Special Hands-On, All Access Workshops Set for AES New York 2019

October 9 2019, 00:40
The AES New York 2019 Pro Audio Convention has slated two hands-on training workshops on the final day of the Convention, October 19, the day after the exhibition closes. Attendees will have the opportunity to experiment with dedicated hardware and software tools during these limited-seating All Access workshops, covering the latest cutting-edge tools and technologies in immersive audio production and audio repair and restoration. 

The 147th International Audio Engineering Society Convention will host an “Ambisonics Tools for Immersive Audio Capture and Post-Production” workshop from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Presenters will be Ianina Canalis (National University of Lanus), Brian Glasscock (Sennheiser), Andres A. Mayo (@360MusicLab) and Martin Muscatello (@360MusicLab).

This hands-on workshop will give 45 participants the opportunity to learn every step in Ambisonics production – from recording with the AMBEO VR Mic, to mixing in Virtual Reality with Dear Reality tools, to playback options for the spatial content. Participants can discover and experiment with both hardware and software. In addition to the technical aspects of production, the workshop will also explore the artistic questions that mixing engineers face in 3D, and answer participants’ questions.

“Over the past three years, immersive audio production tools have evolved considerably, allowing producers to combine them in a million creative ways.” shares AES Past President and “Ambisonics Tools for Immersive Audio Capture and Post-Production” workshop co-presenter Mayo. “This workshop will provide an in-depth explanation of how Ambisonics works, and how it can be a central element in an immersive audio production workflow.” 

Attendees will be able to experiment with dedicated hardware and software tools during the workshop and be guided through the entire process of capturing, processing, mixing and multiplexing audio and video in 360 degrees for multiple purposes, such as YouTube and Facebook music videos, Virtual Reality, and 360° documentaries.

Repair and Restoration
Additionally, focusing on essential skills that let the modern engineer deal with a broad range of audio challenges, the workshop “Audio Repair and Restoration for Music and Post: Build Your Skills” will follow from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Leading the workshop will be David Barber (Juniper Post – Burbank), Alexey Lukin,(iZotope), Jessica Thompson (Jessica Thompson Audio - Berkeley, CA) and Jonathan Wyner (M Works Mastering/iZotope/Berklee College of Music). 

AES’s next President-Elect Wyner, co-presenter for the workshop “Audio Repair and Restoration for Music and Post: Build Your Skills” notes that “Single-ended noise reduction and audio repair tools have evolved during the past 35 years to the point that they have become an integral part of the work and workflows across audio disciplines. Workshop attendees will be led through an overview of the various sorts of technologies, techniques, and strategies used to solve audio challenges in music and audio post.” 

The workshop will include exercises designed to help participants develop their skills in audio repair and restoration for post and music applications. Among other topics, the workshop will address how to manipulate an audio spectrogram to problem solve more quickly and effectively, choosing noise reduction and repair technology to achieve the best results, best practices for repair sequencing, pre-treating signals to achieve best noise removal and aesthetic considerations in music and dialogue editing examples.

Preregistration is required for these events, as is Convention All Access registration (either four-, two- or one-day All Access registration, valid for October 19). Tickets for each workshop are $75 (member) and $125 (non-member) and can be purchased on-line through the Convention registration portal. 
Attendees must supply their own laptop and headphones for these unique learning experiences and must download and preload session resources. Seating is limited. All Access Advance Registration pricing and options and workshop registration is available through 11:00 pm EDT, October 14, with AES Members and Students receiving significant savings on badge registration. 

Sennheiser and Neumann Demos
The Sennheiser and Neumann booth (#724) will also showcase Sennheiser wireless, AMBEO recording gear, VR/AR mixing software from Dear Reality as well as Neumann mics, the full line of KH series monitors plus the NDH 20 studio monitoring headphones. While Dear Reality will demo its award-winning dearVR SPATIAL CONNECT software and the upcoming multi-channel feature of dearVR PRO at the booth, Sennheiser’s Dave Missall and a series of guest presenters will put the Neumann monitor line through its paces in a dedicated demo room (#1E04). The room is fitted with a 7.1.4 loudspeaker set-up with KH 310, KH 420 and KH 870 models plus a stereo configuration with KH 310, KH 120 and KH 80 DSP monitor loudspeakers. High-profile mixing, recording and mastering engineers will be playing their immersive audio content each day and present their approach to engineering for Immersive. Two sessions are dedicated to presenting the Neumann speaker line.

The demo room schedule in detail:

Wednesday, October 16
11 a.m. – 12 noon: Neumann monitor speaker presentation
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Morten Lindberg
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Andres Mayo
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Jim Anderson

Thursday, October 17
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Jim Anderson
12 noon – 1 p.m.: Elliot Scheiner/Gavin Lurssen
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Michael Bishop
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Michael Romanowski

Friday, October 18
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Neumann monitor speaker presentation
11 a.m. – 12 noon: Lasse Nipkow
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Eric Schilling
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Darcy Proper/Ronald Prent

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Further detail on the “Ambisonics Tools for Immersive Audio Capture and Post-Production” workshop, including computer requirements and asset download information, can be found at www.aes.org/events/147/ambisonics/

Further detail on the “Audio Repair and Restoration for Music and Post: Build Your Skills” workshop, including computer requirements and asset download information,  can be found at www.aes.org/events/147/restoration/
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