If there is a meeting topic you think would be of interest to the membership, please contact us. There is no fee to attend most section meetings and they're open to everyone with an interest in professional audio. Students are especially welcome at all meetings.
Moderated by: Chip Powell
Speaker(s): Marc Gallo
Marc A. Gallo, a music producer and sound designer for Mind The Gap®, will discuss the techniques and strategies in designing sound and music for the Award-Winner TARAC WIPPP Trailer, a musical animation by the political satirist Gallospole. The primary focus will be on the use of the Perceived Space Graph by musEDlab and how it assisted in visualizing the soundtrack for the TARAC WIPPP animation. This presentation will be demonstrated on the DAW, Digital Performer by MOTU. Gallo has lectured about sound design and music production at numerous colleges and universities. For more info, please visit https://marcagallo.info
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Posted: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Comcast RJR Forum, Dolby Vision and Meyer Sound Powered Atmos Theater
Location: Comcast Technology Center, 1800 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Moderated by: Chip Powell
Speaker(s): Ceri Thomas from Dolby Labs
ALERT - This event is being postponed until the danger of COVID-19 community transmission has passed. We will attempt to reschedule as soon as Comcast offers us an alternate date.
Come learn about the evolution of surround sound formats and the core concepts, tools and workflows that have made Dolby Atmos the latest advance in the immersive audio field. Ceri Thomas from Dolby Labs will present what the Dolby Atmos Music initiative is doing to enhance the music production and listening experience. Expect to see and hear numerous examples of this work in Philadelphia’s premier state-of-the-art Dolby Vision and Atmos (32ch Meyer Sound) presentation theatre, the RJR Forum, on the Comcast campus.
Fifty early arrivers will also have an opportunity to experience the Comcast Universal Sphere. Designed in collaboration with DreamWorks, the Universal Sphere show will take you on a full immersive journey celebrating human creativity and the world of ideas. Consider it the appetizer to the evening’s main course.
Upon entering the building take the escalator to the 2nd floor lobby to be checked in. Please try to be punctual. After 6:15 PM it will be too late to join us.
Posted: Sunday, February 9, 2020
Location: Temple University, Presser Hall (Music Building), Room 142, 2001 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Moderated by: Jules Keenan and Christopher Uzokwe
Speaker(s): Gary Gottlieb, Eastern Region Vice President, Co-Chair, AES Historical Committee and Conference Policy Committee, Audio Engineering Society
When we consider the future of the audio industry, we look to audio students and other young audio professionals. What are the lessons they need to draw from history? Let’s take a look at history ourselves in an attempt to understand the lessons that are available.
One day Chet Atkins was playing guitar when a woman approached him. She said, "That guitar sounds beautiful". Chet immediately quit playing. He asked, "How does it sound now?"
The quality of sound in Chet’s case clearly rested with the player, not the instrument, and the technical and aesthetic quality of our product lies with our engineers and producers, not with the equipment. The dual significance of this question, “How does it sound now”, informed my research from 2007 - 2010 and will inform our discussion, since it addresses both the engineer as the driver and the changes we have seen and heard as our methodology evolved through the decades. The book that resulted from this research, “How Does It Sound Now?” received the 2010 ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research for the Best Research in General History of Recorded Sound.
One of the most interesting facets of the research, comprised of interviews with top engineers and producers, was the way the conversation kept returning to the thread of quality. They loved to talk about how they strived for quality then, and still do.
Let’s talk about how engineers and producers retain quality and create a product that conforms to their own high standards. This may lead to other conversations about musicians, consumers, and the differences and similarities between their standards and our own. It will certainly lead to a discussion of methods to empower young engineers to challenge their clients to strive to create the highest quality product possible.
It will also touch on internships and mentorship, and what young engineers need to know to survive in the changing job market.
Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2019