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Live Sound Legends Rock 131ST AES Convention

All-star line up includes: Robert Scovil, Dave Natale, Sam Berkow, Dave Gunness James Stoffo & others

NEW YORK: Perennial crowd pleasers, AES Convention Live Sound events are always distinguished by FOH ‘household name’ participants; spot on technical panels and invaluable production tips. Returning for a command performance as Live Sound Co-Chairs for the 131st AES Convention, Henry Cohen, a leading RF expert, and top FOH pro Mac Kerr have once again pulled out all the stops. “Henry and Mac’s depth of hands-on experience and technical know-how have been invaluable assets in their ability to build worthwhile events and panels,” remarked Convention Chair Jim Anderson. “As touring continues to play a pivotal role in the pro audio world’s economic story, the program they have developed is certain to provide a wealth of real-world advice and irreplaceable networking opportunities.”

AES LIVE SOUND EVENTS:

ROBERT SCOVIL INTERVIEWS DAVE more

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AES Executive Director Roger Furness To Step Down

Search Committee To Be Formed

NEW YORK:

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Jim Kaiser, President of the Audio Engineering Society has announced that Roger Furness, AES Executive Director since 1994, will step down from his position at the end of 2011. An AES member since 1975, Mr. Furness has served as Section Chair, Vice President AES Europe and as AES President. To ensure continuity in all aspects of the AES organization, the Executive Committee has asked him to remain as Executive Director Emeritus throughout 2012.

“My seventeen years as AES Executive Director have been an exhilarating and deeply gratifying experience,” Furness said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with Convention Committees on nearly 40 major events in the United States and throughout Europe. I have also been privileged to work with AES members around the world on hundreds of Conferences, Workshops and internal events. more

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AES 131st Convention – Broadcast/Streaming Program: An Assembly Of Destination Events

Cusp Point Technology, Critical Issues + FM Stereo Broadcast’s 50th Anniversary

NEW YORK: 131st AES Convention Chair Jim Anderson reports that Broadcast & Streaming Sessions Chair, David Bialik has developed a wide-ranging program of must-attend events. “Significant technical and sociological changes which impacted the broadcast industry over the past decade have affected every corner of the pro audio industry,” Anderson remarked. “In his 25th turn as Broadcast/Streaming Chair, David Bialik continues to deliver ‘destination’ sessions of real consequence to our attendees.

BROADCAST STREAMING EVENTS INCLUDE:

IMPROVING THE STREAMING AUDIENCE EXPERIENCE: Moderator – Bill Sacks, Dolby Labs. Panel: Rusty Hodge, SomaFM; Michael Daskalopoulos, Dolby; Markell Lanbright, CBS Radio; Greg Ogonowski, Orban: Today’s hyper competitive digital media environment presents listener/viewers with countless options. Audiences are increasingly aware of high quality audio and seamless players. Compromised audio streaming will loose these fickle users forever. Options for improving the audience experience more

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Sonnox Posts Pro-Codec Competition On Facebook


Three Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Plug-ins To Be Won

OXFORD, UK: To mark the introduction of its new Fraunhofer Pro-Codec plug-in, Sonnox has announced a fun competition on Facebook, where three Pro-Codec’s will be awarded on September 1st !

Following a lengthy collaboration with mp3 creator Fraunhofer IIS, the resulting Pro-Codec software introduces real-time auditioning, encoding and decoding of audio, using Fraunhofer’s professional codecs, within a DAW environment.

“The Pro-Codec represents a huge advance in enabling engineers to precisely audition codecs in real time,” explains Sonnox Sales & Marketing Manager, Nathan Eames. “It’s now possible to make highly informed mix decisions with the knowledge of exactly how it will sound when encoded to various different formats.”

To aid contestants in answering the three basic questions posed on their Facebook page, Sonnox has hinted that all answers are included in a brief but informative product video more

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WSDG Orchestrates Synphonic Studios

ETZGEN, SWITZERLAND: Driving 30 minutes from Zurich, past rolling hills and ancient forests, a recording artist might not expect to find a world class recording and mixing facility. But, in the little village of Etzgen stands Synphonic Recording Studios, a three-room facility built within an abandoned corner shop.

“After beginning my career in the basement of my parent’s house decades ago, I built my first professional studio in an industrial building, in 1997,” explains Synphonic founder, and principal engineer Tom Lumholtz. For my new studio I wanted to make sure that the acoustics, aesthetics and technology were all done in the most professional manner.”

Synphonic is a full room-within-room structure, designed to provide sound isolation from neighboring buildings, and the living quarters of the owner and his wife on the upper floors. The control room is highlighted by an elegantly curved, backlit wall with soffit-mounted ADAM S5 more

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Physician/Musician Charles Limb For 131ST AES Keynote

Jazz, Hip Hop, Creativity & The Brain… An Inquiry Into Relationships

NEW YORK: In 2010, Dr. Charles Limb infiltrated Baltimore’s Hip Hop scene for a study on the parallels between that free form art and “traditional” jazz. On Thursday, October 20th, Dr Limb will detail his findings with a Keynote address at the 131st AES Convention at NY’s Javits Center. Sound, Hearing and Music: A Journey From The Ears to The Brain, will explore the physical and intellectual intricacies of musical creativity; its inception and perception.

In announcing the address, 131st Convention Chair Jim Anderson remarked, “Dr. Limb’s innovative research into the parallel fields of technology and musical creativity exemplifies the AES mission. His study of brain function in improvising musicians is sure to provide valuable insights.”

“At first glance, the free-form art of musical improvisation and the meticulous environment of the research lab seem more

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WSDG Critical Analysis For Switzerland’s KKL Luzern Concert Hall Electro Acoustic Upgrade

LUZERN, SWITZERLAND: From its opening performance by the Berlin Philharmonic in August 1998, the KKL Luzern Grand Concert Hall was recognized as one of the world’s great performance centers. An international landmark, both architecturally and culturally, the complex attracts music fans from around the world to its picturesque lakeside setting.

Designed by architect Jean Nouvel and fully opened in 2000 KKL Luzern is comprised of three distinctive sectors: The conference and meeting room wing, complemented by a number of lounges and restaurants. A black box-style multipurpose hall which presents events ranging from rock concerts to general assemblies. And, an 1800 seat concert hall distinguished by world-class acoustics designed by Russell Johnson’s Artec.

A dozen years of constant use coupled with significant technological advances prompted the KKL Luzern management group to upgrade and re-tune it’s retractable electro acoustical system. WSDG, an international team of acoustical more

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131st AES Committee On Track For Blockbuster Convention

NY’S Javits Center Set For International Pro Audio Gathering Oct. 20 – 23, 2011

NEW YORK: “Expectations for the 131st AES Convention are particularly high this year,” reports committee chair Jim Anderson, “our team is making an extraordinary effort to create an unforgettable event.” Scheduled for Oct. 20 – 23 at NY’S Jacob Javits Center, this year’s attendees will find a wealth of stimulating, challenging, entertaining and informative Workshops, Tutorials, Papers, Master Classes, Technical Tours and Special Events designed to hone their skills and recharge their batteries.

AES executive director Roger Furness reports that the stellar Committee is comprised of seasoned pros whose enthusiasm for the Convention is matched only by their professional accomplishments and peer recognition. “Our chairman Jim Anderson is a particularly accomplished engineer, producer and educator. His organizational acumen and leadership skills make him an indispensible asset. Many of our chairs more

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SONNOX SHIPS FRAUNHOFER PRO-CODEC

OXFORD, ENGLAND: A game-changing collaboration between Germany-based mp3 creator Fraunhofer IIS, and pioneering plug-in designer/manufacturer Sonnox Ltd., has produced a revolutionary solution for improving the quality of online music.

“Our Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec marks the first time engineers are able to precisely audition codecs in real time,” reports Sonnox Managing Director Rod Densham. “Additionally, the Pro-Codec eliminates the time-consuming cycle of encoding a mix to mp3/AAC, previewing, tweaking and re-rendering. The entire process may now be accomplished ‘on the fly,’ freeing the engineer to concentrate on producing an optimized mix during the preview process.”

Mix and mastering engineers may now audition up to five codecs in real time within a DAW environment. The Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec plug-in enables the production of optimized mixes, and provides the option to simultaneously batch encode to multiple formats. All major codecs, including: mp3, mp3 Surround, AAC-LC and HE-AAC are more

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World Harmony Studios Poised To Make Meaningful Music

WSDG Design For Upstate NY Showplace

NEW YORK: Set on a 300-acre horse farm/vineyard in Upstate New York, World Harmony Studios is a high-end destination studio; geared to accommodate a wide range of theatrical, feature film and music recording projects. Owned by producer/ businessman Samuel Nappi, and designed by architect/acoustician/ WSDG co-principal John Storyk, the 2500 sq. ft. complex integrates cutting-edge technology within an impeccable acoustic footprint.

Built into a 3-story, 4500 sq. ft. redwood lodge/guest house, the 2500 sq. ft. complex includes a custom-built 700 sq. ft. ‘live/screening room,’ a 300 sq. ft. control room; 120 and 220 sq. ft. iso rooms a lounge and a full bore tech support system. The guesthouse offers a comprehensive range of comfort-focused amenities including a gourmet kitchen.

“To take advantage of its pastoral setting, we incorporated as much glass as possible throughout the studio,” WSDG project manager Joshua more

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