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Exhibitors Praise Success of AES New York 2019 Convention

Attendees gather at the opening of the AES New York 2019 Convention Exhibition Hall at the Jacob Javits Center on Wednesday, October 16, 20. AES New York 2019 featured 130 sessions hosted on the Exhibition Hall's Inspiration Stages and in its topical Theaters, alongside 236 brands showcasing their latest products and services, with total event registration once again topping 14,000

The aisles were bustling, the booths packed, the energy and enthusiasm high as the attendees of AES New York 2019 surged into the Convention’s Exhibition Hall in October. Leading members of the professional audio community and exhibitors at the 147th AES Convention shared their thoughts on the event’s success. 


“AES was a tremendous event to be a part of as it has expanded its reach to a very diversified audience,” stated Antoine Ibrahim, communications manager for professional audio software developer iZotope. “During the show, we were able to connect with our valued customers as well as engage with professionals in all aspects of programming that have never gotten a first-hand look at our products. We were happy to be able to contribute and feel its success will only continue.”


Like iZotope, iconic microphone-maker Shure participated in providing technical content during the AES Convention along with its exhibition hall presence. “The AES Show proved again to be incredibly valuable for sharing ideas and best practices in audio,” commented Celino Ullegue, Shure Pro Audio’s senior marketing specialist. “From first-time student attendees to veteran engineers, we’re excited to support the audio community and look forward to AES New York 2020.” 


The Audio Engineering Society’s 2019 New York Convention’s registration exceeded 14,000, with a similar registration count for the co-located NAB Show New York 2019. The open access of registrants of either show to both exhibitions allowed content creation and media production professionals and future professionals to intermingle while exploring the latest offerings from hundreds of audio and visual media gear brands and service providers.


AES New York 2019 evidenced fruit of the Society’s ongoing outreach initiatives into underrepresented industry segments and genres. Focusrite Novation director of marketing Hanna Bliss expounds that “AES was a real success for Focusrite and Focusrite Pro because we were talking both to our existing customers about advancing their journey with us into new upgraded products or solutions, and to new customers by way of more women, more students, more non-traditional audio professionals. The crowd was more diverse and inclusive, and the shift towards a new wave of acceptance in the audio industry was visible, palpable, and encouraged.”


“Not only was traffic up, but there seemed to be a great deal of optimism. The students that came through were very inquisitive and interested, which alone made the AES show a worthwhile investment,” stated Gary Boss, Audio-Technica Marketing Director, Professional Markets.


Professional audio manufacturers choose the annual AES Convention to launch new products and make corporate announcements, as with Solid State Logic, which announced a new all-analog console, new U.S. operational management via distributor Group One Limited and the return of an industry veteran to work with the Group One team. “This year’s AES Show was significant for two reasons,” says Phil Wagner, now SSL’s North American-based senior vice president. “First, I’m pleased to return to my alma mater, SSL. Second, we specifically chose AES to introduce the new Origin Analog inline audio console because we knew it would be the perfect audience. This was truly the most exciting show ever; we had crowds around our booth from open to close.” 


Avid, who exhibited its hardware and production tools during AES New York, also welcomed over two dozen collaborators into the Avid Partner Pavilion in the Exhibition Hall. “This show enables us to engage with our customers, helping them better understand our portfolio, grow our business, launch new products, and showcase our developer partners,” stated Avid audio product evangelist Greg “Stryke” Chin. “Avid is proud to be an exhibitor and partner with AES and look forward to what’s to come!”


The 149th AES International Pro Audio Convention – AES New York 2020 – will return to the Javits Center October 21 to 24, 2020 (Exhibition October 21 – 23).


For more information on the Audio Engineering Society, visit www.aes.org

Posted on November 7, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EST



Survey on Micro Aggressions in the Studio — Invitation to Participate -- University of Lethbridge

 

Dear audio colleagues,

We are inviting you to participate in an anonymous online survey that aims to capture important demographic information about the audio industry, and recording producers and engineers’ experiences of discrimination and micro aggressions (defined as indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group) within the studio. The survey is aimed towards individuals who during the last ten years have worked in music production as a recording producer, an engineer, a mastering engineer, or a studio assistant on other people’s music. The results from the study will be used for academic, educational and industry purposes. The survey should take about 20-30 minutes to complete and is divided into two parts.


Survey link: Bit.ly/microaggressions_in_audio


The survey will be available until December 20th and has been translated into nineteen languages. It can be accessed on your smartphone, tablet, or PC. Your responses to this survey will remain anonymous. Individual responses will not be able to be traced back to individual respondents. The anonymous data will be accessible only by our research team, select AES members who will assist in translation, and the survey administrators of the University of Lethbridge (Canada) who will all have signed a confidentiality agreement. There are minimal anticipated psychological and or emotional risks from taking part in this survey. You can stop answering questions at any time. You may withdraw your participation at any time by closing your browser. You are also free to answer or not answer any questions (other than the demographic data questions). Your data will be stored only once you submit your responses.


This study is being conducted by recording producer Dr. Amandine Pras and cultural sociologist Dr. Athena Elafros, both from the University of Lethbridge, in partnership with the AES Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The micro aggressions portions of the survey (including micro aggressions statements) are based upon previous peer-reviewed publications on micro aggressions in the workplace.


Even if you do not feel that you personally have experienced micro aggressions or discrimination, we still encourage you to respond. We also encourage you to share the survey link with your colleagues.


If you have questions about the study, you may contact Amandine.Pras@uleth.ca or +1 (403) 332-5261. You may also contact the Office of Research Ethics at the University of Lethbridge at research.services@uleth.ca or +1 (403) 329-2747 if you have questions about your rights as a participant. This research has been reviewed for ethical acceptability and approved by the University of Lethbridge Human Subject Research Committee.

Dr. Amandine Pras & Dr. Athena Elafros
Assistant Professors at the University of Lethbridge
Grace Brooks, PhD Candidate, McGill University

 

Posted on October 30, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



AES New York 2019 Convention Presents Best Peer-Reviewed and Student Paper Awards

JAES Editor Bozena Kostek with AES New York 2019 Papers Co-chairs Areti Andreopoulou and Braxton Boren presenting the Best Peer-Reviewed Paper Award to two of four authors of the paper, Ulrike Sloma and Stephan Werner

— AES Best Papers Awards highlight top research and advancements in the field of audio engineering —

The winners of the Best Peer-Reviewed Paper and Best Student Paper presented during the recent AES New York 2019 Convention were announced in the Convention’s Opening Ceremonies on October 16 by Journal of the Audio Engineering Society Editor Bozena Kostek and 147th AES International Pro Audio Convention Papers Co-chairs Areti Andreopoulou and Braxton Boren. The awards highlight outstanding contributions from among the submissions of 100 authors from around the world covering the latest research on topics including Loudspeakers, Audio Quality, Applications, Spatial Audio, Processing, Perception, Audio Education and more.

 

This year’s Best Peer-Reviewed Paper Award goes to Ulrike Sloma, Florian Klein, Stephan Werner, and Tyson Pappachan Kannookadan for their paper “Synthesis of Binaural Room Impulse Responses for Different Listening Positions Considering the Source Directivity.”

 

Abstract:
A popular goal in research on virtual and augmented acoustic realities is the implementation of realistic room acoustics and sound source characteristics. Additionally, listeners want to move around, explore the virtual or augmented environments. One way to realize position-dynamic synthesis is the use of binaural technologies on the basis of real measurements. While this approach allows the successful reproduction of the real acoustic environment, many listening positions need to be measured. To reduce time and effort, new methods have been invented to calculate binaural room impulse responses from few positions. The presented work enhances existing synthesis methods by including predefined sound source directivities into calculation of binaural room impulse responses. The results are analyzed in a physical and in a perceptive way.

 

The Best Student Paper Award goes to Robert Hupke and co-authors Lukas Beyer, Marcel Nophut, Stephan Preihs and Jürgen Peissig for their paper “Effect of a Global Metronome on Ensemble Accuracy in Networked Music Performance.”

 

Abstract:
Several rhythmic experiments with pairs drawn from a group of 23 subjects were performed to investigate the effect of a global metronome on the ensemble accuracy in Networked Music Performance (NMP). Artificial delays up to 91ms were inserted into the audio transmission between the subjects. To investigate the dependencies between delay times, ensemble accuracy and the highly synchronized global metronome, the experiments were evaluated in terms of tempo acceleration, imprecision and subjective judgment of the ensemble play. The results show that the global metronome leads to a stabilization of the tempo acceleration caused by the delay. The imprecision stays constant to a threshold of about 28ms and 36ms, depending on the delay compensating strategy the subjects used.

 

The full lineup of Papers presented during the AES New York 2019 Convention is available now in the AES E-Library at aes.org/e-lib. 

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



Inspiration Abounds at AES New York 2019

Attendees take in the AES New York 2019 Exhibition floor, hosting 236 exhibiting brands alongside 130 sessions on the Exhibition Hall's Inspiration Stages and in its topical Theaters

The 147th Audio Engineering Society International Pro Audio Convention rocks the Javits Center with four days of everything audio 

 

Under the banner Inspire, professional audio’s annual family reunion returned to New York City’s Javits Center for four October days where inspiration was abundant as leading audio innovators shared their knowledge and experience alongside gear designed to spark creativity and imagination while enhancing productivity. The personal contact that makes the audio industry a community was intertwined with educational experiences and the sharing of information crafted to provide attendees with resources to propel their careers forward.

 

“The program rocked, and the exhibits were packed with people. Everyone was very excited to be there,” shares Agnieszka Roginska, AES New York 2019 co-chair and AES president-elect. “No time in AES’s history has seen a more diverse, innovative and forward-looking program.” Convention co-chair and AES Secretary Valerie Tyler elaborates, “We expanded the comprehensive technical program to include more genres, a broader range of new technologies and a wider breadth of voices than ever before.” 

 

“We’re so proud of the team that came together to make this convention a reality,” adds Jonathan Wyner, the third of the Convention’s co-chairs. “From the technical program to the exhibition hall, the interests of every attendee were met. Expanded topics drew new attendees and let long-time attendees expand their horizons.”

 

The Convention’s wealth of opportunity – more than 750 of professional audio’s leading innovators presenting in the more than 330 sessions in the All Access Technical Program and the 130 sessions on the Exhibition Hall’s Inspiration Stages and in its topical Theaters, alongside 236 exhibiting brands – was evident in the registration numbers, according to Colleen Harper, AES Executive Director. “Registration for the Audio Engineering Society’s 147th International Pro Audio Convention again topped 14,000,” she says. “That includes a 20% increase in individuals opting for an All Access badge for the full Technical Program. The AES and our events are more relevant than ever to an industry where technology and its application are in a constant state of change.” 

 

“Over the last few years,” says producer/engineer and AES New York 2019 presenter Warren Huart, “AES has actively been bringing in and cultivating young Engineers. This year’s show was amazing testament to this. Plus, all the exhibitors brought their ‘A Game’! Everyone’s booths showed a massive range of products, and the diversity of modern and legacy products was the best it’s ever been. It was so gratifying to see the huge amount of innovation on display!” 

 

That blend of modern and vintage was exemplified by console maker API’s presence at AES New York 2019, where the company celebrated its 50th anniversary. It was “a great show for API,” says the company’s owner and president, Larry Droppa, “aided by the museum display in our booth, which provided not only a history lesson for the younger generation, but a chance for our contemporaries to reminisce over the 'glory days' of tape-based recording. Attendees were enthusiastic about the state of the industry. We were particularly pleased with the number of student groups and younger audio engineer/producers who value the listening process as much as the advances in technology."

 

Showing further appreciation for AES’s nurturing of the audio professionals that are the future of both the Society and the audio industry, Genelec Inc.’s marketing director Will Eggleston sums up AES New York 2019 by declaring, “The AES audio community is alive and vibrant, indeed. It’s so great to see so many enthusiastic young audio professionals participating and doing so many cool things.”

 

 

On the AES event calendar for 2020 are the AES Academy in January in Anaheim, the AES Worship Sound Academy in Nashville in March, the AES Vienna 2020 Convention in May, the Audio Educators Conference in Murfreesboro/Nashville in July and the AVAR Conference in Redmond, Washington in August. AES New York returns to the Javits Center October 21 – 24, 2020. To learn more about AES regional events, International Conferences and Conventions, visit www.aes.org/events

Posted on October 23, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



AES New York 2019 Awards Ceremony Recognizes Industry Achievements and Contributions to the Audio Engineering Society

AES New York 2019 Convention keynote speaker Grandmaster Flash shows off his AES Honorary Member award, given for pioneering revolutionary and influential implementations of audio and music technologies for performance.

The opening ceremonies of the 147th Audio Engineering Society Convention took place on Wednesday, October 16, at the Javits Center in New York, featuring the presentation of this year’s AES Awards, along with welcoming remarks from AES President Nadja Wallaszkovits and AES New York Convention committee members Agniezska Roginska, Valerie Tyler and Jonathan Wyner. Awards were presented by Alex Case, AES Awards Committee Chair.

 

The awards presented include the following: 

 

The Silver Medal Award, given in recognition of outstanding development or achievement in the field of audio engineering. This year’s recipients are:

 

The Board of Governors Award, given for outstanding contributions to the Audio Engineering Society, has been presented to:

 

The Fellowship Award, given to a member who has rendered conspicuous service, or is recognized to have made a valuable contribution to the advancement in or dissemination of knowledge of audio engineering or in the promotion of its application in practice, has been presented to:

 

The Citation Award, given in recognition of services to the Society or industry accomplishments by non-members, has been presented to:

 

The Honorary Member designation, given to persons of outstanding repute and eminence in the science of audio engineering or its allied arts, has been given to:

 

The Distinguished Service Medal Award, given in recognition of extraordinary service, has been presented to:

Posted on October 22, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



AES New York 2019 Historical Sessions Give Insight to Audio Innovations

AES New York 2019 Convention Historical Track Chair, Gary Gottlieb

— Highlight sessions include historical insights audio innovators including Rudy Van Gelder, Tom Dowd, and Spike Jones, among others —

The Audio Engineering Society is an invaluable resource to all who want to learn about the achievements of audio innovators whose contributions we honor, and build-upon, to this day. This year’s Historical Track events, taking place at the AES New York 2019 Convention, October 16 – 19 at the Javits Center, spotlight a wide range of audio pioneers and technologies, and offer insights into our rich audio history while paying tribute to our mentors. 

 

“The Historical Committee has been hard at work providing a diverse and thought-provoking program for this convention,” states AES New York 2019 Historical Track chair Gary Gottlieb. “Ranging from classic figures in our history like Rudy Van Gelder, Tom Dowd, and Spike Jones, to diverse sessions exploring contributions of women in audio, hip-hop engineers, and a look into the evolution of audio equipment, including microphones, compressors, and pitch effects – we offer something for anyone interested in audio!”

 

One highlight of this year’s Historical Track is a session titled “Rudy Van Gelder: A Legacy in Audio Engineering,” which will take an in-depth look at his unique approach to recording and production for laying to tape hundreds of classic jazz recordings spanning a period of over five decades. Always on the cutting edge of technology, AES Gold Medal recipient Van Gelder used a plethora of state-of-the-art tools to create “the Van Gelder Sound,” a distinct and easily recognizable sonic fingerprint that helped define the sound of jazz on record during the classic analog era of the 1950s and 1960s. Sharing that story will be Michael Cuscuna, producer and founder of Mosaic Records, and Don Sickler, publisher and co-founder of Second Floor Music (Sickler, along with his wife Maureen, currently run the Englewood Cliffs studio), and Richard Capeless of Deep Groove Mono.

 

The Session “Spike Jones: Preposterous Precision” will undoubtedly offer an entertaining look at musical innovator whose influential style and wit took his roles of bandleader, musician, and comedian took his production to new heights. Professor Mike Wisland will present Spike’s life including his childhood and early professional career, leading to the formation of his massively successful parody band, Spike Jones and his City Slickers, in addition to a video presentation by Emily Taggart on the bandboy of Spike’s, Skip Craig, followed by Q&A with Spike’s daughter – and highly-successful recording engineer - Leslie Ann Jones.

 

Thursday evening will offer a special Limiter Engagement Screening for AES New York attendees of Tom Dowd and the Language of Music which will take place at the Dolby Theater. This independently produced feature-length documentary gives a detailed look the long-time engineer and producer for Atlantic Records, who was responsible for some of the most important R&B, rock, and jazz records ever made. The film will be followed by a talk with Tom’s daughter, Dana Dowd, who will share memories and answer questions from the audience. Seating is limited and by advance ticket only, available at the AES New York Convention’s at registration.

 

For details on these and other AES New York Historical Track events, visit and register before October 15 to save up to $100 on your All Access badge.

 

For more information on the AES New York 2019 Historical Track sessions visit aes.org/events/147/historical/ . The Historical Track Track is open to attendees with an All Access badge, available through October 14 (11:00 pm EDT) at Advance Registration discount pricing with AES Members and Students receiving significant savings. Find out more about the AES New York and register now at aesshow.com

Posted on October 12, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



AES New York 2019 Acoustics and Psychoacoustics Track Will Bridge the Theoretical and Practical

AES New York 2019 to feature Acoustics and Psychoacoustics Track events taking place October 16 — 19 at the Javits Center

At the upcoming AES New York 2019 convention, taking place October 16 – 19 at the Jacob Javits Center, the Acoustics and Psychoacoustics Track will feature nine events over the convention’s four days that explore the way we hear and the ways the spaces we listen in affect perception. Acoustics and Psychoacoustics Track chair Alex Case has curated the program, which is dedicated to the prospect that, as Case notes, “all who listen hear better when they know more about the science behind acoustics and psychoacoustics.” 


Highlights are set to include the following:


On Thursday, October 17, the session “Circles of Confusion” will feature panelists Sean Olive (Harman International) and Susan Rogers (Berklee College of Music) alongside moderator Thomas Lund (Genelec). The session brief asserts that circles of confusion in pro audio are replacing technical limitations with cognitive limitations. Further, without proper anchoring of spectral balance and level, drifting over time is foreseeable in self-referenced systems, thereby putting legacy recordings at the risk of sounding dated for no good reason. The panel will discuss monitoring requirements that stand the test of time, recent studies on active sensing, variation in perception between listeners and “slow listening.” Also discussed will be a possible revision of ITU-R BS.1116.


Expanding on the topics discussed in “Circles of Confusion,” “Circles of Excellence” will take place the next day, on Friday, October 18. This panel addresses the topics from a more practical perspective. Thomas Lund again serves as moderator, alongside panelists Florian Camerer, ORF (Austrian TV and European Broadcasting Union), Bob Katz (Digital Domain Mastering) and George Massenburg (Schulich School of Music at McGill University, and Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology [CIRMMT]). The experts on the panel will try to separate the facts from the myths surrounding recording, monitoring and reproduction, and explain which of the elements they have found most essential in their work to make it stand the test of time.


Also on Friday, “Listening Tests - Understanding the Basic Concepts” will be presented by Jan Berg (Luleå University of Technology - Piteå, Sweden). Listening tests are important tools for audio professionals as they assist our understanding of audio quality. There are numerous examples of tests, either formally recommended and widely used or specially devised for a single occasion. In order to understand listening tests and related methods, and also to potentially design and fully benefit from their results, some basic knowledge is required. This tutorial aims to address audio professionals without prior knowledge of listening test design and evaluation with the fundamentals of what to ask for, how to do it, whom to engage as listeners, what sort of results that may be expected, and additional related issues.


For more information on the entire program for the Acoustics & Psychoacoustics Track, visit http://www.aes.org/events/147/acousticssessions/. The Acoustics & Psychoacoustics is open to attendees with an All Access badge, available through Monday, October 14 at 11:00 pm EDT at Advance Registration discount pricing, with AES Members and Students receiving significant savings. Find out more about the AES New York and register now at aesshow.com 

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Posted on October 12, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to Make a Stop at AES New York, Delivers Daily Giveaways

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus makes its debut at the AESS New York Convention, October 16 — 18 at the Javits Center

The AES New York Convention will feature its first-ever visit from the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, which invites AES attendees to tour its unique facilities, learn about its mission of inspiring creativity, and participate in the interactive tent experience featuring jam sessions using the latest gear. Daily gear giveaways worth over $6,000 – with gear from Audio-Technica, Focusrite, Genelec, K&M, Neutrik, OWC, and Yamaha – will take place at the bus at 1:00pm each day of the Exhibition.

 

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. In its 22nd year, with the very latest technology and gear, the Bus continues to be dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios, participation in free digital media production workshops, and the production of giant peace signs. Assisted by three on-board engineers, students can learn how to write, record, and produce original songs, music videos, documentaries, and live multi-camera video productions – all in one day.

The Lennon Bus is highly adaptable, designed to provide students, their schools and communities with performances, hands-on demonstrations, remote recordings, and studio sessions customized for their needs, levels of experience and interest. The Bus, the physical manifestation of the mission of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus non-profit corporation, travels the country visiting schools, music and technology conferences and events, and partners with communities and media outlets to call attention to the importance of arts and digital media education.

 

A free AES New York 2019 Exhibits-Plus badge, available during online Advance Registration by applying the code AES19NOW at checkout, will gain attendees admission to the Convention Exhibition and Recording Stage events. Advance Registration savings of up to $100 are also available for upgrade to an All Access badge for everything the Convention has to offer. Advance Registration is open until 11 PM EDT, October 14.  Find out more about AES New York 2019 and register now at aesshow.com/aes19now.

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Posted on October 11, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



AES New York 2019 Exhibition Floor Recording Stage Will Inspire and Educate

Mic shootout Guru Lynn Fuston is among the all-star presenters on the AES NY 2019 Exhibition Hall Recording Stage

— Three days of Recording Stage presentations will inform attendees about recording technologies and techniques from the fundamentals through to the cutting-edge —


The AES has announced the program of events for this year’s exhibition hall Recording Stage events, taking place during AES New York 2019, offering a variety of presentations where top industry experts will offer practical advice and share knowledge and experience. The series of events, open to all attendees looking to improve their recording workflow and overall results, will take place October 16 – 18. 


Day one Recording Stage events take on a variety of topics with sessions including “Make the Most of Your Vocals” and “Recording 101,” complemented by other presentations including noted engineer and gear shoot-out guru Lynn Fuston’s “The Ultimate Microphone Line-Up Comparison,” presented by Sweetwater, and a featured session by JC Losada “Mr. Sonic” hosted by Waves. A panel on “What it Takes to Have a Successful Career in Audio,” presented by SoundGirls, will feature panelists Leslie Gaston-Bird, Karrie Keyes, Piper Payne, Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato, Jessica Thompson, April Tucker and Catherine Vericolli providing insights into what it takes to make it in the audio industry. 


On the second day of the exhibition, Recording Stage events kick off with presentations sponsored by SonicScoop, API and Genelec, tackling hot topics in production and monitoring. The afternoon continues with “The Technology behind GRAMMY-Winning Records – Michael Brauer and Igor Levin on the Art and Science of Pro Audio,” where the pair will take the stage to share the secrets of their mutual success, followed by the presentation “When Loud Is Not Loud: What You Need to Know About Loudness Measurement Today,” given by Alex Kosiorek. The day concludes with a closer look at vocals with the panel discussion “Beyond Basics in Vocal Recording & Production: Engineering with Focus on the Creative Process,” featuring Neal Cappellino, Mike Picotte and Jonathan Pines.


The final day of AES New York Recording Stage events will offer a slate of sessions set to entertain, educate and inspire. The day begins with the session “Studio DMI Presents Luca Pretolesi Super Session,” followed by Focusrite’s Dan Hughley hosting the session “Podcasting: The Fastest Growing Medium in Audio.” The Recording Stage events wrap up with the insightful sessions “On the Run with Sylvia Massy” and “Produce Like a Pro with Warren Huart,” where both Massy and Huart will expound upon their experiences and on production methods used on hit recordings.

 

A free AES New York 2019 Exhibits-Plus badge, available during online Advance Registration by applying the code AES19NOW at checkout, will gain attendees admission to the Convention Exhibition and Recording Stage events. Advance Registration savings of up to $100 are also available for upgrade to an All Access badge for everything the Convention has to offer. Advance Registration is open until 11 PM EDT, October 14.  Find out more about AES New York 2019 and register now at aesshow.com/aes19now.

 

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Posted on October 11, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



Networked Audio Makes Connections at AES New York 2019

AES New York Networked Audio Track chair Bob Lee

Networked audio continues to play an ever-expanding role in a wide variety of pro audio applications, from recording and production, to live sound, installs, and more, with a near ubiquity of network capabilities on new gear and the bridging of proprietary standards by the AES67 and AES70 protocols. The Audio Networking Track events, taking place during the AES New York Convention, October 16 – 19 at the Javits Center, are set to connect the latest technologies and techniques with attendees looking to take their audio networking skills to the next level.


“Networking technology in audio systems are increasingly becoming the norm and not the exception,” states AES New York Networked Audio Track chair Bob Lee. “We in the audio industry have been fortunate to be able to leverage the off-the-shelf technology developed by the IT industry to meet our needs reliably and economically. I’ve assembled this program to provide many varied opportunities for convention participants to learn from and interact with the experts in a range of topics. If you’re in audio and want to come away with less uncertainty and more confidence in using networked audio in your work, this is the track for you.”


Networked Audio events kick-off on the Convention opening day with a premier panel “Solution-Based Approaches for Networked Audio in Live Production” moderated by Dan Ferrisi (Sound & Communications) with panelists Tim Boot (Global Brand Strategist, Meyer Sound), Genio Kronaue,( L-Acoustics), Morten Lave (Adamson Systems Engineering), Patrice Lavoie, (Solotech) and Jamie Pollock (Kore Audio Design). The panel will cover topics including scalability, IT expertise and planning, along with insights from the panelists’ years of industry experience.


The AES70 networked control standard will be examined in “An Introductory Tutorial to AES70” later that day. Presenters Jeff Berryman and Ethan Wetzell from Bosch Communications, and representing the OCA Alliance, will team up with Simon Jones from Focusrite to introduce participants to AES70, the AES standard on Open Control Architecture (OCA). This session is partnered with the Product Development session “How to Add AES70 Control to Your Products” on Saturday, October 19.


Also on Saturday, Patrick Killianey (Audinate) will present “What Audio Engineers Need to Know about Media Networks,” a reprise of a popular session in the Networked Audio track. Killianey is an engaging and entertaining educator specializing on the growing integration of network and AV technologies. Audio engineers increasingly need to become familiar and conversant with how to use IT resources in their work, and this session is designed to illuminate the concepts behind structurally designing a medium sized network for an installation, recording studio or live production.


Additional featured sessions taking place include: “Introducing A2B – A Low-Latency Digital Audio Bus Standard” with Joseph Beauchemin (Analog Devices) and Denis Labrecque (DeLab Consulting); “Network Audio Strategies: Charting Software, Hardware, Internet Requirements” presented by Sarah Weaver (NowNet Arts); and Saturday’s “Network Media Open Specifications (NMOS) — How They Relate to Audio Networking” with Andreas Hildebrand (ALC NetworX).


For more information on the entire program for the Networked Audio Track, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/147/networkedaudio. The Networked Audio Track is open to attendees with an All Access badge, available through 11 pm EDT, Monday, October 14, at Advance Registration discount pricing with AES Members and Students receiving significant savings. Find out more about the AES New York and register now at aesshow.com 

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Posted on October 11, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



AES New York 2019 Recording and Production Track to Connect Attendees with Top Recording Pros

Heba Kadry, Gloria Kaba, Simone Torres (Top L-R), Alex Case, Kevin Killen, George Massenburg (Bottom L-R) are just a few of the top minds in audio contributing to the Recording and Production Track during AES New York 2019

The Audio Engineering Society has always been at the center of the audio recording, production and mastering communities, bringing the top engineers together to share techniques and promote new ideas. At the upcoming AES New York 2019 convention, taking place October 16 – 19 at the Jacob Javits Center, visitors will be able to learn from the pros and hear the latest advances in the state of recording by attending the Recording and Production Track events, set to explore a wide range of topics from drum programming to mixing tricks to setting up listening rooms.

 

The Recording and Production Track will feature several dozen events over the convention’s four days, with top minds in recording and production sharing their perspective. 

 

A few highlights include:

 

On Wednesday, October 16, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., the session “So Unforgettable—Two Iconic Albums from Two Non-Studio Spaces” will see engineer/mixer Kevin Killen and interviewer Alex Case explore the making of U2’s The Unforgettable Fire and Peter Gabriel’s So – released just two years apart, and both featuring Kevin Killen’s mixing/engineering work. These records represented major points of creative inflection for each artist. Most of the production took place outside of any traditional studio, U2 recording in a castle and Gabriel in a converted cow shed. These special projects placed unique demands on the producers and engineers, yet became sonic touchstones for many artists and engineers since. 

 

Also on Wednesday, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, “The Making of Sheryl Crow's Threads” will feature Glenn Lorbecki interviewing mixer/engineer Dave O’Donnell, breaking down the making of the latest LP from the superstar singer-songwriter. This album features duets with different superstar artists on every track, and the album’s recording and mixing process employed a number of different approaches to capture the unique personalities of these diverse performers. 

 

Thursday will feature a lunchtime keynote from multiple GRAMMY award-winning producer Emmy-winning musical director and A-list drummer, Steve Jordan, taking place from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Jordan has recorded with the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Sheryl Crow, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars, The Pretenders, James Taylor, Diana Krall, Billy Joel, Don Henley, and Chick Corea, to name but a few, as well as being a member of the original Saturday Night Live Band and a founding member of the World's Most Dangerous Band for Late Night with David Letterman.

 

Also on Thursday, from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, “The Doppler Gang – A Panel of Pros Discuss the Pros and Cons of Pitch Change” will feature co-moderators Anthony Agnello and Richard Factor (both of Eventide Inc.) with panelists Alex Case, Bob Clearmountain, George Massenburg, Susan Rogers and Tony Visconti – all noted recording professionals and educators – discussing the topic of pitch change processing. Analog tape invited tape speed manipulation and pitch change processing became the basis for many tracking and mixing effects. The effect became digitally available in the mid-70s. A broad set of pitch effects has evolved ever since, led in part by these panelists. Learn about their approaches and listen to the results, from obvious to subliminal, from logical to just plain wacky.

 

On Friday, “How We Make Music — Crossing the Decades from Analog to Digital” will take place from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm. Legendary mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge will serve as moderator, with panelists Niko Bolas, Danny Kortchmar, Tom Lord-Alge and Dave Way. Attendees will hear from these top recording engineers and producers, sharing techniques they use in bridging the worlds of analog and digital and how they connect the dots of the past, present, and future of creative technology. 

 

Other featured Recording and Production Track sessions include “Changing Roles in the Audio Industry,” exploring the ever-evolving roles of producers, engineers, mixers, and more, moderated by Paul "Willie Green" Womack with panelists Ariel Borujow, Ken "Duro" Ifill, and Mike Kuz; and “Mastering Immersive Audio” with moderator Michael Romanowski, Stefan Bock, Gavin Lurssen, Andres A. Mayo, Darcy Proper and Mark Wilder. Additionally, Women’s Audio Mission will also host two panel sessions: “Evolution of Album Production from Start to Finish“ which will feature Terri Winston moderating with guests Gloria Kaba, Heba Kadry and Simone Torres; and the panel “Live Concert Sound,“ presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Recording Technology and Practices, with moderator Terri Winston and panelists Fela Davis, Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato, and Caroline Sanchez.

 

For more information on the entire program for the Recording & Production Track, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/147/recording/. The Recording & Production Track is open to attendees with an All Access badge, available for a limited time at Advance Registration discount pricing with AES Members and Students receiving significant savings. Find out more about the AES New York and register now at aesshow.com 

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Posted on October 10, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



Advance Registration Ending Soon - AES New York 2019 Exhibits-Plus Offers Free Access to Three Days of Convention Events and Exhibits

AES New York Advance Registration Ends 11:00 pm EDT, Monday, October 14

 — Free badge gets access to over 300 exhibiting pro audio brands, three floors of demo rooms, over 100 exhibit floor sessions and Special Events presentations from some of the biggest names in the industry —

 

The Audio Engineering Society is making it easier than ever to be a part of the world’s largest dedicated pro audio convention with the AES New York Exhibits-Plus badge – your FREE pass to experience three full days of the pro audio showcase of gear, demonstrations, special presentations and educational sessions designed to help attendees get the most out of their audio productions. With a complimentary Exhibits-Plus registration, this year’s AES New York Convention offers more ways than ever to listen, learn and connect with the biggest names in audio science, technology and techniques including Bob Ludwig, George Massenburg, Hank Shocklee, Danny Kortchmar, Just Blaze, Prince Charles Alexander, Chris and Tom Lord-Alge, Larrance Dopson and James Fauntleroy (1500 or Nothin’) and a special opening-day keynote address by the legendary Grandmaster Flash. Advance Registration ends 11:00 pm EDT, Monday, October 14.

 

The AES New York 2019 Exhibition Floor offers the latest technologies from hundreds of top brands in pro audio and related industries, along with product debuts, special guest presenters and product experts on-hand to showcase the latest gear and provide insight on products and services offered to the audio engineering industry. With over two dozen new exhibitors joining this year's expanded Exhibition Floor, AES New York will once again present attendees with a not-to-be-missed chance to catch up on the latest offerings from their favorite audio manufacturers and service providers. The three floors of demonstration rooms further the experience, providing an intimate space to listen to, and learn about, a variety of products being shown. 

 

Bringing together top name presenters with the latest professional audio technology and techniques, the AES New York Inspiration Stages offer daily sessions covering topics of interest to all attendees, with featured presenters including Luca Pretolesi, Sylvia Massy, Kimbra, Jack Joseph Puig and many more. This year’s exhibition floor will once again host the popular Live Production Stage, the Recording Stage, and the all-new Electronic Dance Music and DJ Stage with dedicated events covering a variety topics and workflows. Also returning this year are the popular Software@AES Pavilion theater, the AVoIP Pavilion theater, the AVID Partners Pavilion and the AES Mix With the Masters Workshops stage hosting sessions throughout the day. 

 

The complete schedule of Exhibits-Plus badge-eligible events is now available online at http://www.aes.org/events/147/exhibitsplusbadge/. Visit aseshow.com to Register Now and apply the code “AES19NOW” to claim your FREE Exhibits-Plus badge! 

 

 

For the ultimate AES New York Convention experience, upgrade to an All Access badge, available through 11:00 pm EDT, Monday October 14, at Advance Registration discount pricing with AES Members and Students receiving significant savings. Find out more at aesshow.com


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Posted on October 9, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



"Ambisonics Tools for Immersive Audio" and "Audio Repair and Restoration" Special Hands-On Events Set for AES New York 2019 — Now Available to All Attendees

 — Attendees will have the opportunity to experiment with dedicated hardware and software tools during these limited-seating workshops —


The AES New York 2019 Pro Audio Convention has slated two hands-on training workshops on the final day of the Convention, October 19. 

 

Covering the latest cutting-edge tools and technologies in immersive audio production, the Convention will host an “Ambisonics Tools for Immersive Audio Capture and Post-Production” workshop from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Presenters will be Ianina Canalis (National University of Lanus), Brian Glasscock (Sennheiser), Andres A. Mayo (@360MusicLab) and Martin Muscatello (@360MusicLab). 

 

“Over the past three years, immersive audio production tools have evolved considerably, allowing producers to combine them in a million creative ways.” shares AES Past President and “Ambisonics Tools for Immersive Audio Capture and Post-Production” workshop co-presenter Mayo. “This workshop will provide an in-depth explanation of how Ambisonics works, and how it can be a central element in an immersive audio production workflow.” Attendees will be able to experiment with dedicated hardware and software tools during the workshop and be guided through the entire process of capturing, processing, mixing and multiplexing audio and video in 360 degrees for multiple purposes, such as YouTube and Facebook music videos, Virtual Reality, and 360 documentaries.

 

Additionally, focusing on essential skills that let the modern engineer deal with a broad range of audio challenges, the workshop “Audio Repair and Restoration for Music and Post: Build Your Skills” will follow from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Leading the workshop will be David Barber (Juniper Post – Burbank), Alexey Lukin,(iZotope), Jessica Thompson (Jessica Thompson Audio - Berkeley, CA) and Jonathan Wyner (M Works Mastering/iZotope/Berklee College of Music).

 

AES’s next President-Elect Wyner, co-presenter for the workshop “Audio Repair and Restoration for Music and Post: Build Your Skills” notes that “Single-ended noise reduction and audio repair tools have evolved during the past 35 years to the point that they have become an integral part of the work and workflows across audio disciplines. Workshop attendees will be led through an overview of the various sorts of technologies, techniques, and strategies used to solve audio challenges in music and audio post.” The workshop will include exercises designed to help participants develop their skills in audio repair and restoration for post and music applications. Among other topics, the workshop will address how to manipulate an audio spectrogram to problem solve more quickly and effectively, choosing noise reduction and repair technology to achieve the best results, best practices for repair sequencing, pre-treating signals to achieve best noise removal and aesthetic considerations in music and dialogue editing examples.

 

Preregistration is required for these events.Tickets for each workshop are $75 (member) and $125 (non-member) and can be purchased on-line through the Convention registration portal. Attendees must supply their own laptop and headphones for these unique learning experiences and must download and preload session resources. Seating is limited. All Access and Exhibits-Plus Advance Registration pricing and options, and hands-on workshop registration, is available through 11:00 pm EDT, October 14, with AES Members and Students receiving significant savings on badge registration. Find out more about the AES New York and register now at aesshow.com

 

Further detail on the “Ambisonics Tools for Immersive Audio Capture and Post-Production” workshop, including computer requirements and asset download information, can be found at http://www.aes.org/events/147/ambisonics/.

Further detail on the “Audio Repair and Restoration for Music and Post: Build Your Skills” workshop, including computer requirements and asset download information,  can be found at http://www.aes.org/events/147/restoration/

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Posted on October 9, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



AES New York 2019 Welcomes Award-Winning Drummer, Producer and Musical Director Steve Jordan for Thursday Keynote Address "The Love of Recording"

Award-winning drummer, composer and producer Steve Jordan to deliver Thursday's keynote address

— Drawing from his storied career, Jordan to offer perspectives from multiple roles and genres with some of music’s biggest acts — 

 

The Audio Engineering Society has announced that GRAMMY® award-winning producer, Emmy-winning musical director, and A-list drummer Steve Jordan, will give Thursday’s Keynote Address, “The Love of Recording,” on October 17 at 1:30 pm during the AES New York 2019 Pro Audio Convention, which takes place at the Jacob Javits Center, October 16 – 19. Jordan’s career spans over four decades, playing with many of the top names in the music industry, from Stevie Wonder to the Saturday Night Live band, as well as producing albums for artists including Keith Richards, John Mayer, and Sheryl Crow. Jordan will also take part in Thursday’s Special Event session “Triple Threat: The Art, Production & Technology of Making Music” with legendary guitarist, songwriter and producer Danny Kortchmar.

 

Throughout his remarkable career, Jordan has recorded with the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Sheryl Crow, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars, The Pretenders, James Taylor, Diana Krall, Billy Joel, Don Henley and Chick Corea, to name but a few, as well as being a member of the original Saturday Night Live Band and a founding member of the World's Most Dangerous Band for Late Night with David Letterman. As a multiple GRAMMY award-winning producer and Emmy-winning musical director, Jordan has made albums for Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos, John Mayer (which includes winning Pop Vocal Album of the Year for Continuum), Robert Cray, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Los Lonely Boys, John Scofield, Buddy Guy, Booker T. & the MG's, Solomon Burke, Hubert Sumlin, Tom Jones, Patty Scialfa and Beyoncé.  

 

Jordan received an Emmy for his musical direction in Movies Rock in addition to doing Fashion Rocks, several Kennedy Center Honors shows, and the 2004 Democratic Convention, and he has worked as musical director/producer on films including Lightning in a Bottle, Cadillac Records, and has consulted on Standing in the Shadows of Motown. He is currently producing Solid Soul, a documentary on musical legacy of record producer Willie Mitchell.

 

Jordan and Meegan Voss are the founders of the independent recording company, Jay-Vee Records, home to the GRAMMY-nominated album Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm and The Verbs. Upcoming Jay-Vee albums include Tony Joe White's The Best of Times, Mix Master Mike & Steve Jordan Beat Odyssey 2020, and The Verbs' new LP Garage Sale, featuring two strong singles at radio, “Simple Kinda Girl” and “Pleaser.” They are also the Directors of Special Events and Development at The Jazz Foundation of America and advisors to the Little Kids Rock Foundation in New York.  

 

In recent years, Steve has produced Keith Richards' album Crosseyed Heart, John Mayer’s The Search for Everything, Bettye LaVette’s acclaimed interpretation of Dylan’s work, Things Have Changed, Josh Groban’s hit “River” from his #1 album, Bridges, and Sheryl Crow’s final album Threads, and he’s currently finishing production work on upcoming albums by Robert Cray and Bettye LaVette.

 

Additional production credits include Rod Stewart’s Soulbook, John Mayer’s Battle Studies, The Verbs' Trip and Cover Story, Boz Scaggs’ Memphis and Fool to Care, Robert Cray’s In My Soul and his live project, 4 Nights of 40 Years Live. Jordan was musical director for the 61st, 62nd, 64th, 66th, 67th and 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as musical director for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Annual Gala, in addition to touring with Eric Clapton and John Mayer. 

 

 

This AES New York Special Event is open to all attendees, with discounted All Access and free Exhibits-Plus badge (use code AES19NOW at checkout) options available through October 14, 11:00 pm EDT, with AES Members and Students receiving significant savings. Find out more about the AES New York and register now at aesshow.com

Posted on October 9, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



AES New York 2019 Unveils New Hip-Hop and R&B Events

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— Hip-Hop and R&B Track reveals production techniques and tools used by top names in the industry —

From sampling to mixing, from studio design to production flow, genres like R&B and hip-hop have their own musical vernacular and their own specialized techniques and tools. Next month’s AES New York 2019 takes an in-depth look at hip-hop and R&B production with a new Track chock full of workshops and presentations led by storied and award-winning engineers, producers and artists – the Convention is even opening with a keynote speech from Grandmaster Flash on Wednesday on “The Evolution of the Beat.” 


AES New York 2019 Hip-Hop and R&B Thursday events begin with an A-list panel discussion, “Chopped and Looped – Inside the Art of Sampling for Hip-Hop” featuring Just Blaze (Jay-Z, Kanye West), Breakbeat Lou (Afrika Bambaataa, Biz Markie), Hank Shocklee (Public Enemy, Mary J. Blige) and Ebonie Smith (Hamilton, Sturgill Simpson), moderated by AES New York Hip-Hop and R&B Track chair Paul "Willie Green" Womack (Wiz Khalifa, The Roots). Celebrating the art of the audio collage, the panelists will discuss the production technique that launched a genre, exploring the process of digging for samples, techniques and tools for composition, and concepts for processing and mixing a sample-driven production.


“We are very excited to bring together some amazing talents from the hip-hop and R&B world to the AES New York Convention,” states Womack. “The events that we have put together offer attendees a detailed look at some of the nuances that make these genres unique, along with a chance to learn directly from innovators of the art form as they share their role in putting this music on the map.” 


The program continues on Thursday with three dedicated events running through the afternoon. “The Soul of an R&B Mix” takes a look at genre-specific mixing techniques with Prince Charles Alexander (Notorious B.I.G, Sting), Neal Pogue (Outkast, Stevie Wonder) and host Womack. Next up, Dave Malekpour joins Womack to host the panel “Studio Design for Hip-Hop and R&B” featuring Larrance Dopson, James Fauntleroy, Frank Hendler and Rick St. Hilaire offering insights on the tools needed to outfit hip-hop and R&B studios of all sizes and budgets.


The afternoon concludes with an in-depth examination of highlights from the career of emcee/producer Q-Tip in the session “Engineering for The Abstract: Recording Q-Tip and A Tribe Called Quest,” presented by Gloria Kaba (Q-Tip, Madonna). Kalba will offer a detailed look at the making of A Tribe Called Quest’s 2016 release We Got it From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service, from the writing process to capturing the wide range of performances and musicians on the album.


As part of the convention’s Special Events series, both the “Chopped and Looped — Inside the Art of Sampling for Hip-Hop” and the Grandmaster Flash keynote address are open to all AES New York attendees, including those with complimentary Exhibits-Plus passes, free when using code “AES19NOW” at online registration checkout. For everything the Convention has to offer, including the complete Hip-Hop and R&B Track series of events, All Access badges are available now at Advance Registration discount pricing with AES Members and Students receiving significant savings. Find out more about the AES New York and register now at aesshow.com

Posted on September 24, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



The Latest Edition of the AES Journal is Now Online

The Journal of the Audio Engineering Society

The latest edition of the AES Journal is now online, with feature articles, the latest in audio research papers and engineering briefs, call for participation, AES event previews, and much more.

AES Members can download this edition for free at aes.org/journal 

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Posted on September 23, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



AES New York 2019 Tunes Up New Electronic Instrument Design & Applications Track

AES New York 2019 Electronic Instrument Design and Applications Track special guest panelist and industry pioneer Dave Rossum

 — Track set to explore the rich history of electronic instrument design along with current and future possibilities in audio production, featuring three sessions with industry pioneer Dave Rossum —


Bringing a new sound and beat to modern music, the proliferation of electronic instruments kicked off a wave of fresh sounds and innovative audio creation workflows that continue to push the boundaries of music. From the storied beginnings of hip-hop and dance music, to the latest designs and production techniques, this year’s debut of the AES New York 2019 Electronic Instrument Design and Applications Track offers exclusive industry insights to attendees on Thursday, October 17, during the AES New York 147th International Pro Audio Convention. Featured panelist Dave Rossum, an electronic instrument design pioneer, will join in on several Track events, sharing his experience in designing technologies that led to some of the world’s most recognizable sounds.


“This year’s Electronic Instrument Design and Applications Track at the AES New York Convention celebrates the contributions made by innovative engineers working with various types of sound synthesis technologies,” states Electronic Instrument Design and Applications chair Michael Bierylo. “The field has changed in dramatic ways since Bob Moog presented his groundbreaking work Voltage-Controlled Electronic Music Modules at the 16th annual meeting of the AES in 1964. But, as illustrated by the current interest in the Eurorack modular synthesizer format, we see that technologies such as voltage control remain vital, much in the way that we still value analog audio processors and recorders. Additionally, we are excited to have Dave Rossum join us for this year’s inaugural track on electronic instrument design. He personifies excellence in all aspects of this field and is truly one of the unsung heroes, standing head and shoulders with pioneers such as Bob Moog, Don Buchla, Alan R. Pearlman, Dave Smith, Roger Linn and Tom Oberheim, to mention a few.’’


The morning begins with the session “Drum Machines, Groove-Boxes, and Tempo-Based Electronic Instruments,” where Bierylo will welcome Rossum and Dan Gill from AKAI Professional Products to the stage for a discussion of early production tools such as the Roland 808 and LinnDrum and their influences and vitality in the electronic instrument industry. Jayant Datta of Audio Precision follows with the session “Not Your Everyday Filters,” which will introduce and expose audio engineers to some less-common specialized audio filters that have interesting properties and audio applications.


Afternoon Electronic Instrument Design and Applications events include two panel discussions, beginning with “Modular Synthesizer Designs – From the Past to Future Directions,” where Bierylo will host a discussion with Andrew Ikenberry of Qu-Bit Electronix, Dan Green from 4ms and Rossum on the roots and future development of modular synthesis, from classic recreations to bold new designs, with many innovations coming from small, home-grown developers. The afternoon concludes with a special panel on “Embedded Computing and Instrument Design,” moderated by Paul Lehrman with Richard Graham, Denis Labrecque and Teresa Marrin Nakra joining previous panelists Ikenberry and Rossum, to share perspectives from both the research and independent builder communities on innovative use cases and future directions of the electronic instrument industry.


AES New York Electronic Instrument Design and applications events are only available with an All Access badge which grants attendees access to four full days of the Convention Technical Program and the three-day Exhibition – every opportunity for attendees to Listen, Learn, and Connect. Additional events taking place on the Electronic Dance Music and DJ Stage, along with AES Special Events, keynotes, and more are open to all registered attendees, including those opting for Exhibits-Plus registration, free when applying code “AES19NOW” at online registration checkout. All Access badges are available still available at Advance Registration discount pricing with AES Members and Students receiving significant savings. Find out more about AES New York 2019 and register now at aesshow.com

 

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Posted on September 23, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



Hip-Hop Icon Grandmaster Flash to Give AES New York Opening-Day Keynote Address "Evolution of the Beat"

Hip-hop icon Grandmaster Flash to give AES New York opening-day keynote address

— Legendary innovator of early DJ techniques and hip-hop stylings set to address 147th International Audio Engineering Society attendees —

In the tradition of bringing the best in audio industry pioneers and luminaries to an international forum of AES Convention attendees, the Audio Engineering Society has announced that music icon and innovator Grandmaster Flash will give the opening-day keynote address, “Evolution of the Beat,” at the AES New York Convention on October 16 at 12:00pm. 

 

Grandmaster Flash is inarguably one of hip-hop’s original innovators. Emerging in the 1970s from the South Bronx in the earliest days of the genre, he manipulated music by placing his fingers on the vinyl, perfecting beat looping, and discovering many of the seminal beats still commonly sampled today. His influence on how music is created has been profound, and it’s no surprise that the New York Times calls him hip-hop’s first virtuoso.

 

“Hip-hop is unique – an art form that seized upon existing technology and warped its use into a new art form,” says multiple-GRAMMY®-winning producer, engineer, artist and educator Prince Charles Alexander, who will introduce Grandmaster Flash to the AES opening ceremony crowd. “This new genre drove technological innovation, enabling further musical creativity and driving more innovation in a cycle that continues today. AES is delighted that Grandmaster Flash, a pioneer and pacesetter in the hip-hop community, is bringing his unique perspectives to the AES New York opening ceremonies.”

 

 

As part of the convention’s Special Events series, this presentation is open to all AES New York attendees, including those with complimentary Exhibits-Plus passes, free when using code “AES19NOW” at online registration checkout. For everything the Convention has to offer, All Access AES New York Advance Registration prices and options are still available, with AES Members and Students receiving significant savings. Find out more about the AES New York Special Events program and register now at aesshow.com 

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Posted on September 17, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



The Audio Builders Workshop Returns to AES New York Offering Hands-On DIY Product Design and Production

Attendees take part in an Audio Builders Workshop build during last year's AES New York 2018 Convention

 — AES New York 2019 to feature Audio Builder Workshop product build events on the exhibition floor, as well as in-depth sessions in the All Access Technical Program —

For a growing number of audio engineers, musicians, and enthusiasts, having an intimate knowledge of their gear and of possible tweaks and modifications has become a major asset to creating and obtaining extraordinary sounds. The Audio Builders Workshop Track at the 147th AES International Professional Audio Convention, October 16 – 19 at New York City’s Javits Center, is set to offer attendees an expanded array of opportunities to learn about hardware construction and modification, and even to try their hand at DIY projects sure to inspire and lead them to their next build. Session topics will include reviving esoteric gear, powering up custom builds, scaling DIY ideas into a business and teaching DIY skills in the classroom. Additional hands-on demonstrations with kit makers and expert builders will take place all day during the Convention’s exhibition (October 16 – 18). DIY activities will conclude with a hands-on build clinic on Saturday, October 19 in the Javits South Concourse, open to all registered attendees.


Audio Builders Workshop Track Co-Chair Owen Curtin offers, “For this year’s Audio Builders Workshop sessions we will be hands-on with soldering and other crucial skills, and once again, Mouser Electronics has made a generous donation that lets us bring tools and parts to teach attendees more about electronics and DIY pro audio.” 


Track Co-Chair Chris Kincaid adds, “I’m thrilled about this groundswell of support and interest in DIY that came into its own last year with the launch of the Audio Builders Workshop Track at AES. As an educator, I’m particularly excited to share our panel on DIY projects that teachers can use in the classroom.”


Technical Program sessions, open to those with All Access registration, span all four days of the convention, beginning with “Classroom DIY Projects” and “Custom Consoles / Power and Grounding” on Wednesday. The presentations “Project to Product” and “Reviving Classic and Esoteric Tech” will follow on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Saturday will bring together attendees together for the “DIY Build Clinic: Starting Your Next Build Today with Audio Builders Workshop,” a three-hour session open to attendees of all experience levels, from which participants will leave with a working audio tool (pre-registration and a purchase of the kit required – more information here).


Noted presenters at previous DIY events are signed on for AES New York. “You’ll want to stop by because I’ll be giving soldering lessons,” shares AES Fellow and president of Digital Domain Mastering, Bob Katz. Founder of DIY.RE, Peterson Goodwin, who will be part of the Saturday DIY Build Clinic, promises that the workshops will “show people first-hand that, ‘Yes, you can build and repair your own audio gear.’"  


Microphone-Parts.com founder Matthew McGlynn notes that he is looking forward to meeting the builders during AES New York 2019 to “help them launch their DIY audio efforts.” Freelance instrument designer Mike Buffington, who says he’s been fortunate to work on “some incredible projects” for Wally Debecker of Gotye, restoring and replicating rare electronic instruments, is eager to “share some of what I have learned with the AES community” through his participation in the Audio Builders Workshop Track. 


Advance Registration prices and options are still available for the AES New York 2019 Pro Audio Convention, with AES Members and students saving significantly on All Access badges. Free Exhibits-Plus registration is also available when using code “AES19NOW” at checkout.


 

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Posted on September 11, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



Student and Career Development Events Front and Center at AES New York 2019

Magdalena Piotrowska, AES New York Student and Career Development chair

— Student events offer a wealth of opportunity to Listen, Learn and Connect during the Audio Engineering Society’s 147th International Professional Audio Convention —


For aspiring audio professionals looking to take their audio education and career to the next level, there’s no better place to start than the Student and Career Development events taking place during this year’s AES New York Convention, October 16 – 19 at the Javits Center. With heavily discounted registration pricing, AES student members and non-members alike are encouraged to take part in what is sure to be a foundational and inspirational audio experience. The full schedule of Student and Career Development events is now available, and sessions are open to All Access registered attendees, offering a variety of opportunities to listen, learn, and connect with fellow students and professionals alike.


Organized by AES New York Student and Career Development chair Magdalena Piotrowska and the AES Student Delegate Assembly, this year’s convention will once again host top educators and industry experts offering their insights into what it takes to be successful in an audio engineering career. “The mission of AES Conventions is to facilitate the free exchange of knowledge, and to offer a chance for audio engineers to learn from each other, on every level,” states Piotrowska. “The Student and Career Development Track events are designed to encourage both audio students and teachers to reach for the next level in their experience, while networking and sharing ideas – and it all takes place during the biggest Audio Engineering Society event of the year.” 


As with all things audio, critical listening is a key tool in discerning and understanding an array of concepts that, ultimately, result in the desired sound experience – or not. The panel discussion “Essential Elements of Ear Training for Contemporary Audio Engineers” will provide attendees with a chance to experience the theoretical and empirical considerations of ear-training programs through both listening and training examples, and will further examine the importance of “listening” in the current video-oriented society.


Another popular Student and Career Development event held at AES Conventions is the Education and Career Fair, taking place on Friday, which serves to match job seekers with companies and prospective students with schools, as well as expand students’ knowledge of potential career paths. Additionally, Friday will also host the annual AES New York High School Education Day, offering a chance for the next generation of audio students to experience, and become involved with, the Audio Engineering Society and its wealth of educational opportunities and resources. Those attendees seeking the most efficient paths to their career goals and beyond will also find the Recent Graduate Panel of interest, in a discussion exploring real-life work, job hunting, and creative experiences of recent graduates in the industry.


AES New York will also host the Student Recording Competition and Design Competitions, the second edition of the AES MatLab Plugin Student Competition, and Student Recording Critiques, where submitted recordings, designs, and software are constructively critiqued by a panel of professionals. Other educational sessions include “Mix It! Improving Your Mixes and Your Mixing Workflow” and “Empowering the Next-Generation of Audio Industry Leaders,” as well as two mentoring workshops hosted by SPARS and Sound Girls, respectively, a session on “Resume Review (for Students, Recent Grads, and Young Professionals)“ and additional chances to get involved through AES Student Delegate Assembly meetings, and more. The deadline for submissions to the Student Recording Competition and Design Competition is September 18.


Advance Registration prices and options are still available, with students saving up 75% on All Access badges. Free Exhibits-Plus registration is also available when using code “AES19NOW” at checkout.


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Posted on September 10, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



AES New York Debuts New Electronic Dance Music Track Events

Dedicated events offer insights into dance music production at the AES New York Convention, October 16 — 19 at the Jacob Javits Center.

— Dedicated events offer insights into dance music production —

The AES New York 2019 Convention is introducing an afternoon dedicated to electronic music producers. For the first time in its 70-plus year history, electronic producers from across the globe will come together for an afternoon of sessions covering the disciplines of the craft. Over the course of four hours, award-winning industry professionals will share their intimate knowledge of electronic music production. AES New York Electronic Dance Music Track Events will take place Thursday, October 17, and are open to All Access registered attendees during the New York 2019 Pro Audio Convention, October 16 – 19 at the Jacob Javits Center.

 

The day kicks off with multi-platinum/GRAMMY®-winning mix engineer Ariel Borujow, breaking down a full mix of an electronic music track in the “Mixing EDM Masterclass.” Borujow will discuss all aspects of his approach, from his mindset and communication with the client to the techniques that go into creating the feel while keeping the client’s vision of the production. 

 

Electronic Dance Music Track events continue with the session “The Art & Origins of Sampling: From Vinyl to DAW; From Hip-Hop to Dance Music,” Nate Mars from the Electronic Music Collective will be discussing the fundamentals of the sampling art form used not just by electronic musicians but also by all producers and DJs. 

 

Rounding the afternoon out, Rick Snoman, award-winning remixer, producer and author of the industry standard textbook Dance Music Manual, will walk attendees through the art of a remix. Focusing on the production of great remixes, Snoman will introduce the initial decisions of what to keep, how to develop on the original idea, and how to imprint the remixer’s identity onto the finished product.

 

AES New York All Access attendees can take part in this historic afternoon of Electronic Dance Music Track events with the all-star lineup of presenters and other industry professionals (details here), and visit the main exhibition floor for demos of the latest tech – guaranteed to satisfy any music enthusiast’s appetite.

 

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AES Academy 2020 Advance Registration Now Open!

Registration opens August 28 for the upcoming AES Academy 2020 in Anaheim in January

— Held in conjunction with The 2020 NAMM Show, the AES Academy offers four days of career enhancement for the professional audio community —

 

The Audio Engineering Society has announced that Advance Registration opens today, August 28 for AES Academy 2020. Held in conjunction with The NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, January 16 – 19, 2020, the AES Academy features presentations that offer a unique opportunity for the pro-audio community to experience the latest production tools and techniques for studio and stage applications. 

“AES Academy events provide audio engineers an opportunity to refresh their skills and learn best practices in expert-led sessions while networking with other professionals at a key time of the year for the industry,” states AES Academy Program Director Mark Frink.

The four-day AES Academy (formerly AES@NAMM) comprises a series of Training Academies and related sessions covering line-array technologies, live-sound mixing consoles, studio and wireless microphones and control room environments, in addition to tutorials on sound system measurement and optimization and other insights into the audio sciences and their application.

AES Academy sessions are held in the NAMM U Education Center on the fourth floor of the Anaheim Hilton on The NAMM Show campus.

Key activities in AES Academy 2020’s comprehensive schedule of training sessions and career enhancement activities include:     

The Measurement & Optimization Academy returns with AFMG’s Bruce Olson and Excelsior’s Charlie Hughes presenting Thursday and Friday morning, Rational Acoustics’ James Anderson and Chris Tsanjouries present Thursday through Saturday afternoons and iSEMcon’s Wolfgang Frank finishes each day with a presentation on measurement microphones. 

In its third year, the Live Console Academy returns with four days of sessions where technical partners Yamaha and Allen & Heath will host a variety of twice daily, half-day hands-on console training workshops. The Line Array Academy also offers four days of workshops in a classroom setting. Bringing the boom is the focus of the newly developed Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Academy on Saturday. Daily live sound Keynote sessions will be held on the AES Academy’s Main Stage: Live.        

On Thursday, Audio Science & Technology sessions present specially curated topics in one-hour sessions. The Control Room Academy will present four two-hour training sessions, both Thursday and Friday, on control room applications of leading technologies. 

On Friday, the In Ear Monitor Academy returns with sessions covering all aspects of IEM fundamentals. As in previous years, Free Hearing Screening and Free Digital IEM Scanning by Ultimate Ears will be available in the AES Academy registration area on the Hilton’s fourth floor. Microphone Academy events on Friday will explore DPA Microphone’s piano, orchestra and choir mic solutions, Townsend Labs’ virtual microphone and Royer Labs’ ribbon mics. On Saturday, the Wireless Academy returns, leading off with a special 2020 spectrum update panel highlighting recent changes to U.S. RF spectrum availability. Saturday also features a special House of Worship focus of console and wireless sessions.

Recording guru and noted author Bobby Owsinski returns by popular demand for a special Main Stage Studio series of Saturday sessions. Also on Saturday, the new Audio Education Academy sessions will offer innovative educational insights to high school and college audio educators. 

All AES Academy sessions are available to current AES members, including students, at a $25 advance registration rate. AES Memberships ($125 for professionals, $50 for students) are available online if you wish to join prior to registering. Non-member Advance Registration is $150 for professionals and $75 for students. Credential pickup will be in the Anaheim Hilton’s fourth-floor AES registration lounge (on-site registration rates will be higher than Advance Registration fees). 

AES Academy registrants can purchase discounted badges to The 2020 NAMM Show exhibits and may additionally purchase tickets to Saturday night’s TEC Awards, in advance or at on-site registration. NAMM Exhibits badges are just $25 for AES Academy attendees before November 1.

Find out more at aesacademy2020.com, and register now to join us in Anaheim.

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Posted on August 29, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



AES Headphone Technology Conference to Dig Deep into Emerging Audio Technologies and Applications

The AES is set to hold its second International Headphone Technology Conference, August 27—29 at the Golden Gate Club, Presidio, San Francisco, CA, offering three days of presentations, sessions, demonstrations, and more, all dedicated to headphone technology.

— Mobile Spatial Audio, Individualization, Assistive Listening and Audio for Augmented Reality offer new areas of study and innovation for this year’s conference —  

The AES is set to hold its second International Headphone Technology Conference, August 27–29 at the Golden Gate Club, Presidio, San Francisco, CA. The Conference offers three days of presentations, sessions, demonstrations, and more, all dedicated to headphone technology, with a special emphasis on the emerging fields of Mobile Spatial Audio, Individualization, Assistive Listening and Audio for Augmented Reality. 


“We are eager to bring this topic to the international stage, once again, after the overwhelming success of our 2016 Conference in Denmark,” states Conference co-chair Christopher Struck. “As the role, and very definition, of ‘headphones’ continues to evolve, we plan to take a closer look at how new applications, technical designs, and evaluation of headphone technology and its impact can be applied to the headphone, hearing aid and audio delivery industries across the board.”


A highlight of AES Conferences are the guest keynote speakers, of which the Headphone Technology Conference offers six. These include Prof. Michael Vorländer (Aachen University) speaking on “Acoustic Transparency of Earphones and Headphones”; a talk on “HRTF Modeling and Rendering” with Prof. Ramani Duraiswami (University of Maryland); and Prof. Dorte Hammershøi (Aalborg University) with her remarks on “Hearing Damage Risk from Headphone-Based Listening.”


Scientific research papers – now available for preview in the AES E-Library - will also be presented, covering an array of topics including active noise cancellation, signal processing, virtualization, test and measurement, modeling, binaural rendering, and more. Demonstrations of headphone measurement, response simulation and rapid HRTF rendering will be a part of Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s afternoon sessions, in addition to poster presentations and sponsor exhibits. Other highlights include a workshop titled “Measuring 3D Directivity of Microphones and Radiated Sound in Headsets and Hearables" by Robert Werner of Klippel GmbH, and a Workshop/Panel Discussion on "Practical Considerations of Commercially Viable Headphones" with Moderator Michael Klasco (Menlo Scientific, Ltd) leading a discussion with panelists John Patrick Quigley (Eastman Chemical Company), Christopher Struck (CJS-Labs), and Mark Donaldson (SoundChip).


The full technical program, keynote speaker schedule, and more are available online at aes.org/conferences/2019/headphones

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Posted on August 23, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



AES New York 2019 Archiving and Preservation Sessions Offer Detailed Look at the Past, Present and Future of Audio Assets

Jessica Thompson, AES New York Archiving and Restoration Track chair

— Whether archiving the latest audio formats or preserving historical recordings, the 147th Audio Engineering Society Pro Audio Convention offers insights into the latest technologies and techniques —

From the moment a sound wave is recorded, there are critical actions that can be taken to ensure that that piece of audio will live its fullest life for many years to come – from equipment and session documentation, to proper crediting of those involved and correct handling and storage for the chosen format. The AES New York 2019 Pro Audio Convention, October 16 – 19 at the Jacob Javits Center, will feature four days of dedicated Archiving and Restoration sessions led by top practitioners in the industry.

 

“In my second year curating this track, I wanted to highlight important but less frequently discussed topics in audio archiving and restoration,” states AES New York Archiving and Restoration Track chair Jessica Thompson. “We talk a lot about magnetic tape and disc preservation, but who is digitizing all of those amazing indie, hip-hop and punk recordings from the 90’s that are locked away on ADATs and DA-88s? How are we developing and evolving best practices in the preservation of multitrack recordings, both on analog formats and in DAWs? And what about all that metadata? I'm excited to hear from a diverse group of contributors from institutions such as the Library of Congress, NYPL, Iron Mountain, Pandora, and Harvard, as well as independent practitioners who are in the trenches doing this crucial work to preserve our audio heritage.”

 

Highlights of AES New York Archiving and Restoration sessions include:

“Preserving Hip-Hop” – Sommer McCoy of Mixtape Museum / Brooklyn Academy of Music has assembled a solid crew of DJs, preservationists, and historians to discuss the nuances of preserving Hip-Hop music. Panelists Manny Faces, Syreeta Gates, and DJ Rich Nice will talk about the difficulty of finding and maintaining the technological tools required to preserve beats, samples, and mixtapes, as well as answer questions around who controls the narrative of these musical artifacts, and the benefits of academic vs. community-driven preservation projects.

 

“Restoring Hank Williams” – in this session, Jett Williams will share newly transferred and restored transcription disc recordings made by her father, Hank Williams, for the Health & Happiness and Mother's Best radio shows. Producer Cheryl Pawelski, mastering engineer and restoration specialist Michael Graves, and Hank Williams Estate representative Kelly Zumwalt will be on board to discuss the curatorial and technical process of preserving these historic recordings.

 

“Archiving the 90s!” – Audio preservation is often focused on the earliest recordings made on disc or magnetic tape. But what about recordings made on DA-88s and ADATs? Jason Bitner, Eddie Ciletti, David Ackerman, Catherine Vericolli and Kelly Pribble will tackle the specific technical challenges of Archiving the 90s!

 

Other Archiving and Preservation sessions being held at AES New York include presentations such as “You Mean You Wanted Those Tracks??: The Challenges of Preserving Multitrack Recordings,” “Metadata from Creation to Consumption to Preservation,” “Preserve This Podcast,” and “Finding Funding: How To Connect Archival Audio Collections and Funders.”

 

AES New York All Access registration is the ticket to everything the largest dedicated pro audio event and exhibition of the year has to offer, including all Archiving and Restoration sessions – four full days of the best in pro audio education, gear, networking opportunities, and much more. 

 

Advance Registration prices and options are still available, as well as select housing options through AES partner hotels. Find out more and register now at aesshow.com.

 

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Posted on August 22, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



Noted Psychoacoustics and Audio Coding Researcher Louis D. Fielder Slated for Heyser Lecture at AES New York 2019

Louis D. Fielder, Psychoacoustics and Audio Coding Pioneer, to Give Heyser Lecture at AES New York 2019

— AES Fellow and former Society president takes the stage of the lauded lecture series to share insights from his vast experience in research and development of cutting-edge industry technologies —


The Audio Engineering Society has announced that Louis D. Fielder, a leading researcher in the fields of psychoacoustics and audio coding, will deliver the Heyser Memorial Lecture at the upcoming AES New York Convention on Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 pm. Offering insights from decades of industry research and development, Fielder will deliver the lecture titled “Psychoacoustics Applied to Dynamic-Range and Nonlinear-Distortion Assessment” as part of the Special Events series taking place during the AES New York Convention, October 16 – 19. 


“The psychoacoustics of noise detection, measurements of noise in the digital-audio recording / storage / reproduction chain, and measurements of peak-acoustic pressures in music performances are combined to determine the requirements for noise-free reproduction of music,” begins Fielder’s abstract for the lecture. “It is found that the required ratio between the maximum reproduction levels and the perceived audibility of noise can be as much as 124 decibels. When more practical circumstances are considered, this requirement is shown to drop to more feasible values.” The lecture will continue by examining how auditory masking allows for the assessment of nonlinear distortions in digital-audio conversion systems operating at low-signal levels, along with examples of digital-audio conversion systems. Fielder’s lecture will conclude with a discussion of expanded use of masking and present a model for determining non-linear distortions in headphones and low-frequency loudspeakers.


“Louis Fielder’s expertise and experience exemplify the stature of Heyser Lecture presenters,” shares AES Technical Council Chair Steve Hutt. “As we celebrate the 20th year of the Heyser Lecture series, we are delighted to bring Louis to the stage to share his unique insights.”


Fielder’s industry experience began in 1976 as an electronic component designer for custom sound reinforcement systems at Paul Veneklasen and Associates. In 1978, he became involved in digital-audio and magnetic recording research at the Ampex Corporation. His interest in applying psychoacoustics to the design and analysis of digital-audio conversion systems soon led to other career opportunities, including his work at Dolby Laboratories (1984 – 2018) on the application of psychoacoustics to the development of audio systems and the development of a number of bit-rate reduction audio coders for music distribution, transmission, and storage applications including AC-1, AC-2, AC-3, Enhanced AC-3, AAC, and Dolby E. Additionally, Fielder managed the Sound Technology Research Department at Dolby Laboratories in San Francisco (2005 – 2009) and has led further research into perceptually derived limits for the performance for digital audio conversion, low-frequency loudspeaker systems, distortion limits for loudspeakers/headphones, loudspeaker-room equalization, and headphone virtualization. Other industry involvement and recognition include his status as a life Fellow of the AES, a recipient of the AES Silver Medal Award, a senior life member of the IEEE, a life member of the SMPTE, and an emeritus member of the Acoustical Society of America. Fielder served on the AES Board of Governors (1990–1992), as AES President (1994 – 1995) and as AES Treasurer (2005 – 2009).


The Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture series, hosted by the AES Technical Council at each convention, honors the extensive contributions to the Society made by Heyser, who was widely known for his ability to communicate new and complex technical ideas with great clarity and patience.


Visit aesshow.com to find out how you can attend the AES New York Convention’s Heyser Memorial Lecture, as part of the Convention’s four full days of pro audio events, exhibition and networking opportunities with audio engineers from around the world.  

Event Link: http://www.aes.org/events/147/specialevents/?ID=6819

 

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Posted on August 21, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



AES Educational Foundation Announces Scholarships for 2019

The Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundations announces 2019 grants and scholarships recipients. (Graphic by Noël Anderson)

The Educational Foundation of the Audio Engineering Society is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 AES Educational Grants for Graduate Studies in Audio Engineering. The announcement was made by Don Puluse, President of the AES Educational Foundation (AESEF), on behalf of the foundation’s Board of Directors. The 2019 grant awards are as follows: 


Audio Precision’s Advancing Audio – Tom Kite Scholarship is awarded to Claire Wenner, a student at the University of Rochester, working towards an MS in electrical and computer engineering. Her BS is in audio and music engineering. She is Vice President of the UR student AES. Claire has created a new type of FM synthesizer featuring intuitive analog control. 


The Dolby Institute Scholar is Peng Huang, who earns an MA in audio sciences at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. He also has a BA from Peabody. After completing an undergraduate in China, Peng served as a freelance engineer and won six CSMPTE Sound Academy Awards. He has a keen interest in audio science. 


 

The Genelec Ilpo Martikainen Audio Visionary Scholar is Christian Steinmetz, who will earn an MS in music computing from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. He holds a BS in EE and BA in audio technology from Clemson University. Christian was the first recipient of the AES Educational Foundation Mary Lea Simpson Memorial Scholarship in 2018. He has a research interest in audio signal processing and machine learning with a focus on intelligent music production systems that aid audio engineers.  

 


Our 2019 L-Acoustics Dr. Christian Heil Scholar is Ben Creelman. He is pursuing an MM in sound recording from McGill University. Ben is a former recipient of the AES Educational Foundation John Eargle Award. His interests include film sound and visual media. He has also built a mix interface responsive to listener’s behavior. 


The first PMC Sound for the Future AES Scholarship recipient is Dora Filipovic. She is a PhD candidate in Digital Media Arts at the University of Surrey. Her previous degrees are from the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. Her documentary, Glances of Closed Eyes, examines sound and its impact on socialization through the experience of individuals who are blind or otherwise visually impaired. Dora’s continuation of her research in this field uses three dimensional sound in virtual reality to enable discovery of new theories about auditory perception.


Marta Gospodarek is the John Eargle Scholar for 2019. She will earn a PhD in music technology and performing arts at NYU Steinhardt School. Her master’s degree in sound engineering is from The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Marta earned a Gold Award in an AES Convention student recording competition and is the author of two AES papers. 


Ibrahim Onafeko is the Larry Estrin Scholar. He is pursuing an MA in Audio Technology from American University and has a BS is from Howard University. Ibrahim has experience in radio and podcast production, including working for Sirius FM Radio. 


Kathleen Zhang is named the Bruce Swedien “Music First” Scholar. She is working towards a PhD in sound recording at McGill University and has an MM and BM in music technology from NYU. Kathleen has also studied at IRCAM. She is founding member and current co-president of the NYU Recording Engineer and Producer Group. 


The Emil Torick Scholar for 2019 is Bartlomiej Chojnacki, a PhD candidate in acoustics from AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow. Chair of the International AES SDA and author of over 20 scientific papers, several in the AES E-Library, Bartlomiej also won the Silver award in AES Convention Student Design Competitions in 2016 and 2017. 


Andrea Genovese receives a renewal grant for his PhD in music and performing arts from NYU’s Steinhardt School. He holds a degree in electronic engineering with music technology systems from York University, UK, as well as a MEng degree from York University. Andrea has published six AES papers.


The Foundation accepts Jacob Hollebon’s grant renewal request. Jacob is receiving his PhD in virtual acoustics at the University of Southampton, UK. His BS in physics is from the University of Warwick, and his MS from the University of South Hampton. 


Claudia Nader Jaime is studying at the University of York, earning a PhD from the department of Theatre, Film, TV and Interactive Media. Her previous studies were at Academia de Musica Fermatta and the University of York. 


Yuanwu Jiang is pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering at the Pusan National University in Korea, and has a master’s degree from the University of Shanghai and Pusan for Science and Technology.


Dan Johnston studies at York University towards a PhD in music technology. His previous study was at the University of York and South Downs College, Portsmouth, Hampshire.


Julian Neri is at McGill University, studying for a PhD in music technology. His BS is in engineering mechanics and astronautics from the University of Wisconsin, and his MA is from McGill.


Ryan Miller attends Belmont University, working on an MS in audio engineering technology. His BS EE is from the University of Wisconsin. 


Cristina Ochoa pursues an MS in Acoustics from Penn State University. She is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines and has an MFA from Middle Tennessee State University. 


Hyunjoung Yang, with a BA from Dong-Ah Institute of Media and Arts (DIMA), attends McGill University, pursuing an MM in sound recording.  


The AES Educational Foundation was established in 1984 to encourage talented students to enter the profession of audio engineering. Grants for graduate studies with emphasis on audio topics are awarded annually. Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated talent, achievements, goals and recommendations. 


The AES Educational Foundation is affiliated with the Audio Engineering Society. Grants have been made possible by contributions from the estate of John K. Hilliard, Audio Precision, Dolby, Genelec, HARMAN International Industries Inc., JBL Inc., L-Acoustics, PMC, the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the families of John Eargle, David Smith, Mary Lea Simpson, Emil Torick and the family and friends of Bruce Swedien, Don and Fran Pearson and Larry Estrin. 


The Foundation also receives support from other benefactors such as in-memoriam donors, and individuals and companies that support education in audio. Application forms and additional information are available from the Audio Engineering Society, 551 Fifth Ave., Suite 1225, New York, NY 10176, USA, or on its web site: www.aes.org/education/foundation/.

 

Posted on August 20, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



AES International Automotive Audio Conference Announces Details for 2019 Events

The AES International Automotive Audio Conference takes place September 11 — 13 at the Audi Driving Experience Center in Neuburg an der Donau (Bavaria), Germany

Preliminary program details for the upcoming Audio Engineering Society International Conference on Automotive Audio – including a detailed program schedule, keynote speakers, online registration, and more – are now online. Taking place September 11 – 13 at the Audi Driving Experience Center in Neuburg an der Donau (Bavaria), Germany, this year’s conference builds on the overwhelming success of its predecessors by gathering the leading global authorities in Automotive Audio for three days of in-depth examination of the latest trends, challenges and solutions in the field, plus exhibitions and demos showcasing the latest automotive audio technologies.


The Conference is chaired by Alfred Svobodnik, who leads the AES Automotive Audio Technical Committee. “This year’s program for the AES International Conference on Automotive Audio is set to cover all facets of creating outstanding sound in vehicles and to give our attendees first-hand knowledge and experience in what today’s systems are capable of achieving,” states Svobodnik. “Whether taking a look at new perspectives in the challenges of creating quality automotive sound, or offering new techniques in product development, or solving the challenges of designing the sound of electric vehicles, this conference is an essential event for automotive audio professionals who want to stay ahead of the pack.”


Daily keynote presentations will highlight key areas of interest, beginning with Wednesday’s keynote featuring Ivo Muth, Vice President User Experience/User Interface for Audi, on the topic “The Holistic User Experience.” “Audio Engineering in Today’s Automotive Industry: from Technical Performance to Sound Quality” is the topic of Thursday’s keynote, presented by Laurent Gagliadrini, DQI/DAPF/NVH (PSA Peugeot Citroën), and Thursday’s keynote, given by Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Grill, Director with focus on Audio and Media Technologies (Fraunhofer IIS), will expound on “Immersive Audio listening experience in Cars – the Future of Music.”

 

The conference will also present opportunities for attendees to get up to date on the latest in scientific research in automotive audio and related fields through technical papers, tutorials, workshops, and panel discussions being presented throughout the three days. Additionally, attendees will have an exciting opportunity take a critical listen to the Sound Demos on the road.


Online registration is currently available, which includes a lunch and coffee break on all three days, and shuttle service from “Enso hotel” in Ingolstadt and “Parkhotel” in Gaimersheim to the Audi Driving Experience Center. More information available at aes.org/conferences/2019/automotive. 

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Posted on August 19, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



The New Era of Product Development: The AES New York 2019 Product Development Track

Scott Leslie, AES New York Product Development Track chair

 — As audio product development surges forward at a breakneck pace, the 147th Audio Engineering Society International Convention is the premier destination for audio product developers to enhance their trade —

 

Each year the Product Development Track presents four days of themed Workshops during the AES Convention. Building on last year’s theme “Make Audio Matter,” the 2019 Product Development Track is built on the theme “The New Era of Product Development.” The Track’s sessions will dive into next-generation methodologies, practices and technologies involved in developing and bringing products to market. The Product Design sessions are open to AES New York Convention All Access badge-holders and will take place at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, October 16 – October 19.

 

“In the past we have focused on what makes great products, and it has been highly energized by our audiences,” said Scott Leslie, AES New York Product Development Track chair. “This year we are looking at where product development is headed and how it applies to the audio products business.”

 

One highlight of this year’s Product Development Track will be the Virtual Development Day on “Super Friday.” Presentations diving into virtual development practices and technologies begin with “Product Management Modeling,” a session hosted by Leslie which will examine what product managers can do to pre-engineer products to speed time to market, increase market success and lower development risk. Additional Virtual Development Day sessions include “Simulation Drives a New Era" with Alfred Svobodnik and the workshop “HW Development in Sprints,” where presenter Remi Vaucher will show how to apply the practices of software development to hardware development.

 

“As we expand our audience, we have also grown the Product Development Track sessions to cover a wider area of product categories. This year we have more sessions on automotive audio than we’ve ever done before, including workshops such as ‘Correcting Vehicle Audio’ and ‘Automotive Audio: A Systems Approach.’ Many of the other sessions also address the needs of the automotive audio product developer,” Leslie continues.

 

The 2019 Product Development Track is launching a new initiative to augment attendee experiences by following up select Product Development track workshops with complementary exhibitor-led sessions in a demo room or at a manufacturer’s Exhibit Floor booth. “For the first time we will expand the learning experience by directly connecting workshops with relevant product development sessions presented by key exhibitors,” says Leslie. “This is part of a continuous evolution of enrichment of our attendees’ experience, making AES New York the number-one destination for product developers to learn and congregate.” Exhibitors Analog Devices, Audio Precision and Menlo Scientific are currently slated to participate.

 

Additional AES New York 2019 Product Development Track events will also include the sessions “Can DSP fix a bad loudspeaker?,” “The Predictable Horn,” “Directivity Optimization of a Passive Speaker,” and a legal session on topics such as IP, licensing, and patents.

 

 

The Product Development Track events are only available with All Access registration to AES New York 2019 – All Access registration is the ticket to everything the Convention has to offer. Advance online registration is available at aesshow.com, saving time at onsite registration and money. AES Members, including student members, enjoy substantial discounts on All Access registration. Registration at any level for AES New York 2019 includes access to the NAB Show New York exhibition. AES New York 2019 Exhibits-Plus registration is complimentary for AES Members and, for a limited time, those using the VIP code “AES19NOW” at checkout. Come to AES New York’s Product Development Track and engage in “The New Era of Product Development.”

 

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Posted on August 12, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



Sound Reinforcement Takes Center Stage at AES New York 2019

Advance registration is open for the AES New York Convention, taking place October 16 — 19 at the Javits Center.

— From sound system design to optimization, Sound Reinforcement Track events offer practical ideas and solutions for getting the best possible sound for a live event —


Whether perfecting your sound for a one-off event or setting the stage for an international touring act, the Sound Reinforcement Track sessions at the AES New York 147th Audio Engineering Society International Pro Audio Convention, October 16 – 19 at the Javits Center, offer insights for sound professionals of today and tomorrow. In addition to the exclusive presentations offered with All Access registration, attendees will also have the opportunity to learn and network with peers and professionals at dedicated Inspiration Stage events and through exhibition showcases and demonstrations.


“This year, we have once again gathered top industry experts and manufacturers at the pinnacle of live event production and sound reinforcement to share their hard-won knowledge,” states AES New York Sound Reinforcement chair Henry Cohen. “From foundations of systems design, to the latest in the science and technology of audio perception, the AES New York Sound Reinforcement events offer unprecedented access to the latest from the industry’s top researchers and gear designers, as well as the engineers that exemplify best practices in the craft of sound reinforcement.”


This AES New York Sound Reinforcement Track’s varied and informative series of educational opportunities includes sessions revealing crucial details of sound reinforcement implementation such as “Seven Steps to a Successful Sound System Design” and further ideas and techniques in “A Cookbook Approach to Sound System Optimization with Bob McCarthy.”


Delving further into system specifics, the multi-part RF Super Session will host a discussion of RF spectrum and regulatory changes, an update on the latest compliant equipment, and best and advanced RF practices including filtering techniques and RF over fiber. Another Super Session, “AC Power, Grounding and Shielding,” will cover theory and practice of AC power for small to large sound systems, including multiple transformers and company switches, service types, generator sets, single- to three-phase mains, AC source voltages and more, while mitigating hum and buzz noise problems.


Perception of live audio by the audience, engineers and performers is also of top importance for proper sound reinforcement. The tutorial “Psychoacoustics for Sound Engineers” will present topics including how we integrate and perceive sounds, perception of frequency and frequency balance, audible effects of latency, IEMs and sound / video synchronization, and more. For the larger captive audience, including inadvertent audiences, sound exposure and noise pollution due to outdoor entertainment events are addressed in the session “Your Noise Isn’t My Noise: improving Sound Exposure and Noise Pollution Management at Outdoor Events.”


Additional AES New York Sound Reinforcement events will include dedicated Broadway production sessions, along with other tutorials, workshops, scientific paper presentations and more.


All Access registration is the ticket to everything the largest dedicated pro audio event and exhibition of the year has to offer, including all Sound Reinforcement Track sessions – four full days of the best in pro audio education, gear, networking opportunities, and much more. 



 

Advance Registration prices and options are still available, as well as select housing options through AES partner hotels. Find out more and register now at aesshow.com.


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Posted on August 8, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



AES Announces Results of 2019 Elections and Bylaws Initiative

Jonathan Wyner - 2020 AES President-Elect

The Audio Engineering Society has announced the incoming Officers and Governors following the 2019 Board of Governors elections, with terms beginning January 1, 2020. The Society's membership has elected Jonathan Wyner as President-Elect and re-elected Richard Wollrich as Treasurer. Additionally, Thomas Görne has been re-elected as Vice President Central Region, Europe; Cesar Lamschtein has been re-elected as Vice President Latin America Region; Shusen Wang has been re-elected as Vice President Asia-Pacific Region; Ian Corbett will join the Board of Governors as Vice President Central Region, USA/Canada; and Alberto Pinto will join the Board as Vice President Southern Europe/Middle East/Africa Region. Newly elected Governors are Brecht De Man, Valeria Palomino and Magdalena Piotrowska. Save for the President-Elect, each newly-elected individual will serve a two-year term, while those re-elected will have their current term of office extended for two years. Wyner will serve a year as President-Elect, in 2021 as President, in 2022 as Past-President and two-years as a Governor.

Outgoing from the Board of Governors as regional Vice Presidents are Ufuk Önen (Southern Europe/Middle East/Africa Region) and Mike Porter (Central Region, USA/Canada). Governors with terms ending at the end of 2019 are Martha de Francisco, Kyle P. Snyder and, as he assumes the position of President-Elect, Jonathan Wyner. Additionally, Governor (and Past President, twice removed) John Krivit will complete his five-year commitment to the BoG, while Current Past President David Scheirman will transition to Governor for the first year of a two-year term.

"The Society owes a debt of gratitude to all those who have served on the Board of Governors," says AES President Nadja Wallaszkovits, "as well as those continuing to serve. We also sincerely appreciate the entire slate of outstanding candidates on the 2019 ballot for their commitment to the AES, and we congratulate our newly-elected Governors and Directors. I look forward to their contributions as we work together in the coming year."

Per the AES bylaws amendment passed in the 2019 elections, the Society's governing structure will be revised to conform to legal requirements, effective in August of 2019. A newly formed Board of Directors (BoD), the governing body of the Society, will consist of the Society's Member-elected officers plus two Directors to be elected by the Board of Governors (BoG). Those eligible to become BoG-elected Directors must be either a current or recent member of the BoG. The Board of Governors (BoG) will retain many of its current responsibilities and will continue to be composed of the Regional Vice Presidents and Governors-at-large, along with the members of the BoD. The responsibilities currently held by the Executive Committee of the BoG, which will cease to exist, will be filled primarily by the BoD.

The election was monitored, and the results presented, by Gary Louie, Chair of the AES's Tellers Committee.

The 2020 Audio Engineering Society Board of Directors will be:
Agnieszka Roginska: President
Nadja Wallaszkovits: Past President
Jonathan Wyner: President-Elect
Valerie Tyler: Secretary
Richard Wollrich: Treasurer
Two additional Directors will be named by the Board of Governors per the new AES Bylaws.

In addition to the Directors listed above, the 2020 Board of Governors will be:
Ian Corbett: Vice President, Central Region, USA/Canada
Thomas Görne: Vice President, Central Region, Europe
Gary Gottlieb: Vice President, Eastern Region, USA/Canada
Alex Kosiorek: Vice President, Western Region, USA/Canada
Cesar Lamschtein: Vice President, Latin American Region
Per Sjösten: Vice President, Northern Region, Europe
Alberto Pinto: Vice President, Southern Europe/Middle East/Africa Region
Shusen Wang: Vice President, Asia-Pacific Region
Alex U. Case: Governor
Brecht De Man: Governor
Leslie Gaston-Bird: Governor  
Jessica Livingston: Governor
Piper Payne: Governor 
Valeria Palomino: Governor  
Magdalena Piotrowska: Governor  
David W. Scheirman: Governor

Posted on July 24, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EDT


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