New York - Sep 8, 2011 - AES 131st Convention Committee Chair Jim Anderson reports that Technical Tour Chair Lou Manno and Joel Spector of the AES NY section have developed a series of tours that illustrate the scope of New York's pro audio community. Following is a sample of some of the planned tours.
The Dimenna Center for Classical Music
This recently completed $36 million showcase complex provides an exemplary home for the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Constructed over the past year, the Center shares a West 37th building with the Baryshnikov Arts Center. The complex was created to serve a multiplicity of music rehearsal, recording, broadcast, teleconferencing, educational and streaming purposes.
Dedicated to extending the life of vinyl in the digital age, this Sunset Park-based facility recycles old LPs with a large shredder, then feeds the used vinyl into a press to create brand new albums. Opened by Thomas Bernich in 2003, the facility has grown from pressing 2,000 LPs a month to more than 10,000 today.
This legendary studio has hosted artists ranging from Steely Dan and Bjork to Lou Reed, Bono, Wilco and Norah Jones. Created by Walter Sear, a proponent of analog technology, Sear Sound is recognized as a one of the world's best-maintained facilities. Sear's collection of rare analog equipment includes 224 classic microphones and tape machines from Abbey Road Studios, once used by The Beatles.
KAS Music and Sound
Built in 1921 as NY's Hollywood East Back Lot, the Kaufman Astoria Film/TV production complex has hosted stars ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Bill Cosby and the Muppets. The KAS 2,400 sq. ft. Studio A liveroom, offers two large iso chambers and 550 sq. ft. LEDE control room able to comfortably house a 70 piece orchestra, a 120 voice chorus, or solo performers. The 450 sq. ft. Studio B is utilized for movies, TV ADR, pre-records, voice-overs and smaller music projects.
The Marquis Theatre
Opened in 1986 this Broadway venue was designed to provide maximum comfort for audiences and actors alike, while maintaining a feeling of intimacy. The theater features an expansive backstage area, high ceilings, state-of-the-art acoustics, wide aisles and 1,611 seats.
NBC Broadcast Central at 30 Rock
A world-famous address, this major complex serves as NBC's national nerve center. Among the many busy TV and radio studios housed within the massive complex, is Studio 8-H. One of the world's first floating rooms, 8-H originally housed Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Orchestra.Since Oct. 11, 1975, it has been home to the equally entertaining SNL.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Since its debut in 1997, this iconic venue has served as a model for programming, audience diversity, education initiatives, and plays a pivotal role in returning nightlife and economic activity to Newark, NJ's largest urban community. The sixth largest performing arts center in the U.S., NJPAC has welcomed such world renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Bob Dylan, Lauryn Hill, Alvin Ailey the Berlin State Opera Orchestra, the Royal Danish Ballet, the ViennaBoys Choir, Sting and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.
This expansive 12,000 sq. ft., NYC-based post-production complex features two large mixing stages, ADR, Foley, large music library and a full range of editorial services (including production office space for long and short term clients). Specializing in servicing both major and independent filmmakers, recent Soundtrack clients include such Emmy nominated programs as Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Law and Order SVU and CSI: NY.
The 131st Audio Engineering Convention will be held in New York at the Jacob Javits Convention Center Oct. 20 - 23, 2011.