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AES Berlin 2017 Opens Tomorrow; Award Recipients Announced

AES Berlin 2017, the 142nd International AES Convention, begins Saturday, May 20, running through May 23. The Convention is being held at the Maritim Hotel Berlin (Stauffenbergstrasse). As part of the Convention’s special events program, the opening ceremonies will include the traditional presentation of AES Awards, recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions to the Society and/or to the field of audio engineering.

The Fellowship Award is 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. At AES Berlin, 2017, this award is being presented to Tapio Lokki, for bringing sensory evaluation to research of concert hall acoustics.

The Board Of Governors Award is given for outstanding contributions to the Audio Engineering Society. The Berlin recipients of the BOG Awards are Philip Jackson, in recognition of co-chairing the 2016 AES International Conference on Sound Field Control; and Michael Williams, in recognition of chairing the 140th AES Convention in Paris, France, June 4–7, 2016.

The Distinguished Service Award is given in recognition of extraordinary service to the Society over a period of years. This award will be presented to Mark Yonge, in recognition of exceptional contributions to, and management of, AES standards.

The Silver Medal is given in recognition of outstanding development or achievement in the field of audio engineering. Being recognized with a Silver Medal is Wolfgang Klippel, in recognition of outstanding achievements in the understanding, modeling and control of the behavior of loudspeaker and headphone transducers.

In addition to the awards above, outstanding Papers from those submitted for a given convention are recognized during Convention opening ceremonies. Papers Co-Chairs for the 142nd Convention, Jamie Angus and Thomas Sporer, have announced that Florian Straube, Frank Schultz, David Albanés Bonillo, and Stefan Weinzierl will be presented with the 142nd AES International Convention Paper Award. The winning paper is titled “An Analytical Approach for Optimizing the Curving of Line Source Arrays.”

Additionally, AES Student Technical Paper Award Coordinator Dr. Rob Maher has announced the paper titled “Joint Parameter Optimization of Differentiated Discretization Scheme for Audio Circuits” as the winner of the AES Berlin 2017 Student Technical Paper Award. The award will be presented to co-authors François Germain and Kurt James Werner. 

Winning papers are eligible for publication in the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, subject to standard submission and review guidelines.

Awards presentations for AES Berlin 2017 will take place during the opening ceremonies, Saturday, May 20, 13:00 – 14:30. Also during the opening ceremonies, Dr. Alex Arteaga will give the keynote address “Auditory Architecture: Environment, Sense, and Aurality.” Dr. Arteaga’s presentation will delve into areas of aesthetics and the perception by the senses as they pertain to audio, especially in regards to the research and design of “Klangumwelten,” the “surrounding-aural-worlds.”

Onsite registration is available for anyone wishing to attend AES Berlin. For more details, visit www.aeseurope.com

Posted on May 19, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Berlin Advance Registration Ends Tomorrow - May 17!

 The AES Berlin Convention is rapidly approaching, and now is the time to take advantage of Advance Registration pricing, ending May 17, on All Access badges for the 142nd International AES Convention, being held in Berlin, Germany. Taking place May 20 through 23, 2017, at the Maritim Hotel Berlin, the AES Berlin Convention will offer three days of gear exhibits, demos and exhibit floor special-event expositions, as well as four days of presentations and workshops featuring the biggest names in audio engineering, production, product design and more. Additionally, free Exhibits-Plus registration (use code AES142WEB at checkout) is also available, online, offering a one-of-a-kind pro audio experience including all exhibit-floor activities, special events and more.

If your interests or career includes Broadcast and Streaming, Networked Audio, Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality, Live Sound, Studio Recording, Home Recording, Music Production, Game Audio, Sound for Picture, Product Development, or other aspects of audio production, the AES Berlin Convention has you covered in dedicated end-user-focused events. All Access registration is your gateway to the entire Convention program, including comprehensive papers, workshops and tutorials program. Exhibits-Plus access gains you entry to the exhibition floor and demo rooms, where leading manufacturers reveal and demonstrate the latest in audio hardware and software tools. The "Plus" includes the application-oriented sessions in the exhibit floor Expo theatres, along with other special events.

Invest in your future: make your plans to attend AES Berlin!

Register by May 17 for best Advance Registration pricing on All Access badges or to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge (use code AES142WEB at checkout) for Europe’s premier pro audio education and networking event. Act now to save money and valuable time while in Berlin. Find out more at aeseurope.com.

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



Audio Engineering Society to Join The 2018 NAMM Show in New Format: AES at NAMM

With a vision to continue to strengthen the music and pro audio industries, The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and The Audio Engineering Society (AES) have announced a new collaborative alliance which will integrate pro audio educational training activities related to live sound, performance audio, recording technology and other topics into The 2018 NAMM Show, January 25-28 in Anaheim, California.

As part of the integration and affiliation, AES at NAMM will establish a unique new format for this part of the Society’s West Coast presence in 2018. The organization’s technical sessions, expert speaker presentations, hands-on workshops and tutorials, as well as networking events and social opportunities will join as a segment of The NAMM Show’s robust professional development offerings for music and pro audio professionals. 

“Audio is everywhere, and it’s a growing part of NAMM," offered the Audio Engineering Society's President, Alex Case. "And, when it comes to professional audio, attendees and exhibitors alike want to know more and sound better; they’re singing our song.  We are confident a growing number of attendees will want to experience exciting new AES educational opportunities, audition new audio products, and grow their professional networks to include some friendly audio pros through AES at NAMM.” 

“As a platform for business and learning, The NAMM Show unites the global music and sound ecosystem in its own unique way,” said Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO. “And through our collaboration with the passionate members and leaders of AES, we are now further united in a shared vision of showcasing exciting new products, technologies and educational offerings for the good of the entire industry.”

From live sound and studio recording, to musical instruments and entertainment technology, The NAMM Show has evolved from its original gathering of 52 piano dealers in 1901 to become the crossroads of the music products ecosystem. The show serves as a business platform for the global music, pro audio and entertainment technology products industry and its over 10,000 diverse professional member companies, hailing from 104 countries. In 2017, the show attracted nearly 107,000 registrants, 7,000 exhibiting brands, top-name artists, industry innovators and creative luminaries, and offered over 125 educational sessions and networking opportunities. The show is also host to the annual TEC Awards. Now in its 32nd year, this year’s awards honored Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and producer Jack Douglas, alongside a variety of top pro audio exhibitors, professionals and products. NAMM will also host the professional touring and production industry’s Parnelli Awards for the first time at The 2018 NAMM Show.

The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research. Currently, over 12,000 members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth.

Additional details on registration, technical paper sessions, workshops, and tutorials for the upcoming event, AES at NAMM, including registration, program topics and expert speakers along with other NAMM education and professional development opportunities will be available in the weeks to come. Until then, discover more about The 2018 NAMM Show by visiting www.namm.org. Follow the AES at www.aes.org.

 

About NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,300 members located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit www.namm.org, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

 

About the Audio Engineering Society

The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 and now counts over 12,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org.

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Posted on May 11, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Berlin Convention Advance Registration Ends May 17 — Register Now for Free Exhibits-Plus Badge or to Get Best Pricing on All Access Admission

The AES Berlin Convention is rapidly approaching, and now is the time to take advantage of the final days of Advance Registration pricing, ending May 17, on All Access badges for the 142nd International AES Convention, being held in Berlin, Germany. Taking place May 20 through 23, 2017, at the Maritim Hotel Berlin, the AES Berlin Convention will offer three days of gear exhibits, demos and exhibit floor special-event expositions, as well as four days of presentations and workshops featuring the biggest names in audio engineering, production, product design and more. Additionally, free Exhibits-Plus registration (use code AES142NOW at checkout) is also available, online, offering a one-of-a-kind pro audio experience including all exhibit-floor activities, special events and more.

If your interests or career includes Broadcast and Streaming, Networked Audio, Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality, Live Sound, Studio Recording, Home Recording, Music Production, Game Audio, Sound for Picture, Product Development, or other aspects of audio production, the AES Berlin Convention has you covered in dedicated end-user-focused events. All Access registration is your gateway to the entire Convention program, including comprehensive papers, workshops and tutorials program. Exhibits-Plus access gains you entry to the exhibition floor and demo rooms, where leading manufacturers reveal and demonstrate the latest in audio hardware and software tools. The "Plus" includes the application-oriented sessions in the exhibit floor Expo theatres, along with other special events.

Invest in your future: make your plans to attend AES Berlin!

Register by May 17 for best Advance Registration pricing on All Access badges or to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge (use code AES142NOW at checkout) for Europe’s premier pro audio education and networking event. Act now to save money and valuable time while in Berlin. Find out more at aeseurope.com.

Posted on May 11, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



Dr. Alex Arteaga to Give Keynote Address "Auditory Architecture: Environment, Sense, and Aurality" at AES 142nd International Convention In Berlin

Dr. Alex Arteaga to give AES 142nd International Convention Keynote speech in Berlin, Germany.

The AES Berlin Committee has announced that Dr. Alex Arteaga will give the Opening Ceremonies keynote speech at the 142nd International AES Convention, being held in Berlin, Germany, on May 20 to 23, 2017, at the Maritim Hotel Berlin (Stauffenbergstrasse). Titled “Auditory Architecture: Environment, Sense, and Aurality,” the presentation will delve into areas of aesthetics and the perception by the senses as it pertains to audio, especially in regards to the research and design of “Klangumwelten,” the “surrounding-aural-worlds.”

How do our environments emerge when we focus our activity on hearing and listening? How do these modalities of action condition the ongoing process of sense-making? Dr. Arteaga will discuss which practices and methods of research are appropriate to address these questions, while integrating aesthetic and philosophical practices relating to aesthetics, the emergence of sense, meaning and knowledge, and the relationships between aurality, architecture and the environment through phenomenological and enactivist approaches. In addition, Arteaga will expand upon the conceptual framework and the main practices developed at the Auditory Architecture Research Unit (Berlin University of the Arts) in tackling these issues.

“Dr. Arteaga’s background and research uniquely blends philosophy, the audio sciences, and study of the perceptual and physical interactions between sound and architecture,” notes AES Berlin Co-Chair Nadja Wallaszkovits. Co-Chair Sascha Spors adds, “We are fortunate to have him as the Keynote speaker for AES Berlin. We expect his thought-provoking presentation to set the stage for the Convention’s exploration of all things audio.”

Beginning from a musical background, Dr. Arteaga studied piano, music theory, composition, electroacoustic music, and architecture in Berlin and Barcelona and received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Humboldt University. After being an academic researcher at the Collegium for the Advanced Study of Picture Act and Embodiment at Humboldt University, he developed his own research projects at the Berlin University of the Arts, including “Architecture of Embodiment” as an Einstein Junior Fellow. He currently heads the Auditory Architecture Research Unit and the Department of Auditory Architecture in the MA Sound Studies and Sonic Arts at the Berlin University of the Arts and is professor for contemporary philosophy and artistic research at the Research Master in Art and Design at EINA / Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

Register now to attend the AES Berlin Convention and be a part of these historic events – Advance Registration pricing on All Access badges ends May 17. Onsite accommodations are still available online, as well as free Exhibits-Plus badge registration (use code AES142WEB at checkout) for Europe’s premier pro audio education and networking event. Act now to save money and valuable time while in Berlin. Find out more at aeseurope.com. 

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



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! 

 

Look for AES New York updates and registration information to come at aesshow.com.

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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.

Preliminary Papers Sessions: http://www.aes.org/events/142/papers/

Workshops
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.”

Preliminary Workshops Sessions: http://www.aes.org/events/142/workshops/

Tutorials
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.

Preliminary Tutorials Sessions: http://www.aes.org/events/142/tutorials/

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.

Preliminary Tech Tours: http://www.aes.org/events/142/tours/

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.

Preliminary Student and Career Events: http://www.aes.org/events/142/students/

Make plans to attend these and other events at the AES Berlin Convention, and get best-possible Advance Registration pricing for a limited time. Find out more at aeseurope.com.

Online Registration: http://www.aes.org/events/142/registration

Hotel and Venue Information: http://www.aes.org/events/142/attendees/hotel/

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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 http://www.aes.org/events/142/program/.

Online Registration: http://www.aes.org/events/142/registration

Hotel and Venue Information: http://www.aes.org/events/142/attendees/hotel/

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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. 

A preliminary list of titles for AES Berlin Papers Sessions, Workshops, Tutorials, Technical Tours, and Student Development Events can be found at http://www.aes.org/events/142/program/.

Hotel and Venue Information: http://www.aes.org/events/142/attendees/hotel/

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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.

Look for AES Berlin updates and registration information to come at aeseurope.com

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



AES President's Message from Alex Case

 PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

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 aes.org 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
President

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


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