We welcome the change that will result in the renaming of the Gears***z audio forum/platform. We applaud those who shone a light on a name that created friction and unintentionally broadcast a painful message of dis-inclusion to those who are hungry to have a community based on shared interest in audio and who want to learn by participating in that community.
The Audio Engineering Society encourages collegiality and collaboration through membership, and hosts events and forums in the spirit of disseminating knowledge in a supportive, welcoming, and friendly environment. While the forum is not affiliated with the AES, we are encouraged that its leadership listened to those who sought to shine a spotlight on a problem and ultimately by responding with change for the betterment of all.
We support all in the industry who are working towards an environment of inclusivity and who are willing to examine the status quo and implement constructive change.
– The AES Board of Directors
Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2021
The Audio Engineering Society will host three sessions during this year's NAMM "Believe in Music Week" events.
— The AES will conduct a series of sessions this week with partners We Make Events North America, AudioNowCast, Carl Tatz Design, and The Recording Academy® Producers and Engineers Wing® —
In conjunction with this year’s NAMM “Believe in Music Week” events, the Audio Engineering Society will be hosting three independent sessions of relevance to audio professionals and enthusiasts. Free registration is available here. Once registered, and logged in, AES event details can be found here.
AES “Believe in Music Week” events include:
AES with We Make Events North America — Pandemic: Panic or Pivot
On Thursday, January 21, from 4:00pm to 4:45pm EST, We Make Events North America will present a panel of industry professionals who will discuss the organization and its successful September 1st event, RedAlertRESTART. Panelists will also provide insights into how they’ve successfully survived the industry close-down. Panelists include Ellen Lampert-Gréaux (creative director, LDI), Vickie Claiborne (training manager, Disguise), Tim “Quake” Mark (production manager and FOH engineer), Cosmo Wilson (lighting designer, AC/DC), Brandon Blackwell (production manager and FOH engineer) and Andrew Bongardt (monitor engineer, Clair Global).
AES with AudioNowCast and Carl Tatz: Secrets of Near-Field Monitoring
On Thursday, January 21, from 7:00pm to 7:45pm EST, this informative session will offer insight into the world of professional monitoring, looking at unique, infrequently-discussed solutions to real-world problems. Michael Rodriguez will moderate an in-depth conversation with award-winning studio designer and monitoring expert Carl Tatz.
AES and The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Present: Organizing Chaos – Top Engineers Discuss File Management
On Friday, January 22, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm, industry experts will explore best practices and systems for music file management. Panelists will be Jeff Balding (producer, mixer, engineer), Chris Dennis (engineer), Quentin Gilkey (mix engineer) and Ebonie Smith (producer, mix engineer, studio coordinator) with moderator Maureen Droney (Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing Sr. Managing Director). This session was originally presented as part of the AES Show Fall 2020 Convention.
Register now to join us for AES “Believe in Music Week” sessions and visit AESShow.com for additional upcoming Audio Engineering Society events.
Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Jonathan Wyner, 2021 President of the Audio Engineering Society
Jonathan Wyner has started his term as President of the Audio Engineering Society beginning January 1, 2021. “Jonathan has proven his leadership and vision during his year on the AES Board of Directors as President-Elect,” comments outgoing AES President Agnieszka Roginska. “The AES is in excellent hands for the coming year.”
President Wyner’s experience includes 30-plus years as both an active AES member and as an audio technologist. Wyner’s professional industry involvement currently includes his roles as Chief Engineer at M Works Mastering, Education Director for iZotope in Cambridge, MA, and Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Wyner’s longstanding commitment to the AES has been demonstrated by his multiple roles in the Society, including serving on the Board of Directors, the Board of Governors, and as a member of multiple committees including Broadcast and Online Delivery and the Recording Technology and Practices Technical Committee and the Diversity & Inclusion committees. He chaired a Symposium focused on Machine Learning Application in Audio during the fall of 2020. Wyner was presented with AES Board of Governors Awards in recognition of co-chairing the 145th and 147th AES Conventions in New York in 2018 and 2019 and the online 149th AES Convention in 2020.
“The AES is the most varied international assemblage of experts, thought leaders, researchers, manufacturers and practitioners of audio in the world,” states Wyner. “During our recent fall event we had attendees from 82 countries. Each of us has our individual interests and goals for our work, but a passion for audio ties us together. There are so many interesting and exciting developments taking place in the world of audio. The pillars I am energized to stand up can be summed up in three words: Equity, Sustainability and Innovation.”
Wyner, in addition to being an accomplished musician and performer, has mastered and produced thousands of recordings. Credits include James Taylor, David Bowie, Aerosmith, Kiri Te Kanawa, the London Symphony, Miles Davis, Semisonic, Thelonius Monk, Pink Floyd, and Nirvana. Additional accolades include production of the GRAMMY®-nominated soundtrack for PBS special Invention and Alchemy (Deborah Henson-Conant, 2005), the mastering of the first recording of a full-length opera (Madame Butterfly 1912, BBC), and the first interactive CD game (Play it By Ear, Rykodisc). In 2012 he authored Audio Mastering: Essential Practices, published by Hal Leonard/Berklee Press, and has also authored undergraduate and graduate course materials for Berklee Music Online. Wyner is the recipient of a TEC award, presented for iZotope’s Pro Audio Essentials game-based platform developed to help music producers practice and improve their audio skills.
Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2021
The AES Audio Education Conference 2021 Call for Contributions is open for Paper submissions through February 1
The AES Audio Education Conference 2021 Call for Contributions is open for Paper submissions through February 1
Join us July 22-24 for three days of workshops, papers and events focused on audio education, including curricular resources, teaching strategies and professional development for—and from—industry trainers, faculty and staff who are active instructors at the high-school, undergraduate, graduate and professional levels.
The pace of industrial, technical and social change has only accelerated since MTSU hosted the first AES Education Conference in the summer of 2013. Distance and online learning are no longer niche practices. Machine learning and intelligent automation influence many aspects of media production. The economics and underlying technologies for entertainment and communication continue to evolve rapidly, affecting our students and their career prospects. In this environment, there's a lot for us to discuss and learn from each other.
The 2020 workshop and paper program was very strong when we made the decision to reschedule the conference. Inevitably, there will be changes to the details of contributors and events next year, but we are certainly not starting over from scratch.
Find out more about how you can be a part of this year's Audio Education Conference, taking place July 22 - 24: https://aesshow.com/educonference21-contributions/
Posted: Friday, January 8, 2021
The Audio Engineering Society helps the audio industry "Listen, Learn and Connect" with peers and pros in the global audio community
— The Audio Engineering Society looks back on unprecedented events of 2020, while forging ahead in both new and traditional directions for 2021 —
The Audio Engineering Society brings the audio industry together to “Listen, Learn and Connect” with peers and pros around the world – a vital role through the past year’s industry changes, challenges and opportunities. Under the leadership of outgoing AES president Agnieszka Roginska and the AES’s Board of Directors and Board of Governors, with the assistance of the AES staff spearheaded by Executive Director Colleen Harper, scores of volunteers led and served on the committees and working groups that recreated AES services in the face of a global pandemic. Throughout 2020, the AES facilitated paths for advancement in the art and science of audio for audio professionals, students and enthusiasts, while looking ahead towards adding new, additional ways to provide the benefits of Audio Engineering Society membership in 2021. From numerous AES Section events to the AES Virtual Vienna and virtual AES Show Fall 2020 conventions, the addition of abundant new online resources and more, the Audio Engineering Society remains the definitive resource, year-round, for those looking to advance their audio knowledge and connection to the industry.
“AES faced many unprecedented and daunting challenges this past year,” Past-President Roginska reflected. “When I look back on what we accomplished in the face of chaos, fear, and uncertainty, I feel an immense sense of pride – none of these things would have been possible without the commitment of the amazing AES community.”
The AES began 2020 with the sold-out AES Academy in January, a featured four-day event held in conjunction with The NAMM Show 2020 in Anaheim, CA, which was followed in March by the AES Worship Sound Academy held in partnership with Belmont University in Nashville, TN – a first-of-its-kind AES event dedicated to training house-of-worship technical ministry staff and volunteers. These events bookended a victorious advancement for the Society’s AES67 standard with the announcement that the AES would be receiving a Technical & Engineering Emmy® Award for “Development of Synchronized multi-channel uncompressed audio transport over IP Networks.”
As the AES looked ahead to the first AES convention of the year, the Society agilely pivoted and adapted the planned AES Europe Convention into “AES Virtual Vienna,” presenting the AES’s first online-only convention. Through the hard work of dedicated leadership, organizers and volunteers, attendees from 59 countries were able to take part in the Convention, featuring more than 200 presentations in live-stream and on-demand formats, live Q&A sessions and virtual exhibition elements featuring top professional audio brands showcasing the latest gear and technologies. Highlights included Keynote addresses from Jamie Angus, Marisa Hoeschele and Franz Zotter, and the Heyser series presentation given by Francis Rumsey.
The AES also introduced a new initiative dedicated to audio product development, the new AES Audio Product Education Institute (APEI) and its dedicated events, including an Interactive Voice Con in July, a Product Development Symposium held during the AES Show Fall 2020 Convention in October, and the recent Supply Chain and Sourcing Webinar on December 15.
August saw the third in its series of AES AVAR Conferences on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality, which hosted virtual attendees for a three-day event focusing on spatial audio and technology for virtual, augmented and mixed reality, with a focus on technical solutions and recommended practices in the field. The AES Virtual Symposium on Applications of Machine Learning in Audio followed in September, exploring topics including automatic mixing, audio source separation, audio visualization and effect control, audio capture and recording, sourcing audio data, legal issues, and more.
Expounding on the theme, “Connect,” the AES Fall Show 2020 expanded into “Audio Engineering Month,” offering engaging new ways for attendees to experience more than 300 livestreamed and on-demand presentations, the Partner Showcase exhibition and online booths, virtual TechTours of top studios around the world and more. AES Show 2020 events began the first week of October and included an Audio-Over-IP Summit, exhibitor events and more leading up to the final week of Technical Program events, including featured presentations from FINNEAS, Jackson Browne & Friends, Imogen Heap and John Chowning, as well as workshops, tutorials, research paper presentations, and a host of other activities.
The Audio Engineering Society was also hard at work on securing new assets and resources for members, on standards development and implementation, and on overall enhancement of AES Member benefits and initiatives for involvement in the Society. One of the year’s biggest debuts was the newly rebuilt AES Live: Videos portal, offering more than 365 videos curated from decades of AES Convention sessions, oral histories, topical workshop and tutorial presentations and more, with additional videos being added year-round. In addition, hundreds of new research papers and documents have been added to the AES E-Library, now featuring more than 20,000 searchable documents covering a variety of topics and technologies. Further, the AES has bolstered its social media and online presence to promote the plethora of AES Section events, partner promotions and discounts, and the latest news and announcements. Additionally, 2020 saw the launch of the re-branded AES Connect newsletter, an updated AES Member News monthly email, and the new AES The Loop weekly newsletter, highlighting upcoming AES Section events and opportunities offered only to AES Members.
2021 looks extremely bright for the Audio Engineering Society, so make plans to join the AES and take advantage of the latest member benefits and activities, and to join us at upcoming events including an AES APEI Supply Chain and Sourcing Webinar (January 6, 2021), the AES Audio Education Virtual Mini-Conference (February 7, 2021), the AES Immersive Audio Academy (February 11, 2021), an AES AoIP Summit (February 25, 2021), AES EDM Academy (March 11, 2021), the AES Show Spring 2021 Convention (June 1 – 4, 2021), the rescheduled AES Audio Education Conference (July 22 – 24, 2021), the 2021 AES International Conference on Automotive Audio (October 6 – 8, 2021), and the AES Show Fall 2021 Convention and Audio Engineering Month events (October 2021). Stay tuned to AES.org for the latest announcements and opportunities in the coming year.
Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Today we celebrate one of the most inspiring figures in our history. As a young person I remember hearing the voice and the messages of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was an essential and inspiring voice during a time in the US when we were holding our cultural attitudes and norms up to the light to see if they measured up to the values that we told ourselves we were living by. We discovered of course that they did not, that there was a lot of work to be done to achieve the goals of equality and equal opportunity. During the time of Dr. King’s prominence, I attended PS 192, a public school in West Harlem that was predominantly African American. It felt as if he was speaking to our community directly. Dr. King distilled a vision and an ideal that left a profound imprint on me and all those around me. It offered us a vision that still resonates and motivates us in our personal lives, as citizens and in our professional life. He offered a vision accompanied by the understanding that we had so much work to do, but it was a north star. A guiding light for our lives.
In recent times we have been repeatedly reminded once again just how much work there is to do. How we must keep re-committing to the work that would bring us closer to his vision. In a speech in 1963, Dr. King gave insights that remain applicable: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affected one directly, affects all indirectly.” Here is Dr. King’s address at the Lincoln Memorial (https://www.youtube.com/watch/I47Y6VHc3Ms), where he said, “I say to you today my friends that even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.”
In spite of the challenges that we face together, and the incredible pain that is experienced by communities and groups of people who historically suffer the consequences of bias, oppression and violence, I am glad to be reminded of the vision. I am glad to be called to recommit to the work we have in common to inch closer to Dr. King’s vision.
The AES is committed to the work. It may take place in places obscured from view. Change may occur in tiny increments that we wish were leaps and bounds, but we are committed. We are committed by the mission statement of the AES to serve ALL our members and all those who are passionate about audio.
I look forward to continuing to work towards an AES that is ever more inclusive and welcome the support and participation of all.
President, Audio Engineering Society
Posted: Tuesday, January 5, 2021
AES Members - The 2021 Call for Nominations for Officers of the Board of Governors and Board of Directors in Now Open
Posted: Tuesday, January 5, 2021
APEI Automotive Audio Webinar - Direct Validation of Computational Acoustic Results for Automotive Cabin Simulations, Tuesday, January 19, at 12:00pm EST.
— AES APEI initiative hosts online sessions on Automotive Audio, exploring practical approaches in designing and implementing automotive sound systems —
New York, NY, January 13, 2021 — The Audio Product Education Institute (APEI), an initiative of the Audio Engineering Society, will host the first of a series of webinars on Automotive Audio on Tuesday, January 19 (12:00pm EST). Titled “Direct Validation of Computational Acoustic Results for Automotive Cabin Simulations,” the webinar will explore automotive sound system implementation and design in a program presented by APEI's Automotive Pillar Chair Roger Shively (Co-founder and Principal, JJR Acoustics, Seattle, WA). Featured presentations will explore simulation, visualization, tuning and auralization of a car cabin by industry experts Mads Herring Jensen (technical product manager for the Acoustics Module of COMSOL) and Christof Faller (founder and managing director, Illusonic).
Jensen’s session, “Modeling Strategies and Techniques in Car Cabin Acoustics” will cover the important role that simulation and virtual models play in the integration of sound systems into the car cabin environment as well as their calibration. Various modeling approaches and techniques used when assessing these systems will be discussed. Jensen will explain how the low to mid frequency behavior of car cabins is captured with a full wave models, while the high frequency behavior is typically captured with ray acoustics techniques, along with the emergence of new numerical methods and improved hardware shifts the frequency at which ray techniques are applied. The presentation also discusses boundary conditions as well as source characterization.
Faller’s presentation, “Visualizing, Tuning, and Auralizing Car Cabin Simulation Results,” will discuss a useful method for visualizing the results from an FEA or Ray Tracing models, where impulse response information is taken directly from a simulation model or generated from amplitude and phase measurement and imported into an Illusonic tool for reviewing time and frequency data for each point in the measurement data file. In automotive applications, the number of data points could correspond with microphones set in an array for each listening position. The resulting data can be grouped for review and comparison to measured data for the purpose of model updates. The data can also be grouped and averaged for a virtual equalization as well as auralization. This process will be reviewed and demonstrated.
Opening remarks and a question-and-answer period following the two sessions will be led by Shively, guided by the perspective of his 34 years of experience in engineering research and development, which includes significant experience in product realization and in launching new products at OEM manufacturers around the world.
This AES Audio Product Education Institute’s Automotive Audio webinar is part of an ongoing event series that underscores the AES’s commitment to providing its membership and the industry at large with practical knowledge in designing and implementing real-world applications and innovative sound systems.
Mads Herring Jensen:
Mads Herring Jensen joined COMSOL in 2011 and is the technical product manager for the Acoustics Module. Before starting at COMSOL, he worked in the hearing aid industry for five years as an acoustic finite element expert. Mads has a PhD in computational fluid dynamics from the Technical University of Denmark.
Christof Faller received an M.S. (Ing.) degree in electrical engineering from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 2000, and a Ph.D. degree for his work on parametric multichannel audio coding from EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2004. From 2000 to 2004 he worked in the Speech and Acoustics Research Department at Bell Labs Lucent and its spin-off Agere Systems, where he worked on audio coding for satellite radio, MP3 Surround, and the MPEG Surround international standard. He is currently managing director at Illusonic, a company he founded in 2006.
Posted: Friday, January 1, 2021
The Audio Engineering Society has announced winners of its NovMember membership promotion giveaway
The Audio Engineering Society has announced the winners of its “NovMember” membership promotion, which offered new and renewing AES Members 15 months of AES membership for the annual fee. As part of the promotion, several key AES partners joined in to offer audio tools and swag to five lucky new and renewing members, selected in a random drawing. NovMember partner sponsors included Audio-Technica, Focusrite, Roswell Audio, Rupert Neve Designs and Shure.
AES “NovMember” 2020 membership promotion winners are:
Aaron Shannon (AES Upper Midwest Section, USA) – Winner of a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones
Bernat Llamazares (AES Spanish Section) – Winner of a Focusrite Clarett 4Pre USB Audio Interface
Sebastiaan de Kriek (AES Netherlands Section) – Winner of a Roswell Audio Mini 87 Microphone
Franco Spataro (AES Italian Section) – Winner of the Rupert Neve Designs Swag Bag
Tristan Goodwin (AES Webster University Section, USA) – Winner of the Shure MV7 Podcast Microphone
Individuals interested in joining the AES can become a member with a 3-month membership for just $35 through the end of December 2020 ($15 for students). New members will gain instant access to the Society’s deep resources and benefits – online resources including the AES E-Library, the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, the AES Live: Videos portal, discounts on event registration, networking with the worldwide audio community, connecting locally through sections, and more. Learn more about AES membership and join online at aes.org/membership.
Posted: Monday, December 21, 2020
Call for Contributions Now Open for AES Show Spring 2021 Convention
The Call for Contributions is now open for the AES Show Spring 2021 Convention, which will take place online, June 1 – 4. Those wishing to submit proposals for technical sessions must complete the submission form in the AES 150th submission system to be considered by the convention committee for suitability and may be chosen for one of the convention tracks, or as a stand-alone event.
Find out more and submit your proposal here.
About the Audio Engineering Society
The Audio Engineering Society, celebrating over 70 years of audio excellence, now counts over 12,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with 90 AES professional sections and more than 120 AES student sections around the world. Section activities include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information, visit AES.org.
Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2020