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133rd AES Convention Introduces Networked Audio Track

Interoperability! The “Holy Grail” For Audio Transport Over IP-Based Networks

SAN FRANCISCO: Networked Audio presents a host of technological and operational advantages, and an equal number of Workflow issues and potential quagmires. 133rd AES Convention Co-Chair Jim McTigue reports that Networked Audio Track Chair, Tim Shuttleworth’s collaboration with the late Nathan Brock has produced a comprehensive program of Workshops designed to ameliorate many of these concerns.

“Before his untimely death this summer, Nathan Brock was an international leader in the field of networked audio,” McTigue said. “We mourn his loss, but his collaboration with Tim Shuttleworth will stand as an invaluable addition to the AES Convention. Tim Shuttleworth, is a master engineer with a special focus on high performance analog and networked audio. During the course of his 30+-year association with the AES he has served in many key roles including editing the Emerging Trends Report for the AES Technical Committee on Networked Audio Systems. ”

Networked Audio Track Workshops Include:

Audio Network Device Connection And Control: Chair, Richard Foss, Rhodes University; Panel: Jeff Koftinoff: MeyerSound; Robby Gurdan , UMAN; Andreas Hildebrand, ALC NetworX; Kieran Walsh, Audinate – Leading industry experts will demonstrate how they have enabled the discovery of audio devices on local area networks, their connection management, and control over their various parameters. Issues related to streaming audio, such as bandwidth management and synchronization, and connection management and control protocols will be discussed.

The Unified AV Network: Chair Rob Silfvast, AVID: This panel discussion will provide an overview of the AVnu Alliance, a consortium of audio and video product makers and core technology companies. Committed to delivering an interoperable open standard for audio/video, networked connectivity, AVnu offers a logo-testing program that allows products to become certified for interoperability. Representatives from several different member companies will provide insights about AVB technology and participation in the AVnu Alliance.

Interoperability Issues In Audio Transport Over IP Based Networks: Chair, Tim Shuttleworth; Panel: Lee Minich, Lab X Technologies/AVnu Alliance; Kevin Gross, AVA Networks/AES X-192; Sonja Langhans, IRT Munich; Greg Shay, Telos/Axia – This Workshop will focus on two key areas of audio/media transport over IP based networks: Multichannel Audio distribution over Ethernet LANs for low latency, high reliability interconnections in home, automobile and commercial environments; and, the interoperability of audio contribution, over Internet Protocol (ACIP and ACIP2). These issues will be addressed, from both the European and US perspectives. Issues include challenges and solutions in achieving reliable content distribution.

Audio Networks – Paradigm Shift For Broadcasters: Chair, Stefan Ledergerber, Lawo, Germany; Panel: Sonja Langhans, IRT Munich; Andreas Hildebrand, ALC Networx; Lee Minich, Lab X Technologies/AVnu alliance; Greg Shay, Telos/Axia; Kevin Gross, AVA Networks/AES X-192 – With the emergence of a variety of audio networking technologies, many broadcast organization workflow-related questions remain unanswered. This panel will address a number of these hot topics e.g. Will traditional cross-point, matrix switches (routers) be replaced by networks? Which component will deal with signal processing, currently accomplished within audio routers? Which department is best equipped for handling audio networks: audio or IT? And, how do we educate personnel to deal with audio networks?

Error-Tolerant Audio Coding: Chair, David Trainor, CSR; Panelists: Gary Spittle, Dolby; Deepen Sinha, ATC Labs (tbc) and Juergen Herre, Fraunhofer IIS (tbc) -
Two key, observable trends are: The increasing delivery of real-time audio services over the Internet or cellular networks; and, the variable capacity and reliability of these networks for real-time audio streaming. This workshop will discuss the capabilities of error-tolerant audio coding algorithms and, recent advances in the state of the art.

Open IP Protocols For Audio Networking: Chair: Kevin Gross, CobraNet, QSC – This Tutorial will address the conundrum resulting from the networking and telecommunication industry’s multiplicity of protocols for carriage of audio and video over IP networks. These protocols have been widely deployed for telephony and teleconferencing applications, Internet streaming and cable television. A variety of these protocols and their capabilities and limitations will be addressed. Including: IP, VoIP, IPTV, HTTP streaming, Real-time transport protocol (RTP), RTCP, and RTSP, and IEEE 1588 Precision time protocol (PTP). An overview of AES standards work, X192, adapting these protocols to high-performance audio applications will also be presented.

“We have attempted to make this initial Networked Audio Track as timely and inclusive as possible,” Tim Shuttleworth said. “Attendees will find invaluable information here. And in keeping with the AES goal for the Convention to serve as a forum to ‘Listen, Learn and Connect,’ the opportunities for traditional networking and information exchange will be manifest.”

Photo: Tim Shuttleworth, 133rd AES Convention Networked Audio Track Chair

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 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. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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AES Educational Foundation Announces 2012 Awards

NEW YORK: Don Puluse, President of the AES Educational Foundation, and its Board of Directors, have announced the recipients of the 2012 AES Educational Grants for Graduate Studies in the field of Audio Engineering. “This year our Emil Torick Scholar is Matthias Leimeister, who will pursue an MSi in Medientechnnologie in Audio Signal Processing from the Technische Universitat Ilmenau,” Mr. Puluse said. “Mr. Leimeister holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Heidelberg. The Emil Torick Award honors an outstanding student with exceptional career goals.”

The John Eargle Award given annually to a student who excels in both technology and music was presented to Ross Penniman, candidate for an MS in Music Engineering, University of Miami. Mr. Penniman holds a BM and a BS from University of Michigan.

Other AES Educational Foundation Awards Include:

Areti Andreopoulos is studying for her PhD at the Steinhart School of NYU. She has a degree from the University of Athens, Greece, and an MM in Music Technology from Steinhart.

Christos Manolas, receives a renewal grant for his PhD studies at the University of York. Manolas has a degree from the New Music School, Thessaloniki, Greece, and two masters’ degrees from University of York.

Magdalena Plewa is pursuing a PhD at Gdansk University of Technology in Audio Engineering and Telecommunication. She has a MSc. from AGH University of Science & Technology in Krakow, Poland. She is current president of the AES International Student Delegate Assembly.

Jamie Tagg will begin his studies towards a PhD in Sound Recording from McGill University. He has a BM from the University of Miami in Music Engineering Technology, and a MM in Sound Recording Technology from U. Mass Lowell.

Mauricio J. Gargel receives a renewal grant to continue his studies towards an MFA in Recording Arts at MTSU. He has a degree in Social Communication from Univerdidade Metodista de São Paulo, Brazil and studied audio at the Institute of Audio and Video.

Scott Levine continues his studies at McGill University for an MM in Sound Recording. He receives a renewal grant. His previous degree is in Music Technology from the University of California at San Diego.

Hannah Robertson holds a BA in Physics from Middlebury College. She continues with a renewal grant at McGill University for an MS in Music Technology.

The Board of Directors has also announced the addition of two new members, Bob Moses and Jim Anderson. Mr. Moses, a product designer, technologist, and pro audio industry advocate, is Executive Director of the AES. Mr. Anderson, a Grammy Award- winning producer and engineer, is a former President and Governor of AES and a professor at NYU.

The AES Educational Foundation was established in 1984 to encourage talented students to enter the profession of audio engineering. Grants for graduate studies with emphasis on audio topics are awarded annually. Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated talent, achievements, goals and recommendations. Since its inception, the AESEF has presented 170 grants at 60 universities worldwide, totaling over seven hundred thousand dollars. Grants have been made possible by contributions from AES, Inc., the estate of John K. Hilliard, JBL Inc., the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio, and the families of John Eargle, David Smith, and Emil Torick. The AES also receives support from other benefactors such as in memoriam donors, and individuals and companies, which support education in audio.

Application forms and additional information are available from the Audio Engineering Society, 60 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10165, USA, or on its web site: www.aes.org/education/foundation/.

Photo: Don Puluse, president of the AES Educational Foundation

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 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. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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133rd AES Convention Signals Expanded Broadcast/Streaming Media Sessions

Diverse Media Playback, New Techniques, Hot Technology

SAN FRANCISCO: Relevant and enlightening, AES Convention Broadcast/Streaming Sessions are among the most diverse and popular fielded at the event. “Back for his 26th consecutive turn as Broadcast/Streaming Chair, David Bialik consistently develops meaningful sessions which literally pack the halls,” remarked Committee Co-Chair, Jim McTigue. “We count on David to deliver high-level, entertaining and informative presentations that keep attendees coming back year after year.” The 133rd AES Convention is scheduled for Oct. 26-29 at the SF Moscone Center.

“Our goal is to provide meaningful information in the most accessible format,” Bialik reports. “We make a special effort to develop mini-tracks focused on topic-related issues. For example, attendees will find groupings of events on Troubleshooting, and Audio for TV, Radio, & Streaming, which are virtually crash courses on these issues. And, we stress the point that these events are discussions of technologies and techniques, not sales presentations. The AES Convention continues to serve as an essential destination for the serious audio professional,” Bialik adds.

133rd AES Convention Broadcast And Streaming Media Sessions Include:

What Happens to Your Production When Played Back On Diverse Media? Chair,David Bialik, CBS; Frank Foti, OMNIA; Greg Ogonowski, ORBAN; Karlheinz Brandenberg, FRAUNHOFFER; Steve Greenberg, S-Curve; Robert Orban, ORBAN and George Massenburg, McGill University. – This all-star panel will address one of today’s key production/post production issues. Faced with a plethora of costly and not always compatible, formats and playback systems, sound engineers and mixers frequently find their mixes sound remarkably dissimilar when played on various systems and formats. Comprised of leaders in broadcast, streaming, recording, technology & software design and production/ post-production, this blue ribbon panel will discuss common problems and potential solutions.

Loudness and Metadata (Living With The CALM Act) – Chair, Joel Spector, independent broadcast consultant, Andrew Mason, BBC; Robert Murch, Fox Television; Lon Neumann, Tim Carrol, Linear Accoustic; Jim Starzinsinki, NBC/Universal; Robert Seidel, CBS; Robert Murch, Fox – One of the most hotly debated and universally welcomed (by TV viewers) legislations passed by Congress in recent years, the Commercial Advertising Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM) is the culmination of a long and passionate public advocacy campaign. What effect will the passage of this act have on broadcasters?

Facility Design: A User’s Evaluation Of Integral Acoustic Products & Materials: Chair, John Storyk – A panel of four leading studio contractors and installation experts: (TBD) will provide a real-world users survey of products and acoustic materials commonly (and occasionally) incorporated in critical listening environments. Optimal options for doors, glass, HVAC, variable acoustic panels, furniture, equipment racks and other integral components of today’s high-end (and budget conscious) TV and Radio broadcast facilities will be discussed. This is not an advertorial event. Contractor recommendations are based on personal field experience. Product considerations are based on their ability to provide cost-effective solutions to a myriad of technical and aesthetic issues.

*Stream Distribution – IP in the Mobile Environment: Moderator David Layer, NAB, Panel: Samuel Sousa, Triton Digital; Mike Daskalopoulos, Dolby; other participants TBA – The public demands portability for stream listening, whether in handheld mobile devices or cars. This panel will discuss current capabilities, future possibilities, and potential hurdles.

Audio for Mobile Television: TBA; Dave Wilson, CEA; Jim Starzinsinki, NBC/Universal; Robert Murch, Fox Television; Geir Skaaden, DTS other participants, TBA – This technology is currently being rolled out in the US. The discussion will encompass transmission and audio concerns for this emerging, low bandwidth terrestrial service.

Broadcast Audio Networking Techniques: Dan Braverman, Radio Systems; Greg Shay, Telos Alliance; Tag Borland, Logitek Ravena – Wiring, routing and configuring broadcast studios has evolved into a sophisticated networking process for audio and control functions This session will explore a variety of established and emerging technologies and techniques for implementing and configuring broadcast studios to accommodate fully networked audio and video control functions.

Sound Design: How Does That ‘Thing’ Go Bump In The Night? Co-Moderators, Sue Zizza & David Shinn, SueMedia Productions – Whether you are working with props, recording sounds on location, or using prerecorded library sounds, the elements you choose will impact the aesthetics of the stories you tell. Illustrated by scenes from the AES Performance, Poe A Life and Stories in Sound, this session will explore working with sound effects props in the studio and location recording elements. A brief overview of sound effects libraries will be included.

The Broadcast/Streaming Track Includes:

Understanding Codecs: Chair, Barry Mishkind, Broadcasters Desktop Resource; Kirk Harnack, TELOS; Chris Tobin, MUSICAM USA; JJ Johnston, consultant; Jeff Riedmiller, Dolby – Techniques for maximizing the effectiveness of codecs developed to encode or decode a digital data stream or signal will be discussed in depth.

The Streaming Experience Samuel Sousa, TRITON DIGITAL; participants TBA
Audio Encoding for Streaming: Samuel Sousa, TRITON DIGITAL; JT, Limelight; Casey Cambra, Dolby; Robert Reams, Streaming Appliances/DSP Concepts; Other participants & chair TBA

Additional Broadcast/Streaming Events Include:
* Working with HTML5: Chair Valerie Tyler, Greg Ogonowski, ORBAN; other participants TBA
* Audio Processing Basics: JJ Johnston; Frank Foti, OMNIA; Bob Orban, ORBAN; Participants, TBA.
* Listener Fatigue: Chair Dave Wilson Craig Kasper, Audiologist; Sean Olive, JBL: Robert Reams, Streaming Appliances/DSP Concepts
* Lip Sync Experiment: Chair, Jonathan Abrams, Nutmeg Post; participants TBA
* Troubleshooting Software Issues: Chair, Jonathan Abrams, Nutmeg Post; participants TBA
* Maintenance, Repair & Troubleshooting: Chair, Kirk Harnack; Bill Sacks and Kim Sacks, Optimod Refurbishing; Bob Moore, Mooretronix
* “Poe A Life In Sound” A live performance starring Phil Proctor of Firesign Theater & Disney animated film voiceover fame. Produced & directed by Sue Zizza of SueMedia, with sound design by David Shinn.

Photo: AES 133rd Convention Broadcast/Streaming Chair David Bialik

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 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. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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Bob Ludwig Platinum Panel To Address ‘Mastered For iTunes’

Mastering Pros To Clarify Misunderstood Initiative

SAN FRANCISCO: The Mastered For iTunes initiative, one of the most significant, yet misunderstood innovations developed for the ubiquitous music distribution format will be the subject of an essential Special Event planned for the 133rd AES Convention. Scheduled for October 26 – 29 in SF’s Moscone Center, the Convention will provide 20,000+ music industry pro’s with timely and definitive information on a plethora of creative and technical issues. Convention Special Events Chair, Christopher Smith. reports, “One of our most important presentations is this year’s Platinum Mastering event. Long-time moderator Bob Ludwig has developed a panel discussion to assess and clarify the relevance and value of this vital new Apple iTunes process. Attendance at this Special Event should be required by every pro engineer who hopes to keep current with critical innovations.”

MASTERING APPLE INC.’s “MASTERED FOR iTUNES” INITIATIVE – THE SCIENCE, THE PROCEDURES AND THE RESULTS: Moderator, Gateway Mastering President, Bob Ludwig (Springsteen, Stones, Radiohead, Mumford & Sons), will helm a vital discussion with leading mastering engineers including Eric Boulanger (Colby Caillat, Chris Botti, The Bravery). Other panelists tba – Apple’s iTunes Store is the world’s largest music vendor. Last year, with the introduction of Colbie Caillat’s All of You download, they began selling higher fidelity AAC encodes at no additional cost to consumers. Some mastering and recording engineers have misunderstood this process. Additionally, a surprising amount of misguided press about what it does and does not do has been generated. Considering Apple’s market share, every mastering engineer should understand this vital new procedure. The Apple “Mastered for iTunes” initiative is based on 100% solid science and it can yield AAC encodes so close to the 44kHz/24 bit PCM encode masters that many have failed an A-B-X listening test. A Q&A will follow this timely discussion.

Photo: AES Platinum Mastering Panel Moderator, Bob Ludwig

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 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. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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Rome Selected As Host City for 134th AES Convention

May 4-7, 2013 At The Roma Eventi – Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre

ROME, ITALY: “We take great pleasure in announcing that the 134th Audio
Engineering Society Convention will be held in Rome, May 4-7, 2013,” reports AES
executive director, Bob Moses. “Set in the heart of the ‘Eternal City’ at the new Roma Eventi – Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre, the Convention will be chaired by Umberto Zanghieri, vice president of the AES Southern Europe Region,” Moses adds.

Recently opened in the heart of Rome, a stone’s throw from the Quirinale Palace and, its namesake the Trevi Fountain, the very modern, Roma Eventi – Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre is situated in a magnificent neoclassical palace, built by Guido Barluzzi in 1930. Designated by Benedict XV as home to the Gregorian University, the Conference Centre covers almost 30,000 square feet, and consists of 15 meeting rooms able to accommodate over 1,000 participants.

The 134th AES Convention will bring together audio engineers from around the world to ‘Listen, Learn, Connect’ and, share the latest knowledge in audio research, development and applications. More details will follow shortly. This marks the first time an AES Convention will be held in Rome.

The 133rd AES Convention will be held in SF’s Moscone Center, Oct. 26 – 29, 2012

Photo: The Roma Eventi – Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 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. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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Sonnox Posts ‘Pro-Codec Explained’

In-Depth Tutorial Created By Groove 3

OXFORD, UK “Sonnox Pro-Codec Explained,” a comprehensive, tutorial on the innovative Sonnox Fraunhofer Plug-in, has been produced by Groove 3, a leading provider of training and tutorial videos.

At ninety minutes, the tutorial is the most comprehensive and highly detailed training program on the Pro-Codec ever produced. Three full-length episodes: “Intro,” 8:27,
“Which Codec To Use,” 8:09, and a 12-minute “Overview,” have been culled from the tutorial series. Click here to view them at no charge. The full tutorial series is available from Groove 3 at 50% off the regular $25.00 (£15.929) price with promo code: sonnox50. This offer ends on August 31st.

Introduced in January 2011, the Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec has garnered rave reviews from users and press for its revolutionary ability to enable auditioning, encoding and decoding of audio in real-time. Mixes can be optimized towards specific target codecs, and encoded to multiple distribution formats with a host DAW environment.

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“Wrecking Crew” Documentary Highlights 133rd AES Convention Special Events

SAN FRANCISCO: With more Gold and Platinum credits than The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis and Elton combined, “The Wrecking Crew,” is the most storied, yet anonymous group in recording history. Session players behind hit records for superstars ranging from The Beach Boys to Sinatra, Jan & Dean, The Mamas & The Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds… And ‘The King himself,’ this mythic amalgam of obscure artists is now the subject of an almost impossible to find documentary. AES Convention Special Events Christopher Smith has coordinated a rare screening of this elusive film for the 133rd AES Convention, which will be held in SF’s Moscone Center October 26-29.

“Although gargantuan music licensing fees temporarily preclude wide distribution for ‘The Wrecking Crew,’ numerous international Film Festival screenings have created a compelling ‘must see this’ buzz for it,” explains AES Convention Committee Co-Chair Jim McTigue. “We are extremely fortunate to have arranged a special screening for our 133rd Convention Attendees. In fact, we may want to add a word to our ‘Listen… Learn… Connect…’ AES mandate. I suggest ‘Enjoy…’”

Produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary, late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco, the film features interviews with Brian Wilson, Cher, Roger McGuinn, and many Wrecking Crew members, including Glen Campbell, a durable superstar, in his own right. Christopher Smith reports that Tedesco will hold a Q&A (with special guests) following the screening.

Also highlighting the 133rd AES Convention Special Events Program is:

GRAHAM BLYTH ORGAN CONCERT: On Friday, Oct. 29th from 8:00 until 9:00PM, SF’s historic, 160-year-old St. Marks Church will provide the indelible acoustic setting for a performance by perennial AES Convention favorite, Graham Blyth. An internationally recognized Organist and accomplished professional audio equipment designer, Blyth has performed at AES Conventions around the world since 1993.

Photos:

1. Beach Boy Brian Wilson with Wrecking Crew drummer Hal Blaine
2. Wrecking Crew guitarists Tommy Tedesco and Carol Kay 3. Wrecking Crew Documentary Logo

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 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. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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133rd AES Convention Product Design Track Breaks New Ground

Enhancing Acoustically Challenged Devices – Processor Agnostic Systems -
Audio For iPad Publishers

SAN FRANCISCO: “133rd AES Convention Product Design Track Chair Conrad Cooke has developed a groundbreaking combination of razor edge Tutorials, Workshops and Master Class Events,” states Convention Co-Chair Jim McTigue. “This Track is designed to provide deep insights into emerging technology which is expected to have a lasting impact on the field of pro audio.”

“My goal was to ferret out the most relevant issues facing today’s product designers,” Conrad Cooke said. “I uncovered a wealth of knowledge, and selected thirteen presentations which present techniques to help solve some of those common issues. We are confident that attendees will come away with invaluable information that will greatly benefit their future thinking.”

133rd AES Convention Product Design Track Events Include:

A Next Generation Audio Processing Suite For The Enhancement of Acoustically Challenged Devices: Presenter, Alan Seefeldt, Dolby Laboratories – A commercial audio processing suite has been developed to enhance the sound of acoustically challenged devices such as laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. This tutorial will address the design principles and algorithms developed for the suite. Each example was designed to operate within a common frequency domain framework. Several of these algorithms were tuned specifically for the acoustics of the device on which they operate.

Implementing Application Processor Agnostic Audio Systems For Portable Consumer Applications: Presenter, Jess Brown, Wolfson Microelectronics. – This tutorial will outline future audio trends for portable consumer devices. Areas covered include: HD audio voice, capture, playback and share. The total ‘mouth to ear’ audio solution will be reviewed, from both the technology and device perspectives.

Don’t Make Your Product a Noise Nightmare: William Whitlock, President/Chief Engineer, Jensen Transformers – Audio systems that operate on AC power experience interference in the form of ground voltage differences, magnetic fields, and electric fields. Establishing high immunity in real world, mass-produced equipment is not a trivial issue. This Master Class will probe the critical importance of high common-mode impedances; the disadvantages of legacy test methods; the new IEC test for CMRR; alternatives to ordinary input stages and ubiquitous design errors.

Audio For iPad Publishers: Jeff Essex, AudioSyncrasy – Book publishers are running to the iPad, and not just for iBooks, or one-off apps. This tutorial consists of two case studies which explore how to build audio creation and content management systems to produce multiple apps in high-volume environments, including VO production, concatenation schemes, file-naming conventions, audio file types for iOS, and, helping book publishers transition from the printed page to interactive publishing.

Audio In HTML 5: Jeff Essex, AudioSyncrasy, Jory K. Prum, studio.jory.org – HTML 5 is coming. Many expect it to supplant Flash as an online rich media player, as Apple has made abundantly clear. But audio support is slow in coming, and there are currently marked differences between browsers. From an audio content standpoint, it’s the Nineties all over again. The W3C’s Audio Working Group is developing standards, but this is a fast-moving target. This talk will provide an update on what’s working, what isn’t.

Multimedia Device Audio Architecture: Laurent Le Faucheur, Texas Instruments – This tutorial investigates a low cost, hardware audio architecture that solves several mobile low power multimedia application processor constraints related to: Legacy software reuse, signal processing performance, power optimization, multiple data format interfaces, and low latency voice and tones.

Audio DSP Requirements For Tomorrow’s Mobile & Portable Devices: John Richards, Oxford Digital Limited: Presenters: Peter Eastty ( Oxford Digital), Howard Brown (IDT), Bob Adams (ADI), Alan Kramer (SRS Labs), Julia Backman (Nokia), Cyril Martin (RIM) – As the convergence of communications, entertainment and computing races ahead, largely centered on portable and mobile devices where form factors are shrinking and style wins out over practicality of design in some instances, the challenges in delivering the audio DSP to provide good sound and differentiated effects are discussed by a panel of experts representing semiconductor manufacturers, mobile/portable device manufacturers and DSP IP providers.

Other Product Design Track Presentations Include:

* Ethernet Standard Audio: Steve Lampen, Belden
* Rub & Buzz and Other Irregular Loudspeaker Distortion: Wolfgang Klippel
* An Overview of Audio System Grounding and Interfacing: William Whitlock, Jensen Transformers
* AVB Networking For Product Designers: Rob Silfvast, Avid
* Graphical Audio/DSP Applications Development Environment For Fixed And Floating Point Processors: Miguel Chavez, Analog Devices

Scheduled for October 26 – 29 at SF’s Moscone Center, the Convention is expected to draw thousands of attendees from around the globe to its 4-day program of Broadcast/ Streaming, Educational, Live Sound and other Special Events.

Photo: Conrad Cooke, 133rd AES Convention Product Design Track Chair

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 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. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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AES Convention Debuts Sound For Pictures Track

Top Mixers Address Digital Audio Cinema Techniques, Formats & Standards

SAN FRANCISCO: The 133rd AES Convention (Moscone Center, Oct. 26-29), will introduce a dedicated Sound For Pictures Track. Featuring award-winning presenters focused on key technical and creative issues related to digital audio production for feature films and TV, the Track is co-chaired by leading sound mixer/producer Brian McCarty (“The Big Lebowski,” “Dick Tracy,” “As Good As It Gets”) and by Steve Martz, Sr. Design Engineer, THX Ltd. Key issues to be addressed by the Sound For Pictures Track include: Post Production Techniques, Standards and Multi-Channel Formats for Digital Cinema.

“The AES is the leading forum for audio for film and TV sound,” McCarty says. “Top sound mixers have been attending the Convention for years to exchange ideas and information and kick the tires on new technology. Early this year we formed a Technical Committee on Sound for Digital Cinema & TV. Our objective is to adopt a consistent approach for Digital Cinema sound installations, and contemporary digital dubbing stage recording and mixing activities worldwide. Based on the initial reception to this Committee, Executive Director Bob Moses felt it was time to develop a formal AES Convention Track for this increasingly important field,” McCarty adds.

SATURDAY, Oct. 27, AES Sound For Picture Track Presentations Include:

POST PRODUCTION AUDIO TECHNIQUES FOR DIGITAL CINEMA & ANCILLARY MARKETS: Chair, Brian McCarty, managing director, Coral Sea Studios, Australia; Panel, Lon Bender, Oscar-winning, effects designer & mixer, Soundelux, LA; Brian Vessa, leading sound mixer, Sony Pictures, LA; Jason LaRocca, Emmy-nominated independent mixer. As the film industry rapidly moves towards full-bandwidth, multi-channel discrete formats for audio distribution, post-production techniques to provide high-quality audio continue to evolve. This workshop will address technical and creative changes being implemented to accommodate this shift.

RECONSIDERING STANDARDS FOR CINEMA SOUND – ALTERNATIVES TO ISO 2969: Chair, Brian McCarty; Floyd Toole, pioneering acoustical consultant/ retired, Harman Research, corporate VP; Keith Holland, University of Southampton, UK. For over eighty years ISO 2969 (aka SMPTE S202) has been a cornerstone of the audio reproduction “B-Chain.” Like the RIAA curve, it was originally implemented to compensate for defects in the delivery medium. This panel will examine the implications for these standards and the B-Chain as film rapidly shifts to Digital Cinema delivery, with, for the first time, full bandwidth soundtracks.

NEW MULTI-CHANNEL FORMATS FOR 3D CINEMA AND HOME THEATER: Co-Chairs, Christof Faller, Illusonic GmbH, Brian McCarty, Chair, AES TC-SDCTV; Erno Langendijk, Philips; Wilfried Van Baelen, Auro-3D, Belgium; TBD, Dolby Laboratories, SF; Kimio Hamasaki, NHK, Japan TBD, Iosono, Germany; Stefano Lacaito, Imm Sound, Spain. Several new digital cinema formats are under active consideration for cinema soundtrack production. Each was developed to create realistic sound “motion” in parallel with 3D pictures. This workshop presents a rare opportunity for the proponents of these leading systems to discuss their specific technologies.

“We have developed an extremely diverse and comprehensive Sound For Pictures Track,” Brian McCarty says. “Our Workshop participants are all outstanding leaders in their fields. The ‘New Multi-Formats For 3D Cinema’ panel is a particularly newsworthy event. Gathering developers of competitive systems together for a high level, working dialogue is a major coup which may have important ramifications for film exhibitors.”

Sound For Pictures Track Co-Chair Steve Martz points to three related events, which will be of particular interest to Sound For Pictures Track attendees. “Academy Award-winner Ioan Allen, Sr. VP at Dolby Laboratories, will illustrate innovative audio mixing and editing techniques in his Historical Events presentation, The Egg Show: A Demonstration of the Artistic Uses of Sound on Film.

“And,” Martz adds, “Two concurrent Technical Tours should not be missed. “Roger Wiersema is coordinating a tour of the Polarity Post production complex, and Dave Nelson is hosting a concurrent tour of Outpost Studios. As both these facilities are located in the same building in SF’s popular Embarcadero District, participants will be able to attend both. This Convention promises to make a deep impact on industry thinking about sound for Digital Cinema,” Martz concludes.

The 133rd AES Convention will be held October 26-29 at SF’s Moscone Center. For details please visit www.aes.org.

Photo: AES Convention, Sound For Pictures Track Co-Chair, Brian McCarty.

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 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. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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AES Launches New Project Studio Expo At 133rd Convention

Sound On Sound and Craig Anderton Collaborate on Full Program of Training Clinics to Complement Project Studio Exhibition

SAN FRANCISCO: The 133rd AES Convention will herald the introduction of the Project Studio Expo, featuring practical training and an exhibit area focused on leading edge project studio technology. Developed in partnership with Sound On Sound and Craig Anderton, the Project Studio Expo (PSE) brings the latest recording techniques, best practices, and practical tips from leaders in the recording business. “I think we can safely say this two-day event will be a highlight of the convention,” states AES Executive Director Bob Moses. “It builds on AES’s long history of leadership in the recording industry, and addresses issues of deep importance to people working in small studios. Based on early feedback from industry pros, I’m confident we have hit a home run with this event.”

Indeed, in a rare joint statement co-signed by Sound On Sound Editorial Director Dave Lockwood and Editor Paul White; Craig Anderton, Executive Editor, Electronic Musician and Editor in Chief, Harmony Central; Frank Wells, Editor, Pro Sound News and the AES Daily; Sarah Jones, Editor, Electronic Musician; Tom Kenny, Editor, Mix; Strother Bullins, Pro Audio Review; Recording Magazine Editor, Lorenz Rycher and Associate Editor Mike Metlay; and Tape Op Editor/ Founder, Larry Crane, and Publisher John Baccigaluppi, these industry leaders stated: “We strongly support AES in striking out in this new direction. We believe that in the years to come, the Project Studio Expo will continue to grow, and in the process, enhance the overall Convention.”

Scheduled for Oct. 27-28 at SF’s Moscone Center, the PSE will feature in depth Clinics and Q&A sessions with noted leaders:

DAY ONE: Saturday, Oct. 27

* It Won’t Sound Right If You Don’t Hear It Right: Studio Acoustics – Presenter, Hugh Robjohns
* Total Tracking: Get It Right At Source – Choosing & Recording Your Sound Source*- Presenter, Hugh Robjohns
* Mixing Secrets: Production Tricks To Use With Any DAW – Presenter, Mike Senior
* Master Your Tracks: DIY Results to Compete With The Pros*- Presenter, Craig Anderton
* You Ask, We Answer: Q&A session Moderator Hugh Robjohns; Panel, Paul White, Mike Senior & Guests tba
* Take Your Studio On Stage: Live Performance With Laptops, Looping Pedals & Other Studio Tech – Presenter, Craig Anderton

*Repeated on Sunday

DAY TWO: Sunday, Oct. 28

* Keeping The Human Element In The Digital Age: Ways To Keep Music Sounding Alive And Interesting – Presenter, Craig Anderton
* Total Tracking: Get it Right At Source – Choosing & Recording Your Sound Source – Presenter, Hugh Robjohns
* Mixing Secrets: Production Tricks To Use With Any DAW – Presenter, Mike Senior
* Master Your Tracks: DIY Results to Compete With The Pros – Presenter, Craig Anderton
* Make Music With Your iPad: Hot Apps, Great Gadgets & All Things IOS – Presenter, Mike Metlay
* Ask The Editors: Q&A Session – Moderator: Hugh Robjohns; Panel to include Paul White, Sarah Jones, Frank Wells, Strother Bullins, Lorenz Rychner, Larry Crane and Tom Kenny

“AES has always been the place where the recording industry came to share the latest techniques and connect with colleagues from around the world,” Bob Moses said. “In past years the business was built on a number of large studios and an entirely different workflow than today. The Project Studio Expo brings the AES into alignment with the reality of today’s industry, and addresses the latest techniques, best practices, and workflow. Anyone doing professional work in a small studio should come to listen, learn, and connect with their peers and mentors.”

The 133rd AES Convention Project Studio Expo is open to the public. Other AES Convention Technical Program events may require separate paid registration. For additional information visit: www.aes.org/ProjectStudioExpo

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 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. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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