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New York, August 8, 2001-The 111th AES Convention, took place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center November 30 - December 3, and featured two new titles in its comprehensive workshops program. Audio for Information Appliances, which is a follow up to March's highly successful 18th Conference in California, explored the latest methods and current trends in this rapidly emerging field. A second addition to the gamut of topics was Audio for Games, which featured an exploration of the sonic side of digital gaming, its challenges, opportunities and future directions.

This year's workshops program was co-chaired by Doug Cook of Dale Pro Audio and Barbara Ela of Sony Media Solutions Company. 'The workshop sessions stressed the importance of each specialized area of audio and their impact on the industry as a whole,' says Cook. 'The addition of two new topics to the program upheld the commitment of the AES to facilitate the advances in the constantly changing field of audio.'

Computer technology has resulted in the emergence of endless possibilities for the continuing evolution of audio technology. 'The workshops sessions have been specifically designed to present the latest information on the full spectrum of audio technologies to address this rapid evolution,' says Ela.

Other workshops that were of particular interest to attendees included Guerrilla Acoustics III: Perspectives on Acoustical Requirements for Small Rooms with an Emphasis on Project Studios, which discussd the characteristics that make for exceptional acoustics of a small room and explore methods for effective studio management.

As technology marches ahead into the digital world it's changing the role of the mastering engineer. The Changing Role of the Mastering Engineer will focus on how new technologies including DVD-A, 5.1 and SACD are impacting the techniques of today's mastering engineer. Methods for Evaluation of Surround Sound Reproduction will uncover methods for reliable subjective and objective evaluation.

Other titles in the program included:

  • Digital Signal Processing-The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Metadata
  • Automotive Audio
  • Project Studios
  • 25 of the Most Famous Cases in Forensic Audio, Video and Voice Identification
  • Networking for Local and Wide Area Production
  • Perceptual Evaluation of High Resolution Audio
  • Microphones: What is Vintage?
  • Myths in Audio
  • Digital Audio Workstations
  • Watermarking
  • The Role of Digital in Live Sound

For complete workshops information and additional information on the 111th Convention, please visit the AES website at or contact the AES Headquarters at (212) 661-8528, or send e-mail.

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