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AES 2016 Election Results Announced

Mer, 20/07/2016 - 07:00
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The AES has released the list of winning candidates from the balloting in the 2016 Audio Engineering Society international elections. The newly elected officers will assume their roles in October, shortly after the end of the 141st International AES Convention in Los Angeles. Entering the office of President-Elect is David Scheirman, who will serve first on the AES Board of Governors and Executive Committee as President-Elect, assuming the Presidency in October, 2016 for a one-year term.

Newly elected Governors and new and re-elected Vice Presidents, all beginning two-year terms in October are: 

President-Elect: David Scheirman

Secretary: Valerie Tyler

Vice President Eastern Region, US & Canada: Anthony Schultz

Vice President Western Region, US & Canada: Leslie Gaston-Bird

Vice President Northern Region, Europe: Per Sjosten

Governor:

Jim Anderson

Masataka Nakahara

Agnieszka Roginska

 

Within the stipulations of the AES bylaws, the overall function and direction of the AES is established by the Society’s Board of Governors, which is elected by voting members of the Society. The Society’s Executive Director operates and manages the AES headquarters in New York City, NY, and reports to the Executive Committee, which consists of the Society’s corporate officers. In turn, the Executive Committee reports on its activities and on issues facing the Society to the full Board of Governors. The AES President serves as the CEO of the Society, under the supervision and direction of the Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors consists of:

(1) the Society’s corporate officers (President; President-Elect; Immediate Past-President; Secretary; and Treasurer)

(2) the Treasurer-Elect (when there is an incoming Treasurer)

(3) the eight Regional Vice-Presidents (Eastern USA/Canada; Central USA/Canada; Western USA/Canada; Northern Europe; Central Europe; Southern Europe; Latin America; International)

(4) and eight Governors-at-Large

The In between full meetings of the Board, the Society’s corporate officers (also known as the “Executive Committee”) are responsible for oversight of AES administrative affairs at the Society’s headquarters are managed by a full-time Executive Director appointed by the corporate officers. 

For more information on the AES and how to become involved visit aes.org.

AES Opens Early Registration & Housing Options for AES Los Angeles, September 29 &mdash; October 2

Mar, 12/07/2016 - 07:00

It's Official! - Audio Engineering Society Opens Early Registration and Housing Options for AES Los Angeles, September 29 — October 2

 

Use promo code AES141FB at checkout for FREE Exhibit-Plus badge to the year's largest pro audio event!

 

The Audio Engineering Society has announced that Early Registration is now open for the largest pro audio event of the year – the 141st Audio Engineering Society International Convention, which returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center, Thursday, September 29 – Sunday, October 2, 2016. Attendees should sign-up now to take advantage of Early Registration pricing on multiple premium All Access options, which include the full Tech Program. Exhibits-Plus registration is FREE with advance registration, by using the promo code AES141WEB at checkout. Exhibits-Plus access includes the gear exhibition (September 29 – October 1), as well as the Project Studio Expo, Live Sound Expo and more. Additionally, the first AES Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality, will be co-located with the Convention on September 30 and October 1. Student and AES Member discounts are available for the AVAR conference, as are packages that combine event registrations. Exclusive priority housing rates are also available for attendees of either event through the aesshow.com website.

 

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Research Finds Audible Differences with High-Resolution Audio

Lun, 11/07/2016 - 07:00

 Listeners can hear a difference between standard audio and better-than-CD quality, known as high-resolution audio, according to a new study published in the June issue of the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society (JAES) by Dr. Joshua Reiss of the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

The meta-study compared data from 18 studies involving 450 participants listening to samples of music in different formats. In total, the studies involved over 12,000 different trials where participants were asked to discriminate between formats. Overall, listeners could distinguish between the formats, especially if they had been trained to hear a difference. This is the first time that formal meta-analysis techniques have been applied to audio engineering research.

In addition to training, the research suggested that careful selection of stimuli, including use of long duration samples, may play an important role in the ability to discriminate. Studies that did not show an ability to discriminate were generally more prone to biases or flaws in their design. Reiss concluded that “the perceived fidelity of an audio recording and playback chain is affected by operating at a resolution higher than the CD standard.”

“Audio purists and industry should welcome these findings,” said Reiss. “Our study finds high-resolution audio has a small but important advantage in its quality of reproduction over standard audio content. Trained listeners could distinguish between the two formats around sixty percent of the time.” Dr. Reiss explained, “One motivation for this research was that people in the audio community endlessly discuss whether the use of high-resolution formats and equipment really makes a difference. Conventional wisdom states that CD quality should be sufficient to capture everything we hear, yet anecdotes abound where individuals claim that hi-res content sounds crisper, or more intense. And people often cherry-pick their favorite study to support whichever side they’re on.” He continued, “We gathered 80 publications in the field, and analyzed all available data, even asking authors of earlier studies for their original reports from old filing cabinets. We subjected the data to many forms of analysis. The effect was clear, and there were some indicators as to what conditions demonstrate it most effectively. Hopefully, we can now move forward towards identifying how and why we perceive these differences, and better experimental design.”

When asked about the type of content for which high-resolution recording and playback most made a difference, Dr. Reiss responded, “The jury is still out. The studies that most showed an effect mainly used jazz and classical music, but this wasn’t exclusive. We looked at lots of factors like choice of content and equipment. Results suggested that listeners often needed to listen to each sample for more than 30 seconds, but possible factors were mostly overshadowed by training test subjects in critical listening skills specific to the test, and in general, good experimental design.”

The Journal of the Audio Engineering Society features peer-reviewed papers reporting research in the audio arts and sciences, along with Section and AES event coverage. Full JAES access is a member-benefit. As an Open Access document, Dr. Reiss’ research can be freely downloaded here: http://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=18296

 

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2016 AES International Conference on Sound Field Control Begins July 18

Lun, 11/07/2016 - 07:00

Taking place from 18–20 July at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, the AES International Conference on Sound Field Control breaks new ground in the understanding of the active management of audio delivered within an acoustical environment. Over 30 papers will be presented on topics ranging from sound zones through higher-order ambisonics, mode matching and psychoacoustics, to sound field control theories, microphone arrays and transducer arrays. Sponsors of the conference so far include Comhear, Harman, mh acoustics and Hyundai. 

Encouraging the world research community to attend the event, conference co-chair Filippo Fazi said, “The three-day conference program incorporates keynote lectures from renowned experts, research talks, themed workshop panel discussions, poster presentations and demonstrations. It will focus on the dissemination of technical solutions and recommended practices, which will stimulate new ideas for potential commercial applications of sound field control.”   Conference co-chair Philip Jackson explains, “We’ll have a keynote from Professor Philip Nelson giving a brief history of sound field control. Dr. Gary Elko is going to explain the remarkable properties of differential microphone arrays, and Professor Steven van de Par will go into the psychoacoustics of reverberation. There’s one of these excellent talks on each of the three days of the conference. We also have an exciting invited talk by Bruce Drinkwater titled ‘Ultrasonic manipulation – tweezers and tractor beams.’”   Phil Coleman and Jordan Cheer have put together a fascinating program of workshops and demonstrations. A workshop on the first day goes into creative applications of sound field control, while another on the third day deals with linking sound field capture to sound field reproduction. Demonstrations include personal sound zones, 3D audio capture, adaptive object-based stereo reproduction and ultrasonic levitation, among other engaging listening opportunities.   Guildford is just 35 minutes by train from London. It’s close to Heathrow and Gatwick international airports and right by the main A3 road from London to Portsmouth. Accommodation is available at a reasonable price in campus rooms, subject to availability, or there are good off-site hotels.   The first Sound Field Control conference, held three years ago, was a roaring success, with delegates from around the world discovering the latest trends in active sound field management. The 2016 event promises to build on that, in order to offer a valuable learning experience for those attending. Above all the conference will be an important networking opportunity for anyone who works, studies or teaches in this fast-growing field.   For further information and to register: http://www.aes.org/conferences/2016/sfc/  

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Let Your Voice Be Heard: 2016 AES Elections

Mer, 15/06/2016 - 07:00

Let Your Voice Be Heard: 2016 AES Elections 

It’s YOUR AES; get involved. AES voting members determine the future direction of the Society by electing its leadership. Members are reminded to cast their ballots in the 2016 election for members of the Board of Governors before the election closes at 5:00 PM (EST) on Friday, July 8, 2016.

On this year’s ballot are:

- President-Elect

- Secretary

- Vice President Eastern Region US and Canada

- Vice President Western Region US and Canada

- Vice President Northern Region, Europe

- Governor (3 at-large positions)

- Bylaw Amendment

 

View Member Profiles of the Candidates

All voting members should have received an email on or around May 27 from “Election Services Solutions for AES,” with a message from Christopher V. Freitag, Chair, Tellers Committee, notifying them of the vote. In that email is a Unique PIN which you can use along with your membership number to cast your ballot online. 

If you did not receive your ballot, call Election Services during normal business hours at +1-800.864.1263 or at 1-516-243-7728.

Associate Members and Student Members are not eligible to vote. We encourage Associate Members to apply to upgrade to Member Status.

Read about Membership Types

Apply for Full Member Status

All members are encouraged to study the profiles, give the candidates thoughtful consideration and responsibly cast their ballots.

AES AVAR Conference Workshop and Tutorial Proposal Deadline Extended to June 19

Lun, 13/06/2016 - 07:00

The submission deadline for Tutorial and Workshop proposals for the inaugural AES International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality has been extended to June 19, 2016. “We are pleased with how the planning for the AVAR conference is progressing – the program is going to be amazing,” says conference co-chair Andres Mayo. “We’ve had requests for a bit more time to submit proposals. The extension will ensure that we are able to consider additional options as we finalize the Conference content.”

The inaugural AES AVAR conference will be held on September 30 and October 1, 2016. The Conference is an independent event, co-located with the 141st AES Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center’s West Hall. The two-day program of technical papers, workshops, tutorials and a manufacturer’s expo will throw a unique spotlight on the creative and technical challenges of providing immersive spatial audio to accompany virtual-reality and augmented-reality media, which is demonstrably the fastest-growing section of the entertainment-audio markets.

For further information on the 2016 International Conference Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality, including links for workshop and tutorial submissions, visit http://www.aes.org/conferences/2016/avar/. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. For more about the 141st Audio Engineering Society International Convention in Los Angeles, visit http://www.aes.org/events/141/. Find out more about the Audio Engineering Society at aes.org.

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AES Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality Announces Program Details

Sab, 04/06/2016 - 07:00

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AES President-Elect Alex Case Gives AES Paris Keynote, "Intuition, Rebellion, Courage and Chance"

Sab, 04/06/2016 - 07:00

AES President-Elect Alex Case enthralled the attendees at the opening ceremony of AES Paris, in a keynote address with the theme of “Intuition, Rebellion, Courage and Chance.” The talk provided both inspiration and education through a series of vignettes about the accidents. sparks of genius and the embrace of new sounds and techniques that changed the course of music history. For instance, an accidental distortion on a Marty Robbins recording at the Music Row, RCA Quonset Hut studio led eventually to the creation of the fuzz box and the guitar pedal industry, and a sonic shaping technique in routine use, a “moment of chance turned into and opportunity.” While admitting he wouldn’t like the approach from a surgeon, the producer and engineer chose not to fix the mistake.

Case encouraged the crowd to use their intuition, be rebellious and have the courage to take chances. Today, said Case, we have an art form “that never exists at one time until it’s mixed,” with sound processing options made commonplace by rebels of the past.

The opening ceremony included welcoming remarks from 140th AES International Convention chair, Mike Williams, and from AES Executive Director Bob Moses. AES Awards winners were announced by awards committee chair, Sean Olive, and presented by AES president, John Krivit.

AES Paris Travel Information Update

Mer, 01/06/2016 - 07:00
Just two days from opening the AES 140th Convention in France is set to break a number of recent records in terms of attendance/exhibitors/events. The Convention Committee, the exhibitors and the presenters have all come together to offer a best ever programme. Possible travel disruption in France as a result of strike action June 1-3 has been widely reported in the press. We encourage everyone to check with their travel provider to ensure they have the latest reliable info available. The fuel shortages situation has been largely resolved and for anyone travelling by car - social media provide a large number of apps and websites showing availability in real time. Whilst the internal French rail system and the Paris metro system are likely to experience delays and cancellations, the RER trains which cross Paris are not all affected to the same extent. Taxis and Uber remain plentiful. For flights, we do not know as yet the full extent to which the strike call will be followed. Airlines are duty bound to warn their passengers of possible disruptions and we can only advise people to check with their airline. Eurostar trains remain unaffected and may provide a viable option of flying to London and then getting the Eurostar to Paris or indeed to Bruxelles and the Thalys to Paris. We look forward to seeing you all in Paris at the opening of the Convention on Saturday morning.

 

AES Pairs Convention Early Registration Pricing Ends This Thursday, May 19

Mar, 17/05/2016 - 07:00

Exhibits-Plus badges are your FREE ticket to getting into the AES Exhibition, PLUS you can attend all of the following:

• Special Events 

• Professional Sound Expo 

Best of all, Exhibits-Plus badges are completely free! (If you register in advance)

 

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All Access badges are available to anyone looking to take their knowledge and professional career to the next level. AES will once again be the meeting place for the top names in audio engineering to deliver a diverse program of workshops, tutorials, papers and more on the latest developments in professional audio. All Access badge-holders may attend all on-site AES events. (Tickets for tech tours cost extra and can be purchased on-site.)

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AES to Hold First International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality &mdash; Paper Proposal Deadline Extended to May 23rd

Lun, 16/05/2016 - 07:00

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The inaugural AES International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality, to be held on September 30 and October 1, 2016, will be co-located with the 141st AES Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center’s West Hall. The two-day program of technical papers, workshops, tutorials and a manufacturer’s expo will throw a unique spotlight on the creative and technical challenges of providing immersive spatial audio to accompany virtual-reality and augmented-reality media, which is demonstrably the fastest-growing section of the entertainment-audio markets. The deadline for Paper proposals has been extended to May 23rd for those who still wish to participate in this first-ever AES event.  

The conference will attract content developers, researchers, manufacturers, consultants and students, in addition to audio engineers seeking to expand their knowledge about sound production for virtual and augmented reality. The companion Expo will feature displays from leading-edge manufacturers and service providers looking to secure industry metrics for this emerging field.

“Film director George Lucas once stated that sound represents 50% of the motion-picture experience,” considers co-chair Andres Mayo. “This conference will demonstrate that convincing VR and AR productions, using a variety of playback devices, require audio that follows the motions of the subject, and produce a realistic immersive experience. Our program will spotlight the work of leading proponents in this exciting field of endeavor, and how realistic spatial audio can be produced from existing game-console and DSP engines.”

The rich and varied conference program will provide an overview of the AR/VR creative process, applications workflow and product development, while creating an activity hub to focus attention on the expertise the Audio Engineering Society can offer these expanding creative communities. Costs range from $195 for a 1-Day Pass for AES members ($295 for a 2-Day Pass) and $125 for accredited students, to $280/$435 for non-members; early-bird discounts also are available.

Proposed topics include: Object-based Audio Mixing for VR/AR Applications; Immersive Audio in VR/AR Broadcast; Live VR Audio Production; Developing Audio Standards for VR/AR Applications; Cross Platform Audio Considerations in VR Applications; and Streaming Immersive Audio Content. 

This must-attend conference will be held within a recently-remodeled 300-seat theater and companion seminar room at the LA Convention Center. A unique entrance from the main convention lobby will offer a dedicated attendee registration check-in and related facilities. Conference registrants can also attend the 141st AES Convention’s companion exhibition and select educational sessions and special events free of charge with an Exhibits-Plus badge.

For further information on the 2016 International Conference Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality, visit http://www.aes.org/conferences/2016/avar/. Follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/audioforvr) and Facebook (http://bit.ly/1R4leDI). For more about the 141st Audio Engineering Society International Convention in Los Angeles, visit http://www.aes.org/events/141/. Find out more about the Audio Engineering Society at aes.org.

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AES AVAR Conference Workshop and Tutorial Proposal Deadline Extended to June 19

Ven, 13/05/2016 - 07:00

The submission deadline for Tutorial and Workshop proposals for the inaugural AES International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality has been extended to June 19, 2016. “We are pleased with how the planning for the AVAR conference is progressing – the program is going to be amazing,” says conference co-chair Andres Mayo. “We’ve had requests for a bit more time to submit proposals. The extension will ensure that we are able to consider additional options as we finalize the Conference content.”

The inaugural AES AVAR conference will be held on September 30 and October 1, 2016. The Conference is an independent event, co-located with the 141st AES Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center’s West Hall. The two-day program of technical papers, workshops, tutorials and a manufacturer’s expo will throw a unique spotlight on the creative and technical challenges of providing immersive spatial audio to accompany virtual-reality and augmented-reality media, which is demonstrably the fastest-growing section of the entertainment-audio markets.

For further information on the 2016 International Conference Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality, including links for workshop and tutorial submissions, visit http://www.aes.org/conferences/2016/avar/. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. For more about the 141st Audio Engineering Society International Convention in Los Angeles, visit http://www.aes.org/events/141/. Find out more about the Audio Engineering Society at aes.org.

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