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117th AES Convention Workshops Run Gamut

From testing automobile audio quality to recording in the wild (September 21, 2004)

Offering a range of topics stretching from the esoteric to the conventional, the 117th AES Convention Workshops exemplify the diversity of the Audio Engineering Society membership. Convention Chair John Strawn reports that Workshop Co-Chairs Christopher Struck and David Harris have coordinated, ?an extraordinary program of fourteen Workshops. Attendees will benefit from the hands-on experience and carefully researched findings of some of the worlds most imaginative engineers, designers, consultants and educators, Strawn said. The convention will be held at The Moscone Center, Oct. 28 31, 2004.

Scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 28, TESTING CAR AUDIO QUALITY will include a series of unique evaluation clinics of high quality 5.1 automobile audio and movie playback systems. Chaired by Tim Nind of Harman-Becker (UK), the workshop will explore design, data analysis and dependency of system architecture. Results of these clinics will be reported at the 118th AES Convention in Barcelona in May, 2005.

FIELD RECORDING IN THE WILD, also scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 28, will address the rapidly disappearing natural soundscapes which comprise one of our planets most fragile acoustic constituencies. Chaired by Bernie Krause, field recordist with Wild Sanctuary, Glen Ellen, CA, the Workshop will explore extraordinary measures employed to capture these precious audible environments.

On Friday, Oct. 29, Mark Davis of Dolby Laboratories, Inc., SF will chair SPATIAL CODING OF SURROUND SOUND, A PROGRESS REPORT: The rise in popularity of surround sound has resulted in a duality of formats. As both stereo and 5.1 now enjoy wide acceptance, it has become necessary to implement a common data format. The Workshop will provide an overview of the principles of such systems and examine some of the primary problems and solutions of systems currently under development.

Sunday, Oct. 31 Dana Massie Waves, Inc., London will chair FUTURE CHALLENGES FOR THE ALL-SOFTWARE STUDIO: SCALABILITY, STABILITY, USABILITY. With the rapid maturity of the all-software studio the engineers fundamental mode of interaction has changed drastically. Todays studio modules are frequently plug-ins which enable the creation of digital effects with an ease and quality that has no counterpart in the analog world. The Workshop will explore issues ranging from an operating system crash in the middle of a billable session to how a pro studio can incrementally add more processing power and, obstacles to entry for new engineers.

Additional 117th AES Convention Workshops include:

High Resolution Audio In An Age of Universal Playback
Firewire In Studios Benefits And Challenges
Mastering For Low Bit-Rate Perceptual CODECS
How We Made Games In The Hallway Rock!
Architectural Acoustics for Film & Broadcast Studios
Which Audio Recording & Storage Medium for What Purpose
The Power of Loudspeaker Models
Signal Processing and Hearing Aids
The Role of Multiple Low-Frequency Signals in the Perception of
Reproduced Sound
Lossless Audio Coding: MPEG & De-Facto Standards

A complete schedule of AES 117th Convention events may be found at:

About AES
Formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers, the Audio Engineering Society counts over 12,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The AES serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information on the AES 117th Convention please visit


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