AES Conventions and Conferences

   Return to 121st
   Housing Information
   Technical Program
   Detailed Calendar
   4 Day Planner
   Paper Sessions
   Broadcast Events
   Special Events
   Master Classes
   Live Sound Seminars
   Technical Tours
   Student / Career
   Heyser Lecture
   Tech Comm Mtgs
   Standards Mtgs
   Exhibitor Seminars
   Training Sessions
   Press Information
   Exhibitor Info
   Author Information
   SFO Exhibition

AES San Francisco 2006
Special Event Details

Wednesday, October 4, 9:00 am — 5:00 pm


Frederick J. Ampel
Fred Aldous
Bob Dixon
Kurt Graffy, ARUP Acoustics
Michael Nunan
Mike Pappas
Tom Sahara, Turner Networks

Putting the at Home Audience in the Game

With the explosion of High Definition sports programming and the consumer’s ability to receive and decode multi-channel digital audio, the Sports Broadcasting industry has evolved a wholly new way of translating the live event into the home and themed entertainment spaces. This 4th edition of the ongoing Live Surround Series of Special Events for the AES 121st. Convention will truly show how audio comes alive. Created and produced by Frederick J. Ampel and Technology Visions exclusively for the AES. The event will take place on October 4th., 2006, from 9AM  until 5PM at the Regency Center’s beautiful Lodge Ballroom located at 1290 Sutter Street, San Francisco. For a gallery of the location go to: and click on Event Space and then Lodge Level. Seating is limited for the full day program so early registration is encouraged.

Featured on the program will be:
Bob Dixon who mixed the recent Olympics in surround for NBC
Michael Nunan  from CTV and Discovery Channel Canada, The Sports Network (TSN), and MTV Canada
Fred Aldous who mixes both  NASCAR and the NFL on Fox
Mike Pappas Chief Engineer at KUVO Radio in Denver on HD Radio

The event will end with a special Recital by Robert Gurney Organist and Choir Director at Trinity Episcopal Church and also Museum Organist at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. He will be playing the  1909 Austin pipe organ housed in the Lodge hall where the event is taking place.

Preconvention Special Event; additional fee applies

We are grateful to Sennheiser for underwriting the catering for the Live IV event.

Thursday, October 5, 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm


Thursday, October 5, 1:30 pm — 4:30 pm

AUDIO PROFESIONAL EN AMERICA LATINA (Professional Audio in Latin America)

A successful series of events from 1992 to 1997 comes back to unite the Latin American audio community again. A panel of specialists in different areas of the audio industry in Latin America will discuss important technical issues such as live sound reinforcement and multichannel audio.

Panel #1 - Sound Reinforcement: Low Frequency Directional Control

Salvador Castañeda, Meyer Sound, Mexico
Framklim Garrido, Instituto de Audio e Video, Sao Paulo, Brasil

This panel will cover the characteristics of Low Frequency Directional Control through Sub-Woofer configurations. The panelists have an extensive background on Line Array configurations and will review the topic in details. This panel will be conducted mainly in Spanish and Portuguese.

Panel #2: Multichannel Audio - Mixing and Mastering for 5.1 Surround Sound

Andres Mayo, Andres Mayo Mastering & DVD, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Roberto Muñoz Soto, Universidad Tecnologica de Chile, Santiago de Chile

This panel will show detailed aspects of the mixing and mastering process for a surround sound environment. The panelists have a long experience as Audio Engineers and are also producers in 5.1 delivery formats. This panel will be conducted mainly in Spanish.

Thursday, October 5, 7:00 pm — 8:30 pm


A mixer party will be held on Thursday evening to enable convention attendees to meet in a social atmosphere after the opening day’s activities to catch up with friends and colleagues from the industry. There will be a cash bar and snacks.

Friday, October 6, 2:30 pm — 4:00 pm


Clive Young

Moderated by Clive Young, Pro Sound News Sr. Editor and author of CRANK IT UP: Live Sound Secrets of the Top Tour Engineers

This freewheeling panel will cover the latest trends, techniques and tools that shape modern sound reinforcement. Featured panelist Robert Scovill is a six-time TEC Award winner (and AES Keynote speaker) whose credits include Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Matchbox Twenty, Prince, Rush and Def Leppard. Also participating are David Lawler, long-time FOH mixer for hit jazz vocalist Diana Krall and, Buford Jones who has toured with ZZ TOP, The Kinks, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Don Henly, Pink Floyd, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and many others.

Friday, October 6, 5:30 pm — 6:30 pm


The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio will present the third annual induction ceremony of the Foundation's TECnology Hall of Fame, hosted by the AES, honoring innovations and products that have made significant contributions to the advancement of audio technology.

Friday, October 6, 6:15 pm — 7:30 pm

Lecturer: Julius O. Smith III
followed by

The Richard C. Heyser distinguished lecturer for the 121st AES Convention is Julius O. Smith III. Smith is currently a professor of music and associate professor (by courtesy) of electrical engineering at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. His activities include teaching courses in signal processing an music technology, graduate student advising, and research in signal processing techniques applied to music and audio.

Friday, October 6, 8:00 pm — 10:00 pm


Joshua Bell Plays Beethoven

This is your opportunity to buy tickets for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra!

AES convention-goers may purchase tickets at a discounted price (regular price: $57; AES price: $46) for the concert at Davis Symphony Hall. Herbert Blomstedt is conducting; the program includes Beethoven's Violin Concerto and Nielsen's Symphony No. 5.

Tickets are limited, available on a first-come first-serve basis, and they may be ordered using the online form for convention registration.


Saturday, October 7, 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm


Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering & DVD
Adam Ayan
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner
Stephen Marcussen
Herb Powers, Jr.
Darcy Proper

The record business has been rapidly devolving from the relatively stable pre-iPod paradigm into one of merged record companies, slashed budgets, vanishing artist development and the rebirth of the indie labels and independent artists. Our all star panel of mastering engineers will discuss their current projects and highlight how their jobs have changed over the past few years in reaction to the sea change our industry is experiencing. Is high resolution audio still viable?

Saturday, October 7, 2:30 pm — 4:00 pm


Michael Molenda, Editor in Chief, Guitar Player Magazine; Editorial Director, Music Player Network
Ed Cherney
Michael Fusaro
Jim Gaines
Steve Miller

Anatomy of a Hit: Steve Miller Band’s Fly Like an Eagle

Originally released in 1976, the songs on Steve Miller Band’s Fly Like An Eagle album are still staples on today’s Classic Rock radio stations. The album itself, which spawned three hit singles—“Rock ‘N Me,” “Take the Money and Run,” and “Fly Like An Eagle,” went quadruple Platinum and spent nearly two years on the Billboard 200. This year, Capitol Records released a 30-year anniversary special edition of the album with stunning 5.1 mixes that, Miller has commented, represent the way he always believed his music could sound.

A singer/songwriter/guitarist—and pop rock hit-maker—Miller is known for his iconoclastic point of view and his impassioned dedication to artistic control. For this panel discussion he will reunite with original Fly Like An Eagle engineers Jim Gaines (Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Thorogood) and Michael Fusaro (Herbie Hancock, Sly & the Family Stone, Elvin Bishop) who will be joined by surround mix engineer Ed Cherney (the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd ) to examine the transformation of Fly Like an Eagle from an idea to an iconic recording.

Saturday, October 7, 4:30 pm — 6:30 pm


Howard Massey, OTRW Consulting

Failures, Flops, Flim-Flams, and Humbugs

Successes? Nah. Who wants to hear about successes? Ever-controversial engineer, audio designer, and raconteur George Massenburg joins industry consultant and author Howard Massey for a free-flowing discussion about every spectacular failure he has ever witnessed or been a part of.

Topics will include:

• Why is the audio industry going down the tubes . . . and what can we do to save it?
• Is downloading REALLY the reason behind the demise of the record industry?
• Is the U.S. government to blame for shrinking recording budgets?
• Gordon Gekko got it wrong: Greed ISN’T good.
• Why digital sucked . . . and why it doesn’t suck any more.
• Quad died a death. Isn’t surround sound deserving of a
decent burial too?

George Massenburg has long been one of the most respected and influential voices in the audio industry. As a recording engineer/producer, he has won three Grammys (including a Technical Achievement Grammy) and has worked with an enviable roster of top artists, including Billy Joel, Kenny Loggins, Journey, Madeleine Peyroux, James Taylor, Randy Newman, Lyle Lovett, Aaron Neville, Little Feat, Michael Ruff, Toto, the Dixie Chicks, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Linda Ronstadt. As a design engineer, he heads up GML (George Massenburg Labs), renowned for their precision automation systems and pristine analog and digital audio products. Massenburg was the inventor of the parametric equalizer and is actively involved in a large number of AES and NARAS initiatives regarding standardization and audio preservation issues. He is currently adjunct professor of recording arts and sciences at McGill University in Montreal and serves as a visiting lecturer at UCLA and USC in Los Angeles and MTSU in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Through his consulting company, OTRW, Howard Massey has done technical writing and market research for many major audio manufacturers, including JBL, Sony, Yamaha, Steinberg, Genelec, TC Electronic, Panasonic, Korg, Alesis, Samson, and Plangent Processes. He is also a well-known music journalist who has written for many industry publications. His books include Here, There, and Everywhere, a memoir co-authored with legendary Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, and Behind The Glass, a collection of interviews with top audio engineers and record producers.

Saturday, October 7, 7:30 pm — 8:30 pm

 7:30 pm
 to 8:30 pm

Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity features a world class E.M. Skinner Pipe Organ Opus 477. Three special circumstances set apart the E.M. Skinner Organ Opus 477 from all the other organs built in America from 1910 until the early 1930s: the influence of organist Benjamin S. Moore, the acoustics of the church building, and the timing of the contract. The resulting performance is a true Ernest M. Skinner masterpiece—an organ of brightness, warmth, and versatility typical of the more recent “classic” Aeolian-Skinner organs, and one whose flexibility and tonal variety support the performance of the entire wealth of organ literature. Moore was organist and Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church from 1921 until his death in 1951. Trained in England his all-around musicianship Skinner admired. Opus 477 is Skinner’s response to Moore’s needs. Skinner continually refined the organ, incorporating his latest discoveries in pipe construction and voicing, and in mechanical equipment. The acoustical ambiance of the building is live and supportive. The organ speaks from specially built organ chambers behind zinc pipes, which are mounted in walnut cases high above opposite sides of the chancel. The Great and Pedal divisions are on the north side, along with Choir and Solo; the Swell is on the south. The organ was contracted for in 1924 after Skinner’s visit to the factory of Henry Willis III and heard the Westminster Cathedral organ in progress. Skinner combined what he learned from Willis with his own fresh insights resulting in the building of his finest organs. Opus 477 is one of the few remaining untouched Skinner organs in the United States; it is the largest unaltered classical Skinner organ on the West Coast and one of only two unchanged Skinner organs in San Francisco.

The program features works by Bach, Boellmann, Franck, Mendelssohn, and Whitlock.

Sunday, October 8, 12:30 pm — 2:00 pm


The Art of Recording and Mixing

Moderator Jack Joseph Puig, Executive Vice President of Geffen/A&M Records , is a legendary producer/engineer whose credits include: Green Day, No Doubt, Mary J. Blige, Black Eyed Peas, John Mayer and the Rolling Stones. Panelists include: Geffen Records Staff Producer Tal Herzberg (Christina Aguilera, Counting Crows, Pussycat Dolls, Vanessa Carlton, Black Eyed Peas, Green Day); engineer Dave Pensado (Destiny's Child, Ice Cube, Brian McKnight, Pink, Missy Elliot), and surprise guests.

Sunday, October 8, 2:30 pm — 4:30 pm


Laurin Herr
Peter Otto
Craig Mirkin, ILM Host

This event, the first large-scale AES event to be held at LucasFilm’s new Letterman Digital Arts Center, will demonstrate the transmission of Super High Definition 4K digital cinema, synched over great distances to uncompressed, multichannel high definition audio. The 4K digital cinema signals will originate from Tokyo and Los Angeles and will be synched with audio streaming from servers at the University of California, San Diego, then viewed and mixed live at the Letterman Digital Arts Center Premier Theater in the San Francisco Presidio. Transmission will be carried over CineGrid, a virtual network for extreme media collaboration running on advanced research networks such as California’s CENIC optical fiber at 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps speeds. The two-hour event will demonstrate the potential for networked delivery of future super high definition entertainment formats to audiences and/or to post-production professionals collaborating over great distances.

Event will be free to participants and buses will be provided to and from the venue. Space is limited.

Sunday, October 8, 4:00 pm — 5:30 pm


The Psychology of Record Making

Moderator Ron Fair, A&M Records President and six-time Grammy nominee . Fair's credits include exec.- producing Christina Aguilera's ten-times-Platinum "Stripped" CD. Panelists include: Interscope Geffen A&M SR. VP and President of Cherry Tree Records Martin Kierszenbaum, (t.A.T.u.'s 200 km/hr In The Wrong Lane – 5 million copies sold world- wide, Flipsyde's Happy Birthday;  Eric Valentine (Smash Mouth, Third Eye Blind, Citizen King, Astro Lounge, Fush Yu Mang);   Jack Joseph Puig (John Mayer, Rolling Stones, No Doubt)

Back to AES 121st Convention Back to AES Home Page

(C) 2006, Audio Engineering Society, Inc.