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Central German - December 4, 2003

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35 members, guest and students were present, when Prof. Völker as the Chairman of the Central Germany Section of the AES opened the meeting with special thanks to the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen in Babelsberg to accept this 94th AES Meeting in filmstudio 1. Prof. Völker then expressed his thanks to Prof. Kock who will be the faculty advisor for the student section in Babelsberg. This day should therefore be the birthday to which Dr. Kostek was present as Vice President of Central Europe. She later expressed her special greetings and best wishes for the new section. She gave an inside into the work of a student section, the existing sections in Germany and their activities. The students present had already chosen the officers for the section as follows:
Chair : Wibke Heldmann
Vice Chair: Florian Kühnle
Treasurer: Anton Feist

Some other students are interested in the AES student work to be more involved in the many international aspects of audio engineering. Prof. Zölzer of the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg was the speaker of the evening. He had the subject: "Digital Audio Effects — from where and to what?". In his very interesting presentation he gave examples of digital audio effects when using many different algorithms for reproducing natural sound images. He changed frequencies and amplitudes, phases and time delays. He moved voices up and down in tonality and made voices sound strange and different. His main topics were adaptive equalization, modulated delays, time-segment processing, time-frequency processing, and an outlook to adaptive audio effects.

Prof. Kock reported on the activities of the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen in Babelsberg. Babelsberg was the birthplace for first filmstudios which already began in 1912 with huge glasshouses for installing the scenery and for working with the appropriate lights. Sound was already recorded by using huge horns to write on wax-plates or wax-cylinders. This history of Babelsberg was continued later by film-productions in the 1930s.
After the war Babelsberg became the center of filmproductions of company DEFA. Nowadays Babelsberg is a technology center for film, video and sound. The Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen works now in new buildings with many new studios and control rooms.

Völker reported on the preparations for the 116th AES Convention in Berlin on 2004- 05-08/11 at Berlin Messe. Babelsberg is one of the historical highlights and will be integrated in the historical presentations. Völker closed the meeting with the announcement that a next AES meeting will take place in the Universität der Künste (University of fine Arts) in Berlin on 2004-01-12.

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