Lou MannoNew York (September 5, 2007)–The 123rd Audio Engineering Society Convention, to be held October 5-8 in New York City, is just around the corner, and one of the top attractions of the event is always the fascinating Technical Tours. New York is one of the world’s leading centers for recording, live performance, broadcast and audio production, thus providing an abundance of facilities to spotlight in the technical tours program.
Committee Chair Jim Anderson remarks that Technical Tours Chair Lou Manno’s selections “represent an exceptional sampling of this city’s diverse pro audio community.”
The 123rd AES Convention’s Technical Tours include:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5
Tisch School of the Arts’ Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music
NYU’s Tisch School is a state-of-the-art recording and teaching facility. Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, the program is designed to develop the creative, intellectual and social skills of aspiring music makers. The complex features two studios, a production computer lab, two edit suites and a full complement of technology including a 48-channel API Vision console capable of stereo and 5.1 surround mixing and the 14-station Pro Tools Production Lab.
Originally known as the Power Station, Avatar is celebrating a 30-year track record of recording superstar artists. This 33,000 square-foot complex features four main tracking and mixing rooms. The flagship Studio A can accommodate up to 70 musicians and is regarded as one of the finest acoustic spaces in America. Avatar credits range from Bruce Springsteen to David Bowie, Sting, John Mayer, Neil Young, B.B. King, David Byrne, Celine Dion, Deborah Harry and Bob Dylan. Avatar represents one of the last of New York’s large-scale, working “super studios.”
Internationally recognized as one of the leading dealers of one-of-a-kind handcrafted pianos, Klavierhaus offers limited editions of fine pianos exactingly restored through 150 year-old techniques and traditions. Their workshop is among the few that preserve both the philosophy and methodology that established the Golden Age of piano building. Klavierhaus is also the authorized U.S. dealer for Italy’s renowned Fazioli Pianoforti.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6
Legacy Recording Studios
Birthed from a marriage of Right Track Recording and Sound on Sound in 2005, Legacy offers Studio A as its tracking room, boasting 24 channels of Neve 1081 preamplifiers with a 72-input Solid State Logic 9000 J series console and Augspurger monitoring. Studio C is configured similarly for live mixing and overdubs. Studio B is digital-dedicated with a Euphonix System 5 console. Two production rooms (D-1 and 2) join the West Side facility’s massive A-509 tracking room.
4 Times Square Broadcast Communications
Built with an FM backup broadcast master antenna and provisions to add a DTV master antenna, 4 Times Square was carrying five FM stations when it opened in 1999. In 2002, following the 9/11 atrocity, the building owners enhanced the facility with the capacity to serve all New York City TV and FM stations. Designed to operate 24/7, the facility is equipped with 5 megawatts of back up power. Currently home to six television and 10 FM stations, this state-of-the-art facility is also utilized by MediaFlo and other communications companies to point microwave, broadband, Ku and C band downlinks as well as for ENG and RPU services.
The Blue Man Group Lab
Originally a Vaudeville-turned-movie theater, 3rd Street Studio later housed the three creators of Blue Man Group, evolving in 1999 into the creative, rehearsal, and recording space it is today. See how they invent and use new instruments in this unique behind-the-scenes look into one of Broadway’s musical phenomena.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7
New York Times Radio Station WQXR
Founded in 1936, WQXR was the first classical music radio station in the U.S. Owned and operated by the New York Times Company, its signal from the Empire State Building reaches 800,000 listeners in all five New York City boroughs and four states, making it the most listened-to classical music station. Always at the cutting edge of technology, Major Edwin Armstrong conducted the first FM stereo tests on WQXR. WQXR-AM was the first AM stereo station. WQXR’s Internet broadcast circles the globe.
Quad Recording Studios
This four-studio powerhouse celebrates its 30-year anniversary as a key NYC tracking, mixing, and production facility. Flagship Studio A features a 500 square-foot live room with an 80-input Solid State Logic J Series console. Studio D is home to Michael Brauer, also featuring an 80-input J and jaw-dropping array of gear. Studio C provides a 32-input SSL G Series outfitted with Augspurger monitoring. The brand new Studio D is tailored to hip-hop, electronic and remixers’ needs, and has hosted Missy Elliot, Jim Jones, Chico DeBarge, and Nina Sky.
Sear Sound Studios
In continuous operation for 44 years, Walter Sear’s testament to the enduring relevance of analog is based on a proven technical and acoustic environment. With almost 300 vintage microphones and an extraordinary selection of vacuum tube and solid state gear, this legendary studio has produced countless hits for an artist roster that runs the gamut from Judy Collins to Norah Jones, Wilco, Sean Lennon, Sonic Youth, Ryan Adams and Rufus Wainright. A not-to-be-missed-opportunity to visit a living monument to recording excellence.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 8
There is a growing resurgence in demand for vinyl records. Tomas Bernich will demonstrate the process and the 120-ton press that forms the medium that propelled our recording industry for over half a century. For those who have never seen how a record is made, this is a treat!
Founded in 1995 by Michael Ungar and Ralph Kelsey, Broadway Sound is a full-service audio post production facility for all types of media: television, film, radio, and Web. It is an extension of Broadway Video Entertainment, founded in 1979 by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels. Broadway Sound Mixes television and radio promos and interstitial programs, network series, and independent films. The facility also provides full voice recording services ranging from promo voiceovers to program narration and film ADR looping. Broadway Sound offers sound design with original music composition, performance, and production through its partnership with Sandblast Productions.
For a complete list of tours including dates, and departure times please visit the detailed Preliminary Calendar of Events at www.aes.org. Registration and housing information are also posted on the site. The 123rd AES Convention will be held in New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center, October 5–8, 2007.