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JJ's Heyser Lecture
JJ delivered the Heyser Lecture at the 133rd AES Convention. PPT deck.
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NOTE: anyone can attend this meeting regardless of their status as an AES member.
AES MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED.
Officers and Committee Yearly Election
Development of a Low Cost Programmable Microphone
Preamp Gain Control IC for Pro Audio Applications
Gary K. Hebert
The Pacific Northwest Section of the AES
Wednesday, June 29th, 2016, 7:30pm
Shoreline Community College, Music Building, Rm 818
Directions to Shoreline CC
THAT Corporation, a manufacturer of integrated circuits for professional audio applications, has been
manufacturing programmable gain control ICs for microphone preamplifiers since 2009. While these
have been adopted in a wide variety of professional audio products, they were often too costly to be
included into many higher volume and high channel count designs. THAT's CTO Gary Hebert will discuss
the performance requirements for these ICs in the professional audio environment and describe the
circuit topology changes and performance tradeoffs made during the development of a new low-cost
gain control IC. He will also present performance data on the new device.
Please join us on Wednesday, June 29th for an enlightening and engaging presentation. Bring your questions!
Gary K. Hebert, CTO & Co-Founder, THAT Corporation
Mr. Hebert is a co-founder of THAT Corporation and a longtime audio-electronics
enthusiast. He currently serves as THAT's Chief Technology Officer, spending the
majority of his time defining and supervising the design of analog and mixed-signal
integrated circuits intended for use in the professional audio industry. He is credited with
creating many of THAT's high-performance audio ICs, including the popular 218x series
of VCAs, the 2162 Dual VCA, the 4320/4315/4305 Analog Engines®, the 1646/1606
Balanced Floating Line Drivers, and the 5171 and 5173 Preamplifier Controllers. He also
continues to serve as an executive advisor to THAT's dbx-tv business unit.
Prior to founding THAT Corporation, Mr. Hebert was with dbx, Inc. from 1981 through
1989, where he held several positions, the last being Electrical Engineering Manger. He
was responsible for a number of audio product designs marketed under the dbx, ADC,
and Audio Dynamics brands. He also worked with semiconductor manufacturers on ICs
used in the dbx Noise Reduction licensing program. He began his career at automated test
equipment manufacturer Teradyne.
Mr. Hebert holds seven patents in the audio electronics field. He has authored and
presented several papers for the Audio Engineering Society. He earned a BSEE from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979.
Election time is here again. Unlike our national elections, ours is completely sedate by
comparison; no robocalls, no candidates stumping the election trail, kissing babies
and who knows what else... We announce in May, we elect in June. Since this is the June meeting, we will hold
our annual election for the Section officers and half of the program committee.
If you belong to the AES (member or associate), then you can vote in our election, and
we need your attendance to ensure that we have a quorum.
Follow this link to see the slate of candidates and their bios:
2016 Election Slate
We Want YOU!
This is YOUR opportunity to give back to your Section. There are five committee
seats that elect each year, and several vacancies. Of course
vacancy or not, you can toss your hat into the ring. In addition, the Section Officers
positions also re-elect at this time, however we ask that candidates for the Chair and ViceChair
positions have previously served on the Section Committee.
The officers and section committee produce the meetings that you attend. Meeting topics
come from the officer/committee group, as well as from you, our Audience.
Sometimes a meeting topic just falls into our laps (like this month's meeting).
Sometimes we have to rustle the bushes to see what we can make fall out. It's fun,
and it keeps us on our toes. We meet via email rather than trying to coordinate
everyone's schedule so that we can congregate somewhere.
If you are not a member (or associate), you may still run, however you must
become a member after winning the position. You may nominate yourself, now or at
the June Election, or you can ask someone to nominate you.
Summer Road Trip?
Note from Rick Chinn: (revised June 28th)
well, it's summer. I think we got a collective yawn on the concept of renting a bus to go to Portland to visit Cascade Record Pressing (CRP).
Besides, the whole thing was far too complicated.
I got asked at the May meeting about where this was headed, and it got me thinking (again). So, how about we pick a weekday date in July or August that works for CRP and us,
and we caravan down I5 to Portland. Each car bears its own costs. It'll take a day; more if you want to hang in PDX and do something; that's your choice. It can't be a weekend, so don't
even think about asking.
We'll also try to visit Telegraph Mastering at this time. Telegraph is a small space, and we need to split our group into two smaller groups. Group A will visit Cascade,
and Group B will visit Telegraph. Then, the two groups will exchange places. That said, we need to limit the size of the attendees to 16 (two groups of 8). Beyond that, do submit your name
and we'll put you on the standby list.
The Antiquarian Radio Society will have its annual Swap Meet on Sunday, August 21, at 9am in a parking lot at Shoreline College.
We are going to have a small group of AES-Folk placed together at it and want to find out the extent of your interest in being there and
selling off some of your stuff. There is a large built-in attendance and we would like to take advantage of their event instead of
organizing our own. There is a minimal cost to being part of it ($15) but you don't have to be a member of either their group or ours
We will be together as a group and identify ourselves as members of the PNW AES Section, and we will do some extra promotion on Craigslist
stating what we have to sell, independent of the ARS' promotion. We are considering tacking on a donation $10 per seller to benefit our Section and
hope you think that is both a good idea and a very nominal way to have a decent way to get rid of some stuff and support both groups.
Talk to Dan Mortensen at the June 29 meeting or send him an email at
The AES National and International elections are taking place at this moment. Two people with ties to our section are running for offices and we encourage you to vote for them now.
Both are deserving and having them in office helps further extend our abilities to get things done. Don't ignore that Bob Moses, AES Executive Director is a member of OUR section.
Vote for whom you want but we hope you'll vote for Steve and David. The election closes at 5pm EST on July 8, 2016.
- David Scheirman, who was Chair of this Section in 1996-97 is running for President of the Society.
- Steve Turnidge, who is currently our Vice-Chair but who has served in several other Section offices as well, is running for Western Regional Vice-President.
AES PNW 2015-2016 Section Chair
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