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 email@example.com.
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