New York, NY, October 9, 2014 — Music/audio production is by its nature an inherently historical and archival discipline, and the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, taking place today through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, sees the past come alive with the annual History Track.
AES Convention Historical Events Chair Mark Gander have assembled a winning collection of presentations. These include the perfect pairing of “The Evolution of Studio Acoustic Design” and “Audio Architects of the Nashville Sound,” which portrays highlights from the AES Nashville Lifetime Achievement Awards event.
Attendees will also enjoy listening to Michael Petersen of Shure, Inc., narrate the life and career of Benjamin Bauer, who developed the Uniphase network and the iconic Shure Model 55 Unidyne® Microphone, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Bauer, an immigrant from Ukraine, developed the network at age 24, and it earned him the first of over 100 patents in audio technology. Included in the presentation are photos and details of the first Unidyne mic elements constructed by Bauer, uncovered December 2013 in the Shure Archives and not seen since the early 1940s.
In another fascinating panel, representatives from companies including Empirical Labs, Universal Audio and Great River Electronics – all engaged in manufacturing modern versions of classic audio products – will each profile one or more products, describing some of the methods that they use to duplicate the performance of the classic pieces. The participants will include representatives from manufacturers who develop hardware as well as software plug-ins. Each manufacturer will present products, methods and techniques, with discussion of measured and sonically judged faithfulness and/or improvements, followed by panel interaction and questions from the audience.
The full Historical Track program is here:
Thursday, October 9, 2:15 pm — 4:15 pm
Session H1 Evolution of Studio Acoustic Design
Thursday, October 9, 5:00 pm — 6:30 pm
Session H2 Audio Architects of the Nashville Sound: Highlights from the AES Nashville Lifetime Achievement Awards
Friday, October 10, 5:30 pm — 6:30 pm
Session H3 Benjamin Bauer and the Shure Unidyne Microphone: 75 Years of Audio Legend
Saturday, October 11, 12:15 pm — 1:15 pm
Session H4 History of Audio Measurement Technology
Saturday, October 11, 5:30 pm — 6:30 pm
Session H5 History of Line Arrays
Sunday, October 12, 2:30 pm — 4:30 pm
Session H6 Authentic Replication and Modeling of Vintage Audio Gear
“We put an enormous amount of care and thought into curating the Historical Track at the AES Conventions, because there is so much history in this industry, and so much more being made every day,” states Gander. “And it’s gratifying that they tend to be among the most well-attended sessions of the entire event. It’s clear that those involved in professional audio care deeply about its legacy.”
Further detailed information on the Historical Track at the AES137 Convention, as well as Registration, Hotel, and Technical Program formation are available on the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.