AES Conventions and Conferences

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

All Special Events were free and open to all registered attendees. A variety of sessions and a broad range of interest areas were planned to encourage all Convention attendees, from students to seasoned professionals, to join in and partake of these events.

ORGAN CONCERT
Thursday, September 23
8:00 PM
Organist: Graham Blyth
Location: Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York

Graham Blyth, renowned organist and technical director of Soundcraft, presented an organ recital at Saint Thomas Church, which has an organ which is very French in character. The concert featured the Grand Piece Symphonique by Franck, plus works by Bach, Gowers, Guilmant and Vierne.

Mr. Blyth has been active as a performing musician since he was a Junior Exhibitioner at Trinity College of Music. He holds diplomas in Organ Performance from the Royal College of Organists, The Royal College of Music, and Trinity College of Music. Mr. Blyth has performed at previous AES conventions.

Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue is located at One West 53rd Street, New York.

AES OPENING CEREMONIES
Friday, September 24
11:30 AM

The 107th convention Opening Ceremonies included the AES Awards Presentation and a special keynote address by Grammy Award winner and audio industry pioneer, Chet Atkins. AES presented special awards to those who are acknowledged to have made outstanding contributions to the Society, shown excellence in such areas as: research, scholarship and publication, as well as other accomplishments that have contributed to the enhancement of the audio industry.

Keynote Address: The 107th AES Convention was proud to welcome fourteen-time Grammy-award winner and 9-time CMA Winner Chet Atkins as our keynote speaker.

As a producer from 1957 through the 1970's, Atkins pioneered a pop-flavored country musical style that was to become known as the Nashville Sound.

He has produced and developed such legendary artists as The Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Floyd Cramer, Don Gibson and Perry Como, and as one of the world's most universally recognized guitarists, he has helped influence countless musicians with his unique style and musicianship.

While manager of RCA in 1957, Atkins helped design RCA's legendary Studio B. In addition to his talents as a producer, Atkins has long been one of the most sought after side-men in the industry. His session credits count dozens of classic recordings including (Jambalaya) and (Your Cheating Heart) with Hank Williams, Sr., (Wake Up Little Susie) and (Bye Bye Love) with the Everly Brothers, (Heartbreak Hotel) and (Hounddog) with Elvis Presley and collaboration with Paul McCartney, Neil Diamond and Mark Knopfler.

All were invited to attend this very special event.

HIGH RESOLUTION AUDIO—WHERE ARE WE NOW?—a joint MPGA/MEGA panel
Friday, September 24
3:00 PM
Chair: Ed Outwater
Panelists: Bernie Grundman, Bob Ludwig, Denny Purcell, Chuck Ainlay, Ed Cherney, Elliot Scheiner

Featured high-profile panelists experienced in the various areas of High resolution audio, this panel discussion asked searching questions about the current state of such topics as 5.1 surround sound and 24 bit/96 kHz and beyond. Are things as good as we are being told?

HOW TO MAKE BETTER RECORDINGS IN THE 21ST CENTURY BY EXAMINING THE MISTAKES OF THE 20TH—Sixty years of the VU
Friday, September 24
4:30 PM
Presenter: Bob Katz, Digital Domain, Inc., Orlando, FL

The VU meter celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and it is rapidly becoming an endangered species. Bob Katz explained why this is not necessarily a good thing, as we have not yet standardized on an instrument for its functional replacement. Using illustrations and musical demonstrations Bob took us on a roller coaster ride from the meter's historic invention in 1939 to the chaotic end of the 20th century, and provided a blueprint for program and level management practices for the 21st century. Demonstrations were included.

AES BIG BAND SWING PARTY!
Friday, September 24
8:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Imperial Ballroom, Sheraton New York Hotel

An evening of Swing and Jazz featuring the 17-piece "Beale Street Swing Mavens" and very special guest singing star, Ann Hampton Callaway. Ms. Callaway, backed by the big band, performed a set of her gorgeous swing and jazz songs.

The evening of big band swing was punctuated by the appearance of special guests rumored to be "missing" since the 1950s — "Little Isidore and the Inquisitors." Isidore and his group are planned a special show featuring their own unique New York take on the sounds of the '50s.

'WHAT DVD-AUDIO BRINGS INTO THE AUDIO WORLD'
Special Presentation of DVD-Audio
Saturday, September 25
9:00 AM
Chair: Bike H. Suzuki, JVC, Chairman of DVD Forum Audio Working Group WG4.

Version 1.0 of the DVD-Audio Specifications, describing a product brought out after discussions between the hardware and music industries, was finally published and distributed mid April, 1999. Members of the DVD-Forum Audio Working Group WG-4 talked about value-added multi-media capabilities as well as the technical features of the DVD-Audio. Whether a new audio format succeeds or not depends largely on music software and production infrastructure to go along with the format. What the music industry expects of the new audio format DVD-Audio and how the authoring tools are ready to cope with DVD-Audio were also discussed. And some updated information was provided at this event.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF SUPER AUDIO CD (SACD)
Saturday, September 25
10:30 AM
Chair: David Kawakami, Director, Super Audio Project, Sony Corporation of America, New York, NY, USA

As the first Super Audio CD (SACD) players go on sale in Japan, the United States and Europe, key representatives from Sony, Philips and supporting record labels shared their experiences in creating hardware and software for this new format.

THE AES PLATINUM ARTISTS AND PRODUCERS SERIES
Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 25, 26, 27
12:00 noon

On Saturday, the Series featured a Platinum Producer panel with Phil Ramone. On the panel was Frank Filipetti, Al Schmit, Elliot Scheiner, David Reitzas and a special guest appearance from one of Mr. Ramone's Platinum Artists. They discussed the many challenges and successes, technically and musically, involving Platinum projects they have worked on with Mr. Ramone. On Sunday and Monday, the series highlighted Artists that have achieved Platinum status with their Producer and Engineer. They discussed the challenges and opportunities of collaborating on the making of their Platinum record.

THE U.S. DIGITAL RADIO CONFERENCE
Saturday, September 25
1:00 PM
Chairman: David Bialik, DKB Broadcast Associates

Representatives from the various In-Band On Channel (IBOC) proponents: USA Digital Radio, Digital Radio Express, and Lucent Digital Radio, along with: Robert Briskman of CD Radio, and David Layer of The National Association of Broadcasters discussed the various Digital Audio Radio (DAR) systems and the relating technical and political issues.
Ralph Justus of the Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association discussed the Mobile Multimedia Broadcast Service (MMBS) that has recently been proposed to the FCC. After the presentations an open forum Q&A followed.
There was a related tour of the new CD Radio studio facility on Monday.

MP3—THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
Saturday, September 25
2:00 PM

This high profile panel explored the differing views that MP3 as a format does to the music business and the securing of forms of digital distribution. How will this affect you, the producer, the engineer and the musician ? Those on the panel included Joe Mardin, Phil Ramone and Frank Filipetti.

SPARS JOB FORUM
Sunday, September 26
2:00 PM

Moderator: David Porter, Music Annex, San Francisco, CA USA Panelists: David Amlen, President, Sound on Sound Studios, New York, NY; David Chamblee, Emtec/BASF Pro Audio Division, Nashville TN; Piers Plaskitt, VP, Director of Sales and Marketing, Post Perfect, New York, NY; Gene Radzik, Dolby Laboratories, San Francisco, CA; Michael Tarsia, Sigma Sound, Philadelphia, PA; Zoe Thrall, Avatar Studios

This panel of SPARS (The Society of Professional Audio Recording Services) comprises representatives from Music Recording, Audio Postproduction and the Manufacturing world. They discussed training and employment expectations for each segment of the Audio Industry that they represent.

1999 GRAMMY® PROFESSIONAL RECORDING FORUM AT AES
Sunday, September 26
5:00 - 7:00 PM

The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. and the Audio Engineering Society celebrated more than 10 years of partnership when they present the 11th Annual GRAMMY Recording Forum at the AES Convention in New York. Today's most respected engineers from across the country, whose contributions have made a significant impact in the field, focused on the most critical, relevant issues and concerns facing the recording community.

Over the past decade, this Forum has brought together panelists of the highest stature from Bruce Swedien to George Massenburg, Al Schmitt to Bob Clearmountain, Roger Nichols to Tom Lord-Alge. This year's panelists added another chapter to this history and continued the high standard of professional excellence that this series has established, said Michael Greene, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. We are proud to have been partners with AES since the inception of this series.

This year's Forum showcased the expertise and insights of Jimmy Douglass (Jodeci, Aaliyah, Missy Elliot), Mick Guzauski (Michael Bolton, Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey), Phil Ramone (Natalie Cole, Paul Simon, Billy Joel), Susan Rogers (Barenaked Ladies, David Byrne, Tricky) and Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Everclear, Limp Bizkit). The event was moderated for the 6th consecutive year by Hank Neuberger, Executive Vice President/General Manager Chicago Recording Company and Chairman Emeritus of the Recording Academy.

BIG APPLE DOUBLE-DECKER BUS TOUR
Sunday, September 26th
7:30 pm

See Manhattan...East Side, West Side, All Around the Town, an evening tour aboard a double-decker New York Big Apple bus with guide, departed from, and returned to, the AES headquarters hotel, the Sheraton New York.

Starting at 7:30 pm AES friends and colleagues toured the Big Apple's best known sights. They experience unique New York City from a mobile vantage point´┐Ża private double-decker bus, private guide, bright lights, big buildings, with sandwiches and snacks....all the makings of an unforgettably special AES evening.

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