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Past Event: How the Business of Music Affects the Sound of Records

November 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Location: NYU Steinhardt Studios, 35 West 4th St, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10012

Moderated by: Jonathan S. Abrams, Nutmeg Post

Speaker(s): Dr. Simon Zagorski-Thomas, Reader in Music, London College of Music, University of West London

Simon Zagorski-Thomas’ new book, The Musicology of Record Production, looks at the theory behind record production.  He examines both how you can analyse the sound of recorded music and the process of making it.  In this talk he will look at the business of music, both in terms of the industries that produce the technology and the record companies that broker the deals that make productions happen.  How do these business deals make a difference to the actual sound of the recordings that get made?  Using a series of examples, he will explore some of the ideas from his book.

 

About the Presenter:  Simon Zagorski-Thomas is a Reader at the London College of Music, University of West London. He is a director of the annual Art of Record Production Conference, a co-founder of the Journal on the Art of Record Production and co-chairman of the Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production (www.artofrecordproduction.com). His publications include The Art of Record Production (co-edited with Simon Frith, 2012). Before becoming an academic he worked for twenty-five years as a composer, sound engineer and producer with artists as varied as Phil Collins, Mica Paris, London Community Gospel Choir, Bill Bruford, The Mock Turtles, Courtney Pine and the Balanescu Quartet. He continues to compose and record music and is currently conducting research into the musicology of record production, popular music analysis and performance practice in the recording process.

The Musicology of Record Production at Cambridge University Press


Posted: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Past Event: The Vinyl Resurgence

October 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Location: The New School for Jazz Performance, 55 West 13 St, 5th floor

Moderated by: Robert Auld (AuldWorks)

Speaker(s): Scott Hull (MasterDisk), Paul Gold (Salt Mastering), Kevin Boutote (formerly Vanguard Records)

After the introduction of the Digital Compact Disk in 1983, it was only a matter of time until the vinyl LP would be obsolete, a relic of the past like 78's and open reel tapes.  That was what everyone thought.  Indeed, by the mid-1990's, the major record labels had stopped issuing albums as LPs.  Twelve-inch singles hung on because DJs wanted them for "scratching", but the vinyl album was dead—or so it seemed. 

But after the turn of the century, something surprising happened: some artists decided to issue their albums as vinyl LPs as well as CDs.  At first it just seemed like a "niche" thing, but then, sales actually started to increase.  We now find ourselves in an age where, as CD sales and file downloads are dropping off, vinyl album sales are going up, to the point where existing pressing plants are having trouble keeping up with the demand. 

The reasons for this resurgence can be debated, but it is undeniable that there is now a generation of audio engineers and producers for whom the vinyl LP is something new.  It is time for a new look at the strengths and limitations of this venerable audio format.  To that end, we have invited an expert panel to share their experience and knowledge about the making of LPs.

Scott Hull: A 28-year veteran mastering engineer and the owner of Masterdisk studios in NYC, Scott started his career in 1983 and has mastered hit records and classic albums in every genre, as well as many Grammy winning titles. Scott is consistently listed in the top 10 of the Top 100 Professionals list at albumcredits.com.

Paul Gold: Paul learned his way around the record cutting lathe by working with the late Al Grundy, who knew everything there was to know about how to operate, build and refurbish record lathes and cutter heads. Paul has since founded Salt Mastering and has become one of the go-to guys for vinyl disk cutting on his Neumann VMS-66 lathe.

Kevin Boutote: Kevin is currently chief audio engineer at the Manhattan School of Music. From 1977 to 1980 he was in charge of quality control for vinyl at Vanguard Records.  From 1987 to 1995, Kevin was on staff at CBS Records(Masterworks)/Sony Classical/Sony Music, engineering many front-line classical projects, and mastering reissues for CD, including the MasterSound gold CD series, beginning in 1993.  He will fill us in about what is involved with plating and pressing vinyl records, and related manufacturing issues.

 


Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014

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Past Event: "Muscle Shoals" A special film presentation

September 9, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Location: Dolby Screening Room 1350 Avenue of the Americas Street Floor

Moderated by: Presenter: Jonathan Abrams, Nutmeg Post

Speaker(s): Host: Ken Hunold, Dolby

  

 The New York Section of the Audio Engineering Society

invites all folks

who are actively involved in professional audio

 

to join us for a most informative evening. 

 

Students are especially welcome.


  

“Muscle Shoals”

 

A special film presentation

  

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Rick Hall brought black and white together to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and The Swampers, the house band at FAME Studios that eventually left to start its own successful studio known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Gregg Allman and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential today.

 

This beautifully made documentary tells the story entirely with first-person accounts and contemporaneous

session footage. 

 

Director:  Greg 'Freddy' Camalier.

 

Producers: Stephen Badger, Greg 'Freddy' Camalier.

 

Contributors include Gregg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Aretha Franklin, Rick Hall,

Mick Jagger, Alicia Keys, Spooner Oldham, John Paul White, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Candi Staton and Steve Winwood.

 

The film is provided by Swank Motion Pictures.

RSVP


Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014

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Past Event: KAS MUSIC AND SOUND TOUR

August 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Location: KAS MUSIC AND SOUND 36th Street and 35th Avenue Astoria, NY 11106

Moderated by: Dan Gaydos, Institute of Audio Research

Speaker(s): Joe Castellon (Executive Creative Director) and Bernard Fox (Assistant Engineer) of KAS

August 2014 AES Regional Chapter Meeting: 
KAS MUSIC AND SOUND On August 22, 2-5PM
 
Tour Kaufman Astoria Studios Music And Sound in the revered Kaufman Astoria Studios complex. One of the most prestigious and eminent recording, mixing and mastering facilities in New York City. They never stopped churning out astounding sound since the early 1980's and they're still going strong!!  
  
Let's see what they've got and how they do it. 
 
Date: Friday August 22. 
Time: 2-5PM. 
Our KAS hosts will be none other than 
Joe Castellon – Executive Creative Director and 
Bernard Fox – Assistant Engineer 
 
Meet at the security booth at 36th Street and 35th Ave. Astoria, NY 11106 
Our own AES IAR student section officers Anthony and Kwame will greet you and lead you down to one of the greatest facilities New York has to offer. The demos and tour are not to be missed. Students most welcome. 
 
PLEASE RSVP to:
 
 
WE MUST HAVE THE NAMES OF EVERY ATTENDEE IN ORDER TO GIVE THE VISITOR LIST TO SECURITY 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE, BY THE END OF WEDNESDAY AUGUST 20.
 

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Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Past Event: THE 2014 AES-NY PICNIC

July 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Location: 217 Storer Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801

Moderated by: Allan Tucker

Speaker(s): Foothill Digital

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Skipping down the cobblestones, looking for fun
                        and eating bratwurst! **
 
        THE 2014 AES-NY PICNIC
               for members and their families
 
Join us for an afternoon of fresh air and sunshine
in lovely tree-lined New Rochelle
 
Date:  Sunday, July 13, 2014
 
Time:  2pm-5pm
 
At the home of:
   Allan Tucker
   217 Storer Avenue
   New Rochelle, NY  10801
 
 
RSVP to   tucker@foothilldigital.com  with  "AES PICNIC"  in subject line —
 
      *** Be sure to tell us how many adults and kids will attend
 
      *** Please email RSVP ASAP ***
 
 
Admission is free if reserved in advance
(Otherwise, oy!, you're in such trouble)
 
Chips will be served! Bring the kiddies!
Wine will be served! Bring yourself!!
 
AES-NY thanks Dale Pro Audio for its generous support of the 2014 Picnic, and thanks Allan Tucker for once again hosting the event.
 
 
DIRECTIONS to Tuck and Jeremy's house:
 
VIA METRO NORTH RAILROAD:
From Grand Central Station, take a New Haven line Metro North train that stops in Pelham. From Pelham station, the house is a gorgeous 10 minute walk. See walking directions below.***
 
DRIVING from West Side of Manhattan and points South and West:
Take Henry Hudson Pkwy north to Cross County Pkwy east. Follow signs to Exit 9: Hutchinson River Pkwy south. Go one exit on Hutch south to Exit 12: Lincoln Ave. As you exit on the ramp, bear right to a traffic light, and turn right onto Lincoln Ave (at Getty station). Go 0.6 miles, then turn left at Storer Ave, just past a small fenced construction site. Follow Storer Ave around to the right to house number 217, which will be on the left.
 
DRIVING from East Side of Manhattan:
Take FDR Drive north to Madison Ave Bridge. Get onto Deegan Expy north. Exit onto Cross County Pkwy east. Follow directions above as in West Side.
 
DRIVING from points South and East:
Take Whitestone Bridge to Hutchinson River Pkwy. Take Exit 12: Lincoln Ave. Turn left at stop sign to get to traffic light (Mobil station), and turn right onto Lincoln Ave. Go 0.6 miles, then turn left at Storer Ave, just past a small fenced construction site. Follow Storer Ave around to the right to house number 217, which will be on the left.
 
DRIVING from points North:
Get to Hutchinson River Pkwy southbound. Take Exit 12. Follow directions above as in West Side.
 
 
*** WALKING from Pelham Metro North Train Station:
Upon leaving the train in Pelham, find the center stairs near a small waiting room.
(If there's a taxi, about $5 will get you to the studio, if you're not in the mood for a short walk.)
 
By foot, continue out of the station parking area to the first street, Pelhamwood Ave.
Turn left onto Pelhamwood and walk down the hill.
Make the first possible left turn, at the bottom of the hill, onto Highbrook Ave., and immediately go under an underpass.
 
Stay on Highbrook. Walk under another underpass, and get to a traffic light: Lincoln Ave.
Turn right onto Lincoln.
 
You're now walking east on Lincoln. Take the first left turn onto Storer Avenue.  Follow the road until you see a red Honda in a driveway on the left. That is 217 Storer Ave.  Welcome to the picnic!
 
[*Thanks and apologies to Paul Simon]
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Other Business: Announcement of the date, time, and location for our August 2014 meeting. Maybe the same for our September 2014 meeting as well. The only way to find out will be to make it to the picnic!


Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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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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Past Event: Dolby Atmos Demonstration

November 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Location: The Dolby Theatre 1350 Ave of the Americas.

Moderated by: Kenneth R. Hunold Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

Speaker(s): Tom Kodros, Senior Manager, Content Services Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

Last year, at our May meeting, Charles Robinson of Dolby Laboratories discussed the new cinema audio system called Dolby Atmos.  Since that time, over 70 motion pictures have been produced in the format, and around 1000 theatres worldwide (about 700 in North America) have installed the system hardware. 

This month, our Section will have a rare afternoon meeting that will feature actual demonstrations of the system in the Dolby Theatre in New York.  This theater has been rebuilt with the Dolby Atmos system.  Tom Kodros, Senior Manager, Content Services will lead the discussion and give the presentation.

The primary topic of discussion at the meeting will be the technology that allows the design features of the system to be implemented.  There will also be a tutorial demonstration of the system, and clips from some of the films that have been produced in the system, courtesy of the studios.  There will be time for questions and answers about the system and the installation.

 

  • Please note the special time of this meeting - 12 Noon on Tuesday November 26th.

 

The Dolby Theatre is located at 1350 Ave of the Americas.  The entrance to the building is on the southeast corner of Avenue of the Americas and 55th Street.  The theatre is on the main floor.   We hope to see you there.

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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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Past Event: Move Over PCM and Make Room for HiRes DSD and DXD Audio

October 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Location: The New School University Jazz Performance Space 55 West 13th Street, (between 5th & 6th Avenues) 5th Floor New York, NY

Moderated by: Ron Ajemian, Owl Fiber Optics, NY

Speaker(s): Dominique Brulhart, Merging Technologies - Puidoux, Switzerland; Morten Lindberg, 2L (Lindberg Lyd AS) - Oslo, Norway; John Newton, Soundmirror - Jamaica Plain, MA, USA

With the recent release of 11.2 MHz Quad-DSD production tools, more than a decade of DSD and DXD productions and the rapidly growing availability of DSD and DXD material available for download on the market, there is a constant debate in both the professional and the audiophile sector about the difference between DSD and PCM and ultimately which one “sounds better.” This panel would like offering the opportunity to two known specialists of these formats, John Newton from Soundmirror and Morten Lindberg from 2L, to present some of their recordings and discuss about their experience making productions in DSD and DXD. Recent recordings in 11.2 MHz DSD, and DXD will be presented and recording, editing, mixing, and mastering techniques and considerations using DSD and DXD will be discussed and compared.

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Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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