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Table Of Contents
News From the Showfloor
Gear Unveiled at the Show
Sunday, October 11
Lectrosonics DM Series At Technical Program Panel
Editors' First Take
News From the Showfloor
Welcome back to the city that never sleeps! New York City is once again hosting the AES Convention (October 9 to 12, 2009). It’s been two years since audio pros trampled through the streets of N.Y,, attending the convention, hailing a taxi, dining at a great restaurant or taking in the sights.

Each year, we offer our "AES Audio Products Guide," where you can find the latest products that will be debuting—or showcased—at the show. The New Products Guide is now live!

Start poking around now!

AES 2009 started out with a bang on a day that's usually reserved for those who aren't busy working on local projects. Perhaps that says more about the state of production than anything, but the good news is the floor was packed out of the gate. Despite the show being reduced to eight rows of exhibitors, manufacturers were upbeat with a lot of new products to show. Chris Estes had a new version of his CLASP technology that now works with Pro Tools HD ( Independent Audio was showing a working model of the Coles stereo mic we saw at NAB. The Vintage King booth was showing a wide range of new 500 Series modules including a Shadow Hills double-wide stereo compressor. Eben Grace showed me its new M501 500 Series mic preamp and M103 channel strip, which offers a preamp, 3-band EQ and optical compressor. And that's just two of the 500 Series modules we saw, showing that the format is wildly popular. We got a sneak preview of the new TLM 102 mic from Neumann that takes 143dB SPL and occupies a small form-factor. Mackie is now shipping the Pro Tools M-Powered 8 driver for its Onyx line of consoles.

All this new gear bodes well for the next two days because we have barely put a dent in the festivities. Stay tuned.
—The Editors

New Products

Gear Unveiled at the Show
Gefen DisplayPort
These new products offer easy ways of integrating different formats, extending high-resolution displays and accessing multiple computers from the same workstation. The "DVI to Mini-DisplayPort Converter" allows PC and Mac users to connect a new Apple flat-panel display using Mini-DisplayPort to their laptop or computer's DVI port; it supports high resolutions to 1920x1200, and offers a pixe-to-pixel signal conversion. The 2x1 DisplayPort KVM Switcher connects two computers using DisplayPort connectivity to one display with complete KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) access and control. This KVM switcher supports high-speed USB 2 peripherals, analog audio and delivers resolutions up to 2560x1600. Available in lengths of 75, 100, 150, 210 and 330 feet, the DisplayPort Extreme Extender fiber-optic cables come with DisplayPort connectivity on both ends. Each cable offers a plug-and-play method of extending high-resolution displays over a single cable, with an impeccable pixel-by-pixel video delivery. No additional power is needed to deliver resolutions to 2560x1600 in either single or dual-link mode. Find out more information about the DisplayPort
AES Booth #632

iZotope Alloy
This new audio plug-in combines six sound-shaping tools into one integrated interface. Alloy ($249 MSRP) is designed for any audio mixing application from professional recording and post-production studios to the home studio, and features a configurable interface. Alloy includes six modules: Equalizer, Exciter, Transient, Dynamics, De-Esser, Exciter and Limiter. More than 150 “MacroPresets” combine Alloy’s modules into custom configurations for specific mixing situations, and each preset has a custom Macro layout showing the user useful controls for the task at hand. Advanced users can build their own layouts and move modules around in the signal chain to customize the plug-in. Alloy is designed to complement Ozone; Ozone customers can find their discount codes for Alloy by logging into into their accounts at the iZotope site. More information about Alloy.
AES Booth #427

Neumann TLM 102
The reduced overall size unites all of the typical design components of a Neumann microphone. In the interior is a newly developed large-diaphragm capsule (cardioid) with a maximum sound pressure level of 144 dB, which permits the recording of percussion, drums, amps and other very loud sound sources. However the most important applications are for vocals and speech; a slight boost above 6 kHz provides excellent presence of the voice in the overall mix. The TLM 102 is available in black and nickel, with a standmount, at a price of around 600 euros (less than $900 U.S.). Find out more information about the TLM 102.
AES Booth #330

Universal Audio UAD-2 SOLO, DUO, Quad Neve
Universal Audio announced a refresh of its UAD-2 Neve Powered Plug-Ins line. The new UAD-2 SOLO, DUO or QUAD Neve packages, formerly known as the “Nevana” packages, include the only plug-ins officially licensed and developed in partnership with Neve UK. Based on the UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Cards, these packages offer an instant sonic upgrade for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo or Performer for native Mac- or PC-based systems. The UAD-2 SOLO Neve (single Analog Devices SHARC processor) provides a88RS channel strip and 33609 compressor plug-ins ($699 MAP). The UAD-2 DUO Neve (dual SHARC processors) includes the 88RS channel strip, 33609 compressor, 1703 EQ and 1081 EQ plug-ins ($1,499 MAP). The UAD-2 QUAD Neve (four SHARC processors) includes the 88RS channel strip, 33609 compressor, 1073 EQ, 1081 EQ and 31102 EQ plug-ins ($1,999 MAP). Also included is a $100 plug-in voucher that allows access to the entire UAD Powered Plug-ins online library. Find out more information about these packages.

Find out about more new products.


Sunday, October 11
Exhibits Open From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Technical Committees

Paper Sessions
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Transducers Manufacturing and Equipment
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Spatial Audio
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Signal Processing
2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Digital Audio Effects
3: 30 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Multichannel Sound and Imaging/a>

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.:
Considerations in Choosing a Digital Audio Converter
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Blu-ray as a High-Resolution Audio Format for Stereo and Surround
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Introduction to Audio Forensics

Broadcast and Media Streaming Sessions
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Lip Sync Issue
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Listener Fatigue and Longevity
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Audio Processing for the Internet
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Loudness and Audio Processing for Broadcast
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Production of a Soap Opera

5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Electroacoustic Measurements of Headphones and Earphones
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.Audio Preservation at the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center

Master Classes
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Bob Hodas
5 p.m. to 7 p.m..: Kevin Killen

Live Sound
11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Things to Get Right With Sound Reinforcement Systems
2:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Automixing for Live Sound
4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.: Networking Digital Audio in Live Sound

Game Sound
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Sounds From the Third Dimension! 3-D Simulation Techniques in Game Development
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Implementing Sound and Music for Games Using the Unreal 3 Engine
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: VO for Videogames: Process and Pipeline

Full list of events

Lectrosonics DM Series At Technical Program Panel
Lectrosonics' DM Series of audio processors have been selected to provide auto-mixing technology for the technical program panel discussions during AES. Five Lectrosonics DM812 digital automatic matrix mixers—one for each of the five different rooms where the panel discussions are to take place—will be inserted in-line between the microphones and mixing console. In addition to their ability to auto-mix up to eight channels, the DM812 processors offer a means of increasing gain before feedback. Further, as the systems are designed for unattended operation, their inclusion during the panel discussions requires only minimal oversight, thus freeing the house A/V technicians to focus on more pressing issues. Find out more about the DM Series.

Phil Ramone to Deliver Richard C. Heyser Lecture
Multi-Grammy Award–winning producer Phil Ramone will deliver the Richard C. Heyser Lecture at the 127th AES Convention on Sunday, October 11, 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Special Events Hall. Entitled “Technology and Music Meet Again,” Ramone’s presentation will focus on the continuing partnership that technology and music have enjoyed throughout the years. In reviewing the evolution of the recording industry, Ramone will illustrate how technological innovations have revolutionized the musical experience for the fan, and the production process for the producer, engineer and artist. Ramone will also address the issue of how the exponential pace of technology has lead to the industry’s current state of chaos.

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