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Iconic Electronic Music Pioneer and Technologist Thomas Dolby to Keynote AES New York Convention

Electronic music pioneer and technologist Thomas Dolby will focus on next-generation sound technologies in his AES New York 2018 keynote address

— Thomas Dolby’s AES Opening Ceremonies Keynote address “The Conscious Sound Byte” will focus on next-generation sound technologies, in particular adaptive/non-linear music and audio for games, VR/AR, “hearables” and other new media platforms —

The Audio Engineering Society is delighted to announce that Thomas Dolby will deliver the keynote address during the Opening Ceremonies of the AES New York 2018 International Convention. Since he burst onto the music scene in the 80s with genre-warping compositions and a pioneering production style that embraced and exploited emerging technologies, Prof. Dolby has been a seminal influence on legions of musicians, fans and audio professionals alike. For decades, his work has been introduced to successive generations of audio production students as instructors use his recordings as examples of sonic excellence in music engineering and critical listening courses. While most widely known for his work as a musician, producer, film score composer and filmmaker, Prof. Dolby is also one of the world’s leading innovators in digital technology and has served as a technical consultant on emerging entertainment platforms during his 35-year career, including Laserdiscs, computer games, interactive TV, virtual reality installations and location-based entertainment. His latest roll is as an educator – since the fall of 2014, Thomas Dolby has held the post of Homewood Professor of the Arts at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

With the title “The Conscious Sound Byte,” Thomas Dolby’s AES Keynote address will focus on next-generation sound technologies, in particular adaptive/non-linear music and audio for games, VR/AR, “hearables” and other new media platforms. “A big difference between ‘real’ and ‘electronic' sounds is that electronic sounds have zero awareness of each other,” shares Prof. Dolby. “Sound bytes blindly follow orders, and fire off (usually) as instructed by a human. Yet musicians playing ‘real’ instruments listen, resonate, and respond to the music, the room, and to each other, in a matter of microseconds.”

“In the hands of master arranger or programmer, this is not a problem,” he continues. “Many of the nuances of real music can be simulated quite effectively as processor speed, bandwidth and resolution improve. But as entertainment becomes more interactive, with games and augmented reality and ‘wearable’ technologies, it is increasingly vital that electronic sounds and music learn an awareness of the context in which they are playing.” 

“Soon,” Prof. Dolby concludes, “all the accumulated craft and skills of a century of post-production legacy will have to operate in real time, controlled not by the programmer, but by the users themselves via the choices they make. Is it time for us to reconsider why our sound and music files are so ‘dumb’ and rigid?”

“Thomas Dolby is uniquely qualified to address the role of emerging technologies in entertainment,” says Bob Moses, Special Events Chair for the 145th AES International Convention. “As the AES celebrates this 70th anniversary of its own leadership in technological innovation, there’s no more appropriate voice to set the stage for four days of immersion in all things audio. Thomas’ influence on the way artists and content creators embrace technology is nothing short of iconic – his keynote address is sure to be a highlight of the Convention.” Prof. Dolby’s keynote address is open to all AES New York registered attendees.

AES New York 2018 will feature four full days of Technical Program research presentations, workshops and tutorials (October 17-20) and three days of Exhibition Floor showcases and demos (October 17-19) from leading names in professional audio manufacturing and services, along with the popular Project Studio Expo, Live Sound Expo, and other specialized events. Additionally, AES Student and Career activities will include recording and design competitions, a new MATLAB plugin design competition, the annual education and career fair and other ways to network with students and professionals from around the world. If it’s about audio, it’s at AES – the ultimate opportunity for audio professionals of all specialties, and future audio pros, to listen, learn and connect! 

Advance registration is open now at aesshow.com, offering the best possible pricing and options. All Access registration is the ticket to everything the Convention has to offer. AES  Members, including student members, enjoy substantial discounts on All Access registration. Registration at any level for AES New York 2018 includes access to the NAB Show New York exhibition. AES New York 2018 Exhibits-Plus registration is complimentary for AES Members and those using the VIP code “AES18NOW” at checkout. 

Posted on August 12, 2018 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



2018 AES International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality Gathers Industry Leaders

2018 AES International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality

— Keynote speakers to include experts from Magic Leap, Facebook Reality Labs, and Microsoft Research Labs Redmond —

The Audio Engineering Society is pleased to announce the second International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality, taking place August 20-22, 2018, at the DigiPen Institute of Technology, Redmond, WA. The conference and exhibition will bring together a community of influential research scientists, engineers, VR and AR developers, and content creators. 

The conference’s esteemed keynote presenters – Jean-Marc Jot, Distinguished Fellow, Magic Leap; Ivan Tashev, Partner Architect, Microsoft Research Labs Redmond; and Ravish Mehra, Lead Research Scientist, Facebook Reality Labs – are at the forefront of innovation for VR and AR. 

According to Tashev, “Audio and video are integral components of AR/VR devices. Spatial audio is an area still under development; we need better capture, representation and rendering technologies. To make it mainstream, we have to catch up with authoring and editing tools as well.”

The three-day conference and expo will focus on the dissemination of top-level research in the field of spatial audio for virtual and augmented reality, with demonstrations and discussions focused on technical solutions and recommended practices. Leading researchers, practitioners and industry luminaries will offer panel discussions, tutorials, and workshops on new and forthcoming technologies.  
 
The conference promises to be as interactive and cross-disciplinary as the field of VR and AR itself, and will include an exhibition of relevant software and product demos. The conference will bring together talented researchers and developers who are creating the next generation of audio tools for immersive content, with presentation topics including: 
- The state of AR/VR audio content development tools and workflows, including personalized vs. generic HRTFs 
- Realistic sound propagation for immersing the user in virtual environments
- Auditory distance discrimination in cinematic virtual reality
- Spatial audio capture, rendering, and synthesis over headphones and speakers
- Binaural, ambisonics, and wave field synthesis techniques
- 3D sound field navigation
- HRTF modeling and derivation from optical and/or acoustic measurements
- Reverb and room acoustics synthesis
- 3D audio mixing and content production
- Music and sound design for VR/AR 
- Higher education & immersive media 
- Sound for 360 VR
- XR [extended reality] audio in diverse industries 
- Dialogue for VR/AR and MPEG-H 

Sponsors include Microsoft, Facebook, Bacch Labs, and Game Sound Con. A variety of sponsorship packages are still available for sponsors who’d like to engage with this highly specialized and influential group. Please contact organizers at 2018avar_chairs@aes.org for more information. 

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Posted on August 1, 2018 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES New York 2018 Exhibition Floor Events Offer Practical Training

John Storyk of the Walters-Storyk Design Group moderates the discussion

Audio Engineering Society conventions connect audio engineers, producers, artists, and enthusiasts with the latest research and information, while also providing the premier showcase for the latest audio gear and technologies from the industry’s most relevant brands. The AES New York 2018 Convention, taking place October 17 – 20 at the Jacob Javits Center, will offer not only the AES flagship Technical Program, but also the year’s largest dedicated professional audio showcase and exhibition, taking place the first three days of the show (October 17 – 19), featuring the largest-ever offering of free-to-attend workshops and tutorials on the exhibition floor and throughout the convention’s demo room areas. These events are free to all attendees, and complimentary Exhibits-Plus badges are available to AES Members or with a VIP promo code.

The exhibition floor presentations offer practical knowledge and demonstrate real-world applications of many of the technologies on exhibit at the convention and a sampling of the vast range of in depth sessions in the full All-Access Technical Program. Exhibition-floor events include:

PSE Recording Stage 
One of the most highly anticipated events at the convention, the PSE Recording Stage is aimed at professional and home studio recording engineers, and at this year’s AES Convention, the PSE Recording Stage is the ultimate destination for three days of workshops, advice and education from professionals and peers involved in the recording process. New sessions for this year include a specialized set of tutorials covering vocal recording, from choosing the right vocal mic, to laying vocals within the track, to making your vocals stand out properly in the mix. Sponsors for the PSE Recording Stage include Antelope Audio, Eventide, Focusrite, Genelec, Meyer Sound, Neumann, Universal Audio and Waves.

Live Production Stage 
This year’s Live Production Stage offers three days of workshops, panels and sessions covering Broadcast Audio, Broadway Sound and Live Events. Immerse yourself in learning and networking with the industry’s pros with events covering the latest trends in audio networking, live broadcast productions, wireless updates, Broadway productions, sound design and managing a live gig. Live Production Stage sponsors include d&b Audiotechnik, DPA, Lawo, L-Acoustics, Lectrosonics, Sennheiser Neumann, Shure, TSL Products and Yamaha.

AES Mix with the Masters Mixing Workshops 
A series of events consistently drawing standing-room-only crowds at past AES conventions, the AES Mix with the Masters mixing workshops invite you to come and learn from the masters! The biggest names in the industry share how they mixed the greatest artists, tracks and albums, offering three days packed with award-winning producers, engineers and mixers sharing their experience in person. 

AoIP Technology Pavilion 
New for 2018 is the Audio over IP Technology Pavilion, presented in partnership with the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS). Audio networking is becoming integral in all aspects of media production, and AES will bring together the top professionals on the cutting edge of using AoIP as a means for a wide variety of audio routing and interface solutions. Leading manufacturers introduce three days of application and product sessions to guide professionals past the pitfalls towards enhanced productivity with AoIP. Visit the partners in the AoIP Technology Pavilion for one-to-one presentations.

software@aes Pavilion 
AES and the International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) invite you to experience the latest in virtual tools and techniques at this year’s software@aes Pavilion area. Activities include three days of music software demonstrations, together with DAW and plug-in clinics.

AVID Partner Pavilion 
The AES and AVID bring together leading AVID AAX Partners for the AES Partner Pavilion, ready to show you the latest and greatest products to take your Pro Tools productions to the next level.

AES New York Demo Rooms 
Two floors of demonstration rooms present the latest gear and technologies hosted by brands such as Alteros, Dolby, Eventide, Grace Design, JBL, Kii, L-Acoustics, Meyer Sound, Neumann, Nexo and Yamaha.

This year’s convention celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Audio Engineering Society, and there’s no better event at which to “Listen, Learn and Connect” with audio engineers, producers, artists, students, and peers from around the world. In addition to the exhibitions themselves and the exhibition-floor events, major focuses of the full Convention technical program (brought together by this year’s organizing committee, led by Co-Chairs Paul Gallo, Valerie Tyler and Jonathan Wyner) include Broadcast & Online Delivery, Applications in Audio, Sound Reinforcement, Recording & Production, Game Audio/AVAR/Spatial Audio, Networked Audio, Product Development, Archiving & Restoration, and Audio for Cinema, with numerous presentations and opportunities offering an inside look at nearly every facet of the audio industry. 

Register now at aesshow.com for Advance Registration pricing and discounts on Exhibits-Plus and premium All Access badges, as well as deals on AES New York partner hotels. Registration at any level for AES New York 2018 includes access to the co-located NAB Show New York exhibition. Substantial registration discounts are available for AES Members and Associate Members, with even deeper discounts for Student Members. 

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Posted on July 31, 2018 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



2018 AES International Conference on Spatial Reproduction - Aesthetics and Science - Begins in Tokyo, Japan

2018 AES International Conference on Spatial Reproduction - Aesthetics and Science -

The 2018 AES International Conference on Spatial Reproduction has begun in Tokyo, Japan. Full program and registration info available at aes.org/conferences/2018/spatial/.

Papers being presented at the conference are available for preview in the AES E-Library at http://www.aes.org/e-lib/.

Posted on July 31, 2018 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Hosts Sold-Out Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation & Restoration at the Library of Congress Audio-Visual Conservation Center

A sold-out crowd of attendees gather during the AES International Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation & Restoration at the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC) Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia, June 28-30, 2018.

The Audio Engineering Society recently held its first International Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation & Restoration to a sold-out crowd of attendees at the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC) Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia, June 28-30, 2018. Featuring premier presenters from leading organizations and facilities dedicated to the topics at hand, the Conference, chaired by educator and AES Past President John Krivit, offered an exclusive look into the art and science of creating and maintaining audio archives, as well as tours and access to the Library of Congress facilities and engineers.
 
“The Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center was honored to host the AES 2018 preservation conference,” stated Greg Lukow, Chief, National Audio-Visual Conservation Center – Packard Campus. “The Library and the Society have a shared commitment to audio preservation, a commitment literally written into law by the U.S. congress 18 years ago when the AES was designated as a statutory member of the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board. Since then the Society’s participation on the Board has been instrumental in preparing the 2010 NRBP study on the state of recorded sound preservation in the U.S., and the Library’s 2012 national recording preservation plan. It was fitting, then, that AES and the Library would collaborate on the organization of a conference featuring leading experts in all areas of audio mastering and archiving from around the world, a conference that will stand as a seminal event in the history of the entire audio archiving and preservation community.”
 
The event’s Platinum Sponsor, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, played a key role in the Conference. “This hugely successful AES event was an exploration of topics that are near and dear to the overall missions of Iron Mountain Entertainment Services — preserving and archiving our industry’s most valued works,” stated Greg Parkin, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services Vice President, North America. “We are pleased that our very own Kelly Pribble was able to participate on the panel 'The Challenge of Archiving Multitrack Recordings' and contribute a treasure-trove of knowledge and experience alongside industry icons like George Massenburg and Jack Douglas. We look forward to working closely with AES and other key partners such as the Recording Academy to bring these important issues to the forefront."
 
Another one of this year’s sponsors, who has worked closely over the years with AES and the Library of Congress, was the Recording Academy – a key proponent of the audio archiving, restoration, and preservation. “Congratulations to John Krivit, Brad McCoy, Nadja Wallaszkovits David Ackerman and the entire conference committee for assembling this important gathering,” said Maureen Droney, Recording Academy Managing Director, P&E Wing and Recording Technology. “The technical deep dives were enlightening, and the content - from 1950’s jazz masters on the Ed Sullivan show to field recordings from the 1940s, historic Civil Rights broadcasts and so much more - was truly moving. It shone a bright light on the true meaning and cultural importance of ‘archiving and preservation’ and those who do its work. Bravo AES!”
 
The Conference brought in attendees from over 20 countries including Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India, Sudan, Nigeria, England, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, Mexico, Canada and all regions of the USA. Additional conference partners included the RIAA, iZotope, Memnon, CEDAR, NOA, ATC Loudspeakers, Merging Technologies, Prism Sound, Time-Step, ATR Magnetics, Cube-Tec, MARS and the NAVCC.
 
Building on the goals and standards of both the Audio Engineering Society and the Library of Congress, this year’s Conference served as a basis for further research and implementation of new techniques in the archiving, preservation, and restoration of audio assets. The challenges of preserving and providing access to the wide heritage of digital and analog media formats will also be a focus of the upcoming 145th International AES Convention being held in New York City, NY, October 17 – 20, 2018. The AES New York Convention will bring together a variety of experts representing corporate and national archivists, media companies, libraries, historical societies, labs, post-production professionals, universities and other more, to gain further insight into these increasingly important challenges and opportunities.
 

Research papers presented at the AES Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation, and Restoration are available for download in the AES E-Library, and are available for free to AES Members. 

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Posted on July 30, 2018 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES to Exhibit at the Loudspeaker Sourcing Show in Nansha, China

The Audio Engineering Society will be exhibiting at the Loudspeaker Sourcing Show to be held in Nansha, China on October 16 - 18, 2018 at the Nansha Grand Hotel. The fourth annual Loudspeaker Sourcing Show provides a focused platform for qualified component manufacturers to establish relationships and conduct business directly with brands across the globe. Registration and further information at http://www.loudspeakersourcingshow.com.

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Posted on July 17, 2018 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



Iron Mountain Entertainment Services to Serve as Platinum Sponsor for Upcoming AES Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation & Restoration

The Audio Engineering Society International Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation & Restoration will be held at the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC) Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia, June 28-30, 2018.

 The Audio Engineering Society (AES) is pleased to announce that Iron Mountain Incorporated® Entertainment Services, a global leader in protection and preservation of entertainment content, will serve as the Platinum Sponsor for the upcoming AES (Audio Engineering Society) Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation & Restoration, to be held at the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC) Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia, June 28-30, 2018.

The AES and Library of Congress are uniquely poised to bring together a variety of experts representing corporate and national archivists, media companies, libraries, historical societies, labs, post-production professionals, universities and more. This conference provides an opportunity to interact with every facet of the archiving industry and a single forum to address the best ways to preserve and provide access to the wide heritage of digital and analog media formats.

“We are enormously grateful to Iron Mountain for their support and for lending their voice to the dialogue about audio archiving, preservation and restoration,” stated John Krivit, Conference Chair, 2018 AES Conference on Audio Archiving Preservation & Restoration. “Having key Iron Mountain personnel like Kelly Pribble participate alongside other experts like Jack Douglas and George Massenburg in important panels like ‘The Challenge of Archiving Multitrack Recordings’ is so critical for attendees because of all of their knowledge and the amazing work that they do. When it comes to archiving, preservation and restoration, Iron Mountain is a critical player and leads the way.” 

Greg Parkin, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services Vice President, North America, stated, “AES continues to bring important issues to the forefront, and this conference is a perfect example by addressing best practices in archiving, preservation, restoration and the transfer of film and audio. Working closely with AES and other organizations like the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy, who also share our vision relevant to the preservation and archiving of their most valued works, is monumentally important to our clients and all attendees of this conference. We are glad to lend our knowledge and expertise to this critical topic.”  

The conference will feature a wide range of presentations, academic papers and panel discussions focused on the latest strategies and technologies for protecting audio assets as the industry rapidly evolves. Some important themes will be addressed, including Physical/object based preservation & material science, handling and storage of audio carriers, preservation by digitization, mechanical vs. optical transfer, magnetic media, digitization, and restoration of content from obsolete disk formats, preservation issues for emerging high-end audio formats, preserving legacy professional formats, multi-track tapes and obsolete digital formats, considerations for archiving in preserving commercial audio, aesthetic considerations in digital restoration of historical audio collaborative performance, virtual reality, born-digital assets and much more.

Posted on June 25, 2018 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES New York Convention Exhibits-Plus and All Access Registration Now Available Online

Planning to attend this year's AES New York Convention? 

AES New York Convention Exhibits-Plus and All Access badges are currently avilable online - Register now at www.aesshow.com and let the world know that you you are serious about audio engineering.
AES Member discounts are also available on All Access badges. Registration at any level for AES New York 2018 includes access to the NAB Show New York exhibition.
 
Act now to receive the best possible pricing and options as you make plans for your AES New York Convention experience.
 
See you in New York!

 

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Posted on June 12, 2018 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



The Audio Engineering Society Announces Organizing Committee for 2018 AES New York Convention

AES New York Convention Co-Chairs Valerie Tyler, Jonathan Wyner and Paul Gallo

The organizing committee of the 145th AES International Convention in New York City has been announced, as plans get underway for the largest Audio Engineering Society event of the year. Taking place at the Jacob Javits Center, October 17-20, this year’s AES New York Convention will build upon the record-setting attendance and unparalleled Technical Program content that characterized AES New York 2017 – one of the most memorable conventions in AES history. Once again being co-located with the NAB New York Show, which more than doubled the content creation professionals attending both events’ exhibitions, the Convention will be led by Co-Chairs Paul Gallo, Valerie Tyler and Jonathan Wyner. This year’s Convention will also celebrate 70 years of the Audio Engineering Society’s contributions to the art and science of audio engineering and the growth of the Society throughout some of the most innovative years in audio technology development, including the burgeoning fields of audio for gaming, audio for virtual and augmented reality and spatial audio. Registration is currently open, with deep discounts for AES Members and Student Members, at aesshow.com.

 

Along with the convention co-chairs, committee members from a variety of backgrounds and expertise have been selected to put together the AES New York 2018 Technical Program and events. “We’re delighted with the volunteers who’ve stepped forward to assemble the technical program for AES New York 2018,” said convention co-chair Wyner. “These individuals are all leading experts in their audio specialties, and based on the work to date, the convention program will be spectacular.” This year’s committee comprises Archiving & Restoration Chair Jessica Thompson; Audio Builders Workshop Chair Owen Curtin; Audio for Cinema Chair John Whynot; Broadcast and Online Delivery Chair David Bialik and Assistant Chair Fred Willard; Diversity and Inclusion Advisor Leslie Gaston-Bird; Education Chair Kyle P. Snyder; Historical Chair Dan Mortensen; Networked Audio Chair Bob Lee; Papers Co-Chairs Areti Andreopoulou and Braxton Boren; Product Development Chair Scott Leslie; Project Studio Expo Director Glenn Lorbecki; Recording and Production Co-Chairs Jim Kaiser, Michael Romanowski and Paul "Willie Green" Womack; Sound Reinforcement Co-Chairs Henry Cohen and Mac Kerr; and Student Events Chair Mitchell Graham. The fields of spatial audio, game audio and audio for virtual and augmented reality will be covered in an expansive list of sessions under the leadership of Steve Martz, Michael Kelly, Gavin Kearney and Agnieszka Roginska.

 

The AES New York Convention will feature four full days of Technical Program research presentations, workshops and tutorials (October 17-20) and three days of Exhibition Floor showcases and demos (October 17-19) from leading names in professional audio manufacturing and services, along with the popular Project Studio Expo, Live Sound Expo, and other specialized events. Additionally, AES Student and Career activities will include recording and design competitions, a new MATLAB plugin design competition, career fair and other ways to network with students and professionals from around the world. If it’s about audio, it’s at AES – the ultimate opportunity for audio professionals of all specialties, and future audio pros, to listen, learn and connect!

 

Register now at aesshow.com and receive the best possible pricing and options as you make plans for your AES New York Convention experience. Registration at any level for AES New York 2018 includes access to the NAB Show New York exhibition. AES New York 2018 Exhibits-Plus registration is complimentary through June 15. 

Posted on June 6, 2018 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



New AES Membership Status Logos

New AES Membership Status Logos A new addition to the AES Member Portal is the opportunity for members to download dedicated graphics denoting their Audio Engineering Society membership status. These new logos can be used for email signatures, social media badges, or any other place where members want to display their Society status and dedication to the art and science of audio engineering. AES Membership logos are also great for linking to a members’ AES Member Profile personal page on the AES site, which can be used to share bios, membership activities, credits and work history, external links, awards and other relevant industry information.

To download the logos:

• Log In to the Member Portal on aes.org (the Log In button is at the top right of the home page).

• Once logged in, the left of the page is a benefits and navigation menu. Under “My AES” click the link “Download Member Logo”

• Download links will be displayed for two formats each of three color options of the appropriate logo for a given member’s type of membership.

• Brief usage guidelines are at the top of the download page.

Posted on May 31, 2018 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



An Open Letter to Membership and Industry

The Audio Engineering Society’s mission is to promote the science and practice of audio by bringing leading people and ideas together. Its first meeting was held on February 17, 1948 at New York City’s RCA Victor recording studios. At that time, an executive committee of five (J.D. Colvin, C.J. LeBel, C.G. McProud, N.C. Pickering, and C.A. Rackey) worked to assist the nascent professional society in establishing its first constitution, now known as the Society’s bylaws. Remarkably durable, the Audio Engineering Society’s Bylaws continue to guide our corporate governance efforts today. As past, current, and future presidents we have pledged to uphold them upon accepting our current role and appointment.

Now, in this 70th year of our existence, the Society can be described as more active, diverse, and influential than ever before. In the past few years, transformative efforts within the Society have provided even more benefits to membership, and more effective channels to engage industry. The new AES Live online videos section (http://www.aes.org/live/) is a collection of more than 200 topical expert presentations covering wide-ranging fields as Post Production, Musical Acoustics, Transducers, Church Sound, Game Audio and many more. The Society’s E-Library is building its assets, now containing more than 17,000 fully searchable PDF files documenting the progression of audio research from 1953 to today (http://www.aes.org/e-lib/). A good introduction to this online library is a set of curated, themed Collections such as headphone technology, live sound reinforcement and ribbon microphones.

Under its new manager Dr. Richard Cabot and the AESSC (Standards Committee), our Society’s Standards operation has recently implemented a program to engage a growing number of Standards Sustainers, whose support the Society sincerely appreciates (http://www.aes.org/standards/). This group of industrial manufacturers and technical associations complements the Society’s valued Sustaining Members group, now including 133 audio and acoustical equipment manufacturers, research organizations, and educational facilities. (http://www.aes.org/sustaining_members/).

The working mechanisms of the Society and the efforts of our active, volunteer committees and dedicated Executive Director and his professional headquarters staff have been yielding an ever-expanding group of Society events. These range from regional events like AES Brasil Expo, AES Mexico and the AES UK Mastering Conference, to our traditional annual conventions in the United States and Europe, to the new AES@NAMM education and training event to be held each January on the USA’s west coast. Additionally, there is a slate of international conferences featuring world-class, category-leading experts from a broad spectrum of fields such as Automotive Technology, Audio Forensics, Music Induced Hearing Disorders, Audio Archiving, Preservation and Restoration, Spatial Reproduction, Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality and more (http://www.aes.org/events/). The growing number of engagement channels to reach an increasingly-diverse audio engineering community throughout the world is made possible through the tireless efforts of numerous, dedicated volunteers—many just like us, and you.

As volunteer members of the Society’s Executive Committee, we three are committed to participating not only in issues of corporate governance, but in ongoing dialogue with you, our global membership, and the dynamic audio engineering industry from which each one of us, like you, are drawn. We are pleased to note, based upon metrics for Q1 2018, Society membership has increased about 8% compared to Q1 2017. A focused effort by the Society’s Membership Committee and AES headquarters staff is yielding positive results.

As part of this effort, the recently-established Diversity & Inclusion sub-committee is reaching out to an ever-growing number of audio professionals. To highlight just a few developments during the past year, the Society’s number of Chinese members has doubled; AES welcomed its first Board-approved professional section in Nigeria; and a new student section was recognized in Quito, Ecuador. For many of you, and a growing number of colleagues, AES membership is not a passive activity, but a personal and active one. In professional and student sections around the globe, lively local meetings are taking place. Members are convening to explore the latest in audio topics and technologies with each other. Current news about some of these local activities can always be found here within the JAES, the official publication of the AES (http://www.aes.org/journal/). This is the only peer-reviewed journal devoted exclusively to audio technology. It’s published 10 times each year and is available to all AES members and subscribers.

For those interested in becoming more directly involved in the Society’s ongoing activities, we urge you to browse the Committees section on our website. Your comments, suggestions, and perhaps even more active participation in areas like Education, Membership, Publications Policy, Historical, and of course our wide range of 20 different Technical Council committees are actively welcomed. Please reach out to our dedicated volunteer committee chairs when you have something to contribute in your own field of special interest (http://www.aes.org/committees/).

As our Society grows and evolves, it is encouraging and exciting to note that your Board of Governors currently includes officers and committee chairs with residences as geographically-diverse as Beijing, Vienna, Montevideo, Istanbul, Boston, and many other international locations. Since it is once again that time of year, we urge each voting (Full) member of the Society to participate in our upcoming 2018 Election of Officers. Details for this year’s Slate of Candidates will soon be announced by the Nominations Committee.

Finally, we look forward to collaborating with many of you at the AES 144th this month in Milan (http://www.aes.org/events/144/), Italy and in October 2018 at the AES 145th (co-located with NAB) in New York (http://www.aes.org/events/145/) as the Audio Engineering Society continues to “…promote the science and practice of audio by bringing leading people and ideas together.”

Yours together in audio engineering,

Alex Case

Past President

Chair, Membership Committee

 

David Scheirman

President

 

Nadja Wallaszkovits

President-Elect

Chair, Strategic Planning Team

 

Posted on May 25, 2018 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Milan Convention Opening Ceremonies Resound With "The Power of Sound"

AES Milan 2018 Convention Co-Chairs Alberto Pinto and Nadja Wallaszkovits

 

The AES Milan 144th International Convention set the stage for four days of all things audio with the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, 23 May. Exemplifying this year’s theme of “The Power of Sound,” the AES Milan Convention, taking place 23–26 May in Milan, Italy, brings together audio industry professionals, students, educators and top brands and audio service providers from around the world for the purpose of advancing the art and science of audio engineering.   

AES Executive Director Bob Moses began the opening ceremonies by welcoming attendees and praising the volunteers and staff who make AES Conventions possible. Moses introduced AES President David Scheirman, who highlighted the attraction of the Milan region as a historically significant center of technological innovation, led by visionaries including Leonardo Da Vinci and Marconi – such innovation continuing today with a concentration of professional audio manufacturers.  

AES Conventions, noted Scheirman, fulfill the AES’s mission of promoting advancements in the science and practice of professional audio, “bringing leading people and ideas together.”  

As 2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Society, Scheirman reminded that in 1948, five individuals gathered to form the AES, which now counts over 12,500 members worldwide. In the past year, the AES has seen the creation of new professional sections in Nigeria and Taiwan, along with a new student section in Quito, Ecuador – the first AES sections in these countries. The AES has seen eight-percent membership growth in the first quarter of 2018 compared to 2017. While highlighting the benefits of membership, including the largest repository of audio knowledge on the planet – the over 17,000 papers in the AES online E-Library and over 200 videos in the AES Live: Videos series – Scheirman encouraged all audio professionals to become members and for all members to “get involved”. 

Scheirman in turn introduced the Co-Chairs of the 144th AES International Convention, Nadja Wallaszkovits (also AES President-Elect) and Alberto Pinto, who thanked their Convention Committee members, sponsors and supporters for bringing AES Milan to life. 

Awards presentations are a part of the Opening Ceremonies at each AES Convention, and awards in Milan began with recognition for Convention papers presented by Bozena Kostek, Editor of the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, and Dr. Rob Maher, AES Student Technical Paper Award Coordinator. The “Best Student Paper Awards” went to co-authors Qingbo Huang, Xihong Wu and Tianshu Qu, all of Peking University (Beijing, China), for the paper “Bandwidth Extension Method Based on Generative Adversarial Nets for Audio Compression.” The “Best Peer-Reviewed Paper Award” went to co-authors Leo McCormack (Aalto University – Espoo, Finland), Symeon Delikaris-Manias (Aalto University – Helsinki, Finland), Angelo Farina (Università di Parma – Parma, Italy), Daniel Pinardi (Università di Parma – Parma, Italy) and Ville Pulkki (Aalto University – Espoo, Finland) for their paper “Real-Time Conversion of Sensor Array Signals into Spherical Harmonic Signals with Applications to Spatially Localised Sub-Band Sound-Field Analysis.“ Both papers will be presented during AES Milan paper sessions on Thursday, 24 May.

Four Board of Governors Awards – given for outstanding contributions to the Audio Engineering Society – were also presented. The recipients were Maurycy Kin, for his work in support of the Polish professional audio community, to Sascha Spors and Nadja Wallaszkovits for co-chairing the 142nd AES Convention in Berlin Germany and to Toon Van Waterschoot for chairing the 60th International Conference on Deverberation and Reverberation of Audio, Music and Speech. 

Capping the Opening Ceremonies was the Keynote address by Dr. Marina Bosi, who provided an insider’s view of the history of the science of perceptual audio coding, from its beginnings in the 1980s to the current state of the art and also giving a peek ahead to the future. “We see, more and more, compression as a technology enabler,” stated Dr. Bosi. Data compression efficiencies along with improved audio quality at lower data rates have accommodated the moves to surround sound – first 5.1 and now extending to even 22.2 immersive surround. More channels are accommodated at higher compression rates with excellent audio quality and more control with flexible rendering to allow adaptation to whatever configurations a consumer might be using. 

AES Milan continues through 26 May.

Posted on May 24, 2018 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Milan Convention Starts This Week — Onsite Registration Opens Wednesday

Visit aeseurope.com to find out how you can be a part of the AES Milan Convention. With this year’s theme, “The Power of Sound,” the 144th International AES Convention in Milan will bring together audio professionals, students, enthusiasts and advanced audio technologies from around the world for four days of audio immersion, experiences and networking like no other. 

Download the AES Milan 2018 - 144th Convention app now for the latest information and events at http://www.aes.org/mobile/.

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Posted on May 17, 2018 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



Italian Professional Audio Manufacturers Embrace AES Milan Convention

As the professional audio community prepares to gather at AES Milan – Europe’s premier professional audio technology and networking event, taking place 23-26 May at the NH Hotel Milano Congress Centre in Milan, Italy – Italian manufacturers and distributors are also preparing to exhibit and share audio technology insights at the event. “Numerous respected professional audio brands throughout Italy are built upon a historical and globally-known heritage of invention, construction, manufacturing and global export, inspiring the ‘Power of Sound’ theme for the 144th AES International Convention,” notes AES President David Scheirman. The most prominent city in Northern Italy, Milan is a technology and manufacturing stronghold in the heart of a nation characterized by old-world charm and world-renowned as an incubator of innovation, with a thinker-craftsman-inventor culture built upon the historical legacy of icons like Leonardo da Vinci and the father of radio, Guglielmo Marconi. 

World-renowned manufacturers of processors, amplifiers, transducers and loudspeaker systems will exhibit and sponsor at AES Milan, including Contralto Audio, Faital, ITEK, K-Array, PowerSoft and Teknosign. Presenting in the AES Milan Technical Program’s Audio Applications Forum will be K-Array’s Daniele Mochi, addressing the topic “How Line Array Technology Has Inspired a New Approach to Microphones”, while Claudio Lastrucci of Powersoft will present a case study on powering subwoofer cabinets at high levels, with the title “Mains to Acoustic Efficiency.”

Italian manufacturers will be also be participating in the Professional Sound Expo (PSE), open to all attendees, including Exhibits-Plus registrants. Sessions on the exhibition hall PSE stage will include Faital’s Marco Baratelli and Grazia Spatafora presenting on “The Importance of Thermal Simulation in Loudspeaker Design: Case Study for a Compression Driver.” K-Array’s Mochi will discuss “The Advantages of Electronic Beam Steering and Its Relation with FIR Filters” and “The Longer, the Better: K-array’s Pure Array Technology Explained,” while PowerSoft’s Lastrucci will reprise his “Mains to Acoustic Efficiency” presentation for the PSE audience. Also in AES Milan’s Exhibition Hall, in addition to exhibiting manufacturers, will be Italian distribution companies AudioSales, ARET, Digiland, Midiware, Mogar Music, SMAPaudio, TEDES and VD Music Group.

Register now for the 144th Audio Engineering Society International Convention, and take advantage of best pricing, including substantial member discounts with Advance Registration, extended through May 14 in honor of AES Membership Month. Advance Registration includes the Exhibits-Plus option, giving attendees access to the exhibition, the PSE and special events. During Advance Registration, attendees can opt for a complimentary Exhibits-Plus registration by using the VIP code AES144NOW. For the ultimate AES Milan experience, an upgrade to All Access registration gives attendees access to all the Convention has to offer. The four-day technical program at AES Milan 2018 will runs 23 – 26 May, while the expo will be open 24 – 26 May.

View the full convention program and register now at www.aeseurope.com.

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Posted on May 9, 2018 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Membership Month Extends AES Milan Registration, Opens NY 2018 Housing, Updates Refer-a-Friend

 — Revamped Refer-a-Friend program now benefits both the new member and the referring member; AES NY 2018 housing opens early for members only; best pricing availability on All Access and Exhibits-Plus badges, including substantial member discounts, extended for the largest European AES event of the year —

The month of May is Membership Month for the Audio Engineering Society, with early opening of housing availability for AES New York 2018; AES Milan 2018 Advance Registration with its deep discounts for members extended; and a revamp of the Society’s Refer-a-Friend program.

Everyone wins with the new AES Refer-a-Friend program – the referring member and the new or lapsed renewing member each receive independent Discount Credits of 10% of the membership fee. Accumulated Discount Credits can be used toward anything that can be purchased at aes.org, including AES products, services, event registration, and Membership dues. Details are available at aes.org/membership/referrals

From May 1 through May 15, 2018, before AES NY 2018 Advance Registration opens on May 16, members also have exclusive access to housing registration for AES New York 2018, slated for the Jacob Javits Center, October 17–19 for the exhibition and October 17–20 for the technical program. This benefit allows members the opportunity to secure the best available rooms and pricing. The housing registration link is linked from the Member Discount page: secure.aes.org/members/discounts

Register now for the 144th Audio Engineering Society International Convention, set to take place May 23–26 in Milan, Italy, as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the AES, and take advantage of best pricing on Advance Registration, extended through May 14 in honor of AES Membership Month. Whether planning to take in all that the AES Milan Convention has to offer with a four-day All Access pass, or registering for an Exhibits-Plus badge in order to visit the exhibition floor and attend core special events, act now to save valuable time and money while at the show, and start planning your convention experience. As always, AES Members receive exclusive discounts of up to 50% on the two annual AES Conventions (the discount is the equivalent of the membership dues for All Access registration) and Conferences around the world, throughout the year, as well as a host of other benefits. Even deeper discounts and incentives for students offer additional advantages to those studying for careers and opportunities in audio engineering and related fields and provide invaluable networking opportunities with professionals and peers from around the world.  

Whether you’ve been to an AES International Convention before, or are making AES Milan your first major event, you will find a wealth of useful information online at aeseurope.com, including an interactive calendar, Technical Program listings, exhibitor and presenter information, news and events, and everything you need to get the most out of your experience.  Make your attendance at AES Milan a top priority in your professional audio career and education, and come be a part of history as we take on the next advancements in Game Audio & AR/VR, Immersive Audio, Recording & Production, Sound Reinforcement, Product Development, Signal Processing, Networked Audio, and more. Current AES Members, as well as those looking to join, will have the opportunity to renew or register their membership onsite and to begin taking advantage of benefits, including pre-prints of AES Milan research papers and proceedings downloads, and more. 

 

About AES Milan
Themed “The Power of Sound,” the 144th International AES Convention will bring together audio professionals, students, enthusiasts and advanced audio technologies from around the world for four days of audio immersion, experiences and networking. Register now for AES Milan at aeseurope.com for Advance Registration rates through 14 May, including additional discount pricing for AES Members and students. Complimentary Exhibits-Plus badges are also available by using code AES144NOW at checkout.

Posted on May 2, 2018 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Milan Convention Recording and Production Events Program Announced

The Power of Sound — AES Milan 2018

— Dedicated presentations and events represent the latest in recording technology and research —

The AES has always been at the center of the audio recording community, bringing the top engineers together to share techniques and promote new ideas. Next month’s AES Milan Convention will offer the year’s most comprehensive program of Recording and Production workshops, tutorials and demonstrations, along with chances to get your ears on the latest gear from top industry brands. Taking place 23-26 May at the NH Hotel Milano Congress Centre in Milan, Italy, AES Milan will present an immersive look at many topics of note in the recording and production industry.

Throughout the four days of the AES Milan Convention, professionals and industry experts will present the latest technologies and techniques in a variety of venues and formats. The popular Workshop sessions will include a wide variety of topics and interests, including: 
The Art of Vocal Production
Styling Your Live and Recorded Classical, Jazz, and Acoustic Ensemble Sound
ANTON - Universe in 3D: Ambisonics in Electronic Music Production 
Additional workshops include techniques for VR, 3D and spatial content, with dedicated sessions on miking, recording and stereophonic production.

A series of Recording and Production Tutorials will also look into different aspects of the audio engineering, including:
Psychoacoustics of 3D Sound Recording (with 9.1 Demos)
Total Timbre: Tools and Techniques for Tweaking and Transforming Tone
Intelligent Acoustic Interfaces for High-Definition 3D Audio

An additional Student & Career event, Classical Music Recording Education Panel Discussion: Contemporary Production Practices and Training Engineers for Today and the Future, will review what audio engineering programs are doing to cover both established recording techniques and modern approaches. Featuring educator and expert panelists from five countries, the panel will discuss how educators can anticipate future eventualities and what audio engineering students need to know now to innovate in the classical music recording of tomorrow.

 

About AES Milan
Themed “The Power of Sound,” the 144th International AES Convention will bring together audio professionals, students, enthusiasts and advanced audio technologies from around the world for four days of audio immersion, experiences and networking. Register now for AES Milan at aeseurope.com for Advance Registration rates through 1 May, including additional discount pricing for AES Members and students. Complimentary Exhibits-Plus badges are also available by using code AES144NOW at checkout.

 

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



Anderson/Schwarz Surround and Immersive Recordings Sessions Present Unique Listening Experiences at AES Milan Convention

Jim Anderson (foreground) and Ulrike Schwarz, mixing at Skywalker Sound

 — Hi-res recordings from around the world offer state-of-the-art multichannel listening experiences —

Exemplifying the Audio Engineering Society’s theme of “Listen, Learn, Connect,” AES Conventions present a wide array of exclusive listening experiences and events to attendees in virtually every format available. From headphones and in-ear monitoring, to studio monitors and sound reinforcement, the AES Milan Convention 2018 offers opportunities for first-hand demonstrations and in-depth listening experiences, with insight from renowned engineers and producers working with the latest emerging technologies. A highlight event of the AES Milan Convention will be the “New Surround and Immersive Recordings” sessions, presented by 2-time GRAMMY®-winning Jim Anderson (Anderson Audio; Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, New York University; Past President and Governor, AES) and Tonmeister Ulrike Schwarz (Anderson Audio NY), recipient of multiple European awards including the Diamant d’Opera, Diapason d’Or, and Echo Klassik, as well as accolades for his work on many GRAMMY nominated projects, in association with the AES Technical Committee on Recording Technology and Practices, the AES Technical Committee on Spatial Audio and the AES Technical Committee on High Resolution Audio.

“AES Milan Workshop W10 – New Surround and Immersive Recordings” will take place on Thursday, 24 May at 10:45, showcasing high-resolution surround and immersive recordings from around the world. Presenters Anderson and Schwarz will present listeners with works that they have recorded and mixed in the past year in sessions taking place in New York, Norway, Havana and beyond. Works to be presented include:

- Artist – Soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom (artist and co-producer) “Early Americans” Best Surround Album GRAMMY (2018) (Anderson’s second Best Surround Album winning project) recorded at Avatar studios, New York, NY

- Artist – Stavanger Symphony Orchestra – Recorded at the Orchestra’s concert hall in Stavanger, Norway, mixed at Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA, and mastered by Robert C. (Bob) Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME. SSO performs the Finn Mortensen “Symphony Op. 5” conducted by Peter Szilvay (released on Pure Audio BluRay in stereo/5.1/Dolby Atmos/Auro 3D) as well as a world-premiere composition by Gisle Kverndokk “Symphonic Dances” conducted by Ken-David Masur (to be released on Pure Audio BluRay in stereo/5.1/Dolby Atmos/Auro 3D, and vinyl)

- Artist – Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba in a solo concert at Havana’s Grand Theatre – recorded live in Havana and mixed at Skywalker Sound

An additional Listening Session (Workshop W23) will be held on Friday 25 May at 11:00.

“Surround and immersive listening experiences have been one of the fastest growing and most exciting areas of development in professional audio production for many industry professionals,” states Anderson. “Our AES listening sessions have been a popular way, at AES Conventions, for attendees to hear some of the most cutting-edge examples of these recordings, and Ulrike Schwarz and myself look forward to presenting some our of latest works at AES Milan.”

 

About AES Milan
Themed “The Power of Sound,” the 144th International AES Convention will bring together audio professionals, students, enthusiasts and advanced audio technologies from around the world for four days of audio immersion, experiences and networking. Register now at for AES Milan at aeseurope.com for Advance Registration rates through 1 May, including additional discount pricing for AES Members and students. Complimentary Exhibits-Plus badges are also available by using code AES144NOW at checkout.

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Posted on April 20, 2018 at 5:00:00 AM EDT


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