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AES New York 2005
Special Event Details

Thursday, October 6, 10:00 am — 6:00 pm

Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, New York, NY

Frederick J. Ampel, Technology Visions - Overland Park, KS, USA
Russ Berger, RBDG - Dallas, TX, USA
Dave Haydon, Outboard Electronics
Randy Hoffner, ABC Television
Mark Hood, Echo Park Studios - Bloomington, IN
Jonathan Laney-Talaske, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
Riccardo Mazza, School of High Musical Specialization - Saluzzo, Italy
Mike Pappas, KUVO FM

Preconvention Special Event: additional fee applies

SURROUND LIVE III—TOTALLY SURROUNDED is the third iteration of the most comprehensive event devoted exclusively to the creation, production, and reproduction of live audio in multichannel surround.

Following on the highly successful event held in NYC in 2003 and in San Francisco in 2004, SURROUND LIVE III—TOTALLY SURROUNDED, will again be offered as a one-day interactive workshop.

Surround Live will bring together working professionals from the performance audio, Broadway theater, sports television, environmental audio, fine arts, and other industry segments as well as the recording technology areas, to discuss the issues and technological challenges created by presenting sporting events, music, drama, theater, art, and cultural exhibitions in full multichannel surround audio formats to an audience.

Combining formal presentations with an interactive workshop and live/prerecorded performances, attendees will be able to experience and learn from working professionals the process of creating and presenting multichannel audio for a variety of live applications, and how this differs from the processes associated with multichannel work done in a after the event post-production environment.

A full 5.1+ channel large scale sound system will be in place courtesy of Meyer Sound Labs, along with a DIGICO console, and electronic reverberation technology from Lexicon, Inc.. Shure, Inc. will be supply 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, multichannel 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 can significantly enhance the overall the experience.

Registration Fees: AES Members: USD 125; Nonmembers USD 150 in Advance. On site fees are higher. (Go to for information and to register) This fee includes coffee breaks and lunch and access to all four days of the 119th AES Convention Exhibits at the Javits Center. There are price reductions available to students or if you combine this Symposium with the Full Program registration for the 119th AES Convention.

This event is in part sponsored and supported by Digico, Meyer Sound Labs, Shure, and Lexicon. Promotional Support provided by Huge Universe, Live Sound International, and ProSound Web.

Preliminary Events Schedule
9:30 am - 10:00 am Coffee and Registration
10:00 am – 12:00 noon Formal Presentations and Demonstrations
12:00 noon -12:45 pm Lunch
12:45 pm - 1:00 pm Q&A from morning session
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Formal Presentations (cont’d)
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Live Performance Demonstration and Mini-workshop on Surround Mixing and Presentation featuring Special Guest Performers: View Details.
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm Q&A and Conclusion

Preliminary Presentations Schedule
1. Event Introduction and Opening Presentation—Frederick Ampel, Technology Visions, Overland Park, KS
2. Multichannel Audio Concepts in Sound Reinforcement— Kurt Graffy, Arup Acoustics
3. Live Theater and Surround Audio—Mark Hood, Echo Park Studios, Bloomington, IN
4. A Live Surround Orchestral Experience—Jonathan Lane-Talaskey, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
6. Source-oriented Reinforcement/Delay-Imaging—Dave Haydon, Outboard Electronics
7. Spatial Positioning and Multimedia Interaction—Riccardo Mazza, School of High Musical Specialization, Saluzzo, Italy
8. Multichannel Audio in Live Sports Broadcasting—Randy Hoffner, ABC Television
9.Demos and Live Band

* As of August 24,2005 – Additional speakers will be added. NOTE: Program Subject to change based on availability of personnel.

Friday, October 7, 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm


- Opening Remarks
Roger Furness, Executive Director
Theresa Leonard, President
Jim Anderson, Convention Chair
- AES Awards Presentation
The 119th Convention Opening Ceremonies will include the AES Awards presentation which acknowledges the work of individuals whose outstanding contributions to the Society enhance our industry. A list of award recipients will appear in the Convention Program.
- Keynote Speech
Rupert Neve

Friday, October 7, 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm

Death of the Record Business?
Rebirth of the Music Business

David Adelson, Senior Producer/Music Correspondent for E! News Live, Executive Producer of WireImage Video, and Editor Emeritus of HITS magazine
Robert Hurwitz, President of Nonesuch Records, home to, among other artists, David Byrne, Buena Vista Social Club, Ry Cooder, Kronos Quartet, Wilco and Brian Wilson
George Massenburg, Grammy® Award-winning producer/engineer/technology innovator and owner of GML, Inc
Other panelists TBA

An innovative panel of music industry movers and shakers will convene to offer insight into the far-reaching digital revolution currently transforming the global music industry. Presented by the Producers & Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy® and hosted by AES, the summit will bring together a panel of award-winning experts from diverse music business disciplines. This special event continues the exploration begun June 7, 2005 in Nashville, Tenn., where passions ran high in front of a capacity crowd. Expect fireworks as the discussion delves into many of the key issues of the digital age with an emphasis on music technology and its dramatic alteration of business models. The panel will bring its considerable combined experience and insight to bear on issues such as the shifting of business models, new markets and strategies, and just what it is that—ultimately—makes music matter.

Friday, October 7, 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm


A mixer party will be held on Friday evening to enable convention attendees and exhibitors 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 a cash bar and snacks.

Saturday, October 8, 1:00 pm — 2:30 pm


David Kahne
Jack Joseph Puig
John Shanks

A panel of renowned and highly successful producers will eloquently address the continually evolving technical and creative issues with which they are faced today.

Saturday, October 8, 3:00 pm — 4:30 pm

Platinum Engineers—The All-Star Mix Engineers Panel

Jack Joseph Puig, Ocean Way Studios - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Jason Corsaro
Bob Clearmountain

Today’s music is being recorded in not only commercial facilities but in unconventional places such as warehouses, garages, and bedrooms on a multitude of different mediums making the mix engineers role more important than ever before. This panel of world renown mix engineers will discuss the challenges and techniques of taking an album with multiple mediums, producers, and recording engineers and making it sonically consistent and radio ready.

Saturday, October 8, 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm


Marcia Vaught-Kautz, Executive Director, SPARS
Karen Brinton, Remote Recording - New York City, NY, USA
Glenda Cones, Oceanway Studios - Nashville, TN, USA
Steve Davis, Crawford Audio - Atlanta, GA, USA
Kevin Dillon, Estefan Enterprises - Miami, FL, USA
Maureen Droney, House of Blues Studios - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Lee Foster, Electric Lady Studios - NYC, NY, USA
Jeff Greenberg, The Village Studios - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Eric Johnson, Blazing Music & Sound - Raleigh, NC, USA
Leslie Ann Jones, Skywalker Sound - Marin County, CA, USA
Andrew Kautz, Emerald Music Group - Nashville, TN, USA
Mark McKenna, Allaire Studios - NYC, NY, USA
Scott Phillips, Blackbird Studios - Nashville, TN, USA
Rick Senechal, Microsoft Studios - WA, USA
Zoe Thrall, Studio at the Palms - Las Vegas, NV, USA

The Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS) is a twenty-six year old professional organization dedicated to sharing practical, hands-on, business information about audio facility ownership, management, and operations.

This event features an elite panel of studio owners, managers, and recording industry professionals who will explore strategies for adapting your business to changing times. Mentors will be available for one-on-one or group sessions to mentor and discuss innovative ways to handle unique challenges facing the successful operation of an audio production facility.

Saturday, October 8, 6:45 pm — 8:30 pm


The Richard C. Heyser distinguished lecturer for the 119th AES Convention is Jozef J. Zwislocki. Zwislocki obtained his engineering degree in 1945 from the Swiss Federal Technical Institute that, three years later, awarded him the degree of a Doctor of Technical Sciences. His doctoral dissertation, published as a Supplement of Swedish Acta Laryngologica, earned him an invitation to the First Speech-Communication Conference at MIT. On the basis of his lecture he was offered the position of a Research Fellow at the Psychoacoustic Laboratory of Harvard University. Six years later, he accepted the position of a dual Associate Professor in Special Education and Electrical Engineering at Syracuse University. In 1962, he was promoted to full Professorship. Already in the second year in Syracuse, he organized the Bioacoustics Laboratory which soon expanded to other senses, beyond hearing, and, in 1963, received the name of the Laboratory of Sensory Communication. Ten years later, the Laboratory advanced to the Institute for Sensory Research at a departmental level. Zwislocki directed it until 1984 when he received the title of a Professor in Sensory Research and, few years later, of a Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience. He retired in 1992 and is currently a Distinguished Professor Emeritus. During his long career, Zwislocki received numerous distinctions, among them, the international Amplifon Prize, Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award, the first Békésy Medal of the Acoustical Society of America, Award of Merit of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, Kwiek Medal, Medal of the Acoustical Society of Poland, his native country, and Hugh Knowles Prize. Zwislocki was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, USA, and the Polish Academy of Sciences, he received honorary-doctor degrees from the Adam Mickiewicz University and Syracuse University. He was also elected to the international Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laringologicum Amicitiae Sacrum.

Zwislocki’s lecture is entitled, “Sound Transmission and Analysis in the Ear—Recent Insights. All audio-equipment must be adapted to the characteristics and properties of the auditory system. I am sure, you are interested in the physiological mechanisms underlying them. Most of you have some knowledge of these mechanisms, especially those of the outer, middle and inner ear. You know that the cochlea of the inner ear is crucial for sound analysis and sound transduction into neural activity. Over the last half century, much has changed in our concepts of how the cochlea does it, and the text books have a hard time keeping up with the progress. In this lecture, I will attempt to sketch the gradual development of these concepts, ending on those that are still subject of controversy. They include forward and backward propagation of cochlear waves; stimulation of the hair cells, the auditory receptors; the active process of sound analysis and, related to it, pitch code; cochlear compression and its abolishment by cochlear pathology; transient and distortion product otoacoustic emissions. At the end, time permitting, I will call your attention to a new principle for protecting the vulnerable cochlear hair cells against environmental noise.

Sunday, October 9, 10:00 am — 11:30 am

Platinum Road Warriors: Live Sound

Clive Young
Howard Page
M. L. Procise
Brian Speiser

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!

Brian Speiser—Speiser started touring at the age of 20 and at 22, became the front of house engineer for They Might Be Giants, a position he's held for the last six years. During that time, he's mixed several live releases for the band as well as a live direct tv concert filmed for Disney Records. Additionally, he's "done a short jail sentence as Ryan Adams' front of house engineer" and is currently touring with The Indigo Girls.

Howard Page, Showco—Howard Page is the director of engineering for Showco, a division of Clair Brothers Audio. Having spent decades in the live pro audio business, Page has mixed tours for acts as varied as Van Halen and Sade, but his biggest impact arguably may be his conception and development of Showco’s Showconsole, one of the first digitally controlled analog live mixing desks--the sixth console he has designed and built over his career. A native of Australia, Page spent 17 years as a partner in Jans Concert Productions, before coming to America in 1989, where he has worked for Showco ever since.

M.L. Procise, Showco—M.L. Procise, Senior VP of Sales for Showco.

Sunday, October 9, 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm

Platinum Mastering—Award-Winning Mastering

Bob Ludwig
David Glasser, Airshow Mastering - Boulder, CO, USA
Gavin Lurssen, The Mastering Lab - Hollywood, CA, USA
Joe Palmaccio, Sony Music Studios - New York City, NY, USA
Mark Wilder, Sony Music Studios - New York City, NY, USA

The purpose of mastering, the final creative step in the making of a commercial recording, is to bring fourth all the musicality that is inherent in the given source. Mastering is most successful when the experienced engineer's analytical left brain no longer needs conscious attention and the talented, holistic, right brain process can take over and yield a great sound the producer and artists sometimes never even imagined.

This year's mastering panelists are all Grammy Award-winning engineers. Each person will describe the mastering sessions for their particular Grammy winning projects. This will give the audience a more clear understanding of the contribution the mastering engineer makes to the music you buy. Our emphasis will be on historical recordings but we will also talk about what it takes to win the "Album of the Year" award which will include surround sound. Audience questions will be welcomed.

Sunday, October 9, 2:00 pm — 4:00 pm

An Afternoon with Ray Dolby

Barry Fox, Freelance Journalist
Paul Gallo, PAMA

Ray Dolby, Founder and Chairman of Dolby Laboratories, Inc., has had a long and varied career, which includes working on various audio, instrumentation,, and video-tape recording projects at Ampex Corporation, being a consultant to the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, and a United Nations advisor in India.

He established Dolby Laboratories in London in 1965 and in 1976 he moved to San Francisco, where his company established further offices, laboratories, and manufacturing facilities. He holds more than 50 U.S. patents and has written papers on video tape recording, long wavelength X-ray analysis, and noise reduction.

Ray Dolby is a fellow and past president of the Audio Engineering Society and a recipient of its Silver and Gold Medal Awards. He has received numerous other awards.

Barry Fox and Paul Gallo will talk to him about his life, his views, and his interests. It promises to be a fascinating afternoon.

Monday, October 10, 12:30 pm — 2:00 pm


Nathaniel Kunkel

This special event will be presented as an open "town hall" question and answer forum for attendees. The topic to be discussed is current surround experiences to date and perceived trends for the future.

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