San Francisco (October 19, 2004)–The diverse series of programs coordinated by 117th AES Convention tutorial chair Bob Moses epitomizes the broad sphere of interests held by the organization’s 12,000 + members. Among the 25 sessions are subjects geared to appeal to virtually every branch of the industry.
Convention chair John Strawn remarked that, “Anyone interested in professional audio, whether established working engineer or fledgling student, will find a wealth of useful information to help advance their careers.”
Evolving into one of the most successful Conventions in AES history, the 117th has attracted over 400 exhibitors and anticipates 18,000 attendees. The Convention will be held at the Moscone Center, Thurs., Oct. 28 – Sun., Oct. 31.
Some Tutorials planned for the upcoming Convention include:
Thursday, October 28, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
T1 PHYSICS OF SOUND AND HEARING
Presenter: J.J. Johnston, Microsoft will present basic acoustic and psychoacoustic issues and phenomenon, and relate them to the practice of digital audio. Among the topics to be covered are: Low and High frequencies, and how they propagate; How one ear hears; What is masking and why do I care about it?
Thursday, October 28, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
T5 ACOUSTICS -2 Presenter: Anthony Grimani, Performance Media Industries, Ltd
The acoustical properties of a room highly influence the perceived sonic quality of any monitoring system. Grimani will focus on applications for small room acoustics, such as recording studios, project studios, listening rooms, screening rooms, home theaters. Simple recipes for improving quality and consistency will be discussed.
Friday, October 29, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
T9 ALL ABOUT LOOPING AND TIME-STRETCH TECHNOLOGIES Presenter Craig Anderton, EQ Magazine will describe several technologies currently available to change the pitch and timing of digital audio, which are best suited to which applications, how to optimize stretching technologies, workarounds for existing problems, and how these technologies are applied in musical contexts. Anderton will employ extensive use of real world audio examples expand on and illustrate the concepts.
Saturday, October 30, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
T16 SURROUND SOUND FOR PICTURE, DRAMATURGICAL GOALS – TOOLS AND CONCEPTS: Presenter Florian Camerer of ORF – Austrian TV will trace several surround-sound- design-concepts down to their deeper psychological roots. 5.1 is primarily engaged by feature films and home theater DVDs as a means to heighten the viewing experience. Although a set of dramaturgical tools for raising the listening/viewing experience through proper use of the additional channels exist, many are exclusively based on the concept of “what works and what doesn’t work. Camerer will present advanced solutions which go beyond what is possible (dramaturgically) in the cinema world.
Saturday, October 30, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
T22 MASTERING FOR STEREO AND SURROUND Gateway Mastering principal Bob Ludwig will present a Tutorial on Stereo and Surround Sound mastering. Still a somewhat misunderstood topic, mastering remains the final creative step in the record making chain. One which determines how the final CD or DVD will sound. Ludwig will discuss many aspects of mastering with emphasis on the many creative decisions that need to be made.
Sunday, October 31, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
T25 ACOUSTIC ISSUES CONCERNING SMALL STUDIO ENVIRONMENTS: John Storyk, Walters-Storyk Design Group suggests that contrary to many beliefs, small studio environments present a special breed of acoustic issues, some in common but many unique to the small size of both recording and listening rooms. Storyk’s tutorial will investigate many of these issues, including: low frequency control, speaker placement, ergonomic design, including listening positioning, furniture design and other object effects on room acoustic response.
A complete schedule of AES 117th Convention events is available at: www.aes.org.