AES Los Angeles 2014

Thursday, October 9, 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm (Room 403 AB)

Opening Ceremonies
Keynote Speech

Sean Olive, Harman International - Northridge, CA, USA
Bob Moses, AES - Vashon Island, WA, USA
Valerie Tyler, College of San Mateo - San Mateo, CA, USA
Michael MacDonald, ATK Audiotek - Valencia, CA, USA
Jan Abildgaard Pedersen, Dynaudio - Skanderborg, Denmark
Alan Parsons

Awards Presentation
BRONZE MEDAL AWARD • Mark Gander, • Peter Mapp, • Francis Rumsey
FELLOWSHIP AWARD • Alex Case, • Mark F. Davis, • Jim Kaiser, • Bob Lee, • Bruce Swedien, • Edmund Welly, • James Yeary
CITATION • Christopher Freitag

Keynote Speaker
Alan Parsons, the acclaimed engineer, musician, and record producer, has been involved in the production of several legendary albums throughout his career. He was fortunate enough to work as assistant engineer on the final two albums by The Beatles, and after he qualified as a fully-fledged recording engineer, he went on to work with Paul McCartney and The Hollies, among many others. But it was his contribution as engineer on Pink Floyd's classic Dark Side of the Moon that really got him worldwide attention and earned him his first of many GRAMMY® nominations. That soon led to striking successes as a producer – notably with Pilot's “Magic,” John Miles’ “Highfly” and Steve Harley’s “Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)”. He also produced the hugely successful Year of the Cat album with Al Stewart and two albums with American progressive rock band Ambrosia. With Eric Woolfson, Parsons co-founded The Alan Parsons Project, famous for its revolving group of studio musicians and vocalists and its platinum albums and singles, including “Games People Play” and “Eye in the Sky.”

Additionally, he developed The Art and Science of Sound Recording, a definitive collection of training videos presented by Parsons, which gives viewers his exclusive insider access to legendary musicians, producers and engineers and their award-winning recording techniques.

Alan has come full circle and is back in his role as producer and engineer, both at his own Santa Barbara studio and other studios internationally. In 2012, Alan produced an album called Grand Ukulele with virtuoso ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro. A collaboration with Steven Wilson as engineer and associate producer resulted in the album The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) in 2013, hailed as a major success and reaching Top 5 on the album charts in Germany.

In his Keynote address, Mr. Parsons will provide his unique insights on the current and future direction of the music and recording industry from his singular perspective of success and experience throughout the history of popular music.


Thursday, October 9, 2:15 pm — 4:15 pm (Room 402 AB)

The Latin Panel: Great Producers from Latin America (panel en Español)

Andres A. Mayo, Andres Mayo Mastering & Audio Post - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Daniel Anselmi, música caReta - Montevideo, Uruguay
Rafa Arcaute, Rafa Arcaute - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Armando Avila, Cosmos - Mexico
Aureo Baqueiro, Brava! Music - Los Angeles, CA, USA; Nico Plus Music Group - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Humberto Gatica, Lionshare/Gatica Music - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Tweety González, Twitin Records - Buenos Aires , Argentina
Anibal Kerpel, SK Associates - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Sebastian Krys
Guido Nisenson, Sr., Minimal S.L. - Madrid,Spain
Rafa Sardina, Fishbone Productions, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA, USA

Por primera vez en la historia, tendremos un panel oficialmente hablado en idioma Español en una Convención Internacional de AES. El panel "Grandes Productores de América Latina! reunirá a algunos de los más grandes nombres de la región, todos ellos múltiples ganadores de Premios Grammy, para presentar sus últimas producciones y hablar acerca del estado de la industria en América Latina.

For the first time in AES history, there will be a panel officially held in Spanish in an International AES Convention. The panel “Grandes Productores de América Latina” (“Great producers from Latin America”) will bring together several of the biggest names in the region, all of them multiple Grammy Award winners, to present their most recent work and discuss the state of the musical industry in Latin America.


Friday, October 10, 10:00 am — 4:00 pm (Room 304 AB)

Digital Entertainment Group Presents High Resolution Audio Sessions

Marc Finer, Digital Entertainment Group - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Maureen Droney, The Recording Academy - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Leslie Ann Jones, Skywalker Sound - San Rafael, CA, USA
Chuck Ainlay, METAlliance - Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Jim Belcher, Universal Music
Bruce Botnick, Music Producer, Recording and Mastering Engineer, VP Content Acquisition for Pono Music - Los Angeles, CA, USA
John Burk, Concord Music Group - Beverly Hills, CA, USA; Concord Music Group - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Bob Clearmountain, Apogee Electronics, Inc. - Santa Monica, CA, USA; Mix This! - Pacific Palisades, CA, USA
Michal Jurewicz, Mytek Digital
Ray Kimber, Kimber Kable - Ogden, UT, USA
Owen Kwon, Astell&Kern - Irvine, CA, USA
Aaron Levine, Sony Electronics - San Diego, CA, USA
Fred Maher
George Massenburg, Schulich School of Music, McGill University - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Mark Piibe, Sony Music
John Quick, dCS Ltd. - Cambridge, UK; dCS North America - Boston, MA, USA
Andrew Scheps, Tonequake Records - Van Nuys, CA, USA
Howie Singer, Warner Music Group - New York, NY, USA
J. Robert Stuart, Meridian Audio Ltd. - Huntingdon, UK
Ryan Ulyate, Producer / Engineer - Topanga, CA, USA

10:00 am – 10:50 am
Hi-Res Audio Devices for Every Lifestyle: Learn more details about the growing number of hi-res compatible devices available today from some of the biggest names in hi-res devices including Astell & Kern, dCS, DTS, Kimber Kable, Meridian, Mytek, and Sony. Subjects will include how to demonstrate hi-res audio at retail; the latest options for enjoying hi-res music on-the-go; and how to educate and engage young music enthusiasts. Moderated by Marc Finer, the panel includes Owen Kwon, John Quick, Fred Maher, Ray Kimber, Bob Stuart, Michal Jurewicz, and Aaron Levine.

11:30 am – 12:20 pm
The New Business of Hi-Res Music: Get an inside look at the opportunities and challenges associated with hi-res music from Mark Piibe at Sony Music, Howie Singer at Warner Music, and Jim Belcher at Universal Music. Topics will include licensing hi-res files; the latest distribution partners; ingesting and archiving digital assets; new subscription models; and the best ways to promote hi-res music.

1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
Hi-Res Audio Production Workshop: [co-sponsored by the Recording Academy P&E Wing] Join top producers and engineers as they discuss the music creation process and best practices when recording, mixing and mastering in high resolution. The panel moderated by Leslie Ann Jones features Chuck Ainlay, John Burk, Ryan Ulyate, and Bob Clearmountain who will review the key aspects of various audio formats in context with their latest music projects.

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm
High Resolution Audio—Super Session: Meet and mix with some of the brightest minds in the business including Bruce Botnick, George Massenburg, and Andrew Scheps as they explore a number of the most challenging issues facing the recording industry today concerning the adoption of high resolution audio. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear from these opinion makers!


Friday, October 10, 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm (Room 403 AB)

Friday Keynote Speaker—Neil Portnow

Neil Portnow, President/CEO The Recording Academy, The GRAMMY Foundation, and MusiCares - Los Angeles, CA, USA

Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® (internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards®) in his keynote address, will discuss the challenges and opportunities currently facing recording professionals, as well as targeted advocacy initiatives The Academy is developing to address some of these concerns.


Friday, October 10, 1:00 pm — 6:00 pm (Room 404 AB)

DTV Audio Group Forum: The Implications of Streamed Content Delivery on the Evolution of Television Audio Services

Tim Carroll, Telos Alliance - Lancaster, PA, USA
Roger Charlesworth, DTV Audio Group - New York, NY, USA
David Colantuoni, Senior Director, Broadcast, Storage, and Editor Product Development, Avid
Kevin Collier, Director of Engineering, Post Production, Warner Bros Studio Facilities
Craig Cuttner, Senior Vice President, Technology Development & Standards, HBO
Thomas Edwards, Vice President Engineering and Development, Fox Networks
Michael Englehaupt, Chief Technology Officer, KQED Television
Tino Fibaek, Chief Technical Officer, Fairlight AU
Will Files, Sound Designer, Re-Recording Mixer, Skywalker Sound
Mark Francisco, Fellow, Premises Technology, Office of the CTO, Comcast
Richard M. Friedel, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Fox Networks Engineering and Operations - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Steve Harvey, West Coast Editor, Pro Sound News
Chris Jenkins, Sound Designer and Re-Recording Mixer
John Kellogg, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy and Development, DTS
Karl Malone, Director of Sound Design at NBC Sports and Olympics
Steve Morris, Director of Engineering, Skywalker Sound
Michael Novitch, Chief Engineer, Technicolor Sound Service
Nathan Oishi, Chief Engineer, Sony Pictures Digital
Sean Richardson, Executive Director and Principal Audio Engineer, Starz Entertainment - Englewood, CO, USA
Jeff Riedmiller, Dolby Laboratories - San Francisco, CA USA
Tom Sahara, Turner Sports Vice President, Operations and Technology, Turner Sports - Atlanta, GA, USA
Steve Silva, Vice President of Technology and Strategy, Fox Networks - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Jim Starzynski, Director and Principal Audio Engineer, NBCUniversal - New York, NY, USA
Jeff Willis, Coordinating Technical Manager at ESPN

Content delivery is converging on a streamed model whether for mobile, over the public internet, within the walled garden of the MVPD, or over next generation broadcast services. Virtualized delivery infrastructure for streamed content allows new services to be deployed with very short lead times. The rapidity of this transition to streaming has significantly accelerated the time frame for adoption of advanced object-based audio services offering spatially immersive sound, enhanced personalization, greater bandwidth efficiency and improved audio quality. It is likely we will begin seeing these new features in our homes and mobile devices in months rather than years. This forum explores some of the tools and workflow approaches required to manage and exploit the capabilities of next-generation audio standards. It takes a look at the convergence around streamed content delivery and transition to IP distribution and contribution that makes this rapid deployment possible.

“The explosive growth in streamed content delivery over mobile and fixed devices, has re-written the playbook for television media distribution. Streaming delivery models are also inexorably finding their way into existing cable services and are being written into next-generation advanced television standards. The migration from traditional broadcasting to a IP stream-based model greatly simplifies implementation, and combined with tablet-empowered UI, frees distributors to pursue a range of formats and encoding solutions with sophisticated interactive and object-oriented audio services” —Roger Charlesworth, Executive Director, DTV Audio Group

Discussion topics will include:

This Is Not Your Father’s MVPD : A look into how the transition to IP infrastructure and streamed content is transforming cable and how this facilitate advanced audio codecs

So Long SDI and MADI : IP infrastructure for audio and video contribution within the broadcast plant and in the field

Interactivity, Objects, and Spatially Immersive Audio: Mixers and technologist on the migration of object audio from cinema to the small screen and mobile

Object Audio Toolbox: What are the essential monitoring and authoring tools required for object audio production?

It’s All in Your Head: The state of headphone virtualization for immersive audio formats

The DTV Audio Group Forum at AES is produced in association with the Sports Video Group and is sponsored by: Calrec, Dolby Laboratories, DTS, Lawo, Linear Acoustic


Friday, October 10, 2:00 pm — 4:00 pm (Room 403 AB)

Platinum Engineers—Dave Pensado

Michael MacDonald, ATK Audiotek - Valencia, CA, USA
Dave Pensado
Herb Trawick

Dave Pensado & Herb Trawick: THE SCRIPT IS FLIPPED

Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick, hosts of wildly popular weekly show Pensados Place, are interviewed for the first time ever. See what they have learned from their superstar guests; from studio technique and engineering, to the pressures of creating online television for 180 straight weeks (and counting). Plus it just wouldn't be Pensadisan without a couple of surprises to boot.

AES Members can watch a video of this session for free.


Friday, October 10, 4:30 pm — 6:30 pm (Room 403 AB)

Platinum Mastering: High Resolution Audio

Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering Studios, Inc. - Portland, ME, USA
Bruce Botnick, Music Producer, Recording and Mastering Engineer, VP Content Acquisition for Pono Music - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Mark Donahue, Recording and Mastering Engineer, Soundmirror - Boston, MA, USA
Andres A. Mayo, Andres Mayo Mastering & Audio Post - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Barak Moffitt, Head of Strategic Operations at Universal Music Group - Los Angeles, CA, USA

There is a unified push to make High Resolution Audio the next big thing for the consumer. The Digital Entertainment Group in cooperation with the Consumer Electronics Association, The Recording Academy, and the major record labels have recently defined High Resolution Audio as “lossless audio that is capable of reproducing the full range of sound from recordings that have been mastered from better than CD quality music sources.” We will discuss the ramifications of this initiative with experts who have worked with High Resolution Audio for a long time as well as play many examples from the participants so the audience can hear for themselves how High Resolution Audio can allow the listener to hear exactly what the artist has been hearing in the studio while creating their music.


Friday, October 10, 5:00 pm — 6:30 pm (Room 304 AB)

AES67 TA Meeting

Bill Scott, Bosch Communications Systems - Burnsville, MN, USA
Terry Holton, Yamaha R&D Centre - London, UK
Stefan Ledergerber, Lawo Group - Zurich, Switzerland; LES Switzerland GmbH
Marty Sacks, Telos Alliance - Cleveland, OH, USA
Rich Zweibel, QSC Audio - Boulder, CO; K2

The Media Networking Alliance (MNA) has been formed to actively promote the adoption and standardization of AES67 as an audio interoperability standard through marketing, education, and training. The Media Networking Alliance steering committee will discuss the formation of
the Alliance, their mission and goals for the upcoming year, and provide
information on membership. This meeting is open to all individuals and companies who are interested in promoting the adoption of AES67.


Friday, October 10, 7:00 pm — 8:00 pm (Room 403 AB)


Heyser Lecture

Marty O'Donnell, Marty O'Donnell Music - Seattle, WA, USA

Legendary game audio director and composer, Marty O'Donnell is to present the Richard C. Heyser Memorial lecture. Marty is the famed audio director behind the award-winning Halo game series and is responsible for the biggest selling game soundtrack of all time. In his talk entitled "The Ear Doesn’t Blink: Creating Culture With Adaptive Audio," O'Donnell will draw on his unique perspective from games, film and jingle-writing to share the creative challenges of working in non-linear media such as games.


Saturday, October 11, 11:30 am — 12:30 pm (Room 304 AB)

Music and Audio for the Smaller Screen

Jerome Rossen, Freshmade Music - San Francisco, CA, USA; Manhattan Producers Alliance
Steve Horowitz, Game Audio Institute - San Francisco, CA, USA; Nickelodeon Digital
Richard Warp, Manhattan Producers Alliance - San Francisco, CA; Leapfrog Enterprises Inc - Emeryville, CA, USA

What are the important issues to take into account when you’re composing, compiling, and refining your masterpiece for the small screen? What should you prioritize during preproduction? How does the smaller screen affect your creative decision making? How can you mix for success? What do you need to know if you’re creating for iOS, Android and the Web? Join members of the Manhattan Producers Alliance as they conduct this panel addressing how to make the best possible audio for the “smaller screen.”


Saturday, October 11, 1:00 pm — 2:30 pm (Room 403 AB)

Chicks in the Mix

Chris Lord-Alge
Marcella Araica, Recording & Mix engineer (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink) - Miami, FL, USA; Los Angeles, CA, USA
Amy Burr, Larrabee Sound Studios, Studio Manager - North Hollywood, CA, USA
Emily Lazar, September Mourning (Lead Vocalist for the band) - New York, NY, USA
Lisa Loeb, GRAMMY-nominated Singer/Songwriter - Los Angeles, CA USA
Brenda Russell, BMPR - Los Angeles, CA, USA

Historically the audio and recording industries has been a male dominated workplace. Whether you are a female engineer, product designer, producer, mixer, manager, songwriter or artist, there are challenges you face on a day-to-day basis that your male counterparts do not. Our panel of well-known female industry professionals discuss what it takes to survive and thrive in what James Brown called “It’s A Man’s World.” Moderating this panel is the industry’s most testosterone driven, turn it up to 11, egotistical person AES could find—multi-GRAMMY Award-winning producer/mixer, Chris Lord-Alge whose resume includes recordings for Muse, Pink, Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Daughtry, Paramore, and Black Eyed Peas. Whether you are just starting out in the industry or are a seasoned professional, Chicks In The Mix brings together some of the most powerful and successful women to discuss what and how they do what they do. This dynamic panel, debuting at the AES137 Convention, is set to offer lively debate and discussion across all boundaries. No matter your gender, you will want to hear what these Chicks in the Mix have to say.


Saturday, October 11, 1:00 pm — 2:30 pm (Room 304 AB)

The Future Is Now—Mind Controlled Interactive Music

Scott Looney, Academy of Art University - San Francisco, CA, USA
Tim Mullen, Syntrogi Inc. - San Diego, CA, USA; UC San Diego
Richard Warp, Manhattan Producers Alliance - San Francisco, CA; Leapfrog Enterprises Inc - Emeryville, CA, USA

If one thing is clear from the music industry over the last 20 years, it is that consumers are seeking an ever-more immersive experiences, and in many ways bio feedback is the "final frontier," where music can be made in reaction to emotions, mood and more. Whether the feedback comes from autonomic processes (stress or arousal, as in Galvanic Skin Response) or cognitive function (EEG signals from the brain), there is no doubt that these "active input" technologies, which differ from traditional HCI inputs (such as hardware controllers) in their singular correspondence to the individual player, are here to stay. These technologies are already robust enough to be integrated into everything from single interfaces to complete systems.


Saturday, October 11, 3:00 pm — 4:30 pm (Room 403 AB)

Grammy SoundTable

Ed Cherney, Edward Cherney Company - Venice, CA, USA
Niko Bolas
Michael Brauer, Michael Brauer - New York, NY, USA
Alex Da Kid
No I.D.
Don Was

Songs That Move The Needle

Record production is a hybrid art encompassing vision, musicianship, well-honed instincts, and the bottom-line ability to get a project over the finish line. When these elements combine (and the stars align!), the result can be a milestone recording. At this GRAMMY SoundTable event, presented by The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, five multi-talented, cross-genre hit-makers will debate the who, what, when, where, and why of songs that have left an indelible imprint.

AES Members can watch a video of this session for free.


Sunday, October 12, 1:30 pm — 3:00 pm (Room 404 AB)

Sound Is the Conduit to the Artist Heart

Jack Joseph Puig, Recording Engineer
Dean Bolte, Managing Director, Americas at Omnifone
Joel Clarke, Motorola Mobile Devices
Chris Dorian, Sr. Area Director/Business Sales at T-Mobile USA
Aja Schmit, Bullitt Group Ltd.
Devon Worrell, Mobile Audio Architect, Intel

Ever since the consumer-branded Yamaha NS-10 speaker became ubiquitous in almost every professional recording studio, the music industry has seen the worlds of professional and consumer audio collide with the goal of creating an ecosystem that allows the professional to make the right creative choices, in order for the translation of the artists’ intent to be fully realized and understood by the consumer. Now that “mobile” is how most consumers are listening to music, what is the future, and how do manufacturers in the consumer space view the future of mobile audio and pro audio intersecting? This provocative panel will address and discuss this paradigm shift while exploring the ramifications that will affect everyone in the industry, from audio manufacturer to end user.


Return to Special Events

EXHIBITION HOURS October 10th   10am ��� 6pm October 11th   10am ��� 6pm October 12th   10am ��� 4pm
REGISTRATION DESK October 8th   3pm ��� 7pm October 9th   8am ��� 6pm October 10th   8am ��� 6pm October 11th   8am ��� 6pm October 12th   8am ��� 4pm
TECHNICAL PROGRAM October 9th   9am ��� 7pm October 10th   9am ��� 7pm October 11th   9am ��� 7pm October 12th   9am ��� 6pm
AES - Audio Engineering Society