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AES Announces Student Design Competition

Blue Ribbon Panel To Select Winning Innovations At 133rd Convention Oct. 26 – 29

SAN FRANCISCO: Aspiring student engineers from around the globe will vie for the opportunity to jumpstart their careers at the Audio Engineering Society’s 133rd Convention at SF’s Moscone Center, Oct. 26-29. A blue-ribbon panel of pro audio manufacturers, product designers and end users will review innovative Student Design Competition hardware and software designs in search of the most audacious, innovative and useful new product ideas.

“Student new product entries have always been integral components of AES Conventions, reports Committee Education Co-Chair John Krivit. “We are making a special effort this year to raise the bar. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2012. Students will have the entire summer to conceive, develop and refine their dream products. Prizes will be awarded at the AES Convention on October 28 Students must attend the Convention to be considered for the finals.”

All students will have the opportunity to display their projects at the Convention’s tabletop exhibition. Entrants must register as students for the full Convention technical program, but AES membership is not required for entry submission. For a complete list of AES Student Design Competition rules and deadlines visit: http://bit.ly/PzG7tz. For additional questions regarding the competition please contact: Colin Pfund at colin@aes-sda.org.

With over 14,000 members worldwide, the AES is the largest international group of audio professionals. The advancement of professional audio education is a continuing AES focus. Many leading colleges, universities and leading technology schools maintain active AES Student Sections. Annual U.S. Conventions alternate between East and West Coasts. These events attract Gold, Platinum and Grammy Award-winning engineers, producers and artists, along with leading manufacturers from around the world. For details on the upcoming Convention please visit: www.aes.org

Photo: 133rd AES Convention Education Committee Co-Chair John Krivit

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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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TYLER & MC TIGUE – 133rd AES CONVENTION CO-CHAIRS ON TRACK FOR A BLOCKBUSTER EVENT


SAN FRANCISCO: Co-Chairing an AES Convention takes technical and interpersonal skills, an ability to juggle an infinite stream of details, an aptitude for delegating AND, the capacity for keeping a close eye on your day job. Clearly gifted with these indispensable talents, AES 133rd Convention Co-Chairs Valerie Tyler and Jim McTigue have returned to the scene of their 2010 success. Plans are well underway for the Convention set for October 26-29 at SF’s Moscone Center.

Both Tyler and McTigue take great pride in their contributions to this gargantuan undertaking. Like all the volunteer Chairs, they share a deep sense of accomplishment in producing what appears to attendees and exhibitors to be an effortless, efficient and smoothly running ‘clockwork’ event. Their goal is to perpetuate that ‘never let ‘em see you sweat’ cliché.

Since joining the AES in 1993,Valerie Tyler has served in a variety of Convention committee positions including Workshops, Special Events, Tutorials & Master Classes. Her extensive academic career includes music studies at UC Santa Cruz, music/recording industry studies at San Francisco State University, and electronic music, digital audio, digital video, web design, and graphic design studies at College of San Mateo where she currently holds the position of Webmaster. Tyler has also served as an audio editor and as a freelance live sound engineer.

A 35-year+ veteran of the acoustics, broadcast, and professional audio industry, Jim McTigue began his career at NY’s legendary A&R Recording Studios. He has served in technology and management roles for such leading firms as Altec Lansing, API, Broadcast Technology, Euphonix, Radix Systems and Chief Engineer at NY’s famed Sigma Sound Studios. McTigue is currently director, Audio Hardware Development for Avid Technology. His broad education includes engineering degrees from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU and the University of Oklahoma. In addition to Co-Chairing his 2nd consecutive AES SF Convention, he is currently serving on the AES SF Section Committee.

“Our Committee Chairs devote a vast amount of time and energy to AES Conventions,” says Executive Director, Bob Moses. ” In doing so they earn the respect and appreciation of their peers and the knowledge that they are performing an invaluable service for the industry. We are all indebted to Jim McTigue and Valerie Tyler for their extraordinary contribution to this massive venture. We are confident that they and their Co-Chairs are creating an unforgettable Convention experience.”

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Pictured: AES 133rd Convention Co-Chairs Jim McTigue and Valerie Tyler

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WSDG Begins 16th Art Institute Audio Teaching Studio

4-Year Building Program Creates Nation’s Largest Audio Education Network

NEW YORK: An intensive 4-year design/construction program by the Walters-Storyk Design Group has produced sixteen professional audio education studios for The Art Institutes’ educational institutions across the U.S. Developed to train students for jobs in the rapidly expanding sphere of high tech audio-related occupations, the studios provide cutting edge instruction in both theory and hands-on production techniques. The Art Institute of Michigan (Detroit) complex is currently under construction.

WSDG Partner/Senior Project Manager Romina Larregina has spearheaded the program since its inception. Working closely with company principal/architect/ acoustician John Storyk she has supervised each construction project to insure the highest level of pro audio educational professionalism. “John Storyk’s commitment to education was a primary catalyst behind The Art Institutes decision to retain WSDG for this major assignment,” Larregina says. “His extensive lecturing background, coupled with our 40-year + history of creating world-class studios for artists ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Alicia Keys and Bruce Springsteen, made us an obvious choice for this expansive, on-going project.”

“Each WSDG- IA studio was custom designed to meet specific aesthetic and logistic requirements,” Larregina reports. “Room and class size, technology selection, acoustics, a myriad of related issues dictated our design considerations. These are not ‘cookie cutter’ installations,” she emphasized. “They are designed to address every aspect of pro audio training, including digital and analogue technology.”

“Professional audio education has undergone a seismic shift over the past few years,” John Storyk remarked. “The traditional mega studio paradigm has evolved to a new generation of compact, powerful ‘vest-pocket’ and personal facilities which maximize the potential of affordable laptop-based recording and mixing technology. Concurrently, the new job category has flourished,” Storyk adds. “While traditional positions such as mixing, mastering and FOH engineering may have diminished; audio pros are now flourishing in such diverse occupations as perceptual audio coding, streaming, virtual acoustics, and forensic audio reconstruction. These new AI studios and their faculties are positioned to populate the mushrooming pro audio job market with highly trained and motivated candidates. WSDG is proud to have been associated with AI’s expansion.”

WSDG has created AI studios in Washington, DC, Nashville, Austin, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Philadelphia, Shaumburg (Illinois), San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Inland Empire (CA), Chicago, Austin, Minneapolis and now Detroit.

“We are expanding our professional audio production curriculum in recognition of the new job opportunities in a field far wider than traditional music recording and live sound mixing,” states John Mazzoni, president of The Arts Institutes. “Video game design and production; corporate, governmental, industrial, educational, broadcast and many other sectors rely on skilled professionals to produce high-quality audio content for a variety of creative, entertainment, and messaging purposes. Innovative applications ranging from audio forensics to ringtone production are expanding exponentially. Jobs exist now and entire new categories are emerging. We are committed to training our students to serve as valuable assets to these potential employers.”

In recent years, WSDG has created a number of large-scale audio education facilities. These include: NYU’s $6.5 million Steinhardt Center Music Technology Complex in NYC, teaching studios for the University of Colorado (Boulder) and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).

WSDG is currently engaged in the largest and most ambitious audio education project in their 40+-year history. Teaching studios for two massive Berklee College of Music campuses: An ultra-modern complex in Valencia, Spain is rapidly approaching completion. And, a 22,000 sq. ft. audio facility for Berklee’s new $100 million, 16 story multi-purpose building is currently under construction at 160 Massachusetts Avenue, at the heart of the college campus.

Photos: 1. AI Chicago teaching studio control room designed by WSDG
2. AI Chicago teaching studio live room designed by WSDG

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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TPI Clears The Air (Space) With WSDG Expansion

DC-Area Complex Alleviates Dulles Flight Path Noise

CHANTILLY, VA. One of the largest TV production/post-production facilities in the Washington DC area, TeleProductions, Inc. (TPI) has produced and distributed TV programming for international broadcast, cable, satellite and new media audiences for over thirty years. Now headquartered in a new building directly beneath the Dulles Airport flight path, TPI has completed significant upgrades enabling them to branch out into new production opportunities. These include an expansive new music production live room, shared by two spacious control rooms, and a 1,750 square foot shooting stage with a dedicated audio control room. They also required an acoustic treatment program to alleviate persistent airport-related noise. To address all these issues, TPI called NY-based Walters-Storyk Design Group.

WSDG partner/project manager Joshua Morris reports that the design plan included a central machine room (CMR), several edit rooms for post-production work, a production suite comprised of a studio, control room and an isolation booth and two self-contained edit suites for external clients. WSDG also developed a spacious conference room and a small 30-seat screening room, which included a surround system and speaker wall.

“The most significant issue we faced during the design process was TPI’s proximity to the Dulles Airport flight path,” Morris says. “Acoustic isolation had to be maintained across the entire frequency spectrum, but specifically low frequencies. Fortunately, in addition to our standard isolated ceiling lid, the building’s 24 ft. ceiling height was more than adequate for a second ‘non-isolated’ lid, thereby increasing the isolation and achieving our target quietness level. This second lid also functions as a mechanical mezzanine enabling workers to access ductwork and equipment as needed. The implementation of these design elements enabled us to virtually eliminate air traffic noise interference from TPI’s production/post-production complex,” Morris explains.

Because TPI operators typically work standing up in studio control rooms, WSDG designed an elevated platform system enabling the consoles to be installed at this appropriate height. WSDG also developed a raised access floor system to ensure easy access to the extensive AV cables that run through the facility. This solution not only served to facilitate access, but also helped reroute AV cables from interference inducing power cables. Moreover, it eased construction coordination, as empty conduits were not required to share mechanical or lighting equipment space.

WSDG worked closely with local architect Sal Poulton of Gileau-Poulton Architects in Woodbridge, VA.

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Photos: 1. TPI Shooting Stage with isolated acoustic lid
2. TPI floor plan.

Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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AES Names Steve Green Business Development Manager

New Job Title Reflects Organizational Evolution

NEW YORK: Recognizing the importance of engaging directly with its stakeholders, Executive Director Bob Moses has named Steve Green AES Business Development Manager. An accomplished audio systems and applications engineer, and skilled technical marketing manager, Green will focus his energies on expanding the AES constituency and maximizing the value of its many assets and services.

“I’ve known Steve Green over twenty years,” Moses said. “I was his customer for more than half of them, and I learned that I could go to Steve whenever I needed an honest answer to a question, or help getting my project out the door. I want that experience for all AES members, exhibitors and attendees. His mission is simple – talk to people and find out how we can make AES better. Then, as we used to say in the manufacturing business, ship it.”

Sharing his thoughts for his new position, Green remarked, “As an AES member for over 30 years, I have a personal interest in the continued success of the organization. My primary goal is to increase the value of the AES for the individuals, companies and educational organizations within the audio community. One of the unique attributes of the AES is the incredible diversity in the interests and focus areas of our members. Facilitating the exchange of ideas and knowledge both within and between these groups is something that only the AES is in a position to provide. I look forward to meeting with many old friends and to building many new relationships on my new journey.”

Steve Green has worked for the past 20+ years with integrated circuit manufacturers focused on audio products, primarily with Crystal Semiconductor/Cirrus Logic. He has held various positions including Applications Engineer, Applications Manager and Technical Marketing Manager. In November 2010 he was awarded an AES Fellowship, “In recognition of two decades of valuable contributions to mixed-signal audio design and implementation.”

Photo: Steve Green has been named AES Business Development Manager

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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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“MEN IN BLACK 3″ LOOKS TO SIXTEEN19 FOR EDITORIAL SUPPORT

NEW YORK: Looming as the first summer 2012 blockbuster, Barry Sonnenfeld’s Men In Black 3 spent considerable location time in New York last summer, with a rigorous production schedule supported by NY’s Sixteen19. “This was an extremely buttoned down project,” reports managing director Claire Shanley. “Everyone on MIB3 was at the top of their game, and we were committed to insuring total reliability for every piece of gear.”

“After kicking off the editorial process in Manhattan during the shoot, we shifted to East Hampton in July,” reports post production supervisor Paul Levin. Working thousands of miles away from Los Angeles, expert technical support and workflow oversight were critical. “I’ve worked with Sixteen19 on a number of major projects in the past, and I knew we could count on them both to provide dependable systems and to see us through any unanticipated problem. Sixteen19 exceeded our expectations.” Beyond its offices in NY, LA, London, and New Orleans, Sixteen19 specializes in providing high-level service to large productions outside of these hubs and supporting them in their work around the world.

First assistant editor Jason Solberg reports that when a glitch in the Avid Unity was discovered during a tech run-through on Sunday, July 3rd, “Sixteen19 director of technical services Travis Boyer worked deep into the night to resolve the problem. By Tuesday morning after the holiday, we were totally on track. I know Paul (Levin) had great experiences with them in the past, and I’d recommend them for my upcoming projects. You need to be absolutely confident your gear will work, and that you’ve got a reliable support team at your back,” he says. “MIB3 produced almost 1/2 a million feet of film, as well as digital footage acquired on Arri Alexa. Barry doesn’t do a lot of takes, but this feature has a tremendous amount of action. The feedback we’ve been getting from early screenings have ‘winner’ written all over them,” he adds.

Paul Levin notes that the audio layback and color correction services Sixteen19 provided in LA to prep MIB3 for screenings worked flawlessly. “Barry was particularly impressed with Sixteen19′s colorist, Steve Beganyi. He was a total pro and absolutely delivered for us.”

Sixteen19′s MIB3 technical package included: five dual-boot Avid Media Composers running v. 5.5.9.3 and v. 4.0.5.13, linked to a 32 terabyte Avid Unity running v. 5.1.3 Each system incorporated a 50″ Panasonic Pro 20 Series monitor, two 27″ Apple Cinema displays and a 27″ JVC studio monitor. Sixteen19 also ran a line from the VFX station to Barry Sonnenfeld’s East Hampton theater to enable screening onsite.

“MIB3 was a terrific opportunity to showcase our broad production support capabilities,” Claire Shanley concludes. “We appreciate Paul Levin bringing us on board, and look forward to working with Paul, Barry, and their team on future projects.”

Photo: “Men In Black 3″ First assistant editor Jason Solberg in East Hampton at a Sixteen19 Avid Media Composer.

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Sixteen19 is a post-production services company with offices at 1619 Broadway, NYC and divisions in New Orleans; L.A. and London. In addition to production and development, the firm specializes in DI, color correction, editing and finishing and on & near set services. The NYC complex features 15 spacious Avid editing suites, color correct theater/ screening rooms, digital dailies, file transcode/encode and workflow management. Contact: 212-245-1402 http://www.sixteen19.com

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AES 132nd Convention A Hit In Budapest

Mercedes-Benz Signature Sound Audio & John Buckman Keynote Highlight Show

BUDAPEST: With over 100 paper, workshop, tutorial and networking events, 11 exhibitors and 805 attendees, the 132nd AES Convention was the most intimate yet intensive gathering in the organization’s 64-year history. Participant response to the event and, to the host city, was uniformly positive.

“Budapest exceeded our expectations as a distinctive site for our 2012 European convention,” stated AES Executive Director Bob Moses. “We attracted a number of eastern European audio professionals who had not previously had the opportunity to participate in an AES event. The feedback we received from them as well as from our traditional AES European Convention attendees was extremely positive.”

The convention was highlighted by the first surround recording, specifically mixed and mastered for the exotic new Mercedes SL Roadster. Presented by a blue-ribbon panel which included Leslie Ann Jones of Skywalker Sound, Mario Fresner of Daimler AG, Stefan Bock, msm-studios GmbH, Norbert Niemczyk, Daimler AG, Wieslaw Woszczyk of McGill University, and moderator Herbert Waltl of LA’s mediaHYPERIUM, the event demonstrated the “ultimate surround sound car listening experience.” Technical issues behind its development were discussed at length.

Keynote speaker John Buckman, a leading online label entrepreneur and Chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), provided deep insights into developing successful 21st century progressive music business models. Presentations spanning subjects from Smartphone technology to Virtual Microphones and the Beach Boys’ “Smile” sessions offered attendees invaluable insights, career tips and social networking opportunities.

Moses reports the quality of the research papers was particularly high thanks in part to a newly instituted Convention paper review process. “The turnout for Workshops and Tutorials was particularly strong,” he adds, “The rooms were packed and, while the exhibition was smaller than we had hoped, we deeply appreciate the support of Audiomonde, Auro Technologies, Charteroak, Crane Song, Delta Senselab, Linear Audio, Microtech Gefell, Neutrik, Profusion and Roland Systems Group East Europe. Our post-show conversations with them clearly substantiate their palpable sense of having made the right judgment call in being with us. “The 132nd Convention clearly confirms the importance of continuing the AES European show. We are already in the planning stages for our next event, and will be incorporating changes our stakeholders are requesting to add value and ensure its long term success” Moses concludes.

Commenting on his reaction to the 132nd Convention, David Josephson of Josephson Engineering who shared a booth with Crane Song, AEA and Hitspace remarked, “The show was really worthwhile. We saw a lot of students and pro users. The technical sessions seemed stronger and better attended than the last London show. We went because it was the first time we could reach out to buyers in Eastern Europe. The opportunity for seeing significant people is absolutely worth attending an event like this.”

Photos: 1. 132nd AES Convention Opening Day Registration
2.132nd AES Convention Workshop
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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. With 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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Vivace Music Brings World Class WSDG Studio To Uruguay

<img src="http://blog.svconline.com/briefingroom/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/2-Vivace-Studios-Live-Room-lr-300×200.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="200" class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-29662" MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY: Vivace Music, an elegant, high-end recording studio, has debuted in the heart of Montevideo, the 1/4Switzerland1/4 of Latin America. Acoustically superb, and aesthetically unique, studio details are highlighted by rare wood elements such as doors, window trim, flooring and custom furniture built with recycled wood acquired from ancient wooden casks originally used for the leather tanning industry, (one the multiple activities of studio co-owner Luis Cesio).

Designed to accommodate the full spectrum of Latin, jazz, pop, rock and world music production, Vivace establishes a new standard of high-quality audio production for South America. The 1000 sq. ft. complex features a 450 sq. ft. live room outfitted with variable acoustics and shared by two comfortable control rooms, each with it's own Iso Booth. Control Room A is equipped with an SSL AWS948 – 48 channel console, Pro Tools HD – 48 channels, Stereo ATC SCM 150A Surround and Genelec 8050 /7070 monitors. Control B features Command 8 Control surface, Pro Tools HD. and Surround JBL LSR6325 monitoring. The studio also offers a substantial collection of outboard gear including preamps and compressors (API, AVALON, Manley, Empirical Labs, Neve, Teletronics, etc), and numerous vintage mics and instruments.

"The acoustic qualities and isolation developed by WSDG enable us to work at any sound level without concern for extraneous noise entering the studio or leaking out to our neighbors," explain Studio co-founder/partners Cesar Lamschtein and Louis Cesio. WSDG Latin director Sergio Molho, developed a turn-key design and build program which engaged local talent for technical and specialty item finishes, and, an experienced studio construction crew to insure critical isolation. Grammy-winning engineer/WSDG Brasil partner/GM, Renato Cipriano, coordinated final tuning and certification of the ATC monitoring systems.

Photo 1. Vivace Music Control A
Photo 2. Vivace Music Live Room

Photos by Silvia Campos Ulloa

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC's Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY's major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland's Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Bejing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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SIXTEEN19 EDITOR CORTESE WINS THREE SPORTS EMMY AWARDS

NEW YORK: Sixteen19 editor Anthony Cortese (pictured) won three Emmys at the 33rd Annual Sports Emmy Awards, presented April 30th by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Cortese’s work for the Showtime / CBS Sports documentary, A Game of Honor was recognized in the Best Documentary, Best Trailer, and Best Web Series categories. The highly rated, critically acclaimed, two-hour documentary provided a stirring and insightful behind-the-scenes look at the teams preparations for the classic 2011 Army-Navy Game.

Cortese’s award collection already includes two previous EMMYS presented in the Associate Producer category. Sixteen19 is a leading post-production services company with offices in NYC and divisions in New Orleans, L.A. and London.

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Sixteen19 is a post-production services company with offices at 1619 Broadway, NYC and divisions in New Orleans; L.A. and London. The firm specializes in DI, color correction, editing and finishing and on & near set services. The NYC complex features 15 spacious Avid editing suites, color correct theater/ screening rooms, digital dailies, file transcode/encode and workflow management. Contact: 212-245-1402 http://www.sixteen19.com

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Berklee College Commissions WSDG For Major Projects

Berklee 160 Mass WSDG – Presentation Drawing – Level B1Berkley Valencia floor planConcurrent Work On Two Continents: Boston, Mass. & Valencia, Spain

NEW YORK: In a patent message of confidence in education and the inherent strengths of the world economy, the Berklee College of Music has embarked on a significant expansion program. In Valencia, Spain, an entirely new campus opened in January, 2012. In Boston, the first ground-up building in Berklee’s 66-year history, 160 Massachusetts Avenue, a 16-story, $100 million structure, began construction in December 2011. While U.S. and Spanish architects were engaged to create strikingly disparate footprints for each of these bold projects, a single internationally recognized studio design and acoustical consultancy, the Walters-Storyk Design Group, was commissioned to create the audio education studios for both these learning complexes.

“We have a long-standing relationship with WSDG, and with architect/acoustician John Storyk who designed Electric Lady Studios for Jimi Hendrix among many world-class studios all over the world,” Berklee president Roger H. Brown remarked. “In addition to designing a number of teaching studios and media rooms for our Boston campus, Mr. Storyk is a visiting professor for our MP&E Department. He developed Berklee’s signature studio design course and also lectures frequently to our music production and engineering students. Both 160 Mass. and our Valencia campus required exemplary creative and technical standards. We have every confidence in WSDG’s ability to exceed our expectations.”

Celebrated Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava’s ultramodern Valencia Campus personifies Berklee’s total commitment to the future. WSDG partner/senior project manager, Romina Larregina, reports the sprawling 18,000 sq. ft. East Technical Wing features a 1360 sq. ft. recording studio which includes an 850 sq. ft. live room; four project/production studios ranging in size from 135 to 200 sq. feet; and multiple classroom/tech support environments “Berklee Valencia sets a new standard for European audio education and signal a new level of achievement for WSDG,” Larregina says. The firm’s 40+ years of designing professional recording environments and educational facilities includes such major schools as: NYU, the Universities of Colorado and Michigan and The Vatican’s new Javeriana University, in Bogota, Columbia.

Designed by William Rawn Associates (Boston), Berklee’s new 155,000 square-foot 160 Massachusetts Ave. tower will house eight WSDG recording studios, including a live room scaled to host a 60-piece orchestra. Scheduled for completion for the fall 2013 semester, the complex encompasses technical suites, classrooms, a film dubbing theater and, a unique, three-story 4000 square foot, 400-seat, dual purpose, auditorium/dining hall with a dramatic two-story glass wall facing Massachusetts Avenue.

“We are investing everything we have learned about acoustic excellence and educational prerequisites in these important assignments,” says Larregina, who is serving asWSDG PM on both projects. “In addition to maintaining close contact with local contractors, systems integrators and our offices in Brazil, Argentina, Barcelona and Switzerland, I made regular site visits to Valencia and continue to personally monitor the progress in Boston.

“Our international team is collaborating on every facet of these projects,” Larregina adds. “We have developed methods of pooling our mutual skill sets in technical drawing, systems integration, HVAC, room isolation, acoustical treatments, and the myriad related issues. We are particularly fortunate to have been engaged at the planning stage, as this enables us to anticipate and eliminate potential acoustic problems rather than having to devise ‘fixes,’ after the walls, floors and ceilings are in place.”

“Commissions on the scale of Berklee’s Boston and Valencia projects are rare in today’s economic environment, but these will be extraordinary campuses,” John Storyk concludes. “We engaged the most advanced predictive acoustic modeling software and have incorporated the latest acoustical and technical developments in every facet of our design to insure the highest degree of future-proofing for these studios and teaching labs. Roger Brown’s visionary commitment to bringing these schools to life speaks volumes about our faith in the future,” Storyk concludes. “Berklee will be preparing students for generations of creative, rewarding careers, both here and in Europe. WSDG is honored to be associated with this noble mission.”

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Photos: 1. Berklee College of Music 160 Massachusetts Ave. Rendering
2. Berklee 160 Mass. Control/Classroom Rendering
3. Berklee Valencia Campus (photo by Alberto Hidalgo)
4. Berklee Valencia Control/Classroom Rendering

Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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