“Hidden” hearing loss: The search for the origin of common hearing disorders

By: Susan Rogers

Tues. September 22, 7pm

Devlin Hall – Room 026

Boston College

Abstract: Hearing loss is measured in audiograms that plot responses to pure tones. Recent experiments with animals have uncovered a type of cochlear neuropathy that may explain the origin of hearing abnormalities such as tinnitus, hyperacusis, and difficulty perceiving speech in noise often experienced by persons with “normal” audiograms. These abnormalities may signal developmental stages of noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) caused by cochlear neuropathy. Moderate and high stress levels are implicated in the vulnerability of the cochlea to auditory damage.

Susan Rogers holds a doctorate in Cognitive Psychology, program in Behavioral Neuroscience, from McGill University (2010).  Prior to her science career Susan was a multiplatinum-earning record producer, recording engineer and mixer.  She is currently an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, Boston, where she teaches music cognition, psychoacoustics, record production, and audio engineering.

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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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August Network Night Hosted at Mortal Music Recording

Tuesday,August 25, 7-10pm

50 Terminal Street
Bldg 2, Suite 316
Charlestown, MA 02129

www.mortalmusic.net

(617) 242-4344

Directions/Parking

50 Terminal Street is a pair of 8 story buildings called the Charlestown Commerce Center. Mortal is in Building 2, the one on the right with the big loading dock. Swing around to the right of the loading dock and you'll find plenty of parking, you will NOT need a parking pass. The entrance to the building is halfway down, look for the blue awning.

About the Studio

Mortal Music has been serving the local scene for about 25 years. Our focus has been on original music, singer-songwriter, rock, country, alt folk, experimental psycho-billy and jazz. Did I miss a genre? oh well.

 

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Annual Boston AES Family Cookout 2015

Help us hang out and make the AES proud!

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

Join us on Sun. August 9th from 1-5pm for the Annual Boston AES Family Cookout, hosted by Owen Curtin in Lexington, MA. No Rain Date.

Bring the kids and go for a swim. Owen lives next to “The Old Res”. It is a clean pond with life guards and a sandy beach.  $6 to get in for non-residents. There is also a swing set in his yard and toys available for young children.

We well be having a raffle for new members that sign up this summer. Winner will receive a DIY.RE beginner’s bundle: it includes the reamp, line-pad, and summing mixer kits. Drawing will be September 21st.

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

To get there:

Please RSVP at the following link and you will be emailed the address and directions: http://goo.gl/forms/pRBnie2IaZ

A big thanks to our sponsors!!

 

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July Network Night Hosted at iZotope

Tues. July 28th, 7-10p

60 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

www.izotope.com

401.580.5359

About iZotope Inc.

iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. . iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®.

For the event we will offer office tours including our recently opened studio.

Parking

We are located in-between Kendal and Central on Hampshire Street. There is quarter operated meters located on Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139 only .03 miles from the office.

 

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June Network Night Hosted at Soundscape Boston

Tues. June 30th, 7-10p

355 Congress Street, 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02210

A beautiful new studio for recording your music in Boston…..
Music industry veteran Michael Moss opens the doors to Soundscape Boston, a 14-room facility… from composing suites to a 1000 sq/ft area for tracking and mixing live ensembles…
Soundscape Boston blends the best of modern and vintage instruments and equipment…. From our superbly restored 1911 Steinway Model O…. to our 1997 56-imput Soundcraft Ghost….. an immaculate mic collection….
Bringing the producing and engineering talents of Moss (3 Grammy nominations with the Soundscape team, numerous other awards and honors working with Robin Williams, Liam Neeson, Viggo Mortensen) with those of Paula Gallitano (producing and writing with Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway, Meshell N’degocello, LL Cool J, composing for Discovery Channel, HBO) and Raziel Panic (Boston EDM veteran, leader of the band You Shriek, pioneer of live music videocasts via the web in 2nd life).
Soundscape Boston has the facilities and the personnel to bring your music wonderfully to life. From a fully staffed session to an “empty” room where your engineer takes the lead, we’ll help you shape your time at Soundscape Boston into your best recording experience ever….

A map is available at our website at soundscapeboston.com <http://soundscapeboston.com> .  our address- 355 Congress Street, 3rd floor, Boston, MA  Located in the Fort Point/Seaport district just down the street from the Boston Children’s Museum.

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Hearing the past: auralization for acoustical archaeology

Hearing the past: auralization for acoustical archaeology

By: Matthew Azevedo

Tues. June 9th, 7pm

Presented at: Acentech, Inc.

Synopsis: Archaeology has progressed from a study of the physical artifacts of the past to a study of how people lived, including the soundscapes of their lives. Auralization techniques commonly used to hear the acoustical details of a space before it is built can also be used to recreate the sounds of the past. This talk will explore the modeling and production techniques used in the Paul’s Cross Project, which recreated the full soundscape of John Donne’s 1622 Gunpowder Day sermon, which included the sermon, a crowd of 5000 listeners, wind, birds, dogs, and the other sounds of early modern London.

Matt Azevedo is an acoustician, musician, and educator based in Boston, MA whose work is focused on how sound is produced, transmitted, and perceived. His current work is centered around an active consulting practice in architectural acoustics and acoustical simulation and a composition and performance practice using custom-designed analog synthesizers and loudspeaker arrays.

Matt received a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Sound Recording Technology from UMass Lowell in 1999, and then spent the next eleven years as a staff engineer at M Works Mastering studios. In 2010, he left the studio to accept a research fellowship at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a Masters in Acoustics. Currently Matt is a Consultant in Acoustics at Acentech, where he is involved in a wide range of projects, a professor at Berklee College of Music teaching acoustics, and continues his work as a mastering engineer and producer as a freelancer.

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Acentech
33 Moulton Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 499-8000

Directions to our Cambridge, MA Office

Subway:Take the red line to Alewife Station. Our office is a 10 minute walk from Alewife. Walk over the bridge, past the strip shopping malls to the Concord Avenue rotary. Turn right onto Concord Avenue and follow to the second traffic light, which is Moulton Street. Turn right on Moulton Street. Our office is 100 yards on the left side.

Bus:Take the #74 (Concord Avenue Route) or #78 bus from Harvard Square Station. After passing through the Concord Avenue rotary, exit the bus at Moulton Street, which is the second traffic light . Our office is 100 yards on the left side.

 

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The Birth of Stereophonic Recording

The Birth of Stereophonic Recording

By Dr. Toby Mountain

Tues. May 19th, 7pm

Devlin Hall – Room 026

Boston College

By 1941 the Germans had perfected a recording technology that not only gave them enhanced capabilities for communications and propaganda, but also fundamentally changed the way that music is recorded and produced. That technology was magnetic tape. Strangely enough, their advances were either missed or totally ignored by the Allies until the end of the war.

Thanks to some mysterious backdoor cold war diplomacy, we now have hundreds of breathtaking recordings from the World War II period, interpretations of both classical and romantic repertoire from artists of great stature: the conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler, the pianist Walther Gieseking, and great orchestras such as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Radio and the State Opera. Some of these recordings are the very first experiments in stereo, which give us a window into the future of audio.

This lecture will detail the unique cooperation by three competing German companies from 1935 to 1945 to perfect magnetic recording. Their success not only meant the replacement of the phonograph, but also ushered in a new age of stereophonic recording, editing and post production. Original excerpts from the German Broadcasting Archive will be played, examined, and compared. Finally, the author will draw some strong conclusions about the effects on the post war music industry, particularly in America.

Toby Mountain has music degrees from Princeton University (BA, 1972) and the University of California at Berkeley (MA, 1978 PhD, 1981). He also spent several years working at the Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and the MIT Experimental Music Studio. He taught music and Theory and Composition as an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Connecticut from 1983-85. He has been a Professor of Music at College of the Holy Cross since 2005, where he heads the Digital Media curriculum and is Director of Studios.

In 1985 Toby founded Northeastern Digital, the first digital mastering facility in New England. Toby’s mastering credits include such artists as The Beach Boys, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Richard Thompson, Morphine, Joan Jett, Jay Geils, Arlo Guthrie, and Alison Krauss. Toby has mastered several gold and platinum selling albums and dozens of albums that have been nominated for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ annual “Grammy” awards. He is also a member of the Audio Engineering Society, and has published many articles in professional audio journals including “Mix” and “Electronic Musician.”

Toby has also been active as a classical and jazz recording and mastering engineer for over 25 years.  He has worked with countless ensembles including the Boston Symphony, The Composers in Red Sneakers, Boston Musica Viva, The Holy Cross Chamber Players, The Aardvark  Jazz Orchestra, and The Boston Modern Orchestra Project.  Recently he mastered an Itzhak Perlman disc entitled “Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul” released by Sony Masterworks.

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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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May Networking Night hosted by Daniel Fox of ZUMIX and Wondersmith Audio

Please note start time of 8pm

Tues. May 26th, 8-10p

ZUMIX Inc., 260 Sumner St., East Boston, MA 02128

www.zumix.org

www.wondersmithaudio.com

(617) 568-9777 x110 (Zumix)

(781) 771-0122 (cell)

Pizza will be from Santarpio’s (Best of Boston award winning 3 years in a row)

Directions

Public:  Blue line to Maverick Station.  Walk 2 blocks up Sumner St (Burger King on your left).  ZUMIX is on your left (old firehouse with big red doors) at the corner of Orleans and Sumner with the main entrance on Sumner.  Please ring bell.

Driving:  From the north - 93 S to 1A (towards airport).  Immediately upon exiting the Callahan tunnel take the East Boston local exit to your right.  Santarpio’s will be in front of you.  Go through the light slightly left onto Porter St.  2nd right onto Orleans. ZUMIX is 3 blocks down on your left.

Parking

There is unmetered street parking available all around ZUMIX.  No permit required.

 

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April Network Night Hosted at The Center for Digital Arts

Tues. April. 28th, 7-10p

274 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453

http://thecenterfordigitalarts.com/

781-209-1700

About CDA

The Center for Digital Arts is producing the next generation of digital creators and makers. Our philosophy is you have to get your hands dirty. That’s why our certificate programs are intensive and hands-on, transforming the way students learn about animation, audio production, filmmaking, photography, web development, graphic and web design. Our campus is a visualization of our values. From sophisticated multidisciplinary labs to a state-of-the-art recording studio designed by the world-renowned Walters-Storyk Design Group, we have created an environment that fosters innovation and collaboration. Less than 8 miles from Boston, the area is home to the region’s best film companies. The Waltham Campus is blocks from the historic Charles River and walking distance to the city’s best restaurants, coffee houses, and shops.

About the Recording Studios

At the Center for Digital Arts, we have two recording studios.  Studio D is equipped with a 36-channel Audient ASP 8024, a brand new ProTools HDX rig and a great collection of microphones, preamps, EQs, compressors and reverbs.  The main live room is spacious, and we have two isolation booths, along with a sound lock, allowing for plenty of separation.  Studio D also has a collection of guitar and bass amps, a Yamaha baby grand piano, as well as other instruments.  Studio F is our digital room, equipped with a Yamaha DM2000 and is primarily an editing/mixing room, but is also equipped with a vocal booth for vocals, voiceovers, etc.

Directions

From Points North/South, take Route 128/I-95 to Exit 26 (Route 20). Follow Route 20 East for 2 miles. Turn right onto Moody Street. CDA is located 1/4 mile down on the left.

Public Transportation

We are conveniently located close to the Mass Pike, Route 128, and less than a five-minute walk from the MBTA Waltham stop on the Fitchburg/South Acton commuter rail.

Parking

There are public parking lots within a short walking distance of CDA. The Embassy Parking Lot is located off of Pine Street behind the Embassy Landmark theatre. The Crescent Street Lot is another option, located on Crescent Street between Moody and Adams. In both cases, look for the parking signs when you reach Moody street.

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Designing for Ultra-Low Distortion and Noise in Analog Circuits, circa 2015

Designing for Ultra-Low Distortion and Noise in Analog Circuits, circa 2015

By Bruce E. Hofer

Tues. Apr. 21st, 7pm

Devlin Hall – Room 026

Boston College

A thought provoking discussion of analog circuitry design with particular emphasis on practical, real world solutions.  The presentation will focus on objective, measurable imperfections that limit analog circuit performance.

Bruce is one of the founders of Audio Precision and is currently its Chairman.  Bruce focuses most of his time on new product development and technical research.  Bruce’s passion and expertise are in the areas of analog circuit design, ultra-low distortion signal generation and analysis, and wideband linear signal amplification.  Indeed, insiders often refer to him as the “precision” in Audio Precision.

Bruce’s career with state-of-the-art instrumentation began almost 46 years ago during the summer of 1969, when he was hired by Tektronix as a student engineering assistant.  He completed his BSEE degree from Oregon State University in 1970, and then spent the next 7 years at Tek designing high-speed sweep generators and horizontal deflection amplifiers for their 7000-series oscilloscope family.

In 1978, Bruce left the world of oscilloscopes to become engineering manager and the senior engineer of the Tektronix TM500 group that developed the SG505 audio oscillator and AA501 fully-automatic distortion analyzer.  Although these instruments were successful, Tek’s upper management decided they did not fit into the long term strategy of an oscilloscope company.  By then, the mixture of opportunity, talent, and entrepreneurial spirit had reached a critical mass.  In the autumn of 1984, Bruce and three fellow team members resigned from Tektronix, and launched a new company called Audio Precision.

Bruce has received 13 patents and written many technical articles and papers.  He has made numerous technical presentations to various sections of the Audio Engineering Society and other organizations, and has also served as a guest lecturer at Oregon State University and the Oregon Graduate Center.  In 1998, Bruce was inducted into the OSU “Engineering Hall of Fame” as one of its charter members.  Bruce has been a member of the Audio Engineering Society since 1977 and received its Fellowship Award in 1995.

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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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