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Bob Moses


Topic’s Stretch From Avatar’s Reverb Chamber to Outsmarting Compression

Drawing from advanced research, cutting edge technology and practical applications, the 119th AES Convention, AES Tutorials cover a plethora of high-profile and under-the-radar subjects. Attendees will profit from dialogues with some of the most inquisitive minds and skilled ears in the industry. Themed Where Audio Comes Alive, and focused on Live Sound, the Convention will be held Oct. 7-10 in NY’s Javits Center. Over 400 exhibitors, and an anticipated 20,000 attendees will participate.

Tutorials Committee Chair, Bob Moses, has assembled a striking array of options ranging from the practical: Dynamic Range Compression- A Real World Users Guide, to the cosmic Psychophsysics and Physiology of Hearing. “Unlike the large format AES Workshops, tutorials are held in small, intimate groups which promote close interaction between leader and participants,” AES Convention Chair Jim Anderson, explains. “Inventor of the first Firewire audio device and VP, Director of Engineering for Wavefront Semiconductor, Bob Moses has amassed an auspicious roster of presenters and rich subject matter. We expect the think tank-like atmosphere of these tutorials to generate many valuable ideas,” Anderson adds.
Tutorials include:


9:00AM: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustic of Loudspeakers in Small Rooms:
A Review:
Led by Floyd Toole, Harmon International Industries, Inc.,
one of the industry’s chief “listening advocates, this tutorial investigates
known and unknown principals governing the relationship of speakers
and space, and provides guidance for choosing and using loudspeakers

3:30PM: Analog Design in a Digital Environment: Rick Jeffs, Paul Mathews,
Dennis Bohn,
Rane Corporation, WA, present a fast-paced overview of
the challenges faced by analog audio designers working in the
analog/digital environment.

3:30PM: Dynamic Range Compression – A Real World User Guide: Alex
U. Case, UMASS,
leads a tutorial that confronts compression, an issue
which confounds rookie and veteran engineers alike. The session will
enlighten participants as to when to reach for what, and which way to


9:00AM: A Technical Tribute to Avatar’s Famous Chamber One: Alex
U. Case, UMASS,
examines the distinctive architectural attributes of one
of the world’s most famous reverb chambers: NYC’s Avatar Studio
(Springsteen, David Bowie, Bryan Adams).

6:30PM: Audio Compression: John Strawn, Principal, S Systems, SF, draws
from a useful bag of tricks that includes such CODECS as MP3 and
AC-3 to provide surprisingly valuable tips for recording engineers.


9:00AM: Audio Ear Training: David Moulton, Moulton Laboratories, MA,
introduces ear training techniques developed during his 35+ years in the
field. Session includes identification of various frequency bands,
discussion of cognitive problems and the adoption of ear-training programs
in an academic context.

4:0OPM: Psychophysics and Physiology of Hearing:
Dr. Poppy Crum, John
Hopkins University School of Medicine,
leads this analysis of
psychoacoustical phenomena from a physiological perspective, while
considering the relationship of sound, perception, and anatomy. Subjects
include ‘where and how the brain interprets and codes a spatial signal.’

Additional 119th AES Convention Tutorials include:

Low Frequencies in Rooms: Quality and Control
Digital Filters and Filter Design – A Tutorial
Preservation, Archiving and Restoration: A Look at Practical Application
Fundamental Knowledge about Microphones
Loudspeaker Basics and Planar-Magnetics

Update: The full tutorials listing has now been released.


Formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers, the Audio Engineering Society counts over 12,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The AES serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information on the AES 119th Convention please visit

119th AES CONVENTION          
CONTACT:   Howard Sherman
+1 212 777 4711
[email protected]

119th AES Convention – Where Audio Comes Alive
Jacob Javits Center, NYC – October 7 – 10, 2005

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