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Roginska and Gallo Co-Chairing AES 143rd International Convention Committee for October New York City Event

In preparation for the largest professional audio education, networking and gear exhibition of the year, the Audio Engineering Society has announced that event co-chairs Agnieszka Roginska and Paul Gallo will be heading up the 143rd International AES Convention, taking place October 18 to 21, 2017, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, New York, co-located with the NAB Show New York. This fall’s AES Convention will offer a comprehensive and expansive professional media and entertainment production program, three full days of pro audio gear exhibitions and presentations, and a world-class series of events and experiences to take attendees to the next level of their audio expertise. 

Chosen for their longtime dedication to the art and science of professional audio, this year’s co-chairs and convention committee bring together years of experience in organizing and participating in key AES events.

Gallo, co-chairing an AES Convention for the second time, brings business acumen and deep relationships with industry business leaders to his role for AES NYC. His career spans decades, with those relationships extending into all aspects of professional audio, from studios to broadcasting, live sound, contracting, professional organizations and manufacturing. Gallo was the founding publisher of Pro Sound News and the AES Daily and has published numerous other pro audio, video and music industry trade magazines. He currently acts as Executive Director of the Sports Video Group – the developers of the DTV Audio Group initiative. Gallo is a longtime AES member and interviewer for the AES Oral History Project.

Gallo offers high praise for Dr. Roginska, who also served as Convention Chair in 2009. “Agnieszka has strong leadership skills and a deep knowledge of the industry, is active in advanced research on tomorrow’s technologies and has already demonstrated her experience and organizational skills within the Convention Committee. It’s a pleasure to work with her, as with all the professionals on the Committee.”

Dr. Roginska is Music Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Music Technology program at New York University, where her research focuses on spatial audio; auditory displays and the simulation and applications of immersive and 3D audio (including the capture, analysis and synthesis of auditory environments, auditory displays, and its applications in augmented acoustic sensing, and virtual reality). She received a B.Mus. from McGill University (1996), M.Mus. from New York University (1998), and a Ph.D. in Music Technology from Northwestern University (2004). She is the author of numerous publications in the areas of the acoustics and psychoacoustics of spatial sound, immersive audio and auditory displays. Her research is supported by grants from government agencies, foundations, and the industry. Dr. Roginska is a longtime AES Member and Fellow of the Society.

“I am delighted to be working with a stellar committee that is dedicated to the AES. The technical program will enlighten attendees and the industry with the most disruptive and game-changing advancements in audio,” states Roginska. “This year’s convention will showcase world-class producers and audio engineers, immersive audio, audio for games and VR, archiving and audio restoration, broadcast, live sound, recording and production, and advanced audio product development.”

Further committee members for the AES NY Convention are as follows:

Archiving and Restoration: Rebecca Yuri Feynberg, Chair

Broadcast and Streaming Media: David Bialik, Chair; Fred Willard, Assistant Chair

Education: Kyle P. Snyder, Chair

Facilities: Julia Caruso, Chair

Papers: Areti Andreopoulou and Braxton Boren, Co-Chairs

Product Development: Scott Leslie, Chair

Recording and Production: Jim Kaiser, Chair

Live Sound: Henry Cohen and Mac Kerr, Co-Chairs

Special Events: Paul Geluso, Chair

Tech Tours: Bill Siegmund, Chair

Workshops and Tutorials: Valerie Tyler and Jonathan Wyner, Co-Chairs

VR & Game Audio: Michael Kelly and Steve Martz, Co-Chairs

Offering four full days of in-depth programs and presentations, technical tours, and the three-day manufacturer exhibition of the top brands in pro audio, the AES New York Convention will once again act as the international hub for a global community of attendees. Make plans to attend the AES New York Convention, and find out why If it’s about Audio, it’s at AES! 


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Posted on April 7, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

Technical Program Unveiled for AES Berlin Convention

The Audio Engineering Society, in preparation for its return to Berlin for the 142nd International Convention, has announced details of the Convention’s Technical Program. Europe’s premier pro audio education and networking event takes place Saturday, May 20 – Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Maritim Hotel Berlin. The four-day program lets attendees Listen, Learn and Connect via presentations covering the latest audio research while spanning a diverse array of audio topics through workshops, tutorials, technical tours, student and career development events, all led by the world's leading audio experts.   

Addressing music production, that who’s who of audio pros includes Morten Lindberg, Richard King and George Massenburg. In the specialty area of electronic music production, David Miles Huber, Andre Maletz and others join the list. Add Darcy Proper and Jonathan Wyner in the coverage of mastering, while broadcast specialists include Chris Pike, Paul Morgan and Matthieu Parmentier. Digital coding expertise presenters include Juergen Herre and Jamie Angus with transducer measurement and perception sessions by the likes of Dr. Sean Olive, Wolfgang Klippel and Christopher Struck.

Advance Registration pricing on All Access badges and onsite accommodations are available online – act now to save money and valuable time while in Berlin.

AES Berlin Convention Technical Program sessions offer unique and exclusive presentations giving a variety of informative and often-entertaining insights into the best in professional audio:

Papers Sessions
Serving as much of the basis for the Audio Engineering Society’s pioneering role in the advancement of audio technology, research paper presentations and discussion are held throughout the four days of the convention, offering detailed analysis and overview of the nuts-and-bolts of what makes audio tick. With over a hundred paper presentations to be given, topics cover specific areas of interest in Live Sound, Game Audio, Product Design, Recording and Production, and more – from loudspeaker design, to 3D audio rendering, guitar tone perception analysis, online collaboration and beyond.

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The popular Workshops sessions held at AES Conventions each year offer yet another format for professional discussion and dissemination of the latest developments in audio, inviting panels of experts for both practical and provocative discussion of current trends in audio production. Topics vary from music mixing, to metadata, audio encoding, mics, and VR, as well as special discussion on professional audio in the convention’s host city, titled “Berlin: Center of Electronic Music - Production, Mixing, Sound Design, and the Community.” Workshop topics will range from the practical application of technology, to undoubtedly fascinating discussions that the international AES community can uniquely address - such as the session “Intercultural influences in subjective audio quality evaluation.”

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Offering a variety of practical application topics and experiences, the Tutorials portions of the Technical Program provide a varied horizon of presentations on important audio fundamentals for all level of audio enthusiasts and professionals alike. From signal processing in music production, to streaming, audio forensics, creating audio for VR, and other topics, the Tutorials sessions bring together application concepts from some of the top names in audio.

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Technical Tours
Available on a first-come first-served basis, these popular tours will take attendees to a variety of must-see audio-related facilities and production spaces for a behind-the-scenes look. The Berlin Convention tours will feature visits to the Museum of Communications, the Emil Berliner Studios, educational facilities, and various other top studios in the area. Tickets must be purchased onsite at the Convention.

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Student and Career Development Events
Another important function of the AES is fostering the educational and career-oriented potential of its membership and the audio community as a whole. Every year, leading educational facilities and universities from around the world participate in AES convention Student and Career events – from the popular Education Fair, to Student Delegate Assembly meetings and the popular Recording and Design competitions. Additionally, critique sessions offer students the opportunity to get professional input and suggestions on their productions. The AES Berlin Convention is the place where those seeking to further their professional audio career can network and engage with experts from every aspect of audio, while also becoming a part of the AES and audio engineering community as a whole.

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Posted on March 23, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES Berlin Convention Advance Registration Online Now

The Audio Engineering Society has begun online Advance Registration for the premier European pro audio education and networking event of the year – the 142nd AES International Convention, which marks its return to Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 20 – Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Now is the time to take advantage of the lowest registration pricing to be available on multiple premium All Access options, and to reserve your room at the host venue, the Hotel Maritim Berlin. Also available is a limited FREE Exhibits-Plus registration option, which includes the gear exhibition (May 20 – May 22) and activities at hosted event stages around the venue (use AES Berlin VIP code AES142NOW). The AES Berlin Convention will host an all-encompassing incubator for audio science and technology. If it’s about audio, it’s at AES, and you want to be there too!

Registration options for the AES Berlin Convention include special Member pricing offering up to an additional 50% off of Advance Registration rates. Options, including All Access, Single-Day, Student, and Exhibits-Plus badges, make it easy and affordable to choose the best registration package for your convention experience: 

Exhibits-Plus badges are your free ticket to the AES Exhibition, PLUS you can attend Special Events and the Professional Sound Expo. Use AES Berlin VIP code AES142NOW at checkout.

All Access badges are available to everyone looking to take their knowledge and career to the next level. The AES Convention will once again be the place to meet and network with the top names in audio engineering as they gather to cover the latest developments in professional audio through a diverse program of workshops, tutorials, papers and more. All Access badge-holders may attend all on-site AES events. (Tickets for Berlin-area tech tours cost extra and can be purchased on-site.) 

Make plans to attend, now! A preliminary list of topics for AES Berlin Papers Sessions, Workshops, Tutorials, Technical Tours, and Student Development Events can be found at

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Posted on March 16, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

AES Berlin Convention Hotel Accommodations and Preliminary Program Information Now Online for 142nd International Convention

The Audio Engineering Society has opened online hotel accommodation reservations for the largest European pro audio event of the year – the 142nd AES International Convention, which marks its return to Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 20 – Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Hotel Maritim Berlin. The AES Berlin convention will once again draw professionals and students from around the world and will host an all-star Technical Program and more, co-chaired by Sascha Spors (Professor at the University of Rostock and Chair, AES North German Section) and Nadja Wallaszkovits (Chief Audio Engineer, Phonogrammarchiv, Austrian Academy of Sciences, and formerly AES VP, Central Europe Region). 

The AES motto “Listen, Learn, Connect” will take tangible form at AES Berlin. “Knowing our committee members, I set my expectations high,” shares AES Executive Director Bob Moses. “But the reality of the program coming together has easily topped the bar. Our AES Berlin Convention in 2014 saw a bit of a reboot of the series, which we’ve built upon in subsequent events in Warsaw and Paris. Coming back to Berlin has been in our plans all along, and feels like something of a homecoming. With the quality of the content, the growth in the exhibition and all that Berlin itself has to offer, this will be an event that audio professionals won’t want to miss. You can book a room and get a taste of the program content now, just ahead of Convention registration opening and of the posting of full program details, including presenters and schedule.” 

With one of the largest numbers of papers and engineering briefs accepted of any recent AES convention, the work of over 120 researchers will be showcased. Topics range from 3D Recording and Reproduction and IEMs and Hearing Protection to Bluetooth and Digital Filter Design. Workshops bring panels of experts together to discuss a range of provocative and practical topics, such as Wind Noise in Microphones, Mixing and Mastering for Streaming, Music Production for Film, Expert Transfer Techniques and Microphones—Can You Hear the Specs? Tutorials provide a varied horizon of presentations on important audio fundamentals, for young people and seasoned professionals alike, on 3D and Binaural Listening, Audio Forensics and Sound Design, to name but a few. 

Berlin continues to be a hub of technology and industry, with a vital and rich history in audio innovation, serving as an important marketplace for our business partners and sponsors to engage with pro audio customers. The Convention’s Technical Tour program takes advantage of Berlin’s audio heritage with a slate of off-site explorations divided into Studio, Developer/Manufacturer, Electronic Music/EDM and Culture/Venue Tracks. 

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Posted on March 13, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT

Audio Engineering Society 142nd International Convention Committee Announced

 Following 2016’s two highly-successful AES Conventions in Paris and Los Angeles, the Audio Engineering Society is pleased to announce the distinguished membership of the committee charged with organizing the upcoming AES Berlin Convention, set to take place May 20 to 23, 2017, at the Maritim Hotel Berlin in Berlin, Germany. The Convention, being co-chaired by Sascha Spors (Professor at the University of Rostock and Chair, AES North German Section) and Nadja Wallaszkovits (Chief Audio Engineer, Phonogrammarchiv, Austrian Academy of Sciences and formerly AES VP, Central Europe Region), will once again be the largest European pro audio event and exhibition of the year, drawing professionals and students from around the world.

Offering four full days of in-depth programs and presentations, technical tours, and a three-day manufacturer exhibition of the top brands and services in pro audio, the AES Berlin Convention is being headed up by an international committee of individuals dedicated to providing a unique and informative program for all attendees. The committee reports that paper submissions are up 50 percent higher than typical. Multichannel, spatial and immersive audio will all be well represented in the technical program, as will acoustics, psychoacoustics, audio quality and perception, to name just a few topics that will be addressed during this industry-spanning event.

Berlin captivated attendees of the 135th AES International Convention in Berlin in 2014, making a repeat visit an attractive proposition. The 2017 AES Berlin Technical Tour Schedule illustrates the breadth of the importance of Berlin to the audio industry, as well as its cultural allure. The Tech Tours program will include several renowned Berlin recording studios, tours of market-leading Berlin-based audio manufacturers, broadcast and film sound production facilities and the Museum für Kommunikation (Museum of Communications).

“A full convention program could be built around just the combined knowledge of the committee for AES Berlin,” says Bob Moses, AES Executive Director. “When these accomplished individuals reach out to their colleagues, to the entire AES membership and beyond, the result is an amazingly multi-faceted and quality program. If you are serious about audio, you’ll join us in Berlin.”

Papers co-chairs for the 142nd convention are Jamie Angus (AES Fellow, University of Salford) and Thomas Sporer (Fraunhofer, AES VP, Central Europe Region), while Workshops will be overseen by co-chairs Sascha Disch (Fraunhofer) and Natanya Ford (AES Fellow, Buckinghamshire University). Jens Aherns (University of Technology Berlin) will serve as Facilities Co-Chair, and André Maletz (Mixing Ambulance) will Co-Chair the Technical Tours. Additional committee members will be announced soon.

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Posted on March 2, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EST

AES President's Message from Alex Case


Alex Case, President

2017 January/February, Vol 65 No. 1/2

I have several fond memories of my first AES convention, but one looms large. Let’s not bother with calculating how long ago it was.

Today—if you are working entirely in the box—double-clicking opens your session exactly as it was when you last worked on it. Not so, in the analog days of my first convention. Mixes could be recreated exactly as they were, but it was a labor of love. Assistant engineers would carefully document the position of every knob, switch, slider, and thing-a-ma-gig on the console, and on every piece of outboard gear used. The paper-based notes could then be used to recall that mix at a later date—two hours of work, not two clicks of a mouse.

At this particular AES convention, SSL was showing off Total Recall. Their innovation allowed software storage of the position of the analog controls on the console. With faders, EQ, compressors, expanders, aux sends, and more, each individual I/O strip had more than 100 controls demanding careful notation. 108, if memory serves. Total Recall saved the assistant considerable time as those consoles regularly had 64 or more such modules demanding documentation.

So how was Total Recall introduced to the attendees of the AES convention at the Javits Center that October? By recalling a mix naturally. Right there, on the floor, was an SSL 4000G with Total Recall, producer and engineer Tom Lord-Alge, with the multitrack playing Steve Winwood’s “Roll With It,” a song very much in rotation on the radio at the time. To this new student of audio, it was rather sensational. I’d not yet seen how elaborate the processing could be on a pop mix, but here was a studio’s worth of gear in action, meters dancing. I’d never worked with an engineer at that level, and here was Tom Lord-Alge happily chatting with the AES crowd he drew. On the AES convention floor, we were listening to a master multitrack tape, mixed before our very eyes. And there it was: the same mix that was on the radio, conjured before our very ears.

Thanks to AES, this story was only the beginning. My first AES Convention gave me a view of the top—invaluable for anyone interested in a career in music recording and mixing.

Within the year, I would start my first internship at a studio in Boston with an SSL (and Total Recall, thank goodness). The internship became a full-time job. I got to learn from the extraordinarily talented and generous engineers who worked there. And in about five years, I would be working at a studio in New York—SSL again—and I would have the pleasure of assisting Tom Lord-Alge. I’ve never stopped learning from him and other luminaries, on these and other consoles.

That is but one thread of many that defines my particular career. Local AES section meetings and future conventions would also help guide me on my way. There is very little I do professionally today that I can’t attribute to a personal connection, or educational experience, or moment of inspiration at an AES event.

For many, AES is synonymous with the AES international conventions—“I’m going to AES.” That is indeed a big part of what AES is. Look for it to grow, as we co-locate our convention this fall with the East Coast show of the National Association of Broadcasters. Audio meets, merges with, and adds value to all forms of broadcast media everyday. Our next convention embraces that: attend and your professional networking instantly grows to include that.

Of course, there is much more to AES than conventions, and we are working to increase and diversify your ways of interacting with the Society. There are more than 200 local professional and student sections, many of which run meetings monthly, covering every facet of audio science and practice. Sharply focused, topic-centered AES conferences occur several times a year, all over the world. The rich archives of the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, from the current issue to the very first, are available to all members through our Electronic Library. We’re investing in getting more multimedia resources online at in the form of podcasts and the AES Live set of videos recorded at conventions, conferences and other AES meetings. Keep coming to the conventions, of course. But look locally and online for ever-increasing value for your membership.

From wide-eyed student to, well, your AES president, I’ve relied on the AES all along the way. If you are new to AES, I hope you have already experienced memorable and career-defining moments. If you are a bit more vintage, I bet, like me, you have a First AES Convention memory or two. I’d love to hear them.

Alex Case

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Posted on March 2, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EST

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