In honor of Black History Month and in loving memory of educator and AES Member Jay Henry, AES is publicly sharing the video "African Americans in Audio from our AES Live: Videos collection, recorded at the 147th AES Convention in New York City in 2019.
Watch this extraordinary gathering of renowned engineers, performers, and educators for a discussion on how African Americans have been blazing trails behind the scenes in the recording industry and how we can best engage and welcome them to access the social and scholarly networks that have benefited us all.
View the video on the AES YouTube channel at youtu.be/nT_M_DO4TrM
Posted: Thursday, February 11, 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 second AES APEI Automotive Audio Webinar, Computational Platforms for Automotive Audio, will explore audio processing requirements and performance workloads in automotive audio, Tuesday, February 23, at 12:00pm EST.
— AES APEI initiative welcomes top industry experts on February 23, 2021 to discuss audio processing requirements and performance workloads in automotive audio —
The Audio Product Education Institute (APEI), an initiative of the Audio Engineering Society, will host the second in a series of webinars on Automotive Audio on Tuesday, February 23 (12:00pm EST): Computational Platforms for Automotive Audio. As auto manufacturers continue to push the limits of existing processing platforms to meet the increasing complexities of automotive systems, this online session will discuss the features that are common to all kinds of processing, and the ones that are unique to audio, identifying the distinctive characteristics for automotive audio applications.
Providing software and hardware perspectives, the webinar will explore the need for deterministic processing and how to manage that key requirement against standard computer hardware techniques, such as caching and virtual memory.
While car manufacturers are building features like fully autonomous driving, they are simultaneously innovating on the in-cabin experience, a huge component of which is audio and voice. Immersive sound and personal audio zones, automotive active and road noise cancellation (ANC/RNC), voice-based user-interfaces and in-car communications, engine sound synthesis (ESS) and electric vehicle warning sound systems (EVWSS/AVAS) are just some of the current areas of focus for automotive audio developers.
Digital signal processing (DSP) core technologies need to deliver on deterministic goals with very low processing latency and best-in-class MIPS/mW performance. Some processors feature hardware accelerators to offload common digital signal processing algorithms from the core, making them the ideal choice for real-time audio applications. Considerations with complex peripherals such as Ethernet and USB bring another level of demands.
This event will be presented by Roger Shively (JJR Acoustics, LLC), APEI's Automotive Pillar Chair, bringing 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. Following opening remarks, the event will feature presentations from Paul Beckmann (CTO, DSP Concepts) and John Redford (DSP Architect, Analog Devices), offering a valuable perspective on automotive audio computational platforms.
In the first presentation, Paul Beckmann will discuss “Mapping Automotive Audio Workloads to the Appropriate Processors,” where he will provide an understanding of the primary automotive audio workloads and detail the strengths and weaknesses of different processors to meet the demands of those applications, with predictions for the next five to 10 years.
The second session, by John Redford, will explore “Distinctive Features of Audio Processing” and the needs to steadily increase performance and reduce the cost of related hardware and software components. The presentation will detail how to deal with audio memory and programming needs in a deterministic environment.
This AES Audio Product Education Institute 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.
Posted: Monday, January 18, 2021
AES Members - The 2021 Call for Nominations for Officers of the Board of Governors and Board of Directors in Now Open
Posted: Sunday, January 10, 2021
New AES Immersive Audio Academy Event Explores Immersive Content Production in February 11, Certification Event
— Technology and solutions in Immersive and Binaural Audio to be explored on February 11 in the first of AES’s Immersive Audio Academy event series —
Registration is now open for the Audio Engineering Society’s first-ever AES Immersive Audio Academy (taking place Thursday, February 11 from 12:00pm to 9:00pm ET), a one-day online event that launches a series focusing on the latest production and emerging technologies in immersive and binaural audio. The program’s Workshop and Master Class sessions will take on diverse applications of Immersive Audio production – from live events, to gaming, movies, and beyond – and participants will receive a certificate of achievement after completing the sessions. The event is sponsored by Genelec (Gold Partner), Dolby Atmos® (Silver Partner), and Bronze Partners, Fraunhofer, L-Acoustics, New Audio Technology and Sound Particles. Registration is just $49 for AES members ($99 non-member), with members also receiving access to on-demand playback of the Academy sessions.
The Audio Engineering Society has been a driving force in the development of immersive audio technology and standards, serving as a hub for the exchange of information and ideas throughout continued development in the industry. The AES Immersive Audio Academy will open with “Introduction & Immersive Audio Past, Present & Future” with event co-chairs Steve Martz and Andres Mayo, followed by the Genelec partner session “Immersive Audio for Music: A practical session to develop from stereo to immersive.” “Immersive Audio for Live Events” follows, with insight to the challenges and opportunities in immersive sound reinforcement hosted by Etienne Corteel and Scott Sugden of L-Acoustics.
Further implementation of immersive audio practices will be discussed by Scott Selfon of Facebook Reality Labs in the session “Audio Futures: Technologies for Games,” a look at the immersive worlds of virtual, mixed, and augmented reality and their implications for current games, both screen- and head-mounted-display-based. The following session, “Immersive in Recording / Conversion to Dolby Atmos,” will take an in-depth look at the GRAMMY®-winning album Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? by Fantastic Negrito (Xavier Dphrepaulezz), who will take part in the discussion, along with the album’s engineer, Nahuel Bronzini, and mastering engineer Michael Romanowski, who handled the Atmos® mixing and mastering.
The AES Immersive Audio Academy’s featured Workshop and Masterclass session – “Producing High Quality Immersive Audio” – follows, presenting an intensive hands-on three-hour session unveiling secrets of 360 audio production, hosted by Andres Mayo (@360MusicLab) with Brian Glasscock (Sennheiser) and Achim Fell (Dear Reality). Attendees will learn to capture and mix 3D audio using object-oriented solutions and will be able to create immersive content suitable for a variety of applications, such as live concerts, studio recordings, advertising, gaming, VR, AR, e-sports, and more. Mayo will conduct a drawing for at the end of the Masterclass, giving registrants the opportunity to win an AVID ProTools license.
The afternoon concludes with a look at “Immersive in Movies,” with John Kellogg and Brian Slack of Xperi / DTS, who will demonstrate a system whereby an immersive audio mix can be acoustically encoded into a 5.1, then decoded back to an immersive environment, allowing for a single delivery of 5.1 audio suited for use in any sound field, including mono, stereo, 5.1, 7.1, or immersive, as well as speaker and headphone virtualization.
Register now at aesshow.com/immersive, and make plans to join us for the first event in AES’s series dedicated to immersive audio and related technologies.
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
The AES Audio Product Education Institute will discuss securing your Intellectual Property and protecting your brand in its fifth online event addressing Supply Chain & Sourcing on Wednesday, February 17, at 12:00pm EST.
— AES initiative hosts online sessions with leading experts in IP protection, counterfeiting and authentication to discuss challenges and strategies in manufacturing audio products —
The AES Audio Product Education Institute (APEI), an initiative launched in January 2020 by the Audio Engineering Society to focus on promoting methodologies, practices and technologies involved in developing and bringing audio products to market, will host its fifth online event addressing Supply Chain & Sourcing on Wednesday, February 17 (12:00pm EST). This webinar will address the vital concerns of brand and Intellectual Property protection. The discussion will include advice on how brands can safeguard their reputation when sourcing and dealing with suppliers, how manufacturers can ensure their critical IP is protected all the way across the supply chain, and what intellectual property strategies should be implemented by inventors, entrepreneurs and emerging companies.
In this new webinar, part of a series presented by supply chain and sourcing experts David Lindberg (DB Enterprises) and Mike Klasco (Menlo Scientific), the focus will be on the pressing issues surrounding the protection of Intellectual Property while navigating the production chain and getting products to market. The webinar will feature three leading experts with unique perspectives on the topics of counterfeiting, authentication, and legal protection: Mark A. Rinehart (White Horse Laboratories) presenting on the topic “Protecting Your Business IP... and Reputation”; Alfons Futterer (NanoMatriX International), discussing “Advanced Anti-Counterfeiting Materials”; and David Postolski, Esq. (Gearhart Law), sharing his experience about “Securing your IP and Protecting your Brand.”
Mark A. Rinehart is the founder and managing director at White Horse Laboratories (https://whitehorselabs.com), a Hong Kong-based, USA-owned and operated, ISO-certified electronics service provider located at the epicenter of the global electronics industry. Founded in 2004 to fight the global proliferation of counterfeit electronics, White Horse has evolved to become a turnkey electronics service and solution provider. Rinehart will discuss the topic of counterfeiting and fraudulently represented product across the supply chain.
Alfons Futterer is the Managing Director at NanoMatriX International Limited (https://www.nanomatrixsecure.com/), a global resource of anti-counterfeiting, brand protection, authentication and traceability technologies. The company is positioned as a trusted global security provider to Fortune 500 companies, governments, central banks, high security printers, and international brands. Futterer will share his experience on protecting the authenticity of ingredients used in production, and profiling a brand’s risk exposure to counterfeits, parallel trading and production overruns.
David Postolski, Esq., is a partner at Gearhart Law LLC (www.gearhartlaw.com), a firm offering professional legal services across the world from its offices in New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia. The firm provides expert advice and consultation services from leading patent lawyers, trademark lawyers, and copyright lawyers. As a frequent speaker and author on intellectual property issues surrounding emerging technologies and licensing, Postolski is in a unique position to explain the potential legal challenges faced by inventors, creators, artists, start-ups, entrepreneurs, early-stage companies and emerging companies.
The AES Audio Product Education Institute’s Supply Chain and Sourcing Webinar #5 is part of an ongoing and multi-faceted event series that underscores the AES’s commitment to providing its membership and the industry at large with timely real-world information. Guest presentations will be followed by Q&A discussion time with attendees.
Webinar registration: https://audioproducteducationinstitute.org/ip-issues-across-the-production-chain/.
Posted: Saturday, January 2, 2021
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: Saturday, January 2, 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: Friday, January 1, 2021