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[AES Pacific NW Section - Seatle USA]

AES PNW Section
2013 Election of Officers and Committee

At our June meeting, we will hold annual elections for the officers and committee positions that form the backbone of our AES section. The committee is in charge of actively planning all logistics for our meetings and activities.


We need a quorum of 15 members to certify the election. You can vote by one of two ways:
  • Attend the June Meeting and cast your vote in person.
  • To vote by mail, download and print the election ballot (right-click the link) and mail it to the address shown on the Ballot. Be sure to put your membership number on the front of the envelope (in the return address or in the lower left corner). This needs to be RECEIVED by May 31, 2013, so that it can be counted on June 1.
For purposes of the quorum, it shall be the sum of the voting members present at the meeting and those members who voted by mail.

  • Officers hold their positions for one year.
  • Committee positions are for two years. There are 10 positions, 5 of them elect every year to ensure continuity in the committee.
  • Members and Associate members of the PNW Section may vote.
  • Nominations can be made from the floor at the meeting, or (preferably) submitted to nominations chair.
Our section's Mission Statement can be found at this LINK.

More about Elections     BALLOT

Slate of Candidates

  • Chair — Dave Tosti-Lane / Cornish College
  • Vice Chair — Steve Malott / Shoreline College
  • Secretary — Gary Louie / University of Washington, School of Music
  • Treasurer — Greg Mauser

Section Committee

  • Bob Smith / BS Studios
  • Scott Mehrens
  • Daniel Casado / Retired
  • Dan Mortensen / Dansound
  • Dr. Michael Matesky / Opus 4 Studios
  • Lawrence Schwedler / DigiPen Institute of Technology (1 year term)

Candidate Bio Information


Chair — Dave Tosti-Lane / Cornish College
Dave is a sound designer, technical director, lighting designer and technical consultant, and is one of the original founders (and current Chair) of the Performance Production department at Cornish College of the Arts. He is active in professional organizations such as the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), where he is Co-Commissioner for the Sound Commission and the Associate Editor for Sound for TD&T, the Journal of the USITT; The International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OISTAT), where he is a member of the Sound Design Working Group; and the Audio Engineering Society (AES), where he has served on standards committees, and is a past Chair of the Pacific Northwest Audio Engineering Society. Dave holds a BS in Management and an MFA in Technical Theater/Lighting Design from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, however his adventures in sound probably started with the 3" reel to reel message recorder he was given sometime around 1962.

Vice-Chair — Steve Malott / Shoreline Community College

Steve Malott has participated in AES meetings for many years but has only seriously put his money where his mouth is for a few years (by joining AES). As a broadcaster (and former SBE student member), audio engineer, producer and educator, Steve is continually surprised by the talent unearthed and the diverse opportunities available to anyone who has more than a passing interest in audio. After serving his second term as Governor for the Recording Academy and participating in Producer's and Engineer's Wing, Grammy U and membership activities, Steve's goal is to negotiate a closer alliance between the two organizations, with an eye towards more cooperative cross-participation for both groups. Among the topics Steve is interested in pursuing for PNW AES:

  • The economics of audio equipment (who decides to make what, and how much money do they make doing it)
  • Math for struggling audio engineers (and why it's good to understand it)
  • Sharpening listening skills: a primer for audio professionals
  • Why is it sometimes $150 mics seem to sound as good and work better than $5,000 mics?
  • Why don't most audio engineers win national awards or substantial industry recognition?

I'm always interested in great hardware or software demos, along the lines of:

  • Mic Shootout
  • A-D / D-A Shootout
  • Loudspeaker Shootout
  • Codec Shootout

and the ever-popular — DAW Shootout

Even if not elected I am still interested in moving NARAS and AES closer together in membership and participant activities.

Secretary — Gary Louie / University of Washington, School of Music

Gary has been the recording engineer for the University of Washington School of Music since 1979, previously earning his BSEE at the UW. He has served as AES PNW Section Chair, Vice Chair, Committee, and most recently, Secretary since 1993. Gary is also the co-author, with Glenn White, of the Audio Dictionary 3rd Ed.

Treasurer — Greg Mauser

Greg has a Bachelor's Degree in Electronics Engineering from Bradley University. Greg has a Bachelor's Degree in Electronics Engineering from Bradley University. He has as an extensive background in Hardware and Software product development for industrial and aerospace markets. He currently works as a Test Engineer at Astronics Corporation in Redmond.

Greg has been building amps, pedals, and synthesizers since he started playing guitar at age 14. He is an avid home recording enthusiast and has produced several CDs of his own music. He has played in many PNW bands since moving here from Chicago 20 years ago and is currently working on his own business startup designing and manufacturing guitar pedals. He has served for the past several years as committee member and Vice Chair of the AES PNW Section.

Section Committee (alpha order)

Bob Smith / Medtronic / Physio Control, SoundSmith Labs
Bob has a BSEE from the University of Washington and has worked in the Biomedical industry for over 30 years. The last 20 years he has spent developing acoustic research and audio engineering disciplines for Medtronic / Physio Control to improve speech intelligibility for medical device voice prompting and voice recording systems in noisy environments. He is responsible for voice prompting in 30+ languages. The department now handles acoustic measurements of components such as drivers, microphone capsules and system measurements including Thiele-Small parameters, polar plots, waterfalls, frequency response, impulse response, several speech intelligibility methods, etc. When he's not playing acoustic/audio monkey for his corporate master, he runs an acoustic lab, soundSmith Labs. From time to time, he can also be found recording local musical talents. Currently he is working on automotive interior noise assessments and their effect on speech intelligibility.

Daniel Casado / Retired

Daniel Casado was a PNW AES Committee member until his job got in the way. He recently retired, having just completed a stint as Director of Engineering Support for McCauley Loudspeakers and is now able to serve again. Previous to that, Daniel was the N. W. manufacturer's representative for a number of leading audio manufacturers. With over 30 years in the professional audio industry, his experience includes front of house for national acts, mixing live performances for radio & television broadcast, sound system design & installation, manufacturing, R & D, and teaching electronics & audio theory. He also has extensive studio experience.

Dr. Michael Matesky / Opus 4 Studios

Dr. Michael Matesky is the designer and owner of Opus 4 Studios (audio and video recording) where he also engineers. Born and raised in Los Angeles, where his father worked in the studios and taught music at USC, he has an MM in cello, and a DMA in conducting from the University of Washington. He is a composer and arranger, President of Opus 4 Music publishing company, studio musician, music contractor, founding cellist in the Opus 4 String Quartet, and occasional Gypsy jazzman with undeniable traces of evidence found at www.opus4studios.com. He has recorded both as cellist and conductor at what is now known as Abbey Road Studios. He has performed before the Queen of England and two US Presidents. Dr. Matesky is currently serving on the PNW Section Committee.

Scott Mehrens

Scott Mehrens has been working in the audio industry for 13 years. Scott started his career at International Jensen Inc in Schiller Park, IL as a loudspeaker test & measurement engineer, where he worked on a semi automated loudspeaker test system used on the production line to check quality. The last ten years have been at Motorola working on speech & multimedia software including echo cancellers, noise suppressors, dynamic processors, graphic eqs & stereo spatializers. Scott joined the AES in 1997 and is a charter member of the Audio for Telecommunications Technical Committee. Scott likes to experience Seattle's live music scene with the help of his trusty ER 20 Hi-Fi ear plugs.

Dan Mortensen / Dansound Inc.

Dan is President of Dansound Inc., which specializes in live sound reinforcement and is Washington State dealer for Meyer Sound Laboratories, among other dealerships. He is currently serving on the AES PNW committee, and has previously held the posts of Chair, Vice-Chair, and Treasurer. He is the current Executive Director of the Washington Association of Production Services. After more than 20 years, Dan continues to find that serving on the AES PNW Committee is still one of his favorite things.

Lawrence Schwedler / DigiPen Institute of Technology

Lawrence Schwedler has worked in the video game industry as a composer, sound designer and audio director for twenty years. In 1993 he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in classical guitar and electronic music from UCLA, where he was a founding member of the Modern Arts Guitar Quartet. From 1999 to 2012 he served as audio director for Nintendo Software Technology, where he co-authored two U.S. patents for adaptive music and audio. In August 2012, he left Nintendo to direct the new undergraduate programs in music and sound design at the DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond.