Peter Eastty to grace new AES NoE season

Following a successful launch season earlier this year that included a contribution by Walter Samuel (pictured), the next sequence of events will get underway on 18 October with a lecture from John Watkinson.
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Digital audio innovator Peter Eastty and Celtic Audio founder/author John Watkinson are among those set to contribute to the AES North of England group’s 2011/2012 season.

Following a successful launch season earlier this year that included a contribution by engineer/producer Walter Samuel (pictured), the next sequence of events will get underway on 18 October with a presentation by John Watkinson. Author of The Art of Digital Audio, long-term columnist for Resolution Magazine, and founder of Celtic Audio, Watkinson will explore the subject of ‘Loudspeaker Design: Tradition versus Science’. The availability of advanced materials and design tools means that the task of advanced speaker design has never been easier to accomplish, but it seems that the necessary steps are not always being taken. Watkinson will address the criteria for accurate sound reproduction and will demonstrate why these can be satisfied.

On 15 November, AES NoE will be joined by digital audio stalwart Peter Eastty. An extraordinary, 40-plus career includes stints with Electronic Music Studios (EMS) in London, composer Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM, Systems Concepts and SSL, where he developed an integrated software/hardware approach to real-time DSP that later become the basis for successful products from SSL, Oxford Digital and Sony. His current projects include the design of hardware, silicon and software for a range of pro and consumer audio companies under the auspices of Oxford Digital.

In his lecture, ‘DSP – Why So Hard?’, Eastty will reflect on the difficulties associated with audio DSP programming. By exploring examples of gross bad practice (rendered anonymous to protect the guilty!), Eastty will seek to extract some general principles useful to those who will design audio DSPs in the future.

The AES North of England group meets on the third Tuesday of each month, with all aforementioned meetings taking place at The University of Leeds, School of Music, Lecture Theatre 1. Doors open at 18:00 for an 18:30 start.

Keep up to date with all the latest information in AES North’s Newsletter by emailing chair Kerry-Anne Kubisa at



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