San Francisco - Sep 10, 2012 - The 133rd AES Convention workshops program has been announced. The convention will be held Oct. 26-29, 2012, and the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Highlights of the workshops follow.
Loudness Wars - The Wrong Drug?
Thomas Lund, HD development manager, TC Electronic
Newly produced music rarely sounds good on fine speakers. Could the wrong mastering drug have been used for decades, affecting dynamic range instead of loudness range? Addressing the grim side effects of this question, the panel, will provide a unique perspective on the difference between dynamic range and loudness range from a technical, perceptual and practical point of view.
Broadcasters Experiences in the Use of Loudness Standards
Lars Jonsson Swedish Radio
With the recent U.S. adoption of the CALM Act, loudness standards have reached the tipping point in audience awareness. This workshop will bring together a group of leading international broadcasters to address the use of new EBU and ATSC standards on loudness.
Acoustics and Audio iPhone Aps
Peter Mapp, acoustic consultant, PMA
Mapp has designed this workshop to survey the range of audio and acoustic measurement, calculation and related apps currently available for the iPhone, iPad and other smart phones. A member of the AES Technical Committee on Acoustics and Sound Reinforcement, Mapp will review current apps, their uses and limitations.
Mastering for Specific Music Genres
Andres Mayo, vice chairman, TC Arms
Mastering projects occasionally require an expert in a music style that has very specific parameters (dynamics, color, warmth, S/N ratio, etc.). Examples include, classical and regional music e.g. tango, and powerful bassy tunes created for clubs. This workshop will review those unique features, and also address mastering for vinyl and iTunes.
The Controversy over Up-sampling, Boon or Scam?
Vicki Melchior, audio DSP tech consultant
Many high resolution Blu-ray, DVD releases and HD download files are created by up-sampling Redbook or 48kHz data; a practice that frequently draws vehement outcries of fraud. And yet, up-samplers, both hardware and software, are commonly marketed to consumers and professionals with the promise of boosting Redbook sonics to near-equality with high resolution. What's going on? A panel of top mastering engineers, DAC and DSP designers will discuss in depth.
Other 133rd Convention workshop programs include:
Sound Design Tools for Multichannel Audio With Height
Wieslaw Woszczyk McGill U. Center For Interdisciplinary Research In Music Media
Recording Music In 9.1 Height Surround
Morten Lindberg, engineer/producer, Lindberg
3D Audio Formats (Multichannel Sound With Height) Channel or Object Based?
Bert Van Daele
Height Channel - Adding the Vertical Dimension to Surround Sound
Paul Geluso, teacher, chief recording engineer, NYU Steinhardt
Multi-Microphone Applications and Testing in Telecommunications Systems
Bob Zurek, Motorola
Spatial Audio Evaluation
Sean Olive, director, Acoustic Research
What Does an Object Sound Like? Towards a Common Definition of a Spatial Audio Object
Frank Melchior, BBC
Judith Liebetrau, Fraunhofer IDMT
What Every Sound Engineer Should Know About the Voice
Eddy Brixen, EBB consultant
New Delivery Mediums and How to Get There Safely… Or, Jumping on the New Media Express
Jim Kaiser, educator, Belmont U/, and engineer, MasterMix, Nashville
Forensic Authentication of Digital Audio
Jeffrey M. Smith
Full descriptions of all the 133rd AES Convention events are posted on the preliminary calendar of events.