AES New York 2015

Thursday, October 29, 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm (Room 1A23/24)


Opening Ceremonies / Awards / Keynote Speech

Keynote Speaker:
Michael Abrash, Oculus VR - USA
Jim Anderson, New York University - New York, NY, USA
Paul Gallo, Sports Video Group - New York, NY, USA; Director, DTV Audio Group
Andres A. Mayo, Andres Mayo Mastering & Audio Post - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Bob Moses, AES - Vashon Island, WA, USA
Frank Wells, AES/Blank Canvas Publishing/Clyne Media - Murfreesboro, TN, USA

The Keynote speaker for the 139th Convention is Michael Abrash.

Michael Abrash is Chief Scientist of Oculus VR. He was the GDI development lead for the first two versions of Windows NT, joined John Carmack to write Quake at Id Software, worked on the first two versions of Xbox, co-authored the Pixomatic software renderer at Rad Game Tools, worked on Intel’s Larrabee project, worked on both augmented and virtual reality at Valve, and currently leads the Oculus Research team. He is also the author of several books, including Michael Abrash’s Graphics Programming Black Book, and has written and spoken frequently about graphics, performance programming, and virtual reality. The title of his talk is "Virtual Reality, Audio, and the Future." Michael Abrash will talk about why virtual reality is unique and potentially world-changing, and about how and why audio research and development will play a key part in the future of VR.


Thursday, October 29, 2:15 pm — 4:15 pm (Room 1A23/24)

Platinum Latin Producers & Engineers

Andres A. Mayo, Andres Mayo Mastering & Audio Post - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Carli Beguerie, Blue Note Entertainment Group - New York, NY, USA; S.I.R - New York, NY, USA
Andres Landinez, Independent - Bogota, Colombia; Estudios Audiovision - Escuela de Musica y Audio Fernando Sor
Ari Lavigna, Nomade Mix - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Valeria Palomino, Free Lance - Coyoacán, Ciudad de México, Mexico
Salvador Tercero, Sala de Audio - México City, Mexico; Centro de Educación Tecnológica y Arte
Stefano Vieni, KIVA Music Inc. - Woodland Hills, CA, USA

The Audio Engineering Society brings together the top-notch music producers and engineers from the Latin scene. Multiple Grammy-winning pros will discuss the current status of the industry and will open the debate for Q&A´s from the audience.


Thursday, October 29, 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm (Room 1A23/24)

Producing Across Generations: New Challenges, New Solutions—Making Records for Next to Nothing in the 21st Century

Jesse Lauter, Jesse Lauter & Sons - New York, NY, USA
Jon Altschiller, Chiller Sound - New York, NY, USA
Bryce Goggin
Hank Shocklee
Erin Tonkon, Tony Visconti Productions - Brooklyn, NY, USA

Budgets are small, retail is dying, streaming is king and studios are closing… yet devoted music professionals continue to make records for a living. How are they doing it? How are they getting paid? What type of contracts are they commanding? In a world where the “record” has become an artists’ business card, how will the producer and mixer derive participatory income? Are studio professionals being left out of the so-called 360 deals? How can we expect to see any income from streaming royalties when artists aren't even seeing any? Let’s get a quality bunch of young rising producers and a handful of seasoned vets in a room and finally open the discussion about empowerment and controlling our own destiny.


Thursday, October 29, 7:00 pm — 8:00 pm (Room 1A06)

Heyser Lecture

Bruce Koenig, BEK TEK LLC - Stafford, VA, USA

The Heyser Lecturer this year is former FBI agent and forensic consultant Bruce Koenig, who will illuminate the mysteries of acoustic gunshot analysis that first drew public attention with the examinations of a police department recording made during President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, Texas, in 1963. He'll explain the audio tests performed in those examinations and shed light on controversial cases, such as recent police shootings. Koenig will offer insights on the use of critical listening, high-resolution waveform, spectrographic, narrow-band spectrum, energy contour, and statistical analyses, as well as giving his views on the latest developments in the field. He concludes with a look at the research needed to move acoustic gunshot analysis forward in coming years. The title of his lecture is, "Acoustic Forensic Gunshot analysis—The Kennedy Assassination and Beyond."


Thursday, October 29, 7:30 pm — 9:30 pm (Off-Site 1)

50th Anniversary of the Master Antenna on the Empire State Building

David Bialik, CBS - New York, NY, USA
Scott Fybush, Northeast Radio Watch
Andy Lanset, Historian, WNYC/WQXR - New York, NY, USA
Shane O'Donoghue, Director of Broadcasting, Empire State Building - New York, NY, USA
Tom Silliman, Electronics Research Inc.
Herb Squire, Herb Squire - Martinsville, NJ
Robert Tarsio, Broadcast Devices Inc.

Limited amount of tickets—first come first served! To attend you must have registered for the Convention and go to the Tech Tours desk on Wednesday Oct. 28th (3pm - 7pm) or Thursday Oct. 29th (8am - 1pm) to obtain your ticket. Do not call AES beforehand—you can ONLY register on-site during the above hours!

On December 9, the Alford master FM antenna that rings the 102nd floor observation gallery at the Empire State Building will mark its 50th anniversary. When the antenna went into service in 1965, it marked a revolution in FM broadcast technology: for the first time, most of a market's FM signals could share a single antenna, sharing costs and reducing the amount of space needed for FM transmission at the market's tallest broadcast site.

The Alford antenna at Empire was the model for master antenna sites in places such as Toronto, St. Louis, Houston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and eventually back at Empire, where a new master antenna system was commissioned in the 1980s to supplant the original Alford. The original 1965 Alford antenna continues to serve as a backup at Empire, being pressed into service after 9/11 to provide emergency replacement antenna capacity for stations that were displaced from their World Trade Center sites.

This special commemorative event will be held in the 67th floor conference room at the Empire State Building.

Produced jointly with AES and SBE

Watch a video of the "switch throwing" presentation here:


Friday, October 30, 9:15 am — 10:45 am (Room 1A23/24)

Platinum Producers—Bad Vibrations

Errol Kolisine
Joel Hamilton, Blakroc, Pretty Lights, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Elvis Costello, Unsane, Giraffes, Bomba Estereo, Jolie Holland, Matisyahu, Sparklehorse, Marc Ribot, Puss
Nick Sansano, New York University - New York, NY, USA
Hank Shocklee

We all spend plenty of time discussing the tangible technical elements of making a great record, but what about certain more etherial challenges? Our panel of world class producers discuss some of the worst distractions, impediments and energy vampires - and how to combat them.


Friday, October 30, 12:30 pm — 1:30 pm (Room 1A10)

Lunchtime Keynote—Ed Greene

Keynote Speaker:
Ed Greene

Come on Down

CBS – “The Price is Right”: This classic American game show just started its 44th season. While the core of TPIR’s success, it’s host, contestants, audiences, and games remains the same, the producers are now using recent technology to enhance the show's appeal. A description with demonstrations of these techniques will reveal why listeners and studio audiences can’t wait to “Come on Down.”

“Whose Line Is it Anyway?”: A genuinely improv comedy that originated in the UK. The UK production team came to America in the late 90s to produce this very successful show for American audiences on ABC. The same producers have now returned to record new shows for the CW. With continued success, the show has just completed production for its 3rd new season.

Ed Greene, who mixes both shows, will “Come on Down” to provide detailed insights to both shows audio anatomy.


Friday, October 30, 1:00 pm — 5:00 pm (Room 1A14)



Keynote Speaker:
Tom Sahara, Turner Sports Vice President, Operations and Technology, Turner Sports - Atlanta, GA, USA

The Accelerating Pace of Change in Television Audio

Keynote Address: Tom Sahara, Vice President, Operations and Technology, Turner Sports; Chairman, Sports Video Group

What Just Happened?
The impacts of mobile and fixed streaming services have been even greater and more far-reaching than previously predicted. Will this pace of change continue … or accelerate?

Other discussion topics will include:

Wireless Spectrum Roadmap
The FCC’s recent release of rule making around the 600 MHz incentive auction and wireless microphone use provides some clarity about the future but still leaves many questions unanswered.
ATSC 3.0 Audio Update
The multi-year process of defining an audio standard for next-generation broadcast television is coming to a close. What capabilities can we expect? Will ATSC 3.0 provide a template for other future audio services?
Microphone Metadata and Network Control
Networked wireless and native IP microphones have the potential to streamline identification and control of multiple sources in complex mixing environments. How does organic microphone metadata change our approach to mixing, automation, and object audio authoring?
Console Metadata Authoring
As console mixing functions become virtualized over the production WAN, best practices and universal standards need to keep up with the demand for real-time exportable metadata. How is that going?
Higher-Order Ambisonics and Scene-Based Audio
Recent advances in audio coding and real-time processing have made the application of HOA capture and encoding techniques significantly more practical. What are the practical implications of applying HOA techniques to real-time production?
Audio Definition Modeling
Recent EBU standards-making efforts around ADM technology and Broadcast Wave File extensions encompassing ADM open the door for standardized object metadata. With the backing of Dolby and others, is universal audio file interoperable delivery around the corner?

The DTV Audio Group at AES is produced in association with the Sports Video Group and is sponsored by: Calrec, Dolby Laboratories, DTS, JBL, Lawo, Linear Acoustic, Studer.


Friday, October 30, 1:30 pm — 3:00 pm (Room 1A23/24)

Platinum Engineers

Justin Colletti, SonicScoop - Brooklyn, NY, USA; Trust Me, I'm a Scientist
Joe Chiccarelli, U2, Beck, The Killers, My Morning Jacket, Minus the Bear, Counting Crows, The Shins, Elton John, Rufus Wainright,Tori Amos, The Strokes, Morrissey, Ca
John Congleton, St. Vincent, David Byrne, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Modest Mouse, The Walkmen, Erykah Badu, R. Kelly, Nelly Furtado, Franz Ferdinand, Swans, Sigur Ros
Chris Godbey, Timbaland, Jay-Z, Drake, Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Rick Ross, Beyoncé, Chris Cornell, Robin Thicke
Chris Zane, Passion Pit, St Lucia, Friendly Fires, The Walkmen - New York, NY, USA

The Platinum Engineers Panel, hosted by Justin Colletti of SonicScoop and Joe Lambert Mastering, gathers top engineers for a discussion about ideas and techniques in contemporary record making. Each of the engineers selected is a multi-talented collaborator on major music projects, able to wield the studio as an instrument to the creative advantage of each recording. Guests panelists play excerpts from their work, discuss their approach in detail, and answer questions from the audience.


Friday, October 30, 3:15 pm — 4:15 pm (Room 1A06)

VOODOO: The Analog World of Russ Elevado

Harry Weinger, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) - New York, NY, USA; New York University (NYU) - New York, NY, USA
Russell Elevado, Analog Truth Productions - New York, NY, USA

Russell is well known in engineering circles for his devotion to analog recording and mixing, and for the results he’s achieved as an engineer and producer with D’Angelo, The Roots, Al Green, Ledisi, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, and more. A Grammy winner for his work with D’Angelo, Russ will be in conversation with Harry Weinger, as they discuss his philosophy, his techniques, and perhaps a few secrets.


Friday, October 30, 5:00 pm — 6:30 pm (Room 1A23/24)

The Great British Recording Studios

Howard Massey, OTRW - New York, NY, USA
Bill Foster, Digital Decoded - High Barnet, Hertfordshire, UK; AES VP Northern Europe
John Smith, West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Jules Standen, Gearslutz Pro Audio Forum Community - World-wide
Tony Visconti,

Some of the most important and influential recordings of all time were created in British studios during the 1960s and 1970s—iconic places like Abbey Road, Olympic, Trident, Decca, Pye, IBC, Advision, AIR, and Apple. This presentation will unravel the origins of the so-called “British Sound” and celebrate the people, equipment, and innovative recording techniques that came out of those hallowed halls, including rare photographs, videos, and musical examples.


Friday, October 30, 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm (Off-Site 1)

From the Ether: A Distributed Performance Concert and Panel Discussion

Tom Beyer, New York University - New York, NY, USA
Michael Palumbo, York University - Toronto, Ontario
Tim Shuttleworth, Renkus Heinz - Oceanside, CA, USA

A special joint presentation by members of the AES Technical Committee on Network Audio Standards, in the Frederick Loewe Theater, at the Music and Performing Arts Professions Department’s Music Technology Program at New York University, and the Distributed Performance and Sensorial Immersion Lab at York University, Toronto. “From The Ether” is an international concert with performers located in New York, Toronto, Montreal, Stanford, CA; Tromsø, Norway; Buenos Aries, Argentina and Belfast, Ireland. Audio and video will be transmitted between all locations over high-bandwidth internet links. The AES audience in New York will hear the performers from all locations, and be treated to a multiple-screen projection of the concert: an audiovisual unification of spectators and performers. At each remote location, all global musicians’ contributions will be mixed locally together — each location will experience a complete orchestra.

In order to inform the audience as to how the underlying technology is being utilized, how they can use it, and how it serves the music, the producers have arranged for brief talks to precede the performances, each addressing a particular aspect of distributed performance, including: compositional considerations, equipment, techniques, and production affordances and constraints.

Location: Frederick Loewe Theater
35 W 4th St, New York, NY
Bus transportation is not provided. We'd suggest taking the 7 Train to the F, M, B, D, A, or C to W 4th St.

Limited to 300 people. A ticket is required - anyone showing up without a ticket will be turned away. You can obtain your ticket from the Tech Tours desk at the Javits during Registration Desk hours.


Saturday, October 31, 9:15 am — 10:45 am (Room 1A23/24)

Platinum Mastering

Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering Studios, Inc. - Portland, ME, USA
Adam Ayan, Gateway Mastering Studios - Portland, ME USA
Tom Coyne, Sterling Sound - New York, NY, USA
Stephen Marcussen, Marcussen Mastering - Hollywood, CA, USA
Andrew Mendelson, Georgetown Masters - Nashville, TN, USA

A platinum panel of renowned mastering engineers will discuss the creative process behind some of the most famous albums in the world. We will speak about the creative elements of the mastering process that made these recordings so special and perhaps tell some stories about them as well. We will be playing examples and taking questions from the audience.


Saturday, October 31, 10:45 am — 11:45 am (Room 1A22)

Your Credits, Your Money, the New Data Standards and DDEX —What YOU Need to Know!

Paul Jessop, County Analytics Ltd - Dunstable, Bedfordshire, UK
Jonathan Bender, SoundExchange - Washington, DC, USA
Maureen Droney, The Recording Academy - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Niels Rump, Digital Data Exchange (DDEX) - Global
John Spencer, BMS Chace LLC - Nashville, TN, USA

In the digital world, capturing data in the studio is more important than ever before. This includes your credits, contributor names, technical information, and all versions of recording titles. Without this data, payments can get missed, at home and abroad! The challenges to collecting this data and ensuring it flows throughout the whole supply chain are being addressed by a consortium of media companies working with DDEX (, an international organization standardizing the music supply chain through the creation of common formats for information communication and the support of metadata improvement initiatives.

This workshop, in collaboration with The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, will introduce you to new data standards, a metadata collection application, and information about how these will impact you in the future. Please join us for this important discussion. Don’t be left behind!


Saturday, October 31, 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm (Room 1A22)


Bridging the Gap between Creativity & Technology:Working with Composers on Film and Media Projects for Music and Mix Engineers with Composer/Producer Frank Ferrucci

Frank Ferrucci, Manhattan Producers Alliance: VP - New York, NY, USA; Leenalisa Music: Composer/Producer

NYC Film and TV composer Frank Ferrucci has presented his seminars at professional, educational, arts and cultural organizations in New York and Brazil to enthusiastic and capacity audiences. This seminar gives a behind the scenes look into the technological challenges composers and engineers face when collaborating on film, television, and other visual media projects.

The seminar addresses some less obvious but no less important ways that Music Engineers and Film Mixers can best work with composers. Frank delves into the history and evolution of setting up film cues; working with audio & video formats; working with timings and tempo; working with stems; the use of past and current technology; how computers are used in the creative process and how technology can be used to help collaboration be as seamless as possible.

Frank is vice president of Manhattan Producers Alliance, the premier networking organization for audio producers, engineers, sound designers and composers in NYC.


Saturday, October 31, 12:30 pm — 2:00 pm (Room 1A06)

Saul Walker – The Rocket Scientist in the Recording Studio

Alex Case, University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA, USA
Saul Walker, New York University - New York, NY, USA

Meet Saul Walker, co-founder and former Chief Engineer of API, creator of the 500 Series, including the 512 Mic Preamp, the 550A EQ, and the 500 Lunch Box. His 2520 Op-Amp paved the way for modern audio technology, and his console system designs have remained highly sought-after throughout the past four decades. His designs include digitally controlled spectrum analyzers for NASA and the US Navy, and automated film post-production consoles for major film studios worldwide. Alex U. Case helps navigate the conversation with the inventor, engineer, and educator whose career has had such far-reaching influence, from missiles to mixers, from outer space to rack space.


Saturday, October 31, 2:00 pm — 3:30 pm (Room 1A23/24)

GRAMMY SoundTable: After Hours—Mixing for Late Night New York

Will Lee, Musician - Nashville, TN, USA
Josiah Gluck, Saturday Night Live NBC Television - New York, NY USA
Harvey Goldberg, CBS/Late Show with Stephen Colbert - New York, NY USA
Lawrence Manchester, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon - New York, NY, USA

It’s a new era on late night television, but one thing hasn’t changed: Side by side with political satire and cutting edge comedy, these programs continue to be the go-to showcase for the best in music, from buzz-building newcomers to the established cream of the crop—not to mention killer house bands! Join us for a personal conversation with the music mixers for "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," and "Saturday Night Live" as we delve into the logistics, challenges and technical expertise required to make these groundbreaking shows happen.


Saturday, October 31, 8:00 pm — 9:00 pm (Off-Site 1)

Organ Concert CANCELED

The organ concert has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Saturday, October 31, 8:00 pm — 10:00 pm (Off-Site 3)

Stories for the Ears: Live Audio Drama and Narration

Dolby Laboratories NY Screening Room
1350 Ave of the Americas Main Floor
(Doors open at 7:30 pm – show begins at 8:00 pm)
Limited seating, tickets required (at Tours Desk).

Fantasy, Fiction, and Fun!
The HEAR Now Festival and SueMedia Productions in conjunction with the Audio Engineering Society (AES) presents an evening of live audio/radio drama along with narrative readings celebrating the art of sonic storytelling.

Hosted by Simon Jones (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) featuring performances by Audie Award winning and Golden Voice narrators Robin Miles and Barbara Rosenblat, and the award winning NY-based audio drama troupe VoiceScapes Audio Theater.

Sponsored by Hear Now Festival, Walters Storyk Design Group, Dolby Labs, and the AES


Sunday, November 1, 2:00 pm — 3:30 pm (Room 1A06)

Christian McBride - Leader - Sideman: The Life of a Jazz Musician

Harry Weinger, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) - New York, NY, USA; New York University (NYU) - New York, NY, USA
Christian McBride

Accustomed to hosting gigs, radio shows, and podcasts Christian McBride, a four-time GRAMMY winner and one of the great bass players and bandleaders of our time, will be in conversation with Harry Weinger. Sit in for an exploration of Mr. McBride’s dual careers – as bandleader and sideman, composer and interpreter, lifelong student and educator – as well as Live At The Village Vanguard, the Christian McBride Trio’s latest album, among other recordings.

Mr. McBride has recorded 13 albums as a leader, and hundreds of additional recordings in several genres, collaborating with everyone from Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and Bruce Hornsby, to James Brown, Sting, The Roots, et al. He is co-founder and Artistic Chair of Jazz House Kids; artistic director of the Montclair Jazz Festival, produced by Jazz House Kids; artistic advisor of the James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival, which debuted in 2012 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center; and he currently serves as NJPAC’s Jazz Advisor.

Mr. Weinger, as a producer and executive with Universal Music Enterprises has overseen hundreds of reissues and compilations. He is a two-time GRAMMY(R) winner, was recently a consultant for both Get On Up, the James Brown biopic, and Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown, a documentary directed by Alex Gibney, and is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music


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