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May 4, 2011 - AES London Almost Here, 45th Call for Papers, Support the AES, Author Notes

Table of Contents

  1. AES London 2011 Almost Here!
  2. Support the AES with Amazon Purchases
  3. Call for Papers on Applications of Time-Frequency Processing in Audio
  4. Author Notes: 43rd Conference and 131st Convention

AES London 2011 Almost Here!

130th Convention

Set for May 13-16 at the Novotel London West Convention Centre, the 130th AES Convention will provide international attendees with an exemplary four-day crash course in audio technology, production techniques and meaningful product developments. Exhibits will be held May 14-16. Convention Chair Peter Mapp reports that his Committee has developed a timely program of Papers Sessions, Workshops, Tutorials, Tech Tours, and Education Events, designed as invaluable assets for meeting the challenges of our rapidly evolving industry. “We anticipate an enthusiastic turnout for this Convention, and are pleased that ARPS and MPG will co-sponsor a number of special events,” Mapp said.

The program will open with a Keynote Presentation by noted BBC radio documentary presenter and award-winning educator, Trevor Cox: Sounding Places, Past and Present: How Spaces Affect the Sounds We Make and Hear. The next day, Karlheinz Brandenburg will present our Heyser Lecture, entitled "How to Provide High Quality Audio Everywhere: The mp3 Story and More …."

To make the Convention more cohesive and easier to navigate we have placed the Exhibits next to the Technical Program sessions,” said AES Executive Director Roger Furness. The exhibits will be smaller this year, partly due to the economic situation, but we are pleased to welcome a number of our traditional exhibitors including Neutrik, Fraunhofer, Schoeps, Nagra Kudelski, Microtech Gefell, Focusrite and Sennheiser, and some new ones including KMR Audio.

Technical Program

Papers Chair, Josh Reiss has organized an outstanding program of over 140 papers in 13 lecture sessions and 8 poster sessions. Topics to be covered include: Speech and Hearing, Loudspeakers, Multichannel and Spatial Sound Production & Broadcast, Live and Interactive Sound, Audio Equipment, Audio Content Management, Room Acoustics, Binaural Sound, Audio Signal Processing & Analysis, Source Enhancement, and Subjective Evaluation.

Workshops and Tutorials Chair, Natanya Ford has coordinated a far-ranging program devoted to such topics as: Panning For Multichannel Loudspeaker Systems; Music And The Semantic Web; and Emerging Trends In Game Audio.

Tech Tours Chair, Richard Millard has developed a program, highlighted by visits to: BBC Broadcasting House, British Grove Studios, The British Library Sound Archive, and The Royal Opera House.

Broadcasting Events Chair, Florian Camerer, has produced a timely program which includes: The Eurovision Song Contest, and a Loudness In Broadcasting Panel and Tutorial.

Standards Committee Chair Richard Chalmers and Standards Manager Mark Yonge will oversee important work on AES Standards during a busy schedule of meetings during the convention. A schedule of these events is posted at

The AES Technical Council, led by Chair Bob Schulein and Vice Chairs, Jürgen Herre and Michael Kelly has coordinated a full schedule of AES Technical Committee Meetings. Details are available at

Our Student Members should definitely check out our Student Activities which include: Student Recording Competitions, The Education & Careers Fairs, and Mentoring Sessions.

Advance registration for the full program and exhibition is offered at a reduced fee. To register online, view an up-to-date calendar listing all 130th events, and for late-breaking convention updates and other Society news go to

“I would guess that most of our potential attendees did not receive invitations to The Royal Wedding,” Roger Furness concludes. “The money you’ve all saved on purchasing suitable gifts for the Royal Couple will easily cover your trip to the 130th AES Convention in London, where you will have the good fortune to rub elbows and share ideas with your peers, the A-list luminaries of the Pro Audio Industry.

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Support the AES with Amazon Purchases

Support the AES

Did you know that by using a special link for the AES can receive a small commission on your purchases? It's as easy as updating the Amazon link in your web browser's bookmarks and then it will all happen automatically. You will still pay the same low prices but Amazon will give a percentage back to the AES for use in our mission of educating and bringing together audio engineers from around the world. You can read the details on our "Support the AES" page. Just scroll down to the section labeled "Amazon".

By using the special links on that page you can help by making purchases from,, and

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Call for Papers: Applications of Time-Frequency Processing in Audio

45th Conference

AES 45th International Conference
Dates: March 1-4, 2012 (begins at noon on March 1st and ends at noon on March 4th)
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Chair: Ville Pulkki

Audio is commonly processed in the frequency domain. More precisely, input audio signals are divided into a number of frequency channels or bins that are processed separately, also taking into account the temporal information. The aim of such processing can be data compression, audio effecting, or enhancement of audio quality. A benefit of these processing methods is to mimic the structure of human hearing, which is based on a similar time–frequency analysis of signals arriving at the ear canals. There are many applications, such as audio compression techniques (mp3 and AAC), that take advantage of the resolution of the human auditory system. Time–frequency processing is also applied actively in sound analysis and synthesis, as well as in speech processing. An emerging field consists of multichannel and spatial applications utilizing time–frequency processing.

This conference will give a broad overview of the state-of-the-art applications of time–frequency processing in audio. It will also include a tutorial by Bernd Edler on the mathematics involved in such applications. All contributions to this conference will use time–frequency processing in some way, although the individual applications of the processing will differ. This diversity of applications will foster a cross-fertilisation of ideas, leading to improved techniques throughout the entire subject area. Invited talks will be given by three experts in the field: Torsten Dau will discuss the time–frequency resolution of human hearing in the context of hearing aids, Karlheinz Brandenburg will give an overview of different approaches using time–frequency processing in audio coding, and Anssi Klapuri will discuss the different time–frequency processing methods used for analysis and synthesis of audio.

The conference committee invites the submission of complete manuscripts by October 5, 2011.

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Author Notes: 43rd Conference and 131st Convention

The deadline for proposing 4– to 10–page papers to the 43rd Conference on Audio for Wirelessly Networked Personal Devices is May 18th. You can read the Call for Papers for full details.

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131st Convention

For the 131st Convention in New York, authors have the option of proposing for peer review complete manuscripts (papers of 4–10 pages in length are encouraged). Or they can submit the standard title/abstract/precis proposal; if accepted, the final manuscripts based on these proposals will not be peer reviewed. Read the Call for Papers for full details - the submission deadline for both types of proposals is May 31st.

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