The Audio Product Education Institute will host product development sessions across three days of the AES Show Fall 2020 Convention's Audio Engineering Month in October.
The newly formed Audio Product Education Institute (APEI), an initiative of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), will host a three-day Product Development Symposium as part of the online events of AES Show Fall 2020. Moving the AES Show online has unbound time and place restrictions, allowing the expansion across all of October, now dubbed Audio Engineering Month. This has further made it possible for the traditional Convention Product Development Track to expand into a full AES Symposium format prior to the Convention’s Technical Program. The sessions are scheduled for October 14, 15 and 16. All Access registration for AES Show Fall 2020 is required to attend the Product Development Symposium, available now at AESShow.com.
Across the three days, multiple sessions will expand from the AES Product Development Track, as the Audio Product Education Institute will promote and illuminate the methodologies, practices and technologies involved in developing and bringing audio products to market, spanning the APEI’s six educational pillars: Interactive Voice and DSP; Supply Chain and Sourcing; Modeling and Measurement; Product Management; Automotive Audio; and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
The Symposium’s sessions will be chaired and presented by experienced audio product professionals who are experts in each field, and are recommended for those seeking to increase their skills and understanding of what it takes to launch successful audio products. Acoustics, electronics, DSP, software engineering, and product and marketing management will all be addressed through a real-world perspective. A detailed schedule will be available on the APEI and AESShow.com websites soon.
APEI will be offering sponsorship opportunities that provide access to a large audience of product development professionals. There are multiple media and content inclusions in the program available based on the sponsorship level. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
APEI is continuously looking for presenters for future events. If you would like to participate, please contact email@example.com to learn more. For more information, please visit audioproducteducationinstitute.org.
Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2020
The AES Announces Featured Presenters for AES Symposium on Applications in Machine Learning in Audio, taking place September 28 and 29
— First-ever AES event dedicated to Machine Learning will evaluate opportunities and challenges with insights from top industry leaders and researchers —
New York, NY, September 18, 2020 — The Audio Engineering Society has announced a host of presenters slated to participate in the AES Symposium on Applications in Machine Learning in Audio, taking place online, September 28 and 29. This first-ever AES event dedicated to the field of Machine Learning will bring together academic audio researchers and practitioners to offer the latest insight to the capabilities of machine learning applications and technologies. Registration is $25 for AES members and $150 for non-members, the latter including one year of complimentary AES membership and access to full member benefits and resources.
Day one of the Symposium will start with opening remarks and the special presentation "Holly Herndon Artist Talk: Machine Learning & the Creative Process.” Herndon is an Electronic/A.I. composer who, over the last few years has developed, raised and taught her A.I. baby named Spawn. In this presentation she’ll discuss her unique approach to A.I., how it feeds her creative process and the future of A.I. research. Events continue with the presentations “Advances in Breakbeat Analysis, Synthesis and Rhythm Transformation” with Jason Hockman, sound artist, record label owner and associate professor of audio engineering at Birmingham City University and followed later with a session on “Audio Content Analysis” with Alexander Lerch of the Georgia Institute of Technology. The day concludes with the sessions “Machine Listening as a Generative Model: Machine Learning for Music Composition” hosted by University of California, Santa Cruz-based composer and researcher David Kant, and “Neural Audio Synthesis for Music” with Jesse Engel of Google Brain.
Day two digs further into machine learning and related technologies, beginning with “Current Trends in Audio Source Separation” with Fabian-Robert Stoeter of Inria and Stefan Uhlich of Sony R&D Center, followed by “Deep Learning Approaches to Multitrack Mixing” presented by JT Colonel and Christian Steinmetz from Queen Mary University of London. Other featured day two sessions offer “Cognitive Audio”: Enabling Machine Learning Systems with an Understanding of How We Hear,” presented by MIT’s Ishwarya Ananthabhotla, and a look at “Using Machine Learning to Improve Voice Recording, Remix Music and Transcribe Melodies” with Bryan Pardo, co-director of the Northwestern University HCI+Design institute and head of its Interactive Audio Lab. The final session before the Symposium’s closing remarks will gather industry leaders for the in-depth panel discussion “The Challenges of Bringing Audio Products with AI to Market," featuring moderator Jay LeBoeuf moderator with special guests Elias Kokkinis of Accusonus, Drew Silverstein of Amper Music, Maya Ackerman of WaveAi, and Julian Parker with Native Instruments. Further scheduled events include special breakout sessions and time for social interaction among attendees.
Find out more and register now for the AES Symposium on Applications in Machine Learning in Audio at http://www.aes.org/events/2020/learning/.
Posted: Monday, September 21, 2020
The Audio Engineering Society has updated and expanded its AES Live: Videos streaming media library
— Leading the world in audio engineering science and education, the AES has re-launched its updated AES Live: Videos site, upgraded for maximum searchability and user experience —
The Audio Engineering Society has announced an exciting update to its AES Live: Videos portal. Extending the content and functionality of the extensive library of video and streaming media presentations gathered from years of AES conventions and conferences, oral history projects, the AES Legends video series, and more – with new videos being produced and uploaded year-round – the new AES Live: Videos portal offers AES members over 365 videos of exclusive content in over 30 browsable categories, in a newly redesigned format designed around the user. The AES’s home for exclusive streamable media, AES Live: Videos delivers rich, quality content from the leading thinkers and practitioners in audio. Links and search options guide viewers easily to videos on their topics of interest and let them explore and discover tantalizing content across the breadth of the audio arts and sciences.
Access to the AES Live: Videos portal is a benefit that is shared by all AES Members, offering deep insights experiences on topics of interest to the audio engineering community and beyond. Painstakingly categorized and tagged, the videos in the library, which span back over 30 years, capture candid stories from many pioneers in the audio industry, as well as topical, timely and timeless educational sessions including workshops, tutorials, and more.
“With 32 topical categories including Recording and Production, Live Sound, Immersive and Spatial Audio, Game Audio and XR, Acoustics and Psychoacoustics, Archiving and Restoration, Audio for Cinema and Theater and Audio Networking, this rich member resource truly has something for everyone,” stated AES Director and Membership Committee Chair Alex Case. “The new AES Live: Videos library contains enough videos to offer a new way to connect with the Audio Engineering Society every day of the year – and that’s just the start. We are reviewing new videos and materials on a regular basis to upload to the site and will continue to enhance the portal in support of the AES’s mission to promote advances in audio and disseminate new knowledge and research in a format with great appeal to the YouTube generation. We invite each one of you to join us and spend some time clicking around. You’ll find familiar faces, captivating stories and amazing insights inside AES Live: Videos.”
The AES Live: Videos library can be easily accessed through the AES.org home page. Non-members can freely explore the portal and sample portions of each video. along with an abundance of audio resources and ways to be a part of the AES community and events. Access is available now for AES Members, and current non-members can join for as little as $125 ($50 for currently enrolled students).
Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2020
AES Recording and Production Track co-chair Peter Doell will host the sessions "Behind the Mix" with GRAMMY®-winning producer, engineer and mixer Vance Powell and "Post-COVID Recording Challenges" with audio engineer and educator Warren Huart during the AES Show Fall 2020 Convention
— Industry leaders and luminaries bring timely and technical insights to AES Show attendees —
With the AES Show Fall 2020 Convention coming up in October, newly announced Technical Program details showcase a variety of sessions covering both audio science and research, as well as topical discussions of key issues in the audio industry. Now in its expanded, virtual format, as Audio Engineering Month the AES Show 2020 offers attendees their own in-house convention, hosting the big names, brands, and networking that attendees have enjoyed in our in-person conventions, with additional new and innovative presentation formats offering a unique experience.
Several recently added sessions have been announced to the AES Show Technical Program. GRAMMY®-winning producer, engineer and mixer Vance Powell will detail some of his most successful mixing and recording techniques with the session “Behind the Mix,” hosted by AES Recording and Production Track co-chair Peter Doell. Powell is a familiar face and popular presenter at AES conventions and is due to offer an insightful and entertaining look at some of the techniques he uses in the studio. Doell further delves into the recording workflows taking place in these uncertain times with the session “Post-COVID Recording Challenges” with guest Warren Huart. While many in the industry have found mounting challenges with online interaction, live streaming, apps, and other technologies, this session aims to examine these issues, while also taking into account the success of those who have found the pandemic has helped streamline their process.
The AES Show will also look into the complexities and opportunities facing much of our industry and beyond, through several topical and current events-related offerings. “Unlocking the Control Room: Equity Achievements in Audio” will take a look a recent international survey, taken in partnership with AES, which showed that women who work in recording studios experience more microaggressions than those who work in STEM academia. In this session, panelists Amandine Pras, Grace Brooks, Kat Young, Daniel Fox, Mary Mazurek, and Eliot Bates will host an open dialog based on the achievements of AES members who have applied their expertise to prompt actions towards equity in the industry. Examining other current disruptions to ideal industry and educational output, the workshop “The Day School Came Home” will host educators Jim Anderson, Alex Case, Agnieszka Roginska and Alex Ruthmann for a hands-on report on how their concepts of teaching audio theory, mixing, music performance, critical listening, and immersive audio changed to an online university approach within days in March 2020.
Shifting to the importance of audio in video productions and services, “Are We in Sync? Audio for Video in Classical Music Production” brings together Alex Kosiorek, Benjamin Maas, Roberto Toledo, David Frost, Mark Schubin and John Kerswell to discuss how audio engineers are often performing dual roles in audio and video production, having to understand the importance of artistic temperament while addressing technical considerations for a successful event. “Music Technology in Live Performance” further looks at some of the ways that music technology is incorporated into a live context, assessing the various aspects of using hardware and software to plan and deliver performance from the studio to stage.
AES Show Fall 2020 Convention registration, including four full weeks of live and streaming tech program content, live Q&A’s, networking, and more, is just $149 for AES Members and $274 for non-members – the latter including one year of AES membership and benefits – through the end of August. AES Student Members receive a further discount, taking registration down to only $99 for the entire month of programming. Visit AESShow.com to find out more and Register Now!
Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Jim Anderson, AES Educational Foundation president
— Annual grants and scholarships help fund educational path of promising students in the audio engineering field —
The Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the AES Educational Grants for Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Audio Engineering for 2020. The announcement was made by the new AES Educational Foundation president, Jim Anderson, who took office earlier this year. The Board of the Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation is pleased to name the scholarship awardees for the academic year 2020/2021:
Audio Precision Tom Kite Advancing Audio Scholarship – Hyunjoung Yang, attending University of Miami, Frost School of Music, Coral Gables, FL, USA
Dolby Institute Scholarship – Jacob Melchi, attending University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA
Genelec’s Ilpo Martikainen Audio Visionary Scholarship – Braden Carei, attending Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
L-Acoustics’ Dr. Christian Heil Future of Sound Scholarship – Dora Filipovic, attending University of Surrey, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Surrey, England
PMC Sound for the Future Scholarship – Ausma Lace, attending McGill University Schulich School of Music, Montreal, Canada
Emil Torick Award – Andrew Bohman, attending the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
John Eargle Award – Matthew Cheshire, attending Birmingham City University, Birmingham, England
Bruce Swedien Scholarship – Mie Hirschfield, attending McGill University Schulich School of Music, Montreal, Canada
Larry Estrin Scholarship – Anthony Hunt, attending University of York, York, England
Mary Lea Simpson Memorial Scholarship – Téa Mottolese, attending Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
AES Educational Foundation Scholarship – Bartlomiej Chojnacki, attending AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland
AES Educational Foundation Scholarship – Alexander Dobson, attending McGill University Schulich School of Music, Montreal, Canada
AES Educational Foundation Scholarship – Ayla Favati, attending New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York, New York, USA
AES Educational Foundation Scholarship – Claudia Nader Jaime, attending University of York, York, England
AES Educational Foundation Scholarship – Julian Neri, attending McGill University Schulich School of Music, Montreal, Canada
AES Educational Foundation Scholarship – Ben Payne, attending University of Plymouth, School of Humanities and Performing Arts, Plymouth, England
AES Educational Foundation Scholarship – Daniela Pardo Quintana, attending Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Columbia
AES Educational Foundation Scholarship – Kathleen Zhang, attending McGill University Schulich School of Music, Montreal, Canada
The AES Educational Foundation receives support from individual benefactors and companies that support education in audio, including in-memoriam contributions. Application forms and additional information are available from the Audio Engineering Society, 551 Fifth Ave., Suite 1225, New York, NY 10176, USA, or on its web site: www.aes.org/education/foundation/.
Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Shown L - R, Featured AES Show Fall 2020 Convention Hip-Hop and R&B Track Presenters Joey Raia and John Kercy
— Sessions at this year’s AES Show highlight some of the biggest names in the R&B and hip-hop world, with an eye on cultural awareness and opportunities for BIPOC artists, producers, and engineers —
The upcoming AES Show Fall 2020 Convention will continue to break new ground for AES events as this year’s presentation formats and programming offer innovative opportunities for all attendees. This year the Hip-Hop and R&B track, led by co-chairs Armand Jennings and Paul “Willie Green” Womack, returns for a second year with a powerhouse program highlighting the audio engineering and production insights, artistry, and gear behind some of the biggest artists in the genres. From the mixing of Run the Jewels’ latest release RTJ4, to the feature Black Music Roundtable event, the AES Show will take on hot topics and recordings in Hip-Hop and R&B today, while offering unprecedented worldwide Convention access via livestreamed and on-demand content at AESShow.com.
“After the success of the inaugural Hip-Hop and R&B Track in 2019,” says Track and Convention co-chair Womack, “we were eager to pursue an even more ambitious, entertaining and enthralling program for 2020, all while providing compelling education and inspiration. We’ve achieved those goals, in spite of the pandemic’s impact on the Convention, and are excited to share a slate of programming focused on the creative, technical and social needs of engineers in the modern Hip-Hop and R&B worlds.”
Black music is essential to the music, film, and TV industries. While 2020 has proven to be a landmark year in the struggle for social justice in America, how that will affect the entertainment industry is yet to be determined. The AES Show 2020 Black Music Roundtable event will examine how the current shift in cultural awareness impacts opportunities for BIPOC artists, engineers, and producers in the industry. Moderated by Paul “Willie Green” Womack, this roundtable discussion will feature insight from industry veterans including Prince Charles Alexander (GRAMMY Award-winning producer/engineer and professor at Berklee College of Music), Leslie Gaston-Bird (Audio Engineer, Governor at Large – Audio Engineering Society), Jeriel Johnson (Exec. Director – Recording Academy [Washington D.C. Chapter]), and Carolyn Malachi (GRAMMY-nominated artist/songwriter, engineer, and professor at Howard University).
Run the Jewels is one of the biggest names in hip-hop at the moment, with the GRAMMY-nominated duo blending dynamic beats and musical elements with their own vocal stylings and social commentary for a hard-hitting sound that leaves an impact on the listener. The session “Legend Has it: Mixing Run the Jewels with Joey Raia” will take a deep dive into mixing Run the Jewels’ recent release, RTJ4, with a focus on Raia's approach to the group's aggressive sound, and his hybrid mixing setup.
Other featured events in this year’s Hip-Hop and R&B events cover a broad spectrum of topics, from getting your sound to getting paid. “The Sauce – Exploring Vocal Treatments for Modern R&B with John Kercy” will explore modern vocal effects through the lens of four-time GRAMMY-nominated artist Lucky Daye’s acclaimed album, Painted. Further stressing the importance of keeping an organized and professional approach to presenting a final product, “Deliverables – What To Do When You've Finished the Mix with Ken ‘Duro’ Ifill” will educate attendees on exactly what assets you need to professionally deliver a mix.
Additional information and upcoming announcements on the Hip-Hop and R&B track events at the virtual AES Show Fall Convention, as well as for the whole “Audio Engineering Month” of October, are available at AESShow.com. Early Bird registration rates end August 31.
Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Audio Inspiration On Demand - Audio Engineering Society Debuts New "AES Live: Videos" Portal for Vast Online Streaming Media Collection
The Audio Engineering Society has announced exciting content and user experience updates to its extensive library of video and streaming media presentations. Gathered from years of AES conventions and conferences along with oral history projects and the AES Legends video series, the destination site is brimming with a wealth of information and inspiration. Yet more new videos are in production and will be uploaded, year-round. The new AES Live: Videos portal offers AES members over 365 videos of exclusive content in over 30 browsable categories, in a format designed around the user. Access is available now for AES Members, and current non-members can join for as little as $125 ($50 for currently enrolled students).
Check out the new AES Live: Videos collection and let us know what you think - https://aes.digitellinc.com/aes/
Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
AES's Audio Product Education Institute to Hold Supply Chain and Sourcing Introductory Webinar
— AES initiative focused on promoting audio product development education is set to host free online session to discuss supply chain and sourcing in the audio industry —
The Audio Product Education Institute (APEI), an initiative of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) that is committed to furthering the knowledge and skills of professionals involved in the development of audio products, will present the free webinar “Changes and Opportunities in Supply Chain and Sourcing – The Changing Global Dynamics, Managing Suppliers, Planning Your Options” on August 26, 12:00 Noon Eastern Daylight Time (9:00 AM Pacific). Registration for this free event is available at https://tinyurl.com/APEI-AES-Sourcing1.
This will be the introductory event in APEI’s Supply Chain and Sourcing education pillar - one of APEI’s six foundational foci. In this webinar, Mike Klasco, CEO, Menlo Scientific and APEI’s chair of its Supply Chain and Sourcing education pillar, will address the methods, practices, economics and politics of the hardware, software and development services that go into every audio product produced. “Long-established relationships, trustworthy suppliers that know what we want and need, are losing their position as viable vendors,” explains Klasco. “Where do we go from here?”
In this webinar, Klasco will be joined by two highly experienced guests – Dave Lindberg (CEO, DB Enterprises HK, Ltd.) and Dan Digre (President at MISCO Speakers, Oaktron Aerospace, and Warkwyn Labs, Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul). Together they will address the challenges in the supply chain caused by the rising cost of goods from China, the tariff wars, Hong Kong’s struggles, and the dynamics of the global pandemic. The emergence of new suppliers in Asia and what part of the audio business can brought back home will also be explored in detail.
“Over the last few decades we have all grown complacent with sourcing our products, or at least most of our components, from China,” explains Klasco. “But running away to Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and other countries won’t help much as the key parts vendors for Southeast Asia (and beyond) are still in China. And those countries are all finding themselves bathed in the first waves of brands exploring their supply chain options. For sure, there are options, but it is going to take a lot of work getting through these times. Manufacturers cannot expect that samples will come from new vendors as quickly as they were used to back in the good old days," adds Klasco.
The webinar will be followed by a live Q&A session with all three presenters.
The Audio Product Education Institute will also host sessions across three days of the AES Show Fall 2020 Convention in October. Presentations will span all of APEI’s educational pillars: Interactive Voice Con; Supply Chain and Sourcing; Modeling and Measurement; Product Management; The Legal World; and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Early Bird registration rates are available through August 31 at AESShow.com.
“Changes and Opportunities in Supply Chain and Sourcing
The Changing Global Dynamics, Managing Suppliers, Planning Your Options”
August 26, 12:00 Noon Eastern Daylight Time (9:00 AM Pacific)
Platinum Sponsor – Menlo Scientific
Mike Klasco, APEI Committee Member and CEO of Menlo Scientific, Richmond, California, a consulting firm for the loudspeaker industry. He is a graduate from New York University, with postgraduate work in signal processing, and he holds multiple patents licensed or assigned. For the past 35 years, Klasco has worked on countless R&D projects for large and small companies. Klasco specializes in materials and fabrication techniques to enhance audio performance.
Dave Lindberg is the CEO of DB Enterprises in Hong Kong and an experienced professional in business and project management, working with brands and technology suppliers in Asia.
Dan Digre is the President of MISCO Speakers, Oaktron Aerospace, and Warkwyn Labs, from Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul. MISCO, a proud Minneapolis Speaker Company, is an OEM manufacturer of loudspeakers and audio systems for a variety of professional and commercial markets including aircraft, medical, gaming, alarms, home audio, car audio and pro audio. Warkwyn is an acoustic R&D company that designs and tests loudspeaker drivers and loudspeaker systems for the professional and consumer marketplaces. They operate an independent acoustic measurement lab in North America and offer Klippel analysis for transducers and systems developed in-house and elsewhere. Warkwyn is also the North American Sales Agent for Klippel equipment and support.
Posted: Monday, August 24, 2020
Imogen Heap to deliver featured AES Show Fall 2020 Convention Marquee Event: An Intimate and Compelling Journey to the Amazing World of Imogen Heap. (Photo credit: Alexandra Arnold)
— Known for her use of cutting-edge technologies in production and musical applications, Heap will expound upon her current projects and her aim to help music makers regain empowerment and visibility in both virtual and actual worlds —
The Audio Engineering Society has announced that audiological innovator Imogen Heap will present the featured Marquee Event: “An Intimate and Compelling Journey into the Amazing World of Imogen Heap” at the upcoming AES Show Fall 2020 Convention, discussing her career as a composer, engineer and producer. Known for applying the latest audio technologies and interfaces for ultimate creative expression and control in the production and performance of her musical compositions, Heap’s work has garnered awards and honors, including multiple GRAMMY® Awards and three honorary doctorates. This featured presentation will take place during the first-ever “Audio Engineering Month” this October, as the AES Show expands to cover four full weeks of virtual audio excellence and culminates during the last week of October with the Technical Program. Find out more about this and other events and register now at AESShow.com.
Heap is known not only by fans of her music, but also to the audio and tech industries as a pioneer in applying imaginative new technologies to her performance and audio production capabilities. She continues to build her unique sound, while also encouraging others to utilize and create new modes of audio expression through projects such as “music gesture ware” MI.MU gloves, as well as The Creative Passport, a digital ID and data solution for music makers. Her own projects include releasing under-the-skin hits such as “Hide and Seek” and a children’s single titled “The Happy Song,” composing music for the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child theatrical production and even creating an AI for herself. Imogen is an artist’s artist, an entrepreneur, and a mother who has lent her talents to projects from artists including Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Jeff Beck, Nitin Sawhney, and Jon Hopkins.
Find out more about upcoming Audio Engineering Month and AES Show Fall 2020 Convention virtual events at AESShow.com. Early Bird registration pricing is available through August 31.
Sample some of Imogen Heap’s work on her website, imogenheap.com.
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Throughout its work over the past 70-plus years, the AES Standards Committee has sought to unify and educate the audio engineering community and related industries in achieving the highest levels of art and science, possible. In its continued efforts, and with a keen eye on the growing diversity and inclusion efforts within the Audio Engineering Society, the AES Standards Committee has begun a project to update terminology in AES Standards, and throughout the industry, where that terminology may be culturally insensitive.
Use of the terms "master" and "slave" are specifically being examined, but others may be as well. This is a general issue for all products, systems, architectures, and standards that have used those terms heretofore. Please visit the AES Standards News Blog for further information on the topic. Comments can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AES recognizes the great work of audio innovators, developers and practitioners everywhere, inclusive of all backgrounds and interests and hopes that you will join us in achieving the highest possible standards for everyone involved.
Posted: Thursday, August 6, 2020