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AES Academy 2020 Begins January 16 - Register Now!

Best pricing on AES Academy passes, as well as a special offer to attend The NAMM Show 2020 at a discounted rate, can be found at aesacademy2020.com

— AES members can attend all four days for just $40; other Advance Registration options for non-members also available —


The AES Academy is a four-day, intensive series of educational and training events open to audio engineers, musicians, students and anyone aiming to hone their skills in a variety of audio applications. From home recording and professional studio applications, to all levels of sound reinforcement and live sound for gigs and events, career development, technology showcases and more, AES Academy sessions cover an array of core and cutting-edge topics. Technology and techniques are brought to life by over 120 presenters and panelists, offering their insights and experiences from all facets of audio engineering and related industries, and give attendees an opportunity to have their questions answered and help complete the circle of knowledge that is at the core of the Audio Engineering Society’s mission to promote advances in audio and in the dissemination of new knowledge and research.


The AES Academy also serves as a hub of activity and networking for the AES, where members, organizers, committees and staff come together in, and around, sessions, sharing in the latest developments, events and section activities going on around the world. Participants are encouraged to interact and explore what the AES has to offer, from vast scientific and video resources, to international conventions and conferences, as well as regional and local events hosted by over 200 professional and student sections. 


Best pricing on AES Academy passes, as well as a special offer to attend The NAMM Show 2020 at a discounted rate, can be found at aesacademy2020.com


 

About AES Academy 2020

 

Designed especially for AES members and those looking to experience what the Audio Engineering Society has to offer, AES Academy 2020 offers four days of sessions covering core audio topics and issues of interest to attendees looking to take their production skills to the next level. Taking place in conjunction with The NAMM Show 2020, January 16 – 19, 2020, AES Academy sessions offer insight into Line Arrays, Entertainment Wireless Technology, In-Ear Monitoring, Recording Studio Technology and Applications, Microphones: Studio and Live, Electronic Dance Music, Sound System Measurement and Optimization, Sound for House of Worship, Audio Education, Audio Careers, Audio Science & Technology, Live Console Training, and more. Advance Registration pricing ends January 4, and AES Members receive a deep discount on badges, while non-Member registration includes one year of free AES Membership and access to exclusive AES resources and networking opportunities. Visit aesacademy2020.com to register now. 

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Posted on December 31, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EST



Live and Studio Production Training, Exploration of Audio Technology and Career-Enhancing Guidance and Advice Mark Highlights of AES Academy 2020

SoundGirls will be hosting a series of Audio Careers mentoring sessions events during AES Academy. Shown (L-R) are several featured mentors for AES Academy 2020: Piper Payne, Leslie Ann Jones and Leslie Gaston-Bird

 — Expert presenters, practical education, live console training and more slated for AES Academy at The NAMM Show 2020 in January —


With less than a month until the opening of AES Academy 2020, taking place concurrently with The NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, January 16 – 19, organizers and attendees are gearing up for the Audio Engineering Society’s return to the west coast for pro audio training and networking led by many of the brightest minds in the industry. AES members can take advantage of an amazing bargain for four packed days of training by attending the AES Academy for just $25 at Advance Registration rates through January 4, 2020 ($40 thereafter, including onsite). The Advance non-member registration rate of just $150 ($75 for students) includes a year of AES membership and benefits. 

 

Highlights of the AES Academy 2020 include:

 

Electronic Dance Music Academy
Bringing the boom is the focus of the newly developed Electronic Dance Music Academy, which kicks off with a keynote from artist, producer and award-winning author Rick Snoman on “The Past, Present and Future of Electronic Dance Music Production.” The Academy takes further focus with technical application presentations from Ableton and L-Acoustics. 

 

Line Array Academy
Leading line array manufacturers CODA, dB Technologies and L-Acoustics will each introduce and instruct attendees of the popular Line Array Loudspeaker System Academy on line array and system theory and the operational details of their latest line-array offerings in a small classroom format. 

 

Audio Education Academy

Alongside tech education sessions on higher education and instruction on specific technologies, the Audio Education Academy welcomes music producer, musician, composer and recording engineer Warren Huart as host of a day of sessions. Huart will bring insights on techniques and technologies from his popular Produce Like A Pro series, designed to help create radio-worthy and professional sounding music in a home studio environment, and host a cadre of industry luminaries to provide additional perspectives.

 

Main Stage: Live 

Renowned FOH engineer Brad Divens joins Live Sound Production Specialist Tom Der for two sessions drawn from Divens’ fixintogetmixin series presentations, “Putting Together a Great Live Mix” and, taking three songs from three genres from raw tracks to polished mixes, “Deconstructing the Mix,” sponsored by Soundcraft and JBL.

 

Audio Careers 

SoundGirls will host a series of mentoring sessions, each aimed at offering expert insights on specific segments of the audio industry. The stellar line-up of mentors will include Leslie Gaston-Bird, Dawn Birr, Sara Elliot, Jett Galindo, Meegan Holmes, Leslie Ann Jones, Karrie Keyes, Jeri Palumbo, Piper Payne and April Tucker. The Studio Careers Panel at AES Academy 2020 will let veteran studio owners and managers share what they look for when hiring and guide attendees towards gainful employment.

 

Control Room Academy

Acknowledging that how you set up your monitors, and the monitoring environment, are as important as loudspeaker performance, this series of training sessions will dig deep into recording studio control room acoustics, geometry, and application of leading technologies with leaders in studio design and construction – Steve Greenberg, Tony Hoover, Alex Otto, John Storyk, Carl Tatz and Robb Wenner.

 

Hands-On Live Console Academy Training

Popular live digital consoles from leading manufacturers Yamaha and Allen & Heath will host half-day, hands-on console training sessions, including operational details of their live digital mixers, as well as features of their latest software versions. Class size is limited and guaranteed seating requires an independent registration ($25 advance, $40 onsite).

 

Visit aesacademy2020.com for complete program and presenter information. Register before January 10 for best pricing on AES Academy badges, as well as a special offer to attend The NAMM Show 2020 at a discounted rate.

 

About AES Academy 2020

Designed especially for AES members and those looking to experience what the Audio Engineering Society has to offer, AES Academy 2020 offers four days of sessions covering core audio topics and issues of interest to attendees looking to take their production skills to the next level. Taking place in conjunction with The NAMM Show 2020, January 16 – 19, 2020, AES Academy sessions offer insight into Line Arrays, Entertainment Wireless Technology, In-Ear Monitoring, Recording Studio Technology and Applications, Microphones: Studio and Live, Electronic Dance Music, Sound System Measurement and Optimization, Sound for House of Worship, Audio Education, Audio Careers, Audio Science & Technology, Live Console Training, and more. Advance Registration pricing ends January 4, and AES Members receive a deep discount on badges, while non-Member registration includes one year of free AES Membership and access to exclusive AES resources and networking opportunities. Visit aesacademy2020.com to register now.

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Posted on December 20, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EST



Registration Opens for the New AES Worship Sound Academy, Set for Nashville, March 10 — 11, 2020

Registration is now open for the new AES Worship Sound Academy, set for Nashville, March 10 — 11 2020

— The Audio Engineering Society event will educate and train house-of-worship technical ministry staff on audio and production technologies and applications —

The Audio Engineering Society has announced the opening of registration for the new AES Worship Sound Academy, set to take place March 10 – 11, 2020, at the Johnson Center on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Offering technical presentations covering core audio topics and practical, actionable advice, the AES Worship Sound Academy will bring together experts in worship sound and related fields for two packed days of experiential sessions. The Academy program will address the special needs of technical worship ministry teams, designed to expand their knowledge, build their confidence and deliver tips and techniques that they will be eager to apply. Manufacturer and service provider partners will be on hand to lend their expertise and demonstrate products in the Academy’s exhibition space.


The first-ever AES Worship Sound Academy, produced in collaboration with the AES Nashville Section and Belmont University, will cover topics such as mixing FOH and monitors, personal monitoring, miking, wireless systems, streaming, podcasting, recording, acoustics, system optimization and more. Whether providing sound reinforcement for a startup congregation, or for the most advanced, purpose-built house-of-worship facility, the AES Worship Sound Academy provides tech team members an unprecedented chance to listen, learn and connect with industry professionals and with peers that share their challenges and goals.


Early Bird online registration for the AES Worship Sound Academy is open through January 31 at a special rate of $150 (includes lunch both days) at www.aesworship.com 

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Posted on December 18, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EST



AES Academy 2020 Announces Professional Audio Presenters and Topics

AES Academy is set to take place January 16 — 19 during The NAMM Show 2020 in Anaheim, CA

 — Technical Presentations, Career Development, Expert Presenters and Hands-On Training come together for four days of events during AES Academy at The NAMM Show 2020 in Anaheim, CA —


The upcoming AES Academy 2020 at the NAMM Show, taking place January 16 – 19, in Anaheim, CA, offers an unprecedented chance to join the AES for four days of expert presentations and hands-on training from a diverse group of top names in the industry. Whether you’re a seasoned AES Convention attendee or new to the industry, AES Academy offers an affordable way to experience some of the many resources that the Audio Engineering Society has to offer. Advance Registration pricing begins at a slashed rate of $25 for AES members, and the non-member rate of $150 ($75 for students) includes a full year of AES membership and benefits. 


AES Academy 2020 is set to feature some of the most talented audio engineering practitioners covering a range of educational topics of importance to audio engineers, musicians and students, alike. For one low price, attendees are offered over 100 topical session and events, such as taking part in an Audio Careers mentoring session with living-legend Leslie Ann Jones of Skywalker Sound and mastering engineer Jett Galindo of The Bakery, getting studio production training insights from Produce Like A Pro’s Warren Huart in the Audio Education Academy or learning studio design from the renowned John Storyk in a Control Room Academy session. Other presenters include famed engineer and producer Sylvia Massy, noted engineer and author Bobby Owsinski, musician and mix engineer Brad Divens who leads mix instruction at fixintogetmixin, audio engineer for music and film Lenise Bent, AES Academy program director and touring monitor engineer Mark Frink, AES’s next President-Elect and mastering engineer, Jonathan Wyner, and dozens more.


Another unique aspect of AES Academy is the hands-on training, with sessions set to include Allen & Heath dLive training, as well as Yamaha training on the Rivage PM10/PM7 and CL/QL Series consoles. These popular events are open to a limited number of participants and require separate registration, affordably priced at $25 per session.

 

Visit aesacademy2020.com for complete program and presenter information. Register before January 10 for best pricing on AES Academy badges, as well as a special offer to attend the The NAMM Show 2020 at a discounted rate.


About AES Academy 2020Designed especially for AES members and those looking to experience what the Audio Engineering Society has to offer, AES Academy 2020 offers four days of sessions covering core audio topics and issues of interest to attendees looking to take their production skills to the next level. Taking place in conjunction with The NAMM Show 2020, January 16 – 19, 2020, AES Academy sessions offer insight into Line Arrays, Entertainment Wireless Technology, In-Ear Monitoring, Recording Studio Technology and Applications, Microphones: Studio and Live, Electronic Dance Music, Sound System Measurement and Optimization, Sound for House of Worship, Audio Education, Audio Careers, Audio Science & Technology, Live Console Training, and more. Advance Registration pricing ends January 10, and AES Members receive a deep discount on badges, while non-Member registration includes one year of free AES Membership and access to exclusive AES resources and networking opportunities. Visit aesacademy2020.com to register now.

 

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Posted on December 4, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EST



Read the Latest Edition of the AES Journal

Read the Latest Edition of the AES Journal

The Journal of the Audio Engineering Society — the official publication of the AES — is the only peer-reviewed journal devoted exclusively to audio technology. Published 10 times each year, it is available to all AES members and subscribers.

The Journal contains state-of-the-art technical papers and engineering reports; feature articles covering timely topics; pre and post reports of AES conventions and other society activities; news from AES sections around the world; Standards and Education Committee work; membership news, patents, new products, and newsworthy developments in the field of audio.

Read the latest edition of the Journal online, now, with features including the AES Headphone Technology Conference Report, article "Headphone Technology: Hear-Through, Bone Conduction, and Noise Canceling," a feature on new AES Officers for 2020, and more at aes.org/journal

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Posted on November 25, 2019 at 6:00:00 AM EST



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

AES New York

— 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


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