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AES 135th CONVENTION POSTS DEADLINE FOR PAPERS PROPOSALS

May 29 Deadline for Abstracts

NEW YORK: AES 135th Convention Committee Papers Co-Chairs, Brett Leonard and Tae Hong Park, have announced an extension of the call to the professional audio community for technical papers proposals. The new deadline is Wednesday, May 29, 2013.

“We have already received a number of strong abstracts and completed papers,” reports Brett Leonard. “We anticipate a particularly strong turnout for this year. And, we want to make sure that our review board has as many options as possible in order to maintain the quality and diversity of our presentations. By reaching out to a wider segment of the professional and educational sectors we hope to add a number of atypical but eminently worthwhile subjects.”

“We recognize the fact that meaningful papers can originate from beyond traditional academia,” states Co-Chair Tae Hong Park. “Our goal is to develop the most stimulating, comprehensive and authoritative Papers Program possible. Points of origin are far less critical than points of fact, theory and originality.”

In addition to sharing knowledge and opening constructive dialogues on issues which impact on the professional audio community, presenting authors will have their Papers included on the CD-ROM of the full Papers / Posters Program, and, student members will be eligible for the Student Paper Award.

Authors may submit proposals in three categories:

1. Complete-manuscript peer-reviewed convention papers: www.aes.org/135th_authors
2. Abstract-precis-reviewed convention papers: www.aes.org/135th_authors
3. Synopsis-reviewed engineering briefs: www.aes.org/135th_ebriefs

Category 1 and 2 proposals must be submitted electronically to the AES 135th proposal submission site at: www.aes.org/135th_authors by May 29, 2013

Category 3 – Engineering Brief authors must supply a short synopsis by Aug. 14, 2013 followed by an electronic manuscript. These manuscripts will be freely available in the AES E-Library to AES members.

The 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention will be held Oct. 17 – 20, 2013 at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center.

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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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WSDG Reveals Outreach To India

New Affiliation With Pivotal Bollywood Film/Audio Rep

NEW YORK: Sergio Molho, Walters-Storyk Design Group Director of New Business Development, reports that company co-principals Beth Walters and John Storyk returned from a recent visit to India with a pioneering relationship with leading Pro audio/film industry solution provider/recording engineer, Aditya Modi. Following a series of client meetings and two lectures on design and acoustics at Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai, Walters and Storyk finalized an agreement with Modi Digital for exclusive representation of WSDG throughout India.

“Aditya Modi is a 2nd generation audio/video/film industry professional,” Molho says. “Since 2007 he has managed Modi Digital, a successful technology sales/installation firm founded by his father, Vijay Modi – 40 years ago. In addition to his extensive business experience, Modi is an award-winning, creative audio engineer. Our agreement will see him working with us to introduce WSDG’s acoustic and architectural design capabilities to India’s thriving production community. We are extremely fortunate to be working with him,” Molho adds.

“We were deeply impressed with Modi’s artistic talents, his integrity and his social graces,” Beth Walters remarked. “He worked and studied in the U.S. for a number of years, his knowledge of and connectivity with India’s huge film and audio production community is unsurpassed. We have an abiding respect for Bollywood, and we are convinced that WSDG can be of great service this pivotal industry.”

After earning a Recording Arts Degree from Full Sail University in 2001, Aditya Modi moved to LA to work as a DJ. Returning to Mumbai after graduation, he became a successful recording engineer and businessman. In 2001 Academy Award-winning Bollywood composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) enlisted Modi to manage his production/post production operations, and to serve as creative producer for his live and theatrical shows. Beyond his on-going relationship with Rahman, Modi established two personal recording, mastering & mixing facilities in Mumbai. In addition to writing for technical publications, he also hosts seminars for Music/Audio educational institutions.

“I have been aware of the Walters-Storyk Design Group from the earliest days of my career,” Modi remarked. “John Storyk’s work is highlighted by world-class credits that range from Electric Lady in 1968 to NY’s newest super studio Jungle City. I know WSDG’s international team will make a huge impact on Bollywood’s technical capabilities. And, I am honored to be representing such a distinguished firm.”

“We established an immediate rapport with Modi, and we relate to his entrepreneurial spirit,” John Storyk adds. “He is a true player in the Bollywood community. We are already beginning design work on our first project in India and,” he concludes, “We look forward to a long and warm working and personal relationship with Modi.”

Photo: Aditya Modi is representing the Walters-Storyk Design Group in India

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The 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, the KKL Luzern Concert Hall in Switzerland, 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, 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, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City and Mumbai.

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Dave McNair Plugs Sonnox Pro-Codec Into David Bowie’s Instant Classic “The Next Day” CD

OXFORD, UK: A mastering/mixing engineer with credits ranging from Iggy Pop and Rod Stewart to Los Lobos and Tina Turner, New Jersey-based Dave McNair most recently lent his technical and aesthetic expertise to David Bowie’s instant classic The Next Day. Warmly embraced by critics and fans alike, Bowie’s first album in ten years has accrued universally positive reviews, strong sales and, extensive YouTube viewing thanks to its avante garde look and sound.

McNair, who has worked with producer Tony Visconti, a long-time Bowie collaborator, on several previous projects, took particular advantage of his Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec on The Next Day. I’ve been using the Pro-Codec to preview encoded files in real time since it was introduced,” McNair says. “It’s become invaluable in previewing various codecs on the mastered higher resolution files for clients who will be making MP3′s or lower resolution files for digital distribution. I’ve found that the higher the bitrate, the less overs are created when making an MP3 or AAC.”

McNair uses the Pro-Codec via his Sequoia mastering rig. It enables him to hear (and visualize) exactly how an encoded file will sound. “A miniscule amount of red in the NMR (Noise-to-Mask Ratio) display in the FFT window (or, no red at all if I back the Bitstream level down) means there’s less or no audible distortion created in the encode stage,” he explains

The Pro-Codec was particularly useful on Bowie’s The Next Day album. “This recording was captured at 96kHz and also encoded for the Mastered for iTunes format.” McNair reveals. “The CD target level for Bowie was -0.6dB for the 96K session. After sample rate conversion to 44.1 kHz, it probably ended up closer to -0.1dB. Based on what I was seeing with the Pro-Codec and a later check using the Apple Mastered For iTunes software, the 96K files sent to iTunes were delivered at – 0.8dB. Overall, the Pro-Codec is a great tool. It really helps with my workflow. It was an honor and a great personal pleasure to be associated with this incredible project,” McNair concludes.

Photo: Mastering/mixing engineer Dave McNair recently worked on David Bowie’s The Next Day album.

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Workshops & Tutorials Align For 134th AES Convention In Rome

ROME: “The Workshops and Tutorials developed for the 134th AES Convention were designed to provide attendees with a particularly diverse educational curriculum. In many cases these events serve as integral components of major Track Presentations. Although their subject matter is diverse, their unifying core is a shared level of authoritative excellence,” observes 134th AES Convention Chairman Umberto Zanghieri. The 134th AES Convention will be held, May 4 -7, 2013 at Rome’s Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre. The international gathering of audio professionals will provide attendees with an unparallel opportunity to exchange ideas and information and to network with their peers, in one of the world’s most storied cities.

A Partial List of 134th AES Convention Workshops Includes:

• Applications of 3-D Audio in Automotive
• Multichannel Immersive Audio Formats for 3-D Cinema and Home Theater
• Design and Build of First Atmos-Equipped Dubbing Theater
• Capturing the Acoustics of Concert Halls with a Loudspeaker Orchestra
• Current Reference Listening Room Standards: Are They Meaningful?
• Sound Mixers Discuss Their Craft

Tutorial Presentations Include:

• Creative Distortion? You Are in the Over-Driver’s Seat
• Acoustic Enhancement Systems-Basics
• Microphones: The Physics, Metaphysics, and Philosophy
• Rub & Buzz and Other Irregular Loudspeaker Distortion
• 3-D Audio, Produce the New Dimension?
• Turntable Technique: The Art of the DJ

Click on http://www.aes.org/events/134/workshops/
and http://www.aes.org/events/134/tutorials/ for complete program information.

For details visit the Preliminary Events Calendar at: http://www.aes.org/events/134/calendar/calendar.cfm

Photo: Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre, Rome

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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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Paper Sessions Set To Enlighten AES 134th Convention Attendees In Rome

ROME: “AES Convention Paper Sessions represent innovative thinking by some of the most creative minds in professional audio,” states 134th AES Convention Chairman Umberto Zanghieri. “Papers Co-Chairs Veronique Larcher and Angelo Farina and their review committee evaluated over a hundred submissions in search of the most compelling, timely, and meaningful presentations. They have produced an outstanding program, developed to provide attendees with invaluable information. Over 110 Papers will be presented. We are deeply appreciative of the time and energy they devoted to this assignment,” Zanghieri adds. The 134th AES Convention will be held May 4 -7, 2013 at Rome’s Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre. The event represents an unique opportunity for industry professionals to exchange ideas and information with their peers, in a city that has been a seat of learning for centuries.”

AES 134th Convention Papers Sessions Include:

* Education and Semantic Audio
* Audio Signal Processing
* Room Acoustics
* Spatial Audio
* Measurements and Modeling
* Applications In Audio
* Recording And Production
* Perception And Education

“We were fortunate to have received a great number of remarkably diverse and extremely high quality submissions,” Veronique Larcher reports. “This made our selection both easier and more complicated. As we had a limited amount of time for the presentations, we were faced with making some difficult decisions. Angelo Farina and I are confident that 134th AES Convention Attendees will find many worthwhile options to explore.” Farina stresses the point that all paper presentations will be available in print and PDF/CD format at the convention and also in audio format following the event.

For details on the AES Papers Program visit: http://www.aes.org/events/134/papers/

For Convention details visit the Events Calendar at: http://www.aes.org/events/134/calendar/calendar.cfm

Photo Rome’s Fontana di Trevi

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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 2013 — 134th AES Convention Amplifies Spatial Sound

ROME: “Reviewing the many authoritative Papers and Workshop submitted for the 134th AES Convention, the Committee recognized a prevalence of 3-D Sound-related proposals,” reveals AES Executive Director Bob Moses. “It became apparent that we had enough perceptive, well-researched events to establish a formal Spatial Sound Track,” “By assembling nearly two dozen-papers and four timely Workshops into a dedicated bloc, we can direct 3-D Sound-focused attendees to a comprehensive overview on this topical field.” The 134th AES Convention will be held May 4 -7 at Rome’s Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre.

Spatial Sound Track Paper Sessions Include:

• Perception
• Recording & Production
• Spatial Audio – Part 1: Binaural
• Spatial Audio – Part 2: 3-D Microphone and Loudspeaker Systems
• Spatial Audio – Part 3: Ambisonics, WFS

Workshops Include:

• Applications of 3-D Audio in Automotive
• Properties of Auro 3-D Room Signals
• Bernstein and Beethoven in 3-D
• 3-D Audio: Produce the New Dimension?

Visit: http://www.aes.org/events/134/spatialsound/ for a complete list of events.

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For Convention details visit the Preliminary Events Calendar at: http://www.aes.org/events/134/calendar/calendar.cfm

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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ImmersAV Jazz Concert – A Very Special 134th AES Convention Event In Rome

ROME: At 20:00 hrs on Monday evening, May 6, the 134th AES Convention will host a very Special Event. The ImmersAV Jazz Concert featuring The Greg Burk Trio will be performed at the Saint Louis College of Music As a unique aspect of the concert, Robert Schulein, President and owner of RBS Consultants, an international acoustical consulting firm will be making a combined Binaural and HD video recording for downloading from the AES web site following the convention.

The audio/video recordings will be formatted for both headphone and loudspeaker listening (via cross talk cancellation), for subsequent viewing by AES members. This will allow attendees an opportunity to attend the event live and to recreate the experience later by means of a surround audio with video recording process compatible with today’s consumer viewer/listening technology.

About Greg Burk:

Pianist/composer/educator Greg Burk has lived, studied, educated and performed around the world. Over the last decade, living and working in Detroit, Boston and now Rome, he has established himself not only as a vital sideman, but also as a leader with the rare ability to combine original compositions with memorable melodies and a desire to push the creative envelope as an improviser.

About the Saint Louis College of Music:

Since 1976, the Saint Louis College of Music has been one of the most popular musical education institutions with excellence on a European scale. The college teaches more than 1,800 students each year from all over the country. It has a professional teaching staff of over 120 teachers, nationally known, and directed by Maestro Stefano Mastruzzi.

The 134th AES Convention will be held May 4 -7 at Rome’s Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre. For details visit the Preliminary Events Calendar at: http://www.aes.org/events/134/calendar/calendar.cfm

Photo: The Greg Burk Trio will perform at Rome’s Saint Louis College of Music for the 134th AES Convention on May 6th.

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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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134th AES Convention Zeros In On Loudness

Loudness Track To Address Critical Issues From Every Conceivable Angle

ROME: The Loudness wars have waged on air and in ear for decades, leaving millions of frustrated listeners in their wake as collateral damage. The FCC, EBU, and ITU have responded with a family of standards aimed at measuring and controlling loudness, and designed to ensure an acceptable listening experience. 134th AES Convention Chairman Umberto Zanghieri reports that the Loudness Track, anchored in a full day of focused events on Sunday May 5th, represents, “A comprehensive and authoritative overview of the many complex issues related to this enduring problem.”

To emphasize the importance of the Loudness Issue, the 134th AES Convention has declared Sunday, May 5th Loudness Day. Assembled by Florian Camerer, Chair of the EBU Loudness Group, PLOUD, these Papers and Panels will explore the latest research and practices and, address recommendations for demystifying and ameliorating this exasperating scourge. The 134th AES Convention will be held May 4 -7, 2013 at Rome’s Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre.

AES Rome: Loudness Track: Saturday, May 4

Loudness Measurement of Multitrack Audio Content Using Modifications of ITU-R BS.1770: Recipient of the Convention’s Best Peer-Reviewed Paper Award, this far-reaching primer on recent ITU and EBU loudness measurement recommendations, will be presented by Pedro Pestana who co-wrote with Josh Reiss and Alvaro Barbosa.

Loudness Papers presented on Saturday under the heading: Perception: include:

1.The Relation Between Preferred TV Program Loudness, Screen Size and Display Format 2. A Framework for Adaptive Real -Time Loudness Control

AES Rome: Loudness Day – Sunday May 5

A Hichhiker’s Guide to Audio Nirvana: Presenter Florian Camerer, ORF – Austrian TV – Vienna, Austria; EBU – European Broadcasting Union – Targeted to sound engineers, this session will bring participants up to speed regarding virtually all the key aspects of loudness control and metering.

All Loudness Recommendations Are Equal-But Some Are More Equal than Others: Presenter Andrew Mason, BBC Research and Development, London – This tutorial will offer an explanation of the different loudness standards used in Europe (R 128), the US (A/85), and such other countries as Australia and Japan.

Loudness for Commercials-How Esthetics Change(d)

Are Movies Too Loud? The Loudness Race Reaches the Cinema: Presenters: Florian Camerer, ORF – Austrian TV – Vienna, EBU – European Broadcasting Union; Eelco Grimm, Grimm Audio – Utrecht, Netherlands, Alessandro Travaglini, Fox International Channels Italy – Guidonia Montecelio (RM), Italy – Cinema audiences constantly complain that soundtracks are “too loud.” Just turning the level down results in lowered dialog levels, which leaves the movie quieter but unintelligible. EU loudness standards are starting to be applied to cinemas. There may be a need for standards to ensure that theaters receive soundtracks that meet EU laws. This workshop will investigate the issues and the work necessary to resolve them.

Make LUFS Not War: Chair, Thomas Lund, TC Electronic A/S Denmark; Panelists: Florian Camerer, ORF – Austrian TV, Vienna; EBU – European Broadcasting Union; George Massenburg, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal – Newly produced pop/rock music rarely sounds good on fine loudspeakers, commercials on TV are annoyingly loud, and a visit to the cinema may be a deafening experience. This is audio’s dark Middle Ages. However, 2013 could be the year where a renaissance again spreads from Italy. Transparent loudness normalization has arrived to radio, TV, and iPod; The panel will address the far-reaching implications this development will have on audio production.

Give Peaks a Chance: Presenter: Thomas Lund, TC Electronic A/S – Risskov, Denmark – Hearing is our most acute temporal sense, but the terms we have for describing dynamic changes in audio are not well defined. This session will explore micro and macro-dynamics in music and speech, their effects and, what it takes to actually register them as a listener. But, engineers be warned! Although audio samples will be played, this presentation will focus on anatomy, physiology, and psychology.

Loudness Work in Live Sports – Case Studies, Upmix And Downmix

Loudness In Radio – The Next Step

“We are extremely proud of this historic Loudness Track,” states AES Executive Director Bob Moses. “We hope it will produce meaningful dialogues on correcting this ongoing problem. We also recommend that attendees refer to the Preliminary Events Calendar -http://www.aes.org/events/134/calendar/calendar.cfm to confirm times and locations for all these events. Packed with descriptive abstracts of Papers, Workshops, Tutorials and Special Events, the Preliminary Events Calendar provides an invaluable overview of the first AES Convention to be held in the Eternal City.

Photo: Florian Camerer, Chair of the EBU Loudness Group, PLOUD

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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 Announces Sponsors For 134th Convention In Rome

New Sponsorship Program Bringing Businesses Into The Convention in New Ways

Berklee College of Music & RCF Take Gold Sponsorships

ROME: “The AES has always been the place for the audio industry to promote innovation, education, and best practices,” states Executive Director Bob Moses. “In the past, the exhibition provided a platform for companies to showcase the latest and most advanced technologies for recording, live sound, broadcast and related audio fields. But during the past decade, e-commerce, social networking, mobile platforms, economic struggles, and the increasingly rapid pace in which we work, have coalesced into a total game changer. We’re exploring a number of new ways AES can serve businesses at the convention and beyond. These initiatives are part of our new convention sponsorship program.”

Moses underscores the growing need for companies to cut through the ubiquitous online chatter to reach key customers and decision makers. “Many companies want to deliver the message that their brands stand for quality and innovation. And they realize that our industry is driven by advancing technology — innovation fuels growth. AES is the ideal place to promote a healthy audio ecosystem. Sponsored on-site training sessions and focused demos are two examples of this AES/business partnership.” Our evolving role is to nurture a vigorous community for audio professionals who demand high quality audio equipment and keep the bar high for the audio profession across the board.

“A look at the list of sponsors for the 134th Convention in Rome, will reveal astute companies partnering with AES to deliver important audio training, support standards activities, promote their brands, and supporting us because they love what AES does” Moses said.

The sponsors of the 134th Convention in Rome are:

Audio Precision, Audiomatica Srl, bd Sound, B&C Speakers, Berklee College Of Music (Gold), CharterOak, Crane Song Ltd., EKO Music Group spa, Fairlight Europe, Klippel GmbH, LAMBDA srl, Link, Microtech Gefell GmbH, Pro Audio Consulting srl, RCF (Gold), Thrax Audio Ltd., Trinnov Audio and ZP Engineering srl.

“Italian company, RCF, and the Berklee College of Music came in especially strong as our Gold Sponsors, and we are delighted to welcome them as our Convention partners,” said Convention Chairman Umberto Zanghieri. “RCF has been a leader in the development of world-class speakers, studio monitors and live sound technology for concerts, tours and theatrical performances for more than 60 years. Over the past 50 years, Berklee College of Music has evolved to a position as the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today and tomorrow. These two industry leaders top a list of eighteen outstanding sponsors committed to making the 134th AES Convention – May 4 -7, 2013 at Rome’s Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre an unforgettable event.”

In acknowledging their Gold Sponsorship, RCF Head of Marketing, Gioia Molinari remarked, “The AES is essential for engaging with our peers, developing new associations, revitalizing long-standing friendships, and participating in extraordinary Live Sound events, Workshops, Tutorials, and high level social networking activities. We are pleased to lend our support to this irreplaceable organization.”

Berklee College of Music’s Valencia Campus Director for Technology Innovation Stephen Webber adds, “In supporting our mandate for providing students with the highest standards in music education, we find AES Conventions invaluable for developing high level mentoring opportunities, for acquiring insights into technology, standards and best practices, and for providing a unique environment for students to engage with a diverse range of industry professionals.”

“We salute our sponsors and we will make every effort to ‘over-deliver’ in our efforts to serve them at the Convention,” Moses concluded. “We hope other companies jump on-board the sponsorship bandwagon at future events so we can collaborate on keeping our industry smart and strong.”

For details visit the Preliminary Events Calendar at: http://www.aes.org/events/134/calendar/calendar.cfm

Photos: RCF and Berklee College of Music Logos

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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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Mastering Engineer Nathan James Opens ‘The Vault’ In Phoenix

New WSDG Studio Geared For National Work

PHOENIX, AZ: A successful decade behind the console of his Manhattan-based
Vault Mastering Studio, convinced engineer, Nathan James that he could shift his growing family back to their hometown of Phoenix and maintain a thriving business. Having developed a strong client base ranging from rockers like The Fray to jazz vocalist, Gretchen Parlato and comic Louis C.K., James was confident his skills would continue to attract interesting national projects. After establishing temporary quarters with a local mastering house, James’ next order of business was to retain the Walters-Storyk Design Group to create his new studio.

“My clients were very happy with the quality of the various rooms I worked out of,”James says.”But, for several years early in my career I assisted Scott Hull at the WSDG-designed, Classic Sound in NY. I always dreamed of having my own
John Storyk Room. Our move to Phoenix was the perfect opportunity to make that
happen. My conversations with John convinced me it was doable, both financially and physically. We started the ball rolling as soon as we were settled in.”

WSDG Project Manager Matthew Ballos, flew to Phoenix to access the site, take
measurements and perform acoustic tests. “Nathan had purchased a handsome three – level house,” Ballos says. “The lower floor presented a perfect location for a 300 square foot studio. We had an 8-foot ceiling height, and a large window capable of providing natural light, and a sense of connectivity to the outside world. Windows are rare in studios, given the option, we take advantage of them.”

Ballos and WSDG principal/architect/acoustician John Storyk, collaborated on a studio designed to maximize the existing space and provide ceiling and wall isolation to eliminate sound leakage. “While it wasn’t necessary to ‘float’ the room, we incorporated a 2mm thick, rubberized mat beneath the hardwood floor to reduce sound transmission. “During design we envisioned a front wall treatment comprised of three overlapping curved, stretch fabric – wrapped absorptive panels,” Ballos reports. “We developed a corresponding ceiling cloud and rear wall panel which complimented the aesthetics and completed the room tuning requirements.”

WSDG also devised a 6-foot wide, absorptive acoustic window treatment built with Clearsorber Deamp perforated transparent panels. The treatment is hinged to open the window and provide James and his clients with friendly breezes, when work issues permit. The studio also incorporates a custom-designed wall sleeve, which houses the sliding glass acoustic studio door when it’s not in use.

James was fortunate to find a local contractor with extensive recording studio credits to handle the build. “WG McKenzie has built studios in NYC and Phoenix,” Matthew Ballos reports. He was extremely sensitive to the technical concerns of building acoustically pristine environments. We spoke frequently throughout the construction process, and we were on the same page on virtually every issue.”

“The new Vault Mastering Studio meets every one of my specific requirements, and when you walk in, it’s got that WSDG wow factor,” Nathan James says. “I migrated my entire mastering setup from New York, from the Custom DM console to the Duntech Sovereign/Cello amp monitoring combination that I’ve relied on for well over a decade. I brought all my trusted processing tools as well. Everything I need to get the most out of every recording is available at my fingertips. This is the studio I’ve always dreamed about. My original NYC Vault was aptly named because it radiated a sense of total sonic security. The new studio sounds and functions in a totally natural way. Sunlight enhances the creative vibe of the room during the day, and in the evening; it takes on an entirely different atmosphere. When I say I’m totally at home in my new Vault, I mean that both literally and figuratively,” James concludes.

Photos

1 WSDG designed The Vault Mastering Studio in Phoenix, AZ for engineer Nathan James (pictured)
2. The Vault Mastering Studio In Phoenix

Photos by John Brinkman.

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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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