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Meeting notice archive

Meeting notices   from past meetings. If it's not there, it likely doesn't exist. If you have a meeting topic that you'd like to see covered, please let someone from the Section Committee know about it.

Meeting Recaps

Note that the Meeting Recaps follow the calendar year (the year that the meeting actually occurred in).

n.b. Meeting reports and recordings exist for many past meetings. Audio recording of meetings is a relatively new thing, so those don't exist beyond maybe year 2000 or so. The archive is spotty, but if there is a meeting that you'd like more info on, and there isn't a distinct page on it, do inquire and it just might appear.

2014

  • January 2014 JJ Johnston talks about the meaning of the term, "Dynamic Range." Does it have anything to do with dynamic sound, or music? Aside from electronic and digital definitions of equipment performance, there doesn't seem to be much of a definition. Even in the measurement field, there are some issues regarding digital equipment, and the difficulty of determining an accurate measurement. Then again, is this constant across frequency? Ever used a tape deck, or an LP, or any equipment with a delta-sigma DAC or noise shaping, or even heavy feedback?

  • February 2014 There was no February meeting.

  • March 2014 Dust off those bell bottoms, and come back with us to the age when analog tape ruled the earth. While this is certainly a nostalgia trip for many, others never gave up on analog tape, while some have never known it, but hear that it imparts a mythic mojo. Others may have a need for archival playback and digitization. Hopefully we can demonstrate what it takes to keep these machines running.

  • April 2014 Cascade Microphones visited us at London Bridge Studios and talked about the Ribbon Microphone Resurgence. The discussion included a brief history of ribbon microphones, the manufacturing and mechanics of modern ribbon microphones, and their practical uses in the studio and in live sound. Cascade also discussed their particular brand, including some critical listening and a live demonstration at London Bridge Studio.

  • May 2014 A presentation of the history and development of community noise regulations. Emphasis was given to local noise ordinances in the Pacific Northwest, and how they affect amplified musical events. You might think that creating reasonable and effective noise ordinances would be child's play but experience has shown this to be anything but the case. We discussed the challenges in crafting and passing quality ordinances, and on implementation and enforcement challenges created by current regulations.

  • June 2014 At our May meeting concerning Municipal Noise Ordinances, the questions arose: Is it possible to reduce SPL and infringing loudness by using directional subwoofers and, if so, how do you transform an inherently omnidirectional source into unidirectional or cardioid?

    There was enough discussion about and interest in the subject and methodology that we thought it would be a nice followup to have a meeting and listening party focusing on how to and why create directional subwoofers and what they sound like in reality. Longtime Committee member Dan Mortensen took us through a variety of ways to achieve that end, and we compared them to non-directional subwoofers. We discussed the positives and negatives from each method of deploying subs, as well as how to predict what the results would be using the free service Meyer MAPP, from Meyer Sound Laboratories.

  • Summer 2014 Aside from a planning meeting of the officers and the Committee, we took the summer off.

  • September 2014 The Perception and Measurement of Headphone Sound Quality: Do Listeners Agree on What Makes a Headphone Sound Good?  Dr. Sean Olive led us through an in-depth study of how listeners perceive the quality of headphones. This is both timely and of interest due to Apple's recent acquisition of the Beats headphone business.
    Annual headphone sales worldwide in 2014 will nearly reach $10 billion, as consumer's audio experiences are becoming increasingly mobile and personal. Premium headphones ($100+) now account for 90% of the annual revenue growth, suggesting consumers want better sound quality. Yet, the science behind what makes a headphone sound good and how to measure it is poorly understood. This talk summarizes some recent Harman research into the subjective and objective measurement of headphone sound quality. Using controlled, double blind listening test methods, Harman Research developed and tested a new headphone target response against current popular headphones, as well as headphones calibrated to the recommended diffuse and free-field standards. More recently, the new headphone target response was tested against three popular headphones using 238 listeners from four different countries. This allowed measuring the extent to which age, listening experience and culture influences taste in headphone sound quality. The results show that when headphone brand, price, visual appearance, and celebrity endorsement are removed from the test, most listeners agree on which headphones sound best, and this can be predicted based on their acoustical performance.

  • October 2014
  • November 2014
  • December 2014

2013

  • January 2013 Vroom - The Interesting World of Racing Game Sound Design 
    Turn 10 Studios' (MSFT) Nick Wiswell took us through the process of sound design for an auto racing game running on the X-Box. He talked about the kinds of sounds used, as well as the process of acquiring them, and then the ways that you might employ them in the soundscape of the finished game. For now, there is an audio recording of the meeting, and eventually there will be a link to the MS Research site where you can see a video of the meeting.

  • February 2013 Power Tools for ProTools 10 
    Author and studio owner Glenn Lorbecki gave an overview of the latest release of Pro Tools, including a in-depth description of how Pro Tools fits into the context of the recently presented Grammy Awards telecast.
  • March 2013 The State of the Mostly Modular Art of Synthesis 
    James Husted of Synthwerks took the section through the history of electronic music, culminating with a demonstration of his modular synthesizer rig. This was a teaser for the MMTA Synthfest, which took place 2 days later at Shoreline CC.

  • April 2013 Audio, Radio, and Acoustics, and Signal Processing 
    The Richard C. Heyser distinguished lecturer for the 133rd AES Convention is James D. (jj) Johnston. The title of his lecture is, "Audio, Radio, Acoustics, and Signal Processing — the Way Forward." In his talk, JJ will discuss our present understanding of human auditory perception, pointing out how the way we actually work encourages a dichotomy of knowledge that no longer exists. He goes on to suggest some ways that education can bring artistic and technical approaches together, apply some of the technical things we know on the artistic side, and learn what the artistic side of the business needs and wants. He proposes to address such issues as "mix buss performance" claims and the performance of various processors (which are quite nonlinear, for good reason). It is his hope that we can continue to push the understanding of perception, which should help create the "really here" immersive understanding that is the goal of the realists, the "you could never be here but you wish you could" sensation of the avant-garde, and encourage the delivery systems of the world to "get with the program."

    You can read more about the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture Series on the Technical Council  website.

  • May 2013 Transparent One and Audio Entrepreneurship 
    Gary Gesellchen and Rick Kernen of Vanatoo discussed the path taken in the development of their company's Transparent One desktop loudspeaker system. Two veteran engineers decide to enter the audio marketplace with a new and innovative product. Their presentation described the process: product definition, design prototypes, manufacturing, sales and marketing. Audio recordings and a more detailed report on the meeting are also accessible at the meeting report for this meeting.

  • June 2013 Everything* You Need To Know About Using Ethernet Cable for Portable Audio 
    What do all those CATegory cable numbers mean? How are they different from one another? Does it matter if you use this one instead of that one? How well do they hold up to repeated deployment? Can you do anything to them while in use that will cause a disruption in your signal transfer? If so, how can you avoid doing that thing? Is it hard to put those little connectors on them? How well do those little connectors stand up to normal use/abuse? How is an Ethernet cable's performance measured, qualified, and quantified?

  • There were no summer meetings

  • September 2013 The Circuit Is The Sound — An Engineer's Perspective on Analog Modular Synthesis PNW Committeeman Daniel Casado discussed the basics of modular synthesis, from the standpoint of the fundamental synthesizer building blocks: audio signals, control voltages, VCOs, VCAs, VCFs, Sequencers, ADSR, Ring Multipliers.

  • October 2013 The State of the Art in Modular Synthesis Continuing along the topic of Modular Synthesis, past PNW AES Chair Steve Turnidge brought us up to date with current trends from the re-emerging art and science of modular synthesis. He introduced representatives from several local and remote modular synth manufacturers and asked them to discuss their individual approach to modular design and their new spin on this time honored art form

  • November 2013 Weaponized Audio for Enormous Venues — OR Can We Outshout the Crowd?  Our Presenter for November was Ed Simon, or Edward Simon & Co., designer and installer of sound systems. Of late, he did the sound system design for the newly remodeled Husky Stadium, which speaks for itself. He posed the following points to ponder prior to the meeting:
    • The atmosphere vs. the announcer.
    • The architect vs. the acoustician.
    • Seahawks Stadium: What kind of loud is good?
    • Drivers: Efficiency vs. Flatness - Are you sure about that?
    • Why loudspeaker frequency response should not be flat
    • Can a sound system really add to home field advantage?
    • How loud is enough?
    • 2.5 Megawatts in action! But WHY?
    Meeting Report, with audio recordings. 

  • December 2013 In theory, at least, there is no December meeting. But who knows what December will bring?

2012

  • January 2012
    What the @#$%$% is FFT all about? PNW Committeeman JJ Johnston led an all day exploration in the use of the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) in the evaluation of audio signals and sound systems. Also discussed was the open source Mathematical Modeling program Octave. Significant time was devoted to using Octave to evaluate audio signals and as a way to analyze the performance of a sound system. The meeting was held at the Old Firehouse Teen Center (OFTC) in Redmond.
    January Meeting Report, including JJ's scripts, PPT Decks, etc. 

  • February 2012
    Audio Development for Android Games Pete Dresher, Sound Designer at Twittering, discussed and demonstrated several aspects of game audio programming for Android devices. He used FMOD, an open source tool as a way of connecting bits of score, ensuring they stayed in sync with aspects of the game, and that they stayed musically relevant to each other. The meeting was held at the Art Institute of Seattle.
    February Meeting Report,  with audio recordings of the meeting.
  • March 2012
    Desktop Mastering: Book Release Our own past Chair and Committee Member, Steve Turnidge, has gone off and written a book. A book you say? But not just any book, one covering a topic near and dear to any recording engineer: <ta-da> Desktop Mastering. Desktop Mastering is a conceptual guide, intertwining a broad range of knowledge regarding audio engineering principles and practical applications for those wishing to enhance their own as well as their clients' work. In addition to providing a step-by-step in-depth survey of a successful mastering plug-in chain, Desktop Mastering covers real-world practical applications as well as the fundamentals of audio and electronics. Also included is a personal guide to the business of mastering and how to leverage emerging social networks for positive personal and business results.
    with audio recordings of the meeting.

  • April 2012
    2012 Legal Update: Patents and Copyright The devil is in the details, and for a number of good reasons, a lawyer's expertise is in those details. Our resident lawyer, Kevin D. Jablonski, will update us on changes and nuances in Patent and Copyright Law.

    Here is an overview of the evening's discussion topics:

    • Intellectual Property in General
    • The America Invents Act
    • The Google Book Settlement -- uhhh... not so fast there!
    • Termination Reclaim
    • Interesting cases in 2011
    • SOPA/PIPA
    • DJ Girl Talk

    Kevin is a practicing attorney whose practice involves several aspects of intellectual property including patent, trademark, and copyright law. Kevin's background of electrical engineering and music make him especially well prepared to speak to these topics, especially in the context of audio.

    April Meeting Report,  with audio recordings of the evening and Kevin's PowerPoint deck.

  • May 2012
    Whitespaces and new wireless microphone technology. Van Browne took us thru an overview of new developments in the Whitespaces arena, and a look at some new technology in wireless microphones.

  • June 2012
    Another Meeting with CBS Records Legendary Engineer Frank Laico Dan Mortensen and Bob Smith organized a web-connected meeting that joined Frank and a Shoreline-based audience with David Simons, author of the book Studio Stories and a broader audience of individuals connected via a webinar.

  • July-August 2012
    There were no meetings held.

  • September 2012
    Understanding and Interpreting Audio Measurement Tools in a Real Room with a Real System or, what is that squiggly line trying to tell me and what can I do about it?
    Section Chair Dave Tosti-Lane, Sound Design Area Head at Cornish College spent a Saturday afternoon talking about and using real-time analysis tools to explore various aspects of a sound system's operation in a real room environment. October 2012
    Careers in Audio - a Panel Discussion PNW AES Committee member Steve Malott moderated a panel discussion about careers in audio. The panel was: Julian Colbeck - Keyfax Media, Glenn Lorbiecki - Glennsound, Jonathan Plum - London Bridge Studios and NARAS, Jeff Heiman - Windham Hill, PlayNetwork, & NARAS, Nancy Rumbel - Grammy winner & NARAS, Steve Turnidge - Mastering Engineer, NARAS, & AES.

  • November 2012
    We had two meetings in November:
    Copyright Transfer:  Attorney Michael Matesky II described provisions of copyright law that are now coming into play concerning your ability to reclaim a previously assigned copyright. Of course, it's complicated.
    Soldering Workshop: Rick Chinn of Uneeda Audio took the section through the process of soldering and cable making. Participants were able to make a mike cable that was theirs to keep.


2011

  • January 2011
    Rewriting a Digital Audio Workstation. Charles VanWinkle, Adobe, took us through the process of creating a cross-platform (Windows and Mac) version of their DAW program Adobe Audition. The meeting was held at Adobe Systems.

  • February 2011
    The February meeting was postponed because of snow.

  • March 2011
    Cables: Fact, Fiction, and Fraud. Steve Lampen of Belden and Kurt Denke of Blue Jeans Cable took us through the fact, fiction, and folly of the audio cable business. The meeting was held at Shoreline Community College.

  • April 2011
    Operating a Public Address System. PNW Section members Dan Mortensen and Rick Chinn did a free-form discussion of operating a sound system for live music. The meeting was held at Edmonds Center for the Arts.

  • May 2011
    Audacity Steve Hastings gave a demo and discussion of Audacity an open source (free) audio editing and mixing program. Elections were also held. The meeting was held at the Art Institute of Seattle.
  • June 2011
    Inside a Cellular Telephone. Scott Mehrens of Motorola took us through the guts of a cellular telephone, with particular attention to the audio process within. The meeting was held at the Telephone Museum in Georgetown.

  • August 2011 
    Field trip. The PNW Section co-sponsored a field trip to NWAA Labs, in Satsop WA. Built on the site of an abandoned nuclear power plant, the Lab is an acoustical measuring facility uniquely suited to these enormous buildings. A special treat was a visit to one of the cooling towers, which has unique and interesting acoustical properties. Supersized only begins to describe these buildings. A recording of the tour/pressentation and the inside of one of the cooling tower is part of the meeting report.

  • September 2011
    Digital Audio Transport in an Ethernet World. Steve Macatee, Rane Corporation, reviewed Audio-over-Ethernet technologies. The meeting was held at Rane Corporation in Mukilteo.

  • October 2011a 
    There were two meetings in October. Sometimes we just get lucky.

    Bill Putnam - His Life and Legacy The First October meeting was held at Shoreline Community College. Former employees Bob Bushnell and Jerry Feree described the time they spent early in their careers working for Bill Putnam.

    Wifi | Whitespace | Wireless Mikes: Can they coexist? The second October meeting was held at Microsoft Research. Ranveer Chandra and George Nychis explored new technology being developed by Microsoft to allow a Whitespace Device and wireless microphones to coexist. A demonstration of Microsoft's technology followed.

  • November 2011
    Lies, Damn Lies, and Specifications Jonathan Novick, Audio Precision, talked about specsmanship and demonstrated a device that progressively introduced more and more distortion of a specific types into an audio signal. Audience members were asked to judge the threshold of their own audibility of the distortion.

  • December 2011
    New Requirements in the NEC and How they Affect Live Sound Systems Mark Rogers, PNW AES Committee and Consultant for The Greenbusch Group, discussed new requirements in the NEC that affect sound systems in buildings. In particular, systems for emergency evacuation are affected.

2010

  • January 2010
    Dr. Floyd Toole discussed "Upgrading the Audio Industry" as part of our January meeting. Then Dr. Sean Olive discussed a software tool used for "The Subjective Evaluation of Loudspeaker Quality." January Meeting Report. 

  • February 2010
    New Wave Modular Synthesizers
    George Mattson, James Husted, Kevin O'Neil, Scott rise, Sebastian Jaeger spoke about the re-emergence of modular (patch cord) synthesis, ala the ancient Moog 900 series, or the ARP 2600. (meeting report not available)

  • March 2010
    The Evolution of Analog Guitar Effects 
    Greg Mauser, Ian Moore & Matt Johnson spoke about the coming of age of analog guitar effects.

  • April 2010 — There was no meeting in April.

  • May 2010 Listen to a Large Line-Array
    Dan Mortensen

    Audio Perception: Why you hear what you hear
    JJ Johnston spoke about how perception alters what we hear, or what we think we hear. He devoted time to some of the audiophoolery and chicanery that permeates our industry. (meeting report not online yet)

  • June 2010 An Overview of Film Scoring in Los Angeles 
    Shawn Murphy, Emmy award winning film sound mixer talked about how films are scored in Los Angeles and gave examples of the different steps in the process.

  • September 2010 Tomlinson Holman spoke about the history and future of Surround Sound. September Meeting Report 

  • October 2010 Our own JJ Johnston spoke about his personal involvement with the development of perceptual audio coders and MP3. October Meeting Report 

  • November 2010 We had two meetings in November. On November 8th, John Vanderkooy visited and spoke about the Acoustic Centre. John Vanderkooy Meeting Report 

    On November 21st, Wes Dooley visited and spoke about the use, care, and feeding of ribbon microphones. Wes Dooley Meeting Report 

  • December 2010 Ivan Tashev,  Microsoft Research, spoke about sound capture applications in entertainment and gaming, with a view toward Microsoft's new Kinect gaming device.

2009

  • January 2009
    High Quality Termination and Project Management Fundamentals for Studio Design
    Aaron Gates and Steve Turnidge

  • February 2009
    Current Legal Events and the Future of Our Music Industry
    Kevin Jablonski Esq.

  • March 2009
    Home Theatre vs Cinema Audio Production: the Technical Aspects
    JJ Johnston

  • April 2009
    Anatomy of a Session: The Technical Aspects. Frank Laico talks about his career at Columbia's 30th Street Studio. This meeting was a reprise of our December 2008 meeting. Refer to that meeting report to see and hear what went on.
    December 2008 meeting report 

  • May 2009

  • June 2009 
    John Young, Puget Sound Hearing and Balance described aspects of hearing, hearing conservation, and hearing aids, with special emphasis on his hearing aid prescription for Frank Laico's hearing loss.

  • August 2009 
    An unusual summer opportunity arose, and the PNW Section took advantage of Dansound's sound system at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo to investigate medium format outdoor subwoofer arrays.

2008

This year's meeting coverage is very much a work in progress, so if you come across links that return 404, it means "under construction."
  • January 2008 
    JJ Johnston and Serge Smirnov spoke about Room Correction: Perceptual vs Acoustic Ideals. The concepts are part of the Audio Subsystem within Microsoft Windows Vista.

  • February 2008 
    Using Arrays of Loudspeakers for Focusing or Diffusing Sound. Mike Seltzer, Jasha Droppo, Ivan Tashev, and JJ Johnston spoke about and demonstrated the use of loudspeaker arrays for creating a very noticeable hot spot within a room and for creating a diffuse source that was not readily localizable.

  • March 2008 
    Michael P. Matesky, attorney with Klarquist Sparkman LLP, spoke about copyright law, especially in connection with music and recording.

  • April 2008 
    Surround Mixing for Live Sound with David Miles Huber

  • May 2008 
    Acoustics 101 for Geeks and Nerds
    The PNW Section's own Mark Rogers tackled this gargantuan topic at warp speed.

  • June 2008 
    An Evening With Frank Laico
    Frank Laico worked for CBS/Columbia as a mixer/engineer between 1940 and 1982. The depth and breadth of his work during that time is both incredible and everlasting.

  • September 2008
    Jeffrey Bruton took us on a tour of his newly completed remote truck and discussed the basics of remote recording in the year 2008.

  • October 2008 
    JJ Johnston took us on a tour of the insides of a personal music player.

  • November 2008 
    Section Chair Steve Turnidge spoke about Mastering for Television, with some real-life experience to keep things interesting.

  • December 2008 
    Anatomy of a Session, with Frank Laico

2007

  • January 2007 
    An all-day workshop revolving around the topic of digital filtering. Powerpoint decks from this meeting are available from the link on the homepage of this website.

  • February 2007 
    This meeting featured a film by Scott Budman and Don Hardy, Sound Man, about the life and times of Jack Mullin. Jack was a Smart Guy who had the curiosity and position to investigate just how it was that the Germans were able to broadcast (WW2 timeframe), in high fidelity, material that was obviously recorded somehow. This is the story of a fateful left turn that brought about the birth of the tape recording industry in the United States. After the film, Steve Turnidge and Rick Chinn presented a short tutorial on magnetic recording.

  • March 2007 
    A/B Stereo Recording — Newgrass in the Big Apple. Matt Gephart, staff engineer at Sage Studios, described a recent recording project with Chris Thile of Nickel Creek fame. The concept was to capture a newgrass band live in the studio using the a/b microphone technique (spaced omnis).

  • April 2007 
    Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, authors of the landmark tome Recording the Beatles spoke about this monumental project, how they came to work together on it, the process of vetting a mountain of information, and why they decided to self-publish their work. It was a very well attended meeting with standing room only. This meeting was co-presented with NARAS and EMP.

  • May 2007 
    Dave Tosti-Lane, Performance Chair at Cornish College, demonstrated how a sound design makes the transition from script to theater.

  • June 2007 
    Philip Nickolay of Virtual Earth Audio took us on an in-depth look at an SSL 4000 mixing console, from the inside out, and gave hints and tips for audio console maintenance.

  • August 2007 
    Although we usually take the summer off, Dan Mortensen offered to take us on a tour of his medium format live sound system while it was set up for an actual event at Woodland Park Zoo.

  • September 2007 
    Kevin Jablonski and Toussaint Myricks of the Axios Law Group took us through the intricacies of Copyright, Patent and IP law, especially as it applies to the Audio Arts.

  • October 2007 
    Chris Lyons and Luis Guerra from Shure Inc. gave an in-depth look at what is likely to happen after February 19, 2009 when the FCC throws the DTV switch and the upper portion of the UHF TV band is no longer part of the TV Whitespace.

  • November 2007  Roy DuNann spent the evening with the PNW section talking about his experiences recording Jazz in the late 1950s.

2006

  • January 2006
    Marty O'Donnell and Jay Weinland of Bungie Labs share the details of the audio integration for the Halo 2 game on the Xbox platform. It was a fascinating meeting on many different levels.

  • February 2006 This meeting was brought to us by Meyer Sound Laboratories. The Meyer team spent the day showing us the ins, outs, and details of their SIM3 source independent measurement system.
  • March 2006 Ableton Live — Indistinguishable from Magic. Matt Frazier, of M Audio, provided an interesting hands-on demonstration of this capable program.

  • April 2006 JJ Johnston introduces the concepts of loudness and SPL.

  • May 2006 Born Digital: Will recordings survive the 21st century? John Spencer, of BMS/Chace discussed the implications of various forms of data management and long term storage. Like any religion, the topic has its believers, disciples, and non-believers (or at least those who are in serious denial).

  • June 2006 Audio on the PC. Elliot Omiya, of Microsoft, described the guts of the audio subsystem of the Windows Vista operating system.

  • No meetings during the summer months!

  • September 2006 Our opening meeting of the 2006-2007 featured Dan Lavry local digital audio guru and nationally recognized high-end converter manufacturer. Dan spoke about conversion in general and why he feels that 96k is far enough.

  • October 2006 JJ Johnston, from Microsoft discussed how our perception of audio and video are similar and different.

  • November 2006 Jack Endino, producer/engineer to the stars, spoke to us about recording, techie things, tape machine performance, especially at high speed, and tales of gory (or is it glory? from the trenches.

2005

  • January 2005 Our January meeting featured James Russell, inventor of optical CD recording, telling us about the origins of CD recording. The meeting report, photos, and MP3s of the meeting are available here. 

  • February 2005 Juergen Wahl brought us his especially informative and innovative multimedia presentation about Microphone Subjective Evaluation and Applications.

  • March 2005 Ken Greenbaum hosted a panel discussion with co-authors of is book, Audio Anecdotes

  • April 2005 Mark Rogers and JJ Johnston  tackled the settings of Gains and Losses in a sound system.

  • May 2005 Bill Whitlock talked about balanced interfaces and connecting anything to anything.

  • June 2005 Our June meeting was an all day discussion about Virtual Synthesizers.

  • October 2005 Ed McNichol and Clark Schroeder demonstrated three audio applications for the Apple Macintosh computer. The meeting report and photos are here. 

  • November 2005 Al Swanson demonstrated and discussed orchestral recording technique.

2004

  • September 2004 Our September meeting  was a special screening of the documentary film, Tom Dowd and The Language of Music.

  • October 2004 J. J. Johnston  on Hearing, Acoustics, and Soundfields: What can we hear and what can't we hear?

  • November 2004 Dana Troxel of Rane Corporation discusses the how and why of acoustic feedback and demonstrates Rane's feedback killer module as used in their DragNet™ line of DSP-based audio signal processors.

  • February 2004 From Hear to Eternity - Sampling, Conversion and the Limits of Hearing. An all-day seminar  with James Johnston, Dr. Melissa Harrison, Dr. Richard Cabot, Steven Green, and Bob Moses.

  • April-May 2004 The Science and Voodoo of Electric Guitars. We held three meetings covering various aspects of guitar pickup electronics, pickup construction, and guitar amplifiers.

  • June 2004 Dave Gunness of EAW described and demonstrated their new Digitally Steered Line Array speaker.

2003

  • November 2003 Richard Erwin takes us on a tour of Marion Oliver McCaw Hall   at Seattle Center.

  • September/October 2003 The PNW Section hosts a panel discussion on CD Mastering   at Shoreline Community College.

  • June 2003 Dennis Bohn and Rick Jeffs from Rane Corporation   talk about active filters, equalizers, and crossovers.

  • May 2003 Mike Overlin and John Strawn talk about Yamaha's mLan   music oriented LAN.

  • April 2003 Bob Smith, Medtronic-Physio Control demonstrates the importance of good audio   in a non-traditional audio application, a defibrillator.

  • March 2003 The Surround Sound   Seminar, presented by Mike Sokol of Fits and Starts Productions visits our corner of Paradise once more.

  • February 2003 Mark Rogers revisits our old friend, the Decibel.  

  • January 2003 Concepts and Practices   for Evaluation of Rooms and Sound Systems using FFT Analysis. An all day workshop with Daniel Casado, Bruce Main, Mark Rogers, and Blair McNair.

2002

  • December 2002 There was no meeting in December.

  • November 2002 Bill Whitlock,   Jensen Transformers Inc., tells a capacity crowd about the Top Ten Signal Interconnection Myths.

  • October 2002 A look at Music for Film   from the composer's perspective with noted film music composer Hummie Mann.

  • September 2002 Taking a cue from the Los Angeles Section, we present An Evening with Greg Mackie.  

  • June 2002. The Soundbridge   at Benaroya Hall is a multimedia experience designed to connect listeners with the symphony orchestra.

  • May 2002. Internet Audio Networking   with Bob Moses, Island Digital Media Group. As the dust settles from the dotcom hoopla, one thing is for sure - Internet Audio is here to stay. Some industry pundits predict that online consumption of audio/video media will eventually eclipse brick and mortar commerce. But critics point out that online music sounds bad, and such a tremendous transformation will take years, perhaps decades, to complete. Moreover, downloading music to a PC and listening to it while seated at a desk is not exactly a replacement for listening to a CD in the comfort of the living room. Bob Moses spoke aboutt the lastest advances in the business and technology of Internet audio. He reviewed the trend toward home networks so that audio and video can be digitally transported around a home along with other computer data. We listened to a variety of audio compression formats.

  • April 2002. Mark Rogers   takes us through the ins and outs of the current National Electrical Code, especially with regard to how it affects audio systems wiring and performance.
    With photos  

  • March 2002. Opus 4 Studios   uses Lexicon LARES to break down the walls of the traditional studio environment to provide an acoustically comfortable recording environment for a variety of musical genres. Steve Barbar of LARES takes us through an unusual application of a remarkable tool.
    With photos  

  • February 2002. Trimpin   mixes art, music, and computers. We visit his studio for this meeting.
    With photos  

  • January 2002. A house of worship   sound system design. Rick Smargiassi, Integrated Light and Sound Inc. takes us through a recently completed installation. Daniel Casado, manufacturer's rep for Electro-Voice discusses the Asymetrical Coverage loudspeaker used for this install and Rick takes us through the high points of the Sabine DSP audio processor.
    With photos  

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