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AES E-Library Offers 14,000+ Fully Searchable PDF Files

Institutional And Individual Subscription Programs Now Available

NEW YORK: Audio Engineering Society Executive Director Bob Moses has announced new subscription formats to the AES E-Library. With over 14,000 fully searchable PDF files, the collection represents one of the world’s most comprehensive sources of definitive professional audio information. Documenting the progression of audio research and development from 1953 to the present day, the E-Library includes every paper published at each of the 133 AES Conventions and 49 international conferences, plus all papers published in the AES Journal. Engineering Briefs (eBriefs) recently introduced at conventions may also be accessed in the E-Library.

“The depth, range and authoritative nature of the professional audio subject matter amassed by the AES E-Library is unparalleled,” Moses says. “It provides a rich history of the evolution of audio technology, and carries all of the ideas, dialogue, and best practices forward from one generation to the next. This is really the crown jewel of the AES. It encompasses topics ranging from equipment design, to surround sound development, acoustic measurement, and hearing loss and protection.”

Additionally, the AES now offers an Open Access (OA) publishing option to its authors. OA papers in the E-Library are freely downloadable by anyone, including non-AES members and non-E-Library subscribers. The first OA offering is by Alex Case, “Recording Electric Guitar-The Science and the Myth.”

AES E-Library Subscriptions are available in two formats:

* Individual Subscriptions are $145 per year for AES members and $255 per year for non-members. This subscription provides downloads of any document in the E-Library at no additional cost.

* Institutional E-Library Subscriptions to universities, companies, and libraries are $1800 per year. This subscription provides all institution members with free downloads of any document in the E-Library.

* Individuals may download specific papers without an E-Library subscription, at a cost of $5 per paper for AES members and $20 per paper for non-members.

“AES Journal and Convention Program contributors are among the industry’s finest practitioners and scientific minds. Educators, students, researchers, product designers, manufacturers and historians may now track virtually every meaningful technological development introduced by our industry over the past 60+ years. They will discover extensive research and detailed findings on many fascinating subjects,” Moses concludes.

Photo: AES E-Library 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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Bob Skye Joins WSDG As West Coast Rep/Project Engineer

New Role For Electro/Acoustics Innovator / Recording Engineer

SAN FRANCISCO: Bob Skye, a leader in electro/acoustic design, recording studio construction and, a Grammy-winning engineer with Gold and Platinum credits, has joined the Walters-Storyk Design Group. As WSDG’s west coast rep and project engineer, Skye will shoulder a host of responsibilities ranging from new client development and overall business management to hands-on project design and construction supervision.

“Our business plan is focused on providing exemplary client services as we expand our operation in the U.S. South America and abroad,” says WSDG Director of New Business Development, Sergio Molho. “The secret ingredient is talent, and Bob Skye is one of the most accomplished designer/builders in our field. We are extremely optimistic about our growing West Coast office; Adding one of California’s premiere acoustic gurus to our team emphasizes the level of our commitment to this market. And, Bob’s presence will enable our long-term SF associate Jack Leahy to focus on other WSDG assignments.”

Robert “Bob” Skye founded Skyelabs Inc. in 1975 as a mobile recording/acoustical/audio system design firm. From 1986 to 1993 he owned and operated the legendary Plant Recording Studios. His electro/acoustic design skills have contributed to the success of numerous nightclub, live theater, cinema, recording studio, large venue, corporate and live broadcast clients. His CV is highlighted by work for ABC TV, NBC TV NFL Films, the San Francisco Opera, Russian National Orchestra, Hong Kong Stadium, The Lear Theater (Reno, NV) Talking House Recording (SF) and numerous clubs including SF’s DNA Lounge, Whispers, Club Mercury and Blondie’s.

“Having worked on numerous WSDG projects, I have an abiding respect for John Storyk, Beth Walters and the entire WSDG team,” Bob Skye remarked. “We share a philosophy based on a commitment to excellence. I look forward to this new chapter in my life with genuine enthusiasm.”

“Bob Skye is one of our industry’s most multi-faceted, go-to guys,” WSDG co-principal John Storyk remarked. “We have collaborated with him, bid jobs against him, and over the past 35 years we’ve grown to respect the impressive range of his expertise. He not only does it all, he does it all well. We are delighted to welcome him aboard.”

Photo: Bob Skye has joined WSDG as west coast rep/project supervisor.

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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, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona and Mexico City

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Nashville Audio Week Slated For May 14 & 15


New Dates For 4th Annual Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo 2013 –

Sugarland’s Kristian Bush Locked For Keynote

NASHVILLE: Rescheduled for “Audio Week” in Nashville, the Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo will take place May 14th and 15th, at the Rocketown Event Center. “Attendees and exhibitors have been enthusiastic about the new timing for NRW+E 2013,” comments event chair Jim Kaiser, now to immediately precede the AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament. “Many already participate in the AudioMasters, and had participated in Mix Nashville, which previously occupied the time slot. Tying AES Nashville’s events together in the same week will maximize these visitors’ time in town. We look forward to working with all of our presenters, exhibitors and sponsors, to make this the best-ever event in the Nashville Recording Workshop series.”

Presented by the AES Nashville Section in conjunction with the AES and designed to share the expertise of audio pros with home studio owners, musicians, songwriters, producers and engineers. NRW+E 2013 will feature presentations by top industry pros; exhibits by leading audio gear manufacturers and, an opening night reception.

The AudioMasters (www.theaudiomasters.org), now in its 16th year, is also hosted by AES Nashville, bringing audio engineers and manufacturers to Music City for a good time on the golf course, and more importantly, to raise funds for the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund-a non-profit corporation begun by AES Nashville to lend assistance to area audio pros in times of crisis and need.

“We started Mix Nashville five years ago to bring a professional audio event to a town that eats, sleeps and breathes music,” says Tom Kenny, editor of Mix magazine. “We had a good run, and we were proud to partner with the AES Nashville Engineer Relief Fund golf tournament in what became a true Audio Week in Nashville. Now, we are equally proud to lend support to the AES Nashville Section’s Nashville Recording Workshop + Expo, as it continues to grow as a one-of-a-kind audio event.”

“Last year’s NRW+E truly jelled,” Kaiser adds. “The insights detailed in the Production, Engineering and Songwriting/Publishing tracks provided ample learning opportunities for every attendee, whatever their primary interests. Our special focus on live presentations, including in-depth, project profiles by Keb Mo and Beth Neilsen Chapman, was particularly well received. Rocketown proved itself an outstanding venue, and our attendees were informed, entertained and inspired.” Kristian Bush, one-half of the award-winning super-duo, Sugarland, will present the keynote address to launch NRW + E 2013 on May 14th. The full program schedule for NRW+E 2013 is available online.

“Music is always in the air in Nashville,” Jim Kaiser concludes. “But the town is particularly beautiful in May, and spring will be in the air as well. We have discounts and early-bird rates for students and members of many professional organizations, so adjust your calendars accordingly.”

Program details, registration information and exhibition/sponsorship details for NRW+E are posted at: www.nashvillerecordingworkshop.com.

Photo: The 4th Annual Nashville Recording Workshop is set for the Rocketown Event Center, May 14 & 15, 2013

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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 Incubating New Audio Standards for Sound Systems in Rooms

AES Standards Committee Forms SC-04-08 Working Group

NEW YORK: Bruce Olson, chair of the AES Standards Committee has announced the creation of a new standards working group, SC-04-08, on Measurement and Equalization of Sound Systems in Rooms. Olson has also named Ben Kok – an experienced acoustic consultant from the Netherlands – the working group chairman. The group will draw from expertise already contributing to AES Standards and invites participation from other interested experts.

Two newly initiated projects have been assigned to this group, developed from an initial proposal presented by the AES Technical Committee on Sound for Digital Cinema and Television, chaired by Brian McCarty. They are:

AES-X218: Measurement and Calibration of Sound Systems in Rooms
Intended to document parameters affecting the audience experience of a sound system in a generalized room, and identify appropriate objective methods of measurements to quantify them. The intent is to identify tools and procedures to measure the performance of a loudspeaker system in a room, and support accurate, reliable calibration of this system to a specified performance. The findings of the working group will be published in an AES Standards Information Document.

The rationale for this project considers that the measurement of sound systems in rooms, including but not limited to cinema B-chains, currently relies on empirical measurement techniques developed in the 1970s. Modern methods and equipment should offer simpler and more accurate ways to calibrate rooms with greater precision. This project will review the parameters that affect the audience experience in these rooms, and the objective methods of measurement necessary to quantify them. This will provide a basis for more detailed standardization for measurements and calibration protocols for controllable parameters.

AES-X219: Method of measurement for frequency and impulse response of sound systems in auditoria
This project is to specify a method of measurement for frequency and impulse response of sound systems in auditoria. The project is intended to produce a Standard, and the development discussions are expected to draw on modern measurement techniques.

The audience experience of sound reproduced through loudspeakers in an auditorium can vary greatly. In many applications where sound is reproduced in auditoria, a predictable performance is valued. While a number of different electro-acoustic and acoustic parameters contribute to this experience, a standard method of measuring the frequency and impulse response of the sound as presented to the audience by a loudspeaker system will be a necessary part of any more general solution.

The first face-to-face meeting of working group SC-04-08 will be held at the 134th AES Convention in Rome May 4-7, 2013.

Photo: Bruce Olson, chair of the AES Standards Committee

More information on the projects:

http://www.aes.org/standards/meetings/new-projects.cfm

More information on AES Standards

http://www.aes.org/standards/

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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 Releases AAX Version Of Oxford Dynamics Plug-In

OXFORD, UK: The wait is over! Sonnox has announced the release of the highly anticipated AAX version of it’s acclaimed Oxford Dynamics Plug-in. Based on algorithms from the Dynamics section of the OXF-R3 digital mixing console, the AAX DSP and Native versions boast six individual sections: Compressor, Expander, Limiter, Gate, Side-chain EQ, and Warmth function. Both AAX DSP and AAX Native versions can be used as a surround buss compressor/limiter, previously only possible in the TDM version. The Dynamics also benefits from new meters.

Sonnox Sales & Marketing Manager, Nathan Eames comments, “We’ve had a great number of requests for the Dynamics plug to be next in our AAX development cycle. Post customers have been particularly anxious for this version, as many use it with Avid consoles hand in hand with the Oxford EQ. This new release completes their main ‘go to’ plug-in toolset of EQ and Dynamics for Avid’s AAX format.”

To celebrate the release of the Oxford Dynamics for AAX, Sonnox is offering a 40% discount on the plug-in until March 31st 2013.

Visit www.sonnox.com for more info.

Photo Sonnox has released the AAX version of the acclaimed Oxford Dynamics Plug-In
Plug-in

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For detailed information on Sonnox Oxford Plug-ins please visit: www.sonnox.com

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Fenix – Marin County’s New Mecca Of Dreams And Streams

A Literal Intersection Of Music, Fine Dining & Social Media

SAN RAFAEL, CA: Beyond the traditional amenities of fine dining, exotic libations, and live music, the Fenix introduces a template for a new form of creative and social interaction — on site and online. Conceived by Laura van Galen, a visionary Bay Area CEO, the new 150-seat supper club has been designed to share live performances by talented indigenous and celebrated world-renowned artists with a local, national and eventually international audience on location and over the web at www.livestream.com/fenixlive.

“I’d been gestating the concept for integrating a hip ‘literal’ performance venue within the ‘virtual’ streaming media community since 2008, and found the ideal site in my adoptive hometown of San Rafael in 2009.” van Galen says. ” Bay Area music guru Merl Saunders, Jr. joined Fenix in 2011, and helped crystallize my thinking. Merl also established our solid connect to the Walters-Storyk Design Group and architect/ acoustician John Storyk. Local (but internationally recognized) architect Tim Murphy and celebrated Executive Chef Shawn Paul rounded out our team, and work began in earnest in early 2012. We began a series of ‘private’ openings in late 2012, and have been fine-tuning our ‘soft’ opening to the public over the past few weeks. Initial feedback is extremely positive.”

Namesake of the legendary Grateful Dead keyboardist, Merl Saunders Jr. has been an integral component of SF’s music scene literally from birth. Extensive touring with artists as disparate as Michael Jackson, David Crosby and Frank Zappa, coupled with his long-term role as Sr. Executive Director of the Recording Academy (GRAMMY Awards,) provided Merl with unparalleled insights into artist (and audience) preferences and a deep appreciation for the technical requirements for high quality live performances.

“I’ve played in and attended gigs in literally thousands of venues over the years,” Saunders reveals. “As a musician and an avid fan, I know acoustics are the critical element of every successful club. No matter how fine the food and drink, if the artists don’t sound great, the club can’t survive. Laura’s vision for Fenix is centered on a critical streaming element, which further increased the need for the room to sound absolutely pristine. With credits that run the gamut from Jazz At Lincoln Center to Le Poisson Rouge, the Rockwood Music Hall and thousands of recording studios and broadcast facilities, WSDG was the ideal choice to design an acoustic soul for the Fenix.”

“Laura discovered an excellent platform for this extraordinary venue, the two-story high live room had great ‘bones,’” John Storyk says. “To facilitate an ideal ‘sweet spot’ environment for the audience while simultaneously defusing audience/dining noise away from the performers, the ceiling over the front bar and dining sections was dropped. Twin recording studio-style ceiling clouds constructed with a combination of broadband and membrane absorption, were floated over those areas,” Storyk explains. “We then angled the ‘clouds’ upward from the front to the rear of the room, and we added aesthetically pleasing wall panels as absorptive acoustic treatments. These elements serve dual purposes, they enhance the audio quality of the on stage performance and, they inhibit intrusive patron noise. EAW QX596 Mains and custom Sub-Woofers; EAW12 & 15″ Monitors and ASHLY KLR 5000, 4000 & 2000 Power Amps cap off a terrific audio system.”

“Skype was a critical tool in our collaboration with John and WSDG Project Supervisor, Joshua Morris,” Saunders says. “We regularly walked them through the site with live iPad video to review the construction progress. Their input on everything from Control Room design to HVAC ductwork was invaluable. They participated in every facet of the acoustic design of this project including gear and console selection review.”

Positioning the FOH mixing position at the rear of the room eliminated the issue of obstructing audience view, and simultaneously provided the mixer with excellent line of site to the artist. The 2nd floor master control room receives continuous feeds from three fixed-position AW-HE50SN Panasonic HD-SDI Pan/tilt/zoom Cameras, (featuring programmable + operator-control options) and, audio from an array of almost three dozen Shure, EVRE, Sennheiser and other mics. Beyond the clubs’ terrific acoustics, artists also appreciate the chance to chill in a beautiful green room.

“Laura’s concept of establishing a subscription-based online audience for our live shows requires our mixer/director to work ‘on-the-fly’ as the performance unfolds,” Saunders ads. “We positioned a Midas Pro2 Console – 56 Mic/Line inputs with built-in faders at FOH, and customized the basic configuration to support our live streaming requirements. Our Control Room is equipped with a TC455 NewTek TriCaster 455 for complete live production and streaming, an Apple MP 2.4 for editing; an Avid Pro Tools HD Native & Interface for remixing for subsequent CD (but not DVD) distribution. The system is designed to enable us to record live albums, which we hope to do when the club is dark on Mondays and Tuesdays, and another reason we engaged ‘master studio designer.”

“The Fenix has absolutely everything going for it,” John Storyk concludes. “Laura van Galen envisions this club as the first of a group of sister clubs at select cities around the country. The vibe is hip, warm and welcoming, the menu is outstanding, and the room sounds great. The mixing consol, mics and entire technology package was selected to insure superior streaming quality. Initial feedback supports the accuracy of the choices. Marin County has a fantastic pool of local talent, and the word is already out to ‘A List’national artists that this is a terrific showcase venue. With the combination of their streaming and recording capabilities, it’s a safe bet to say the world will be hearing great music generated by the Fenix for years to come.”

Photos:
1. The Fenix, San Rafael, California
2. Fenix Entrance
3. Fenix interior (note FOH position at right)
4. Fenix FOH position. Note Midas Pro2 Audio Mixing Console and Element Lighting Console

Please credit all photos by John Merkl www.johnmerkl.com

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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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Expanded Role For WSDG’S Sergio Molho

New Offices – New Responsibilities

NEW YORK: Walters-Storyk Design Group co-principals Beth Walters and John Storyk have announced an expanded management role for Sergio Molho, a valued associate for 19 years, and long-term head of the firms’ Latin American office in Buenos Aires. “During the nearly twenty years of our working relationship, Sergio Molho has developed into a multi-faceted expert in every aspect of our architectural and acoustic design business,” Beth Walters said. “His creative design, technical and interpersonal skills have made him an indispensible member of our international team. We are delighted to name him Director of New Business Development as we continue our global expansion.”

“My new mission with WSDG is two-fold,” Molho reveals. “I will split my time on the development of new business both globally, and in the U.S., while continuing to manage the activities of our Latin American office. The synergy between our offices in the U.S., Switzerland, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing and Mexico City, flourishes thanks to technological and communications advances which enable us to collaborate with an extraordinary degree of creativity, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. I will now bring that message to an expanding client base.”

Molho began his association with WSDG in 1994 as a founding partner of the firm’s Latin America office. Over the next two decades, he has played an integral role in the development of WSDG projects ranging from MTV’s Latin America Broadcast Studios to Platinum artist Fito Paez’s Circo Beat, (Latin America’s only TEC Award-winning studio). He has initiated and supervised numerous global WSDG corporate, educational, House Of Worship and home theater projects, including full A/V Systems Integration for Phillipe Starck’s award-winning Faena Hotel & Universe in Buenos Aires; acoustic design and consulting for Latin America’s first IMAX 3D Cinema and, most recently facility design work for Qatar TV, a major broadcast complex in Doha on the Persian Gulf.

Molho will continue to work closely with his long-time WSDG colleagues: Dirk Noy, Partner/GM Europe, and Renato Cipriano, Partner/GM Brazil. In a related announcement, WSDG Latin America has moved their offices to a new location in Buenos Aires nearby the country’s Congress and Parliamentary buildings.

Photo: Sergio Molho named WSDG Director of New Business Development

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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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Multi-Platinum Engineer Young Guru Profiled In AES Convention Doc

NEW YORK: Multi-Platinum engineer/producer Young Guru was highly visible at the recent 133rd AES Convention in San Francisco. In addition to participating in the SRO Platinum Producers/Engineers Panel with super hit makers Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Guns N’ Roses) and Narada Michael Walden (Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston), he also made an impressive presentation at the Convention’s highly successful Project Studio Expo.

A prolific producer/engineer/A&R wizard, Young Guru has amassed credits for more than a dozen Platinum hip hop classics including Jay-Z’s The Black Album, Life & Times of S. Carter, and The Blueprint; Kanye West’s The College Dropout; Ghostface Killah’s FishScale; Nellyville, Drake’s Thank Me Later and Beyonce’s Crazy In Love. In 2011 he was a Grammy nominee for his work on the Alicia Keys/Jay-Z Empire State of Mind smash hit.

A highlight clip of Young Guru’s AES Convention experience may be viewed at:

http://www.aes.org/blog/2013/2/young-guru

With over a decade of Grammy-winning projects for Roc-A-Fella and Def Jam Recordings, Young Guru is committed to sharing his knowledge, and experience. He lectures extensively, and has established the Young Guru Scholarship Fund for students pursuing careers in Communications, Audio Engineering, Music Education and Music Business.

Photo: Young Guru at 133rd AES Convention

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About Young Guru Revered as “The Sound of New York,” Young Guru has over a decade of experience in sound engineering, production, and A&R for the acclaimed Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. Most recognized for shaping some of the biggest talent in hip hop, he has mixed 10 of Jay-Z’s 11 albums, and officially became Jay-Z’s tour DJ in 2010. For more information on Young Guru visit: www.djyoungguru.com

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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Brazil’s WSDG Scores Three Simultaneous Soccer Stadium Hits

Prepping For 2014 World Cup AND 2016 Olympic Opening & Closing Events!

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL: As soccer enthusiasm continues to sweep the globe, venerable stadiums are undergoing substantial upgrades to keep pace with 21st Century fan expectations. Renato Cipriano, Partner/GM, Walters-Storyk Design Group/ Brazil, reports the WSDG international team has completed work on the Mineirão Stadium renovation and remains actively involved with a second major stadium renovation project in Belo Horizonte, and a third in Rio de Janeiro.

The second largest sports arena in Brazil, the 62,160 seat Mineirão Stadium was originally built in 1965. When Belo Horizonte was named one of 12 cities to host the 2014 World Cup, the state government considered the event a landmark in the city’s development, one expected to generate benefits long after the World Cup is history. Officials immediately recognized the need for a significant Audio/Video and acoustics upgrade to enable the 45-year-old complex to comply with FIFA technical requirements.

“Coordinating three large-scale arena projects simultaneously is an Olympic-level challenge in its own right,” Cipriano explains. “Fortunately WSDG’s global offices have extensive experience in multi-task collaboration. Our U.S. and European teammates assisted us in providing accurate technical, acoustic, aesthetic and technological recommendations for all three stadiums in a timely and cost-effective manner.”

WSDG was retained to design the Acoustic Program and complete Audio and Video Systems for the entire stadium including all public areas, a total of 300.000 square meters (3,000,000 sq. ft). Mission specs encompass: Inclusive acoustical treatments, a comprehensive sound system, serving the soccer field, audience and, internal spaces such as VIP rooms, access areas, and offices; Video systems, including two large LED video walls (85 square meter/915 sq. ft.) each; Video displays throughout the stadium; And, fully integrated Audio and Video Control Rooms

“Our primary facility management concerns focused on the level of sound comfort and intelligibility in relation to the RT60 reverberation time required to meet stipulated FIFA STI mandates,” Cipriano says. “Our sophisticated simulation programs enabled us to assess and ‘auralize’ the entire complex. We identified extensive sound reflections throughout the arena and concluded that acoustical absorption be installed at the inner ring of the audience sector to achieve the required STI values. Speaker positioning was defined for the internal and external areas, and for numerous zoning maps, which can now be individually controlled for increased flexibility and security purposes. All specific audio and video systems, and control room speaker selections, were designed to meet FIFA requirements. Additionally, we recommended incorporating a Video Wall instead of a traditional scoreboard,” he adds.

Simultaneous to this extensive Mineirão assignment, WSDG Brazil is coordinating equally ambitious Audio and Video upgrades for Brazil’s largest sports venue, the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, which hosted 250 thousand fans for a KISS concert in 1983; And, for Independencia, a 25,000 seat arena built in Belo Horizonte in 1950. All three stadiums will host events for the 2014 World Cup. And, the Maracanã will also host the opening and closing events of the 2016 Olympics.

“We are extremely pleased to have been invited to lend our expertise to three formidable Brazilian stadium projects. The Mineirão Stadium opened officially on Dec. 21, 2012 with a concert performed by Brazilian Supergroup, Jota Quest, attended by Brazil’s president Dilam Rousseff. The first soccer game will be played there in February.

“Our ability to share the expertise of our associates in our European and U.S. offices enabled us to provide precise testing, exacting presentation drawings and meticulous system integration plans in an extremely efficient, and cost-effective manner,” Cipriano concludes.

Images:

1. Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Photo by Alberto Andri
2. Rendering, the Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil is receiving a complete audio/video and acoustical upgrade coordinated by WSDG
3. Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Photo by Alberto Andri
4. Rendering, the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro will be completely renovated by 2014, in time for the World Cup. WSDG is coordinating the audio/video and acoustical upgrade for this project.
5. Rendering, Independencia, a 25,000-seat arena currently being renovated in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. WSDG is coordinating the complete acoustic, audio and video upgrade.

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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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Berklee Opens World-Class Recording/Teaching Studio Complex At New Valencia International Campus

VALENCIA: December 17, 2012 – Berklee College of Music, the world’s premier learning lab for contemporary music, and Walters-Storyk Design Group, renowned for their work on studios for Jimi Hendrix, Alicia Keys, and Bruce Springsteen, today announced the completion of a cutting edge recording/teaching complex at Berklee’s Valencia campus. Berklee’s new state-of-the-art campus is located at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain. The studio facility is the final element of Berklee’s first international campus, which recently launched its master’s programs.

The audio production and teaching complex is comprised of five inter-related components. The 1600 sq. ft. scoring stage/studio – Studio K – includes an 860 sq. ft. live room with 15-foot ceilings and boasts variable acoustic wall treatments developed for diverse recording configurations. The studio’s windows provide fantastic views of the Palau and allow the public to view Berklee’s music activities. Supporting the live room is a 500 sq. ft. control room, two 250 sq. ft. ISO/overdub booths, and an isolated machine room. The aggregate advantages of the control room configuration fully supports Berklee’s primary teaching mandate. Each aspect of the studio coalesces to form an indisputably world-class recording complex.

“Our master’s students and visiting artists will benefit from an extremely sophisticated studio environment. This is an extraordinary educational tool, expressly designed to prepare them for their transition from student to music professional,” explained Guillermo Cisneros, Berklee Vice President for Global Initiatives, and Executive Director, Berklee in Valencia.

“The studio complex needed to make a statement in a design-conscious country, and be technically and acoustically capable of representing a desirable destination for professional work,” said Carl Beatty, Berklee Chief of Staff, who has headed the project since the beginning of the Palau de les Arts renovation. “We decided to employ Avid/Euphonix controllers to take advantage of their Eucon protocol that allows seamless migration of projects across the facility, all the way up to the flagship System 5. Additionally, when we install an identical console in Boston, we will be doing real time joint sessions between the two locations via Internet 2 technology.”

The entire facility is configured through a central machine room for speed, ease of turnaround, and high interconnectivity between rooms, including the Palau de les Arts’ concert halls. The System 5 has 48 channels, with 128 channels of I/O, and 176 mic lines. There is a broad selection of analog processing with plenty of room for additions should the need arise.

Monitoring in the production suites is all Genelec – 5.1 surround in Studio A, and 2.1 stereo in Studios B, C, and D. The control room in Studio K features the Meyers Acheron 7.1 surround monitoring system, an acknowledged industry standard. The room also includes Griffin G2B Active main stereo monitors. “These monitors are impressive. Along with their dual 15″ subwoofers, the use of ribbon tweeters gives the speaker a very impressive transient response and high-mid articulation,” said Beatty. “There are also mid field monitors available- ProAc’s and Yamaha NS-10′s. Additionally, the room has been designed to Dolby specifications and readied for the new Dolby Atmos(tm) Cinema Sound monitoring protocol. This facility is an integral component of the comprehensive, modern Music Technology Complex developed for Berklee’s Valencia campus.”

Commenting on the new complex, architect/acoustician John Storyk remarked: “Berklee’s new Valencia recording/teaching studio raises the benchmark for European audio education. We have been the designers for dozens of educational recording environments around the world and are incredibly proud of our tenure at Berklee, both at the Valencia and Boston campuses.”

Impressed by the quality of the recording studio at the Berklee campus, visiting master class instructor and former Fox Music President, Robert Kraft commented, “The recording studio is an amazing asset to have in Valencia, and has the potential to be even more of a reason for students and professionals to come to the Berklee facilities.”

“The recording studios and production suites at Berklee Valencia are simply sublime,” said composer and visiting professor, Laura Karpman. “In the studios I was able to compose, record, and mix a film for Sony/Lifetime with a very fast turnaround. The results were fabulous. It was a pleasure to make music there.”

In addition to designing and constructing recording studios for Berklee College of Music in both Valencia and the $100 million + new building at 160 Massachusetts Ave. in Boston, Walters-Storyk Design Group is renowned for its work on studios for Bruce Springsteen, Celine Dion, Def Jam Records, ESPN, Jay-Z, Jazz at Lincoln Center, MTV Latin America and the 2012 TEC Award-winning Jungle City Studios.

View the YouTube video tour of the studios:

Photo Captions:

1. Berklee Valencia Studio K Live Room
2. Berklee Valencia Studio K Control Room
3. Berklee Valencia Studio A Control Room
4. Berklee Valencia Campus

Photos by: Mercedes Herrán

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About Berklee College of Music:

Berklee College of Music was founded in 1945 and for more than 65 years has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. The college’s belief i that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through contemporary music education. The college was the first in the U.S. to teach jazz, the popular music of the time. It incorporated rock ‘n roll in the 1960′s, created the world’s first degree programs in film scoring, music synthesis, and song-writing, and, in recent years, added world music, hip-hop, electronica and vide game music to its curriculum. With a diverse student body representing over 80 countries, and alumni that have received over 270 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today – and tomorrow. Notable alumni include Quincy Jones, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, Aimee Mann, Roy Hargrove, Gillian Welch, Miguel Zenon, Susan Tedeschi, John Scofield, Bruce Cockburn, Arif Mardin, BT, Alan Silvestri, John Mayer, Howard Shore and Gary Burton.

About Berklee In Valencia:

Berklee in Valencia is the first international campus established by the renowned Berklee College of Music – and its first campus outside of Boston. Located in the iconic building of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain, the magnificent 3,600 square metre campus has been designed specifically for music and is equipped with state-of-the art technology. Berklee in Valencia aims to provide a hub to launch the careers across the globe for the most musically talented international students. Offering a unique curriculum, as well as an International Career Center to assist students in their transition from student to music professional, the campus presents Berklee College of Music’s first master’s degree programs in contemporary music (Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games; Contemporary Studio Performance; and Global Entertainment and Music Business;) launched in September 2012. In addition, Berklee in Valencia offers a Global Studies Program for Berklee students from Boston to study for a term at Valencia, Summer and Special Programs, as well as a new way for musicians around the world to join the global music community – as performers, as practitioners, and as leaders.

About Walters-Storyk Design Group:

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 U.S. 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, Acrosmith, 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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