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127th AES Convention Announces Workshops, Tutorials

127th AES Committee Workshop & Tutorials Chair Alex Case

In an atmosphere charged with new ideas and bristling with the introduction of revolutionary and evolutionary technologies, AES Convention Workshops and Tutorials cover an extremely broad agenda. “Balancing an advanced Workshops’ program with more fundamental Tutorial presentations is a demanding challenge,” remarks 127th AES Convention Committee Chair Agnieszka Roginska. “As an educator [University of Massachusetts, Lowell], author, engineer, and producer, Workshop & Tutorials Chair Alex Case has drawn from his vast reservoir of industry knowledge and sources to develop a singularly broad and ambitious program.”

Highlights of the 22 Workshop and seven Tutorial presentations include:

“1080P and MP3: We Got the Picture. What Happened to the Sound?” Discussion panel chair Michael Fremer and a panel that includes John Atkinson, Steve Berkowitz, Greg Calbi, Alan Douches, Bob Ludwig and EveAnna Manley will examine incongruity between video’s leap from 480i 4:3 to 1080P 16:9.

“Blu-ray as a High Resolution Audio Format for Stereo and Surround.” Discussion panel chair Stefan Bock and his panel will examine Blu-ray as the only HD media format offering up to eight channels of uncompressed high resolution audio, a decision that has eliminated a major obstacle in bringing high-res stereo and surround sound music to the market.

“What Will Perceptual Audio Coding Stand for 20 Years from Now?” Chaired by Anibal Ferreira of ATC Labs, this workshop focuses on how new trends are likely to reshape the meaning and scope of Perceptual Audio Coding (PAC) over the next 20 years.

“Can 21st Century Technology Outdo the Audio Achievements of the 20th?” Chair, Terry Manning of Compass Point Studios, and an expert panel will discuss the criteria that made classic gear great, and explore how the designs and philosophies that created and implemented them will continue to evolve.

“Audio Myths—Defining What Affects Audio Reproduction.” Discussion panel chair Ethan Winer (RealTraps) and panelists will probe ongoing arguments over the value of ultra-high sample rates and bit depths; and the importance of dither, clock jitter, and ultra-low distortion.

“Pimp Your Mix.” Grammy Award–winning mixers Bassy Bob Brockmann (Christina Aguilera, Babyface, Fugees) and Ryan West (Rihanna, Kanye West, John Legend) bring a key feature of their popular seminar to the AES Convention.

“Max for Live.” Discussion panel chair Yukio King of Ableton AG and a panel of industry leaders will explore the integration of Max/MSP/Jitter into the Ableton Live platform and how it is designed to expand the possibilities of digital audio workstation software.

“Virtual Haydn: Recording and Performing in Virtual Acoustics.” Chair, Wieslaw Woszczyk (McGill University) and a distinguished panel will celebrate the Hayden Bicentenary by revealing how a leading keyboardist, producer, and virtual acoustics architect collaborated on the first application of “virtual acoustics” for the recording of Virtual Haydn, released this year on four Blu-ray discs by Naxos.

For comprehensive abstracts of the entire Workshop and Tutorial program, visit the detailed Calendar of Events.

The 127th AES Convention will be held at New York City’s Javits Convention Center October 9–12, 2009. For more information, visit

Audio professionals can attend the upcoming 127th AES Convention in New York (October 9 to 12, 2009) with a complimentary “Exhibits Only” VIP registration courtesy of Mix magazine.

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