145th AES CONVENTION Sound Reinforcement Track Event Details

AES New York 2018
Sound Reinforcement Track Event Details

Wednesday, October 17, 9:00 am — 10:00 am (1E08)

Sound Reinforcement: SR01 - Live Sound Production in a TV World

Jenny Montgomery, IATSE Local One - New York, NY, USA; A2, Brute?
Matt Kraus, IATSE

Jenny Montgomery was the lead A2 on the recent live event broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar. She and other members of the production team will discuss the issues of a one off live event and how the live sound is integrated into the overall production.


Wednesday, October 17, 10:00 am — 11:00 am (1B05)

TC Meeting: Acoustics and Sound Reinforcement

Technical Committee Meeting on Acoustics and Sound Reinforcement


Wednesday, October 17, 10:45 am — 12:15 pm (1E13)

Student / Career: SC02 - Making Live Jazz and Sound Like Jazz!

Ian Corbett, Kansas City Kansas Community College - Kansas City, KS, USA; off-beat-open-hats recording & sound reinforcement
Nadezhda Rakhmanova, Mariinsky Theatre - Russia

This workshop, ideal for students, new engineers, and more experienced engineers new to jazz and acoustic music situations, will discuss what “the sound” of jazz and acoustic music might be and different approaches to amplifying a selection of ensembles in order to appropriately scale the sound to different sized venues, from small clubs to large theaters and festival stages. Are there desirable characteristics? Should miking techniques be the same as, or different from (more common) rock shows? Should the sound system be the same as for other genres? What situations do engineers working local and regional shows find themselves in? What can help make the day go smoothly for you and the musicians and make the event a musically appropriate sonic experience for the audience?


Wednesday, October 17, 10:45 am — 12:15 pm (1E09)


Product Development: PD02 - Power Amplification for High Resolution Audio

John Dawson, Jade Electronics Ltd - Cambridge, UK

Driving modern passive loudspeakers to realistic levels without audible distortion can be surprisingly demanding—more so when the source is high resolution audio. And, although the peak power levels are much lower, achieving full dynamic range with headphones can also present tricky design problems. This tutorial reviews the various types of linear amplifier—particularly classes A, AB, B, D, G and H—and examines some of the trade-offs involved in designing and implementing some recent commercial designs for both speakers and headphones. A number of the author's measurements of real products—not all of them good—will be shown.

AES Technical Council This session is presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on High Resolution Audio


Wednesday, October 17, 11:15 am — 12:15 pm (1E12)

Sound Reinforcement: SR02 - Audio Production for Corporate Events

Lee Kalish, Positive Feedback llc - Kingston, NY, USA

Lee Kalish will host a panel of experts in live sound production in the corporate event world. This will include sound system design to fit the venue, RF coordination for wireless mics and communications, music production and band support.


Wednesday, October 17, 2:30 pm — 5:30 pm (1E10)

Sound Reinforcement: SR03 - RF Super Session

James Stoffo, Independent - Key West, FL, USA
Mark Brunner, Shure Incorporated - Niles, IL USA
Joe Ciaudelli, Sennheiser - Old Lyme, CT USA
Henry Cohen, CP Communications
Jim Dugan, JetWave Wireless
Jason Glass, Clean Wireless
Jackie Green, Alteros - Stow, OH, USA
Dave Missal, Sennheiser - Old Lyme, CT, USA
Cameron Stuckey, Professional Wireless Systems - New York, NY, USA
Gary Trenda, Audio and RF Technician - Madison, WI, USA; Professional Wireless Systems - Orlando, FL, USA
Karl Winkler, Lectrosonics - Rio Rancho, NM, USA

Tremendous changes in the RF ecosystem are currently taking place affecting available spectrum, equipment, workflow, and required knowledge base in the deployment of wireless microphones and similar equipment. This RF Super Session will discuss in depth the main topics concerning RF purchasing decisions and deployments; RF spectrum and regulatory changes, new equipment to comply with the updated technical rules, best and advanced RF practices including advanced filtering techniques and RF over fiber.
Panelists include leading RF technicians and engineers, manufacturer product specialists and the manufacturers' government relations people.


Thursday, October 18, 10:15 am — 11:45 am (1E13)

Sound Reinforcement: SR04 - Designing for Broadway: The Band's Visit

Kai Harada

Among the many Tony Awards won by "The Band's Visit" was the Tony for Best Sound for a Musical. Kai Harada and his team will discuss the process of bringing this production and others to the stage.


Thursday, October 18, 1:45 pm — 2:45 pm (1E10)


Networked Audio: NA03 - Optimizing Networks for Media

Patrick Killianey, Yamaha Professional Audio - Buena Park, CA, USA

This session will examine the network technologies used to optimize a network for modern media transport like Dante. With this knowledge, attendees will have a much better understanding of how to manage networks with mixed traffic and have the basic knowledge to begin diagnosing networked audio issues.

This session will cover TCP vs UDP, Unicast vs Multicast and Quality of Service (QoS). A discussion of clocking will also ensue, contrasting traditional clock distribution on (baseband) BNC vs the networked Precision Time Protocol (PTP). System examples will be given where these technologies have been used.


Thursday, October 18, 4:15 pm — 5:45 pm (1E10)

Networked Audio: NA05 - AES67/ST2110 Technical: Synchronization and Redundancy

Claudio Becker-Foss, DirectOut GmbH - Mittweida, Germany
Andreas Hildebrand, ALC NetworX GmbH - Munich, Germany

With a shared interest in media operability, the AES and SMPTE have both been developing standards for networked media. The audio part of SMPTE’s new standard for “Transport of Professional Media over Managed IP Networks”, ST 2110, builds on AES67, the “High-performance streaming audio-over-IP interoperability” standard. This session features several noted authors in the field to discuss these standards from a technical perspective, namely explaining commonalities and constraints among both standards, the principles of sample-accurate synchronization among individual essence streams and how to implement increased operating safety utilizing stream redundancy as defined in SMPTE ST2022-7.


Thursday, October 18, 4:15 pm — 5:15 pm (1E13)

Sound Reinforcement: SR05 - Understanding Line Source Behavior for Better Optimization

Etienne Corteel, L-Acoustics - Marcoussis, France
François Montignies, L-Acoustics - Marcoussis, France

The key to a good loudspeaker system design is the balance between coverage, SPL, and frequency response performances. It deals with various challenges such as directivity control, auditory health preservation, and sonic homogeneity.
In solutions based on a variable curvature line source, the parameters linked to its physical deployment are often overlooked. The temptation to rely on electronic processing to fix resulting problems may then arise. However, it always compromises other performances to some extent, whether system headroom or wavefront integrity.
Using Fresnel analysis, this tutorial points at important aspects of line source behavior and identify the effect of determinant parameters, such as inter-element angles. It shows how an optimized physical deployment allows for rational electronic adjustments, which just become the icing on the cake.

AES Technical Council This session is presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Acoustics and Sound Reinforcement


Friday, October 19, 9:00 am — 10:30 am (1E21)

Sound Reinforcement: SR06 - A Cookbook Approach to Sound System Optimization with Bob McCarthy

Bob McCarthy, Meyer Sound - New York, NY, USA

Delve into the details and methods of sound system optimization using speaker aiming, splay, equalization, phase and amplitude matching in a real-time workshop environment.


Friday, October 19, 1:30 pm — 2:30 pm (1E13)

Networked Audio: NA08 - Real World AES67

Claudio Becker-Foss, DirectOut GmbH - Mittweida, Germany
Andreas Hildebrand, ALC NetworX GmbH - Munich, Germany
Ievgen Kostiukevych, European Broadcasting Union - Le Grand-Saconnex, Genéve, Switzerland

Since the publication of AES67 and its recent adoption by the ST 2110 media over IP standard, we see a growing number of installations and studio built around this standard. This workshop and Q&A session will focus on practical aspects of using AES67 and ST 2110-30 in the field: what are the benefits of using AES67? What are the difficulties? What should I do / not do, when configuring my network? Panelists experienced in real-world applications will provide valuable insights and share opinions on the importance of AES67 and its role as part of ST 2110 for the wider broadcast market.


Friday, October 19, 1:45 pm — 5:00 pm (1E10)

Sound Reinforcement: SR07 - Intercom Systems Super Session

Peter Erskine, Best Audio - Mt. Vernon, NY, USA
Jim Andersen, RTS - Lincoln, NE, USA
David Beckwith, Riedel
Charles Downs, Owner, Unity Intercom
Craig Fredrickson, ClearCom
Scott Gillman, RTS
Donald Kuser, III, Radio Active Designs - New York, NY, USA
Michael Marston, Sales, Unity Intercom - Norman, OK, USA
Mark Rehfuss, Pliant Technologies - Auburn, AL, USA; Savannah, GA, USA
Gary Rosen, Pliant Technologies - Auburn, AL, USA; Agoura Hills, CA
Rom Rosenblum, Clear-Com Communications - Alameda, CA, USA
Rick Seegull, Riedel Communications - Burbank, CA, USA
Geoffrey Shearing, Radio Active Designs - East Rutherford, NJ, USA
Ken Smalley, RTS - Kinnelon, NJ, USA

An in depth look and comparison of the major wireless intercom systems available today including their associated control platforms and user interfaces. Working systems will be presented by their respective manufacturer product specialists. Currently confirmed manufacturers include Clear-Com, Pliant Technologies, Radio Active Designs, Riedel, RTS, and Unity Intercom.


Saturday, October 20, 10:45 am — 1:00 pm (1E06 (Immersive/PMC Rm))

Recording & Production: RP22 - Planning for On-Location Audio Recording and Production (including Surround)

Alex Kosiorek, Central Sound at Arizona PBS - Phoenix, AZ, USA
Steve Remote, Aura-Sonic Ltd. - NYC, NY USA
Corey Schreppel, Minnesota Public Radio|American Public Media
George Wellington, New York Public Radio - New York, NY, USA
Eric Xu, Central Sound at Arizona PBS - Phoenix, AZ, USA

Artists and engineers are recording more productions on-location or in locations other than the studio. Whether it’s audio for spoken word, chorus, small chamber ensembles to large symphony orchestra, or complex jazz/pop/rock shows involving splits from FOH, pre-production is a critical aspect of any remote recording. Moreover, with new forms of immersive delivery on the horizon, surround production is now part of this equation. Some of the challenges for on-location include maintaining a consistent aesthetic across productions, varying venue acoustics, discretion of microphone placement, monitoring, and redundant backup systems. In this workshop, today’s working professionals will give relatable and practical methods of tackling production for mobile/on-location events and discuss how it differs from studio recording. Such topics include venue scoping, bids and quotes, stage plots, communication with venue or ensemble production managers, talent coordination, and other logistics. Some audio examples (including those in surround) will be included.

AES Technical Council This session is presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Recording Technology and Practices


Saturday, October 20, 1:45 pm — 3:00 pm (1E08)

Sound Reinforcement: SR08 - The Audio Vendor and Band Mixer Relationship

Keith Clark, Live Sound International
Troy Clair, Clair Global
Dave Natale, Audio Resource Group, Inc. - Lancaster, PA, USA

From the moment both parties are confirmed for a music tour, the relationship between the audio vendor and the band’s FOH mixer (and by extension, the monitor mixer) becomes one of the most important factors for the band’s touring sound. Keith Clark, editor of Live Sound International and ProSoundWeb.com, will discuss the details and nuances of this dynamic with two luminaries of the touring music industry: Troy Clair, CEO of Clair Global and Dave Natale, long-time FOH mixer for the Rolling Stones as well as Jeff Beck, Fleetwood Mac, Tina Turner, Van Halen, and many others.


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