Reminder – Audio Engineering Society 139th Convention – New York October 29 – Novermber 1

There’s still time to register for a free Exhibits Plus badge which includes access to the Live Sound Expo, Project Studio Expo, a few panels and special events, and of course the exhibits. Pre-registration runs through October 15. It often gets extended, but don’t put it off.

For further information, detailed schedule including the schedules for Expo topics, and a link to register are at the AES 139th Convention web site.

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Sound Summit New York – October 28, 2015

If you’re coming to NY for the AES show or if you’re local, you might be interested in this half day workshop sponsored by Lectrosonics, Sound Devices, and DPA taking place on  Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 3 to 8 p.m. at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Gabriel Antonini, Business Development Manager of DPA Microphones Inc., will discuss polar patterns, frequency response, off axis linearity and optimum placement for lavalier and shotgun microphones. Antonini will be using the company’s d:screet™ Miniature Microphones and d:dicate™ 4017B Shotgun Microphone to emphasize these topics. Karl Winkler, Lectrosonics’ Vice President of Sales/Service, will use his brand’s L Series units, SSM “Super Slight” micro transmitter and SR Series receivers with Sound Devices’ SuperSlot™ compatibility, to explain gain structure, antenna optimization and RF frequency coordination. “Jon Tatooles, Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer of Sound Devices, LLC, will discuss Sound Devices’ innovative MixAssist™ technology, which is now incorporated into its latest 688 mixer/recorder. In addition, Tatooles will explain the workflow benefits and control capabilities of the 688 recorder/mixer combined with the optional SuperSlot-compatible SL-6 powering and wireless system. The newly announced CL-12 Linear Fader Controller, which also couples with the 688 for cart applications, will also be featured at the event making its second U.S. public appearance.

It’s free, but registration is necessary. For further details, schedule, and to sign up, vist the Sound Summit NY web page.

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Webinar – Sennheiser In-Ear Monitoring/Wireless Webinar Now On Line

In conjunction with Sennheiser’s Sound Academy Training Seriees, Herman ProAV isponsored a live webinar on Wednesday, October 7 from 2 to 4 PM Eastern time discussing the practical usage of In Ear Monitoring systems. Topics will include: traditional wedge monitoring vs in-ear monitoring, modes of operation: stereo, mono, focus (dual mono), mixing IEM’s and RF considerations for wireless IEM systems. In addition, a brief update on the latest from the FCC regarding the proposed sale/repacking of the 600Mhz spectrum will be discussed.

It’s now posted on line for viewing at your leisure. I watched it, and it’s pretty good, particularly if you work with a large number (more than, say eight) of wireless mics or IEMs in a show. It runs about an hour and a half. Here’s the direct link to this webinar. You may need to install the Go To Meeting application on your computer. It appears to be painless, and it’ll take you there if you need it.

There are a number of other interesting webinars at the Herman Pro AV website. Check ’em out when you have some time.

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Project Studio Expo at the New York 2015 AES – Preliminary Program

The Project Studio Expo is a three day series of lectures, demonstrations, and Q&A sessions sponsored by the Audio Engineering Society, in association with Sound on Sound magazine and Prism Sound.

October 30 through November 1

Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY

This year’s presenters on the PSE Stage for days one and two are slated to include respected industry veterans Craig Anderton, Larry Crane, Fab Dupont, Brian Jackson, Manhattan Producers Alliance, Hugh Robjohns, Mike Senior, John Storyk and Paul White. Topics cover a wide range of interesting and relevant topics, both practical and technical.

On the third day of the Project Studio Expo, November 1, premier sponsor Prism Sound will take over the PSE Stage to present their “Mic to Monitor” series of educational seminars and workshops. Targeted at all levels of music production and engineering attendees, Mic to Monitor aims to dispel the many myths surrounding the recording process. The events answer all-important questions, such as what makes great gear “great,” what it takes to become a successful and in-demand audio engineer, how recording professionals tackle different aspects of their productions, and how a hit sound is achieved. Each seminar features presentations from recording professionals, with audience Q&A, and an opportunity to demo and win recording equipment.

PRELIMINARY TOPICS and Presenters(subject to change)

Project Studio Expo Sessions:
• Paul White: Making the Most of Your Studio Purchasing Budget
• Mike Senior : The Five Most Common Project Studio Recording Mistakes
• Outside the Box: Alternative Outlets for Your Music
• Hugh Robjohns: Levels, Headroom, and Loudness
• Craig Anderton* – Whatever he decides to talk about, it’ll be good.
• Larry Crane: The REAL Skills You Need to Record Professionally
• Personal Networking for the Audio Professional
• John Storyk*: Acoustic treatment for the proproject studio, I’ll bet
• Mike Senior: Mixing an Ensemble Recording
• Fab Dupont*: Most likely something about plug-ins, since he’s a majore developer
• A panel, I suspect*: Audio as a Business: Building and Developing a Career
• Mic to Monitor (an all day Prism Sound seminar on Sunday)

* Presenter or topic not yet announced

Click here for registration information (you’ll need a FREE Exhibits Plus pass) and further details as they’re announced.

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TASCAM DR-44WL Hand Held Recorder Review Posted

I was excited when I saw this recorder at the AES show last Fall. My favorite feature was something that I’ve wished for in a mini recorder – a really useful remote controller. Install their app on any Android or Apple mobile device and the recorder’s built-in WiFi host connects to your phone or tablet and provides transport control, track arming, level adjustment, metering, time display, and more.

The recorder and the remote control work really well. There are some quirks and quibbles, of course (otherwise why bother with a review?) but overall TASCAM did a good job with this one, particularly with its more professional-oriented features, though I’d only use its 4-track recording mode (emulating a Portastudio of sorts) on a rainy day at the beach when I was away from my studio.

Visit the Product Reviews page or jump directly to the full review here.

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Time To Register For The New York AES Show

139th Audio Engineering Society Convention
Jacob Javits Center, New York City
October 29 – November 1 2015

As in the past years, the Audio Engineering Society Convention, in addition to the exhibitors (great toy show), workshops, and technical sessions, will feature the Project Studio Expo produced in association with Sound on Sound Magazine, and (new last year) the Live Sound Expo, produced in association with Pro Sound News. The Project Studio Expo is a series of presentations over a three day period intended to give home recordists tips on how they can better use their tools. Topics include basics such as recording vocals, preparing multitracks for mixing and best practices for proper monitoring, as well as discussions on how to optimize value when it comes to choosing and purchasing equipment, how to design a great project studio, and how to get the most out of a digital audio workstation.

The Live Sound Expo will dedicate the three days to topics related to sound reinforcement in various types of venues. There will be a “Broadway Day,” a “House Of Worship Sound/Fixed Install Day,” and a “Touring Sound Day” – each with dedicated programs consisting of presentations and panels featuring industry leaders.

Access to these Expo programs, as well as the exhibits, and a couple of other events are included with a free Exhibits-Plus pass. Technical sessions cost money. Click 139th AES Registration to get to the AES Convention Registraion web page.

The preliminary program for the 139th AES Live Sound Expo is posted now. The Project Studio Expo program isn’t out yet, but expect a good set of presentations.

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Any DJs Here? – New Book For You

DJ-ing isn’t my thing at all, but that doesn’t stop people from sending me press releases about it. Got one today announcing a new book that might be of interest to you if you’re a follower of my humble web site. This book isn’t about the gear, the processing, or the techniques, but rather about the business and how (hopefully) you can get more work and better gigs.

The book, entitled DJ Prophets – Business Strategies from the World’s Experts by Alan Smithson contains chapters about:

  • What is your life purpose?
  • Understanding your audience (Club Owners, Record Labels, & Corporate Clients)
  • Price vs. Value
  • Sales Strategies
  • Marketing 101 (Creating a unique identity and brand, EPK Mastery, etc.)
  • Legal Considerations
  • Marketing Tools (How to write effective emails, Press Releases, Social Media, etc.)

And the good news is that the first 10,000 copies are available as a free PDF download. If you’re interested, go to the DJProphets web site and see if the free download is still available. I suppose when the first 10,000 are gone, there’ll be an order blank instead of a download link in exchange for your e-mail address (which he promises not to share).

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