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AES Standards Committee to Address Culturally Insensitive Terms in Standards

Throughout its work over the past 70-plus years, the AES Standards Committee has sought to unify and educate the audio engineering community and related industries in achieving the highest levels of art and science, possible. In its continued efforts, and with a keen eye on the growing diversity and inclusion efforts within the Audio Engineering Society, the AES Standards Committee has begun a project to update terminology in AES Standards, and throughout the industry, where that terminology may be culturally insensitive.

Use of the terms "master" and "slave" are specifically being examined, but others may be as well. This is a general issue for all products, systems, architectures, and standards that have used those terms heretofore. Please visit the AES Standards News Blog for further information on the topic. Comments can be submitted to standards@aes.org.

The AES recognizes the great work of audio innovators, developers and practitioners everywhere, inclusive of all backgrounds and interests and hopes that you will join us in achieving the highest possible standards for everyone involved.

Posted on August 6, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Show Fall 2020 Convention Early Bird Registration Ends on August 31

Early Bird Registration options and pricing are available through August 31 for the online AES Show Fall 2020 – the 149th International AES Convention – featuring an expanded timeline and event offerings for maximum opportunities to Listen, Learn, and Connect with audio peers and pros from around the world. October is Audio Engineering Month, culminating in the Convention’s comprehensive Technical Program.

AES Show Fall 2020 Convention registration includes four full weeks of live and on-demand tech program content, live Q&A’s, networking, and more, for just $99 for AES Members and $224 for non-members – the latter including one year of AES membership and benefits – through the end of August. Student Members can register for $49.

Visit AESShow.com to find out more and Register Now!

Posted on August 6, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



Exclusively for Members — AES Virtual Vienna Encore Series Presents Alex Case

AES members will have the exclusive opportunity to join the perennially popular AES presenter Alex U. Case on Monday, August 24 for a live, Encore online Q&A to cover topics from his AES Virtual Vienna Convention session, “The Lead Vocal – Record and Mix Strategies”. Beginning Thursday, August 20, video playback of the session will be available to members for on-demand streaming through the AES Member Portal. The presentation will be livestreamed at 8PM EDT on August 24 with the live Q&A immediately following at 9PM EDT. The Zoom link to the live Encore replay and Q&A will be available on the AES Member Portal on Monday, the 24th.

“The lead vocal is almost always the single most important track in any sound recording,” begins Case, Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator - Sound Recording Technology, University of Massachusetts Lowell. “From music to podcasts,” he continues, “the voice is a critical source of human emotion, expressive musicality, engaging tone, and essential intelligibility. Such traits must be captured, preserved, and often enhanced through a workflow that includes good practices for artist comfort, local acoustics (studio, booth, or bedroom), microphone selection and placement, and signal processing (EQ, Compression, Reverb, Delay, Pitch Shift, Distortion, and De-Essing).” Case’s presentation is a structured discussion of the key elements of art, craft, and technology designed to empower sound engineers to develop creative strategies for recording and mixing the lead vocal.

The Encore series of members-only events brings noted presenters of enlightening – and even historic – AES events together with AES members for online dialog.

Posted on August 3, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Virtual Symposium on Applications of Machine Learning in Audio Set for September 28 — 29

Register now for the AES Virtual Symposium on Applications of Machine Learning, taking place online, September 28 — 29

— The AES invites academic and audio industry researchers and practitioners to participate in the first AES event dedicated to machine learning —

Continuing its growing series of virtual events, the Audio Engineering Society has set dates for a two-day virtual symposium, “Applications in Machine Learning in Audio,” being presented online, September 28 – 29. The events’ technical program, featuring a keynote address by electronic/A.I. composer Holly Herndon, will explore topics including automatic mixing, audio source separation, audio visualization and effect control, audio capture and recording, and sourcing audio data, as well as legal issues created by this new form of science and art. Registration is just $25 for AES members and $150 for non-members, the latter includes one year of complimentary AES membership and access to full member benefits and resources.

The AES 2020 Virtual Symposium on Machine Learning in Audio is led by a group of organizers with a range of experience in the world of both machine learning and audio engineering applications, including committee chair and AES President-Elect Jonathan Wyner (iZotope) and program chairs Andy Sarroff (iZotope), Christian Uhle (Fraunhofer IIS) and Gordon Wichern (Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories). The program, to be offered across two four-hour days to maximally accommodate participants in different geographical regions, will consist of pre-recorded presentations with live Q&A alongside parallel sessions in dedicated breakout rooms. Each day will conclude with an online social hour.

“AI and the influence of data are all around us,” shares Symposium Chair Jonathan Wyner. “Exploring the potentially disruptive and beneficial impact of these emerging technologies will be the focus of our event. Attendees will learn about how it is already present in products and workflows and where it may appear next.”

Keynote presenter Herndon personifies the depth and diversity of the Symposium’s presenter pool. She studied composition at Stanford University and completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and continues her artistic career while currently based in Berlin, Germany. The composer, on her latest full-length album, PROTO, fronts and conducts an electronic pop choir consisting of both human and A.I. voices over a musical palette that encompasses everything from synths to Sacred Harp stylings.

In addition to the scheduled technical program sessions, the event committee is currently accepting proposals for parallel breakout sessions on related topics. Accepted presenters will submit a pre-recorded video between five and 10 minutes long, which attendees of the symposium will have the opportunity to view beforehand. During the session, presenters will be online in an interactive video channel, where they may present further materials and answer questions from attendees.

For registration and further information, visit http://www.aes.org/events/2020/learning/.

Posted on July 30, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Announces Results of 2020 Elections

The Audio Engineering Society has announced the incoming Officers and Governors following the 2020 Board of Directors and Board of Governors elections. The Society’s membership has elected Joshua Reiss as President-Elect, Marina Bosi as Treasurer-Elect and re-elected Valerie Tyler as Secretary. Additionally, Alex Kosiorek has been re-elected as Vice President Western Region, USA/Canada; Gabriel Herman has been elected as Vice President Eastern Region, USA/Canada; and Elena Prokofieva has been elected as Vice President Northern Region, Europe. Newly elected Governors are Brad McCoy, Paul “Willie Green” Womack and Jun Yamazaki. Save for the President-Elect and Treasurer-Elect, each newly-elected individual will serve a two-year term, while those re-elected will have their current term of office extended by an additional two years. Reiss will serve a year as President-Elect, in 2022 as President, in 2023 as Past-President and two years as a Governor. All those newly elected will begin their terms on January 1, 2021 except for Marina Bosi, who will immediately assume her one-year role as Treasurer-Elect, then become Treasurer.

Outgoing from the Board of Governors as regional Vice Presidents are Gary Gottlieb (Eastern Region, USA/Canada) and Per Sjösten (Northern Region, Europe). Governors with terms ending at the end of 2020 are Leslie Gaston-Bird, Jessica Livingston and Piper Payne. Additionally, Director, Governor and Past-President (twice removed) Alex Case will complete his five-year commitment to the BoG and his one-year term as a Board of Governors-elected Director. In 2021, current Past-President Nadja Wallaszkovits will transition to Governor for the first year of a two-year term. Beginning one-year terms are President Agnieszka Roginska, who will transition to Past-President, and President-Elect Jonathan Wyner, who will become President.

“Congratulations to all the newly elected Governors and officers of the AES,” says President Agnieszka Roginska. “We look forward to the new ideas and energy they will bring to AES governance. All of the candidates on the 2020 ballot were extremely qualified – they honored the Society with their willingness to serve, and for that we offer our sincere thanks. To those leaving the Boards, we express our deepest gratitude for their service and commitment to the Society.”

The election was monitored, and the results presented, by Gary Louie, Chair of the AES’s Tellers Committee.

For more information on the Audio Engineering Society, please visit www.aes.org.

The 2021 Audio Engineering Society Board of Directors will be:

Jonathan Wyner: President

Agnieszka Roginska: Past-President

Joshua Reiss: President-Elect

Valerie Tyler: Secretary

Glenn Lorbecki: Treasurer

Marina Bosi: Treasurer-Elect

Alex Kosiorek: Director

One additional Director will be named by the Board of Governors per the AES Bylaws.

 

In addition to the Directors listed above, the 2021 Audio Engineering Society Board of Governors will be:

Ian Corbett: Vice President, Central Region, USA/Canada

Thomas Görne: Vice President, Central Region, Europe

Gabriel Herman: Vice President, Eastern Region, USA/Canada

Alex Kosiorek: Vice President, Western Region, USA/Canada

Cesar Lamschtein: Vice President, Latin American Region

Elena Prokofieva: Vice President, Northern Region, Europe

Alberto Pinto: Vice President, Southern Europe/Middle East/Africa Region

Shusen Wang: Vice President, Asia-Pacific Region

Brecht De Man: Governor

Brad McCoy: Governor

Valeria Palomino: Governor  

Magdalena Piotrowska: Governor  

David W. Scheirman: Governor

Nadja Wallaszkovits: Governor

Paul “Willie Green” Womack: Governor

Jun Yamazaki: Governor

 

Posted on July 29, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



Registration Options and Schedule Announced for AES International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality August Event

Registration is now open for the online AES International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality, August 17 — 19

— Conference and exhibition will bring together a community of influential research scientists, engineers, VR, AR and MR developers, and content providers in an interactive, immersive environment —

 

The Audio Engineering Society has released preliminary details on the upcoming International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality (AVAR), set to take place in its own online virtual venue, August 17 – 19. The event will serve as a hub of innovation for the latest research in the fields of spatial audio and technology for virtual, augmented and mixed reality, with a focus on technical solutions and recommended practices in the field. Registration for this event, sponsored by Facebook Reality Labs and Valve, and hosted by DigiPen Institute of Technology, starts at just $25 for AES members ($150 for non-members) and will be using AltSpaceVR as the platform to share keynotes, panel discussions, workshops and more. The use of AltSpaceVR offers the option of attending in standard 2D mode or as an immersive experience, utilizing AR/VR devices such as the HTC Vive, Oculus Quest, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, Samsung GearVR, or Windows Mixed Reality. 

 

“The necessity to take AVAR 2020 fully online is ideally suited to the Conference content,” says Matt Klassen, Chair. “Our attendees can plug in entirely, create an avatar and participate and interact inside a virtual environment. One of the primary advantages of holding the conference in VR is the very compelling nature of the 3D audio for small group conversations – a big step up from flat screen teleconferencing!”

 

Co-chair and Treasurer Lawrence Schwedler adds, “Not only will AVAR 2020 explore practical and effective production workflow for audio production for immersive experiences, it will itself be such an experience and demonstrate an application of the technology that couldn’t be more timely.”  

 

The 2020 AES Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality builds upon the AES’s two previous AVAR conferences and will offer a fresh look at audio production for these rapidly growing market segments. This year’s topics will include spatial audio capture, rendering, synthesis over headphones and loudspeakers, binaural applications, Ambisonics, 3D audio mixing and content production, sound design for VR/AR and more, plus a featured Panel Discussion with Emily Ridgway of the Valve audio team on August 18 titled “When Worlds Collide: Audio Development of the Valve Index and Half:Life Alyx.” Additionally, two keynote addresses will take place during the conference: “New Audio Realities at Scale” with Varun Nair of Facebook on August 17 and “Empathetic Technology and Embodied User Experience” with Poppy Crum of Dolby on August 19.

 

The AES AVAR 2020 Conference is organized by committee members from a variety of disciplines and experiences in the industry, including Matt Klassen, Chair; Lawrence Schwedler, Co-chair, Treasurer; Pablo F. Hoffmann, Papers Chair; Sally Kellaway, Workshops Chair; Greg Dixon, Audio/Visual Coordinator; Randi Ganulin, Graphic Designer/Photographer; Phillip Klassen, Social Media Coordinator; Anna Lantz, Webmaster; and Dustin Williams, Volunteer Coordinator.

 

For further information, registration links and more, visit aes.org/conferences/2020/avar/ 

Posted on July 16, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Show Fall 2020 Registration Opens, Virtual Stage Set for Audio Engineering Month in October

Registration is now open for the AES Show Fall 2020 Professional Audio Convention at AESShow.com

— Early Bird registration options and pricing are now available online for the 149th International AES Convention, featuring an expanded timeline and event offerings for maximum opportunities to Listen, Learn, and Connect —

 

The Audio Engineering Society has declared October “Audio Engineering Month” as it expands its traditional Fall Convention Technical Program and exhibition Showcase into the virtual realm, offering ultimate accessibility to the global audio engineering community. Consisting of four weeks packed with audio presentations and activities - from Tuesday, October 6 to Friday, October 30 – the AES Show Fall 2020 Professional Audio Convention offers full Technical Program access featuring live and on-demand content, student and career activities, engagement with peers and audio luminaries, the audio hardware and software product showcase and special events throughout the month. Early Bird rates are just $99 for AES Members and $224 for non-members – the latter including one year of AES membership. Registration is open now at AESShow.com.

 

“Expanding the Convention offerings across a full month answers one of the biggest questions raised by Convention attendees in the past when faced with hundreds of compelling sessions packed into just four days: ‘How do I choose?’,” says AES Show Fall 2020 co-chair Jonathan Wyner. “Applying lessons learned from AES’s first online Convention experience with the highly successful AES Virtual Vienna, we are extending the timeline to provide our ‘attendees’ the opportunity to dive deeper into the program and explore new topics. Plus, we have some exciting and innovative new programming. A virtual event allows us to take attendees places they have never been. It also means that you will be able to see and hear presenters up close and personal as never before. All attendees will have the best seat in the house!”

 

“With all the online content, the Convention can now be experienced by anyone in the world that has an internet connection,” adds Convention co-chair Valerie Tyler. “Combined with lowered registration fees, and without the necessity of travel costs and logistics, the 2020 AES Show will be the most accessible ever.” 

 

The third Convention co-chair, Paul “Willie Green” Womack, takes that point further: “It’s our goal, and my personal passion, to encourage diversity in our attendees. New voices and topics during the last several AES Conventions have broadened our attendee base. Now, we’re taking the Convention directly to everyone everywhere. That can only build on our progress – there’s infinite room under the umbrella.”

 

The first two weeks of Audio Engineering Month will feature interviews, webinars on timely topics and an online AoIP Summit. Week three will be Student Week along with the exhibition Showcase. Week Four will bring the balance of the traditional AES Convention Tech Program – Workshops, Papers, Engineering Briefs, Keynotes and other Special Events. Several new features of this year’s AES Convention have been designed and reworked for maximum impact for our virtual multimedia presentation formats, combining live and on-demand sessions and real-time Q&A sessions with presenters. New to the Audio Engineering Month lineup is the AES Show ProductLaunch where attendees can see the latest gear from leading companies through video-based product launches and live engagement with product specialists and company personnel. Taking advantage of the virtual platform, the AES Show TechTours will feature “The Seven Wonders of the Audio World” – a series of in-depth tours of legendary studios across the globe, beginning in the first week of Audio Engineering Month.

 

Student & Career offerings have been expanded into the AES Show Student Week – which will feature seven days of activities including Workshops, Recording Critique Sessions, Recording and Design Competitions, a Career & Education Fair, Mentoring Sessions and more. AES Student Member Early Bird Registration is just $49 for full access to the entire four-day convention.

 

Learn more and take advantage of Early Bird Registration options at AESShow.com.

 

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Posted on July 13, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



Exclusively for Members — AES Virtual Vienna Encore Series Presents Claudia Nader Jaime

 

AES members will have the exclusive opportunity to join Claudia Nader Jaime on Wednesday, July 22 for a live, Encore online Q&A to cover topics from the popular AES Virtual Vienna Convention session, “Binaural Sound in ASMR-inducing Media and Wellbeing”. Beginning Friday, July 19, video playback of the session will be available to members for on-demand streaming through the AES Member Portal. The presentation will be livestreamed at 11AM EDT on July 22 with the live Q&A immediately following. The Zoom link to the live Encore replay and Q&A will be available on the AES Member Portal on Wednesday, the 22nd.

“An experience known as Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is attributed to a series of physiological and psychological responses to sensorial stimuli such as whispering, tapping, and scratching,” begins Nader Jaime, a PhD Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of York, in the presentation’s abstract. “This term has gained popularity through social media platforms, where content producers share videos that include these types of sound triggers. Scientists have started exploring potential causes and benefits of this experience in people’s wellbeing, because users report finding ASMR-inducing media helpful to cope with stress and decrease mild mental disorders including anxiety, depression and insomnia. It has been observed that ASMRtists, as these media producers are commonly referred to, frequently use binaural microphones in their content production. However, there is scarce evidence that suggests that the use of binaural sound might be related to potentially stronger ASMR experiences, thus more health benefits. This tutorial presents an analysis of common triggers and diverse sound formats found in ASMR-inducing videos, as well as links to wellbeing indicators through user experience.”

The Encore series of members-only events brings noted presenters of popular, enlightening and even historic AES events together with AES members for online dialog. On August 24, the next in the series will feature one of AES’s most consistently lauded convention contributors, Alex Case. An AES Past President, author and educator, Case’s presentation “The Lead Vocal – Record and Mix Strategies” is a “structured discussion of the key elements of art, craft, and technology that will empower you to develop your own creative strategies for recording and mixing the lead vocal.” Session playback will begin at 8PM EDT with the live Q&A following at 9PM.

Posted on July 13, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



"Successful Smart Speakers and Voice-Enabled Products" Free AES / APEI Webinar July 9

— The Audio Engineering Society’s first Audio Product Education Institute event will address real-world experiences in Voice Integrated Product Development with the theme “Successful Smart Speakers and Voice-Enabled Products” —

 

"Today, some of the most sophisticated voice processing is already in our pockets. Smartphone production numbers are hard to beat in the consumer electronics industry,” says Mike Klasco, CEO, Menlo Scientific, and committee member of the Audio Product Education Institute (APEI), a new Audio Engineering Society initiative. “This fiercely competitive market is driving continuous product design improvements, but many companies are also repeating many painful mistakes and are forced to re-learn audio fundamentals long recognized by the audio industry. I’m faced with highly instructive examples of that in my consultancy business,” continues Klasco. In the APEI’s free introductory webinar, the first in its Interactive Voice Con event series and conceived to share real-world experiences in voice integrated product development, Klasco and fellow industry veteran and APEI founding member Paul Beckmann, CTO, DSP Concepts, will share challenges they have faced in developing sophisticated interactive smart speaker products.

 

Themed “Successful Smart Speakers and Voice-Enabled Products,” the Interactive Voice Con webinar will be held July 9, 4:00PM – 6:00PM Eastern Daylight Time. Topics addressed will cover disciplines in voice-integrated products, from acoustics to microphones, electronics, DSP and output transducers. Free registration for the event is now open at https://tinyurl.com/AES-APEI.

 

“As voice interfaces expand to new product categories and the smart home,” adds Klasco, “there's a lot to be considered in the audio chain. In my presentation I’ll be addressing some examples of companies that supply key components for successful voice products, illustrated with some examples of vendors that might not be in everyone's radar.” 

 

Beckmann will be presenting on the theory and practice of building voice-enabled products. “I’ll describe system architecture, design recommendations, expected performance,” he says, “how to select a processor, and pitfalls to avoid in development and production. Attendees will be equipped to add voice to a wide variety of products including smart speakers, appliances, soundbars, TVs, and set-top boxes."

 

The AES’s newly formed APEI initiative is focused on promoting methodologies, practices and technologies involved in developing and bringing audio products to market. The Interactive Voice Con event is the first in APEI’s roadmap that will address six foundational “pillars” – Voice Integrated Product Development, Supply Chain and Sourcing, Modeling and Measurement, Product Management, The Legal World, and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

 

“Even a brand-new initiative like APEI has to change when the world changes. Our original vision of putting on three-day intense training sessions containing labs and lectures as well as sponsors exhibit events has been postponed because of COVID-19. We are planning online webinars and online classes for each of our six pillars,” explains Scott Leslie, Chair of APEI, founder and chair of the AES Conventions’ Product Development Track since 2016, and Chief Architect at PD Squared, a product development consulting organization. The AES APEI webinar series will directly appeal to all professionals involved in audio product development, as well as all those integral in product lead, design, production, and supply chain processes. 

 

To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/AES-APEI.

Learn more about the AES APEI here: audioproducteducationinstitute.org/

 

Interactive Voice Con Free Webinar

When: July 9, 4:00PM — 6:00PM Eastern Daylight Time

Format: Online streaming from Santa Clara, CA. 

Two 45-minute sessions, plus Q&A after each session.

Registration: Visit https://tinyurl.com/AES-APEI

 

APEI Presenters:

Paul Beckmann, CTO, DSP Concepts, Santa Clara, California

Link to Bio: https://dspconcepts.com/about/leadership-team

 

Mike Klasco, APEI Sourcing and Supply Chain Pillar Director and CEO of Menlo Scientific, Richmond, California

Link to Bio: https://www.menloscientific.com/team 

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Posted on July 2, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



Free for Members: AES Audio Education Virtual Mini Conference

 

While the AES Education Conference originally scheduled for 2020 has now moved to 2021, a free, members-only AES Audio Education Virtual Mini Conference will take place on what would have been the opening day of the full Conference, July 23, 2020, from 11am to 2:30pm EDT. The online program will explore the pedagogy and delivery of audio and music technology training through a fast-paced series of 10- to 30-minute presentations, culminating in the keynote address Preparing students for lifelong success in the audio industry by AES President and New York University Professor Dr. Agnieszka Roginska.

Registration for the event is limited to 300 participants and filling fast. You must be an AES member in good standing to register, though non-members may pay the membership fee during registration at http://www.aes.org/events/conferences/2020/virtual-education/ and receive all the benefits of membership for the full year as well as admission to the Conference. Members needing to pay their 2020 dues to be eligible to register may do so through the member portal at http://secure.aes.org/dues/


AES Audio Education Virtual Mini Conference Scheduled Program:
• Preview of the 2021 AES Conference on Audio Education at Middle Tennessee State University and Belmont University in Nashville. (Bill Crabtree & Michael Fleming, Conference Chairs) (15 minutes)
• Workshop on How to Write and Submit a Peer Reviewed Academic Paper (Brecht De Man, Vice Chair of the AES Education Committee) (10 minutes)
• Presentation of an example accepted paper by Braxton Boren, American University.  Teaching Acoustics to Audio Student: A Middle Path. (15 minutes)
• Presentation of an example paper by Daniel Fox, Tufts University. Achieving Educational and Program Outcomes through Instrument & Equipment Maintenance. (15 minutes)
• Presentation of an exciting learning activity for audio students at any level: Professor Alex Case’s Chamber Reverb Challenge (20 minutes)
• AES Educational Activities in Latin America with Cesar Lamschtein, AES Vice President for Latin America (20 minutes)
• Professor Allan Tucker reveals The MusicAlebrije™ Collaborative Education Model at Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico.(12 minutes)
• Co-Curricular Resources for teaching Acoustic Science
, Dr. Magdalena Piotrowska (AES Education Committee, Co-Chair) (15 minutes) • Exploring Immersive and Surround Formats in Audio Education with Professor Scott Metcalfe, Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University)
• An examination of machine learning and new technology with We Are The Robots: Accepting and Embracing Virtual Assistance in Audio Production (Brecht De Man, Vice Chair of the AES Education Committee) (15 minutes)
High School Audio with Professor Gabe Herman (Vice Chair, AES Education Committee) (25 minutes)
• Mike Lawson (Executive Director of Technology Institute for Music Education)  Ti:ME’s 25 years of Integrating Technology into Music Education. (30 minutes)
• Keynote Presentation: Preparing students for lifelong success in the audio industry with Dr. Agnieszka Roginska (AES President, New York University) (30 minutes)

Contact John.Krivit@aes.org for more information

Posted on July 1, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



Exclusively for Members — AES Virtual Vienna Encore Series Launches with Lee and Lund

 

On Monday, June 22, 2020, AES Members have the exclusive opportunity to join Thomas Lund and Hyunkook Lee for a live, Encore online Q&A to cover topics from “Goodbye Stereo” – the most “favorited” session from the AES Virtual Vienna Convention. AES Virtual Vienna registrants have access to the on-demand archive of the workshop through the Convention website, along with the complete Technical Program content from the Convention, through June 30. All other AES members will be able to access video playback of the “Goodbye Stereo” workshop through the AES Member Portal beginning Friday, June 19.

The Zoom link to the live Encore Q&A with Lund and Lee will be available on the AES Member Portal on Monday the 22nd, with the live Q&A beginning at 12 Noon Eastern Daylight Time that day.

Technology has long been available to record and reproduce music in more perceptually satisfactory ways than stereo,” state Lund (Senior scientist, Genelec OY) and Lee (Associate Professor, University of Huddersfield) in the “Goodbye Stereo” workshop description. “Formats known as 'surround' were a first step, but with 'immersive', excellent music performances can be preserved more sentiently. As ‘stereo’ is fast becoming just a playback option, we will discuss immersive recording techniques, and which mixing principles to put behind us, for instance level panning.” The workshop includes numerous compelling recording examples that aurally reinforce the technical concepts presented.

The “Goodbye Stereo” on-demand playback and live Q&A is the first in the new members-only Encore Series of events where noted presenters of popular, enlightening and even historic AES events will join AES members for online dialog.

The next two Encore Series events will also feature AES Virtual Vienna workshop authors: Alex Case’s “The Lead Vocal – Record and Mix Strategies” and Claudia Nader Jamie’s “Binaural Sound in ASMR-inducing [Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response] Media and Wellbeing”. Dates will be announced soon.

Posted on June 18, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Virtual Vienna Honors Industry Achievements in Online Awards Ceremony

Recipients of the 2020 AES Fellowship Award were announced on June 2, 2020, during the Opening Ceremony of the AES Virtual Vienna Convention. Shown, Clockwise from top left: Filippo Maria Fazi, Heather Lane, Al Schmitt and Ingemar Ohlsson.

— 148th Convention Awards Ceremony is online throughout the month of June for anyone with AES Virtual Vienna access —

 

This year’s AES Spring Convention – AES’s first ever all-online international convention, AES Virtual Vienna – carried on many of the traditions of AES Conventions, including the presentation of AES Awards for distinguished achievement in the field of audio and service to the Society. The awards were presented during the Opening Ceremony by David Scheirman, an AES Past President and current Awards Committee Chair, along with remarks from AES Virtual Vienna Co-chairs Piotr Majdak and Nadja Wallaszkovits and AES President Agnieszka Roginska. The AES Virtual Vienna Opening Ceremony, along with the complete Convention Technical Program, is currently available online at AESEurope.com. You can view the Opening Ceremony here.

 

The awards presented include the following: 

 

The Board of Governors Award, given for outstanding contributions to the Audio Engineering Society, has been presented to:

 

Enda Bates, in recognition of co-chairing the 146th AES Convention in Dublin 

 

Peter Chapman, in recognition of co-chairing the 2017 International AES Conference on Sound Reinforcement

 

Ben Kok, in recognition of co-chairing the 146th AES Convention in Dublin

 

Damian Murphy, in recognition of co-chairing the 2019 AES International Conference on Immersive and Interactive Audio

 

Maryam Safi, in recognition of exceptional leadership of the AES Student Delegate Assembly from 2017-2019

 

Bob Schulein (posthumously), in recognition of co-chairing the 2018 International AES Conference on Hearing Disorders

 

The Fellowship Award, given to a member who has rendered conspicuous service, or is recognized to have made a valuable contribution to the advancement in or dissemination of knowledge of audio engineering or in the promotion of its application in practice, has been presented to:

 

Filippo Maria Fazi, for significant contributions to acoustics and sound field reproduction

 

Heather Lane, in recognition of over 40 years of service to the AES, including 33 years as Administrator of the British Section

 

Ingemar Ohlsson, for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the development of the Swedish audio industry

 

Al Schmitt, in recognition of his extraordinary career of musical creation, influencing generations of recording engineers and making a lasting musical imprint on the world

 

The complete AES Virtual Vienna Technical Program of presentations, including Workshops, Research Papers, Posters, Engineering Briefs, Technical Tours and more, are available online through June 30 at AESEurope.com, with registration still open for those who wish to experience AES Virtual Vienna on their own schedule through the on-demand archive.

 

Posted on June 18, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Virtual Vienna Presents Paper Awards Before a Worldwide Audience at AES Virtual Vienna Convention

During the recent AES Virtual Vienna Convention, the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society Best Paper Award 2019 was presented to (top, L-R) Benoit Alary, Archontis Politis, (middle, L-R) Sebastian Schlecht and Vesa Välimäki. The Convention's Best Student Paper Award was presented to (bottom, L-R) Annika Neidhardt and coauthor Boris Reif

Winners of the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society Best Paper Award for 2019 and the AES Virtual Vienna Convention Best Student Paper Award were announced on Tuesday, June 2, at the AES Virtual Vienna Convention. The awards highlight outstanding research Paper contributions from authors around the world covering a wide range of the latest audio science research topics and innovations. The awards were presented during the Opening Ceremony of the AES Virtual Vienna Convention. The Opening Ceremony, along with complete convention proceedings and its Technical Program, is available for viewing through June 30 by AES Virtual Vienna attendees and new registrants at AESEurope.com.

 

The 2019 Journal of the Audio Engineering Society Best Paper Award was presented by JAES Editor Bozena Kostek and was awarded to Benoit Alary, Archontis Politis, Sebastian Schlecht and Vesa Välimäki for their paper “Directional Feedback Delay Network.” The paper’s abstract reads in part:

Artificial reverberation algorithms are used to enhance dry audio signals. Delay-based reverberators can produce a realistic effect at a reasonable computational cost. While the recent popularity of spatial audio algorithms is mainly related to the reproduction of the perceived direction of sound sources, there is also a need to spatialize the reverberant sound field. This paper proposes a new method to control the directional distribution of energy over time, within a delay-based reverberator, capable of producing a directional impulse response with anisotropic energy decay.

The paper can be found in the JAES October 2019 issue or, as an Open Access document, it can be downloaded at aes.org/e-lib/download.cfm/20693.pdf?ID=20693.  

 

The Best Student Paper Award, submitted to AES Virtual Vienna and peer-reviewed, was presented by AES Virtual Vienna Papers Co-chair Areti Andreopoulou and was awarded to Annika Neidhardt and Boris Reif for their paper “Minimum BRIR Grid Resolution for Interactive Position Changes in Dynamic Binaural Synthesis.” The paper’s abstract reads in part:

This paper presents a psychoacoustic study on the minimum BRIR grid resolution required for a smooth transition in an interactive listener translation in virtual acoustic environments produced over headphones. The results show that the required resolution depends on the signal. While for white noise, only the highest resolution brought the best results; for sounds with limited bandwidth, lower resolutions sufficed.

 

The author’s presentation of the Best Student Paper is included in the complete AES Virtual Vienna Technical Program of presentations, including Research Papers, Workshops, Posters, Engineering Briefs, Technical Tours and more, available online through June 30 at AESEurope.com, with registration still open for those who wish to experience AES Virtual Vienna on their own schedule through the on-demand archive. 

Posted on June 16, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



Audio Engineering Society Introduces Audio Product Education Institute and Interactive Voice Con Online Event

AES Audio Product Education Institute

— New initiative focusing on promoting methodologies, practices and technologies involved in developing and bringing audio products to market promotes first online event —

 

The Audio Product Education Institute (APEI), an initiative of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) that is committed to furthering the knowledge and skills of professionals involved in the development of audio products, will present Interactive Voice Con, an online program designed to address real-world experiences in Voice Integrated Product Development. This first APEI event will take place online July 9 — 4:00PM to 6:00PM, Eastern Daylight Time. Registration for this free event is at https://tinyurl.com/AES-APEI

 

APEI was created by the Audio Engineering Society to expand the reach of the Product Development Track of the AES Conventions. The PD Track began in 2014 in Los Angeles at the 137th AES Convention and has continued to grow to become one of the most attended tracks during AES conventions. Scott Leslie, AES Convention Product Development Track Chair, is also leading APEI's initiatives.

 

“In the past we have focused on what makes great products, and it has been highly energized by our audiences,” says Leslie. “We want to expand the concept to the practices and technologies that companies need to pre-engineer products to speed time to market, increase market success and lower development risk." 

 

AES’s APEI Committee is composed of long-term professionals in the audio product development area who saw the dramatic increase in voice interactive audio products market, beginning with the Bluetooth® speaker and evolving progressively towards the Smart Speaker, create a huge demand for development professionals with multidisciplinary and highly specialized skills. APEI also identified that universities are teaching strong fundamentals but little audio-specific or hands-on development skills needed to advance these new team members at the rate they need to contribute at a high level. Many seasoned professionals from other product areas are also entering the audio world and need specific audio training and to learn best practices.

 

“Audio has entered as a major component into many new product areas including Security, Health Care and Traffic Control,” Leslie remarks. “It became clear that the demand for skilled product professionals is greatly exceeding the available education needed to support them.”

 

AES’s APEI roadmap intends to focus on six educational pillars:

 

Given the COVID-19 situation, APEI’s initial event is being scheduled online. 

 

The AES APEI’s first event, Interactive Voice Con, will address real-world experiences in Voice Integrated Product Development

When: July 9, 4:00PM - 6:00PM Eastern Daylight Time

Format: Online streaming from Santa Clara, CA. 

Two 45-minute sessions, plus Q&A after each session.

Target Audience: Audio product professionals seeking to increase their skills and understanding of what it takes to develop a successful Smart Speaker. Acoustics, electronics, DSP and software engineers and leaders, marketing managers and all those integral in the supply chain.

Overview: In this inaugural session, our two presenters will discuss a series of real-world challenges they have faced in developing sophisticated interactive smart speaker products. Topics addressed will cover the disciplines in voice-integrated products, from Acoustics to Microphones, Electronics, DSP and Output Transducers.

Cost: Free.

Registration: Visit https://tinyurl.com/AES-APEI

Attendees will gain a keen understanding of how all these areas must work together in order for a product to succeed in attaining the goals set by the product manager. Attendees will learn how companies in the past were not equipped to make the best decisions or to integrate these disciplines to succeed with their end product.

APEI Presenters:

Paul Beckman, CTO, DSP Concepts, Santa Clara, California

Link to Bio: https://dspconcepts.com/about/leadership-team

Mike Klasco, APEI Committee Member and CEO of Menlo Scientific, Richmond, California

Link to Bio: https://www.menloscientific.com/team

 

Platinum Sponsor - DSP Concepts 

Posted on June 16, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



The AES Needs You! - Update

 UPDATE: $172,406.54 raised. Can we hear from you today?

The Audio Engineering Society has not proven immune to the havoc the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking across the globe. The traditional cashflow of the Society, fueled by its events, has been severely disrupted. The AES has launched a fundraising campaign to ensure the Society’s continued operation through the crisis. The goal of the initiative is to raise $500,000 USD by an extended deadline of June 15. In an appeal to AES stakeholders, AES President Agnieszka Roginska acknowledged that many AES members, and many among the Society’s manufacturer and service provider partners, are facing their own challenges in this time of global upheaval. “Others,” said Roginska in her letter, “may be in a more stable position and able to once again contribute to the Society. If it is within your ability, may we ask that you make a financial contribution to help see your AES through these unprecedented times?”

Since the launch of the campaign, numerous individuals have renewed their memberships, choosing in some cases to extend their membership by several years as an investment in the Society and in their personal future in the industry. Campaign-specific contributions ranging from $5 to $4,500 USD have been made, totaling  $172,406.54 USD. The AES  is extremely grateful for all contributions,” said Roginska.

Audio Engineering Society members and partners have a unique perspective on the benefits the Society brings to individuals for career advancement and to the audio industry as a whole. From the AES’s crucial Standards work, the promotion of audio research, the development of milestone events to education spanning the breadth of audio technology and its application, the Society has led the industry forward for more than 70 years.

Though the AES operates on a lean budget for an organization of its size, its small but dedicated staff and its volunteer leadership are tirelessly working to shepherd the Society through this generation-defining crisis, investigating myriad possible sources of sustaining income while exploring new initiatives to continue its mission and provide timely and relevant member benefits.The AES has expenses as with any business, such as rent, utilities and infrastructure, web hosting and email  and various contracted services. Expansion of member benefits already underway when the pandemic ensued include a new portal for AES Live: Videos. Creation of a virtual convention, AES Virtual Vienna, has incurred start-up costs while the cancellation and postponement of several AES events has impacted expected cashflow.

Donations may be made on the AES website or via PayPal (use PayPal's "Send" function to route your donation directly to paypal@aes.org). No donation is too small.

As a special thank you, the AES will recognize individuals making contributions of $400 USD with a three-month Sustaining Member status; at $500 USD, contributing individuals will receive sustaining member status through December 2020. As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, donations to AES by U.S. taxpayers are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Individuals and companies can also gift a membership to colleagues or friends facing economic challenges through the AES Gift Membership program.

“Working together, the AES will persevere,” proclaims Roginska. “We appreciate your thoughtful consideration of this request. Visit AES.org to find out more about what the Audio Engineering Society has to offer and for ways that you can Listen, Learn and Connect with audio peers and pros around the world.”

Posted on June 15, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Show Fall 2020 Call for Contributions Updated

The Call for Contributions for the AES Show Fall 2020 Convention to be held in October 2020 has been updated:

Workshop and Panel Proposals deadline: July 1, 2020

Paper Proposals (Category 1 and 2) deadline: July 1, 2020 
Acceptance (précis proposals, Category 2) emailed: July 27, 2020
Acceptance (full Papers, Category 1) emailed: July 27, 2020 
Final manuscript (Catagory 1 and 2) deadline: August 15, 2020

Engineering Brief (Category 3) proposal deadline: August 1, 2020
Engineering Brief (Category 3) 1–5 page PDF deadline: August 31, 2020

Full details can be found at http://www.aes.org/events/149/authors/cfc/

Posted on June 12, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



Audio Engineers Around the World Converge for the AES Virtual Vienna Convention

AES President Agnieszka Roginska addresses AES Virtual Vienna attendees during the Convention's Opening Ceremony on June 2, 2020

 — The AES’s first online Convention drew participants from 59 countries. The global professional audio community can still experience AES Virtual Vienna throughout the month of June 2020 —

 

The Audio Engineering Society offers “A World of Audio” through a variety of events, resources and networking that bring together a global community of attendees, presenters and other participants throughout the year. The 2020 AES Spring Convention – AES Virtual Vienna – was presented in real time to a global audience, June 2 – 5, 2020, as the Audio Engineering Society hosted its first-ever completely online convention.  Despite being moved from its original, physical venue in Vienna, Austria, due to recent worldwide travel restrictions, the AES Virtual Vienna Convention thrived, with attendees from 59 countries logging in to view and take part in over 200 presentations in live-stream and on-demand formats, many of which offered real-time Q&A discussion with the presenters and other attendees. Best of all, the entire AES Virtual Vienna Convention will remain online through June 30, 2020, for those currently registered, and registration (for as low as $50) will remain open through that time for anyone wishing enjoy the AES Virtual Vienna Convention on their own time, online at AESEurope.com.

 

In addition to more than a hundred on-demand Papers Sessions, Engineering Briefs, Posters, Technical Tours, Workshops, Tutorials and more, AES Virtual Vienna featured the most popular events of all AES conventions, including Keynote speeches, a Heyser Presentation, the Opening Ceremony and Awards presentations. Core Student and Career Convention events also took place, including meetings of the AES Student Delegate Assembly, Recording Critiques, Recording and Design Competitions and even an interactive Education and Career Fair. AES Virtual Vienna Partners and Sponsors, including Platinum Partner Genelec, Silver Partners Proactive Audio, Sound Solutions International and USound, and Partners Austrian Audio and Focusrite Pro, also took advantage of the unique online opportunity to present products and technologies to attendees and take part in Virtual Vienna presentations.

 

AES Virtual Vienna garnered overwhelmingly positive response from the online audio industry through social media, event reviews and other avenues. Attendees shared their experiences and insights, with comments such as “Learning and getting inspired at AES Virtual Vienna,” “Virtual Vienna is packed full of great presentations, papers and panels,” “Just got done attending awesome Virtual Vienna presentations from Alex Case on Lead Vocal mix strategies. There’s something for everyone at AES international convention,” and “Thank you AES for making the Virtual Vienna videos available for view after the live stream…Getting a nice catch up now” summarizing some common sentiments among attendees. Perhaps expressing the industry-wide desire for the connection and camaraderie that is the heartbeat of AES conventions and events the best, one Virtual Vienna presenter, who, like many, is also an eager attendee, Tweeted “I know you can’t see me, but I’m cheering for you behind my screen #VirtualVienna!” Further, one Virtual Vienna partner company, taking advantage of the AES community and the caliber of AES event attendees, took the time to post “by the way, we are hiring!”

 

The complete AES Virtual Vienna Convention, including the full Technical Program of Workshops, Research Papers, Posters, Engineering Briefs, Technical Tours and more, are available online through 10:00pm CEST / 4:00pm EDT, at AESEurope.com, with registration still open through 6:00pm CEST / 12:00 noon EDT, June 30, for those who wish to experience AES Virtual Vienna on their own schedule through the on-demand archive. Visit AES.org to find out about upcoming Audio Engineering Society events and section activities around the world.


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Posted on June 11, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES New York Fall Convention Update

 

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact large event feasibility, planning and logistics. You may have seen that the NAB NY Show 2020 is being converted into a digital event. While we have collocated with NAB NY in recent years to our mutual benefit, and we share the desire to make decisions in the best interests of our attendees, the Audio Engineering Society and its legal team are still in ongoing discussions with the Javits Center concerning the scheduled AES New York Fall Convention, while closely monitoring information from health authorities and New York government’s guidelines and restrictions.  

The Convention Technical Program planning is progressing on a normal schedule. Registration, however, has not yet been opened while the feasibility of a safe, productive and enjoyable physical convention undergoes further evaluation.

The public health precautions that are impacting our industry so drastically are the same that are impacting our potential to host a traditional AES Convention with all its many elements.

Following the success of the recent AES Virtual Vienna online convention, the Fall Convention Technical Program will be available worldwide in an online streaming format.

The safety of our members, attendees, participants, and staff is the highest priority. The Society suggests that attendees and prospective participants refrain from finalizing travel arrangements at this time. When a final determination of the status of the physical event can be made, we will provide further information to participants. We appreciate your patience.

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Posted on June 10, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



Voting for AES 2020 Election Open Through July 3rd

 

AES Members – voting is now open for the AES 2020 elections for officers and governor of the Society. The slate of officers linked to their AES Member Profiles, and a link to download submitted candidate biographies and optional candidate statements of goals and objectives, are available at http://www.aes.org/elections/slate/. Once you have reviewed the materials and are ready to vote, go to https://GES.Vote and enter your information to begin the process.

Each officer and governor will participate in developing and implementing programs and policy for the entire Society on a worldwide basis. Please exercise your voting right and responsibility as a Member by voting.

Online voting will end at 5:00pm (EDT) on Friday, July 3, 2020. Any Member having trouble voting should contact Global Election Services: helpdesk@voteges.com or 1-800-864-1263.

Only full Members in good standing are allowed to vote in the election. Persons who have not paid their dues for 2020, or wish to upgrade their status to Member in order to vote, must do so no later than June 26, 2020, 5:00om (EDT) by visiting the AES Member Portal at http://www.aes.org/dues.

Posted on June 5, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



A Statement from the AES

Dear AES members,

We are about to witness the beginning of Virtual Vienna, our first all-virtual convention. The AES recognizes the great work of audio innovators, developers and practitioners everywhere, inclusive of all backgrounds and interests.  

It is with this in mind that we are heartbroken by the recent tragic events in the United States, the killing of unarmed Black citizens including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. These events are affecting our members and the broader audio community directly and indirectly.  Many in the US are feeling angry and hurt and confused.

We condemn racism and brutality in the strongest terms and appreciate the outpouring of concern and support that has come from our international community. We support the Black community, we believe that Black lives matter, and we stand with those who are affected by systemic and institutionalized racism. 

We are a community of passionate people spread around the globe, from many different cultures and walks of life and we are working hard to help weave a global audio community. There is no easy way to solve all our problems or reconcile any potential differences between people but we are committed to continue working on your behalf, to learn from each other and to foster a healthy AES.

Virtual Vienna aims to showcase the wonderful things that bring us together. We are in the business of communication and in using technology to bring people together to share experiences. As you navigate the program at Virtual Vienna, upcoming conferences and events, we hope you can take care of yourselves and each other.

We think you will come away from these events enlightened, inspired and connected - with an ever greater sense of community.

AES Leadership

Posted on June 1, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



Audio Science Takes on Leading Role with AES Virtual Vienna On-Demand Content

The AES Virtual Vienna Convention will offer online on-demand content presenting research in audio science and application

 — AES Virtual Vienna will bring attendees a full program of on-demand presentations, including scientific Papers, Engineering Briefs and Poster sessions —

The AES Virtual Vienna Convention is just days away – taking place, online, June 2 through 5 – and the final schedule of events is being announced, including the Convention’s slate of over 100 On-Demand presentations being made available throughout the show. From full scientific research Paper presentations and Poster sessions, to experimentation in practical applications of breaking audio technologies outlined in Engineering Briefs and more, this year’s AES Spring Convention Technical Program offers unprecedented access in an affordable format available to anyone with an internet connection. 

 

Scientific research of audio principles and theory is the backbone of the Audio Engineering Society’s mission of furthering the science and art of audio engineering, and a highlight for Convention attendees each show. This year’s Papers program features over 45 such presentations, available on demand beginning June 2, covering a variety of disciplines including Audio Signal Processing, Perception and Evaluation of Audio, Spatial Audio, Loudspeakers and Microphones, Recording and Production, Audio Education, Network Audio, Room Acoustics and more. Papers being presented during AES Virtual Vienna will be available to attendees for a period after the show and will then join the archive of over 17,000 searchable documents in the AES E-Library. In addition, over 70 on-demand Engineering Briefs and Posters present more concise studies of a given topic, offering quick analysis of concepts, studies and application experimentation from researchers, students and engineers from around the world.

 

This year’s new online format for the AES Spring Convention offers a variety of opportunities to experience an AES event like never before, combining live streaming, on-demand content, and live Q&A dialog into a new experience, more accessible than ever. On-demand content will be available at the start of the Convention, and available for a limited time to AES Virtual Vienna attendees.

 

 

The complete AES Virtual Vienna Technical Program of events, presenters and more is now available online – Register Now and make plans to join us at AESEurope.com.

 

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Posted on May 29, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Virtual Vienna Convention Workshop Schedule Announced

Registration is open now for everything that AES Virtual Vienna Convention has to offer in its comprehensive technical program

 

— Technical program presentations offer the latest audio engineering science and technology in a variety of fields of expertise —

 

The schedule of events for the upcoming AES Virtual Vienna Convention is now available, outlining the 40-plus scheduled Workshop presentations taking place June 2 – 5 as part of the AES’s first-ever exclusively online, international event. AES Virtual Vienna offers an unprecedented chance for attendees to experience what AES Conventions have to offer from anywhere with an internet connection. Industry experts, educators, peers and pros from around the world will present on topics including Acoustics and Psychoacoustics, Archiving and Restoration, Audio for Cinema, Audio Education, Game Audio, AVAR, Spatial Audio, Product Development, Recording and Production, Sound Reinforcement, and more. Complete schedule and online registration are available at AESEurope.com with low registration fees – as low as $50 USD for AES members – sweetening the opportunity.

 

AES Virtual Vienna will offer a wide variety of scheduled streaming and on-demand paper, poster and engineering brief presentations, real-time Q&A, and more. The four days of scheduled content begin with the Workshop “Active Sensing and Slow Listening” presented by Thomas Lund and continue on with presentations throughout the day including “Transform Processing Of Audio: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly!” with Jamie Angus – who will also be presenting one of the convention’s keynotes lectures on day four – along with a presentation on “Getting a Foot in the Door” to your audio career, a Student Delegate Assembly meeting, and the convention’s Heyser Presentation, presented by Francis Rumsey.

 

Other Virtual Vienna Convention highlights include presentations on “The Secret Life of Low Frequencies” with Bruce Black and the Workshop on “Binaural Audio V2 – Is Future Entertainment Ready to Go?” featuring producer Tom Ammermann, producer/engineer/musician/author David Miles Huber, composer/sound designer Thilo Schaller, AES Past President Andres Mayo, and current AES President Agnieszka Roginska. Other featured presentations rounding out the program include the timely topic of “Teaching Technology in the Time of Pandemic,” “Virtual Audio Interfaces – Interacting with Sound and Music in Extended Realities,” “Deep Learning for Audio Applications – Engineering Best Practices for Data,”The Lead Vocal – Record and Mix Strategies,“ “Remapping the Model of Studio Production Techniques,” and many more presentations designed to present “A World of Audio” possibilities to attendees.
 
The complete AES Virtual Vienna schedule of events can be viewed here, and registration is open 24/7 at AESEurope.com
 

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Posted on May 20, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Lays Out "A World of Audio" for a Global Audience: AES Virtual Vienna Convention

Register Now for the AES Virtual Vienna Convention, taking place online June 2 — 5

— In its first global online event, the AES will offer a full convention experience through a variety of streaming, on-demand and interactive events —

 

As the first-ever virtual convention hosted by the Audio Engineering Society approaches, anticipation grows over the chance to share convention sessions and interact with industry experts in a new and unique platform. The AES Virtual Vienna Convention will take place June 2 – 5 and will be accessible by anyone in the world with an available internet connection, offering an unprecedented chance to listen, learn and connect globally with audio peers and pros. 

 

An Overview of the AES Virtual Vienna Convention

What: The AES Virtual Vienna Convention 2020 presents the finest traditions of AES Convention Technical Programs. The latest audio research, technologies, practical application, boundary-expanding experimentation and inspiration will be offered through Special Events, Keynote and Heyser presentations, Workshops, Tutorials, and Paper and Poster sessions.

 

The online streaming and on-demand format is tailored to the realities of a world practicing social distancing. Virtual Vienna will feature scheduled streaming content – nine hours a day with two independent streaming channels available on the final two days. A host of Convention paper, poster, tutorial, and additional Technical Program presentations will be available on demand to registered attendees during the Convention, and for some period of time after. Realtime Q&A with presenters will follow streamed presentations, and ongoing Q&A text dialog will be available on all sessions. Scheduled streaming presentations will be added to the on-demand library after airing. 

 

AES Conventions are rich in student and career activities – for AES Virtual Vienna, that means new spins on Student Recording Competitions (drawing their largest ever number of submissions given that attendance is now online), critique sessions of student projects and the Education and Career Fair. 

 

AES Virtual Vienna Convention sponsors, including Platinum Partner Genelec, Silver Partners Sound Solutions International and USound, along with sponsor Focusrite Pro, will present additional instructional, educational and informational content.


Where: Available on internet connections around the world

 

When: Scheduled streams: June 2 – 5, 11 AM – 8 PM Vienna time (UTC+2) / 5 AM – 2 PM EDT (UTC-4). “Prime time” each day will be 2 PM – 5 PM (UTC+2) / 8 AM – 11 AM (UTC-4). On-demand content will be available beginning June 2.


Who: Audio technology thought leaders including engineers, producers, students, educators and more working in recording and production, broadcast and streaming, acoustics and psychoacoustics, sound reinforcement, archiving and preservation, networked audio, product development and audio education.


Pricing:
AES Members, Associates & Fellows – $50.00

AES Student Members – $25.00

AES Non-Members – $175.00
AES Life / Honorary Members – Free

 

For professionals and students who’ve never invested in an AES Convention’s full technical program, AES Virtual Vienna offers an affordable and convenient opportunity to see what they’ve been missing and to participate in everything an AES Convention has to offer. Make plans to join the AES and help make history during the first-ever Virtual AES Convention. Find out more and register now at AESEurope.com.

 

Posted on May 15, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Virtual Vienna Convention to Connect Students and Educators Worldwide in Four-Day Online Event

AES Virtual Vienna will provide audio students worldwide an open door for direct contact with leading educators and companies in its Education and Career Fair, always a popular element of AES Conventions (snapshots shown from AES Dublin 2019)

— AES Virtual Vienna Convention activities to include student recording and design competitions, an Education and Career Fair, Student Delegate Assembly events and more for just $25 for AES Student Members —

 

While the world is taking on day-to-day activities in new ways and working with new circumstances, the Audio Engineering Society is bringing “A World of Audio” to virtual attendees, this June 2 – 5, with the AES Virtual Vienna Convention. AES Conventions place a high priority on the education and enlightenment of tomorrow’s audio professionals. This year’s AES spring convention continues that tradition, offering a slate of activities aimed directly at audio students and educators, including Technical Program content, meetings and events hosted by the AES Student Delegate Assembly (SDA), a virtual Education and Career Fair, student competitions and student project critiques – all available in the most accessible AES convention ever. AES Virtual Vienna registration is now available online, with a low rate of $25 for AES Student Members for all four days of the Convention’s comprehensive and expansive Tech Program.    

 

Several highlights for students attending the AES Virtual Vienna Convention include the Student Recording Competitions in six categories (Traditional Acoustic Recording, Traditional Studio Recording, Modern Studio Recording & Electronic Music, Sound for Visual Media, Remix and Immersive Audio), and the Saul Walker Student Design Competition (gear and software), where students’ projects are critiqued and judged by a host of industry professionals, offering a great learning opportunity for participants and observers (and great prizes for the winning submissions); the Education and Career Fair, showcasing educational offerings and job opportunities from leading institutions and companies from around the world; Student Recording Critique sessions, providing non-competitive professional input and advice for students at all stages of training; SDA organizational and planning sessions; and externally available webinars on audio software design from MathWorks and Audio Programmers Workshop.

 

“AES Conventions are filled from start to finish with student activities offering amazing opportunities for learning, for meeting fellow students and networking with industry leaders, and for students to develop leadership skills of their own in these student-led and organized events,” said AES Education Committee co-chair Magdalena Piotrowska. 

 

Education Committee co-chair John Krivit notes that as a benefit of the Convention going online, with no travel required, the number of students taking part in the various competitions has increased, and similar increases are possible for technical program registration. “Taking these elements online for AES Virtual Vienna will make these opportunities available all around the world, to anyone with an internet connection – come join us!”

 

Across 80-plus hours of Technical Program sessions, core audio topics and the technology of today and tomorrow will be explored, with additional focus on audio elements and workflow solutions for new distribution platforms. Representing cutting-edge developments in the science of audio, the latest research and the application of such research will be showcased through streaming presentations of Keynote addresses, Papers, Posters Workshops, Engineering Briefs, Tech Tours and other technical program content, along with live- and forum-based dialog with presenters. AES Virtual Vienna Convention sponsors, including Platinum Partner Genelec, will also present instructional, educational and informational content.

 

Find out more and register now at AESEurope.com to make plans to join us for this first-of-its-kind AES event. 

Posted on May 12, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Progressing Towards Fundraising Goals

The AES is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to sustain the Society through the COVID-19 pandemic

— The AES’s campaign to raise funds to sustain the Society through the COVID-19 pandemic has garnered support from a host of individuals, from audio industry companies including speaker manufacturer Genelec, and from partner organizations including PAMA —

 

The Audio Engineering Society has raised more than $159,000 USD since the launch of its COVID-19 pandemic-driven fundraising campaign in mid-April with a goal of raising $500,000 by June 1. More than 170 individuals, making donations ranging from $10 to $4500, have been joined by corporations and organizations – 21 new names have been added to the educational non-profit AES’s Sustaining Member roster. “The AES is grateful for the validation of its importance to the professional audio industry by each and every contributor that is helping at whatever level they can,” said AES President Agnieszka Roginska. 

 

Further such validation has come from AES industry partners. “To us, the AES represents the only serious forum for the development of audio, and the work it does for our industry is invaluable,” said Siamak Naghian, Managing Director of Genelec, an AES Sustaining Member, when announcing the speaker manufacturer’s contribution to the fund drive. “In its pursuit of excellence and dedication to raising the bar in the industry, it is without equal, and our approaches have much in common. We will do everything we can to help the Society through the ongoing crisis, and this donation is just one way of showing our support and appreciation for this much-loved institution.” Genelec has committed a percentage of all 2020 sales of its new “endlessly recyclable” RAW series of loudspeakers, housed in environment-sustaining chassis. Further, Genelec is inviting individuals in the audio community who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, both professionals and students, to apply for one of ten Genelec-funded 12-month AES memberships.  (To apply to Genelec for a one year AES membership, please visit www.genelec.com/AES.)

 

“Genelec has been a steadfast partner to the AES for decades,” shared Roginska, “contributing resources and expertise that play a major role in the quality of our Convention technical programs.” With their contributions to AES’s fundraising campaign, she elaborated, along with the company’s Platinum Sponsorship of the upcoming AES Virtual Vienna Convention, “Genelec is reinforcing its commitment to the continued vitality of the audio industry. The AES greatly appreciates Genelec’s pledge of this further support, helping sustain the Society’s essential contributions to the audio industry.” These contributions are in addition to Genelec’s endowment of the AES Education Foundation’s Ilpo Martikainen Audio Visionary Scholarship, offered annually to an AES Student Member that is a U.S. graduate student in the field of audio engineering. 

 

The Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA), an association of leading companies dedicated to the awareness and appreciation of high-quality professional audio through education, passion and common purpose, is also contributing to the Audio Engineering Society’s fundraising initiative. “The AES plays a vital role in the advancement of audio technology, promoting innovation and education.” said Greg Beebe, chair of the board of directors of PAMA. “Many of our member companies are key exhibitors at AES Conventions. PAMA recognizes the importance of a healthy AES. We are proud to join the roster of AES Sustaining Members.”

 

“PAMA shares AES’s ultimate goal – a thriving audio industry for all,” commented AES Executive Director Colleen Harper. “We appreciate their work towards that shared goal, and their wonderfully supportive and generous contribution to the AES to sustain our own complementary work.”

 

The AES staff and volunteer leadership have worked diligently to reduce operating costs and postpone expenditures while maintaining membership services, supporting student and continuing education efforts and other ongoing activities, and planning future endeavors. As with any business, AES has recurring expenses such as rent, utilities and infrastructure; web hosting and email; and various mission-critical contracted services. Creation of a virtual convention, AES Virtual Vienna, has incurred start-up costs while the cancellation and postponement of several AES events have impacted budgeted cashflow. Planning and organization are also underway on the comprehensive Technical Program for this year’s AES Fall Pro Audio Convention, scheduled for October 21 – 23 in New York City, with contingencies being developed to allow the Convention to proceed regardless of the ongoing impact of the global COVID-19 crisis.

 

Donations may be made on the AES website at https://tinyurl.com/AES-Give or via PayPal (use PayPal’s “Send” function to route your donation directly to paypal@aes.org). No donation is too small. 

 

Learn more about the AES COVID-19 fundraising initiative by visiting http://www.aes.org/blog/2020/5/the-aes-needs-you

 

 

About the Audio Engineering Society

The Audio Engineering Society, celebrating over 70 years of audio excellence, now counts over 12,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with 90 AES professional sections and more than 120 AES student sections around the world. Section activities include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information, visit aes.org.

 

Join the conversation and keep up with the latest AES News and Events:

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Posted on May 8, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



New AES Member Benefits web page and offer from Taylor & Francis Group

35% e-books discount in May for everyone, 30% discount on print titles always for AES members on Routledge, CRC Press and Focal Press titles

Taylor & Francis Group – publisher of books for all levels of academic study and professional development, across a wide range of subjects and disciplines – has launched a new AES member benefits page which unites the book imprints Routledge, CRC Press and Focal Press.

To celebrate this merger of resources, Taylor & Francis Group is offering a discount of 35% on all e-books until May 31st (no discount code required). As always, AES members are entitled to a 30% discount on online orders of print books, applied by using the discount code available through the AES Member Portal.

Titles available include the collaboratively developed “AES Presents” series of books, featuring the recent releases:

Women in Audio by Leslie Gaston-Bird, a valuable resource for professionals, educators, and students looking to gain insight into the careers of trailblazing women in audio-related fields and represents required reading for those looking to add diversity to their music technology programs.

Intelligent Music Production by Brecht De Man, Ryan Stables, Joshua D. Reiss, presents the state of the art in approaches, methodologies and systems from the emerging field of automation in music mixing and mastering. It covers the music production processes; methodologies in classification, data collection and perceptual evaluation; and advances on introducing intelligence in audio effects, production and interfaces.

Beep to Boom: The Development of Advanced Runtime Sound Systems for Games and Extended Reality by Simon N. Goodwin, a rigorous, comprehensive guide to interactive audio runtime systems. Using practical, lowest-common-denominator techniques, Goodwin covers soundfield creation across a range of platforms from phones to VR gaming consoles.

Loudspeakers: For Music Recording and Reproduction, Second Edition by Philip Newell and Keith Holland is a comprehensive guide, offering the tools and understanding needed to cut out the guesswork from loudspeaker choice and set-up. This new edition provides significant updates on the topics of digital control, calibration, and cinema loudspeaker systems.

AES members interested in writing a book for the AES Presents series are encouraged to contact the editor, Hannah Rowe, whose contact details are on the member web page.

Posted on May 5, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



Keynotes and Heyser Presentation Announced for AES Virtual Vienna Convention

Shown, Clockwise from top left: AES Virtual Vienna Convention Keynote presenter Marisa Hoeschele (Acoustics Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences); Heyser Presentation lecturer Francis Rumsey (Audio Engineering Society); Keynote presenter Jamie Angus (University of Salford); and Keynote presenter Franz Zotter (Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics, University of Arts and Music, Graz)

The Audio Engineering Society has begun to announce program details for the upcoming Virtual Vienna Convention, including three keynote lectures and the Heyser Presentation. As a result of circumstances dictating the move of the Convention to an online format, the Audio Engineering Society is bringing the AES Europe Convention directly to virtual attendees around the globe, with Keynotes from AES Fellow and Silver Medal Awardee Jamie Angus (University of Salford), Marisa Hoeschele (Acoustics Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Franz Zotter (Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics, University of Arts and Music, Graz), as well as this year’s Heyser Presentation by AES Fellow and Bronze Medal Awardee Francis Rumsey (technical consultant, author, Audio Engineering Society). The AES Virtual Vienna Convention will take place online June 2 – 5, and registration is now open for as little as $50 USD for AES members.

 

On the opening day of AES Virtual Vienna, The Heyser Presentation – an online adaptation of the AES Technical Council’s Heyser Lecture series that serves as a highlight of each AES convention – will be presented by Francis Rumsey on “Sound Quality in the Era of Interaction and Extended Reality.” Rumsey’s description of his presentation notes, “When evaluating sound quality, audio engineers have traditionally relied on some explicit or implied comparison with a reference. Even if a reference signal is not formally used, any judgement about what is ‘good’ or ‘correct’ has traditionally been rooted in a concept of fidelity to some ideal. That ideal might be a memory of ‘the best I have ever heard,’ some naturally occurring version of the sound in question, or perhaps ‘what the engineer/producer heard in the control room.’ We assume that we know what correct sound reproduction is, and that high quality means getting as close to that goal as possible. This is all very well when we are mainly aiming at sound reproduction of something that actually happened, and when a canonical version exists. Audio products are increasingly interactive, though, and multiple versions can be rendered depending on user interaction. Extended reality systems make the user experience increasingly indeterminate. The concept of fidelity breaks down, and the engineer no longer has ultimate control over what is delivered to the listener. New paradigms for integrative evaluation of sound quality are needed.”

 

On day two of the Convention, Marisa Hoeschele will give the keynote address “Audio from a Biological Perspective.” In the abstract of the address, Hoeschele states, “Audio plays an important role in the human experience. We communicate and express ourselves via sounds such as language and music. For a long time, the types of sounds we produce in both language and music were considered arbitrary cultural phenomena. But over the last decades, it has become increasingly clear that biology plays an important role in how we perceive and produce sounds. This talk will be an overview of insights that can be taken by considering biological foundations of our cultural practices in producing audio and perceiving music.”

 

The day-three keynote “Try Ambisonics, It's Better Than Ever!” will be given by Franz Zotter, “Ambisonics sounds and works better as 3D audio technology than ever before,” says Zotter. “There are microphone arrays available for higher-order recording, excellent Ambisonic decoders for loudspeakers, and excellence has been achieved by new headphone decoders.” Additionally, he notes, “In the last decade, we have gathered a profound perceptual understanding of Ambisonics. In addition to commercial tools and plugins, many free tools developed at universities became available in recent years. Currently, we experience Ambisonic technology that is highly versatile and can easily live up to the expectations that its inventors had been dreaming of several decades ago.

 

On day four, Jamie Angus will deliver the final keynote of the Convention, titled “Dicing With Audio.” Says Angus, “Noise, random or otherwise, has been around in audio since its very beginning. It can be a compositional tool, a synthesis element, or just a nuisance to be eliminated. How do we use noise creatively and technically to enhance our audio experiences? The answer might surprise you. Join me for a white noise ride at the boundaries of audio!”   

 

Additional details on the AES Virtual Vienna Convention Technical Program, including topics and events, Paper presentations, Workshops, Tutorials, Posters, Engineering Briefs, Virtual Tech Tours and other technical program content, along with live- and forum-based dialog with presenters, will soon be announced. Registration and preliminary information are available at AESEurope.com. 

Posted on May 1, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



Registration Opens for AES Virtual Vienna Convention, Live Online June 2—5

Registration is now open for the AES Virtual Vienna Convention online events, June 2 - 5

New York, NY, April 28, 2020 — As much of the world follows safe-at-home and social distancing guidelines and mandates, the Audio Engineering Society is bringing the AES Europe Convention directly to attendees. Originally scheduled to take place in Vienna, Austria, the AES Virtual Vienna Convention in now set for June 2 – 5, 2020, with an online format. The AES Virtual Vienna Convention is a front-row-seat to the AES event experience, utilizing live streaming, on-demand audio/video/multimedia presentations, interactive Q&A and forum dialogs to realize the personal connection and emotional feedback that is at the heart of AES live events. All Access registration for this first-of-its-kind AES live event is available for just $50 for AES members ($175 for non-members), with additional discounts available for currently enrolled audio students.

 

The AES Virtual Vienna Convention will explore the gamut of audio engineering science, application and technology with presentations from some of the leading minds in the industry on Studio Recording, Live Sound, Networked Audio, Broadcast & Streaming, Music Production, Post-Production, Game Audio, Spatial Sound, Audio for AR/VR/XR, Product Development and more. The AES Virtual Vienna Convention is led by AES Convention Co-chairs Piotr Majdak and Nadja Wallaszkovits; Facilities Co-chairs Thomas Gmeiner and Michael Mihocic; Papers Co-chairs Thomas Sporer and Areti Andreopoulou; Workshops and Tutorials Co-chairs Matthias Frank, Ana Monte and Daniel Deboy; Technical Tours Co-chairs Michael Iber and Andreas Büchele; Student Volunteers Coordinator Katharina Pollack; and Education Chair Magdalena Piotrowska.  

 

Further details on the AES Virtual Vienna Convention, which will include a multi-faceted schedule of presentations of Papers, Workshops, Tutorials, Posters, Engineering Briefs, Virtual Tech Tours and other technical program content, along with live- and forum-based dialog with presenters, will be announced in the coming weeks. Registration is currently open at AESEurope.com.

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Posted on April 24, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Student Competitions Deadlines Coming Up on Monday, April 27. Register Now!

Every AES Convention hosts the Student Recording Competition and the Saul Walker Student Design Competition, where students present their projects to peers and a jury of industry legends. In return, they receive invaluable feedbac and, possibly, eternal fame commemerated by a beautiful certificate. Oh, and there are tons of prizes!  

For COVID-19-driven reasons, the AES Student Delegate Assemby will be hosting these competitions online this year as part of the AES Virtual Vienna  event, which means the format will be slightly different. 

To sign up:

- you need to be a current AES Student Member (if you’re not, become one now!

- be registered for the AES Virtual Event. You can register through your AES member portal here  

- to enter the Student Recording Competition, go to https://secure.aes.org/events/competitions/?ID=50

- to enter the Student Design Competition, go to https://secure.aes.org/events/competitions/?ID=49


The submission deadline is April 27th midnight ET.  Don't miss it!

Other than this, the requirements are the same as previous years. The jury and audience participation remains at the core of the experience of competing!  

Please familiarize yourself with the competition rules before submitting. 

SRC: http://www.aes.org/students/awards/recording/

SDC: http://www.aes.org/students/awards/design/ 

For any membership/website issues, contact us here

While we are very sorry to not be meeting in person with our fellow students in Vienna, the SDA is putting together a not-to-be-missed program of virtual events – more details are coming very soon. We are very excited by the opportunity that this year's change in format presents for more participants than ever to submit unique contributions from all corners of the world.

Posted on April 21, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT


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