By Clive Young.
Here’s a visual look back at the 129th AES Convention at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Legendary sound designer Ben Burtt gave this year’s Heyser Lecture,
taking the sold-out crowd through the history of film sound, from the
days of silent films to his own groundbreaking work on the Star Wars
saga. Some of the cool secrets revealed? The voice of the alien behind
him was scrap ADR dialogue found in a garbage bin, run through an
ARP synthesizer. The owner of that voice? John Wayne.
One of the early Tech Tours took place at Fantasy Studios where
Joseph Chavez (left) of QSC Audio listened intently to what Fantasy
studio director Jeffrey Wood had to say.
H.E.A.R. co-founder Kathy Peck (right) met with Aphex general manager
Rick McClendon at H.E.A.R.’s booth. Aphex has donated gear to benefit
H.E.A.R.’s efforts for hearing awareness, sold via H.E.A.R.’s eBay site.
Endless Analog showed CLASP (Closed Loop Analog Signal Processor)
at the Vintage King booth. Shown are Amy Becker (left), vice president;
and Chris Estes, founder/inventor.
At the Outpost Studios Tech Tour, engineer Dave Nelson (at keyboard)
held a workshop on post-production sound. Pictured in the background
(from left): James Harward, James Harward Productions; John Nygren,
Upper Midwest Section Chair; Liz Boyer, Hallmark Cards; Booker Tynes,
Ex’pression College; and Dennis Cham, Hit Productions (seated).
Members of the Society of Professional Audio Marketers (S.P.A.M.)
gathered for their annual AES dinner on Thursday night. This year’s
dinner paid special tribute to industry visionary Ken Reichel, former
executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Audio-Technica
U.S., who passed away October 15. The event also saw the induction of
several new members to the organization including David Angress,
Paul Gallo, Lynn Martin, Dave Shadoan and Chris Tso.
Audio-Technica sponsored the Art and Science of Sound Recording
DVD series by legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons. Shown at
AES are Parsons (center) along with key Audio-Technica management.
Focal Professional launched its new SM9 flagship monitor, which sports
independent monitoring systems housed within the same cabinet.
Pictured are Nicholas Debard (left) and Simon Cote of
Audio Plus Services, Focal’s U.S. distributor.
At AES, Al Schmitt was the first top-name producer to inscribe
his name on the last-ever Red 1, which is to be auctioned for
charity by Focusrite. The unit was the first rackmount module to
be derived from the Forté console. The unit on display at the
booth will be signed by numerous high-profile producers and
engineers, and will be auctioned by Focusrite in 2011, with the
proceeds going to an audio charity.
Guitar Center Professional announced at AES the sale of a 32-channel
Neve Genesys console, Ocean Way HR-2 monitor system and
Avid Pro Tools HD system with ICON control to Ferris Wilks.
Shown are (l-r): Ruben Wilson and Dewey Wilson (Ferris Wilks),
Kevin Reed, Derek Snyder (GC Pro), Huw Gwilym (AMS/Neve),
Jeff McDaniel (GC Pro) and David Walton (AMS/Neve).
Michael Grace of Grace Design showed his company’s new m903
reference headphone amplifier–the newest addition to Grace Design’s
reference monitoring line and successor to its m902 and m902B.
Korg will be releasing its AudioGate software for free. AudioGate
reportedly enables the real-time playback of DSD/SACD files on any
computer system with any audio hardware. Shown is Rich Formidoni,
Korg USA technology product manager.
MixSensei.com unveiled its video tutorials, Master Audio Concepts,
presented by engineer/producer Dave Isaac (pictured). Available for
download from a customized website, the new series of tutorials has
been developed for both beginners and experienced professionals that
want to share the audio concepts behind Isaac’s production skills and
make them their own.
Solid State Logic showed Nucleus, a DAW controller and SuperAnalogue
audio hub for professional project studios. It is a compact desktop unit
that creates a hands-on operating environment for DAW-based music
and film/TV post production. Shown is SSL’s Dan Duffel.
Following the Vista 5, 6, 7 and 8 desks, the Vista 9 from Studer
supplements the Vistonics interface with “wide screen”-based
TFT metering, FaderGlow and numerous other innovations.
Jamie Dunn from Soundcraft/Studer is seen with the Vista 9.