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Past Event: A Discussion about the Microphone

April 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Location: ABC Television Network , 47 W 66 St., NYC

Moderated by: David Bialik – CBS Local

Speaker(s): Troy Jensen, Shure; Chris Spahr, DPA; Karl Winkler, Lectrosonics; Alan Venitosh, TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik;

This will be a discussion of technology and technique not a sales presentation.  We hope to discuss the considerations that go into mic design, materials, how polar charts are read/misread, types of mics, placement, how to use the mic, and the various uses.  



Troy Jensen has been involved in the audio/visual industry for over 30 years in various capacities. His expertise includes Architectural Acoustics, Audio/Video System Design, and Project/Business Management. He currently is a Market Development Specialist with Shure, Inc. has held high level consulting/management positions with Peter George Associates, RPG Diffusor Systems, and ALTEL Systems. His involvement in the industry includes contributions within the Manufacturing, Consulting Engineering, Music Production, Live Sound Reinforcement, and Systems Integration aspects of the business. He is also certified on several computer predictive techniques as they relate to acoustics and audio-visual systems design and is trained on several measurement systems to document the performance of these spaces/systems. He currently is a guest lecturer at the Yale School of Drama for the M.F.A. Technical Design and Production program.

Christopher Spahr has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Barry University and a recording arts associate’s degree from Full Sail University. His 20-year career spans the music, recording arts and pro sound industries. He comes to DPA Microphones as Area Sales Manager for Eastern U.S. from RTW, where he oversaw U.S. sales and operations. Prior to that, he spent seven years as a Market Development Manager and certified U.S. RF Expert for Sennheiser, in both the installed sound and professional channels. He has also served as Staff Engineer at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida and performed live sound work for various concerts, corporate functions and theater applications. 

Karl Winkler is currently Director of Business Development for Lectrosonics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of wireless microphone, networked audio and matrix mixing products for professional use. Mr. Winkler has provided hundreds of frequency coordinations and wireless microphone system designs for theaters, broadcast studios, reality TV and feature film productions, major touring acts and houses of worship. Prior to Lectrosonics, Mr. Winkler worked as Brand Manager for Neumann/USA and Business Area Manager for Professional Products at Sennheiser USA. Mr. Winkler holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from the University of Arizona and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Recording Arts from the University of Southern California. In his spare time, Mr. Winkler enjoys time with his wife and daughter, and performing classical music in the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra and the Petroglyph String Quartet.

Alan Venitosh has been a recording and audio engineering enthusiast his entire life. Spending time as a touring musician in his late teens and early 20s, Alan experienced both sides of the glass in the recording studio environment, acting as both performing musician and audio engineer. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music Production & Technology from the Hartt School of Music at University of Hartford in 2002. His experience in music retail and interest in electrical engineering lead him to his position at TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik, manufacturers of some of the world’s finest vacuum tube based microphones. His current role as Director Of Operations finds him participating in the development of new microphone technology, as well as forensically looking to the past for historic European microphone design. Alan is an expert in microphone technique and application.

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Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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Past Event: "I Am Your Future: Careers in Audio"

March 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Location: Institute of Audio Research 64 University Place Room 21 -and- NYU's Steinhardt Studios 35 West 4th St 6th

Moderated by: Dan Gaydos, IAR; Jonathan S. Abrams, Nutmeg Post

Speaker(s): Emily Brodtman – Composer and Sound Designer, IAR 2014 Graduate; Marios Aristopoulos – PhD candidate, City University London, Generative Music in Video Games, IAR Faculty; Howard Schwartz - Consultant, owner of the legendary HSRNY studios; Dan Venne - VP creative/production, Man Made Music

 What part of the audio business do you want to break into? How do you do it? 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 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 assistants? What is the progression from an assistant? What skills are emerging that are 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 schooling that can only be learned by actually being involved at a facility?

If you attend this meeting, you will hear these questions and others addressed.

There will be a telecom link between both IAR and NYU for this co-hosted event. People at one location will be able to interact with those at the other. 

Posted: Saturday, March 7, 2015

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Past Event: Sound Hearing Practices Bridging the Gap between Audiology and Audio Engineering professionals

February 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Location: The New School for Jazz Performance 55 West 13 Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues 5th floor auditorium

Moderated by: Bill Siegmund, Digital Island Studios, LLC

Speaker(s): Julie Glick, Au.D., F-AAA, Doctor of Audiology, Musicians Hearing Solutions David Haines, independent FOH engineer

Musicians, engineers, sales staff, designers, installers and music lovers of all stripes have one need in common: we must understand the sounds we are hearing. However, many of us take for granted the marvelous system our bodies have developed for receiving and processing sound. And some are so casual with the care and maintenance of that system that in the course of our daily lives we end up damaging our ears - the most important tools we have for doing the jobs we love.

Our two guests will take us on a fantastic voyage through our hearing system and talk about functional strategies for hearing protection and preservation, including annual hearing testing, monitoring sound level exposure, custom musicians earplugs and in-ear monitors. Information will be presented from the perspective of the medical profession and real-world professional audio applications. Please join us for what will surely be an informative and “ear-opening” evening.

 Dr. Glick was first introduced to custom in-ear monitors and musicians earplugs when she started her career in a private practice in Los Angeles, California in 1997. Her passion for music and commitment to the field of audiology led her spend time backstage and in rehearsal studios with engineers and musicians of all genres. Through this experience, she has gained great insight and appreciation for all the technical details that go into live musical performances and how important hearing and hearing conservation is to musicians and music fans.

Dr. Glick received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University, Master of Science in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Northridge and Doctor of Audiology from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, School of Audiology. Dr. Glick is a licensed Audiologist and Hearing Instrument Dispenser in the state of New York and a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.

David Haines has served as a professional Front of House sound engineer to the worlds leading artists for the past nineteen years. For his graduation project as an audio engineering student at Loyola Marymount University, he recorded the demos for a small unknown LA-based hip hop band, which led to that band being signed to a record deal. That band turned out to be The Black Eyed Peas.  Due to the success and quality of his mixes, The Black Eyed Peas asked him to record their debut breakthrough album, Behind the Front, at Paramount Studios. Mr. Haines has continued as the guiding force behind The Black Eyed Peas live sound, and he is sought after for world tours by other multi-platinum artists such as John Legend, Rihanna and Natasha Bedingfield.

As a sound engineering consultant for Musicians Hearing Solutions, Mr. Haines brings a unique understanding to assist listeners with all of the high end technology available to accomplish demanding performances both with in-ear monitors and front of house equipment.



The event is free of charge

 The first 50 guests will receive a free pair of Etymotic Research ETY Plugs

 Enter the raffles for

a pair of JH Audio Roxanne Universal Fit Earphones

a pair of Ultimate Ears Custom Reference Monitors

Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2015

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