To celebrate the famous city’s musical landscape, AES 119th technical tours chair Louis Manno created a program that reflects the diversity of New York and New Jersey’s pro audio community. The following is a list of technical tours available for the upcoming AES tradeshow, from October 7-10 in New York City.
“Louis Manno is a fixture of the New York City recording community,” remarked committee chair Jim Anderson. “Experienced in theater, radio broadcasting, classical music mixing and live sound, Louis is one of the most dedicated members of the AES convention committee. His work as director of the Audio History Library provides him with special insights into the amazing diversity of New York’s professional audio community. He has clearly applied that knowledge to the preparation of this year’s technical tours.”
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9 A.M.: Visit Avatar, one of New Yorks’s most reknown studios, a 33,000 square-foot space. The “Power Station” has hosted Gold and Platinum sessions for such celebrated stars as Springsteen, Clapton, Norah Jones, John Mayer and Franz Ferdinand.
9 A.M.: Check out Arup Acoustics, an international design consultancy specializing in audio visual, noise and vibration design for performing arts, recording, broadcast, sports, leisure, transportation and environmental projects.
1 P.M.: Get a rare behind-the-scenes look at The CBS Late Show With David Letterman. A showplace studio at Broadway’s historic Ed Sullivan Theater.
9 A.M.: Get up close and personal with Electric Lady Studios, In 1970, Jimi Hendrix commissioned architect John Storyk to design a recording studio in Greenwich Village. For 35 years, this landmark facility has been hosting sessions for such stars as The Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, Sheryl Crow and U2.
1 P.M.: Take a trip to Trutone Mastering, local specialists in cutting lacquer discs on vintage Neumann lathes, Trutone serve major and independent labels including Def Jam, Island and Rocafella in the enduring art of vinyl mastering.
9 A.M.: Visit Chung King Studios, a fixture in the Tribeca studio scene, has recorded hits for The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Missy Elliot and hundreds of internationally celebrated artists.
9 A.M.: Take a tour of the Sirius Satellite Radio Complex a facility epitomizing radio’s position as a 21st-century entertainment/communications staple.
1 P.M.: Go behind the scenes at Masque Sound (East Rutherford, NJ). A ½-hour bus ride from Manhattan, Masque is a long-time specialist in live sound for such Broadway shows as The Producers, Doubt and Lion King, as well as live tour sound. Its new 70,000 square-foot complex features unique “Show Zones,” which were developed to prep audio installs for entire live concert and theatrical productions.
9 A.M.: Take a taste of the Food Network, one of the city’s largest and most forward-thinking Cable TV facilities, who will share audio “samples” with you.
1 P.M.: Visit the Jazz at Lincoln Center Time-Warner building, where three diverse world-class performance venues represent the apex of acoustic design. Distinguished by a 50x90-foot (HxL) glass wall which provides a panoramic view of Central Park and Manhattan’s East Side, the 500-plus seat Alan room has become an immediate New York icon.