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AES's Audio Product Education Institute Hosts Product Development Symposium During AES Show Fall 2020

The Audio Product Education Institute will host product development sessions across three days of the AES Show Fall 2020 Convention's Audio Engineering Month in October.

The newly formed Audio Product Education Institute (APEI), an initiative of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), will host a three-day Product Development Symposium as part of the online events of AES Show Fall 2020. Moving the AES Show online has unbound time and place restrictions, allowing the expansion across all of October, now dubbed Audio Engineering Month. This has further made it possible for the traditional Convention Product Development Track to expand into a full AES Symposium format prior to the Convention’s Technical Program. The sessions are scheduled for October 14, 15 and 16. All Access registration for AES Show Fall 2020 is required to attend the Product Development Symposium, available now at AESShow.com

Across the three days, multiple sessions will expand from the AES Product Development Track, as the Audio Product Education Institute will promote and illuminate the methodologies, practices and technologies involved in developing and bringing audio products to market, spanning the APEI’s six educational pillars: Interactive Voice and DSP; Supply Chain and Sourcing; Modeling and Measurement; Product Management; Automotive Audio; and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

The Symposium’s sessions will be chaired and presented by experienced audio product professionals who are experts in each field, and are recommended for those seeking to increase their skills and understanding of what it takes to launch successful audio products. Acoustics, electronics, DSP, software engineering, and product and marketing management will all be addressed through a real-world perspective. A detailed schedule will be available on the APEI and AESShow.com websites soon.

APEI will be offering sponsorship opportunities that provide access to a large audience of product development professionals. There are multiple media and content inclusions in the program available based on the sponsorship level. Please contact j.martins@aes.org for details.

APEI is continuously looking for presenters for future events. If you would like to participate, please contact scott.leslie@aes.org to learn more. For more information, please visit audioproducteducationinstitute.org. 

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Posted on September 22, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



Featured Presenters Announced for AES Symposium on Applications in Machine Learning in Audio

The AES Announces Featured Presenters for AES Symposium on Applications in Machine Learning in Audio, taking place September 28 and 29

— First-ever AES event dedicated to Machine Learning will evaluate opportunities and challenges with insights from top industry leaders and researchers —

 

New York, NY, September 18, 2020 — The Audio Engineering Society has announced a host of presenters slated to participate in the AES Symposium on Applications in Machine Learning in Audio, taking place online, September 28 and 29. This first-ever AES event dedicated to the field of Machine Learning will bring together academic audio researchers and practitioners to offer the latest insight to the capabilities of machine learning applications and technologies. Registration is $25 for AES members and $150 for non-members, the latter including one year of complimentary AES membership and access to full member benefits and resources.

 

Day one of the Symposium will start with opening remarks and the special presentation "Holly Herndon Artist Talk: Machine Learning & the Creative Process.” Herndon is an Electronic/A.I. composer who, over the last few years has developed, raised and taught her A.I. baby named Spawn. In this presentation she’ll discuss her unique approach to A.I., how it feeds her creative process and the future of A.I. research. Events continue with the presentations “Advances in Breakbeat Analysis, Synthesis and Rhythm Transformation” with Jason Hockman, sound artist, record label owner and associate professor of audio engineering at Birmingham City University and followed later with a session on “Audio Content Analysis” with Alexander Lerch of the Georgia Institute of Technology. The day concludes with the sessions “Machine Listening as a Generative Model: Machine Learning for Music Composition” hosted by University of California, Santa Cruz-based composer and researcher David Kant, and “Neural Audio Synthesis for Music” with Jesse Engel of Google Brain.

 

Day two digs further into machine learning and related technologies, beginning with “Current Trends in Audio Source Separation” with Fabian-Robert Stoeter of Inria and Stefan Uhlich of Sony R&D Center, followed by “Deep Learning Approaches to Multitrack Mixing” presented by JT Colonel and Christian Steinmetz from Queen Mary University of London. Other featured day two sessions offer “Cognitive Audio”: Enabling Machine Learning Systems with an Understanding of How We Hear,” presented by MIT’s Ishwarya Ananthabhotla, and a look at “Using Machine Learning to Improve Voice Recording, Remix Music and Transcribe Melodies” with Bryan Pardo, co-director of the Northwestern University HCI+Design institute and head of its Interactive Audio Lab. The final session before the Symposium’s closing remarks will gather industry leaders for the in-depth panel discussion “The Challenges of Bringing Audio Products with AI to Market," featuring moderator Jay LeBoeuf moderator with special guests Elias Kokkinis of Accusonus, Drew Silverstein of Amper Music, Maya Ackerman of WaveAi, and Julian Parker with Native Instruments.  Further scheduled events include special breakout sessions and time for social interaction among attendees.

 

Find out more and register now for the AES Symposium on Applications in Machine Learning in Audio at http://www.aes.org/events/2020/learning/. 

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



Audio Engineering Society Debuts New "AES Live: Videos" Streaming Media Portal

The Audio Engineering Society has updated and expanded its AES Live: Videos streaming media library

— Leading the world in audio engineering science and education, the AES has re-launched its updated AES Live: Videos site, upgraded for maximum searchability and user experience —

 

 

The Audio Engineering Society has announced an exciting update to its AES Live: Videos portal. Extending the content and functionality of the extensive library of video and streaming media presentations gathered from years of AES conventions and conferences, oral history projects, the AES Legends video series, and more – with new videos being produced and uploaded year-round – the new AES Live: Videos portal offers AES members over 365 videos of exclusive content in over 30 browsable categories, in a newly redesigned format designed around the user. The AES’s home for exclusive streamable media, AES Live: Videos delivers rich, quality content from the leading thinkers and practitioners in audio. Links and search options guide viewers easily to videos on their topics of interest and let them explore and discover tantalizing content across the breadth of the audio arts and sciences.

 

Access to the AES Live: Videos portal is a benefit that is shared by all AES Members, offering deep insights experiences on topics of interest to the audio engineering community and beyond. Painstakingly categorized and tagged, the videos in the library, which span back over 30 years, capture candid stories from many pioneers in the audio industry, as well as topical, timely and timeless educational sessions including workshops, tutorials, and more.

 

“With 32 topical categories including Recording and Production, Live Sound, Immersive and Spatial Audio, Game Audio and XR, Acoustics and Psychoacoustics, Archiving and Restoration, Audio for Cinema and Theater and Audio Networking, this rich member resource truly has something for everyone,” stated AES Director and Membership Committee Chair Alex Case. “The new AES Live: Videos library contains enough videos to offer a new way to connect with the Audio Engineering Society every day of the year – and that’s just the start. We are reviewing new videos and materials on a regular basis to upload to the site and will continue to enhance the portal in support of the AES’s mission to promote advances in audio and disseminate new knowledge and research in a format with great appeal to the YouTube generation. We invite each one of you to join us and spend some time clicking around. You’ll find familiar faces, captivating stories and amazing insights inside AES Live: Videos.” 

 

The AES Live: Videos library can be easily accessed through the AES.org home page. Non-members can freely explore the portal and sample portions of each video. along with an abundance of audio resources and ways to be a part of the AES community and events. Access is available now for AES Members, and current non-members can join for as little as $125 ($50 for currently enrolled students).

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Posted on September 17, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



Featured Events Take Shape for AES Show Fall 2020 Convention Technical Program

AES Recording and Production Track co-chair Peter Doell will host the sessions

— Industry leaders and luminaries bring timely and technical insights to AES Show attendees —

 

With the AES Show Fall 2020 Convention coming up in October, newly announced Technical Program details showcase a variety of sessions covering both audio science and research, as well as topical discussions of key issues in the audio industry. Now in its expanded, virtual format, as Audio Engineering Month the AES Show 2020 offers attendees their own in-house convention, hosting the big names, brands, and networking that attendees have enjoyed in our in-person conventions, with additional new and innovative presentation formats offering a unique experience.

 

Several recently added sessions have been announced to the AES Show Technical Program. GRAMMY®-winning producer, engineer and mixer Vance Powell will detail some of his most successful mixing and recording techniques with the session “Behind the Mix,” hosted by AES Recording and Production Track co-chair Peter Doell. Powell is a familiar face and popular presenter at AES conventions and is due to offer an insightful and entertaining look at some of the techniques he uses in the studio. Doell further delves into the recording workflows taking place in these uncertain times with the session “Post-COVID Recording Challenges” with guest Warren Huart. While many in the industry have found mounting challenges with online interaction, live streaming, apps, and other technologies, this session aims to examine these issues, while also taking into account the success of those who have found the pandemic has helped streamline their process.  

 

The AES Show will also look into the complexities and opportunities facing much of our industry and beyond, through several topical and current events-related offerings. “Unlocking the Control Room: Equity Achievements in Audio” will take a look a recent international survey, taken in partnership with AES, which showed that women who work in recording studios experience more microaggressions than those who work in STEM academia. In this session, panelists Amandine Pras, Grace Brooks, Kat Young, Daniel Fox, Mary Mazurek, and Eliot Bates will host an open dialog based on the achievements of AES members who have applied their expertise to prompt actions towards equity in the industry. Examining other current disruptions to ideal industry and educational output, the workshop “The Day School Came Home” will host educators Jim Anderson, Alex Case, Agnieszka Roginska and Alex Ruthmann for a hands-on report on how their concepts of teaching audio theory, mixing, music performance, critical listening, and immersive audio changed to an online university approach within days in March 2020. 

 

Shifting to the importance of audio in video productions and services, “Are We in Sync? Audio for Video in Classical Music Production” brings together Alex Kosiorek, Benjamin Maas, Roberto Toledo, David Frost, Mark Schubin and John Kerswell to discuss how audio engineers are often performing dual roles in audio and video production, having to understand the importance of artistic temperament while addressing technical considerations for a successful event. “Music Technology in Live Performance” further looks at some of the ways that music technology is incorporated into a live context, assessing the various aspects of using hardware and software to plan and deliver performance from the studio to stage.

 

AES Show Fall 2020 Convention registration, including four full weeks of live and streaming tech program content, live Q&A’s, networking, and more, is just $149 for AES Members and $274 for non-members – the latter including one year of AES membership and benefits – through the end of August. AES Student Members receive a further discount, taking registration down to only $99 for the entire month of programming. Visit AESShow.com to find out more and Register Now! 

Posted on September 9, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Educational Foundation Announces Scholarships for 2020; Jim Anderson Takes on Role as Foundation President

Jim Anderson, AES Educational Foundation president

— Annual grants and scholarships help fund educational path of promising students in the audio engineering field —

 

The Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the AES Educational Grants for Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Audio Engineering for 2020. The announcement was made by the new AES Educational Foundation president, Jim Anderson, who took office earlier this year. The Board of the Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation is pleased to name the scholarship awardees for the academic year 2020/2021:

 

Audio Precision Tom Kite Advancing Audio Scholarship – Hyunjoung Yang, attending University of Miami, Frost School of Music, Coral Gables, FL, USA

 

Dolby Institute Scholarship – Jacob Melchi, attending University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA

 

Genelec’s Ilpo Martikainen Audio Visionary Scholarship – Braden Carei, attending Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

 

L-Acoustics’ Dr. Christian Heil Future of Sound Scholarship – Dora Filipovic, attending University of Surrey, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Surrey, England

 

PMC Sound for the Future Scholarship – Ausma Lace, attending McGill University Schulich School of Music, Montreal, Canada

 

Emil Torick Award – Andrew Bohman, attending the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

 

John Eargle Award – Matthew Cheshire, attending Birmingham City University, Birmingham, England

 

Bruce Swedien Scholarship – Mie Hirschfield, attending McGill University Schulich School of Music, Montreal, Canada

 

Larry Estrin Scholarship – Anthony Hunt, attending University of York, York, England

 

Mary Lea Simpson Memorial Scholarship – Téa Mottolese, attending Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

 

AES Educational Foundation Scholarship – Bartlomiej Chojnacki, attending AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland

 

AES Educational Foundation Scholarship – Alexander Dobson, attending McGill University Schulich School of Music, Montreal, Canada

 

AES Educational Foundation Scholarship – Ayla Favati, attending New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York, New York, USA

 

AES Educational Foundation Scholarship – Claudia Nader Jaime, attending University of York, York, England

 

AES Educational Foundation Scholarship – Julian Neri, attending McGill University Schulich School of Music, Montreal, Canada

 

AES Educational Foundation Scholarship – Ben Payne, attending University of Plymouth, School of Humanities and Performing Arts, Plymouth, England

 

AES Educational Foundation Scholarship – Daniela Pardo Quintana, attending Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Columbia

 

AES Educational Foundation Scholarship – Kathleen Zhang, attending McGill University Schulich School of Music, Montreal, Canada

 

The AES Educational Foundation receives support from individual benefactors and companies that support education in audio, including in-memoriam contributions. Application forms and additional information are available from the Audio Engineering Society, 551 Fifth Ave., Suite 1225, New York, NY 10176, USA, or on its web site: www.aes.org/education/foundation/.

  

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



Audio Inspiration On Demand - Audio Engineering Society Debuts New "AES Live: Videos" Portal for Vast Online Streaming Media Collection

Audio Inspiration On Demand - Audio Engineering Society Debuts New

The Audio Engineering Society has announced exciting content and user experience updates to its extensive library of video and streaming media presentations. Gathered from years of AES conventions and conferences along with oral history projects and the AES Legends video series, the destination site is brimming with a wealth of information and inspiration. Yet more new videos are in production and will be uploaded, year-round. The new AES Live: Videos portal offers AES members over 365 videos of exclusive content in over 30 browsable categories, in a format designed around the user. Access is available now for AES Members, and current non-members can join for as little as $125 ($50 for currently enrolled students).

 

Check out the new AES Live: Videos collection and let us know what you think - https://aes.digitellinc.com/aes/ 

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Posted on August 26, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



AES Show Hits a Hip-Hop and R&B Beat with Sessions Featuring the Music of Run the Jewels, Black Music Roundtable Special Event, and More

Shown L - R, Featured AES Show Fall 2020 Convention Hip-Hop and R&B Track Presenters Joey Raia and John Kercy

— Sessions at this year’s AES Show highlight some of the biggest names in the R&B and hip-hop world, with an eye on cultural awareness and opportunities for BIPOC artists, producers, and engineers —

 

The upcoming AES Show Fall 2020 Convention will continue to break new ground for AES events as this year’s presentation formats and programming offer innovative opportunities for all attendees. This year the Hip-Hop and R&B track, led by co-chairs Armand Jennings and Paul “Willie Green” Womack, returns for a second year with a powerhouse program highlighting the audio engineering and production insights, artistry, and gear behind some of the biggest artists in the genres. From the mixing of Run the Jewels’ latest release RTJ4, to the feature Black Music Roundtable event, the AES Show will take on hot topics and recordings in Hip-Hop and R&B today, while offering unprecedented worldwide Convention access via livestreamed and on-demand content at AESShow.com.

 

“After the success of the inaugural Hip-Hop and R&B Track in 2019,” says Track and Convention co-chair Womack, “we were eager to pursue an even more ambitious, entertaining and enthralling program for 2020, all while providing compelling education and inspiration. We’ve achieved those goals, in spite of the pandemic’s impact on the Convention, and are excited to share a slate of programming focused on the creative, technical and social needs of engineers in the modern Hip-Hop and R&B worlds.”

 

Black music is essential to the music, film, and TV industries. While 2020 has proven to be a landmark year in the struggle for social justice in America, how that will affect the entertainment industry is yet to be determined. The AES Show 2020 Black Music Roundtable event will examine how the current shift in cultural awareness impacts opportunities for BIPOC artists, engineers, and producers in the industry. Moderated by Paul “Willie Green” Womack, this roundtable discussion will feature insight from industry veterans including Prince Charles Alexander (GRAMMY Award-winning producer/engineer and professor at Berklee College of Music), Leslie Gaston-Bird (Audio Engineer, Governor at Large – Audio Engineering Society), Jeriel Johnson (Exec. Director – Recording Academy [Washington D.C. Chapter]), and Carolyn Malachi (GRAMMY-nominated artist/songwriter, engineer, and professor at Howard University).

 

Run the Jewels is one of the biggest names in hip-hop at the moment, with the GRAMMY-nominated duo blending dynamic beats and musical elements with their own vocal stylings and social commentary for a hard-hitting sound that leaves an impact on the listener. The session “Legend Has it: Mixing Run the Jewels with Joey Raia” will take a deep dive into mixing Run the Jewels’ recent release, RTJ4, with a focus on Raia's approach to the group's aggressive sound, and his hybrid mixing setup. 

 

Other featured events in this year’s Hip-Hop and R&B events cover a broad spectrum of topics, from getting your sound to getting paid. “The Sauce – Exploring Vocal Treatments for Modern R&B with John Kercy” will explore modern vocal effects through the lens of four-time GRAMMY-nominated artist Lucky Daye’s acclaimed album, Painted. Further stressing the importance of keeping an organized and professional approach to presenting a final product, “Deliverables – What To Do When You've Finished the Mix with Ken ‘Duro’ Ifill” will educate attendees on exactly what assets you need to professionally deliver a mix.

 

Additional information and upcoming announcements on the Hip-Hop and R&B track events at the virtual AES Show Fall Convention, as well as for the whole “Audio Engineering Month” of October, are available at AESShow.com. Early Bird registration rates end August 31. 

 

Posted on August 26, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT



Audio Product Education Institute to Hold Supply Chain and Sourcing Introductory Webinar

AES's Audio Product Education Institute to Hold Supply Chain and Sourcing Introductory Webinar

— AES initiative focused on promoting audio product development education is set to host free online session to discuss supply chain and sourcing in the audio industry —

 

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 the free webinar “Changes and Opportunities in Supply Chain and Sourcing – The Changing Global Dynamics, Managing Suppliers, Planning Your Options” on August 26, 12:00 Noon Eastern Daylight Time (9:00 AM Pacific). Registration for this free event is available at https://tinyurl.com/APEI-AES-Sourcing1

 

This will be the introductory event in APEI’s Supply Chain and Sourcing education pillar - one of APEI’s six foundational foci. In this webinar, Mike Klasco, CEO, Menlo Scientific and APEI’s chair of its Supply Chain and Sourcing education pillar, will address the methods, practices, economics and politics of the hardware, software and development services that go into every audio product produced. “Long-established relationships, trustworthy suppliers that know what we want and need, are losing their position as viable vendors,” explains Klasco. “Where do we go from here?”

 

In this webinar, Klasco will be joined by two highly experienced guests – Dave Lindberg (CEO, DB Enterprises HK, Ltd.) and Dan Digre (President at MISCO Speakers, Oaktron Aerospace, and Warkwyn Labs, Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul). Together they will address the challenges in the supply chain caused by the rising cost of goods from China, the tariff wars, Hong Kong’s struggles, and the dynamics of the global pandemic. The emergence of new suppliers in Asia and what part of the audio business can brought back home will also be explored in detail.

 

“Over the last few decades we have all grown complacent with sourcing our products, or at least most of our components, from China,” explains Klasco. “But running away to Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and other countries won’t help much as the key parts vendors for Southeast Asia (and beyond) are still in China. And those countries are all finding themselves bathed in the first waves of brands exploring their supply chain options. For sure, there are options, but it is going to take a lot of work getting through these times. Manufacturers cannot expect that samples will come from new vendors as quickly as they were used to back in the good old days," adds Klasco.

 

The webinar will be followed by a live Q&A session with all three presenters.

 

The Audio Product Education Institute will also host sessions across three days of the AES Show Fall 2020 Convention in October. Presentations will span all of APEI’s educational pillars: Interactive Voice Con; Supply Chain and Sourcing; Modeling and Measurement; Product Management; The Legal World; and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Early Bird registration rates are available through August 31 at AESShow.com.

 

Webinar details:

“Changes and Opportunities in Supply Chain and Sourcing

The Changing Global Dynamics, Managing Suppliers, Planning Your Options”

August 26, 12:00 Noon Eastern Daylight Time (9:00 AM Pacific)

Platinum Sponsor – Menlo Scientific

Registration: https://tinyurl.com/APEI-AES-Sourcing1

 

APEI Presenters:

Mike Klasco, APEI Committee Member and CEO of Menlo Scientific, Richmond, California, a consulting firm for the loudspeaker industry. He is a graduate from New York University, with postgraduate work in signal processing, and he holds multiple patents licensed or assigned. For the past 35 years, Klasco has worked on countless R&D projects for large and small companies. Klasco specializes in materials and fabrication techniques to enhance audio performance.

 

Dave Lindberg is the CEO of DB Enterprises in Hong Kong and an experienced professional in business and project management, working with brands and technology suppliers in Asia.

 

 

Dan Digre is the President of MISCO Speakers, Oaktron Aerospace, and Warkwyn Labs, from Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul. MISCO, a proud Minneapolis Speaker Company, is an OEM manufacturer of loudspeakers and audio systems for a variety of professional and commercial markets including aircraft, medical, gaming, alarms, home audio, car audio and pro audio. Warkwyn is an acoustic R&D company that designs and tests loudspeaker drivers and loudspeaker systems for the professional and consumer marketplaces. They operate an independent acoustic measurement lab in North America and offer Klippel analysis for transducers and systems developed in-house and elsewhere. Warkwyn is also the North American Sales Agent for Klippel equipment and support.

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



AES Show Fall 2020 Convention to Feature Marquee Event: An Intimate and Compelling Journey into the Amazing World of Imogen Heap

Imogen Heap to deliver featured AES Show Fall 2020 Convention Marquee Event: An Intimate and Compelling Journey to the Amazing World of Imogen Heap. (Photo credit: Alexandra Arnold)

 — Known for her use of cutting-edge technologies in production and musical applications, Heap will expound upon her current projects and her aim to help music makers regain empowerment and visibility in both virtual and actual worlds —

 

The Audio Engineering Society has announced that audiological innovator Imogen Heap will present the featured Marquee Event: “An Intimate and Compelling Journey into the Amazing World of Imogen Heap” at the upcoming AES Show Fall 2020 Convention, discussing her career as a composer, engineer and producer. Known for applying the latest audio technologies and interfaces for ultimate creative expression and control in the production and performance of her musical compositions, Heap’s work has garnered awards and honors, including multiple GRAMMY® Awards and three honorary doctorates. This featured presentation will take place during the first-ever “Audio Engineering Month” this October, as the AES Show expands to cover four full weeks of virtual audio excellence and culminates during the last week of October with the Technical Program. Find out more about this and other events and register now at AESShow.com.

 

Heap is known not only by fans of her music, but also to the audio and tech industries as a pioneer in applying imaginative new technologies to her performance and audio production capabilities. She continues to build her unique sound, while also encouraging others to utilize and create new modes of audio expression through projects such as “music gesture ware” MI.MU gloves, as well as The Creative Passport, a digital ID and data solution for music makers. Her own projects include releasing under-the-skin hits such as “Hide and Seek” and a children’s single titled “The Happy Song,” composing music for the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child theatrical production and even creating an AI for herself. Imogen is an artist’s artist, an entrepreneur, and a mother who has lent her talents to projects from artists including Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Jeff Beck, Nitin Sawhney, and Jon Hopkins.  

 

Find out more about upcoming Audio Engineering Month and AES Show Fall 2020 Convention virtual events at AESShow.com. Early Bird registration pricing is available through August 31.

 

Sample some of Imogen Heap’s work on her website, imogenheap.com.

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



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 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


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