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Graham Blyth To Present AES 132nd Convention Heyser Lecture

In Pursuit of Elegant Simplicity: Life, Luck, and Learning in Music and Audio

BUDAPEST: Graham Blyth, internationally recognized Organist and accomplished professional audio equipment designer, will present the Audio Engineering Society’s Richard C. Heyser Lecture on Friday, April 27, 7:00PM – 9:PM at the Budapest Congress & World Trade Center. After successful conventions in London, Paris, Munich, Amsterdam and other major cities throughout Europe, the 132nd marks the first AES Convention to be held in Budapest.

A prime example of the AES ‘Listen, Learn, Connect’ initiative, Blyth’s Heyser lecture will describe his journey from audio design engineer to developer of Soundcraft Mixing consoles, with a special focus on his approach to mic preamp design. Blyth will also address the importance of the analog engineer in a mostly digital world and, the technical and musical challenges associated with designing high-quality digital classical organs.

As co-founder with Phil Dudderidge of UK-based Soundcraft, designers and manufacturers of highly regarded audio mixing consoles, Mr. Blyth has served as Technical Director of the firm since its inception in 1973. Harman bought the company in 1988, and it continues to maintain an outstanding position in a corporate family that includes JBL, DBX, Lexicon, AKG and Studer.

In addition to his technical virtuosity, Mr. Blyth is an esteemed concert artist who has performed in such celebrated venues as NYC’s St. Thomas Church; the Cathedral of Our Lady of Los Angeles; Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and many of Europe’s most renowned cathedrals. In 1995 he built the Challow Park Recital Hall, a unique 80-seat auditorium with completely variable acoustics. In 2003 he founded the Veritas Organ Company to address the new generation of digital classical organs. Mr. Blyth is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Audio Engineering Society.

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Photo: Celebrated Organist and accomplished professional audio equipment designer, Graham Blyth will present the AES Richard C. Heyser Lecture on April 27 in Budapest.

The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. With 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

132nd AES Convention – Budapest Congress & World Trade Center – Apr. 26-29, 2012

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Sound Devices Introduces Next-Generation Functionality for PIX 240 at the 2012 NAB Show

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 17, 2012 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, is pleased to introduce new functionality for its popular PIX 240 portable audio/video recorder at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C2546). This latest firmware update, Version 2, now makes PIX 240 even more powerful with the addition of several monitoring features.

Sound Devices PIX 240 firmware Version 2 now enables users to monitor images in varying exposures through Exposure Assist, a feature that allows for false-color and zebra-stripes viewing. It is also equipped with Focus Assist, which includes a peaking filter and 1:1 pixel zoom. Monitor brightness, contrast and chroma adjustments are also now available. Version 2 of PIX 240 also includes standard definition recording (NTSC and PAL) and support for using simultaneous analog and SDI/HDMI audio inputs. These new features are available as a free firmware update to all PIX 240 users and can be downloaded by visiting http://www.sounddevices.com/download/pix-firmware.htm.

“Our new PIX line of audio/video recorders have received overwhelming support and interest from the industry as a whole,” says Jon Tatooles, managing director at Sound Devices. “We have listened to our customers’ needs and requests and are excited to officially launch Version 2 of PIX 240 at this year’s NAB show.”

PIX 240 is the perfect companion to a wide range of professional cameras used for feature films such as ARRI and RED as well as small-format HD cameras from Sony and Canon. PIX 240 connects to cameras with HDMI or SDI and records directly to QuickTime using Apple’s ProRes or Avid’s DNxHD codec. Since PIX recorders use Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in post production, making the workflow simple and fast. PIX 240 includes a built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator/reader with genlock output for multi-camera and double-system sound applications. The source time-code can be derived from the SDI stream, from an external source or from the built-in generator in PIX 240. Additional features include digital audio inputs on AES3 and an external eSATAp connection for direct connection to large SATA drives.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The thirteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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132nd AES Convention Offers Diverse Tutorials

From Beach Boys Smile Sessions To Notes On The Brain

BUDAPEST: A destination for listening, learning and connecting, the 132nd AES Convention, will feature a uniquely varied assemblage of Tutorials. Scheduled for April 26-29 at the Novotel Budapest Congress & World Trade Center, the gathering will draw attendees from around the world.

Tutorial Event highlights include:

The Making of The Beach Boys Smile Sessions: Arguably the greatest “lost” album of all time, The Beach Boys’ Smile sessions were finally released last November, in a variety of CD, vinyl and other digital configurations. Producer/Educator Barry Marshall will conduct a rare interview with Project co-producer Mark Linett about the legendary 1966-67 sessions. Their discussion will include the producer role Brian Wilson played in the project, as well a look at the technical and logistical challenges of mixing and mastering this landmark production from 45-year-old tapes at different configurations, speeds and sizes.

Noise on the Brain-Hearing Damage on the Other Side: Presenter: Poppy Crum – Did you know that drinking a glass of orange juice every day may actually protect your hearing? Most discussions of hearing damage focus on what happens to the cochlea and inner ear. While this understanding is crucial to predicting and avoiding trauma that can lead to hearing loss, this session will explore the latest research regarding the effects of acoustic and chemical trauma. It will also consider recent research in chemically preserving hearing and combating these conditions.

How Does It Sound Now? The Evolution of Audio: Presenter: Gary Gottlieb – One day Chet Atkins was playing guitar when a woman approached him. She said, “That guitar sounds beautiful.” Chet immediately quit playing and asked, “How does it sound now?” The quality of sound in Chet’s case clearly rested with the player, not the instrument. The technical and aesthetic quality of recorded music lies with engineers and producers, not solely on their equipment. This Tutorial will address the differences and similarities between their standards for excellence.

Please visit http://www.aes.org/events/132/calendar/calendar.cfm for a complete list of event titles, abstracts and presentation times.

Photo: Novotel Budapest Congress & World Trade Center hosts the AES Convention April 26-29.

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. With 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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Audio-Technica Offers More Reasons to Get Your Own Mic

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Audio-Technica’s second humorous public service announcement graphically illustrates why NOT to share vocal microphones. Just like the first video, this new clip is an irreverent demonstration on why singers having their own microphones should be a basic right. Please take a look at this video, and feel free to post to your website, share on Facebook, add to newsletters, tweet or pass along to friends. Watch the video HERE

Audio-Technica has also prepared a new “Get Your Own Mic” landing page at http://www.audio-technica.com/getyourownmic, where visitors will be able to learn more about Audio-Technica’s vocal mics, and, of course, watch these acclaimed shorts.

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John Buckman To Present 132nd AES Convention Keynote Address

Innovative Online Label Founder To Discuss Successful Indie Music Models

BUDAPEST: John Buckman, founder of several online music businesses including Berkeley, CA-based Magnatune, has been selected as Keynote speaker for the 132nd AES Convention. The event will be held April 26-29, at the Novotel Budapest Congress & World Trade Center. Currently serving as Chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Buckman is an entrepreneur inspired by the causes of Internet freedom and free culture. He founded the online record label Magnatune in 2003 as a reaction to his experiences with the music industry. Magnatune strives to be fair both to recording artists and consumers alike and is considered a solid example of a successful “sharing economy” based business model.

Entitled “Small And Beautiful: Models for Successful Independent Music Businesses,” Buckman’s Keynote will address his experience in developing a successful online music business. Buckman’s egalitarian business practices are distinguished by non-exclusive agreements with musicians. His pioneering Fair Trade Music Philosophy is based on equally shared profits with his artists, and allowing them to retain full rights to their own music. Since founding Magnatune, Buckman has signed more than 250 recording artists across multiple genres including Classical, Electronica, World, Alt Rock, Jazz and Hard Rock. He is about to launch iLicenseMusic.com. In addition to such other internet music companies as MoodMixes.com (background music for restaurants) and ToneGnome.com (audio engineering services over the Internet), he has also had a successful career as an audio engineer.

Profiled by Inc. Magazine, The Economist, Forbes, and other major publications for his innovative approach to online music distribution, Buckman is also Founder and CEO of BookMooch, an innovative community for sharing over 1 million books each year in 91 countries via the Internet.

Highlighted by a diverse program of Papers, Workshops, Tutorials, Recording, Hearing, Broadcast, Game Audio, Student, Career, and Special Events, the 132nd AES Convention will epitomize the Audio Engineering Society mandate of providing a platform for listening, learning and connecting. Visit http://www.aes.org/events/132/calendar/calendar.cfm for a complete list of event titles, abstracts and presentation times.

Photo: John Buckman will present the Keynote address at the 132nd AES Convention in Budapest on April 26.

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. With 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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132nd AES Convention Offers Rare Technical Tours

BUDAPEST: Rare technical tours of iconic examples of Budapest’s heritage of audio performance and production achievements will highlight the 132nd AES Convention. Scheduled for April 26-29 at the Novotel Budapest Congress & World Trade Center, the event will feature a profusion of Papers, Workshops, Tutorials, and Special Events designed to provide attendees with invaluable educational and networking opportunities. Among the Technical tours are:

Hungarian Parliament: Seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, and one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings, is set on the bank of the Danube. This Hungarian landmark is an unforgettable destination. In addition to a private viewing of this exquisite ‘Temple of the Nation,’ the tour will also focus on the building’s sound and voting system, and in-house HD TV complex. Preliminary registration is required (limit 10 persons).

Palace of Arts, Béla Bartók Concert Hall: Designed by architect Gábor Zoboki, Hungary’s National Concert Hall invokes the feel of a Gothic cathedral. Located at the heart of the new Palace of Arts, its acoustic qualities were assured by Russell Johnson, a legendary acoustician with over fifty years of field research and participation in the construction of several major opera houses and concert halls. The Hall is particularly noteworthy for a rare isolation technique, which inhibits vibration and noise leakage. It is also distinguished by its unique variable acoustic reverberation chambers. This Technical Tour will be introduced by the architect. Limit: 25 persons

Palace of Arts, Béla Bartók Concert Hall – Studios: In addition to its primary role as a performance venue, The National Concert Hall serves as an extraordinary live room for the buildings in-house recording studio. This tour will cover the audio, video production/ post-production suites, mastering studio, spacious in-house live room, and duplex communications link between the recording and broadcast studios. The studio was designed to facilitate the production of TV and video recordings, as well as high quality dubbing and voiceover work. Both live halls are linked to the studio via a sophisticated Studer system. Programs mixed on-site can be transmitted to radio and TV stations via a mobile broadcast truck or over dedicated ISDN lines. Limit: 20 persons

Times, locations and details of these and other AES Convention Technical Tours are posted on the Preliminary Calendar of Events: http://www.aes.org/events/132/calendar/calendar.cfm

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Photo 1. Hungarian Parliament
Photo 2. Palace of Arts, Béla Bartók Concert Hall

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CORNELL UNIVERSITY DISCOVERS ORNITHOLOGICAL RESEARCH APP FOR SONNOX FRAUNHOFER PRO-CODEC

AES Convention A Catalyst For Innovative Plug-In’s Scientific Role

ITHACA, NY: At the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library things can get a little wild. As the world’s largest scientific archive of biodiversity audio and video recordings, this collection encompasses over 195,000 sound and 60,000 video clips. Curator of Audio, Greg Budney and Supervising Audio Engineer Bill McQuay routinely investigate new tools to aid their research. Most recently they have been experimenting with the Pro-Codec, an audio plug-in created by UK-based Sonnox and Germany’s Fraunhofer (developer of MP3 technology).

Introduced last year, the Pro-Codec is a groundbreaking plug-in designed to revolutionize the process of mastering audio for online distribution. By enabling audio engineers to precisely audition codecs in real time, the Pro-Codec eliminates the prolonged cycle of encoding a music mix to MP3/AAC, previewing and tweaking it and then returning to their starting point to re-render. The abridged process frees the engineer to focus on producing a compensated, optimized mix.

Budney and McQuay first learned of the Pro-Codec while attending last year’s Audio Engineering Society Convention in NYC. “I spoke to the Fraunhover folks about our need to demonstrate appropriate and inappropriate uses of MP3 sound files to the scientific research community, and they directed us to the Sonnox booth,” McQuay says.

“We’re a resource for scientists studying evolutionary relationships between animals,” Budney explains. “Many species have genetically based sounds. By examining the vocalizations of a group of animals, their sounds can provide a window into their evolutionary relationships. Motion picture producers also use our collection,” he adds. “Skywalker Sound routinely contacts the Library for creative fodder, sometimes for sounds to build upon, sometimes for accurate natural world sounds.”

“We are trying to demonstrate to the scientific community that there may be appropriate and inappropriate uses for a lossy codec like MP3, which is based on human perception, but is not necessarily the perception of other species. In many cases we don’t know the perceptual limitations of these species – what frequencies they do and do not find important or encoded with meaningful information. We want to demonstrate that MP3 may be valuable for applications such as auditioning sounds, but may not be for serious sound analysis. The Pro-Codec provides a simple interface that allows us to consider what information in the frequency and time domains are being eliminated by the lossy MP3 codec,” McQuay adds.

McQuay and Budney want to assure scientists that they are listening to and analyzing sound with the greatest amount of content – audio content which might be critical to the species they are studying. “Scientists are really hip to spectrograms, they love those things,” McQuay says. “The Pro-codec’s real time FFT display graphically illustrates exactly what is happening to sound being processed by the MP3 or another lossy codec. And, the Pro-codec’s ability to make the sounds being eliminated audible helps to reinforce its lossy nature. Our hypothesis is that for serious sound analysis, the use of MP3 or other lossy formats may not be the appropriate choice.”

Research currently underway at the Macaulay Library will eventually be published in a scientific journal, pending the outcome of McQuay’s analysis. Budney points to the Library’s webpages, which provide technical support to researchers across a broad range of disciplines. “They might be marine mammalogists, ornithologists, or individuals studying animal behavior or bioacoustic phenomenon,” he says. “The library is recognized as a source of solid technical information by researchers around the globe. We’ll also be posting this information on our own webpages soon.”

Photo cap: Cornell Lab Curator of Audio, Greg Budney (left) and
Supervising Audio Engineer Bill McQuay

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For information on Sonnox Oxford Plugins please visit: www.sonnox.com

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Myers Sponsors PBS TechCon 2012

TEAM MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN LEARNING SEMINARS

Northampton, MA – Myers Information Systems – a leading developer of broadcast traffic, business, and content management software – today announced the company will again be a Silver-level sponsor of the Public Television Service’s annual technical conference, held in conjunction with the National Association of Broadcasters’ mid-April convention in Las Vegas. Myers has been a sponsor, seminar participant and exhibitor since the conference’s inception.

Myers’ personnel will contribute to several seminars and discussion groups, among them, “Do You Want to be a ProTrack Power User?” for station traffic management staff will be led by Crist Myers, president and CEO, along with CTO Tracy Carter, director of marketing Nancy Carter, plus team members Lloyd Ortman and Jim Pinard. Tracy Carter will also participate in panels entitled: “Traffic, Non-Real-Time is here – Are You Ready?” and “Centralcasting and Shared Master Control Update: A View from the Field.” Myers Information Systems will also have a strong exhibit hall presence, with team members available to answer questions and discuss ProTrack software features.

“We are extremely proud to continue our sponsorship and involvement with PBS,” said Crist Myers, president and CEO. “Their annual TechCon event provides an unequalled opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas with PBS, its member stations and vendor partners, so that we can continue to bring forward efficient, innovative and cost-effective solutions to the public media marketplace.”

Myers’ highly regarded flagship suite, ProTrack, is available in both radio and television editions. It offers comprehensive scheduling and business management for individual, multichannel and multi-station facilities. Actively used by more than 226 media outlets, supporting more than 1,300 channels, ProTrack provides a high-level of structure and scalability, without sacrificing flexibility, for today’s rapidly evolving media environments.

ABOUT MYERS INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Myers Information Systems, Inc. has been developing broadcast management software since 1989. The Company provides technology and services for television, radio and other digital media providers designed to improve every aspect of their operations, from contracting to invoicing, media management to scheduling, and from trafficking to reconciliation. For more information, please visit: www.myersinfosys.com
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Myers Information Systems contact: Crist Myers
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LAWO TO SHOWCASE SIGNIFICANT AUDIO BROADCAST DEVELOPMENTS AT NAB

*** The new RAVENNA DALLIS Master Card ***

Las Vegas, NV – April 10, 2012… Lawo, a leading manufacturer of digital audio networking systems and consoles for a wide range of applications from small to large scale audio production in television and radio, post production, and live sound is pleased to announce several important developments that will be showcased during the forthcoming NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show. Showing a comprehensive range of audio production solutions that will appeal to the broadcast community, Lawo’s technological prowess will be on display at booth #2046, Hall C2.

During NAB, Lawo will be showcasing a variety of exciting product offerings, including implementations of RAVENNA Audio over IP technology, the world premiere of the company’s new SDI-Dock, JADE and Multitrack Editor software products, the new Version 4.16 software running on the mc²66 MKII broadcast console, Visual Extension for sapphire, Nova29, a crystal console, plus demos of practical applications using the Virtual Studio Manager for the device-independent control of audio and video equipment. more

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AES 132nd Convention Offers Prolific Papers/Posters Presentations

The Hand Clap As An Impulse Source, Virtual Microphones & Audio For Games

BUDAPEST: Over one hundred enlightening Paper and Poster presentations have been developed for the 132nd Audio Engineering Society Convention set for the Novotel Budapest Congress & World Trade Center April 26-29. Leaders throughout the international professional audio community will gather to exchange ideas, and take maximum advantage of the Convention’s unique networking opportunities. Highlights of the varied Paper and Poster schedule include:

The Hand Clap as an Impulse Source for Measuring Room Acoustic: Authors – Prem Seetharaman and Stephen P. Tarzia tested the suitability of hand clap recordings for measuring several acoustic features of musical performance and recording rooms. Their goal was to make acoustic measurement possible for amateur musicians and hobbyists through the use of a smartphone or web app. Using their technique, measuring a room’s reverberation times and frequency response is as easy as starting a smartphone app and clapping several times.

Emerging and Innovative Audio Virtual Microphones – Using Ultrasonic Sound to Receive Audio Waves: Authors – Tobias Merkel, Hans Lƒhmann, and Tom Ritter will discuss their research with highly focused ultrasound beams and microphones. They overlaid the wave field of a common audio source with an ultrasonic beam. They discovered that the phase shift of the received signal obtains the audio information of the overlaid field. Since the ultrasonic beam itself acts as sound receiver, no technical device e.g. membranes, are necessary in the direct vicinity of sound reception. Because this type of sound receiver is not visible or touchable they describe it as a “Virtual Microphone.”

Audio for Games and Mobile/PDA, Efficient Binaural Audio Rendering Using Independent Early and Diffuse Paths: Author – Fritz Menzer A multi-source binaural audio rendering structure is proposed that efficiently implements plausible binaural reverberation including early reflections and late reverberation. The structure contains delay lines and, a feedback-delay network that operate independently, modeling early reflections and diffuse reverberation, respectively. Computationally efficient heuristics are presented for the implementation of an HRTF set and, for the diffuse reverberation, a real-time implementation on a mobile device will be presented.

Please visit http://www.aes.org/events/132/calendar/calendar.cfm for a complete list of event titles, abstracts and presentation times.

Photo: The Budapest Congress & World Trade Center hosts the 132nd AES Convention April 26-29.

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. With 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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