143rd AES CONVENTION Special Event Details

AES New York 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 9:30 am — 10:45 am (Rm 1E15/16)

SE01 - Diversity Town Hall

Leslie Gaston-Bird, University of Colorado Denver - Denver, CO, USA
Alex Case, University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA, USA
Leslie Ann Jones, Recording Engineer and Producer, Director of Music Recording and Scoring, Skywalker Sound - San Rafael, CA, USA
Karrie Keyes, Executive Director SoundGirls.org
Bob Moses, AES - Vashon Island, WA, USA
Piper Payne, Neato Mastering - San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Terri Winston, Women's Audio Mission - San Francisco, CA, USA

This Town Hall is meant to introduce the recently formed AES Diversity and Inclusion Committee and give AES members a chance to have a meaningful discussion about the committee's purpose. The committee has stated a number of goals intended to strengthen the AES as a whole:

• To work towards a membership of the AES that will best reflect the demographics of working audio professionals.
• To increase AES membership and broader participation in the audio industry by helping the Society become more diverse and inclusive.

These efforts will include women and other underrepresented groups, as well as students and young audio professionals working in newer music genres and/or audio fields.

AES Members can watch a video of this session for free.


Wednesday, October 18, 12:30 pm — 2:00 pm (Rm 1E15/16)

SE02 - Opening Ceremonies / Awards / Keynote Speech

Bob Moses, AES - Vashon Island, WA, USA
Alex Case, University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA, USA
Paul Gallo, Sports Video Group - New York, NY, USA; Director, DTV Audio Group
Agnieszka Roginska, New York University - New York, NY, USA
Edgar Choueiri, Princeton University - Princeton, NJ, USA

Opening Remarks:
• Executive Director Bob Moses
• President Alex Case
• Convention Chairs Agnieszka Roginska, Paul Gallo

• AES Awards Presentation by Andres Mayo, Awards Chair
• Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Convention Chair
• Keynote Address

Awards Presentation
Please join us as the AES presents Special Awards to those who have made outstanding contributions to the Society in such areas of research, scholarship, and publications, as well as other accomplishments that have contributed to the enhancement of our industry.

• Clair Krepps
• Linda Gedemer
• Michael MacDonald
• Andres Mayo
• Tim Ryan
• Valerie Tyler
• Daniel Mapes-Riordan
• Mandy Parnell
• Mark Davis
• Ville Pulkki
• Malcolm O. Hawksford

Keynote Speaker
This year’s Keynote Speaker is Prof. Edgar Choueiri of Princeton University. The title of his address is, "Fooled by Audio." How far are we from having reproduced or synthesized sound that is truly indistinguishable from reality? Is this laudable goal still the receding mirage it has been since the birth of audio, or are we on the cusp of a technical revolution - the VR/AR audio revolution? I will report on recent advances in virtual and augmented reality audio research from around the world, and focus on critical areas in spatial audio, synthesized acoustics, and sound field navigation in which recent breakthroughs are bringing us quicker and closer to being truly fooled by audio.

AES Members can watch a video of this session for free.


Wednesday, October 18, 3:45 pm — 5:15 pm (Rm 1E15/16)

RP03 - Recording Studio Design Addresses Immersive Audio Production

John Storyk, Architect, Studio Designer and Principal, Walters-Storyk Design Group - Highland, NY, USA
Tom Beyer, New York University - New York, NY, USA
Renato Cipriano, Walters Storyk Design Group - Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Paul Geluso, New York University - New York, NY, USA
Daniel Reis, Recording Mixing Engineer - Sao Paulo, Brazil

As with such successful past innovative audio format rollouts as stereo and Surround Sound, the rapid proliferation of Immersive Sound theatrical presentations has motivated an increasing number of global recording studio upgrades. An estimated 90% of today's feature films are produced with Immersive Sound. And, the format is ubiquitous with videogame producers/players. To meet the production/mixing requirements of this swiftly established innovation, a significant number of studio design issues including acoustics, aesthetics, ergonomics, master planning and future proofing must be addressed. This international panel of studio owners, engineers, designers, and acousticians will examine the requirements and realities associated with building or upgrading to meet Immersive Audio production needs.

AES Technical Council This session is presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Recording Technology and Practices


Wednesday, October 18, 6:00 pm — 7:30 pm (Rm 1E15/16)


SE03 - Heyser Memorial Lecture

Leslie Ann Jones, Recording Engineer and Producer, Director of Music Recording and Scoring, Skywalker Sound - San Rafael, CA, USA

The Richard C. Heyser distinguished lecturer for the 143rd AES Convention is Leslie Ann Jones, Director of Music Recording and Scoring at Skywalker Sound.

Paying Attention

No graphs, no charts, no powerpoint, okay maybe a few photos; but mostly a retrospective on how my life and career have been sustained and enriched by paying attention.

AES Members can watch a video of this session for free.


Thursday, October 19, 9:30 am — 11:00 am (Rm 1E15/16)

AR04 - Bearing Witness: The Music of Star Wars—Archiving Art and Technology

Leslie Ann Jones, Recording Engineer and Producer, Director of Music Recording and Scoring, Skywalker Sound - San Rafael, CA, USA
Dann Michael Thompson, Skywalker Sound - Nicasio, CA, USA

When Sony Classics requested original vinyl masters for a new release of Star Wars soundtracks that started us on a mission to archive and preserve all the music of Star Wars. A tour of the Lucasfilm archives made us realize we were looking at a 40-year history of film scoring and at some point in the near future some of this material could not be played or accessed for reuse. We will discuss the format choice, transfer process, database creation, and editing process. The goal? .... how to future-proof accessibility of some of the greatest film music of all time.

AES Technical Council This session is presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Archiving Restoration and Digital Libraries


Thursday, October 19, 12:30 pm — 1:15 pm (Rm 1E15/16)


SE04 - Lunchtime Keynote—Alex Case: After the Loudness Wars - Get “Louder" without the Fader

Alex Case, University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA, USA

Take this mixing challenge: place the faders at the lowest levels that make technical and musical sense. Try to make critical tracks easier to hear through more sophisticated means than simple fader rides. Turning it up is too easy and mucks up the rest of the mix. One loud track can make it harder to hear the other tracks in your mix. To get a track to rise up out of a crowded mix, leverage the strategic application of panning, ambience, reverb, compression, gating, EQ, distortion, and other unmasking effects. Tailoring non-fader properties of the sound to keep the track audible is more work and requires mastery of many subtle aspects of signal processing for mixing. However, resisting that urge to simply push up the fader means the other tracks won’t have to play catchup.


Thursday, October 19, 1:30 pm — 4:15 pm (Rm 1E15/16)

B07 - Audio for Advanced Video Broadcasting

Fred Willard, Univision - Washington, DC, USA
Robert Bleidt, Fraunhofer USA Digital Media Technologies - San Jose, CA, USA
Stefan Meltzer, Independent Audio Technology Consultant - Germany
Andreas Niedermeier, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS - Erlangen, Germany
Scott Norcross, Dolby Laboratories - San Francisco, CA, USA
Kazuho Ono, NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories - Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Skip Pizzi, NAB - Washington DC, USA
Peter Poers, Junger Audio GmbH - Berlin, Germany
Jim Starzynski, Director and Principal Audio Engineer, NBCUniversal - New York, NY, USA

Exciting and ground-breaking progress has been achieved over the past year in combining the next generation audio and video technologies into compelling and remarkable experiences to the consumer. Sports broadcasting has led the charge in parallel concurrent development of delivery infrastructure through MPEG-H / ATSC 3.0 for the 2018 Olympics in Korea, next year’s world cup in Moscow, AC-4 / 3.0 in the States, and 8K / 22.2 in Japan for the 2020 games. Covering live capture, post, metadata handling, and transmission and delivery, we present to you the world’s foremost experts in advanced audio for broadcast and streaming. Don’t miss this popular session and the latest developments as standards are now becoming product and reality.

AES Technical Council This session is presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Broadcast and Online Delivery


Thursday, October 19, 4:30 pm — 5:45 pm (Rm 1E15/16)

SE05 - Producing Across Generations: New Challenges, New Solutions

Nick Sansano, New York University - New York, NY, USA
Jesse Lauter, Jesse Lauter & Sons - New York, NY, USA
George Massenburg, Schulich School of Music, McGill University - Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Bob Power
Kaleb Rollins
Hank Shocklee, Shocklee Entertainment - New York, NY, USA
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.

AES Members can watch a video of this session for free.


Thursday, October 19, 7:15 pm — 9:00 pm (Off-Site 1)


Organ Concert

Church of the Ascension
36–38 Fifth Avenue (at 10th St.)
New York, NY

Graham Blyth, Challow Park - Wantage, Oxfordshire, UK

Church of the Ascension (5th Ave. at 10th St.)

Graham Blyth’s program will be:

J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)

1. Prelude & Fugue in E min BWV 548 (The Wedge)

2. Trio on “Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr’ ” BWV 676

3. Fantasia & Fugue in G min BWV 542

Short Interval

Auguste César Franck (1822 - 1890)

Grand Pièce Symphonique


Friday, October 20, 10:15 am — 11:15 am (Rm 1E15/16)

SE06 - Pensado’s Place Live featuring Greg Wells

Dave Pensado
Herb Trawick

Join Dave and Herb for a special live version of their globally popular web TV series Pensado’s Place with special guest Greg Wells! Producer, songwriter, musician, and mixer extraordinaire, Greg has produced such luminaries as Keith Urban, Katy Perry, Adele, and One Republic and was recently on the cover of Modern Drummer. A staunch educational advocate, Greg is currently writing curriculum for his first book with the Strive/Hal Leonard imprint.

Aside from their discussion with Greg, which will be informative, musical, aspirational, and inspirational (with some laughs thrown in for good measure), Dave and Herb are bringing gifts and—perhaps—other guest stars! This AES-exclusive show is a blast you don’t want to miss!


Friday, October 20, 12:30 pm — 1:15 pm (Rm 1E15/16)

SE07 - Lunchtime Keynote: Bob McCarthy—A Cookbook Approach to System Optimization

Bob McCarthy, Meyer Sound

A master chef starts with carefully constructed recipes that combine together to make a great meal. This approach can be applied to system optimization, which is a combination of discrete operations that prepare each subsystem before all are combined into a whole. Lunch will be served along with the recipes for speaker aiming, crossover combination, splay angle setting, front fill spacing, cardioid sub arrays and more.


Friday, October 20, 1:30 pm — 3:00 pm (Rm 1E15/16)

SE08 - Mastering for the New Paradigm: High Resolution Audio, Streaming and High Resolution Streaming

Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering Studios, Inc. - Portland, ME, USA
Ian Shepherd, Mastering Media Ltd - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK
Bob Stuart, Chairman, MQA Ltd. - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK

This years Platinum Mastering Panel explores the new audio paradigms of high resolution audio and streaming. It is still so new that A&R departments are still screaming for maximum level when, in reality, streaming is starting to pay their bills and the big streaming companies will automatically turn your mastered level down so all music plays at a similar level. More consumers are listening to higher resolution audio than ever and streaming of the highest PCM sampling rates has been working successfully for 10 months now. Mastering engineers need to know about this seismic audio shift and they need to educate their clients, artists and record label associations about this new playing field.

We have 3 distinguished panelists to guide you through the new world order:

Bob Ludwig will speak about mastering high resolution audio and the differences between Mastered for iTunes and full high resolution media, downloads, streaming and of course vinyl.

Bob Stuart, co-founder of MQA will discuss how MQA can offer the highest guaranteed-quality streaming of even 352.8 kHz masters and tell you the basics of how it all works.

Ian Shepherd will discuss the various streaming services, how Loudness Normalization is the new paradigm, and the opportunity it offers mastering engineers.

AES Technical Council This session is presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Recording Technology and Practices


Friday, October 20, 3:15 pm — 6:00 pm (Rm 1E15/16)

SE09 - DTVAG AES Forum

Tim Carroll, Dolby Laboratories - San Francisco, CA, USA
Roger Charlesworth, DTV Audio Group - New York, NY, USA
Michael Englehaupt, Chief Technology Officer, Graham Media Group
Stacey Foster, Saturday Night Live
Jackie Green, Alteros - Stow, OH, USA
Scott Norcross, Dolby Laboratories - San Francisco, CA, USA
Jeffrey Riedmiller, Dolby Laboratories - San Francisco, CA USA
Sean Richardson, Starz Entertainment - Englewood CO, USA
Tom Sahara, Turner Sports Vice President, Operations and Technology, Turner Sports - Atlanta, GA, USA
Steve Silva, Vice President of Technology and Strategy, Fox Networks - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Jim Starzynski, Director and Principal Audio Engineer, NBCUniversal - New York, NY, USA
James Stoffo, Radio Active Designs - Key West, FL, USA

Television Audio in the Streaming Age: Mobile Takes the Forefront and the Spectrum Crunch Arrives

The explosion of television streaming is rapidly eclipsing traditional over-the-air broadcasting and MVPD distribution. While streaming opens the door to new features of personalization, accessibility, and immersive sound, the growing proliferation of mobile and fixed devices challenge us to adapt content to a range of listening conditions while attempting to maintain consistency and protect the creative intent of content providers.

“The impact of streaming has up-ended the entire television industry. The migration from traditional broadcasting to an IP stream-based model will continue to accelerate the uptake of advanced encoding solutions with sophisticated audio services while creating new challenges of providing quality and consistency across an ever-widening range of device and environments.”~ Roger Charlesworth, Executive Director, DTV Audio Group

Please join the DTVAG for a discussion of these and other important television audio issues. Discussion topics will include:
The Big Convergence: Streaming technology, social media, and IP infrastructure are beginning to converge to enhance the personalization of television content. To what degree will proliferating smart devices and aps connect with the growing intelligent media cloud to enable “self-driving” enhanced audio features? How are mobile video players and technology providers coming together with content creators to evolve our television listening experience?
The Challenges of Loudness and DRC Management in Mobile: As the center of gravity for television viewing shifts to mobile experiences, are the tools in place to appropriately manage target playback loudness and dynamic range for a variety of listening scenarios? Can existing metadata tools be better leveraged to address current challenges? What are the prospects for new CODEC-independent loudness and DRC metadata approaches?
Phase Zero: The Wireless Spectrum Crunch Starts Now: With the spectrum auction completed and carriers already rolling out services in their newly acquired 600 MHz blocs, production using wireless is already getting a lot trickier in some places. As the rollout in open blocs continues, and as stations begin to exit their existing allocations, things are about to get much more crowded. How bad will the crunch get and what emerging technologies or evolving practices can help to ease the inevitable crowding?

The DTV Audio Group Forum at AES is produced in association with the Sports Video Group and is sponsored by: Calrec, DAD, Dale Pro Audio, DiGiCo, Dolby Laboratories, Lawo Sanken


Friday, October 20, 7:30 pm — 9:30 pm (Off-Site 1)

SE10 - AUDIO Tonight: A Story-Tellers Cabaret

Barbara Rosenblat, Orange is the New Black, Amazon Original's Bug Diaries, Audie winner
Sue Zizza, SueMedia Productions - Carle Place, NY, USA
Robin Miles
Bob Kaliban
Robert M. Alvey, "Mark Twain"

Dolby Laboratories NY Screening Room
1350 Ave. of the Americas Main Floor
(Doors open at 7:00 pm – show begins at 7:30)
Seating is limited to 60 persons; tickets required

AUDIO Tonight: A Story-tellers Cabaret
presented by HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival

Featuring Hosts
Barbara Rosenblat (Orange Is the New Black, Amazon Original's Bug Diaries, Audie winner) with Sue Zizza (SueMedia Productions/ HEAR Now Festival) with

VoiceScapes Audio Theater — featuring Robin Miles; Bob Kaliban and "Mark Twain"; and Binaural Shakespeare

Join the HEAR Now Festival on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Dolby Theater beginning at 7:30pm as they celebrate the art of audio story-telling at this 90 minute live show.

From original radio plays and sketch comedy to narration AUDIO Tonight!, and host Barbara Rosenblat along with Sue Zizza, take you on a fun and entertaining tour of what you might hear and see throughout the annual HEAR Now Festival weekend.

Meet "Mark Twain" as premiere voice actor Bob Kaliban introduces you to HEAR Now's Mark Twain narrators.

NYC's VoiceScapes Audio Theater presents new and original audio plays with award-winning voice artists Barbara Rosenblat, Robin Miles, and more—and don't forget the live SFX and MUSIC!!

Binaural Shakespeare, directed by Amanda Rose Smith and Neil Hellegers, features Robert Fass as MacBeth, with Lisa Flanagan, Robin Miles, and Sarah Mollo-Christensen as the three witches, and the voices of Bob Kaliban.

From Producer William Dufris comes a special "sneak preview" of the newest installment of Audible's The X-Files featuring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson which won't be available till HALLOWEEN!!

Sponsored by the Broadcast and Streaming Media Track

AES Technical Council This session is presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Broadcast and Online Delivery


Saturday, October 21, 9:00 am — 11:00 am (Rm 1E15/16)

SE11 - How Latin Music Turned into Mainstream

Andres A. Mayo, Andres Mayo Mastering & Audio Post - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Carli Beguerie, Studio Instrument Rentals/Mastering Boutique - New York, NY, USA
Mariano Bilinkis, Silent Sounds
Héctor Castillo, @perroconsed - Brooklyn, NY, USA
Ari Lavigna, Nomade Mix - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Juan Cristobal Losada, New York University - New York, NY, USA
Ezequiel Morfi, TITANIO - Buenos Aires, Capital Federal, Argentina
Daniel Sanint, Flux Studios - New York, NY, USA

This panel will discuss how Latin music evolved from an isolated cultural expression into a world-wide mainstream trend.


Saturday, October 21, 12:15 pm — 1:15 pm (Rm 1E15/16)


SE12 - Lunchtime Keynote: Emily Lazar—More Cowbell? Trusting Your Sonic “Gut”

Emily Lazar, The Lodge - New York, NY, USA

A discussion about the start to finish process of making recorded music today. How does one prevent getting lost in the lush landscape of infinite digital possibilities and potentially endless sonic decisions? Is staying focused on enhancing the vibe while upholding the overall sonic integrity an audio paradox? Do you trust your sonic “gut”?

AES Technical Council This session is presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Recording Technology and Practices


Saturday, October 21, 1:30 pm — 4:45 pm (Rm 1E15/16)

SE13 - AESx Talks

Alex Case, University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA, USA
Eric Ferguson, New England School of Communications - Bangor, ME, USA
Richard King, McGill University - Montreal, Quebec, Canada; The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Connor Reviere
Gebre Waddell, Soundways - Memphis, TN, USA

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Close Miking Strings—Navigating Bridges, Fingerboards, Sound Holes and Sound BoardsAlex Case, Sound Recording Technology, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Engineers must be prepared to record a wide range of string instruments, from guitar to ukulele. Fortunately, musical acoustics dictates that they have much in common, so we can form general strategies to help us the next time we track a piano, or the first time we encounter a harp.
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Recording OrchestraRichard King, McGill University, Montreal
With a focus on the orchestra as an instrument and sound source, this tutorial will cover learning how to listen, understanding microphones, concert halls and orchestral seating arrangements. How to set up the monitoring environment, and how to approach each section of the orchestra as part of the recording process.
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Urban Sound Capture Using MEMS MicrophonesCharlie Mydlarz, New York University, New York, NY, USA
Sensing urban sound using MEMS microphones is a new and promising venture. Recent advances in these technologies has made MEMs microphones a viable solution for urban sound capture and analysis. The pros and cons of this approach will be discussed, with some prototype applications to see and hear.
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Polarity vs. Phase: What Should We Call That Button and What Does It Do?Eric Ferguson, New England School of Communications, Hussan University, Bangor, ME USA
Professionals and amateurs alike refer to polarity reversal as “flipping the phase.” Are they wrong? While a semantical debate may be pedantic, it highlights a misunderstanding of phase by many in the audio industry. This short presentation will investigate the polarity button and its impact on phase and sound quality.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Music Metadata and Credits: A Defining MomentGebre Waddell, Connor Reviere, Soundways, Memphis, TN USA
This talk covers the revolution happening in music metadata and how we have reached this defining moment. The industry has shifted beyond dialog, and moved forward to action and application. Discover how this shift occurred and the steps that can be taken to help producers, engineers and musicians to receive credit where credit is due.

AES Technical Council This session is presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Recording Technology and Practices


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