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History Gets Its Due at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention

— Presentations for the Historical Events series at the convention remind us of the audio problems and solutions reached by history’s greatest audio minds —

— The Historical Events series also highlights a separate Special Presentation: Ioan Allen will cover highlights fromthe career of the late Ray Dolby, who passed away this year at the age of 80, and recallwhat it was like to work with this iconic figure for over four decades —

New York, NY, October 7, 2013 — At the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City), the annual Historical Events lecture series will help illuminate the past, present and future of the craft of audio engineering. AES Convention Historical Events Chair, Harry Hirsch, a veteran of 50-plus years as musician, engineer, producer, studio owner and studio designer, has assembled a winning collection of presentations. These range from “The Art of Recording The Big Band, Revisited” to a look deep into the restoration and remastering of the classic Peggy Lee and Nelson Riddle LP Jump for Joy and more.

Hirsch, who has guided the AES Convention’s Historical Events series numerous times in the past, worked closely with AES Historical Committee Co-Chair Bill Wray and Technical Advisor John Chester on these new presentations, just as he has collaborated with them for years on the highly successful “AES Oral History Project.” Each presentation will reveal intricacies and nuances of key events and technologies from pro audio’s past, and in one case will offer a chance to see a decades-old riddle finally solved: as part of “Restoring Peggy Lee’s Capitol Records Album Jump for Joy,” presenter Alan Silverman of Arf! Mastering and the NYU Steinhardt Dept. of Music Technology will examine the answer to a mystery uncovered during the restoration and remaster of the 1959 release, which was one of the first records released by Capitol as a stereo LP.

Additionally, one particular presentation will honor the recently departed. On Friday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m., Ioan Allen, an Academy Award-winning cinema sound pioneer and 44-year veteran at Dolby Laboratories, will present “A Tribute to Ray Dolby.” Allen will review the singular achievements of Dolby, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 80, as well as his recollections of working closely with Dolby during his lengthy career at the company.

135th AES Convention Historical Events
Friday, October 18
Friday, October 18, 5:00 pm — 6:30 pm
The Art of Recording the Big Band, Revisited

Saturday, October 19
Saturday, October 19, 12:15 pm — 1:15 pm
Restoring Peggy Lee’s Capitol Records Album “Jump for Joy”

Saturday, October 19, 5:00 pm — 7:00 pm
The 35mm Album Master Fad

Sunday, October 20
Sunday, October 20, 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm
A Contribution to the History of Field Tape Recording, 1939-1940

Friday, October 18, 1:00 pm — 1:45 pm
A Tribute to Ray Dolby

“The historical presentations at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention will continue the organization’s long-time mission of keeping alive the story of how audio technology and techniques have evolved,” observes AES Historical Committee Co-Chair Bill Wray. “Harry Hirsch has done what he has always done: assembled a diverse and interesting array of presentations that cover many aspects of audio production in history. We are also extremely fortunate to have on hand Ioan Allen, who has received the Samuel L. Warner Award for contributions to motion picture sound, among other awards. Audio history has always been an intrinsic element of AES Convention programs, and the lessons of the past remain integral components of pro audio’s ongoing evolution.”

For a full roster of AES “Historical Events” presentation series, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/historical/. For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, and to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge or the premium All-Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

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The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Pays Tribute to the Legendary Phil Ramone with GRAMMY SoundTables® Event at the 135th AES Convention

Santa Monica, Calif. (October 7, 2013) — The GRAMMY SoundTables®, presented by The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® at this year’s 135th AES Convention, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the Javits Center (Room 1E 15/16) in New York. This year’s event has special significance, as it pays tribute to the late, legendary Phil Ramone – a 14-time GRAMMY®-winning producer, engineer and technologist – with a series of presentations collectively called “What Would Ramone Do?”

Hosted by Ramone’s son BJ Ramone and GRAMMY-winning engineer Elliot Scheiner, this year’s SoundTables event will delve into how Ramone influenced and touched the careers and lives of everyone he interacted with – continually offering advice and real-world experience, making everyone a better person in the process. The session will be broken into short segments, using video pieces and live conversation to illustrate specific lessons from Phil’s life and career. Participants are scheduled to include Jim Boyer, Jill Dell’Abate & Rob Mathes, Mark Ethier, Frank Filipetti, Bob Ludwig, Al Schmitt, Peter Chaikin, Jimmy Jam and Leslie Ann Jones.

Maureen Droney, Senior Executive Director of the P&E Wing, stated, “Over the last few months we’ve all been reflecting on what made Phil so great on so many different levels. We decided that the focus of this year’s GRAMMY SoundTables event should delve into the many different aspects of his personality and career that made him who he was, and to share with our AES friends some of the things that made him such an influential and beloved individual. This session is guaranteed to be insightful and thought-provoking.”

From Marilyn Monroe’s performance/rendition of “Happy Birthday” for JFK, Getz/Gilberto’s “Girl From Ipanema,” Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are,” Paul Simon’s “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover,” Frank Sinatra’s Duets album and Luciano Pavarotti’s live concerts in Italy, to overseeing groundbreaking sound evolutions for the GRAMMY Awards Telecast, Ramone’s career spanned more than 50 years of artistic and technical innovation.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Recording Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on Instagram, Foursquare, GetGlue, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.

Currently more than 6,000 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.com.

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Moog Announces Minifooger Analog Effects for Guitar & Bass

New line of powerful, compact and affordable effects pedals

Asheville, NC – October 8, 2013Moog Music Inc. today announced the launch of the Minifooger Analog Effects family – a series of compact – easy to use stomp boxes designed primarily for use with electric guitar and bass. Each Minifooger is housed in a rugged cast aluminum enclosure and features a 100% analog signal path, true bypass design, optional battery power, and a single expression pedal input providing hands-free control of one specified parameter within each unit.

“We have been working on designs for a line of highly engineered analog effects pedals that are affordable, compact, and easy to use for some time. We are extremely pleased with the outcome and hope that guitar and bass players are too,” said Mike Adams, President of Moog Music.

Each Minifooger’s user interface is centered on musicality and the ability to create new effects quickly. There is also a dedicated expression pedal input that provides control over a function and allows the player to go beyond the panel settings to explore wild, and experimental sounds. This input can also be controlled via CV.

“We want people to approach these pedals from an aural standpoint. The sonic capabilities of Minifoogers are extensive, but they are also easy to use. You can just close your eyes, turn knobs, and create modern, vintage, or other worldly sounds,” said Cyril Lance, Chief Engineer Moog Music.

Moog is launching The Minifooger Analog Effects family with 5 compact stomp boxes – the MF Drive, MF Boost, MF Delay, MF Ring, and MF Trem. Each pedal is 100% analog, designed and hand assembled in Moog’s factory in Asheville, North Carolina and carries a US street price below $200. Moog is debuting two videos today featuring artists experimenting with the Minifoogers: Troy Van Leeuwen, guitarist for the band Queens of The Stone Age takes a more classic approach; and Xander Singh and Ian Hultquist of Passion Pit explore the other worldly side of the Minifoogers.

Minifooger Analog Effects Pedal Descriptions:

The MF Drive is a filter-based overdrive pedal employing a Moog Ladder Filter, boutique FET amplifiers, and OTAs in its drive section making it highly reactive to picking dynamics. The panel features a bipolar tone control and sweepable filter that work dynamically with input gain to offer each player unique and customizable sounds that retain the core timbre of their instrument. A filter Peak switch shifts harmonic content to the filter’s cutoff position, adding new tonal creation and dirty wah performance possibilities not found in other drive pedals. MSRP: $179.

The MF Boost is a selectable topology boost pedal that allows the player to switch between an “articulate VCA” signal path and a “colored OTA” signal path. Each is tailored to deliver boutique amplifier sound and responsiveness from any guitar/amplifier combination. The design also imparts natural compression to an input signal, which brings out note articulation and significantly increases the performance of other effects pedals. When paired with an expression pedal, the MF Boost can be used as a tone enhancing volume pedal, sweepable-gain boost pedal, and VCA. The expression pedal input also provides access to higher gain values not available on the panel. MSRP: $149

The MF Delay features 35mS-700mS of completely analog delay time. At shorter set-tings, repeats are fast and bright for creating classic slap-back and plate sounds. At medium and long settings the repeats become darker and naturally trail into reverb-like state. A Drive circuit allows the player to adjust the tone and feel of the MF Delay as well as overdrive the Bucket Brigade Delay line, and the input of a guitar amplifier for bigger sound and feel. Also, the expression pedal input is switchable between feedback for expressive swells and delay time for tape delay and chorus/flange effects. MSRP: $209.

The MF Ring is an analog ring modulator that is based on the world’s best selling Ring Mod, the Moogerfooger MF-102. Its refined frequency range and tone voicing circuit add new-musical elements to ring modification, making it easy to dial in everything from octaves and choral dissonance to harmonic undertones and synthesized lead lines. The expression pedal input provides hands-free control of the Freq parameter for sound sweeps, pitch shifting effects, and playing between two scales on the fly. MSRP: $159

The MF Trem is an analog tremolo pedal designed around a balanced modulator and Sub Audio VCO. This design creates a wide range of effects that are based on phase cancellation and addition. Players can create classic optical tremolo, hard tremolo, rotary effects and more that react dynamically to harmonic content. A variable Shape control interacts with Tone and Mix to craft subtle swells and gallops to rhythmic percussive, and swirling effects. When pushed, the MF Trem can also approach the beginnings of phasing and chorus. The expression pedal input adds control of the Speed parameter for hands-free swells and rotary effects. MSRP: $189

Minifooger Analog Effects Pedals are available for preorder from all authorized Moog dealers now. Moog Music will begin shipping the first units from their Asheville factory in October, 2013. For more information about Minifooger Analog Effects Pedals go to: MINIFOOGER.COM

Links:

• Video featuring Troy Van Leeuwen: http://www.moogmusic.com/Troy-Van-Leeuwen
• Video featuring Passion Pit: http://www.moogmusic.com/Passion-Pit
• Moog Music website: http://www.moogmusic.com/
• Moog Music on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/MoogMusicInc/
• Moog Music on Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/MoogMusicInc/

About Moog Music:

Moog Music synthesizers and other electronic musical instruments are designed and lovingly built in the Moog factory in downtown Asheville, N.C. Moog Music and its customers carry on the legacy of Dr. Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer and Founder of Moog Music Inc.

Photo captions:
1) The Minifooger analog effects for guitar and bass.
2) Troy Van Leeuwen, guitarist for the band Queens of The Stone Age.
3) Xander Singh and Ian Hultquist of Passion Pit.

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Audio Engineering Society Announces Berlin as Location for 136th AES International Convention, April 2014

— Berlin convention to take place Saturday, April 26, through Tuesday, April 29, 2014 —

New York, NY, October 4, 2013 — The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced the dates and location for its upcoming 136th International Convention: Saturday, April 26, through Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Berlin, Germany. The Convention’s “Call for Papers” will be available in the coming months, and AES will be accepting proposals for abstract-precis-reviewed and peer-reviewed papers.

The 136th Convention will bring together audio engineers from around the world to share the latest knowledge in audio research, development and applications. More details will follow shortly, but meanwhile save the date and keep an eye on the convention website for the latest updates.

“We are excited to return to Berlin for the 136th Convention,” stated Bob Moses, Audio Engineering Society Executive Director. “Berlin is a hub of technology and industry, with a vital and rich history in audio innovation. In addition, Germany is an extremely important marketplace for our business partners and sponsors to engage with pro audio customers. It is a more-than-fitting site for our next European convention.”

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Jimmy Jam to Present Friday Keynote at Upcoming 135th AES Convention

— Five-time GRAMMY® Award-winner to address the intersection of technology and creativity with a keynote address titled “The Current And Future Direction Of The Recording Process from an Artist,
Engineer and Producer’s Perspective” —

New York, NY, October 4, 2013 — On Friday, October 18, 2013, the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention at the Javits Center in New York City will feature a keynote address by Jimmy Jam, a five-time GRAMMY® Award winner and a renowned songwriter, record producer, musician, entrepreneur and half of the most influential and successful writing/producing duo in modern music history. Taking place at 11:00 a.m., the presentation will be entitled “The Current And Future Direction Of The Recording Process from an Artist, Engineer and Producer’s Perspective.”

Since forming their company Flyte Tyme Productions in 1982, Jam and partner Terry Lewis have collaborated with such diverse and legendary artists as Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani, Michael Jackson, Robert Palmer, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Rod Stewart, Yolanda Adams, Sting, Heather Headley, Usher, Celine Dion, Kanye West, Chaka Khan and Trey Songz, among others. Jimmy and Terry have written and/or produced over 100 albums and singles that have reached gold, platinum, multi-platinum, or diamond status, including 26 No. 1 R&B and 16 No. 1 pop hits, giving the pair more Billboard No. 1′s than any other duo in chart history.

Jimmy Jam’s AES Keynote address will focus on the current and future direction of the recording process from various perspectives. As a songwriter, artist, producer and engineer, Jimmy is uniquely qualified to give a bird’s-eye view of how each of these “personalities” interact and contribute to the overall final product, and along the way, how technology has evolved and what it has meant to his craft.

“Of course it all starts with a great song, but then, it’s important to consider how and what technology should be used to capture that creativity,” stated Jam. “It’s that intersection between the technology and creativity that I have always looked at every day throughout my career. Ultimately, it’s my job as a artist/producer to have those two elements meet and not crash – And that’s when you’re using the available technology to capture the artist in their purest form.”

For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, and to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge or the premium All-Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

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