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Product Design Events to Be Featured at 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention

— This year’s AES Product Design Track combines two themes to bring a significant learning opportunity to audio engineering professionals; Theme 1 events are focused on audio design topics, while Theme 2 brings to AES the subject of product development in the age of global engineering and sourcing —

New York, NY — The audio industry today competes with a myriad of other entertainment forms, from gaming to video everywhere to social networking and beyond. Audio companies must bring products to market that no longer compete just with other audio products but also with other entertainment options in order for the audio industry to grow and be at the forefront of professional and consumer markets. To address audio engineering professionals seeking to expand their knowledge of product development best practices and techniques, AES has expanded this year’s Product Design Track at the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, which runs Thursday, October 9, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. The Product Design Track will take place all four days of the convention, bringing a wide variety of topics to today’s engineers, managers and product management professionals. The Track is organized by Chairman Scott Leslie, founder of PD Squared, who has held previous positions in the industry including VP of Engineering at JBL Pro and CEO at Renkus-Heinz. Audio Precision is the sponsor for the track.

The two-theme approach combines audio design topics and product development practices into one track. Theme 1 addresses key audio design topics such as D/A and A/D design for modern high-resolution audio formats, how to best leverage DSP, the most effective way to go about optimizing active loudspeaker systems, and measuring loudspeaker systems. Attendees will also learn about the criticality of testing product designs for the real world, where problems like hum, buzz, clicks, pops and other unexplained misbehavior can be traced to design issues, such as internal grounding schemes or conceptual misunderstandings of signal interface circuitry, and that cost little or nothing to remedy.

Theme 2 targets audio engineering professionals who face the challenge of getting new products to market faster, while costing less and building a competitive advantage. The theme focuses on how today’s engineers and managers must develop the skill sets necessary to deal with the complex world of global availability of manufacturing and supply chain partners, design services, engineering services and community development. The theme opens with an observational panel that explores this topic at a high level and is followed by a number of track sessions that provide depth and insight in areas such as DSPs, power supply and amplifiers, transducer selection, system engineering, software integration, production test techniques and succeeding with external engineering partners. Additionally, the Product Design Track will offer an off-site Technical Tour to QSC’s state-of-the-art production facility, giving a behind-the-scenes look at one of today’s top manufacturing facilities.

Finally, the next generation of product designers will benefit from the Product Design For Students presentation, which will offer insight to the pro audio community’s newest members about career ideas and how they might just help change the audio world.

“Product development has become a mix of engineering, sourcing, partnering and business skills,” observes AES Product Design Chair Scott Leslie. “What we’ve done this year is included more of the business aspects of the product development process, as well as addressed how globalized the process has become from supply chain to development partners. Anyone who designs and builds audio products, or is contemplating doing so (or even if they’re just curious as to what it takes to create a product), will benefit from attending these sessions.”

AES Executive Director Bob Moses concludes, “”As a former product designer myself, I always found my experiences at AES Conventions to be invaluable in connecting with top recording engineers and learning what they struggled with in the studio. Several products I created were inspired by these conversations. And, of course, I learned pretty much everything I know about audio hanging with these folks.”

For further information about the Product Design Track, FREE Exhibits-Plus badges (pre-registration required), premium All Access badges, and Technical Program information, and more visit http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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137th Audio Engineering Society Convention in Los Angeles Offers a Comprehensive Recording and Production Track

— The annual AES Convention is where the Recording and Production Track sessions bring top engineers and producers together to share classic techniques and new ideas with the audio recording community —

New York, NY — Considered by many to be the most popular series of panels and presentations at the annual AES Conventions, the Recording and Production Track will take place each day during the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, set for Thursday, October 9, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. The sessions that make up the Recording and Production Track cover every major aspect of the practical side of music production, including recording vocals, mixing techniques and mastering, in addition to several special presentations from leaders in the industry.

Of interest to all recording engineers and producers this year will be Thursday’s keynote speech given by legendary engineer/producer Alan Parsons, who will share his insight and experience from being part of some of the greatest recordings of all time. Friday’s keynote will further feature Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy, The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, who will share his valuable insights into the music business and the challenges and opportunities available in today’s evolving industry.

Also popular is the Platinum Events series, which covers a variety of topics with high-profile guests and panelists. This year’s Platinum Engineers Panel will feature Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick, hosts of the popular weekly pro audio show Pensado’s Place. Attendees will get to see what happens when “The Script Is Flipped” and Pensado and Trawick are put on the other side of the interview – sure to reveal some unique insights and surprises along the way. A Platinum Mastering event will feature acclaimed mastering engineer Bob Ludwig, along with mastering engineer and incoming AES President Andres A. Mayo and other highly respected audio pros such as Bruce Botnick, Mark Donahue and Barak Moffitt, who will discuss the ramifications of the recent defining of “High Resolution Audio.” This presentation will include a guided tour of audio samples, so the audience can hear for themselves how High Resolution Audio can provide the listener with exactly what artists hear in the studio while creating their music.

AES137 will also feature the newest Project Studio Expo – a popular series of events taking place on the exhibition floor targeted to the burgeoning market of project and home studio facilities around the world. The PSE, included with admission to holders of the Free Exhibits-Plus badge, will feature presentations by leading industry engineers, producers, authors, journalists and educators, including Alex Case, Mike Senior, Stephen Webber, Larry Crane, Craig Anderton, Mick Guzauski, John Storyk, Paul White, Hugh Robjohns and others. Presenters will lead attendees through basics such as recording vocals, preparing multitracks for mixing and best practices for proper monitoring, as well as more detailed discussions on how to optimize value when it comes to choosing and purchasing equipment, how to design a great project studio and how to get the most out of a digital audio workstation. The Project Studio Expo will take place Friday, October 10, and Saturday, October 11, throughout show hours.

This year will also offer master classes that deconstruct, track-by-track, original recordings from Fleetwood Mac, the Beach Boys, David Bowie, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the inaugural “Raw Tracks” sessions. On Saturday, October 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., “An Afternoon With Geoff Emerick” will get attendees up close and personal with the legendary Beatles engineer (also known for his work with such artists as Elvis Costello, Jeff Beck, The Zombies, Robin Trower and Badfinger), who will expound on stories that are part of the living history of music production. This very special presentation will be enhanced with seldom seen photos and video footage as well as rarely heard audio clips.

Additional Recording and Production Track events include a “Mastering for Engineers” session, a presentation entitled “Inside the Mix” given by multi-GRAMMY® winner David Reitzas, and a session titled “Master Mission: Spreading the Word On Mentoring, Formats, and a Changing Industry,” addressing current changes and opportunities in the burgeoning Recording and Production field.

Another mainstay of the AES conventions – the Technical Tours – will offer participants the chance to tour and experience a variety of top-notch local L.A. facilities, from leading studios to manufacturers and live sound venues. This year’s stops, over the four days of the convention, include Sony Computer Entertainment America, Capitol Studios, 20th Century Fox facilities, Village Studios, the QSC factory, EastWest Studios, Dolby Theater, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Henson Recording Studio and The Dub Stage. Tickets are available for purchase during normal registration hours at the convention center.

Also, for the first time in AES history, there will be a panel officially held in Spanish in an International AES Convention. The panel “Grandes Productores de América Latina” (“Great producers from Latin America”) will bring together several of the biggest names from the region, all of them multiple GRAMMY Award winners, to present their most recent work and discuss the state of the musical industry in Latin America.

“This year’s Recording and Production Track is as exciting and in-depth as it’s ever been,” says Recording Track Co-Chair Andres Mayo. Co-Chair Jim Kaiser adds, “We’ve got the project studio side comprehensively covered by our colleagues at Sound On Sound magazine with the PSE, and we have noted and award-winning engineers and producers covering a wide range of other topics that will give those who attend an enticing and well-rounded experience.”

For information on the Recording and Production Track and how you can get your FREE Exhibits-Plus badge (pre-registration required) for the AES137 Convention, as well as All Access badge, and Technical Program information, visit the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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Listen Technologies Unveils New Brand Identity

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— Company-wide initiative involves new brand logo and intuitive, redesigned website; provides launch pad for company’s new products, services and solutions —

BLUFFDALE, UT, September 30, 2014 — Listen Technologies Corporation, the leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of assistive listening products for over 16 years, today unveiled its new brand identity, which includes a redesigned logo that positions Listen Technologies for its next phase of growth while paying homage to the company’s rich history as an innovator in assistive listening solutions. Also, as part of the company’s branding initiative, it has launched a new, comprehensive, and easy-to-navigate website at www.listentech.com.

Far more than just a stylish digital makeover, this new initiative coincides with the company’s long-term strategic business plan, involving ongoing growth and strengthened efforts to serve end users, consultants, contractors, venue owners, architects, and others as a leading innovator and expert in the field of assistive listening. Listen Technologies continues to serve as a prominent advocate to the marketplace for those with hearing disability, encouraging education, and providing resources to keep the market up-to-date on best practices and legislative compliance.

The new logo is simple yet memorable and incorporates a variation on the familiar “sound wave” icon, representing the company’s experience and expertise in developing solutions that overcome the challenges of noise, distance, clashing conversations, and hearing loss to deliver precise and personalized audio in any setting or environment. The re-launched website features new graphics; intuitive drop-down menus highlighting Listen Technologies product solutions for assistive listening, classroom audio, and conference systems; comprehensive resources (in both general and specific terms) for consultants, contractors, architects, and venue owners on assistive listening; and much more.

“When we decided it was time to retire our sixteen year-old logo and branding we wanted something that would reflect our commitment and focus on enabling the best possible assistive listening experience. The new website is easier to use while providing even more relevant information. The new logo and look reflects our commitment to simplicity,” said Russell Gentner, President of Listen Technologies. “The new website provides a new and improved way to launch new products, services, and solutions that our customers are demanding. Stay tuned – we are just getting started.”

For more information on the new branding efforts and all other inquiries, please email sales@listentech.com.

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Back by Popular Demand: DTV Audio Group Forum to Appear at Upcoming 137th AES Convention

“The Implications of Streamed Content Delivery on the Evolution of Television Audio Services” to be held Friday, October 10, 1 p.m. through 6 p.m.

New York, NY, September 23, 2014 ” The Audio Engineering Society announces the return of the DTVAG (DTV Audio Group) ” an organization of senior-level broadcast network executives promoting best practices and successful strategies for digital television audio production and delivery” to its special events roster at the upcoming 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, taking place October 9-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Expanding on the popularity of last year’s debut, the DTVAG forum will continue to discuss the hot topic of streaming content delivery and its impact on today’s TV landscape. The forum is produced by the DTV Audio Group in association with the Sports Video Group (SVG) and sponsored by Calrec, Dolby Laboratories, DTS, Lawo and Linear Acoustic.

Some of today’s brightest minds in television audio will participate in this year’s forum, entitled: DTV Audio Group Forum: The Implications of Streamed Content Delivery on the Evolution of Television.” This event will take a look at the way content delivery is increasingly following a streamed model and being deployed with very short lead times via a virtualized delivery infrastructure, which allows for further advancements in related broadcast services including audio quality, spatially immersive sound, personalization and bandwidth efficiency. A series of five engaging panels, presentations and discussions will dig deep into each topic, and teach attendees about some of the tools and workflow approaches required to manage and exploit the capabilities of next-generation audio standards and take television audio into the future. Specific discussion topics will include:

This Is Not Your Father’s MVPD: A look into how the transition to IP infrastructure and streamed content is transforming cable and how this facilitates advanced audio codecs

So Long SDI and MADI: IP infrastructure for audio and video contribution within the broadcast plant and in the field

Interactivity, Objects and Spatially Immersive Audio: Mixers and technologists on the migration of object audio from cinema to the small screen and mobile

Object Audio Toolbox: What are the essential monitoring and authoring tools required for object audio production?

It’s All in Your Head: The state of headphone virtualization for immersive audio formats

Commenting on the state of streamed content delivery and the common thread among each forum topic, DTV Audio Group Executive Director Roger Charlesworth notes, “The explosive growth in streamed content delivery over mobile and fixed devices has re-written the playbook for television media distribution. Streaming delivery models are also inexorably finding their way into existing cable services and are being written into next-generation advanced television standards. The migration from traditional broadcasting to an IP stream-based model greatly simplifies implementation, and, combined with tablet-empowered UI, frees distributors to pursue a range of formats and encoding solutions with sophisticated interactive and object-oriented audio services. Our forum at AES137 will address the current and future direction of these trends and their implications for manufacturers, broadcast professionals and end users alike.”

For further information about the DTV Audio Group Forum, which is available to all attendees, and how you can get your FREE Exhibits-Plus badge (pre-registration required), as well as further Registration, and Technical Program information, visit the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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Audio-Technica Now Shipping System 10 Camera-Mount Wireless System

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— Operating in the 2.4 GHz range, System 10 camera-mount wireless avoids TV and DTV interference, offering a dependable, high-fidelity wireless solution for videographers —

STOW, OH, September 23, 2014 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is displaying the System 10 Camera-Mount Digital Wireless System, a digital wireless system designed to provide rock-solid performance along with easy setup and clear, natural sound quality. Featuring a compact design, the system is available in handheld, lavalier and body-pack configurations. Operating in the 2.4 GHz range, far from TV and DTV interference, this system offers extremely easy operation and instantaneous channel selection. Up to eight channels may be used together without any frequency coordination problems or group selection issues.

System 10 Camera-Mount Digital Wireless System Features:

Digital 24-bit/48 kHz wireless operation for ultimate sound quality
Dependable performance
Automatic frequency selection for seamless, interference-free operation
Three levels of diversity assurance: frequency, time, & space
3.5 mm (1/8″) output jack with switch to select between TRS balanced and unbalanced (dual mono)
Features convenient rechargeable internal battery
Receiver and transmitter battery level displays
Removable antennas
Camera shoe mount
1/8″ headphone jack with volume control

The System 10 Camera-Mount Digital Wireless System is now available in the following configurations:

ATW-1701 body-pack system: ATW-R1700 receiver, ATW-T1001 UniPak® body-pack transmitter. U.S. MSRP: $664.95
ATW-1701/L lavalier system: ATW-R1700 receiver, ATW-T1001 UniPak body-pack transmitter, MT830cW omnidirectional condenser lavalier microphone. U.S. MSRP: $789.95
ATW-1702 handheld system: ATW-R1700 receiver, ATW-T1002 unidirectional dynamic microphone/transmitter. U.S. MSRP: $699.95.

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

About System 10 Digital Wireless
System 10 offers high-fidelity digital wireless for performing musicians and presenters. Operating in the 2.4 GHz range, far from TV and DTV interference, System 10 offers advanced 24-bit operation and amazingly clear sound. System 10 wireless ensures clear communications by providing three levels of diversity assurance: frequency, time, and space. Frequency Diversity sends the signal on two dynamically allocated frequencies for interference-free communication. Time Diversity sends the signal in multiple time slots to maximize immunity to multipath interference. Finally, Space Diversity uses two antennas on each transmitter and receiver to maximize signal integrity.

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Audinate® and Bose® Professional to Sponsor Dante™ AV Networking Roadshow Events at InfoComm MEA in Dubai

Framingham, MA, September 23, 2014 – To kick off what will become a series held in multiple global locations, Audinate® and Bose® Professional will launch their AV Networking Roadshow – focusing on Dante™ technology – at InfoComm MEA in Dubai, UAE. The sessions, titled “Introduction to AV Networking,” are one-day sessions, being offered two days consecutively: October 15 and 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. The events are sponsored by Bose Professional and Audinate, with support from Atterotech®, Digital Audio Labs and Yamaha®.

Dante, created by Audinate, is the leading audio-over-IP networking solution. It offers virtually perfect synchronization, ultra-low deterministic latency and plug-and-play configuration management. Dante’s real-time streaming is suitable for live broadcast, commercial installation, live sound, public address, intercoms and transportation communications deployments.

Intended for AV and IT professionals who have a novice or intermediate understanding of AV networking, these sessions expose attendees to the current state of audio networking and control for AV systems, emerging technologies and trends in AV networking. The instructor-led training uses a variety of components from Bose and other participating manufacturers, and provides an opportunity to learn audio networking theory, design and implementation through interactive, hands-on sessions using Dante audio networking technology. Presenters include Kieran Walsh, Senior Technical Solutions Manager, Audinate; and Biju Abdul Majeed, Design Engineer, Bose Corporation. The sessions are eligible for RU credits.

Attention will be paid to the following topics:
• Connecting devices and routing audio over a Dante network
• Network switch configuration for various applications
• Working with IT managers to define network requirements
• Basic network troubleshooting

These are all-day sessions, with lunch provided. Each day’s session is limited to 50 attendees, and you can enroll as part of your registration with the InfoComm Dubai show. Register for the course “Introduction to AV Networking.”

Darryl Bryans, Product Line Manager, DSP, Bose Professional, stated, “The AV Networking Roadshow is a great way to quickly come up to speed on the latest information regarding audio networking and to get some hands-on experience using Dante audio networking technology and a variety of products. We’re pleased to be working together with Audinate and the other participating manufacturers to offer these sessions in Dubai and beyond. By the end of the day, participants should be able to confidently implement and install a Dante enabled system.”

“As the market leader in media networking, Audinate believes that one of the ways people can fully appreciate just how easy Dante is to install, integrate and use is to support our OEM partners in educating their customers.” says Ervin Grinberg, Director of Marketing, Audinate. Grinberg also adds, “Dante is the most requested networking technology, and we are pleased to showcase the benefits regionally to present this hands-on comprehensive, well thought-out program.”

Future AV Networking Roadshow events are being scheduled for markets around the U.S. and the world.

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GC Pro Helps DCP Productions Take Commercials On The Road

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— Boutique Baltimore commercial production house created a mobile production rig that, like their six-suite studio, was built with both equipment and expertise from GC Pro —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, September 22, 2014 — Don Cherel, the Founder and Director/Producer with DCP Productions, created the iconic Motorcycle Money Man for commercial client GEICO, along with spots for Planet Fitness, the Washington Nationals MLB team and the Washington Capitals NHL team. Now DCP Productions, like their mobile GEICO creation, itself is ready to go on the road, with a flypack rig that will let it shoot, record, edit and mix on location, vastly increasing the boutique shop’s productivity while giving it access to new sights, sounds and talent. And that road rig, like DCP Productions’ six-room video and audio production facility in Baltimore, was sourced with a combination of technology and expertise provided by Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users.

Eight-year-old DCP Productions’ business model is predicated on Cherel’s “concept to completion” notion, which enables clients to work with one entity for concept creation; original music creation; and pre-, field- and post-production. “By simply eliminating the layers of multiple companies in the advertising development process, DCP is able to create content and transform it into quality advertising media much less expensively and faster than traditional ad agencies,” Cherel explains. “That savings is passed on to the client.”

The new mobile rig, which tackles its first official project in July for the next GEICO campaign, is made up of two 12-space racks that hold gear including a Universal Audio® Apollo high-resolution interface, an Avid Pro Tools system with Thunderbolt connectivity, an Avid MC Mix controller, an API 550 EQ, Crane Song Falcon compressor and two Rupert Neve Designs 542 tape emulators.

All of this equipment was sourced through GC Pro Account Manager Mitch Shaivitz at GC Pro’s Baltimore-area office. The mobile rig’s make-up grew from Shaivitz’s conversations with Cherel about what the producer/director wanted to accomplish. “I called up Mitch and said, here’s what I want to do,’ and he came back with equipment suggestions that matched our workflow at the studio,” Cherel explains. “This mix of equipment and systems really make the mobile rig an extension of the studio — our workflow remains the same on the road and in the studio, so the end product is totally consistent.”

“Every product choice was well thought-out,” says Cherel. “With the exception of cameras and lenses, virtually every piece of equipment we have, in the studio and on the road, came through GC Pro. “They have the products and the expertise. But mostly, they get what we’re trying to do.”

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.

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PhantomFocus™ System Stuns at PotLuck Audio Conference (PotLuckCon)

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PhantomFocus™ System Stuns at PotLuck Audio Conference (PotLuckCon)

Nashville, TN: Solid State Logic (SSL) hosted TEC Award-Winning studio designer Carl Tatz and the PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) in their SSL demo suite featuring the AWS 924 console at the 2014 PotLuck Audio Conference at the fabulous El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Audio professionals from across the country gathered in this bucolic desert setting to take in the many expert panels, workshops and gear demonstrations presented at the annual event.

“We’re grateful to SSL and PotLuckCon principal Craig Shumacher for supporting our effort to bring the PhantomFocus System experience to those who may have heard or read about the system but have not had the opportunity to sit in its sweet spot. In this case, one listen takes the place of a thousand reviews,” comments Carl Tatz, principal of Carl Tatz Design and creator of the PhantomFocus System.

Among the distinguished attendees who had the chance to experience the PFS for the first time were engineer/producer Mike Caffrey; Mark Christensen, head mastering engineer and owner at NYC’s Engine Room Audio studios; PureWave Audio and Allusion Studios owner Jim Pavett; Vintage King Audio’s Alex Oana; FOX Sports Audio Consultant / Senior Mixer Fred Aldous; Jeff Harris, Technical Department Manager at the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS); and engineer Andrew Scheps. Here are a few of their comments:

“The sound coming out of the Phantom Focus system was astounding – especially coming out of such small monitors in a room that wasn’t acoustically designed. It was an enveloping listening experience and is what music should always sound like.” – Mike Caffrey.

“The imaging was very accurate, especially in the low end, and I heard distinct elements in the low end of a #1 single that I mastered last year that I had not heard before.” – Mark Christensen

“Although my listening time was limited, my experience was impressive, and I look forward to having the opportunity to spend more time with the PhantomFocus System in the future.” – Fred Aldous

“I had no previous biases one way or the other when I auditioned the PhantomFocus System. Listening was a very enjoyable experience. The bass frequencies, which usually are fighting room modes, were solid with no dips. Once you have a system dialed in like this, then your real journey of creating music begins behind the console. No more second-guessing, because all is true.” – Jim Pavett

Auralex Acoustics, Ashly Audio, NHT, and Dynaudio Professional generously provided the portable acoustic modules, proprietary PFS processor, proprietary PFS subwoofer system and near-field monitors, respectively. Also, Sound Anchors provided their new PhantomFocus™ Stand.

Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R: SSL Vice President of Music Products Fadi Hayek; studio designer and PhantomFocus™ System creator Carl Tatz; and SSL U.S. Sales and Marketing Manager Marc DeGeorge, in the SSL casita featuring the SSL AWS 924 and the PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) at PotLuckCon 2014.

Photo Caption 2: CRAS instructor Paul Richards experiencing the PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) at the SSL casita during PotLuckCon.

Photo Caption 3: Poolside at the El Conquistador Resort, Tucson, Arizona.

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AES and SMPTE® Partner to Further Strengthen and Educate the Audio Community at 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention

New York, NY, September 19, 2014 — The Audio Engineering Society (AES) is pleased to introduce the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) as an Association Partner for the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, taking place Oct. 9-12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning SMPTE is the worldwide leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of developing and maintaining image, sound and metadata ecosystems. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.

As part of this collaborative effort between AES and SMPTE, a number of special guests and presentations have been included in the convention program for the benefit of all attendees. Speakers from SMPTE’s professional membership will be presenting as part of the Broadcast and Streaming Media and the Sound for Picture tracks. The sessions, presented by leading figures in their field, are titled:

Sound for Picture: SP3 – Cinema Standards Review and the Road to Implementing Changes
Broadcast and Streaming Media: B13 – SMPTE: Audio Issues for Live Television — Overcoming the Challenges of Live Television Broadcast in Today’s Wild, Wild World

In addition, SMPTE will host a booth at AES137 (booth 1360), staffed by members of its Hollywood Section, where attendees can learn more about SMPTE and its goals, programs, and benefits. All SMPTE members are eligible to register for free Exhibits-Plus badges, as well as for discounted All Access badges, courtesy of the AES and SMPTE Association Partnership. Similarly, AES members who wish to attend the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in Hollywood, California, Oct. 20-23 are offered promotional codes for a 10 percent discount on conference packages or promotion code for a complimentary exhibits-only pass.

“SMPTE and the Audio Engineering Society share a commitment to promoting high standards and supporting advancements and education in the audio field,” said Barbara Lange, executive director at SMPTE. “We are pleased to partner with the Society at this year’s convention to offer resources and professional development presentations that further the complementary missions of our organizations.”

AES Executive Director Bob Moses stated, “This year the AES is proud to formally engage with our Association Partner, SMPTE, at the 137th Convention in Los Angeles. Both organizations share such strong ties through integral technologies, ideas, and disruptions that we all have to overcome, which all translate to opportunities for our industry as a whole. It’s really exciting for SMPTE to have a presence at our convention this year, and I thank the Society for its participation in building our program into something even greater for our attendees.”

For further information about free Exhibits-Plus badges (preregistration required), premium All Access badges, hotel, and technical program information, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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AES Educational Foundation Announces Awards for 2014

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New York, NY, September 18, 2014 — The Educational Foundation of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced the recipients of the 2014 AES Educational Grants for Graduate Studies in Audio Engineering. The announcement was made by Don Puluse, President of the AES Educational Foundation (AESEF), on behalf of the foundation’s Board of Directors.

This year the foundation proudly offers a special scholarship marking Bruce Swedien’s 80th birthday and recognizing over six decades of recording artistry. This scholarship is funded by his colleagues, family, fans and friends. The scholarship will aid young recording engineers who believe in putting “Music First!” For more information, visit http://www.swedienscholarship.org.

The inaugural Bruce Swedien Scholarship is awarded to Pawel Leskiewicz, a graduate student in Sound Recording at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University. He earned his BM with honors from the Royal Conservatory of Music, The Hague, Netherlands. Pawel has won top prizes at several international competitions on classical guitar in his native Poland. He has also completed internships with Channel Classics Records and Polyhymnia International (formerly Philips Classics).

Two special grants are being generously provided by HARMAN International Industries to support graduate education in audio. The Board of Directors has decided to renew these grants for last year’s HARMAN Scholars Brecht De Man and Kai Siedenburg. Mr. De Man has undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering from University of Ghent, Belgium, and is studying for a Ph.D. (EE and Computer Science) at Queen Mary University of London. Mr. Siedenburg has an M.S. in Mathematics from Humboldt University, Berlin, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Music Technology, Department of Music Research, at McGill University. He was previously a Fulbright visiting student at UC Berkeley and did his master’s thesis at University of Vienna.

The Emil Torick Scholar distinction is being given to Charlotte Desvages, who will earn a Ph.D. in audio and acoustics at the University of Edinburgh. Her previous degrees are from Edinburgh (Acoustics and Music Technology) and Universitè de Caen Basse-Normandie (physics). This award, honoring former AES Foundation President Torick, is awarded to an outstanding student with exceptional career goals.

The John Eargle Award, given annually to a student who excels in both technology and music, is a renewal award for Elizabeth Marston towards her M.M. in Sound Recording at McGill University. Ms. Marston holds a B.A. in Music from Seattle Pacific University.

Javed Hamza receives a renewal award to pursue a Ph.D. in Speech and Audio Processing from Imperial College London, where he also completed his previous degrees. Marlene Mathew earns a renewal award towards her Master’s in Music Technology to NYU. She has a BS in Computer Science from CWPost.

Dziedzic Tomasz is a Ph.D. candidate at AGH University of Science & Technology, Poland, where he also received his M.A.; Tomasz is in the department of Mechanics and Vibroacoustics. Robert Fernandes is studying for an M.M. in Sound Recording at McGill; he has a B.M. from Humber College. Jiayue Wu is a Ph.D. candidate in Media Arts and Technology at University of California, Santa Barbara; she has a BS from the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology and an MA from Stanford University.

The AES Educational Foundation was established in 1984 to encourage talented students to enter the profession of audio engineering. Grants for graduate studies with emphasis on audio topics are awarded annually. Recipients are selected on the basis of demonstrated talent, achievements, goals and recommendations. Since its inception, the AESEF has presented awards totaling over seven hundred thousand dollars. Grants have been made possible by contributions from AES, Inc., HARMAN International Industries Inc., the estate of John K. Hilliard, JBL Inc., the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the families of John Eargle, David Smith and Emil Torick, and the family and friends of Bruce Swedien. The AES also receives support from other benefactors such as in-memoriam donors, and individuals and companies that support education in audio. Application forms and additional information are available from the Audio Engineering Society, 60 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10165, USA, or on its web site: www.aes.org/education/foundation/.

Photo Caption: Don Puluse, president of the AES Educational Foundation.

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