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If there is a meeting topic you think would be of interest to the membership, please contact us. There is no fee to attend most section meetings and they're open to everyone with an interest in professional audio. Students are especially welcome at all meetings.

Our website also contains a list of Past Meeting Reports and an Officer List.

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Past Event: Studio of the Future: 2020—2050

John La Grou

John La Grou

April 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Location: NYU Clive Davis Institue, 194 Mercer Street Studio 510, NYC

Moderated by: Jim Anderson, NYU

Speaker(s): John La Grou, The POW-R Consortium, Millennia Media

A brief look at the evolution of audio electronics, a theory of innovation, and a sweeping vision for the next forty years of audio production technology. Informed by the growth theories of Moore, Cray, and Kurzweil, we project the next forty years of professional audio products, production techniques, and delivery formats.


John La Grou is founder and chair of POW-r Consortium, the world's leading digital-audio bit-length reduction algorithms, used annually on roughly 1/3 of all CDs and audio downloads (licensed by Apple, Avid, etc.). “If you listen to music, you listen to POW-r.”  He is founder and CEO of Millennia Media, a world leader in the design of audio electronics for critical acoustic music. Roughly half of all major Hollywood film scores are recorded via Millennia electronics. Over 50,000 Millennia channels are in use worldwide. Millennia has received 30+ major industry awards and was recently selected by the U.S. Library of Congress to design and manufacture a new generation of archiving electronics for converting the Library's collection of 3 million legacy audio recordings (of every conceivable historic format) onto high resolution digital storage.

Other Business: Come to the Meet and Greet at 6:30. Election results and new officers will be announced.


Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014

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Past Event: "Jobs in Audio (Where's My Coffee?)"

March 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Location: NYU's Steinhardt Studios 35 West 4th St 6th Floor New York, NY 10003-4595, and the Institute of Audio Research, 64 University Place, Room 33, New York, NY 10003-4595

Moderated by: Jonathan S. Abrams, Nutmeg Post

Speaker(s): David Bialik: Streaming Engineer, CBS Radio / CBS Local; Jack Cote: Product Manager, iZotope; Howard Schwartz: Consultant, owner of the legendary HSRNY studios, Dan Gaydos: Host at IAR

 Is your entry into the audio workforce imminent? Are you still in an audio-centric program and want to get ahead of your peers? Then attend this meeting and gain insights from those in different areas of the business.

What do people look for in prospective interns? What do they expect interns to walk away with when their internship is finished? Does interning give you an advantage over others when trying to get an assistant position?

If you have already completed an internship, then what do people look for in prospective hires? What is the progression beyond an internship or being an assistant? What skills are emerging as important to have?

The audio business changes regularly. How have things changed over time? How have they stayed the same? What things are not taught in the classroom that can only be learned by actually being involved in the workplace?

If you attend this meeting, you will hear these questions and others addressed. Take notes and bring your CV.   

This meeting will have a joint teleconference link between NYU and the Institute of Audio Research. 


Posted: Sunday, March 9, 2014

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Past Event: The Perception and Measurement of Headphone Sound Quality: Do Listeners Agree on What Makes a Headphone Sound Good?

Dr. Sean E. Olive

Dr. Sean E. Olive

February 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Location: Harman Flagship Store. 527 Madison Ave @ 54th St

Moderated by: David Bialik

Speaker(s): Dr. Sean E. Olive, Harman International

The popularity of headphones has now exploded to produce annual worldwide sales of almost $10 billion.  Market research indicates sound quality is a driving factor in headphone purchases with brand and fashion also being important factors among younger consumers. Yet, ironically the science behind what makes a headphone sound good and how to measure it is poorly understood. This combined with the lack of perceptually meaningful headphone standards may explain why purchasing a headphone today is like playing Russian Roulette with your ears.  The magic bullet to achieving more consistent headphone sound quality is science.

Harman recently conducted a series of controlled double-blind listening tests on popular headphones (both real and virtualized models) to better understand the relationship between their perceived sound quality and acoustic performance.The results of this research show that when the influence of brand, fashion and celebrity endorsement are removed from headphone tests, both trained and untrained listeners generally agree on which headphones sound best, and this correlates to their acoustical performance.

Dr. Sean E. Olive is Director of Acoustic Research for Harman International. He directs the Northridge, Corporate Technology Acoustics group, and oversees the subjective evaluation of new audio products. Prior to 1993, he was a research scientist with Dr. Floyd Toole at the National Research Council of Canada. Sean received a Bachelors in Music from the University of Toronto, and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Sound Recording from McGill University in Montreal. He has written over 35 research papers on the perception and measurement of audio for which he was awarded the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Fellowship Award in 1996, and two Publication Awards (1990 and 1995). In 2013 he was awarded the ALMA Titanium Driver Award for scientific contributions to the loudspeaker and headphone industry. Sean is the current President of the AES.

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Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2014

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