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Legendary ‘San Francisco Sound’ Artists Convene For AES Convention Special Event

From ‘Big Brother And The Holding Company To Country Joe McDonald

SAN FRANCISCO: Christopher Smith, Special Events Chair for the 133rd AES Convention, has collaborated with award-winning photographer, journalist Mr. Bonzai, on a special salute to “The Sounds Of San Francisco.” Set for Saturday, Oct. 27, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm, the panel will feature members of super-groups that helped create the soundtrack for ‘The Summer of Love.’ Also lending his keen perspective to the proceedings is Joel Selvin, a Bay-area journalist, who provided eyewitness coverage of those halcyon days for Rolling Stone, the LA Times, SF Chronicle, Billboard and Melody Maker.

Participants in this soulful ‘gathering of the tribe’ include: Big Brother And The Holding Company, founding member/songwriter/guitarist, Peter Albin; Huey Lewis And The News, bassist Michael Cipollina, and, Woodstock Festival legend, Country Joe McDonald

“Our panel looms as an historical, attitudinal, and philosophical show stopper.” Mr. Bonzai, aka David Goggin, remarked. “Their shared love of music, spirit of adventure and collective memories about this universally acknowledged high point in creativity, community and social awareness remains relevant today. And … it will totally rock. They’ll be mixing musical notes, recording anecdotes, and well-sewn wild oats. A high old time is guaranteed for all.”

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For a detailed Preliminary Calendar of Events please visit: http://www.aes.org/events/133/calendar/calendar.cfm

1. Country Joe (sans The Fish) at Woodstock, 1969
2. Peter Albin (right) with Big Brother And The Holding Company

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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Platinum Producers & Engineers – A Gathering Of Eagles

Jack Douglas, Warren Huart, Narada Michael Walden and Young Guru

SAN FRANCISCO: With an all-star cast of 100% Certified Platinum participants,
the 133rd AES Convention Platinum Producers & Engineers Panel looms as one of the show’s hottest tickets. Convention Special Events Chair, Christopher Smith worked closely with panel moderator Michael Romanowski, to coordinate this stellar event, set for Sunday, Oct. 28, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm at the Moscone Center.

“We are tremendously excited to have a group of this stature participating in a single AES event,” Smith says. “The range of their work encompasses iconic hits for artists ranging from John Lennon to Aerosmith, Whitney Houston and Jay-Z. These superstar engineer/producers represent the best of the best.”

AES Platinum Producers & Engineers Panel: Moderator Michael Romanowski: Owner/chief mastering engineer of the SF-based facility, which bears his name, Romanowski has worked with Third Eye Blind, Big Brother & The Holding Company and many other major artists. He also serves as President of the NARAS SF Chapter. This highly anticipated Special Event will range across a field of creative and technical topics including: Memorable moments in the studio, the finer points of collaboration, and, innovative recording techniques.

PLATINUM PRODUCER/ENGINEER PANELISTS:

Young Guru: Weighs in with credits for over 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. Young Guru has logged over a decade of Grammy-winning experience as an engineer, producer and, an A&R wizard for Roc-A-Fella and Def Jam Recordings. Committed to sharing his knowledge, he lectures extensively, and has established the Young Guru Scholarship Fund for students pursuing careers in Communications, Audio Engineering, Music Education and Music Business.

Jack Douglas: An undisputed legend, Jack Douglas had a long, and close association with John Lennon. Working in NYC’s fabled Record Plant he engineered the classic Imagine album, considered one of the most influential recordings of the last century. In 1980 he completed the Grammy of the Year Double Fantasy album, just weeks before John was murdered. Douglas went on to work with such giants as Supertramp, Guns N’ Roses and Miles Davis. He remains at the top of his game today, with current projects for the Michael Monroe Band and many other contemporary hit makers. Douglas also teaches a studio etiquette class at Ex’pression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville, CA., where he is also hosting an AES Tech Tour.

Narada Michael Walden: Is an eminently successful producer, drummer, singer, and songwriter. His musical career spans three decades, and is highlighted by multiple Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum Awards. In 1985 he won R&B Song of The Year Grammy for Aretha Franklin’s Freeway of Love. In 1987 he won Grammys for Producer of the Year and Album of the Year for The Bodyguard movie soundtrack, which included Whitney Houston’s timeless hit, I Will Always Love You. Named one of the “Top Ten Producers With the Most Number One Hits” by Billboard magazine, Walden has owned and operated Tarpan Studios, in San Rafael, since the mid-1980s.

Warren Huart: This Los Angeles based, UK-born music producer has played a fundamental part in creating platinum albums, and in the development of such successful artists as The Fray, Aerosmith, Howie Day and Matisyahu. Known for his hard work ethic and deep respect for the artist’s vision, Huart’s more than 20 years of experience encompasses record production, engineering, mixing and song writing. His extensive knowledge of musical equipment ranges from vintage through state of the art.

“The scope of their credentials may vary widely, but the quality and success ratio of their projects establishes a common ground for these creative masters. I also want to thank AES Tech Tours Chair Jessica Livingstone for her help in bringing Jack Douglas and Narada Michael Walden to this panel. This event will be the talk of the Convention,” “Christopher Smith concludes.”

Photos: AES Platinum Producer & Engineer Panelists

1. Young Guru
2. Narada Michael Walden
3. Jack Douglas
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For a detailed Preliminary Calendar of Events please visit: http://www.aes.org/events/133/calendar/calendar.cfm

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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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Christophe Anet Joins WSDG’S European Office

Leading Acoustician/Engineer Augments International Design Firm’s Resources

BASEL, SWITZERLAND: Dirk Noy, Partner/General Manager, Walters-Storyk Design Group | Europe Office, has welcomed Christophe Anet to the international architectural/acoustical design firm as an Acoustician/Project Engineer. A multi-lingual, technically accomplished, decision-maker with extensive fieldwork and managerial credentials, Anet brings a diverse skill set to this new appointment.

“WSDG has been engaged in a number of diverse projects over the past years,” Dirk Noy remarked. “From the electro-acoustic upgrade for the KKL Luzern Concert Hall to the acoustic restoration of the Cathedral in Solothurn, Switzerland, a major project for the Berklee College of Music’s expansive new campus in Valencia, Spain, and a recent commission for one of the largest ever recording studio projects in Doha/Qatar, we have sustained an on-going period of extremely high activity. The time lines and complexity of these projects have necessitated the expansion of our staff,” Noy says. “Christophe Anet encapsulates a technical, managerial and communications skill set which is an ideal match for this new position. We are confident that he will be as effective in on-site project management as he will be in boardroom client meetings.”

Most recently an executive with the Swiss Federal Administration, Anet previously served thirteen years with Genelec Oy, Finland, first as Customer Support Acoustic Engineer and later as Technical Editor for the Marketing Department. Fluent in French, English, Italian and German, Anet is also proficient in a wide range of software tools, including acoustical measurement equipments and web programming. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree with Honors in Electroacoustics from the University of Salford, Manchester, UK.

“I have followed WSDG’s growth for some time, and was continually impressed with the diversity and scope of their work,” Anet remarked. “I am delighted with the opportunity to collaborate with this talented and accomplished team. I look forward to serving in the field and to devoting my energies to expanding the Walters-Storyk Design Group client base in the broadcast, recording studio, performing arts, business/conference centers and religious spaces sectors throughout Europe and beyond.” Christophe Anet can be reached at chris.anet@wsdg.com.

Photo: Christophe Anet has joined WSDG as Acoustician/Project Engineer

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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, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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133rd AES Convention Papers Sessions Address Essential Issues

Networked Audio To Spatial Auditory Display For Remote Planetary Exploration

SAN FRANCISCO: Within the multi-faceted realm of the AES Convention, Papers represent the highest order of technical knowledge. Papers Co-Chairs Veronique Larcher and Alan Seefeldt have assembled a four-day program of solidly researched presentations designed to share knowledge on both esoteric and widely discussed issues. “Our objective was to develop the most useful, timely, challenging and above all interesting issues to inform and inspire our attendees,” Larcher said.

“The quality and diversity of the submissions we received enabled us to develop multi-faceted sessions covering such essential issues as: Networked Audio, Emerging Audio Technologies and Auditory Perception. A glance at the titles featured in these sessions substantiates their comprehensive intent,” Larcher emphasized. “Attendees should note that all paper presentations are available in print and PDF/CD format, and they will be available in audio format following the Convention.”

AES PAPERS SESSIONS INCLUDE:

Friday, Oct. 26

NETWORKED AUDIO: Chair, Ellen Juhlin, Meyer Sound Labs, Inc., Berkeley, CA
* Audio Latency Masking In Music Telepresence Using Artificial Reverberation
* Service Discovery Using Open Sound Control
* A Unified Low Latency Network Architecture For Multichannel Live Audio

Saturday, Oct. 27

EMERGING AUDIO TECHNOLOGIES: Chair, Agnieszka Roginska, New York University, NYC
* A Method For Enhancement of Background Sounds In Forensic Audio Recordings
* Transient Room Acoustics Using A 2.5 Dimensional Approach
* Multimodal Information Management: Evaluation Of Auditory And Haptic Cues for NextGen Communication Displays
* Prototype Spatial Auditory Display For Remote Planetary Exploration
* The Influence of 2-D & 3-D Video Playback On The Perceived Quality of Spatial Audio Rendering For Headphones
* An Autonomous System For Multitrack Stereo Pan Positioning
* DReaM – A Novel System For Joint Source Separation and Multitrack Coding

AUDITORY PERCEPTION & EVALUATION: Chair, Scott Norcross, Dolby, SF

Saturday, Oct. 27

* Subjective Evaluation of Personalized Equalization Curves In Music
* Thresholds For The Discrimination of Tonal And Narrowband Noise Bursts
* Identification And Evaluation of Target Curves For Headphones
* Consistency Of Balance Preferences In Three Musical Genres
* The Effect of Acoustic Environment On Reverberation Level Preference
* Localization of a Virtual Point Source Within The Listening Area For Wave Field Synthesis

Sunday, Oct. 28

Spatial Audio Over Headphones 5 papers
Signal Processing Fundamentals 7 papers
Analysis and Synthesis of Sound 10 papers

Monday, Oct. 29

Spatial Audio Processing – 8 papers

“The 133rd AES Convention will offer a total of 112 individual presentations,” Papers Co-Chair, Alan Seefeldt reports. “The Preliminary Events Calendar at: http://www.aes.org/events/133/calendar/calendar.cfm provides a wealth of information on individual Papers, including times, comprehensive abstracts and presenter details. Attendees are guaranteed to come away from the 133rd AES Convention with invaluable knowledge,” Seefeldt concludes. “They will also be invigorated by the on-the-ground networking opportunities they’ll encounter,”

Photo: AES Papers Co-Chair Veronique Larcher

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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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Akai Professional And M-Audio Sign On As 133rd AES Convention Platinum Sponsors

Young Guru Joins Platinum Engineer/Producer Panel

SAN FRANCISCO: AES Executive Director Bob Moses has announced that inMusic Brands’ Akai Professional and M-Audio are the Platinum Sponsors of the 133rd AES Convention. Coordinated by company Tradeshow and Events Manager, Lee Cwiek, the far-ranging sponsorship will provide these brands with extensive visibility across the entire AES Convention.

“Akai Professional and M-Audio are delighted to be platinum sponsors for the 133rd AES show,” said inMusic owner/CEO Jack O’Donnell. “Each year the AES show presents tremendous opportunities to engage with discerning audio professionals from around the world. As a leading manufacturer of cutting-edge professional digital audio technology and musical instruments, we believe this convention provides the perfect platform to engage directly with our customers and with industry thought leaders in meaningful and exciting ways.”

“We are pleased to welcome Akai Professional and M-Audio as our Platinum Sponsors,” Moses said. “This is a great vehicle to serve these two great companies to the fullest extent possible. It is especially apropos that Young Guru, one of their highest-profile spokesmen, will participate in our Project Studio Expo on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 5-6pm, and, in our Platinum Producers and Engineers Panel, Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28, from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm. He’ll be in terrific company, with legendary producer/engineers Jack Douglas, Warren Huart and Narada Michael Walden. Moderated by Michael Romanowski, a mastering ace and president of the NARAS Board of Governors, this superstar panel will be one of the Convention’s hottest tickets.”

“AES is the ideal venue to discuss the state of the art and to present products and technology that move it forward, added inMusic Brands’ Director of Marketing, David Frederick. “These are among the many reasons we’ve invited award-winning producer and engineer and long time MPC icon Young Guru to participate in a variety of sponsored panels. Young Guru is revered as “The Sound of New York.” He is fluent in the ever-evolving language of music production and he has years in the trenches working with acclaimed Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. Young Guru has shaped the sound of some of the biggest names in hip hop, most notably mixing 10 of the 11 albums to date for Grammy Award-winning rap artist Jay-Z. At the AES, Young Guru will share his wealth of experiences and domain expertise on the ‘Era of an Engineer’ panel. For recording professionals, these are must-attend conversations.”

Commenting on his participation at the AES, Young Guru said, “This is truly the ‘Era Of The Engineer.’ There isn’t a person under 30 years old without a pair of headphones. This means there needs to be more dialogue about sound and how we are going to innovate at the rate of its accessibility to the masses. I’m looking forward to making my first appearance as an AES speaker at this year’s convention.”

“The 133rd Convention is shaping up as one of the most exciting in AES history,” Bob Moses concludes. “We are working hard to introduce important new events like our Project Studio Expo, and program tracks such as Sound For Pictures and Networked Audio. We’ve built a healthy exhibitor base, crowned by the Akai Professional and M-Audio Platinum Sponsorship. And, our Convention Committee has developed another killer program of Workshops, Broadcast/ Streaming, Live Sound, Technical Tours and Special Events. We anticipate a fantastic event.”

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Photo: Akai Professional/M-Audio spokesman Young Guru will participate in the AES Convention Project Studio Expo and on the Platinum Producer/Engineer Panel
The 133rd Audio Engineering Convention will be held in SF’s Moscone Convention Center Friday, October 26 thru Monday, Oct. 29. For details visit the Preliminary Calendar of Events, http://www.aes.org/events/133/calendar/calendar.cfm

About AES
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

About Akai Professional
Since 1984, Akai Professional’s production tools have been staples of modern music both in the studio and on stage. Akai Professional is one of the world’s most influential manufacturers of musical electronics, creating iconic production instruments, like the legendary MPC, which have altered the landscape of music making. Akai Professional is a member of the premier family of brands known as inMusic. For more information, visit akaipro.com or inmusicbrands.com. Product images are available at akaipro.com/media.

About M-Audio
M-Audio is a leading provider of digital audio and MIDI solutions for electronic musicians and audio professionals. Since 1988, M-Audio has continually provided musicians with innovative and creative products: from acclaimed MIDI and audio interfaces to wildly popular keyboard controllers, M-Audio’s products have become studio and stage mainstays, giving musicians broad access to the latest in music creation and performance technology. M-Audio is a member of the premier family of brands known as inMusic. For more information, visit m-audio.com or inmusicbrands.com.

About inMusic
inMusic is the parent company for a family of premier brands that includes A.I.R. Software Group, Akai Professional, Alesis, Alto Professional, ION Audio, M-Audio, MixMeister, Numark, and Sonivox. Committed to pushing the boundaries of innovation in the DJ, music production, live sound, musical instrument, pro audio, and consumer electronics industries, each of inMusic’s brands creates cutting-edge products that incorporate and build upon the latest in engineering, design, and technology. For more information, visit inmusicbrands.com.

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POE – A Life In Stories & Sound: A Very Special AES Event

Rare Live Performance By Firesign Theater Star Phil Proctor

SAN FRANCISCO: Underscoring the diversity of this year’s AES Convention Special Events Track, Poe – A Life And Stories In Sound offers attendees a rare opportunity to see legendary 3-time Grammy-nominated Firesign Theatre star Phil Proctor, in a live, hour-long dramatic audio performance, as writer Edgar Allen Poe. Engaging live and recorded sound effects, with an original score, the production features Proctor dramatizing moments from Poe’s life and passages from the author’s most powerful prose.

Scheduled for Saturday, October 27, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Poe – A Life And Stories In Sound will also feature actors Melinda Peterson, Bill Chessman, and Ellen Stewart. The production, underwritten by Sennheiser-Neumann USA, features an original play written, produced and directed by award-winning audio dramatist Sue Zizza, and features sound design by David Shinn, of SueMedia Productions, (www.sumediaproductions.com) with live sound effects performed by Valerie Priest and Suzan Lorraine and recorded playback by Don Priest.

The production was coordinated by AES Convention Broadcast/Streaming Media Chair David Bialik to illustrate the diversity of live audio production. It also serves to kick-off the inaugural “HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival” happening in Kansas City June 20-23, 2013 (www.hearnowfestival.org.).

A multi-faceted artist recognized as the inimitable voice of ‘Howard’ on the Emmy-award winning Rugrats, and as iconic characters in such major animated films as Finding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc., Phil Proctor is an equally accomplished on-and-off Broadway actor. He has performed with LA’s celebrated Antaeus Classical Company with his wife, Melinda Peterson, toured the USSR with the Yale Russian Chorus, and will appear in the forthcoming independent feature film, Window of Opportunity.

Co-starring with Proctor in this exclusive AES production is Melinda Peterson, an audio and live theater pro whose appearances range from multiple roles in Proctor & Bergman’s long-running NPR Power series which aired on John Hockenberry’s Heat, to NPR Playhouse productions, and work with all-star casts on We Hold These Truths and Empire Of The Air for Other World Media. Later this year, she will reprise her lead role of Agatha Christie in The BBC Murders.

Photos: Phil Proctor and Melinda Peterson will perform, Poe – A Life And Stories In Sound, at the 133rd AES Convention, in SF’s Moscone Center, on Oct. 27 8 pm – 9 pm.

For a detailed Preliminary Calendar of AES Convention events visit:

http://www.aes.org/events/133/calendar/calendar.cfm

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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 Awards Presentations

SAN FRANCISCO: Each year the Audio Engineering Society presents special awards to members who have made outstanding contributions to the Society in such areas as research, scholarship, and publications. Additionally, members whose accomplishments have advanced and enhanced our industry are recognized for their endeavors. This year’s Awards will be presented during the opening ceremonies of the 133rd AES Convention on Friday, Oct. 26th at SF’s Moscone Center.

“While their individual areas of expertise are diverse, AES Award recipients are similar in that each of them has made an indelible mark on the advancement of the art and science of pro audio,” remarked Awards Committee Chair Diemer de Vries. “The dedication and perspiration they have devoted to their life’s work, coupled with their ongoing efforts to further the goals of our Society, make them examples of perseverance and innovation. We are extremely pleased to honor these brilliant, original thinkers.”

RECIPIENTS OF THE 2012 AES BOARD OF GOVERNORS AWARD ARE:

•Jay Fouts, in recognition of his work on behalf of the Audio Engineering Society over more than half a century
•Kyungwhoon Cheun, in recognition of co-chairing the 43rd AES International Conference in Rohang, Korea, September-October 2011
•Ricardo Escallón in recognition of co-chairing the 2010 Latin American Conference in Bogota, October 2010
•Cesar Lamschtein, in recognition of chairing the 2011 Latin America Conference in Montevideo, August-September 2011
•Gunther Melendez, in recognition of chairing the 2012 Latin America Conference in Guatemala, August 2012
•John Oh, in recognition of co-chairing the 43rd AES International Conference in Pohang, Korea, September-October 2011
•Ville Pulkki, in recognition of chairing the 45th AES International Conference on Application of Time-Frequency Processing in Audio in Helsinki, Finland, March 2012
•Jeff. M. Smith, in recognition of chairing the 46th AES International Conference on Audio Forensics in Denver, June 2012
•Michael Santucci, in recognition of chairing the 47th AES International Conference on Music Induced Hearing Disorders in Chicago, June 2012
•Marcela Zorro, in recognition of co-chairing the 2010 Latin American Conference in Bogota, October 2010

AES FELLOWSHIP AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED TO:

•Juha Backman, for his contribution to bringing about high-quality audio for mobile devices

•David Bialik, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to AES activities in the field of radio broadcast engineering
•Poppy Crum, for her work in neuroscience and psyhoacoustics, allowing a better understanding of how we listen to audio
•Carlos Indio Gauvron, in recognition of outstanding contribution to the dissemination of audio knowledge in Latin America
•Garry Margolis, in recognition of his many years of activities in audio engineering, having worked in areas as diverse as loudspeaker development and digital audio coding.
•Jorge Moreno, in recognition of his many years of work in researching new technologies in audio measurement as well as his dedication to audio education in Latin America
•John Storyk, in recognition of his more than four decades of work in the areas of room design, acoustical treatment, and modification.
•Woon-Seng Gan, for contributions to signal processing, education, and research leadership in the field of Audio Engineering

THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICES MEDAL IS AWARDED TO:

•John Vanderkooy, in recognition of his many years of work as AES Journal Editor and as a member of the Board of Governors

AN HONORARY MEMBERSHIP AWARD IS PRESENTED TO:

•Ronald E. Uhlig, in recognition of his pioneering engineering achievements to enhance the film sound experience for the audience

“The significance of these AES Awards can not be overstated,” concludes AES President, Jan Abildgaard Pedersen. “The Awards Committee scrupulously deliberates every nominee recommendation. Our Awards are held in high regard because they honor noteworthy achievements and long, productive careers. Each recipient has earned the enduring respect of his or her peers. We are proud to honor them in this fashion.”

For a detailed Preliminary Calendar of Events please visit: http://www.aes.org/events/133/calendar/calendar.cfm

Photo: John Vanderkooy will receive the AES Distinguished Services Medal

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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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MIDI Manufacturers Association and AES Partner to Celebrate 30 Years of MIDI Technology

LA HABRA, Calif., Oct. 2, 2012-The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) today announced a partnership with the Audio Engineering Society (AES) to support the MMA’s upcoming “MIDI Makes Music” 30th anniversary celebration designed to educate consumers about the benefits of MIDI technology for anyone interested in learning, writing or playing music.

MIDI dramatically changed music-making 30 years ago-and it remains a key technology for music-making today. AES played a key role in MIDI’s history as the idea for the standard was first proposed at the 70th AES Convention in 1981.

At the upcoming 133rd AES Convention in San Francisco, the MMA will exhibit in booth 537 and host a session during AES’ “Project Studio Expo”. Developed in partnership with Sound On Sound and Craig Anderton, the Project Studio Expo (PSE) brings the latest recording techniques, best practices, and practical tips from leaders in the recording business.

“Our Project Studio Expo is focused on the very market that grew from the seeds MIDI planted 30 years ago”, said Bob Moses, AES Executive Director. “As someone who was there, actively participating in the MMA and developing early MIDI products in the 1980′s, I’m thrilled to welcome the MMA to our party as they begin their celebration.”

The MMA will formally launch its “MIDI Makes Music” campaign in 2013 at the NAMM Show.

“It takes broad industry-wide support to make MIDI a successful industry standard,” said Tom White, president, MMA. “We are grateful to AES for helping all of us celebrate this important milestone.”

About the MMA
The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) is the publisher and authoritative source of MIDI specifications. Manufacturers achieve interoperability through compliance with MMA Recommended Practices. We provide forums for developers to coordinate changes to the MIDI specification, which today remains one of the most relevant standards in the entertainment industry. For more information, please visit www.midi.org

About the AES
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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MBK Entertainment: Glamour + Chops = OZ Studios

World Class Studio Features Top Gear, Fine-Tuned Acoustics & River Views

NEW YORK: Nearly twenty years after the debut of their multi-faceted MBK Entertainment dynasty, company founders Jeff Robinson along with partners Jeanine Mclean, Misha Hedman and Suzette Williams have moved to expansive new offices and, created OZ, a world-class recording studio. The thriving multimedia company has honed a ‘methodical’ approach to talent development, a technique highlighted by the spectacular career of multi-Grammy-winner Alicia Keys and newcomer, Elle Varner (RCA). Today MBK’s mission encompasses musical genres ranging from R&B to Rap and Pop, and includes marketing, publishing, TV, film and concert promotion divisions. In addition to Keys on the production side, the MBK talent roster boasts rising star, RCA recording artist Gabi Wilson, Daisha and blue-eyed soul artists Allen Stone and Anthony Hall. The completion of the pivotal studio addition to the expanding company’s creative arsenal opens up a brand new option for MBK clients and independent artists.

“We always dreamed of owning an in-house studio says MBK VP/Managing Partner Jeanine Mclean, “but our previous offices were too small to build something that would meet our needs. Two years ago a flood prompted a search for larger space. The 19th floor at 519 8th Avenue not only gave us the space we needed, it included terrific views of the Hudson River and beautiful sunsets.”

Well aware of world-class studios created by the Walters-Storyk Design Group for Alicia Keys and Jay-Z, MBK brought WSDG (2011 TEC Award-winner for Jungle City) on board as soon as they signed the lease on their new 7800 sq. ft. space. “We knew we were in good hands from our very first meeting,” Mclean continues. “WSDG’s design incorporated all our ergonomic and aesthetic requirements and, they enabled us to carve a second control room and spacious sound booth out of a space we originally envisioned as a single studio.

“Contractors, Kevin Carrol and Mark Jakubek of Sonic Construction were total pros,” McLean adds. “Working hand-in-glove with WSDG project manager Matt Ballos, they were pro-active in suggesting efficient, cost-effective ways to execute and enhance our ideas. Plus they were extremely conscientious in terms of noise and refuse control, which enabled us to run our business throughout the construction period.”

Matt Ballos points to the innovative use of glass and acoustic treatments as particular design highlights. “We developed a plan that provided a line of sight from both studios through the Live Rooms and out the building windows all the way to the river and New Jersey. While we had a relatively tight footprint for both the A& B rooms, the machine closets and related areas, every square inch of space was optimized.”

OZ Studios feature a 230 Sq. ft. Live Room, and a 190 sq. ft. Control Room A outfitted with an SSL Duality SE 24 Input Analog Console, Apple Logic Pro Studio, Avid Digidesign HD3, Augspurger Custom Main Monitors and a wide range of outboard gear. The 150 sq. ft. Studio B Control Room features an SSL Matrix console, Adams S5X-V speakers and a 60 sq. ft. sound booth. Both studios abut a sprawling 600 sq. ft. plus common lounge area, which affords artists and clients with comfortable break space.

The entire gear package was coordinated and integrated by GC Pro Boston, principal/ founder, PK Pandey, who project managed this phase to insure a timely and on-budget delivery of the facility. Pandey comments, “I based the hand-picked outboard selection, advanced DAW systems and custom Augspurger Monitoring on previous studios we have done. Jungle City for Ann Mincieli, and Oven NYC for Alicia Keys, to insure compatibility with OZ. It was a pleasure to work with the MBK, Sonic, and WSDG teams.”

“We are developing a program to maximize the potential of our new studio,” said MBK founder/CEO Jeff Robinson. “While our artists will have first dibs on studio time for their projects, we plan to make this outstanding studio available to outside artists, producers engineers as well as for film/TV production. In the years to come, we hope to see a return on our investment, not just in monetary terms, but also as a source for meaningful, lasting music. These studios are finely tuned instruments. We are developing a number of highly talented artists, and we anticipate a steady flow of hits from this beautiful facility.”

“OZ Studios was an extremely positive experience,” John Storyk adds. “Our project manager Matt Ballos made certain that every element of the design and construction program was addressed. John Geraghty and David Kotch, did an exemplary job of system calibration and fine tuning the rooms. Our program of surface applied acoustic treatments, fabric wrapped panels, and custom, Flutterfree diffusers and low frequency absorbers enabled us to tune the rooms to act and sound like much larger studios.”

“Sufficient ceiling height permitted us to incorporate floating floors and full room-within- room construction to insure their ability to crank up the volume without imposing on their neighbors. NYC construction projects can be dicey, but the building was cooperative. The Sonic Construction team was totally buttoned down. They’ve done a number of studio projects and we look forward to working with them again soon. The river views and extraordinary sunsets are another decided plus for this studio,” Storyk concludes. “The outlook for OZ Studios is bright and colorful.”

To contact MBK OZ Studios visit: info@theozstudios.com

Photos: MBK OZ Studio A Control Room
MBK OZ Studio A Live Room
MBK OZ Studio B Control Room
MBK OZ Studios Lounge

Photos by: Cheryl Fleming Photography http://www.cherphotos.com/architecture

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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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AES Launches Mobile APP For SF Convention
SAN FRANCISCO: The 133rd AES Mobile Convention will empower exhibitors and attendees with virtually unlimited connectivity and flexibility. Coordinated by AES CIO Steve Johnson, this ‘must have’ App delivers instant access to every aspect of the event, from fast breaking program updates to comprehensive details on technical programs, tours and special events. The App also features a user-friendly option for locating exhibitors on the show floor, even when Internet access isn’t available.

“Another new feature is clickable presenter names, enabling rapid access to background credits for every session participant. Changes for the exhibition are even more dramatic,” Johnson says. “The App provides detailed information on each exhibitor, and accelerates downloading of brochures, videos and news releases. Another new button jumps users directly to specific booth locations on the show floor map. It also provides convention news bulletins, a Twitter feed following the #AESorg hashtag, and much more,” Johnson adds.

The AES 133rd Mobile Convention is available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android. Blackberry and other Smartphone users can utilize a mobile web version optimized for those devices. The app is available immediately, and can be downloaded free from the AES website.

In addition, the AES has developed a wide range of Exhibitor opportunities designed to help their companies stand out from the crowd. Options range from uploading logos and brochures, to banner ads and video presentations. More information can be found on the San Francisco exhibitor website.

Photo: The 133rd AES Mobile Convention App

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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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