129th AES Convention Workshops Announced

October 8, 2010

San Francisco - Oct 7, 2010 - The theme of the 129th AES Convention is Bridge to the Future, and the 20 scheduled workshops tie into that theme. The convention will be held Nov. 4-7 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Some of the workshop outlines follow.

Rethinking the Digital Audio Workstation
Moderator: Michael Hlatky, Accessive Tools
Panelists: Allen Saego, London Metropolitan University; Bernard Mont-Reynard SoundHound; Guy McNally, Uncut Video; Jorn Loviscach, University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld
Today's DAWs much resemble those of 1989. Potential improvements include real-time online cross-DAW collaboration, leveraging social networks for finding optimal effect settings, and making DAWs not only bulletproof, but foolproof. This workshop will survey existing technologies; examine possible synergies from other fields of computing sciences, and propose improvements and radical changes to DAW software.

Wireless Audio Streaming
Moderator: Gary Spittle, Audio Consultant
Panelists: Deepen Sinha, ATC Labs; David Trainor, CSR
High quality audio is streamed wirelessly via such media as satellite broadcasts; mobile telephone networks; Bluetooth ecosystems and proprietary ultra low-latency systems. Panelists will discuss techniques and challenges in delivering high quality audio wirelessly, and how essential audio codecs are adapted for specific audio source material.

How Does it Sound Now? The Evolution of Audio
Moderator: Gary Gottlieb, Webster University
Panelists: engineer/producers Al Schmitt, Elliot Scheiner and Ed Cherney
The group will discuss the ultimate responsibility for audio quality: The man behind the desk. How do we maintain excellence and continue to create recordings that conform to our own high standards when confronted with new and evolving technology? How high should our standards be?

Live Monitoring and Latency with Digital Audio Networks
Moderator: Umberto Zanghieri, ZP Engineering
Panelists: Carl Bader, Aviom; Kevin Gross, AVA Networks; Michael Lester, Shure
The panel will address the increasing adoption of digital audio networks for live events and the effect of audio signal latency as perceived on stage. Topics include: Personal monitoring; traditional, speaker-based monitoring and, performers' idiosyncratic preferences and habits.

Keep Turning it Down! Developing an Exit Strategy for the Loudness Wars
Moderator: Martin Walsh, DTS
Panelists: Bob Ludwig, Thomas Lund, Bob Katz, Susan Rogers
This panel will deliberate ending the loudness war and returning peace, harmony and dynamic range to the people. Alternatives to aggressive dynamic range compression e.g. seasoned mastering techniques, gain normalization algorithms and standards will be addressed.

Additional workshops include:

  • Applications for High-Quality Audio Over Long-Distance Networks
  • Paths to High-Resolution Downloads
  • The Return to Quality in Audio Production
  • AES 42 and Digital Microphones

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