By Steve Harvey.
Post production professionals attending the show are taking full advantage of everything the 125th AES Convention has to offer, from the busy schedule of paper sessions, workshops and tutorials to the exhibits on the floor. Since the AES Convention is the world’s largest show to concentrate solely on sound, there are plenty of opportunities for attendees to advance their audio knowledge.
Jonathan S. Abrams, chief technical engineer at Nutmeg Audio Post in New York City, will be imparting information as well as absorbing as much as he can. One of the primary reasons for attending the show, he said, is that “David Bialik asked me to moderate a session, the ‘Lip Sync Issue,’ on Saturday [11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Room 206].”
Even for longtime AES members and convention attendees, there’s always plenty to learn from the audio community, Abrams explained. “Being a member of the AES and having attended the shows in years past, I’ve always found that I can glean some sort of information from the paper sessions or the tutorials or the workshops to either solidify any knowledge I already have or broaden the scope of my knowledge. I then store that and perhaps a light bulb goes off in the future.”
The annual display of the audio industry’s latest technology is an attraction for anyone planning improvements or upgrades to their facilities. Ron DiCesare, senior audio engineer at Ultra-Sound, a division of The Napoleon Group in New York City, has a number of items on his shopping list: “We’re looking at lower cost options for surround sound. I’d like to look at something made by Dangerous Music [Booth1436], the SR-ST. It’s a monitoring device that allows you to select between stereo and surround. You can use something as simple as the Digidesign [Booth 702] Command 8, and that plus the SR-ST would be enough to monitor and select your surround speakers.”
DiCesare additionally wants to learn more about software encoding and decoding for surround. “Instead of buying Dolby Labs [Booth 808] hardware, they have released a software version; we’d like that as a cost effective step.”
Finally, he said, “I’ve heard about MADI as being a new and powerful way of doing audio runs over distances. I’d like to know more about it.”