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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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AES Announces Awards Presentation

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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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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AES Launches Mobile APP For SF Convention

Provides Universal Convention Details + Total Connectivity

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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Live From SF! AES Convention Preliminary Events Calendar

New Tracks, Comprehensive Event/Exhibitor/Registration Details Online Now!

NEW YORK: With just five weeks to go until “Show Time,” the AES continues to update the Preliminary Event Calendar. Packed with vivid abstracts, dates, times and presenter details, the AES/PEC is the culmination of an intensive year of activity. The 133rd Convention looms as the most colorful, informative, timely and far-ranging AES event ever. From Broadcast/Streaming to Education, Game Audio, Historical, Live Sound, Papers, Platinum, Product Design, Special Events, Tech Tours, Tutorials and Workshops, the 133rd AES Convention is the definitive crash course on everything audio.

“In addition to our traditional program, this Convention marks the introduction of three timely new tracks,” reports Committee Co-Chair Jim McTigue. “We are extremely enthusiastic about the 3-Day Project Studio Expo developed in partnership with UK-based Sound On Sound editors and Craig Anderton to explore issues and innovations that make Project Studios a pivotal trend in today’s recording environment. We are also extremely pleased with our Sound For Pictures and Networked Audio Tracks. These events epitomize the AES mandate as the industry’s most authoritative platform for addressing critical issues of technical concern,” McTigue says.

“As with our totally upgraded Mobile App, our Preliminary Calendar has been carefully fine-tuned to make it the most comprehensive and user-friendly edition ever,” reports Committee Co-Chair Valerie Tyler. “Attendees will find it much easier to navigate. The color-coded grid provides instantly accessible drop-down abstracts. Dates and times are clearly illustrated. While we make a point of emphasizing the fact that this is a ‘Preliminary’ Although Calendar changes continue to be posted right up to October 26, the site will be enormously helpful to attendees in strategizing their show schedules.”

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Visit these links for more details:

* http://www.aes.org/events/133/calendar/calendar.cfm
* http://www.aes.org/events/133/hotels/
* http://www.aes.org/events/133/registration/
* http://www.aes.org/events/133/exhibitors/exhibitors.cfm
* http://www.aes.org/mobile/

PHOTO: The 133rd AES Convention will be held in SF’s Moscone Center Oct. 26 – 29.

The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Version 2 Ships

Featuring Apple AAC iTunes Plus Codec And MPEG Surround Support

Oxford, UK – September 13, 2012: Fraunhofer IIS, the world’s renowned source for audio and multimedia technologies, and innovative plug-in designer/manufacturer Sonnox Ltd. today announce the second generation Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Plug-In. Initially released in 2011 to global praise, the Pro-Codec Version 2 introduces the ability to master for iTunes and supports the latest multi-channel audio codecs.

For the first time, the Pro-Codec Plug-In enables engineers to use Apple’s iTunes Plus codec for real-time auditioning, making it a powerful time-saving tool to efficiently mix directly for the “Mastered for iTunes” program. Sonnox has added Apple’s iTunes Plus codec to the Plug-In to enable the exact clipping behavior of the iTunes encoding chain to be monitored, and levels corrected if necessary, saving time and ensuring high quality output during the mixing process.

In addition, Sonnox and Fraunhofer have integrated the latest MPEG Surround codec along with Advanced Audio Coding Low Complexity (AAC-LC) multi-channel and High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding (HE-AAC) multi-channel support, making the codecs conveniently available for producers of surround music. These codecs provide superior audio quality for surround sound mixing and are used in surround broadcasting and streaming.

The Pro-Codec Version 2 continues to provide Fraunhofer implementations of all major MPEG audio codecs and lossless codecs such as mp3 High Definition (mp3HD) and High Definition Advanced Audio Coding (HD-AAC). This establishes the Pro-Codec as the most powerful codec plug-in available for digital audio workstations.

Version 2 of the Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Plug-In is available now at the same price as Version 1 at $495. A free upgrade will be available for Version 1 owners.

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About Fraunhofer

The Fraunhofer IIS Audio and Multimedia division, based in Erlangen, Germany, has been working in compressed audio technology for more than 20 years and remains a leading innovator of technologies for cutting-edge multimedia systems. Fraunhofer IIS is universally credited with the development of mp3 and co-development of AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) as well as technologies for the media world of tomorrow, including MPEG Surround and the Fraunhofer Audio Communication Engine.

Through the course of more than two decades, Fraunhofer IIS has licensed its audio codec software and application-specific customizations to at least 1,000 companies. Fraunhofer estimates that it has enabled more than 5 billion commercial products worldwide using its mp3, AAC and other media technologies.

The Fraunhofer IIS organization is part of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, based in Munich, Germany. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is Europe’s largest applied research organization and is partly funded by the German government. With 20,000 employees worldwide, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is composed of 60 Institutes conducting research in a broad range of research areas.

About Sonnox

Sonnox Ltd. is the leading designer of innovative, high quality, award-winning, audio processing plug-ins for professional audio engineers. Oxford Plug-ins are used in an extraordinary range of audio applications including mixing for music production, live sound, broadcast, TV & feature film audio post production, and even scientific and forensics projects.

Sonnox Oxford Plug-ins include: The SuprEsser, a highly efficient de-esser and dynamic EQ; The Restore Suite for sophisticated audio restoration; and most recently, the revolutionary Fraunhofer Pro-Codec, a real-time plug-in for auditioning and encoding audio to multiple formats including iTunes. Sonnox continues to embrace new technology, supporting both Avid’s ProTools | HDX and Universal Audio’s UAD-2 platforms as well as most popular native workstations.

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133rd AES Convention Tutorials – From ‘Noise On The Brain’ To Getting The Sound Out of (And Into) Your Head

Social Media For Engineers – Large & Small Room Acoustics – Mastering For Vinyl

SAN FRANCISCO: “The 133rd AES Convention is focused on ‘Listening, Learning and Connecting,’ reports Convention Co-Chair Valerie Tyler. Our Tutorial Program is particularly attuned to that goal. Co-Chairs Vene Garcia and Mike Wells have devoted extensive time and energy to developing a diverse and vigorous program. Their work is bound to have a lasting impact on attendee careers.”

“Our game plan was to cover as many significant issues as time would allow,” Vene Garcia remarked. “We also tried to balance the presentations with traditional and contemporary subject matter. This approach is exemplified by Bobby Owsinski’s Social Media event and Scott Hull’s Vinyl Mastering presentation.”

“Presentations on Large and Small Room Acoustics and Sound System Intelligibility actually represent a mini-track on room acoustics,” Mike Wells adds. “We believe this year’s Tutorials will genuinely benefit attendees.”

133rd AES Convention Tutorials Include:

Social Media For Engineers And Producers: Bobby Owsinski (producer/best-selling author – Facebook, Google+, Twitter and YouTube are important for developing a fan base or client list, but without the proper strategy they can prove time consuming and ineffective. Engineers, producers, and musicians will find invaluable techniques for efficiently utilizing social media as a promotional tool. Topics include: Your mailing list – old tech, new importance; Social Media management strategies; Optimizing your YouTube presence; The secret behind successful tweets and …What’s next?

Small Room Acoustics: Leading acoustic consultants Peter Mapp and Ben Kok will discuss basic small room acoustics. Issues related to absorption, reflection, diffraction, diffusion and how to use it, along with details on low frequency treatment. Recording and control room specifics and differences will be identified, including considerations for loudspeaker and microphone placement.

Large Room Acoustics: Diemer de Vries, Delft University of Technology Netherlands, (ret) & AES past president – Traditional and modern methods for describing the acoustical properties of ‘large rooms’ will be discussed. Theoretical models, measurement techniques, and the link between objective data and human perception will be covered. What issues need be addressed for a superior assessment? Reverberation time, the impulse response? Or, is there even more to take into account?

Sound System Intelligibility: Peter Mapp. Ben Kok – This comprehensive assessment of speech intelligibility and measurement will encompass how room acoustics can affect intelligibility, and measures that can optimize sound system intelligibility. Practical real world problems and solutions will be discussed in depth.

Mastering For Vinyl – Today’s Challenges: Scott Hull, Masterdisk – What has to be considered when you mix/master your music for vinyl? This Tutorial will dig deep into quality control issues and introduce sure ways to sound great on your first pressing. Topics include: Why contemporary CD mastering techniques do not produce the best sounding vinyl records; Long Sides; The relationship between Volume, Duration and Quality; The Turntable; Quality control: mixing – mastering – pressing; and, the realities of the current vinyl market.

Binaural Auditory Models: Ville Pulkki, Aalto University, Helsinki: The principles of brain mechanisms of binaural hearing have been debated extensively. In the 1990′s, common thinking was, that human binaural decoding is based on delay lines and coincidence counters. Subsequent neurophysiological findings questioned the existence of such delay lines. This tutorial will introduce the basic principles of most common binaural auditory models, and review recent improvements in the models.

Noise on the Brain Part II – Higher Fidelity: Poppy Crum, Dolby – Did you know that drinking a glass of orange juice every day might protect your hearing? Most discussions of hearing damage focus on what happens to the cochlea and inner ear. While this understanding is crucial to avoiding trauma that can lead to hearing loss, acoustic and chemical stimuli can also significantly affect higher brain areas. This session will explore new research into how this damage manifests throughout the auditory pathway as changes in hearing sensitivity, cognition, and the experience of tinnitus.

Getting the Sound Out Of (And Into) Your Head – The Practical Acoustics of Headsets: Christopher J. Struck (CEO/Chief Scientist CJS Labs, SF – Exploring the electroacoustics of headsets and other head-worn devices, this presentation will review issues ranging from Insertion Gain, to appropriate instrumentation, including ear and mouth simulators. Boom, close-talking, and noise-canceling microphone tests will be addressed, as will relevant standards, and USB, and Bluetooth wireless devices.

An overview of Audio System Grounding And Interfacing: Bill Whitlock, President/Chief Engineer, Jensen Transformers, Inc.- Equipment makers like to pretend the problems don’t exist, but unbalanced interfaces are vulnerable to noise due to an intrinsic problem. Although balanced interfaces are theoretically noise-free, they’re widely misunderstood by equipment designers, which can result in inadequate noise rejection in real-world systems. Unbalanced-to-balanced connections, RF interference and power line treatments will be discussed. Some “cures” are both illegal and deadly.

Photo 1 AES 133rd Convention Tutorial Co-Chair Vene Garcia
Photo 2 AES 133rd Convention Tutorial Co-Chair Mike Wells

The 133rd Audio Engineering Convention is set for SF’s Moscone Convention Center Friday, October 26 thru Monday, Oct. 29. 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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133rd AES Convention Workshops: Raising The Bar For Attendee Edification

iPhone Apps, Digital Cinema, Loudness Standards, “Up-Sampling…” & More

SAN FRANCISCO: Paramount on the ‘not to miss,’ lists of AES Convention regulars, the Workshops Program epitomize pro audio’s extraordinary diversity. Thanks to Workshops Co-Chairs David Bowles and Jeffrey McKnight, 133rd Convention attendees will benefit from a particularly robust program. “Dozens of worthwhile proposals are submitted each year,” says Committee Co-Chair Valerie Tyler. “Our Workshops Co-Chairs final picks will challenge visitors to budget their time in order to maximize their opportunities to expand their knowledge.” The 133rd AES Convention will be held in SF’s Moscone Center, Oct. 26-29.

Highlights of the 133rd AES Convention Workshop Program include ‘mini-tracks’ on Digital and 3D Cinema Sound, Loudness and on Height Channel (an AES 1st):

Cinema Sound in 3D: Chair, Christof Faller, author/co-principal IIusonic, Switzerland – Enlisting many key players currently involved with 3D cinema sound, this panel will outline their 3D Sound strategies, including impact on production and compatibility with legacy equipment, content, and signal format/coding. The workshop will include a discussion on MPEG’s efforts on 3D Sound compatible formats.

Reconsidering Standards for Cinema Sound – Alternatives to ISO 2969: Chair, Brian McCarty, Coral Seas Studios, Australia – ISO 2969 (aka, SMPTE S202), has been a cornerstone of the audio reproduction ‘B-Chain’ for many years. Like the RIAA curve, it was originally implemented to compensate for delivery defects. What are the implications for these standards and the B-Chain, as film shifts to Digital Cinema delivery, with full bandwidth soundtracks?

Post Production Audio Techniques for Digital Cinema and Ancillary Markets: Chair, Brian McCarty, head of the AES Technical Committee on Sound for Digital Cinema & TV – With the film industry’s rapid move to audio distribution in full-bandwidth, multi-channel, discrete format, post-production techniques to provide high-quality audio continue to evolve. This workshop will feature four leading sound post mixers (music, dubbing, and DVD-Audio) discussing changes being implemented.

Loudness Wars – The Wrong Drug? Presenter, Thomas Lund, HD Development Mgr. TC Electronics – Newly produced music rarely sounds good on fine speakers. Could the wrong mastering ‘drug’ have been used for decades, affecting Dynamic Range (DR) instead of Loudness Range (LRA)? Addressing the grim side effects of this question, the panel, will provide a unique perspective on the difference between DN and LRA from a technical, perceptual & practical POV.

Broadcasters Experiences In The Use of Loudness Standards: Lars Jonsson Swedish Radio – With the recent U.S. adoption of the CALM Act, Loudness Standards have reached the tipping point in audience awareness. This Workshop will bring together a group of leading international broadcasters to address the use of new EBU and ATSC standards on loudness.

Acoustics & Audio iPhone Aps: Peter Mapp, Acoustic Consultant, PMA – has designed this Workshop to survey the range of audio and acoustic measurement, calculation and related apps currently available for the iPhone, iPad and other smart phones. A member of the AES Technical Committee on Acoustics & Sound Reinforcement (TCASR), Mapp will review current apps, their uses and limitations

Mastering for Specific Music Genres: Andres Mayo Vice Chairman TC Arms – Mastering projects occasionally require an expert in a music style which has very specific parameters (dynamics, color, warmth, S/N ratio, etc.). Examples include, classical and regional music e.g. Tango, and powerful ‘bassy’ tunes created for clubs. This workshop will review those unique features, and also address mastering for vinyl and iTunes.

The Controversy over ‘Up-sampling,’ Boon or Scam? Vicki Melchior Audio DSP Tech Consultant, Boston – Many ‘high resolution’ Blu-ray, DVD releases, and HD download files are created by ‘up-sampling’ Redbook or 48kHz data. A practice that frequently draws vehement outcries of ‘fraud.’ And yet, ‘up-samplers,’ both hardware and software, are commonly marketed to consumers and professionals with the promise of boosting Redbook Sonics to near-equality with high resolution. What’s going on? A panel of top mastering engineers, DAC and DSP designers will discuss in depth.

Other 133rd Convention Workshop Program Highlights Include:

*Sound Design Tools for Multichannel Audio With Height: Wieslaw Woszczyk McGill U. Center For Interdisciplinary Research In Music Media.

*Recording Music In 9.1 Height Surround: Presenter, Morten Lindberg, Engineer/Producer Lindberg, Lyd.

*3D Audio Formats (Multichannel Sound With Height) Channel or Object Based? Presenter, Bert Van Daele

*Height Channel – Adding The Vertical Dimension To Surround Sound: Chair, Paul Geluso, Teacher, Chief Recording Engineer NYU Steinhardt

Multi-Microphone Applications & Testing In Telecommunications Systems: Bob Zurek Motorola

Spatial Audio Evaluation: Sean Olive, Director, Acoustic Research Harman Intl.

What Does an Object Sound Like? Towards a Common Definition Of A Spatial Audio Object: Frank Melchior, BBC R&D

MUSHA Reloaded: Presenter, Judith Liebetrau, Fraunhofer IDMT

What Every Sound Engineer Should Know About The Voice: Eddy Brixen EBB Consultant

New Delivery Mediums & How To Get There Safely… Or, Jumping On The New Media Express: Jim Kaiser Educator, Belmont U/Engineer, MasterMix, Nashville

Forensic Authentication of Digital Audio: Jeffrey M. Smith

*The Height Channel ‘Mini-Track’ will be held at Pyramind Media & Music Production School/Studio in the Bay Area’s trendy SoMa neighborhood.
In-depth descriptions of all the 133rd AES Conventions are posted on the Preliminary Calendar of Events http://www.aes.org/events/133/calendar/calendar.cfm

Photo: 133rd AES Convention Workshop Co-Chairs Jeffrey McKnight & David Bowles

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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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