AES New York 2019

Wednesday, October 16, 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm (1E15+16)

SE01 - Opening Ceremonies / Awards / Keynote Speech

Agnieszka Roginska, New York University - New York, NY, USA
Valerie Tyler, College of San Mateo - San Mateo, CA, USA
Jonathan Wyner, M Works Studios/iZotope/Berklee College of Music - Boston, MA, USA; M Works Mastering
Grandmaster Flash

Awards Presentation
Please join us as the AES presents Special Awards to those who have made outstanding contributions to the Society in such areas of research, scholarship, and publications, as well as other accomplishments that have contributed to the enhancement of our industry.

The Keynote Speaker for the 147th Convention is Grandmaster Flash. Emerging from the South Bronx in the early 1970s, Grandmaster Flash is inarguably one of Hip Hop’s original innovators. In the earliest days of the genre, he manipulated music by placing his fingers on the vinyl, perfected beat looping, and discovered many of the most iconic beats still commonly sampled today. His influence on how music is created has been profound and it’s no surprise that The New York Times calls him Hip Hop’s first virtuoso. The title of his address is “GRANDMASTER FLASH: EVOLUTION OF THE BEAT.

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


Wednesday, October 16, 1:30 pm — 2:30 pm (1E08)

SE02 - Mixing & Mastering for Immersive Audio

Rafa Sardina, Fishbone Productions, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA, USA; AfterHours Studios - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Reuben Cohen, Lurssen Mastering - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Gavin Lurssen, Lurssen Mastering - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Michael Romanowski, Coast Mastering - Berkeley, CA, USA; The Tape Project
Ceri Thomas, Dolby Laboratories

As the industry moves toward a more immersive environment, hear from these five experts the latest news regarding workflow, standards, and how to get the maximum immersive experience for your tracks.


Wednesday, October 16, 2:45 pm — 4:15 pm (1E15+16)

SE03 - The Loudness War is Over (If You Want It)

George Massenburg, Schulich School of Music, McGill University - Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Serban Ghenea
Gimel "Guru" Keaton
Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering Studios, Inc. - Portland, ME, USA
Thomas Lund, Genelec Oy - Iisalmi, Finland
Ann Mincieli, Jungle City Studios - New York, NY, USA

Now that streaming dominates the music listening landscape, it’s time to revisit what loudness really is and how to manage it. Companies including Apple, YouTube, and Spotify each have their own measurement standards and loudness targets, while today’s production paradigm often lacks a traditional infrastructure of project managers and gatekeepers with technical expertise. Artists and record companies—as they always have—want their songs to sound at least as loud as the ones playing before and after them. The stakes are high. So, what to do?

The truth is, we, the creators, are responsible for understanding all of the issues in the loudness discussion. No one else is going to do it. Join us for this lively and informative conversation with some of the best minds in the business who will shed light on both the current unhappy state of loudness and what creators can do to make it better.


Wednesday, October 16, 4:30 pm — 5:30 pm (1E15+16)

SE04 - The Making of Sheryl Crow's "Threads"

Glenn Lorbecki, Glenn Sound Inc. - Seattle, WA, USA
Dave O'Donnell, Mixer/Engineer

An analysis of the making of the new Sheryl Crow record Threads featuring a star-studded cast of talented artists.


Wednesday, October 16, 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm (Off-Site 2)

SE00 - Diversity & Inclusion Cocktail Party

Houndstooth Pub
520 8th Avenue @ 37th Street

The AES Diversity & Inclusion Committee has been set up to acknowledge, celebrate and encourage diversity within the audio engineering community. This informal meet-and-greet is a fantastic opportunity to schmooze with our committee and to meet one another.


Thursday, October 17, 9:30 am — 11:00 am (1E15+16)

HH01 - Chopped and Looped—Inside the Art of Sampling for Hip-Hop

Paul "Willie Green" Womack, Willie Green Music - Brooklyn, NY, USA
Just Blaze, Jay-Z, Kanye West
Breakbeat Lou, Ultimate Breaks and Beats
Hank Shocklee, Shocklee Entertainment - New York, NY, USA
Ebonie Smith, Atlantic Records/Hamilton Cast Album

Celebrating the art of the audio collage, the panelists will discuss the production technique that launched a genre. Exploring the process of digging for samples, techniques and tools for composition, and concepts for processing and mixing, this panel will cover all aspects of sample driven production.


Thursday, October 17, 11:15 am — 12:15 pm (1E15+16)

SE05 - Show Me the Money: Funding Your Audio Dream

Heather D. Rafter, RafterMarsh US - San Francisco, CA, USA
Phil Dudderidge, Executive Chariman, Focusrite PLC - High Wycombe, Bucks, UK
Mark Ethier, CEO, iZotope - Cambridge, MA, USA
Ethan Jacks, Founder, MediaBridge Capital - Boston, MA, USA
Piper Payne, Piper Payne, Mastering Engineer, Infrasonic Sound - San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Wisam Reid, Harvard Medical School - Cambridge, MA, USA; MIT

This panel of industry insiders will share their tips on funding your audio passion, whether you’re a student, start up, or an established company wishing to expand. We’ll take you through every scenario: from scholarships and grants, to crowd funding via Kickstarter and other campaigns, and onto raising money through friends and family rounds and more. We’ll demystify venture capital, debt financing, investment banking, and private equity, and we’ll also explore growth through merger and acquisition or IPO. Whether you’re a student, solo audio developer, new or well-established company, this program will guide you through the financing path that best meets your needs.


Thursday, October 17, 1:45 pm — 2:45 pm (1E15+16)


SE06 - Lunchtime Keynote: Steve Jordan

Steve Jordan, Steve Jordan Recording - New York, NY, USA

The title of Steve Jordan's lunchtime keynote is "The Love of Recording."


Thursday, October 17, 3:00 pm — 4:00 pm (1E15+16)

SE07 - Triple Threat: The Art, Production & Technology of Making Music

Paul Verna, Paul Verna Media - New York, NY, USA
Danny Kortchmar, Legendary GRAMMY nominated guitarist, songwriter and producer (Jackson Browne, Don Henley, James Taylor) - New York, NY, USA
Steve Jordan, Steve Jordan Recording - New York, NY, USA

With a background of dozens of platinum record credits as a musician, artist, songwriter, producer and engineer, Danny Kortchmar sits down to discuss all aspects of making music both creatively and technically. From going to top commercial studios of the world, to building his own home studio to performing on stage with some of the top artists in the world, Kortchmar shares his secrets and experiences, digital and analog, then and now.


Thursday, October 17, 4:30 pm — 5:30 pm (1E15+16)

AR01 - Long Term Preservation of Audio Assets

Jessica Thompson, Jessica Thompson Audio - Berkeley, CA, USA
Jeff Balding, NARAS P&E Wing
Rob Friedrich, Library of Congress
Jamie Howarth, Plangent Processes - Nantucket, MA, USA
Bob Koszela, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services - Boyers, PA, USA
Pat Kraus, UMG
Cheryl Pawelski, Omnivore Records
Toby Seay, Drexel University - Philadelphia, PA, USA

Throughout the history of the recorded music industry, masters have burned, been lost in floods, been mislabeled and misfiled, neglected, forgotten, even systematically destroyed to salvage the raw materials. This panel is an opportunity to learn from the past and move the conversation forward, addressing current challenges with long term preservation of audio assets. Beyond rehashing well-established best practices, panelists will discuss barriers to preservation including technical hurdles, cost, long term storage, deteriorating media, maintaining legacy playback equipment, legalities, and the very simple fact that we cannot and will not save everything.


Thursday, October 17, 4:30 pm — 5:30 pm (1E10)

SE08 - DTVAG Forum: Audio for a New Television Landscape

Roger Charlesworth, DTV Audio Group - New York, NY, USA
Tim Carroll, Dolby Laboratories - San Francisco, CA, USA
Scott Kramer, Netflix - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Sean Richardson, Starz Entertainment - Denver, CO, USA
Tom Sahara, Turner Sports Vice President, Operations and Technology, Turner Sports - Atlanta, GA, USA
Jim Starzynski, NBCUniversal - New York, NY, USA; ATSC Group - Washington D.C.

We appear to have now entered the post-television, television era. In a few short years, the entire nature of television distribution and consumption has changed so significantly as to be unrecognizable. Ubiquitous and inexpensive wireless and broadband networking; smart TVs and mobile devices; and massively-scalable cloud computing have created a completely new entertainment distribution system, upending the traditional broadcast model, and changing viewing habits forever. The transition from “hardwired” to “virtualized” distribution has expanded the possibilities for television audio innovation, further raising the bar on ultimate quality of premium viewing experiences, while presenting creative challenges in translating these experiences to an ever-widening range of devices.

The advent of affordable consumer 4K and HDR on smart TVs and other devices has radically transformed the at-home viewing experience. Combined with the story-telling power of premium episodic content and streaming movies, upscale home viewing has supplanted cinema as the ultimate Hollywood entertainment consumption experience. Audio has been front and center in this transition as more and more premium content becomes available in Dolby Atmos immersive surround.

The dramatic resurgence of surround sound, and emerging interest in next-generation enhanced-surround, is built on the ability to virtualize surround presentations over a growing range of devices and environments including increasingly sophisticated immersive-audio-capable soundbars and TV sets, alongside enhanced surround virtualizing headphones, earbuds and mobile devices.

Please join us for a discussion of how the post-television era is re-inventing television sound.

The DTV Audio Group Forum at AES is produced in association with the Sports Video Group and is sponsored by: Brainstorm, Calrec, Dale Pro Audio, Dolby, Lawo, Sanken, Shure

“The rule book for television distribution is being completely re-written. The migration away from traditional broadcasting to IP delivery continues to accelerate the uptake of advanced encoding solutions and sophisticated audio services. This transition creates new challenges in providing quality and consistency across an ever-widening range of devices and environments. Please join the DTVAG for a discussion of these and other important television audio issues.”

~ Roger Charlesworth, Executive Director, DTV Audio Group


Thursday, October 17, 6:30 pm — 8:00 pm (1E15+16)


SE09 - Heyser Lecture

Louis Fielder, Retired - Millbrae, CA, USA

The Richard C. Heyser distinguished lecturer for the 147th AES Convention is Louis D. Fielder.

Psychoacoustics Applied to Dynamic-Range and Nonlinear-Distortion Assessment
The psychoacoustics of noise detection, measurements of noise in the digital-audio recording storage reproduction chain, and measurements of peak-acoustic pressures in music performances are combined to determine the requirements for noise-free reproduction of music. It is found that the required ratio between the maximum reproduction levels and the perceived audibility of noise can be as much as 124 decibels. When more practical circumstances are considered, this requirement is shown to drop to more feasible values. Next, the concept of auditory masking is introduced to allow for the assessment of nonlinear distortions in digital-audio conversion systems operating at low signal levels and then several examples of digital-audio conversion systems are examined. Finally, an expanded use of masking and a model to calculate a total nonlinear-distortion audibility number are used to determine the audibility of nonlinear distortions in headphones when driven by sine-wave signals at or below 500 Hz. Examples of headphone distortion assessment are examined and extension of this measurement technique to low-frequency loudspeaker evaluation is also discussed.


Friday, October 18, 9:30 am — 11:00 am (1E15+16)

H06 - African Americans in Audio

Leslie Gaston-Bird, Mix Messiah Productions - Brighton, UK; Audio Engineering Society - London, UK
Prince Charles Alexander, Berklee College of Music - Boston, MA, USA
Abhita Austin, Audio Engineer-Producer and Founder of The Creator’s Suite
James Henry, recording engineer/producer and audio educator
Ebonie Smith, Atlantic Records/Hamilton Cast Album
Paul "Willie Green" Womack, Willie Green Music - Brooklyn, NY, USA
Bobby Wright, Hampton University

African Americans have contributed to the popular music recording industry in a number of ways, and although their achievements are visible, their representation at technical conferences and on the exhibit floor is less so. Join our panel of renowned engineers, performers, and educators for a discussion on how African Americans have been blazing trails behind the scenes in the recording industry and how we can best engage and welcome them to access the social and scholarly networks that have benefited us. Topics include a technological pedagogy for hip-hop education and dispelling the stereotype that African-American engineers are only able to work in “Black Music” genres.

Chaired by AES Governor-at-Large Leslie Gaston-Bird, the first African American to sit on the AES Board of Governors, panelists include: James Henry, three time Grammy nominated recording engineer/producer and audio educator; Paul Willie Green Womack, Producer/Engineer and Chair of the Hip-Hop and R&B track of the AES Convention Committee; Prince Charles Alexander, Grammy winning Music Producer/Engineer/Recording Artist and Professor of Music Production and Engineering for Berklee College of Music and Berklee Online; Bobby Wright, Assistant Professor (music, audio engineering) at Hampton University; Abhita Austin, Audio Engineer-Producer and Founder of The Creator’s Suite; and Ebonie Smith, Grammy winning engineer, producer, and singer / songwriter.


Friday, October 18, 11:15 am — 12:15 pm (1E15+16)

SE10 - How We Make Music—Crossing the Decades from Analog to Digital

Chris Lord-Alge, Mix LA - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Danny Kortchmar, Legendary GRAMMY nominated guitarist, songwriter and producer (Jackson Browne, Don Henley, James Taylor) - New York, NY, USA
Eddie Kramer, Remark Music Ltd. - Woodland Hills, CA, USA
Tom Lord-Alge, SPANK Studios - South Beach, FL, USA
Dave Way

Hear from top recording engineers and producers techniques they use from analog to digital and how they connect the dots of the past, present, and future of creative technology—how we transaction into Pro Tools. This panel will feature Chris Lord-Alge, Tom Lord-Alge, and others to be announced.


Friday, October 18, 1:30 pm — 2:30 pm (1E15+16)

SE11 - Lunchtime Keynote: 1500 or Nothin'

Larrance Dopson
IZ (& Bobby) Avila Brothers, Avila Brothers

Inspiring and Educating the Next Generation of Producers, Engineers, Creators

The world of audio education is changing. For the modern audio student, the “traditional” curriculum is not enough to compete in today’s music industry. Larrance Dopson (GRAMMY Award-winning producer/instrumentalist and CEO of the 1500 or Nothin’ production/songwriting collective), along with GRAMMY Award-winning producer and songwriter IZ Avila (half of The Avila Brothers), discuss what it takes to make it in today’s fast-paced music production world, and how these new needs have led some music educators and mentors to evolve their approaches to prepare their students for what they’ll encounter out in the real world, while inspiring and motivating these students to create their own opportunities.


Friday, October 18, 2:45 pm — 4:15 pm (1E15+16)

RP17 - Platinum Latin Engineers & Producers

Andres A. Mayo, 360 Music Lab - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Carli Beguerie, Studio Instrument Rentals/Mastering Boutique - New York, NY, USA
Mauricio Gargel, Mauricio Gargel Audio Mastering - Sao Paulo, SP. Brazil
Andres Millan, Diffusion Magazine - Boutique Pro Audio - Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Martin Muscatello, 360 Music Lab
Rafa Sardina, Fishbone Productions, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA, USA; AfterHours Studios - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Camilo Silva F., Camilo Silva F. Mastering - Chia, Cundinamarca, Colombia

This Panel gathers every year a selected group of Latin producers and engineers that will present their multi-Grammy Award-winning work and explain in detail how they deal with the ever growing Latin recording industry.


Friday, October 18, 4:30 pm — 5:30 pm (1E15+16)

SE12 - The Past Present and Future of the Legendary Quad Building

Prince Charles Alexander, Berklee College of Music - Boston, MA, USA
Ricky Hosn
David Malekpour, Professional Audio Design, Inc.
Carla Springer

A panel moderated by producer/educator Prince Charles Alexander examines the history and current success of this great epicenter of music production.


Saturday, October 19, 1:30 pm — 2:30 pm (1E15+16)


SE13 - The Making of the #1 LP "Help Us Stranger" by The Raconteurs

Vance Powell, Global Positioning Services - New York, NY, USA

Grammy Award winning mix engineer Vance Powell shares the inside stories on the making of The Raconteurs #1 album "Help Me Stranger" lead by Jack White, released through Third Man Records.


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