imgRome, Italy (April 30, 2013)—The Audio Engineering Society is putting the final touches on the 134th Convention, held from May 4 to 7 in Rome, Italy. Some of the more interesting aspects will include the Loudness Track and the ImmersAV Jazz Concert featuring The Greg Burk Trio. Nonetheless, the AES has been focusing on further bolstering the different ways that the convention serves the business community, and all of these different facets of the coming convocation speak to the revival of the Convention in the European community.

Acknowledging a stronger focus on e-commerce, social networking, mobile platforms, economic struggles and the increasingly rapid pace of work in the industry, AES Executive Director Bob Moses said the society is working to establish new ways to serve businesses at the convention, and includes the initiatives in the sponsorship program.

“Many companies want to deliver the message that their brands stand for quality and innovation,” explained Moses. “And they realize that our industry is driven by advancing technology—innovation fuels growth. AES is the ideal place to promote a healthy audio ecosystem. Sponsored on-site training sessions and focused demos are two examples of this AES/business partnership."

“A look at the list of sponsors for the 134th Convention in Rome, will reveal astute companies partnering with AES to deliver important audio training, support standards activities, promote their brands, and supporting us because they love what AES does,” said Moses.

Sponsors for the 134th Convention in Rome include: Audio Precision, Audiomatica Srl, B&C Speakers, bd Sound, Berklee College of Music (Gold), CharterOak, Crane Song Ltd., EKO Music Group spa, Fairlight Europe, Klippel GmbH, LAMBDA srl, Link, Microtech Gefell GmbH, Pro Audio Consulting srl, RCF (Gold), Thrax Audio Ltd., Trinnoy Audio, and ZP Engineering srl.

In acknowledging their Gold Sponsorship, RCF Head of Marketing, Gioia Molinari remarked, “The AES is essential for engaging with our peers, developing new associations, revitalizing long-standing friendships, and participating in extraordinary Live Sound events, Workshops, Tutorials, and high level social networking activities. We are pleased to lend our support to this irreplaceable organization."

Berklee College of Music’s Valencia Campus Director for Technology Innovation Stephen Webber adds, “In supporting our mandate for providing students with the highest standards in music education, we find AES Conventions invaluable for developing high level mentoring opportunities, for acquiring insights into technology, standards and best practices, and for providing a unique environment for students to engage with a diverse range of industry professionals.”

ImmersAV Jazz Concert
At 20:00 hrs on Monday evening, May 6, the 134th AES Convention will host a very Special Event. The ImmersAV Jazz Concert featuring The Greg Burk Trio will be performed at the Saint Louis College of Music. As a unique aspect of the concert, Robert Schulein, President and owner of RBS Consultants, an international acoustical consulting firm will be making a combined Binaural and HD video recording for downloading from the AES web site following the convention.  

The audio/video recordings will be formatted for both headphone and loudspeaker listening (via cross talk cancellation), for subsequent viewing by AES members. This will allow attendees an opportunity to attend the event live and to recreate the experience later by means of a surround audio with video recording process compatible with today’s consumer viewer/listening technology.
Loudness Track
134th AES Convention Chairman Umberto Zanghieri reports that the Loudness Track, anchored in a full day of focused events on Sunday May 5th, represents, “A comprehensive and authoritative overview of the many complex issues related to this enduring problem.” To emphasize the importance of the Loudness Issue, the 134th AES Convention has declared Sunday, May 5th as Loudness Day. Assembled by Florian Camerer, Chair of the EBU Loudness Group, PLOUD, the Papers and Panels will explore the latest research and practices, and address recommendations.

AES Rome: Loudness Track:  Saturday, May 4  

Loudness Measurement of Multitrack Audio Content Using Modifications of ITU-R BS.1770:
Recipient of the Convention’s Best Peer-Reviewed Paper Award, this far-reaching primer on recent ITU and EBU loudness measurement recommendations, will be presented by Pedro Pestana who co-wrote with Josh Reiss and Alvaro Barbosa.

1.The Relation Between Preferred TV Program Loudness, Screen Size and Display Format       

2. A Framework for Adaptive Real -Time Loudness Control    
AES Rome: Loudness Day - Sunday May 5
A Hichhiker’s Guide to Audio Nirvana:  Presenter Florian Camerer, ORF - Austrian TV - Vienna, Austria; EBU - European Broadcasting Union - Targeted to sound engineers, this session will bring participants up to speed regarding virtually all the key aspects of loudness control and metering.

All Loudness Recommendations Are Equal—But Some Are More Equal than Others:
Presenter Andrew Mason, BBC Research and Development, London –
This tutorial will offer an explanation of the different loudness standards used in Europe (R 128), the US (A/85), and such other countries as Australia and Japan.

Are Movies Too Loud? The Loudness Race Reaches the Cinema:
Presenters: Florian Camerer, ORF - Austrian TV – Vienna, EBU - European Broadcasting Union; Eelco Grimm, Grimm Audio - Utrecht, Netherlands, Alessandro Travaglini, Fox International Channels Italy - Guidonia Montecelio (RM), Italy -
Cinema audiences constantly complain that soundtracks are "too loud." Just turning the level down results in lowered dialog levels, which leaves the movie quieter but unintelligible. EU loudness standards are starting to be applied to cinemas. There may be a need for standards to ensure that theaters receive soundtracks that meet EU laws. This workshop will investigate the issues and the work necessary to resolve them.

Make LUFS Not War: 
Chair, Thomas Lund, TC Electronic A/S Denmark; Panelists: Florian Camerer, ORF - Austrian TV, Vienna; EBU - European Broadcasting Union; George Massenburg, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal -
Newly produced pop/rock music rarely sounds good on fine loudspeakers, commercials on TV are annoyingly loud, and a visit to the cinema may be a deafening experience. This is audio's dark Middle Ages. However, 2013 could be the year where a renaissance again spreads from Italy. Transparent loudness normalization has arrived to radio, TV, and iPod; The panel will address the far-reaching implications this development will have on audio production.

Give Peaks a Chance: 
Presenter: Thomas Lund, TC Electronic A/S - Risskov, Denmark -
Hearing is our most acute temporal sense, but the terms we have for describing dynamic changes in audio are not well defined. This session will explore micro and macro-dynamics in music and speech, their effects and, what it takes to actually register them as a listener. But, engineers be warned! Although audio samples will be played, this presentation will focus on anatomy, physiology, and psychology.

Loudness Work in Live Sports – Case Studies, Upmix And Downmix

Loudness In Radio – The Next Step 

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