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AES E-Library Offers More than 14,000 Fully Searchable PDF Files: Institutional and Individual Subscriptions Now Available

March 19th, 2013 | Posted in News, newsletter

New York, NY — Audio Engineering Society Executive Director Bob Moses has announced new subscription formats to the AES E-Library.  With over 14,000 fully searchable PDF files, the collection represents one of the world’s most comprehensive sources of definitive professional audio information. Documenting the progression of audio research and development from 1953 to the present day, the E-Library includes every paper published at each of the 133 AES Conventions and 49 international conferences, plus all papers published in the AES Journal. Engineering Briefs (eBriefs) recently introduced at conventions may also be accessed in the E-Library.

“The depth, range and authoritative nature of the professional audio subject matter amassed by the AES E-Library is unparalleled,” Moses says. “It provides a rich history of the evolution of audio technology, and carries all of the ideas, dialogue, and best practices forward from one generation to the next.  This is really the crown jewel of the AES. It encompasses topics ranging from equipment design, to surround sound development, acoustic measurement, and hearing loss and protection.” More »

AES Sustaining Members Prism Sound and Oxford Digital to Present: “Active Loudspeaker Design and Optimization Master Class” Live Webcast Monday March 25th

March 19th, 2013 | Posted in News, newsletter

Cambridge, UK – Please join Oxford Digital and Prism Sound, in conjunction with the AES, LOUDSOFT and TTid, when they present a webinar this coming Monday, March 25th from 14:00 to 18:15 GMT, featuring a live masterclass.  Engineers, along with engineering managers, students and anyone interested in audio engineering is welcome to register for the event.

This is a unique opportunity to hear from some of the most experienced engineers in the industry. Watch and listen as they describe their practical experiences in analogue and digital audio design. See the latest developments in technology, and learn from the many decades of collective experience of our panel of presenters.

LOUDSOFT will demonstrate how the loudspeaker development process can be greatly streamlined with modern CAD tools. Oxford Digital will show how the application of DSP techniques can maximize compact loudspeaker performance for a given budget and footprint. Prism Sound will show how modern digital audio analysis techniques can provide far greater and more rapid insight into system performance. More »

Aphex® Deepens Its Relationship with the Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) Program at St. Petersburg College

March 19th, 2013 | Posted in News, newsletter

Burbank, CA — Aphex®, a leader in audio enhancement technology for more than 35 years, has deepened its unique relationship with the Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) program at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida. The MIRA program, which was launched four years ago with a dozen students and offers an accredited Associate of Science degree in a well-integrated curriculum of audio sciences and business acumen, now has between 250 and 300 students per semester in the program, and plans to launch a four-year Bachelor of Applied Science degree program in 2014. For the last two years, the MIRA program has collaborated closely with Aphex, using products including the Aural Exciter®, 500 Series EQ, Aphex Channel, Aphex Dominator II and Compellor® processors, as well as the HeadPod 4 headphone amplifier, all integrated into MIRA’s pro audio curriculum. As new products become available, Aphex shares them with MIRA, providing the program’s students with state-of-the-art technology that offers them access to equipment identical to that being used in commercial facilities. At the same time, the faculty and students of MIRA regularly provide insightful feedback into how those products perform under the singular pressures of an academic environment. It’s a relationship from which everyone benefits, most of all the students.

This mutually beneficial association has come about because of the shared vision of Mark Matthews, Lead Instructor of the MIRA program, and Aphex wanting to bring the “real world” of recording and music to students. “At MIRA, we approach learning about audio arts and the music industry in an experiential, hands-on way, and Aphex has been a significant partner in how we go about that,” says Matthews. More »

The Viper Room Nightclub Carries On Legacy of Great Sound and Diverse Music with Sennheiser

March 19th, 2013 | Posted in News, newsletter

West Hollywood, CA — West Hollywood’s The Viper Room routinely hosts performances by over 150 performers a month. As one of greater Los Angeles’ more illustrious nightclubs since 1993, The Viper Room has been an evening destination point for many of Hollywood’s elite and was once owned by mega-star Johnny Depp himself. The club continues to host a ‘who’s who’ of musicians passing through Los Angeles, as well as up and coming independent acts and still maintains a reputation as one of the best sounding venues in West Hollywood — partly as a result of its usage of Sennheiser microphones.

Five years ago, Matthew Andrade began working at The Viper Room and within six months, he was promoted to production manager and head engineer. Andrade says he always wanted to work at The Viper Room, having attended many shows there while also enjoying the sound. “When there was a possibility of working here, I jumped on it,” he recalls. More »

Radial Engineering Announces The Opening of Their New R&D Facility

March 19th, 2013 | Posted in News, newsletter

Vancouver, BC — Radial Engineering is pleased to announce that it has recently moved their R&D department to a larger area in the facility in order to accommodate the growing team.

The new department is divided into three sections: The first houses the engineering team where circuit design, PCB layout and metal drafting occurs. The second is a meeting room where the R&D team gathers to vet out new designs, part requirements, and development schedules. The third is the new test studio dubbed ‘Studio Eh’ in honor of Radial’s Canadian heritage.

‘Studio Eh’ is equipped with a wide range of microphones, monitors, guitars, amplifiers, keyboards, a digital workstation and all of the gear you would normally find in a working studio. General Manager Mike Hill comments: “We grew to the point where we felt it was time to take over the last 5000 square feet in our building that was previously leased out. The extra warehouse space not only helps us manage inventory overflow, but this area now houses cable prep, trade show prep, the workbench and old files. We upgraded the office area with a new kitchen, updated washroom, R&D office and of course the studio. This finally gives our R&D team some quiet space where they can focus on next-generation products without worrying about interrupting others when they turn up the volume!” More »

Hosa Technology and Metro-Marketing Ink Representation Deal for Europe and Western Asia

March 19th, 2013 | Posted in News, newsletter

Buena Park, CA – Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician, is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Metro-Marketing to represent Hosa and its distributed product lines throughout Europe and Western Asia. The new agreement is expected to provide music and audio-visual professionals throughout these regions far greater access to Hosa’s highly regarded product offerings. Metro-Marketing’s relationship with Hosa commenced January 2013.

With offices in Paris, France and Santa Barbara, CA, Metro-Marketing specializes in technology products for the Musical Instrument and Professional Audio markets. With 20 years of MI/Pro Audio sales management expertise, the company takes pride in its ability to provide its clients with a 21st-century international sales and marketing management paradigm designed to address a manufacturer’s increasing need to reduce overhead while maintaining top-tier sales performance. More »

Win/Win for AES 49th International Audio for Games Conference

March 8th, 2013 | Posted in News, newsletter

London, UK — Michael Kelly, Chairman of the AES 49th International Conference on Audio for Games, reports the event, held last month in London’s Carlton House Terrace, scored high points from all attendees. The third conference in the on-going AES series attracted 116 attendees from leading academic institutions and game developers including BBC, Capcom, Codemasters, Eutechnyx, Guerrilla Games, IO Interactive, Lionhead Studios, Microsoft Studios, Mind Candy, Ninja Theory, Playdead, Playfish, Rovio Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment and Wargaming.

“These conferences provide a unique opportunity for broad creative and technical discussion on game audio and for cross-fertilization between industry and academia,” Kelly says. “The audience was truly international and included visitors from the UK, Europe, Russia, the US, Japan, Korea and Australia. It was large enough to draw key players, and intimate enough to encourage significant dialogue.” More »

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Contributes to a World-Class Recording Facility for New Metro Nashville Public Schools Music Education Initiative

March 8th, 2013 | Posted in News, newsletter

Santa Monica, CA — In a bold move that will expand the boundaries of music education in  public schools to include the business of music, sound production, recording technology, and the aesthetics of a well-crafted performance, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Director Jesse Register, and John Esposito, president/CEO of Warner Music Nashville, have announced the creation of a student-run record label to be a key component of Music Makes Us, the new music education initiative at MNPS. The project will be centered around a state-of-the-art recording studio at Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School that is designed, equipped and will be guided by the efforts of members of The Recording Academy®‘s Producers & Engineers Wing®. Members of the Pearl-Cohn Subcommittee of the P&E Wing, including Subcommittee Chair Jeff Balding, Nashville P&E Wing Co-Chairs Chuck Ainlay and Justin Niebank, Steve Durr, Ben Fowler, Julian King, Nick Palladino, and Terry Palmer, all contributed their collective knowledge, wisdom and passion to the project, which will feature a 32-channel API 1608 console in the main control room and two post/editing suites equipped with SSL Nucleus DAW controllers. Additionally, the project will feature products from Audio-Technica, Fredenstein Professional Audio, the HARMAN® Professional brands (AKG® Acoustics, JBL® Professional and Lexicon®) and Shure. The recording studio is scheduled to open mid-April. More »

Oscar-Winning Score for Life of Pi Recorded with AEA R88 Stereo Ribbon Microphone

March 8th, 2013 | Posted in News, newsletter

Pasadena, CA — The Oscar winning score of Life of Pi was captured for audiences using AEA’s R88 stereo ribbon microphone. LA-based engineer Brad Haehnel recorded and mixed the soundtrack for the movie, which recently garnered four Academy Awards, including Best Original Score for Mychael Danna. The AEA R88 faithfully reproduced the sound of the horn section while vintage RCA 44 ribbon microphones were used as spot mics during the sessions at the Fox scoring stage. Haehnel adds: “I use the AEA R88 on basically every session and no matter the application it never fails to deliver.”

Having worked for artists such as Nelly Furtado and Jennifer Love Hewitt, and on motion pictures like Little Miss Sunshine or 500 Days of Summer, Brad Haehnel has extensive experience recording and mixing in both the music and the film world.

Apart from orchestral scoring sessions, the AEA R88 microphone gets frequent use at Haehnel’s own Noise Alchemy studio in Hollywood, CA. Recently, Haehnel selected the R88 for overhead microphone on a drum session with multi-platinum recording artist Russ Miller.

The R88 stereo microphone features a matched Blumlein pair of AEA Big Ribbon elements packaged in a sleek black shell designed for quick setup and easy recording. Its acoustic design is optimized to capture a faithful acoustic image of an ensemble or section as well as accurate representation of the recording room.
About AEA

Wes Dooley’s longtime passion for audio has infused his company, Audio Engineering Associates (AEA), with a well-balanced blend of creativity and technical expertise for forty years. At the core of AEA is a genuine interest in the art and science of audio.

From areas as diverse as forensic audio and microphone design, Wes’ passion for audio has led him all over the world, from recording experiences in Europe, Africa, and New Zealand, to the courtrooms of Los Angeles as a forensic audio and video expert witness. Such experiences have led Wes to design products which help resolve problems commonly encountered by recording engineers. His portable recording tools including, multi-channel microphone arrays, MS stereo processors, stereo phase displays and very tall microphone stands, have all made on-site recording far more feasible.

Despite his contributions to on-location recording, Wes is best known for his pursuit of excellence in ribbon microphone technology. After two decades of representing and servicing the BBC 4038 in the United States, he began to experiment with his own ribbon microphones. During the last decade Wes became aware of the increasing scarcity of R44′s and other ribbon microphones.

In 1998, responding to this need, Wes re-introduced the 44 much to the thrill of many in the recording industry. Les Paul told Wes that AEA’s R44 is his favorite microphone and engineer/producers such as Bruce Swedien, Kevin Bacon, and Shawn Murphy routinely use AEA’s R44. Even without such critical acclaim the numbers speak for themselves. Over half of the movies scored in Los Angeles have a 44 somewhere on the scoring stage.

Building off of his successful reintroduction of the R44, in 2002 Wes designed and began producing an original ribbon mic, the AEA R84. His groundbreaking work with ribbon microphones helped him to secure the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Silver Medal Award in the fall of 2003. This award, established by the AES in 1971, in honor of audio pioneers Alexander Graham Bell, Emile Berliner, and Thomas A. Edison, is given in recognition of outstanding development or achievement in the field of audio engineering.

Wes has also co-authored two AES Journal articles about stereo microphone techniques, chaired workshops on mic techniques and mixing strategies for compatible multiple releases for cinema, broadcast and home video, and has presented section meetings on stereo techniques and forensic audio. He is involved with AES standards work and currently serves on the SC-03-12 Working Group on Forensic Audio and SC-04-04 Working Group on Microphone Measurement and Characterization.


Casino Baumgarten Installs iZ Technology RADAR 6

March 8th, 2013 | Posted in News, newsletter

New Westminster, BC, Canada — iZ Technology Corporation announces the latest installation of one of its new RADAR 6 systems in the famous Casino Baumgarten in Vienna, Austria.

The legendary vintage studio Casino Baumgarten is one of the few recording studios in the world that still works with the original tube equipment from the 1960s. When first built, it was outfitted with only the finest gear available at the time, including seven Neumann M269s, a Studer C37, and three Fairchild limiters. Since that time, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Austrian jazz legend Fatty George, Friedrich Gulda and the Eurojazz Orchestra, and many other legends have recorded their works in this historic environment. More »

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