Perceptual Audio Coding – An Overview of Basic Principles and Current Standards

By Dr. Marina Bosi, Stanford Unversity

Tues. May 10, 7pm

Devlin Hall – Room 026

Boston College

Perceptual Audio Coding – An Overview of Basic Principles and Current Standards

Who would have guessed twenty years ago that teenagers and everybody else would be clamoring for devices with MP3/AAC (MPEG Layer III/MPEG Advanced Audio Coding) perceptual audio coders that fit into their pockets? As perceptual audio coders become more and more part of our daily lives, residing within mobile devices, DVDs, broad/webcasting, electronic distribution of music, etc., a natural question to ask is: what made this possible and where is this going? This talk, presented by one of the early developers who helped advance the field of perceptual audio coding, will provide a tutorial on the technology employed in perceptual audio coding and a brief overview of past and current standard development.

Marina Bosi has been actively involved for many years in the development of standards for audio coding, video coding, and digital content management, having contributed to the work of ANSI, ATSC, DVD Forum, DVB, ISO/IEC MPEG, SDMI, and SMPTE. Dr. Bosi holds several patents and publications in the field and is author of the acclaimed textbook “Introduction to Digital Audio Coding and Standards” (Kluwer/Springer December 2002) translated into Chinese and Korean.

Dr. Bosi, a past-President of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), was part of the research team at Dolby Laboratories working on AC-2 and AC-3 ( Dolby Digital) technology where she also led the MPEG-2 AAC development, and she was Chief Technology Officer of MPEG LA, an industry leader in the use of patent pools to create a “one-stop shop” for licensing essential patents required of multimedia technologies.

A senior member of IEEE, her recognitions include the AES Fellowship award for her contributions to audio and video standards development, twice the AES Board of Governors award for chairing the first international conference on high quality audio coding and the AES Convention, the ISO/IEC award for being the Editor of ISO/IEC 13818-7, Advanced Audio Coding.

Dr. Bosi is Consulting Professor in the Music Department at Stanford University and a Founding Director (together with Leonardo Chiariglione, MPEG Chair) of the Digital Media Project, a non-profit organization that promotes successful development, deployment, and use of Digital Media. She received a doctorate in Physics from the University of Florence, Italy.

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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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Lessons form Electric Lady

By John Storyk, R.A., AES, Principal Walters-Storyk Design Group

Thur. April 21, 2016, 6PM

Architecture and Acoustics of Recording Studios

Analysis to Prediction to Realization

Mad Oak Studios

390 Cambridge Street

Allston, MA 02134

 Join WSDG Co-Founder John Storyk for this presentation as well as ushering the arrival of Boston’s newest Audio Studio, Mad Oak Studios.

The recording studio has changed dramatically in the past 10 years in ways that were almost unpredictable.  Both the business models and the studio design/equipment configurations are markedly different, with changes continuing virtually every week.  The shift from large ‘all at once’ sessions to a file-based mixing process has ushered in a new era of small, yet extremely powerful and highly flexible audio content creation environments.  These ‘next generation’ rooms continue to depend on pristine acoustics, and the aesthetic and comfort factors remain high priorities.  Studios will always want to provide the ultimate critical listening conditions and standards.  Digital recording and mixing technology have changed, but the skills of recording, mixing and mastering engineers will continue to drive the creative process.  These rooms will continue to depend on the architect/acoustician’s ability to create or ‘tune’ the environment to maximize its acoustic potential.

John Storyk, Co Founder and Principal of Walters-Storyk Design Group  has been responsible for designing over 3000 media and content creation facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios (1969); NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU and Berklee College of Music, Boston (2015 TEC winner) and Valencia, Spain; and media rooms for such corporate clients as Hoffman La Roche. Recent projects include NYC’s Jungle City Studios and private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composers Carter Burwell and A.R. Rahman, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Owl City, Harry Connick Jr., and Grammy winning producer Paul Epworth (Church Studios, London – 2016 TEC winner.  WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Rafael Vinoly, Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Phillipe Stark and Nicholas Grimshaw.  WSDG is a nine-time winner of the prestigious NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices and representation in NY, SF, LA, Miami, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City, St. Petersburg and Mumbai.

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“PROGRESSIVE DIRECTIVITY” Technology by Bose Professional

 By Paul Fidlin

Mon. March 28th, 7pm

Brighton Music Hall

158 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

“PROGRESSIVE DIRECTIVITY” Technology represents the next evolution of the line-array concept. Designed for the finest performing arts centers, auditoriums, sports arenas, dance clubs and houses of worship, Progressive Directivity products deliver concert-quality sound for live music and speech to every seat in the house. Bose Professional’s Paul Fidlin will discuss the development, implementation, and benefits of Progressive Directivity technology within Bose products.

Paul has over 30 years of experience in the audio industry.  Holding top development engineering positions with Electro-Voice, Altec Lansing & Celestion resulting in numerous patents for innovative acoustic transducers & speaker systems.  Paul has been with Bose Corporation for 18 years and is currently the Director of Engineering & New Product Development for the Professional Division.

“We have limited reserved parking. If you are positively attending please email joseph_douillard@bose.com for a parking pass”.

Otherwise, please go to this link for directions and parking:

http://www.musichallbrighton.com/directions/

 

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3D Audio – An Intro, From the Bottom Up

Genelec warmly invites the local Boston AES Chapter to an evening demonstrating and discussing 3D Audio.

By Will Eggleston

Tues. March 8th, 7pm

7 Tech Circle, Natick, MA 01760

7:00PM Pizza and Refreshments

7:30PM Demonstration and Discussion

Mr. Eggleston’s discussion will revolve around the changes and challenges in the delivery of multichannel audio and the future of 3D audio. A Dolby ATMOS 7.1.4 monitor setup will be available to audition including multiple subwoofers, the TEC Award winning 8351-Acoustically Coaxial Smart Active Monitors arranged in L, C, R and rears, with 8240s for side and 8330s for the overheads.  Control of the monitors will under the Genelec Loudspeaker Manager software giving easy access to individual monitor channels during playback.

About Will Eggleston

Will has been with Genelec for more than 20 years providing guidance to hundreds of end users in designing and calibrating surround systems in post production, broadcast and music studios.  Prior to working with Genelec Will was part of the product development team at Lexicon in the late 1980s bringing the world’s first digital Dolby Pro Logic decoder to market.

7:00PM Pizza and Refreshments

7:30PM Demonstrations and discussion

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“It’s About Time”

“It’s About Time”

By Eric Blackmer

Tues. February 16th, 7pm

Devlin Hall – Room 026

Boston College

“It’s About Time” is a presentation explaining David Blackmer’s model of human hearing, which includes the concept that human hearing employees a dual mechanism with significant acuity in the time domain. The principles behind this model are the basis of Earthworks product line.

Eric Blackmer has been involved in the audio industry for many years. His experience ranges from music to recording and live sound, to studio building and sales. He is currently employed at Earthworks Audio where he routinely engages in sales, education and translation.

 

 

 

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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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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 15, 2015,  7:00 – 10:00 PM

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

Directions:
http://www.futuraproductions.com/info.html

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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AES Networking Night Hosted at Universal Noise Storage

Tues. September 29th, 7-10p

Universal Noise Storage, 9 New Pasture Road 3, Newburyport, MA 01950
(978) 465-5102

http://universalnoisestorage.com

There will be a beer tent set up by Riverwalk Brewery http://www.riverwalkbrewing.com/

 

About the Studio and Owner

In 2010, after 16 years in two other studio spaces in Amesbury and Newburyport producing folk, roots and singer-songwriter projects of all descriptions, Tom Eaton built UNS as a permanent home for his equipment and his production projects with an emphasis on comfort, sight-lines and ease of tracking small ensembles live.

Shortly after UNS was "completed" (these things never seem to be complete) Tom began spending half his time working alongside Will Ackerman at Imaginary Road Studios in Windham County, Vermont, as Will's chief engineer and co-producer. As a former and closet synthesizer/electronic music nut it was an opportunity of a lifetime for Tom to return to the instrumental world that had brought him to music in the first place. To be able to work alongside Will who literally defined the instrumental "new age" music genre with his Windham Hill record label was simply too good to pass up.

All of the post work (editing, mixing and mastering) for Imaginary Road albums as well as Tom's own productions, and Tom's composition work, is now done at UNS.

Directions

Route 95 to exit 56, Scotland Road in Newbury, MA

East at the bottom of the ramp (right if Northbound, left if Southbound) on Scotland Road

2.9 miles to New Pasture Road on the left

UNS is in the last building on the left.

Parking

Directly adjacent to the building is limited, however (free) parking in the circle at the end of New Pasture Road is fine.

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

By: Susan Rogers

Tues. September 22, 7pm

Cadigan Alumni Center Atrium

Boston College (Brighton Campus)

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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Cadigan Alumni Center Atrium

2121 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02135

http://www.bc.edu/alumni/connect/Cadigan.html

Parking is 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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