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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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Past Event: Audio Restoration in the 21st Century

June 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Location: The New School for Jazz Performance, 5th floor 55 West 13 Street, New York, NY, USA

Moderated by: Robert Auld, AuldWorks

Speaker(s): Doug Pomeroy, Pomeroy Audio; Seth B.Winner, Seth B. Winner Studios; Andreas Meyer, Meyer Media; Bob Shuster, Shuster Sound

 Join us for a Meet & Greet at 6:30pm

Presentation at 7:00pm
The New School for Jazz Performance
5th floor
55 West 13 Street
between 5th & 6th Avenues
New York, NY
 

When it comes to audio restoration, it is the best of times and it is the worst of times (with apologies to Charles Dickens). The increasing capabilities of computers and audio software make it possible to restore historical and damaged sound recordings in ways that were not possible before.  Not only can we remove clicks, pops and hiss (while producing less in the way of unwanted artifacts than previously), but now even discrete, unwanted sounds, like audience coughs in live concerts or other background noises, can be excised with little or no effect on desired program material.  Previously insoluble problems with pitch can be fixed, even the frequency response and phase issues of old microphones and recording methods can be addressed to a surprising degree.  Compared to the limitations of analog methods of restoration, the digital revolution is a big improvement.

And yet, we are in danger of losing access to our recorded heritage.  The tape and disc  players that allowed high quality playback of older audio formats are no longer made, are becoming older, replacement parts are becoming unavailable and, most important, the expertise to keep the machines running is dying off as the generation that built and maintained them passes from the scene.  The major record labels that made most analog recordings have been reorganized out of recognition, with most of the institutional memory of giants like RCA, Columbia, EMI, etc., disappearing into faceless corporate conglomerates. In the United States, existing copyright law makes the issuing of newly discovered historical material a legal nightmare.  Copyright issues are handled somewhat better in the European Union, but we don't live there.

Join us on June 11th, when the monthly meeting of the New York AES section will discuss these issues, with the help of an expert panel of audio engineers from varied corners of the industry. 

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Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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