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What’s happening at AES 2016

The convention runs from September 29 to October 2

As the 141st Audio Engineering Society (AES) International Convention kicks off, there will be a number of new products to play with, plus educational sessions on offer.

Alcons Audio will be exhibiting at AES in room 511C for the first time, along with immersive audio specialists Astro Spatial Audio.

Together, the company’s demonstrations will feature a 10-position speaker layout, plus front and rear cardioid subs, utilising a range of Alcons pro-ribbon systems, including LR7 micro line-array (RBN401 4” pro-ribbon HF + 6.5” LF), QR24 line-source module (2x RBN1203 12” pro-ribbon HF + 6x 6.5” LF) and the BC332 18”+ 15” self-contained cardioid subwoofer. All systems will be AES3-digitally driven by Sentinel amplified loudspeaker controllers.

Cadac is launching a new addition to its CDC series digital console line at the exhibition. The CDC seven (pictured) builds further on the heritage of the flagship CDC eight and success of the medium format CDC six, offering all of the power and operational simplicity of the CDC six, with the enhanced production capabilities of an expanded dual 23.5” 16:9 hi-definition touch screen and 36 fader control surface. The company will be exhibiting in booth 416 and also has a large demo room in 508.

Nick Fletcher, director of research and development, states: “As a result of the continual development of our innovative user interface, industry leading latency management system and unsurpassable audio performance we believe the CDC seven offers an incredibly attractive proposition for those who want something that stands head and shoulders above the norm.”

For the first time, DPA Microphones will unveil its new GSM4000 Gooseneck Shock Mount Accessory (pictured) and MMP-G Modular Active Cable for MicroDot at the show in booth 621.

Both accessories are brand new components for the d:dicate Microphone Series and give users the capability of creating a completely wireless microphone setup, while maintaining audio quality. A Steinway Grand piano will be on display as well to demonstrate microphones from the d:vote, d:dicate and d:screet lines. DPA will also be unveiling its new streamlined booth design, that will provide a cohesive look for the brand worldwide.

“We’re always excited when we get the chance to introduce new products to the industry at exhibitions, so I’m really looking forward to this year’s AES,” says James Capparelle, marketing manager at DPA Microphones. “These new accessories give musicians and sound engineers wireless freedom while using DPA’s legendary d:dicate microphones. With the wide range of mic capsules that we offer, all musicians can choose the exact configuration that meets their needs.”

Visit the Focusrite demo room at 514 for a chance to win a complete Focusrite Pro Tools system – including the Red 4Pre, a RedNet AM2 stereo monitoring system, and Pro Tools HD Native PCIe or Thunderbolt.

The new Red 8Pre will also be on show – with all the features of the Red 4Pre – as well as eight mic pres with the unique ‘Air’ effect and 64 x 64 I/O, including 16 analogue inputs and 18 analogue outputs.

British loudspeaker manufacturer PMC will be hosting a range of seminars at AES where prominent engineers and producers will be talking about their experiences. Those taking part this year include producer Greg Wells, who was worked with Adele, Pharrell Williams and Elton John, classical producer Daniel Shores, producer Al Schmitt, who has worked with Frank Sinatra, George Benson and Quincy Jones, 10-time Grammy Award winning producer Jimmy Anderson, Apple Music/Beats 1 Studios worldwide chief studio engineer Kevin Keith and a whole lot more.

It will take place in demo room 515B, which is equipped with the company’s flagship QB1-XBD-A (pictured) and IB2-XBD-A monitor systems, where both systems will be put through their paces between seminar sessions.

On the show floor, PMC will focus attention on its compact twotwo range of active near field monitors in booth 113.

RTW will debut its brand new MM3 MusicMeter (pictured) to the US market at AES at booth 203, allowing people the ability to implement loudness metering into music-based applications. The device provides the user with vectorscope, PPM/TruePeak or VU, real-time analysers, along with numerical and graphical loudness display and zoom modes, all with a simple swipe of the screen. In addition to the available features, the MM3 supports audio inputs including analog, SPDIF and USB, while an SPDIF output delivers a buffered stereo signal or downmix from a 5.1 stream.

Andreas Tweitmann, CEO of RTW says: “RTW has typically been reserved for the broadcast and production market, but we are now breaking that tradition with this introduction to the music market. This new audio solution is available at an affordable price for everyone in the industry, and gives the opportunity for sound engineers and mixers to implement loudness metering into their music-based workflows and applications.”

Meanwhile, Solid State Logic will introduce the Nucleus2 (pictured), a new version of the professional DAW controller, audio interface and studio monitoring hub in booth 221.

A key addition is a Talkback input with adjustable gain that feeds the headphone output. A large TALK button is added near the transport controls and the talk circuit can trigger a switchable -20dB DIM in the monitor outputs if desired. Another addition was a second set of speaker outputs and a ‘MINI’ monitor button in the centre section for comparing mixes on different systems. The USB soundcard in Nucleus has been replaced with a new SSL Dante ‘Network I/O’ audio interface.

Also on this coming Saturday, 1 October at 10.45am is the first Genius! Live workshop. On the panel are Pat Quilter, one of the founders of QSC Audio; Dave Gunness, the man behind Gunness Focusing, who has worked with EAW and PreSonus and now runs Fulcrum Acoustic; and Joe Bull, one of the original ‘SADiE’ DAW team, and now owner of JoeCo (and the BlackBox Recorder).