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Extensive seminar programme at AES Europe

Game audio trends and the recording legacy of Phil Spector will be among the topics under consideration when the 130th AES Convention takes place from 13-16 May at the Novotel London West Convention Centre.

Game audio trends and the recording legacy of controversial producer Phil Spector will be among the topics under consideration when the 130th AES Convention takes place from 13-16 May at the Novotel London West Convention Centre.

The programme will open with a Keynote Presentation from BBC radio documentary presenter and educator, Trevor Cox, entitled ‘Sounding Places, Past and Present: How Spaces Affect the Sounds We Make and Hear.’

The technical programme will incorporate more than 140 papers in 13 lecture and 8 poster sessions. Topics to be covered will include speech and hearing, loudspeakers, live and interactive sound, room acoustics, audio signal processing and analysis, and subjective evaluation.

Workshop/tutorial events will address subjects including panning for multichannel loudspeaker systems and emerging trends in game audio, while the broadcast events programme will focus on the Eurovision Song Contest and loudness in broadcasting, among other topics.

There will also be a number of special sessions, including an AES/MPG event entitled ‘Where Does the Buck Stop? QC in the Manufacturing Chain’. MPG director Tony Platt, Sonoris Audio Engineering founder Pieter Stenekes and Air Mastering’s chief mastering engineer, Ray Staff, are among those who will focus on the challenges posed by a new industry model in which artists, small labels and producers are dealing directly with manufacturers on a more frequent basis. The session will also launch the Mastering Section of the MPG, which will ultimately yield a best practice specification.

In addition, a joint AES/APRS session will consider the recording legacy of controversial producer Phil Spector, drawing on examples from his Wall of Sound heyday to later production jobs with artists including The Ramones.

The Tech Tours component of the event will include visits to BBC Broadcasting House, British Grove Studios, the British Library Sound Archive and the Royal Opera House.

Neutrik, Fraunhofer, Schoeps, Nagra Kudelski, Microtech Gefell, Focusrite, RTW and KMR Audio are among the companies who will appear in the exhibition section, which AES executive director Roger Furness admits will be “smaller this year, partly due to the economic situation.”

Summing up, Furness concluded: “I would guess that most of our potential attendees did not receive invitations to The Royal Wedding. The money you’ve all saved on purchasing suitable gifts for the Royal Couple will easily cover your trip to the 130th AES Convention in London, where you will have the good fortune to rub elbows and share ideas with your peers, the A-list luminaries of the pro-audio industry.”

The 130st Audio Engineering Convention will be held at the Novotel London West Convention Center, May 13-16, 2011. Advance registration for the full programme and exhibition is offered at a reduced fee. For full details on AES 130, please visit www.aes.org/events/130/

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