Boston AES Winter 2018

Upcoming Events:

Jan 21st Building a Home Studio, Medford MA. RSVP (Free)

Jan 26th 10am, Jan 27th 5pm Owen Curtin to present at NAMM/AES, “The State Of The Art Of Do It Yourself” Feat. Bobby Owsinski.

Feb 13th Executive Committee Meeting. RSVP (Free)

Feb 20th John Snyder: Electronic Audio Experiments. RSVP (Free)

  • Bay State College presents John Snyder! This event is open to Boston AES and all Students.

Feb 22nd Sound for Picture. RSVP  (Free)

  • Boston AES and IATSE Local 481 have teamed up to bring you this great tour of Soundtrack followed by a discussion with professionals who work in all aspects of sound for picture.
  • Hosted by: Jason Fyrberg, Brian McKeever, Christopher Anderson, Jared Detsikas, Kayleigh Ristuben.

Feb 27th Testing Audio and Publishing Results. RSVP (Free)

  • On this night, we will focus on how to take and read measurements for an objective understanding of the gear we use. We will also show you how to submit your results for a poster or a paper in the AES journal.
  • What is the AP with Dan Foley
  • How to Submit Posters and Papers with Bradford Swanson
  • Eric Cline: Testing for DIY and Industry
  • Q and A with everyone.

March 20th Passive Cardioid Speaker Technology. RSVP (Free)

November 14th Exec Comm Meeting Minutes: (Click to enlarge)

Google Hangouts is used to stream all meetings.

This link every time:

All members of the Boston AES are welcome to join the Executive Committee.

Please check your inbox for a message about joining the Executive Committee.

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Audio Community Scholarships!

All of us here at the BAES are excited to present the recipients of the AES Scholarship to WAMCon Boston 2017! They had a blast!

“WAM was amazing, after lunch we were split into groups of 7 or 8 and went around to see hour-long panels and it was great how small the sessions were. Really had the chance to get into exactly what everyone in the room was curious about and was closer to my level of understanding than the panels at AES; I’m only a first-semester audio student. Really recommend any female in audio to come to the next event.” -Meghan Moore

Here are some of the receipeints of the ABW Scholarship at Parsons Expo 2017!

“The ABW S25 mic build at the Parsons convention was a blast! The fact that Owen & co. made what is usually a very solitary task into a social and educational event was great. It was also a wonderufl opportunity to brush up on my soldering skills and get some very useful tips from folks that do this sort of thing far more often than I do!” -Tim Brault

“The microphone workshop sponsored by the Audio Builders Workshop was great! The kits were well designed with clear instructions and host Owen Curtin and guest Matt McGlynn were there and offered lots of tips to help the group complete the project. 

The S-25 kit ($199) from is probably not for the complete novice, but with a bit of soldering experience, it can be assembled in a couple of hours. The mic sounds fantastic! I’ve already used it for a critical sampling project and it easily outperforms other condenser mics in my collection.

So glad I participated in this workshop!”-Steve Ward


Thank you so much to our awesome membership and your generous support! Please continue to stay involved!

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Boston AES Fall Newsletter

Hello BAES! We are in for a busy and fun autumn so be sure to check here often to keep on top of all the activities offered by your local AES chapter!

Upcoming Events

DEC 7th Home Studios Panel, Shillman Hall Boston, MA. RSVP

DEC 12th BAES Annual Holiday Party @ Futura Productions. RSVP


AES Members are being asked to vote for candidates for our local Executive Committee. An email will be sent out soon with a link to vote. After the email goes out the link will be posted here as well.

ABW is now a Work Group for the AES.

The new and RSVP donation options will remain active for future events.

November 14th Exec Comm Meeting Minutes: (Click to enlarge)

The Next Exec Comm Meeting is TBD at 7PM @ CCHS.

Google Hangouts is used to stream all meetings.

This link every time:

All members of the Boston AES are welcome to join the Executive Committee.


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Boston AES Family Cookout 2017

Join your AES community for a relaxing day in the sun!

Join us on Sunday July 9th for our annual BBQ hosted by the new AES Chair Owen Curtin. 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. Free parking. $6 to get in for non-residents. There is also a swing set in his yard and toys available for young children.

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

You must RSVP to this event and all info is here:

Please consider donating to raise funds in support of our community and for future events.

If you are interested in participating in the Executive Committee please email Mike:

A word from our Chair:

Thanks to our Sponsors:

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Music Expo Boston @ Izotope HQ Cambridge, MA

June 10th, 11am
60 Hampshire St. Cambridge MA.

From Sound On

“Music Expo is a day-long event comprising top professionals giving insightful seminars and workshops alongside an expo that features loads of the latest music production products for you to try out. Attendees will be able to get their hands on the latest gear from Yamaha, Ableton, Arturia and Unity Audio. The event, hosted at iZotope’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA will also feature seminars on using the company’s latest audio restoration toolkit, RX6.

The Boston edition of Music Expo welcomes a fantastic range of recording talent including artist/producer Decap (Talib Kweli, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo), mastering engineer Jonathan Wyner (James Taylor, David Bowie, Aerosmith), artist/producer Thavius Beck (NIN, Saul Williams) and mixing engineer Dante (Mixed ByLotto) Babb (Kat Deluna, T.I, Lupe Fiasco, B.o.B, Wiz Khalifa).

Sessions running throughout the day offer something for every recording musician and producer. Seminars and workshops range in scope from music promotion via social media, right through to VR for music creation, track deconstructions and mix workshops. There’s also a presentation on working with backing tracks on stage and a workshop entitled ‘Demystifying Mastering.”

Click here for free passes!

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AES Networking Night Hosted at Colonial Sound

Tuesday, February 28th, 6PM to 10PM

About the Studio

Colonial Sound services the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District. The studio, auditorium and the many music spaces are tired together on a Dante network. The district also boast an FM broadcast radio station and a high definition TV studio.  The Colonial Sound Recording Club produces an interview show. Club members will be on hand and would like to interview any willing attendees about a book, website, magazine or other resource that your could review and recommend.

About the Manager

Owen Curtin of Audio Builders Workshop and The Bridge Sound and Stage manages Colonial Sound and will provide light refreshments.


The studio is located left of the first floor entrance at 500 Walden Street Concord MA, Room 145. There is a free parking lot in front of the building.

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Microphone Array for Recording Music in Surround-Sound with Height Channels

By David v.R. Bowles

Tue. February 7th, 7pm

Microphone Array for Recording Music in Surround-Sound with Height Channels

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Durgin Hall, Room 114

35 Wilder Street
Lowell, MA 01854

In the past few years, sound recordings with spatial audio have moved from the realm of theoretical research to the actuality of physical and digital releases in the market. At present, three Blu-Ray disc formats utilize a traditional 5.1 surround-sound recording, with an added 4-channel layer of height channels. David Bowles will discuss how to capture vertical localization effectively within this release format, utilizing existing research on hearing localization and techniques learned in the field. The proposed microphone array has time-of-arrival differences between all microphones, yet mixes down to 5.1 and stereo without excessive comb-filtering or other artifacts.

David v.R Bowles formed Swineshead Productions, LLC as a classical recording production company in 1995. His recordings have been GRAMMY-nominated (Classical – Best Orchestral Performance) and won the “Classical Orchestral Album” prize (Just Plain Folks Awards). Other Bowles-produced and engineered releases have been named “Record of the Month – Editor’s Choice” from Gramophone Magazine, MusicWeb International and Opera News; “Record of the Year” from the New York Times (three times), the New Yorker, American Record Guide, Miami Clásica and Classical Candour. Several of these are available as high-resolution paid downloads from Naxos.

In collaboration with New York University’s Music Technology programme at Steinhardt School of Music, Mr. Bowles is pursuing research in height channel recording. He has given a paper on his “Bowles array”(a height channel microphone technique) at AES conventions in New York and São Paulo, both followed by 9.1 channel playbacks.

As an educator, Mr. Bowles is a guest lecturer for Tonmeister programmes at New York University (Steinhardt School of Music), the Royal Danish Academy of Music, the Peabody Recording Arts and Sciences (John Hopkins University) and the Banff Centre. He was Visiting Professor of Recording Arts at Indiana University’s Jacobs School.

Mr. Bowles is a member of the AES (Audio Engineering Society), was on the Board of Governors, served on convention committees, and the committee of the San Francisco AES section. He is a member of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) Producers & Engineers Wing and SPARS (Society of Professional Audio Recording Services).


Parking: Available for free at the Durgin Lot or the Wilder Faculty/Staff Lot (Lovejoy Lot on Google Maps). They are both available for everyone in the evening hours.

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John F. Allen: A Career in Sound Reinforcement and Stereo

John F. Allen: A Career in Sound Reinforcement and Stereo

By John F. Allen

Presenting at a Boston Audio Society Meeting

Sunday, Dec. 4th, 6PM

Refreshments at 5:30

Boston University, Life Science & Engineering Bldg

24 Cummington Mall 1st Floor Conference, Room 103,

Boston, MA 02215

John F. Allen will talk about his career in sound reinforcement and stereo as well as the technologies he pioneered. John has been involved in sound reinforcement and reproduction since the 1970′s. In 1976 he designed and installed sound reinforcement for the Boston Esplanade and received a Presidential commendation for it. In 1979 he began developing what would become the first digital ready sound system for theaters. First implemented in 1980, the computer designed system increased theater attendance by 25% in the first year. In the 1980′s his company High Performance Stereo, already acclaimed across the US, expanded globally. In 1984 John installed the first digital sound system in a movie theater. Mr. Allen’s systems are the National Park Service standard. John was named sound director for the Boston Ballet in 1988. Honored for the “best orchestra sound in ballet”, no one mentions the transparent sound reinforcement system which helped achieve this distinction.

A long time BAS member, John has also served in the AES and SMPTE. Frequent author and lecturer, he has been advancing the state of the art all his life. John F. Allen is the founder and president of High Performance Stereo in Las Vegas NV. His website reads like a hit parade of achievements.

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Annual Boston AES Holiday Party

Futura Productions

Sponsored by:

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 6, 2015,  7:00 – 10:00 PM

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


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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Magnetic Tape Transforms the Music Industry

Magnetic Tape Transforms the Music Industry

By Dr. Toby Mountain

Tues. October 11th, 7pm

LOCATION CHANGE: Devlin Hall – Room 010

Boston College

For members who came to the May 19, 2015 AES lecture entitled “The Birth of Stereophonic Recording” about the development of the Magnetophon, this lecture is the sequel.

Toby will recount how a revolutionary audio recording technology made its way across the Atlantic in the wake of World War II.  The magnetic tape recorder was a German invention, but the Americans used and developed the technology to completely change audio production techniques. The author will recount several fascinating stories surrounding these events and play a variety of musical excerpts.

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.


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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