121st AES Convention Sneak Peak

October 4, 2006

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121st AES Convention Sneak Peek
The AES Convention is just around the corner -- here's a sneak preview of some of the exciting new products that will be unveiled at AES at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Oct. 6 to 8. The following exhibitor will have something of major interest for anyone involved in audio and radio broadcast technology. Be sure to stop by this exhibit first!

Interested in Audio Over IP? Visit APT's Booth to find out about the new WorldCast Range of IP Audio Codecs. Capable of sending high quality audio with incredibly low latency over IP and synchronous networks such as T1, V.35 and ISDN, WorldCast Codecs are DSP-based for 24/7 reliability. Visit us for a demo at Booth 833.

121st AES Convention Historical Events
Honoring and learning from the past is a long-standing AES tradition. The 121st Convention, scheduled for Oct. 5 to Oct. 8 in the San Francisco Moscone Center, will provide many opportunities of these pursuits. Here are some of the scheduled presentations.

Soundman Jack Mullin - From WWII to MP3
KNTV Reporter Scott Budman will present a documentary film by Don Hardy. Friends and associates including Les Paul, Greg Kihn, Chuck D and Stephen Stills will discuss Mullin's pivotal contributions from the early days of tape recording to the origin of Ampex in Silicon Valley.

Digital Restoration of Mechanical Recordings
Dr. Carl Haber, senior scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will present New Imaging Methods for Mechanical Sound Carriers. A variety of optical scanning methods have been applied to imaging the delicate or damaged audio surface of discs, cylinders and other media. Haber will discuss digitized mapping and processing of surfaces to repair damage. Sound clips will be played to illustrate this process.

From Carbon to Computers - The Evolution of the Broadcast Audio Chain
Mike Adams, chairman, Department of Television, Radio, Film and Theatre, San Jose State University, will trace the evolution of broadcast audio equipment from Lee deForest, and Charles Herrold's use of carbon to tube amplification in the early 1920s, early Western Electric mixing boards, and electronic recording and disc playback. Adams will explore audio technology of the 1930s and 1940s and include lessens from his own 1960-1975 radio experience.

Disc Cutters
Highland Laboratories principal Barry Brose will present a narrative history of the Western Electric disk recorder head from the first cutter used in talking motion pictures circa 1930, to the achievement of full-fidelity disk recording and the world-standard 45-45 stereo system. His film on the evolution of these heads features close-up photography of disassembled units to illustrate principals of their operation in actual use.

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