Annual Boston AES Family Cookout 2014

Help us hang out and make the AES proud!

How else can you do so much by doing so little?

Join us on Sun. July 27th from 1-5pm for the Annual Boston AES Family Cookout, hosted by Dave Moulton at his place in the country ­ 39 Ames Rd., Groton, MA. 01450

Food and Drink will be provided but you may bring anything you wish.

Dave’s place has 25 acres of meadows, trails in the woods, an elaborate stone garden with stereo(!) waterfalls and (new for 2013) large hanging bell arrays (wind chimes on steroids), plus a heated swimming pool (using a very mild salt solution, not chlorine, as the filtering agent).  It’s really nice!  The place is kid-friendly, frisbee friendly and just generally a nice place to hang!  Feel free to bring family or friends.  Anyone wishing to use the pool should bring their own towels. Additional chairs will also be helpful.

For those of you who are interested, there’s also Dave’s surround listening room.  Bring a CD for fun!


To get there:

1A.  From most of Boston:  Make your way to Route 2 westbound.  Proceed west past Route 128 and bypass Concord, proceeding to I-495.  Go north on I-495 (or east, whichever it says). You want to get to Exit 31, the intersection of I-495 and Route 119 in Littleton, MA.

1B.  From the North, South or West:  Make your way to I-495.  Go to Exit 31, the intersection of I-495 and Route 119 in Littleton, MA.

2.  Proceed west on Route 119 from I-495, toward Groton.

3.  Pass the intersection where Route 225 joins Route 119 (about 3 miles from I-495).

4.  Pass Gay Road (on right) and MRM Associates (red barn on left) (about another 2 miles from I-495).

5.  Turn Right onto Ames Road (careful ­ it comes up quick, and it’s a fairly sharp and steep drop-off turn to the right just after curves on 119, just past MRM Associates).

5A.  If you come to Johnson’s Drive-In on the left or a golf course on the right, turn around ­ you’ve gone too far.

6.  39 Ames Road (that¹s the place) is the first (and only) big yellow, white and cedar shake house on the left. Either pull in the driveway before you get to the house and walk into the garden via the covered verandah to the left of the garage, or else park in the parking area in front of the house and come up the steps through the garden gate.

If you get lost en route, call Dave at 978-448-6828.


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June’s Network Night hosted at Plaid Dog Recording

Tues. June 24th,  7pm

52 Everett St Allston MA 02134  (in Studio 52 rehearsal complex) 

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Plaid Dog Recording opened it’s doors in July of 2013, with 3 isolated recording rooms, acoustically tuned control room, and a nice collection of instruments and analog/digital equipment. Mike Davidson, owner/producer/engineer, will be hosting the event. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

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Annual Boston AES Banquet featuring Ken Caillat


with Ken Caillat

Tues, Jul 15, 2014 6:00 PM

Henderson House, 99 Westcliff Road, Weston, MA

Admission $45

Includes: Cocktails, h’orderves, Buffet-style dinner w/ dessert & coffee

There will be raffle prizes and Ken will be available to sign copies of his book “Making Rumours” which will be available for purchase at the event.

Payment should be prepaid by Thursday July 10th. Our preferred payment is Paypal. Enter name(s) and select buy now below. *No need to have a Paypal account, after entering name and qty, select “Don’t have a Paypal account” then enter Credit Card info*

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Ken Caillat’s recordings have sold over 50 million copies. His record production and engineering efforts earned him numerous Grammy nominations and include an Album of the Year Grammy and Best Engineered Album Grammy Nomination for Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, the third largest selling album of all time. In addition to engineering and producing other Fleetwod Mac titles; Tusk, Mirage, Live, and The Chain Box Set, his credits also include such stars as Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd and Michael Jackson as well as Christine McVie’s solo album, In the Meantime (2002), her first album in over 10 years.

Ken has also been a director, author and musician. In 2012 he released his memoir on his experiences co-producing and engineering the 1977 Rumours album, called “Making Rumours”.

He is the father of singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat and worked to develop and promote her singing career. He became Executive Producer, co-producer and co-mixer for his daughter’s Platinum selling album, Coco for UMG Music (2007), Breakthrough (2009) #1 record on Billboard Record Charts, and All of You (2011).

In 2012 Ken founded Sleeping Giant Records, so he could help other talented kids like Colbie to make a career in music. In 2014 Sleeping Giant media Group closed a deal with Alcon Entertainment, to provide his music to Alcon’s films and Television, starting with Johnny Depp’s Sci-Fi thriller, “Trancendence” and the touching film “Dolphin Tale 2”.

2014 looks like it will be a banner year.  Sleeping Giant has announced plans to open weekend conferences called Artist-Max Professional Artist Development Workshops. Slated for 2015 The opening of Landmark Music Education, a non-profit post graduate Mentor driven Landmark Performing Arts Academy will be the first U.S based Finishing school for recording and the performing arts.

In 1989-1997, Ken was co-founder and president of Highway One Media Entertainments, dedicated to create CD-Roms for the new interactive computer media market with clients that included Microsoft, Apple, Intel, Warner Records, the Estate of Elvis Presley and Angel/EMI Records. Highway One created over 200 hit CD-Roms.

1998-2003, Ken founded and was the president of 5.1 Entertainment Group Digital Production Services, which has worked on 5.1 DVD Audio conversions of albums for Billy Idol, Frank Sinatra, Pat Benatar, Wilson Phillips, the Beach Boys, Herbie Hancock, David Becker Tribune and Alice Cooper, in addition to Fleetwood Mac, remastering in 5.1 DVD audio format. Ken has mixed over 200 songs in 96k/24bit 5.1 six channel music from original multi-track sources including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Beach Boys, Pat Benetar, Wilson Philips, Fleetwood Mac, Herbie Hancock and Alice Cooper.

In 2003 Ken sold 5.1 Entertainment and formed Xepa Digital, to begin the first exclusive audio preservation company. They began working with clients such as Warner Records, Universal Music, BMG, and Sony. During his time there, they preserved more than 10,000 tapes. In 2006 Xepa Digital was purchased by Iron Mountain Inc.


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May’s Network Night hosted at Northeastern University

Tuesday May 27th, 7pm

458 Ryder Hall – Critical Listening Room

Boston MA 02115

Leon Janikian, Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Industry and  Lou Clark of Sonic Space will be available for a discussion of the facilities and a few of the issues that surfaced during the construction.

Northeastern University has for over 20 years included a Music Industry degree as an option for Music majors. Currently the program is by far the largest of our majors with over 250 majors over the typically 5-year course of study to complete a degree.

While not running a major in music production and recording, courses related to the field have always been offered as part of our over 20 Music Industry electives. In support of the courses, and now a new Minor in Audio Recording and Production, which includes Recording I, II, and III we determined to build a new critical listening room to interface with our three recording venues.

The family of a recent graduate donated a significant sum to fund the design and construction of the room. Housed in an existing Music Dept classroom, Lou Clark from Sonic Space was hired to design and oversee the construction of the new facility. The room currently is the base for our Recording I and Recording III classes, and often is used for student mixing projects and personal use.

The room is designed to be a 5.1 facility with Genelec 8040 speakers in every location. It is currently running ProTools 10 with plugins from UA, McDSP, Waves, Sonnox, and others. You will see that visual monitoring is on two 65 Vizio units and has been well received by our students.


The room is located at 458 Ryder Hall on the Northeastern University campus a map of campus is provided as a link here:  

Ryder Hall is shown as building 24 on the map. Metered street parking is available on Parker St, near West Village and on Huntington Ave. near Forsyth St. 


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“Life on the Bleeding Edge” by John Newton & Staff

A discussion of very high resolution music recording and post-production. 

When: Tue, May 13, 2014,  7- 10 PM

Where: Sound Mirror – 76 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

The event will be divide attendees into three groups, featuring a demonstration in each of the post-production rooms. Each demo will be repeated three times so that everyone can hear and ask questions after each of the demos presented. Doors will open at 6:30pm, discussions and demonstrations will begin at 7pm and run through 9pm.



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April’s Networking Night hosted at Zippah Recording

Tuesday April 29th, 7pm
185 Corey Rd, Boston, Ma. 02135

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John Storyk – Tour/Presentation of Berklee College of Music’s New Audio Education Complex

Thurs. April 17, 7pm

Steve Heck Room  1140 Boylston Street, Boston  

(located at Boylston and Hemenway).  The room is directly opposite the main entrance.

Photo:  Rendering of Berklee 160 Mass Live Room designed by WSDG 

John Storyk will lead an AES Boston Section tour of what looms as one of the largest, most technically advanced and innovative professional audio teaching /production/ performances ever built.   In design and construction for over three years, this two full floor, 14,000 sq. ft. component of a new $100 million, 16-story building, represents the heart and raison d’être for the Berklee College of Music’s next generation audio education program.

With nine studios, including a cutting edge 1300 sq. ft. recording/mixing suite; a 700 sq. ft. Dolby Atmos™ Dubbing Stage and a 400 sq. ft. (self-contained Sweet Spot) Mastering/Critical Listening Lab the new complex is being readied for formal opening in June.

In addition to touring the audio teaching/production/complex the AES tour will also visit the 400-seat ‘Berklee Café.’ Distinguished by a commanding floor to ceiling glass wall overlooking Massachusetts Ave, and originally conceived as a student-dining hall, the Café was repurposed early in the design phase as a performance venue with full audio/ video connectivity to the studio complex.

The AES tour will include a review of the initial conceptualization process as well as the design construction and systems integration facets of the project.  Note, System integration encompassed routing, running and connecting upwards of 100,000 feet of analog audio, video, CAT-6 and speaker wire with over 30,000 connections via 5500+ connectors.

As an aspiring musician and architecture student at Princeton and Columbia Universities, John Storyk’s career has followed a natural pursuit of his two favorite subjects. Forty years on, his occupational inclinations have produced the design and construction of over 3000 world-class audio and video production facilities, recording studios, radio stations, corporate media and conference rooms, educational, sports and entertainment facilities, clubs, and theaters.  His work includes private studios for Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys.

John Storyk’s first commission was for Jimi Hendrix in 1969.  That studio, Electric Lady, continues to churn out hit records today in its original site in NY’s Greenwich Village. Storyk’s more recent credits range from multi‑million dollar recording facilities in Kuala Lumpur to NY’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, Le Poisson Rouge and 54 Below, to studios in Argentina, Brazil, Europe and China. His 2011 Jungle City, a $6+ million NYC ‘Destination Studio’ was featured in the NY Times and Vanity Fair.

WSDG Broadcast facility design credits include architecture and/or audio-acoustic planning and design for CBS, WNET, Food Network, TSR Broadcasting, Geneva; UPC Broadcasting, Amsterdam; VGTRK – Public Broadcasting/Moscow; and, in partnership with ARTEC Consultants, the audio studios at Jazz At Lincoln Center, now operating as XM Broadcasting facilities. WSDG has also designed distance-learning facilities for Hunter College (NYC), the experimental Ross School in East Hampton, NY, the $6.8 million NYU James L. Dolan Recording/Teaching/Research Complex, and the recently completed Berklee Valencia and soon to be completed Berklee Boston campus where he also serves as an adjunct professor.

John Storyk is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Audio Engineering Society (AES).  He is a frequent contributor to AES Convention Panels and Papers.  A recipient of the AES Fellowship Award, he lectures at schools around the U.S. and has established courses in acoustics at Yale University, Columbia, NYU, Ex’Pression College, SF; Full Sail Center, Orlando; and Berklee College of Music in Boston where he is currently adjunct professor of Acoustics and Studio Design.

The Walters-Storyk Design Group is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design.  WSDG maintains a staff of fifty designers and engineers, and offices in NY, SF, LA, Miami, Beijing, Basel, Switzerland; Buenos Aires, Germany, Spain, Belo Horizonte, Brazil Mumbai, India and St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Studio of the Future: 2020–2050

Thurs. March 27,  7 pm,  Devlin Hall – Room 026  Boston College

A brief look at the evolution of audio electronics, a theory of innovation, and a sweeping vision for the next forty years of audio production technology. Informed by the growth theories of Moore, Cray, and Kurzweil, we project the next forty years of professional audio products, production techniques, and delivery formats.

John La Grou is founder and chair of POW-r Consortium, the world’s leading digital-audio bit-length reduction algorithms, used annually on roughly 1/3 of all CDs and audio downloads (licensed by Apple, Avid, etc.). “If you listen to music, you listen to POW-r.”

He is founder and CEO of Millennia Media, a world leader in the design of audio electronics for critical acoustic music. Roughly half of all major Hollywood film scores are recorded via Millennia electronics. Over 50,000 Millennia channels are in use worldwide. Millennia has received 30+ major industry awards and was recently selected by the U.S. Library of Congress to design and manufacture a new generation of archiving electronics for converting the Library’s collection of 3 million legacy audio recordings (of every conceivable historic format) onto high resolution digital storage.


FROM POINTS NORTH AND SOUTH: Take Interstate 95 (Route 128) to Exit 24 (Route 30). Proceed east on Route 30, also known as Commonwealth Avenue, and follow for about five miles to Boston College.

FROM POINTS WEST: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Exit 17. At the first set of lights after the exit ramp, take a right onto Centre Street. Follow Centre Street to the fourth set of lights, and turn left onto Commonwealth Avenue. Follow Commonwealth Avenue 1-1/2 miles to Boston College.

FROM DOWNTOWN BOSTON: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Exit 17. Take a left over the bridge after passing the Sheraton Tara Hotel. Take the first right onto Centre Street. Follow above directions from Centre Street.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The Boston College branch of the MBTA’s “Green Line” (B) ends at the Boston-Newton boundary on Commonwealth Avenue

Devlin Hall is located in the center of the Chestnut Hill Campus. Parking is available in the Commonwealth Ave Garage for a minimal price. The entrance for Room 026 is in the rear of Devlin hall. Parking on Commonwealth Ave is also FREE!

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Boston AES January Network Night Hosted by Andy Edelstein

When: Thurs. Jan. 30, 7-10p

Where: 380 Pleasant St. (Rt.60), Belmont MA 02478

Parking: Some parking at the house but maneuvering might be tricky. Probably best to park on Scott Rd. (directly across Pleasant St. from the house). 

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Annual Boston AES Holiday Party

Join the Boston Section of the Audio Engineering Society at our annual Holiday Party. The party is hosted by John Weston of Futura Productions. It is a great time to meet new people, listen to the projects Futura has been working on. Feel free to bring a project to share. Food and beverages will be provided.

When: Tue, Dec 10, 2013,  7:00 – 10:00 PM

Where: Futura Productions
4 Belgrade Ave, Roslindale, MA 02131

Sponsored by:






Featuring a state-of-the-art recording studio located in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, Futura Productions handles a variety of projects from all over the world.
Home to the most advanced recording facility in New England, Futura Productions features a spacious control room containing one of the nation’s largest ProTools systems, acoustics for stereo and 5.1 surround sound, mastering quality monitoring, a large format (128 input) moving fader mixing surface with automation and recall of every mix parameter, a dizzying array of outboard gear ranging from vintage analog to modern high end digital, a comprehensive mic collection, and analog or 24 bit digital multitrack and mixdown capability. Film/TV and video game scoring and mix-to-pix projects are displayed in high-definition on the 100″ screen.
Recording ensembles of up to 60 musicians or 100 vocalists is easily handled in the live room, which measures an enormous 60′ by 38′ with a 22′ arched ceiling. This former Masonic lodge is the largest studio recording space in New England. It features a great ambient room sound with concert hall acoustics, 2 isolation rooms, and a 9′ Steinway CD327 concert grand piano. This magnificent piano features the “Hamburg” action and is widely considered to be one of the finest recording pianos on the east coast.
All styles, from pop to rock, classical, jazz, acappella, folk, electronica, dance, hip-hop, world music and gospel are welcome here. Whether you want to record a new album, or music for a film, TV show, or video game, Futura Productions can handle it. We have worked with numerous platinum level producers and engineers such as Lou Giordano, Bob St. John, Anthony Resta, P Diddy, and Tom Bates.
John Weston, prior to starting Futura Productions, was a co-owner of one of New England’s most successful recording studios, Metropolis Recording Studio. John has recorded and produced many projects for both major and independent record labels, and has worked with numerous platinum level producers and engineers. In 2007, John was nominated for the Latin Grammy Record of the Year for his work with Beyonce and Shakira on the song “Beautiful Liar”.

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