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So it’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to post here, but I just got back from a weekend of AES and I need to report on the happenings.
I made it down Thursday night and stayed until the end of the program on Monday: four long days at the convention and a great time catching up with friends both living in New York and visiting for the show.
If you haven’t been to an AES convention, they’re broken up into two distinct parts: a trade show, with equipment designers and manufacturers showing off their new products, and a technical session, where industry professionals and research can share their recent work. Usually you can cover the trade show in a day, though this year it took a lot less time. Through some combination of the economy and industry politics many manufacturers did not attend; I think the most conspicuous absence was Digidesign, since they usually have a huge booth with half hourly product demos. For me the highlights here included the Shure booth, where I got to check out their new ribbon mics and visit with old colleagues, and the Grace Design booth, where they were showing off their new 500-series preamps.
The technical program was a little quieter than usually, but much more lively than the exhibit floor. Some of my personal highlights were the Max for Live presentation, the Headphone and Earphone Measurement Tutorial, David Berner’s presentation on emulation of analog hardware in DSP, and a number of papers I had a chance to catch.
I’m planning to write a bit about some of the presentations I saw, so stay posted. Also, hopefully this will be the beginning of a more regular posting schedule.
The May AES Journal just dropped, and there are a few articles that look intriguing. The first is a measure of objective speech intelligibility that will work with perceptual coding algorithms – definitely something needed since STI fails with perceptual coders. They recommend some amendments to the ITU standard to handle the perceptual encoders.
There’s an article discussing the optimum bandwidth for AM and FM broadcasting. For speech and classical music listeners preferred lower bandwidths of 5-7KHz – it seems that the lower bandwidth reduces noise from nearby channels. For listening to ‘highly compressed’ music, like rock, most listeners could not tell the difference between 7 KHz of bandwidth and 10 KHz of bandwidth… interesting. I’ve been observing the same thing recently: many people just don’t pay attention to the content above 8 KHz. It’s a shame – I think that’s my favorite part.
For loudspeaker designers there’s an article about the impact of heating in the voice coil of speakers, and the impact it has on sound level and damping. The result, as expected, is compression of the output, but the frequency response was also impacted by the damping changes.
The 127th AES Convention is going down October 9-12, 2009, back in Javits Convention Center in NY!
Quick update – the Boston Section of the Audio Engineering Society had its monthly meeting tonight. Matt McClure from Rooster Tail Productions came up from Nashville. He talked a bit about the Nashville studio model, as well as how he got to where he is. It was a great presentation, and I saw a video camera running, so I imagine it will show up on the website soon.
I spent the evening doing some reading – trying to manage the flood of ProAud discussion list emails I’ve received in the last few days, and browsing the latest AES Journal (Volume 56, Issue 12). There are a few topics I want to dive into further, but there’s never enough time. I imagine the list will continuing growing, but hopefully I’ll be able to dig into some of these topics over time:
Fractional Delay Filters (for delaying signals by non-integer multiples of the sample rate – useful in musical instrument modeling). References to follow up on:
Grounding and shield termination – the work of Jim Brown, Bill Whitlock, and Henry Ott (among others). References:
Listening Quality Tests. References:
More to follow…