutorial to AES70” later that day. Presenters Jeff Berryman and Ethan Wetzell from Bosch Communications, and representing the OCA Alliance, will team up with Simon Jones from Focusrite to introduce participants to AES70, the AES standard on Open Control Architecture (OCA). This session is partnered with the Product Development session “How to Add AES70 Control to Your Products” on Saturday, October 19.


Also on Saturday, Patrick Killianey (Audinate) will present “What Audio Engineers Need to Know about Media Networks,” a reprise of a popular session in the Networked Audio track. Killianey is an engaging and entertaining educator specializing on the growing integration of network and AV technologies. Audio engineers increasingly need to become familiar and conversant with how to use IT resources in their work, and this session is designed to illuminate the concepts behind structurally designing a medium sized network for an installation, recording studio or live production.


Additional featured sessions taking place include: “Introducing A2B – A Low-Latency Digital Audio Bus Standard” with Joseph Beauchemin (Analog Devices) and Denis Labrecque (DeLab Consulting); “Network Audio Strategies: Charting Software, Hardware, Internet Requirements” presented by Sarah Weaver (NowNet Arts); and Saturday’s “Network Media Open Specifications (NMOS) — How They Relate to Audio Networking” with Andreas Hildebrand (ALC NetworX).


For more information on the entire program for the Networked Audio Track, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/147/networkedaudio. The Networked Audio Track is open to attendees with an All Access badge, available through 11 pm EDT, Monday, October 14, at Advance Registration discount pricing with AES Members and Students receiving significant savings. Find out more about the AES New York and register now at aesshow.com 

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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2019

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AES New York 2019 Exhibition Floor Recording Stage Will Inspire and Educate

Mic shootout Guru Lynn Fuston is among the all-star presenters on the AES NY 2019 Exhibition Hall Recording Stage

Mic shootout Guru Lynn Fuston is among the all-star presenters on the AES NY 2019 Exhibition Hall Recording Stage

— Three days of Recording Stage presentations will inform attendees about recording technologies and techniques from the fundamentals through to the cutting-edge —


The AES has announced the program of events for this year’s exhibition hall Recording Stage events, taking place during AES New York 2019, offering a variety of presentations where top industry experts will offer practical advice and share knowledge and experience. The series of events, open to all attendees looking to improve their recording workflow and overall results, will take place October 16 – 18. 


Day one Recording Stage events take on a variety of topics with sessions including “Make the Most of Your Vocals” and “Recording 101,” complemented by other presentations including noted engineer and gear shoot-out guru Lynn Fuston’s “The Ultimate Microphone Line-Up Comparison,” presented by Sweetwater, and a featured session by JC Losada “Mr. Sonic” hosted by Waves. A panel on “What it Takes to Have a Successful Career in Audio,” presented by SoundGirls, will feature panelists Leslie Gaston-Bird, Karrie Keyes, Piper Payne, Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato, Jessica Thompson, April Tucker and Catherine Vericolli providing insights into what it takes to make it in the audio industry. 


On the second day of the exhibition, Recording Stage events kick off with presentations sponsored by SonicScoop, API and Genelec, tackling hot topics in production and monitoring. The afternoon continues with “The Technology behind GRAMMY-Winning Records – Michael Brauer and Igor Levin on the Art and Science of Pro Audio,” where the pair will take the stage to share the secrets of their mutual success, followed by the presentation “When Loud Is Not Loud: What You Need to Know About Loudness Measurement Today,” given by Alex Kosiorek. The day concludes with a closer look at vocals with the panel discussion “Beyond Basics in Vocal Recording & Production: Engineering with Focus on the Creative Process,” featuring Neal Cappellino, Mike Picotte and Jonathan Pines.


The final day of AES New York Recording Stage events will offer a slate of sessions set to entertain, educate and inspire. The day begins with the session “Studio DMI Presents Luca Pretolesi Super Session,” followed by Focusrite’s Dan Hughley hosting the session “Podcasting: The Fastest Growing Medium in Audio.” The Recording Stage events wrap up with the insightful sessions “On the Run with Sylvia Massy” and “Produce Like a Pro with Warren Huart,” where both Massy and Huart will expound upon their experiences and on production methods used on hit recordings.

 

A free AES New York 2019 Exhibits-Plus badge, available during online Advance Registration by applying the code AES19NOW at checkout, will gain attendees admission to the Convention Exhibition and Recording Stage events. Advance Registration savings of up to $100 are also available for upgrade to an All Access badge for everything the Convention has to offer. Advance Registration is open until 11 PM EDT, October 14.  Find out more about AES New York 2019 and register now at aesshow.com/aes19now.

 

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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2019

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John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to Make a Stop at AES New York, Delivers Daily Giveaways

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus makes its debut at the AESS New York Convention, October 16 — 18 at the Javits Center

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus makes its debut at the AESS New York Convention, October 16 — 18 at the Javits Center

The AES New York Convention will feature its first-ever visit from the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, which invites AES attendees to tour its unique facilities, learn about its mission of inspiring creativity, and participate in the interactive tent experience featuring jam sessions using the latest gear. Daily gear giveaways worth over $6,000 – with gear from Audio-Technica, Focusrite, Genelec, K&M, Neutrik, OWC, and Yamaha – will take place at the bus at 1:00pm each day of the Exhibition.

 

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. In its 22nd year, with the very latest technology and gear, the Bus continues to be dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios, participation in free digital media production workshops, and the production of giant peace signs. Assisted by three on-board engineers, students can learn how to write, record, and produce original songs, music videos, documentaries, and live multi-camera video productions – all in one day.

The Lennon Bus is highly adaptable, designed to provide students, their schools and communities with performances, hands-on demonstrations, remote recordings, and studio sessions customized for their needs, levels of experience and interest. The Bus, the physical manifestation of the mission of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus non-profit corporation, travels the country visiting schools, music and technology conferences and events, and partners with communities and media outlets to call attention to the importance of arts and digital media education.

 

A free AES New York 2019 Exhibits-Plus badge, available during online Advance Registration by applying the code AES19NOW at checkout, will gain attendees admission to the Convention Exhibition and Recording Stage events. Advance Registration savings of up to $100 are also available for upgrade to an All Access badge for everything the Convention has to offer. Advance Registration is open until 11 PM EDT, October 14.  Find out more about AES New York 2019 and register now at aesshow.com/aes19now.

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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2019

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AES New York 2019 Recording and Production Track to Connect Attendees with Top Recording Pros

Heba Kadry, Gloria Kaba, Simone Torres (Top L-R), Alex Case, Kevin Killen, George Massenburg (Bottom L-R) are just a few of the top minds in audio contributing to the Recording and Production Track during AES New York 2019

Heba Kadry, Gloria Kaba, Simone Torres (Top L-R), Alex Case, Kevin Killen, George Massenburg (Bottom L-R) are just a few of the top minds in audio contributing to the Recording and Production Track during AES New York 2019

The Audio Engineering Society has always been at the center of the audio recording, production and mastering communities, bringing the top engineers together to share techniques and promote new ideas. At the upcoming AES New York 2019 convention, taking place October 16 – 19 at the Jacob Javits Center, visitors will be able to learn from the pros and hear the latest advances in the state of recording by attending the Recording and Production Track events, set to explore a wide range of topics from drum programming to mixing tricks to setting up listening rooms.

 

The Recording and Production Track will feature several dozen events over the convention’s four days, with top minds in recording and production sharing their perspective. 

 

A few highlights include:

 

On Wednesday, October 16, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., the session “So Unforgettable—Two Iconic Albums from Two Non-Studio Spaces” will see engineer/mixer Kevin Killen and interviewer Alex Case explore the making of U2’s The Unforgettable Fire and Peter Gabriel’s So – released just two years apart, and both featuring Kevin Killen’s mixing/engineering work. These records represented major points of creative inflection for each artist. Most of the production took place outside of any traditional studio, U2 recording in a castle and Gabriel in a converted cow shed. These special projects placed unique demands on the producers and engineers, yet became sonic touchstones for many artists and engineers since. 

 

Also on Wednesday, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, “The Making of Sheryl Crow's Threads” will feature Glenn Lorbecki interviewing mixer/engineer Dave O’Donnell, breaking down the making of the latest LP from the superstar singer-songwriter. This album features duets with different superstar artists on every track, and the album’s recording and mixing process employed a number of different approaches to capture the unique personalities of these diverse performers. 

 

Thursday will feature a lunchtime keynote from multiple GRAMMY award-winning producer Emmy-winning musical director and A-list drummer, Steve Jordan, taking place from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Jordan has recorded with the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Sheryl Crow, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars, The Pretenders, James Taylor, Diana Krall, Billy Joel, Don Henley, and Chick Corea, to name but a few, as well as being a member of the original Saturday Night Live Band and a founding member of the World's Most Dangerous Band for Late Night with David Letterman.

 

Also on Thursday, from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, “The Doppler Gang – A Panel of Pros Discuss the Pros and Cons of Pitch Change” will feature co-moderators Anthony Agnello and Richard Factor (both of Eventide Inc.) with panelists Alex Case, Bob Clearmountain, George Massenburg, Susan Rogers and Tony Visconti – all noted recording professionals and educators – discussing the topic of pitch change processing. Analog tape invited tape speed manipulation and pitch change processing became the basis for many tracking and mixing effects. The effect became digitally available in the mid-70s. A broad set of pitch effects has evolved ever since, led in part by these panelists. Learn about their approaches and listen to the results, from obvious to subliminal, from logical to just plain wacky.

 

On Friday, “How We Make Music — Crossing the Decades from Analog to Digital” will take place from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm. Legendary mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge will serve as moderator, with panelists Niko Bolas, Danny Kortchmar, Tom Lord-Alge and Dave Way. Attendees will hear from these top recording engineers and producers, sharing techniques they use in bridging the worlds of analog and digital and how they connect the dots of the past, present, and future of creative technology. 

 

Other featured Recording and Production Track sessions include “Changing Roles in the Audio Industry,” exploring the ever-evolving roles of producers, engineers, mixers, and more, moderated by Paul "Willie Green" Womack with panelists Ariel Borujow, Ken "Duro" Ifill, and Mike Kuz; and “Mastering Immersive Audio” with moderator Michael Romanowski, Stefan Bock, Gavin Lurssen, Andres A. Mayo, Darcy Proper and Mark Wilder. Additionally, Women’s Audio Mission will also host two panel sessions: “Evolution of Album Production from Start to Finish“ which will feature Terri Winston moderating with guests Gloria Kaba, Heba Kadry and Simone Torres; and the panel “Live Concert Sound,“ presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Recording Technology and Practices, with moderator Terri Winston and panelists Fela Davis, Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato, and Caroline Sanchez.

 

For more information on the entire program for the Recording & Production Track, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/147/recording/. The Recording & Production Track is open to attendees with an All Access badge, available for a limited time at Advance Registration discount pricing with AES Members and Students receiving significant savings. Find out more about the AES New York and register now at aesshow.com 

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Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019

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AES New York 2019 Welcomes Award-Winning Drummer, Producer and Musical Director Steve Jordan for Thursday Keynote Address "The Love of Recording"

Award-winning drummer, composer and producer Steve Jordan to deliver Thursday's keynote address "The Love of Recording" at the AES New York 2019 Pro Audio Convention (Photo Credit: Daniel Prakopcyk)

Award-winning drummer, composer and producer Steve Jordan to deliver Thursday's keynote address "The Love of Recording" at the AES New York 2019 Pro Audio Convention (Photo Credit: Daniel Prakopcyk)

— Drawing from his storied career, Jordan to offer perspectives from multiple roles and genres with some of music’s biggest acts — 

 

The Audio Engineering Society has announced that GRAMMY® award-winning producer, Emmy-winning musical director, and A-list drummer Steve Jordan, will give Thursday’s Keynote Address, “The Love of Recording,” on October 17 at 1:30 pm during the AES New York 2019 Pro Audio Convention, which takes place at the Jacob Javits Center, October 16 – 19. Jordan’s career spans over four decades, playing with many of the top names in the music industry, from Stevie Wonder to the Saturday Night Live band, as well as producing albums for artists including Keith Richards, John Mayer, and Sheryl Crow. Jordan will also take part in Thursday’s Special Event session “Triple Threat: The Art, Production & Technology of Making Music” with legendary guitarist, songwriter and producer Danny Kortchmar.

 

Throughout his remarkable career, Jordan has recorded with the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Sheryl Crow, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars, The Pretenders, James Taylor, Diana Krall, Billy Joel, Don Henley and Chick Corea, to name but a few, as well as being a member of the original Saturday Night Live Band and a founding member of the World's Most Dangerous Band for Late Night with David Letterman. As a multiple GRAMMY award-winning producer and Emmy-winning musical director, Jordan has made albums for Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos, John Mayer (which includes winning Pop Vocal Album of the Year for Continuum), Robert Cray, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Los Lonely Boys, John Scofield, Buddy Guy, Booker T. & the MG's, Solomon Burke, Hubert Sumlin, Tom Jones, Patty Scialfa and Beyoncé.  

 

Jordan received an Emmy for his musical direction in Movies Rock in addition to doing Fashion Rocks, several Kennedy Center Honors shows, and the 2004 Democratic Convention, and he has worked as musical director/producer on films including Lightning in a Bottle, Cadillac Records, and has consulted on Standing in the Shadows of Motown. He is currently producing Solid Soul, a documentary on musical legacy of record producer Willie Mitchell.

 

Jordan and Meegan Voss are the founders of the independent recording company, Jay-Vee Records, home to the GRAMMY-nominated album Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm and The Verbs. Upcoming Jay-Vee albums include Tony Joe White's The Best of Times, Mix Master Mike & Steve Jordan Beat Odyssey 2020, and The Verbs' new LP Garage Sale, featuring two strong singles at radio, “Simple Kinda Girl” and “Pleaser.” They are also the Directors of Special Events and Development at The Jazz Foundation of America and advisors to the Little Kids Rock Foundation in New York.  

 

In recent years, Steve has produced Keith Richards' album Crosseyed Heart, John Mayer’s The Search for Everything, Bettye LaVette’s acclaimed interpretation of Dylan’s work, Things Have Changed, Josh Groban’s hit “River” from his #1 album, Bridges, and Sheryl Crow’s final album Threads, and he’s currently finishing production work on upcoming albums by Robert Cray and Bettye LaVette.

 

Additional production credits include Rod Stewart’s Soulbook, John Mayer’s Battle Studies, The Verbs' Trip and Cover Story, Boz Scaggs’ Memphis and Fool to Care, Robert Cray’s In My Soul and his live project, 4 Nights of 40 Years Live. Jordan was musical director for the 61st, 62nd, 64th, 66th, 67th and 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as musical director for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Annual Gala, in addition to touring with Eric Clapton and John Mayer. 

 

 

This AES New York Special Event is open to all attendees, with discounted All Access and free Exhibits-Plus badge (use code AES19NOW at checkout) options available through October 14, 11:00 pm EDT, with AES Members and Students receiving significant savings. Find out more about the AES New York and register now at aesshow.com


Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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"Ambisonics Tools for Immersive Audio" and "Audio Repair and Restoration" Special Hands-On Events Set for AES New York 2019 — Now Available to All Attendees

"Ambisonics Tools for Immersive Audio" and "Audio Repair and Restoration" Special Hands-On Events Set for AES New York 2019

"Ambisonics Tools for Immersive Audio" and "Audio Repair and Restoration" Special Hands-On Events Set for AES New York 2019

 — Attendees will have the opportunity to experiment with dedicated hardware and software tools during these limited-seating workshops —


The AES New York 2019 Pro Audio Convention has slated two hands-on training workshops on the final day of the Convention, October 19. 

 

Covering the latest cutting-edge tools and technologies in immersive audio production, the Convention will host an “Ambisonics Tools for Immersive Audio Capture and Post-Production” workshop from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Presenters will be Ianina Canalis (National University of Lanus), Brian Glasscock (Sennheiser), Andres A. Mayo (@360MusicLab) and Martin Muscatello (@360MusicLab). 

 

“Over the past three years, immersive audio production tools have evolved considerably, allowing producers to combine them in a million creative ways.” shares AES Past President and “Ambisonics Tools for Immersive Audio Capture and Post-Production” workshop co-presenter Mayo. “This workshop will provide an in-depth explanation of how Ambisonics works, and how it can be a central element in an immersive audio production workflow.” Attendees will be able to experiment with dedicated hardware and software tools during the workshop and be guided through the entire process of capturing, processing, mixing and multiplexing audio and video in 360 degrees for multiple purposes, such as YouTube and Facebook music videos, Virtual Reality, and 360 documentaries.

 

Additionally, focusing on essential skills that let the modern engineer deal with a broad range of audio challenges, the workshop “Audio Repair and Restoration for Music and Post: Build Your Skills” will follow from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Leading the workshop will be David Barber (Juniper Post – Burbank), Alexey Lukin,(iZotope), Jessica Thompson (Jessica Thompson Audio - Berkeley, CA) and Jonathan Wyner (M Works Mastering/iZotope/Berklee College of Music).

 

AES’s next President-Elect Wyner, co-presenter for the workshop “Audio Repair and Restoration for Music and Post: Build Your Skills” notes that “Single-ended noise reduction and audio repair tools have evolved during the past 35 years to the point that they have become an integral part of the work and workflows across audio disciplines. Workshop attendees will be led through an overview of the various sorts of technologies, techniques, and strategies used to solve audio challenges in music and audio post.” The workshop will include exercises designed to help participants develop their skills in audio repair and restoration for post and music applications. Among other topics, the workshop will address how to manipulate an audio spectrogram to problem solve more quickly and effectively, choosing noise reduction and repair technology to achieve the best results, best practices for repair sequencing, pre-treating signals to achieve best noise removal and aesthetic considerations in music and dialogue editing examples.

 

Preregistration is required for these events.Tickets for each workshop are $75 (member) and $125 (non-member) and can be purchased on-line through the Convention registration portal. Attendees must supply their own laptop and headphones for these unique learning experiences and must download and preload session resources. Seating is limited. All Access and Exhibits-Plus Advance Registration pricing and options, and hands-on workshop registration, is available through 11:00 pm EDT, October 14, with AES Members and Students receiving significant savings on badge registration. Find out more about the AES New York and register now at aesshow.com

 

Further detail on the “Ambisonics Tools for Immersive Audio Capture and Post-Production” workshop, including computer requirements and asset download information, can be found at http://www.aes.org/events/147/ambisonics/.

Further detail on the “Audio Repair and Restoration for Music and Post: Build Your Skills” workshop, including computer requirements and asset download information,  can be found at http://www.aes.org/events/147/restoration/

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Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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Advance Registration Ending Soon - AES New York 2019 Exhibits-Plus Offers Free Access to Three Days of Convention Events and Exhibits

AES New York Advance Registration Ends 11:00 pm EDT, Monday, October 14

AES New York Advance Registration Ends 11:00 pm EDT, Monday, October 14

 — Free badge gets access to over 300 exhibiting pro audio brands, three floors of demo rooms, over 100 exhibit floor sessions and Special Events presentations from some of the biggest names in the industry —

 

The Audio Engineering Society is making it easier than ever to be a part of the world’s largest dedicated pro audio convention with the AES New York Exhibits-Plus badge – your FREE pass to experience three full days of the pro audio showcase of gear, demonstrations, special presentations and educational sessions designed to help attendees get the most out of their audio productions. With a complimentary Exhibits-Plus registration, this year’s AES New York Convention offers more ways than ever to listen, learn and connect with the biggest names in audio science, technology and techniques including Bob Ludwig, George Massenburg, Hank Shocklee, Danny Kortchmar, Just Blaze, Prince Charles Alexander, Chris and Tom Lord-Alge, Larrance Dopson and James Fauntleroy (1500 or Nothin’) and a special opening-day keynote address by the legendary Grandmaster Flash. Advance Registration ends 11:00 pm EDT, Monday, October 14.

 

The AES New York 2019 Exhibition Floor offers the latest technologies from hundreds of top brands in pro audio and related industries, along with product debuts, special guest presenters and product experts on-hand to showcase the latest gear and provide insight on products and services offered to the audio engineering industry. With over two dozen new exhibitors joining this year's expanded Exhibition Floor, AES New York will once again present attendees with a not-to-be-missed chance to catch up on the latest offerings from their favorite audio manufacturers and service providers. The three floors of demonstration rooms further the experience, providing an intimate space to listen to, and learn about, a variety of products being shown. 

 

Bringing together top name presenters with the latest professional audio technology and techniques, the AES New York Inspiration Stages offer daily sessions covering topics of interest to all attendees, with featured presenters including Luca Pretolesi, Sylvia Massy, Kimbra, Jack Joseph Puig and many more. This year’s exhibition floor will once again host the popular Live Production Stage, the Recording Stage, and the all-new Electronic Dance Music and DJ Stage with dedicated events covering a variety topics and workflows. Also returning this year are the popular Software@AES Pavilion theater, the AVoIP Pavilion theater, the AVID Partners Pavilion and the AES Mix With the Masters Workshops stage hosting sessions throughout the day. 

 

The complete schedule of Exhibits-Plus badge-eligible events is now available online at http://www.aes.org/events/147/exhibitsplusbadge/. Visit aseshow.com to Register Now and apply the code “AES19NOW” to claim your FREE Exhibits-Plus badge! 

 

 

For the ultimate AES New York Convention experience, upgrade to an All Access badge, available through 11:00 pm EDT, Monday October 14, at Advance Registration discount pricing with AES Members and Students receiving significant savings. Find out more at aesshow.com


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Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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AES New York 2019 Unveils New Hip-Hop and R&B Events

AES New York "Chopped and Looped — Inside the Art of Sampling for Hip-Hop" session panelists: Top row — Just Blaze and Breakbeat Lou; Bottom row -- Hank Shocklee and Ebonie Smith; Right — AES New York Hip-Hop and R&B Track chair Paul "Willie Green" Womack

AES New York "Chopped and Looped — Inside the Art of Sampling for Hip-Hop" session panelists: Top row — Just Blaze and Breakbeat Lou; Bottom row -- Hank Shocklee and Ebonie Smith; Right — AES New York Hip-Hop and R&B Track chair Paul "Willie Green" Womack

— Hip-Hop and R&B Track reveals production techniques and tools used by top names in the industry —

From sampling to mixing, from studio design to production flow, genres like R&B and hip-hop have their own musical vernacular and their own specialized techniques and tools. Next month’s AES New York 2019 takes an in-depth look at hip-hop and R&B production with a new Track chock full of workshops and presentations led by storied and award-winning engineers, producers and artists – the Convention is even opening with a keynote speech from Grandmaster Flash on Wednesday on “The Evolution of the Beat.” 


AES New York 2019 Hip-Hop and R&B Thursday events begin with an A-list panel discussion, “Chopped and Looped – Inside the Art of Sampling for Hip-Hop” featuring Just Blaze (Jay-Z, Kanye West), Breakbeat Lou (Afrika Bambaataa, Biz Markie), Hank Shocklee (Public Enemy, Mary J. Blige) and Ebonie Smith (Hamilton, Sturgill Simpson), moderated by AES New York Hip-Hop and R&B Track chair Paul "Willie Green" Womack (Wiz Khalifa, The Roots). Celebrating the art of the audio collage, the panelists will discuss the production technique that launched a genre, exploring the process of digging for samples, techniques and tools for composition, and concepts for processing and mixing a sample-driven production.


“We are very excited to bring together some amazing talents from the hip-hop and R&B world to the AES New York Convention,” states Womack. “The events that we have put together offer attendees a detailed look at some of the nuances that make these genres unique, along with a chance to learn directly from innovators of the art form as they share their role in putting this music on the map.” 


The program continues on Thursday with three dedicated events running through the afternoon. “The Soul of an R&B Mix” takes a look at genre-specific mixing techniques with Prince Charles Alexander (Notorious B.I.G, Sting), Neal Pogue (Outkast, Stevie Wonder) and host Womack. Next up, Dave Malekpour joins Womack to host the panel “Studio Design for Hip-Hop and R&B” featuring Larrance Dopson, James Fauntleroy, Frank Hendler and Rick St. Hilaire offering insights on the tools needed to outfit hip-hop and R&B studios of all sizes and budgets.


The afternoon concludes with an in-depth examination of highlights from the career of emcee/producer Q-Tip in the session “Engineering for The Abstract: Recording Q-Tip and A Tribe Called Quest,” presented by Gloria Kaba (Q-Tip, Madonna). Kalba will offer a detailed look at the making of A Tribe Called Quest’s 2016 release We Got it From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service, from the writing process to capturing the wide range of performances and musicians on the album.


As part of the convention’s Special Events series, both the “Chopped and Looped — Inside the Art of Sampling for Hip-Hop” and the Grandmaster Flash keynote address are open to all AES New York attendees, including those with complimentary Exhibits-Plus passes, free when using code “AES19NOW” at online registration checkout. For everything the Convention has to offer, including the complete Hip-Hop and R&B Track series of events, All Access badges are available now at Advance Registration discount pricing with AES Members and Students receiving significant savings. Find out more about the AES New York and register now at aesshow.com


Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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AES New York 2019 Tunes Up New Electronic Instrument Design & Applications Track

AES New York 2019 Electronic Instrument Design and Applications Track special guest panelist and industry pioneer Dave Rossum

AES New York 2019 Electronic Instrument Design and Applications Track special guest panelist and industry pioneer Dave Rossum

 — Track set to explore the rich history of electronic instrument design along with current and future possibilities in audio production, featuring three sessions with industry pioneer Dave Rossum —


Bringing a new sound and beat to modern music, the proliferation of electronic instruments kicked off a wave of fresh sounds and innovative audio creation workflows that continue to push the boundaries of music. From the storied beginnings of hip-hop and dance music, to the latest designs and production techniques, this year’s debut of the AES New York 2019 Electronic Instrument Design and Applications Track offers exclusive industry insights to attendees on Thursday, October 17, during the AES New York 147th International Pro Audio Convention. Featured panelist Dave Rossum, an electronic instrument design pioneer, will join in on several Track events, sharing his experience in designing technologies that led to some of the world’s most recognizable sounds.


“This year’s Electronic Instrument Design and Applications Track at the AES New York Convention celebrates the contributions made by innovative engineers working with various types of sound synthesis technologies,” states Electronic Instrument Design and Applications chair Michael Bierylo. “The field has changed in dramatic ways since Bob Moog presented his groundbreaking work Voltage-Controlled Electronic Music Modules at the 16th annual meeting of the AES in 1964. But, as illustrated by the current interest in the Eurorack modular synthesizer format, we see that technologies such as voltage control remain vital, much in the way that we still value analog audio processors and recorders. Additionally, we are excited to have Dave Rossum join us for this year’s inaugural track on electronic instrument design. He personifies excellence in all aspects of this field and is truly one of the unsung heroes, standing head and shoulders with pioneers such as Bob Moog, Don Buchla, Alan R. Pearlman, Dave Smith, Roger Linn and Tom Oberheim, to mention a few.’’


The morning begins with the session “Drum Machines, Groove-Boxes, and Tempo-Based Electronic Instruments,” where Bierylo will welcome Rossum and Dan Gill from AKAI Professional Products to the stage for a discussion of early production tools such as the Roland 808 and LinnDrum and their influences and vitality in the electronic instrument industry. Jayant Datta of Audio Precision follows with the session “Not Your Everyday Filters,” which will introduce and expose audio engineers to some less-common specialized audio filters that have interesting properties and audio applications.


Afternoon Electronic Instrument Design and Applications events include two panel discussions, beginning with “Modular Synthesizer Designs – From the Past to Future Directions,” where Bierylo will host a discussion with Andrew Ikenberry of Qu-Bit Electronix, Dan Green from 4ms and Rossum on the roots and future development of modular synthesis, from classic recreations to bold new designs, with many innovations coming from small, home-grown developers. The afternoon concludes with a special panel on “Embedded Computing and Instrument Design,” moderated by Paul Lehrman with Richard Graham, Denis Labrecque and Teresa Marrin Nakra joining previous panelists Ikenberry and Rossum, to share perspectives from both the research and independent builder communities on innovative use cases and future directions of the electronic instrument industry.


AES New York Electronic Instrument Design and applications events are only available with an All Access badge which grants attendees access to four full days of the Convention Technical Program and the three-day Exhibition – every opportunity for attendees to Listen, Learn, and Connect. Additional events taking place on the Electronic Dance Music and DJ Stage, along with AES Special Events, keynotes, and more are open to all registered attendees, including those opting for Exhibits-Plus registration, free when applying code “AES19NOW” at online registration checkout. All Access badges are available still available at Advance Registration discount pricing with AES Members and Students receiving significant savings. Find out more about AES New York 2019 and register now at aesshow.com

 

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The Latest Edition of the AES Journal is Now Online

The Journal of the Audio Engineering Society

The Journal of the Audio Engineering Society

The latest edition of the AES Journal is now online, with feature articles, the latest in audio research papers and engineering briefs, call for participation, AES event previews, and much more.

AES Members can download this edition for free at aes.org/journal 

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