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AES Hosts 56th International Conference on Audio for Games Conference in London

February 9th, 2015 | Posted in News, newsletter

The Audio Engineering Society is hosting its fourth conference dedicated to audio for games, to be held on 11th-13th February 2015, London, UK.

The nature of game-audio continues to evolve. As high-power console platforms mature, developers still seek to get the most from their DSP, tools and workflow. Handheld platforms such as tablets and phones offer new technical and sound design challenges, development workflows and game-play opportunities that drive the technology in different ways. Gaming is by its very nature an interactive experience, and game development highly multi-disciplinary, and we would like the conference program to reflect this. More »

Program of Events Is Announced for the Audio Engineering Society’s 57th International Conference on the Future of Audio Entertainment Technology

February 9th, 2015 | Posted in News, newsletter

The Audio Engineering Society, which will host its 57th International Conference on Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Hollywood, California, has published its preliminary Program of Events centered on the conference’s theme – the Future of Audio Entertainment Technology. This conference brings together top researchers, acousticians and engineers to address the current and future audio needs of cinema, television and online media. Scheduled to take place at the renowned TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, the Program will cover a range of timely topics for professional audio, including audio design for cinema, low-frequency management, immersive and 3-D audio, object-based workflow and more. Co-chaired by Brian McCarty and Dr. Sean Olive, the program will delve deeply into the growing number of disparate audio formats and chart a course for the delivery of these formats to the consumer – in the cinema, at home, or from their online devices.

Following the keynote address on Friday morning by Avid Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Louis Hernandez, Jr. Dr. Floyd Toole will give the presentation “Acoustics for the Theater and Home – Moving Forward on a Foundation of Common Acoustical Science.” Program areas for the day will include papers that explore how film sound is evolving, including “Audibility of Comb-Filtering Due to Cinema Screens” (Holland, Newell, et al.); “Electro-acoustic measurements on cinema B chains in Australia” (Murphy, Krix); and “Equalizing Effects of Perforated Movie Screens and the Future” (Leembruggen). Workshops that also hone in on cinema sound issues are those on Dialog Intelligibility, with presentations by David L. Smith of Bose Corporation and Academy Award-winning sound designer and film sound mixer Lon Bender.

New fields of sound technology are also well represented at the 57th International Conference; the presentations on Sunday, March 8, will be entirely dedicated to the study of immersive sound, with panels and papers such as “Cinema Immersive Audio” co-sponsored by the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), and “nouvOson: Public Radio Distribution of Immersive Audio” (Radio France). The implications of low-frequency energy (LFE) across all content distribution platforms will also be examined in the workshop “Low Frequency Issues: Cinema/Home/Internet,” featuring input from acousticians from Charles M. Salter Associates, NASA and Sydney University. Three separate papers — “Low-Frequency Sound Insulation in Post Production” (Miyar, Begault); “Enhanced LF Sound Reproduction in Cinemas” (Hill, et al.); and “Considerations for the Generation and Measurement of Low Frequency Effects in Cinema Rooms” (Newell, Holland) — further underscore the importance of LFE in modern audio content. In all, the conference’s three days will offer information and insight into the new corners that audio is already turning.

“This conference will explore the latest issues facing audio professionals today in regards to cinema, television, online content and more,” stated Bob Moses, AES Executive Director. “AES continues to provide the most comprehensive information for our members and attendees of events such as the Future of Audio Entertainment Technology Conference, and it continues to support our mission – If it’s about audio, it’s at AES.”

For information on the AES 57th Conference on The Future of Audio Entertainment Technology, as well as further Registration, Travel and Technical Program information, visit http://www.aes.org/conferences/57/.

About the Audio Engineering Society

The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 and now counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

PMC Launches twotwo sub2 Active Subwoofer and Showcases the New QB1-A

February 9th, 2015 | Posted in News, newsletter

UK-based reference monitor manufacturer PMC is launching a new addition to its twotwo range of active nearfields, and is also offering the mighty QB1-A large-scale studio monitor, launched in Los Angeles in Autumn 2014.

The new twotwo sub2 is a subwoofer designed to complement the twotwo range, providing greater headroom and dynamics than its smaller sibling, the twotwo sub1. The new sub2 is a low-distortion, active subwoofer featuring PMC’s unique ATL™ bass-loading technology, Class-D amplification and DSP-based filtering and bass management, which extends bass output significantly with negligible harmonic distortion. The sub2 also features a highly rigid, braced cabinet, ensuring that unwanted colouration is reduced to inaudible levels. More »

USITT 2015 Brings Theatre Tech Industry to Cincy in March

February 9th, 2015 | Posted in News, newsletter

Over 5,000 people and 250 exhibitors in theatre and live entertainment design and tech industry will fill Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Convention Center for USITT’s 55th Annual Conference & Stage Expo March 18-21.

The show is an inspiring combination of presentations and training with some the best and brightest minds in theatre technology, and a giant trade show of live entertainment innovations, products, and resources.

2015 highlights include:

  • Stage Expo will be bigger than ever, with over 250 exhibitors occupying 40,000 square feet of floor space – including 40 new or returning for the first time in years. Exhibitors include DiGiCo, Yamaha Commercial Audio, Meyer Sound, Anchor Audio, Shure, Point Source Audio, and more!
  • LSI Loudspeaker Demos

Live Sound International magazine brings a unique opportunity to compare the latest in loudspeaker systems with its LSI Loudspeaker Demos. A dedicated 120-by-80-foot listening area will allow audio technicians to evaluate several speaker systems side by side as they play the same tracks. LSI has held the demos to great acclaim at WFX (the Worship Facilities Expo). Reps of participating speaker companies will be on hand for the hour-long demos to answer questions. Audio professionals considering upgrading or enhancing their systems will value this experience.

  • Over 200 sessions to hone technical skills, explore new ideas, teach best practices, network with pros, and promote your craft. Sound sessions include Video Game Tools & New Approaches to Theatrical Sound Design, Sound Creation Techniques, Measurement & Logging of Sound Pressure Level, Makers Audio, and the Guerilla Sound Challenge, in which volunteer sound designers respond to a stimulus using only sounds recorded and processed in the four hours between stimulus and playback.

Find out more about these and other exciting opportunities planned for USITT 2015 at www.usittshow.org.

iZotope RX Helps Top Nashville Producer/Engineer Duo Keep the Best Takes

February 9th, 2015 | Posted in News, newsletter

Nashville producer Buddy Cannon and his longtime audio engineer Tony Castle have worked with renowned artists like Kenny Chesney, Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, Willie Nelson, and many more. One essential tool in their workflow is RX 4, which allows them to neutralize a range of audio issues so they can utilize the artist’s best take.

Since 2007, Cannon and Castle have recorded six of Willie Nelson’s albums. Cannon says that when Nelson records a song, each of Willie’s vocal and guitar takes has its own magical moments. He and Castle needed to find a creative tool that would allow them to salvage great performances that are marred by pops, squeaks, or inconsistent proximity range. They discovered that iZotope RX allows them to save a lot of performances that would otherwise have been unusable for technical reasons. More »

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