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Version G.6, 2003-10-03

Thursday, October 9

10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, New York, NY

Fred Ampel, Technology Visions
Vice Chairs:
Keith Clark, Live Sound International
Duncan Crundwell
Mark Herman, Live Sound International
Randy Hoffner, ABC Television Network
Doug Jones, Columbia College, Chicago
Bruce Olson, Olson Sound Design, Minneapolis, MN
Steve Schull, Acoustic Dimensions, Dallas/NY/London
Resident FOH mixer:
Buford Jones
Surround Live! Is the first ever, comprehensive event devoted exclusively to the creation, production and reproduction of live performance audio in multi-channel surround.
Offered as a one-day interactive workshop, on Thursday, October 9, 2003 in conjunction with the 115th Audio Engineering Society Convention in New York City, Surround Live! will take place at the Manhattan Center Studios complex’s Grand Ballroom.
Surround Live! will bring together working professionals from the Tour Sound, Broadway Theater, Broadcast and Recording Industries to discuss the issues and technological challenges created by presenting music, drama, and theater in full multichannel surround audio formats to an audience.
Combining formal presentations with an interactive workshop and live/pre-recorded performances, attendees will be able to experience the process of creating and presenting multi-channel audio for a variety of live applications, and how this differs from the processes associated with multi-channel work done in a post-production environment.
A full 5.1 channel large-scale tour sound system will be in place, along with a 56 input digital surround capable console, and an array of signal processing and reverberation technology. There will also be a wide range of wired and wireless microphones for use in the workshop. A live performance will be an integral part of the event.
Anyone who is involved in performance audio, multi-channel sound, or is interested in how the two combine, is invited to attend. One of the main themes of the event is how immersing the audience in the sound field and keeping them closer to the sound system can help reduce overall SPL and improve the experience for both audience members and performers.
9:00 am – 10:00 am Registration at Manhattan Center
10:00 am – 12:00 noon Formal presentations
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Lunch (included)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Formal presentations
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Live performance demo and workshop on surround mixing
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Panel discussion and conclusion
Registration Fees: AES Members: USD 80 advance, USD 100 on site; Non-members USD 100 advance, USD 120 on site. This fee includes coffee breaks and lunch and access to all four days of the 115th AES Convention Exhibits at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. There are price reductions available to students or if you combine this Symposium with the Full Program registration for the 115th AES Convention.
You are encouraged to register in advance, as there is a limit to the number that can be admitted to this symposium.

This event is in part sponsored and supported by Digico, Meyer Sound Labs, Shure and the TC Group.

Friday, October 10

11:30 am – 1:00 pm
           by Roger Furness - Executive Director, Kees Immink - President, Zoe Thrall - Convention Chair
  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Arif Mardin - Manhattan Records, New York, NY
Arif Mardin, General Manager of Manhattan Records has been one of the prime architects of contemporary music for more than four decades. A skilled pianist, arranger and composer, Mardin's discography reads like a who's-who in the history of rock, soul, and rhythm and blues: Young Rascals, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Patti LaBelle, Bee Gees (yes, he's the guy who first got Maurice Gibb to sing in falsetto!), Average White Band, Hall and Oates, Roberta Flack, Bette Midler, Chaka Khan, and Phil Collins, to name just a few. Mardin recently scored another bull's eye with the massive success of new artist Norah Jones.

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

David K. Bialik - Systems Engineering Consultant
Howard Price - ABC
Herb Squire - DSI
Mark Kordash - WPLJ - FM
Joe Giardina - DSI
John Lyons
- Durst Organization
Kevin Plumb
Steve Shultis
– WNYC Radio
Thomas Silliman – ERI Inc.
The effect of the events of September 11 marked the first time in recent history that a US major market needed to redesign an entire city's broadcast transmission system. Transmission facilities existing at the World Trade Center and Empire State Building before and after September 11 will be discussed, and the solutions implemented immediately after systems were disabled that day will be presented. The event will also explore the transmission systems currently in place and feature a look at the new plans for the Empire State Building, 4 Times Square, and Freedom Tower.
» Listen to a podcast of this event (2:18:13 - 23.6MB)

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Year of 5.1 Broadcasting - The GRAMMYs Kickstart the Future of Broadcast Audio
The 45th Annual GRAMMY® Awards telecast was the first live show of its kind to be broadcast in High Definition and discrete 5.1 surround on a major broadcast network. The panel will discuss the unique problem solving involved in taking more than 1000 microphone inputs from the stage of Madison Square Garden, balancing them in 5.1- in real-time- and delivering discrete surround audio to homes across America. This panel will feature the team that was assembled by the Recording Academy to design this Emmy-nominated and ground-breaking achievement. Panel is scheduled to include Surround Sound Designer Randy Ezratty, VP of Engineering and Advanced Technology at CBS Robert Seidel, Sound Designer Murray Allen, Rocky Graham of Dolby Labs, and Telecast Music Mixer John Harris.
Supervisors of Broadcast Audio for the Recording Academy Phil Ramone and Hank Neuberger will co-moderate.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A mixer will be held on Friday evening to enable convention attendees to meet in a social atmosphere after the opening day's activities to catch up with friends and colleagues from the industry. There will be music, a cash bar, and snacks.

Saturday, October 11

9:00 am – 11:00 am
George Massenburg
Peter Alyea, LOC
Samuel Brylawski, LOC
Elizabeth Cohen
The panel will discuss the criteria used to select the first fifty recordings for the National Registry of Recorded Sound. This is the first part of an ongoing project.

11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Glynn Walden
Jay Brentlinge - Orban/CRL
Marvin Caesar - Aphex
Mike Dorrough- Dorrough
Frank Foti - Omnia Audio
Rocky Graham - Dolby
Leonard Kahn - Kahn Communications
Thomas Lund-
TC Electronics
Robert Reams
- Neural Audio
David Reaves
- Translantech
Once audio is mastered and sent to the broadcaster, passes thru various audio processors, affecting the presentation of the product.  This event will feature discussion by leaders and pioneers of broadcast audio processing on compression, expansion, equalization curves and psychoacoustics.

12:30 am – 2:00 pm

Ron Fair is a veteran record executive who is a rare combination of A&R man, producer, arranger, musician and recording engineer. In his major label career spanning over two decades he worked his way up from producing song demos for United Artists Publishing to A&R positions at RCA, Chrysalis, EMI, Island Records UK, and Interscope, where he currently holds the position of President, A&M Records, reporting to Jimmy Iovine. Along the way, Fair was responsible for hits from Go West, Pat Benatar, the 7 times platinum soundtrack "Pretty Woman," the four times platinum soundtrack "Reality Bites," He signed Armored Saint, mixed "Hell Waits" by Slayer, produced Julian Cope and Aswad, A&R'd, executive produced and produced three time grammy winner Christina Aguilera who sold 22 million records on the back of 10 consecutive number ones. He produced the vocals for the grammy winning "Lady Marmalade" with Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim; he A&R'd and produced the 5-week number one hit "A Thousand Miles" giving Vanessa Carlton a double platinum album and three grammy nominations, including "best arrangement" for his string part. He produced the international hit "Big Yellow Taxi" by Counting Crows, and most recently co-produced and arranged the international number one smash "Where is the Love" by the Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake. "Where is the Love" just concluded an incredible 8 week run at #1 Top 40 Mainstream, and is the first 5-consecutive weeks at #1 in England since 1998. The Black Eyed Peas album "Elephunk" has already sold over 1 million copies around the world. Currently, A&M under Fair's direction is focusing on The Black Eyed Peas, Mya, Jonny Lang, Sting, Sheryl Crow, MXPX, and Butterfly. With Mya & Common, Fair produced the national campaign "Try To Make It Real, Compared to What?" for Coca Cola, and has been instrumental in directing Mya's career, and he just finished the hot remix of Mya's new single "Fallen" with the Pharcyde. He is a true record man who is known to be moody, overly intense, crazy as a loon, and a proven hit maker across a wide spectrum of music.
Tony Brown (Senior Partner - Universal South and Grammy winning Producer, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Reba), Jack Joseph Puig (Grammy winner Mixer/Producer/Engineer, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Rolling Stones, Stone Temple Pilots, No Doubt, Goo Goo Dolls), Cory Rooney (Multi-Platinum Producer/Arranger/Mixer, 50 Cent, Destiny's Child, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez), Mark Ronson (Producer/Remixer/Artist, Sean Paul, Macy Gray, Nikka Costa).
What is Record Production? This panel of chart topping producers will discuss and define record production today - what is it and how has it changed.

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Ken Hahn
Andy Kris, Gold Crest, "The Wire"/HBO
Dan Lieberstein, Sound Track Film & Television, "Sex and the City"/HBO
Dominic Tavella, Sound One, "Chicago"
A panel of veterans from the world of film and television will discuss their work. Representing the fields of music supervision, ADR, foley and re-recording mixing, the panel will share stories from their more notorious experiences and have examples to play. The discussion will explore ways in which advances in technology have affected the work flow, production process, and technical possibilities in the industry.

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Paul Gallo, Managing Director - SPARS
David Amlen, Sound On Sound Recording, NYC
Fred Guarino, Tiki Recording, Glen Cove, NY
Gary Ladinsky, DesignFX Audio, Los Angeles
Kevin Mills, Larrabee Studios, Los Angeles
Paula Salvatore, Capitol Studios, Los Angeles
Dan Workman, Sugarhill Studios, Houston
The Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS) is a twenty-four-year-old professional organization dedicated to sharing practical, hands-on business information about audio facility ownership, management, and operations.
This event, which is co-hosted by the AES, features an elite panel of studio owners and managers who will explore strategies for adapting your business to changing times. Panelists will illustrate, with stories and solutions, innovative ways they have handled unique challenges faced in successfully operating an audio production facility.

6:40 pm – 8:30 pm
The Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture will be given by RAY KURZWEIL
The title of his presentation is:
His presentation will be followed by a Reception hosted by the AES Technical Council

Sunday, October 12

10:00 am - 11:30 am
"You've read the book, now see the event! Temples of Sound (Chronicle Books), has taken the recording industry by storm. Only months after release, Temples is into its second printing. Authors/moderators Jim Cogan and William Clark (who met during a session at the Chicago Recording Co.) have finally given the most legendary studios and the pioneers that built those studios their just due.

Two such pioneers will be the very special guests of this event, Cosimo Matassa, from J&M Studio, has recorded the soundtrack for New Orleans, from 1949 to the 70's. Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Dr. John, Allain Toussaint, The Nevilles, you name it. Likewise, Joe Tarsia up at Sigma Sound, was the sonic architect behind "The Philly Sound". Grooves such as "Backstabbers", "Love Train", "For the Love of Money", "Wake Up, Everybody" and on and on.

There will be a brief retrospective of each gentleman's work, followed by discussion and Q&A. Honor your heritage!"

12:00 noon – 2:30 pm

David K. Bialik - Systems Engineering Consultant
David Frerichs - Coding Technologies
Leonard Kahn - Kahn Communications
David Layer - NAB
Tony Masiello - XM
Dr. H. Donald Messer - International Broadcast Bureau - Voice of America, Digital Radio Mondiale
Robert Reams - Neural Audio
Dave Wilson - CEA
Martin Wöhr - Bayerischer Rundfunk, Germany
The arrival of Digital Television, Satellite Radio, and In Band On Channel (IBOC) in the United States has made a reality of Digital Broadcasting.  Many consumers and broadcasters are migrating to the new technologies, and the AES NY convention has been presenting the facts on the digital broadcast revolution for more than a decade.
This year's event will feature a look at Radio Mondiale as the next step to creating a digital shortwave service, a review of Codec technology, and a discussion of the availability of receivers for consumer consumption.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Bobby Owsinski
Mick Guzauski (Eric Clapton, B B King, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Thalia), Angela Piva (Naughty By Nature, Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Janet Jackson, Toni Braxton), Nathaniel Kunkel (James Taylor, Lyle Lovett, Graham Nash, Insane Clown Posse, Sheila Nicholls, Sting), Jack Joseph Puig (Grammy winning mixer/producer/engineer John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Rolling Stones, Stone Temple Pilots, No Doubt, Goo Goo Dolls)
Is the future of music production destined to be completely inside a computer? How many of the "old-school" analog techniques and technology still apply? This session takes a provocative look at how current production techniques have changed in recent years both for the better and the worse. The panel is composed of a host of Grammy-winning and nominated engineers and producers uniquely qualified to express their strong feelings on all sides of the issue.

One of the first to delve into surround sound music mixing, Bobby Owsinski has worked on a variety of surround projects and DVD productions for such diverse acts as Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Neil Young,, The Ramones, Todd Rundgren and Chicago among many, many others.
A principle in the industry leading DVD production house Surround Associates, he has also penned several hundred audio related articles for many popular industry trade publications, and has authored several books that are now staples in recording programs in colleges around the world including "The Mixing Engineer's Handbook", "The Mastering Engineer's Handbook", the "How To Set Up Your Surround Studio" DVD as well as the soon to be published "Tracking Engineer's Handbook". A frequent moderator and panelist at a variety of music and DVD industry conferences, he has also been a consultant, program director and conference chairman for the Surround 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 conferences, co-producer of the Surround Music Awards, as well as co-producer and director for "The Al and Ed Music Show".

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Frederick Ampel, President & Principal Technology Visions, Overland Park, KS (Opening remarks and session overview theme)
Jeanne Stiernberg, Principal Stiernberg Consulting, Los Angeles, CA (Audiological issues overview)
Dr. Matthew. Bakke, Gallaudet University, Washington,D.C. (Audiology Segment)
Dan Foley, Listen Inc.
Peter Mapp, Peter Mapp & Associates, Essex, UK (Speech Intelligibility issues and measurement)
Dr. Durand Begault, NASA/Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA (Hearing, Perception and understanding)
Understanding how the human ear hears a sound system, and the kinds of limitations and damage that exist within the listening population is not often considered in current sound system tuning and optimization practice.
This first ever presentation/workshop supported by data from the House Ear Institute and presented by a panel of world recognized experts including Audiology and hearing disabilities authority Jeanne Stiernberg and Frederick Ampel who has more than 3.5 decades of sound systems experience, will define and discuss the knowledge available to take advantage of how the ear perceives sound and compensate for the actual hearing and perceptive capabilities of real populations.

6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Tour will be followed by ORGAN CONCERT by GRAHAM BLYTH
For details on organ, click here.

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm?
This concert will be given in the Central Synagogue

Monday, October 13

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Clive Young
Jeff Priepot, who is the band monitor engineer on the upcoming Shania Twain tour. Monty Lee Wilkes, who is currently FOH engineer for Lisa Marie Presley and Britney Spears; he's also worked with The Replacements, The dBs and a host of other more rock-oriented acts. Steve LaCerra, who is the FOH engineer for Blue Oyster Cult. Mark Newman is a busy touring engineer, having handled FOH duties for The Wallflowers, Blondie and Neil Finn--and that's just 2003 so far. He's also mixed the likes of Lucinda Williams, Old 97s, Michael Penn, Double Trouble (Stevie Ray Vaughan's backing rhythm section), the Black Crowes and Jimmy Vaughan, among many others. Newman is also a graduate of Full Sail Recording School. Jeff Dunn has mixed a number of high-profile artists and was The Black Crowes' FOH engineer for most of their career.
This freewheeling panel of touring professionals will cover the latest trends, techniques and tools that shape modern sound reinforcement. The all-star panel will careen through subject matter ranging from gear to gossip, in what promises to be an entertaining and educational 90 minutes--with the engineers on the business side of the microphone, saying something besides "testing" and "check" for a change!

Clive Young has been the news and live sound editor of Pro Sound News for nearly a decade. He is also the author of "CRANK IT UP," an exploration into what it takes to become one of the best concert engineers in the world; the book will be published by Backbeat Books in early 2004. Additionally, he has written for MTV, Sonicnet,, Goldmine, Gig, Music Business International and many others.

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Randy Ezratty, Effanel Music
Ed Haber, Chief Engineer, WNYC
John Harris, Independent
David Hewitt, Chief Engineer, Remote Recording
Kooster McAllister, Owner, Record Plant Remote
Doug McClement, Live Wire Remote
Until recently, live multi-track recordings and broadcasts were the exclusive domain of a small, specialized group of "mobile recording studios". But as in every other segment of our industry, technological advances have created other viable (and some dubious) methods for capturing live performances.
This workshop will highlight the pros and cons of traditional and burgeoning methodologies (along with a few real-world "war stories" from the road).


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