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Table Of Contents
News From the Showfloor
Gear Unveiled at the Show
Latest Entries
Monday, October 12

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!

From the Editors
Day two at AES was just as "buzzy" as yesterday with plenty of people on the floor. We heard that even though the show is physically smaller this year, it has more exhibitors than two years ago. The factor being booth size: Companys are occupying less space to cut their costs.

A lot of engineers like Chuck Ainlay, George Massenburg, Ed Cherney, Tony Maserati and New York mastering engineer David Kutch were out and about bringing some bling to the floor with their high-end presence.

Today we saw a bevy of cool products including the new Sonnox Restoration plug-in suite. Rod Densham took us through the set that features some patent-pending GUI components that make these unique in their class. Dangerous Music was showing another component to its rackmount mastering suite in the BAX EQ. Charter Oak's new stereo program EQ has a range of cool features for putting those finishing touches on a mix, including a 50k shelving EQ and other interesting non-surgical frequency tweakers.Magix was displaying new versions of its Samplitude and Sequoia applications for production and mastering. Audio Precison had its new BW52 ultrahigh-bandwidth analysis addition for the APX test system that measures from DC out to 1 MHz. Be sure to see the APX in action in our current review of the Sonic Lens mic preamp.

And this is just scratching the surface. We've been shooting a lot of video on the floor so keep an eye here for links to the new visual content as it goes online. We're looking forward to Sunday for a look at more gear.

New Products

Gear Unveiled at the Show
AKG Perception Live Series
The Perception Live series comprises various vocal and instrument microphones. The two P3 and P5 vocal microphones, with cardioid and supercardiod characteristics, are geared toward onstage vocalists; and the new P4 is an instrument mic designed for use with drums, amps and wind instruments. The new P2 rounds out the series, offering an integrated hum-bucking coil for an effective elimination of interfering noises (P2 and P4). The microphones feature an indestructible metal casing, a rugged spring-steel microphone grille, a scratch-resistant finish and high maximum SPL. Find out more information about the Perception Live Series.
AES Booth #226

API 527
The 527 compressor is a single-channel module based on API's 225L discreet channel compressor. The 527 features variable attack, release, ratio and output gain controls. The unit also includes API's patented Thrust circuit. A 10-segment LED meter is switchable between gain reduction and output level. Price: $995. Find out more information about the 527.
AES Booth #355

Glyph Technologies GT 062E
The GT 062E is an external hard drive with FireWire, USB and eSATA ports. It has two internal hard drives and can be configured in RAID 0, RAID 1 and Spanning modes. It supports up to 4 TB and and hits 200MB/s sustained throughput over eSATA in RAID 0 mode, perfect for your speed-hungry DAW or for high-def video editing. AES Booth: 246 Find out more information about the GT 062E

MXL Cube, A-55 Kicker
MXL is launching these new drum-miking models at AES. The unconventional-looking Cube condenser mic (MSRP $149.95) offers a full-bodied sound and is designed with a gold-sputtered, 6-micron diaphragm. For kick drums, bass cabinets, congas or any other low-frequency instruments, the MXL A-55 dynamic microphone (MSRP $149.95) captures deep bass and low-end punch. It has a clean and clear pick up for fast attacks. Both include a mic clip, carrying pouch and cleaning cloth. The MXL Cube and A-55 Kicker are expected to ship in October.
AES Booth #527

Today's Bloggers

Latest Entries
Legacy of Les
Just ran into Russ Paul, know as Les Jr. in some circles. He spent yesterday walking the floor and running into old friends…Eddie Kramer, Phil Ramone, heck everybody here seemed to know Les and wanted to share a story. Today Russ wanted to see Eveanna Manley, so we made a beeline to her booth and they shared a big hug. This afternoon at the TEC Awards, when the tribute to Les takes place…well, it will be something special.
Tom Kenny

Yamaha Road Warriors
Yamaha Commercial has pulled a 53-foot trailer into the main hall, representing their latest effort to take training and education to the people where they live. Based out of Nashville and aimed primarily at the house of worship market, the new vehicle is double expansion and quite spacious with five networked stations representing each of the console line, the main attraction when you walk in being the PM5D front and center. An additional roomy space in the rear is set up for clinc-style training. Look for it in a town near you.
—Tom Kenny

API Sells a Vision
API kicked off their second-day press conference with an appearance by Bob Weir (Grateful Dead, Ratdog), who just purchased a Vision console for his home studio. Weir told the crowd that he first encountered the API name nearly 40 years ago, when he and the Dead went into a San Francisco studio to record “American Beauty.” Now he’s back full circle and “pleased as punch,” thinking that”he might buy another.” Weir was followed by the head of the MP&E department at Berklee College of Music, which just purchased three Legacy Plus boards, calling it the “most musical console on Earth, with the definitive tools that students need.” The company was also showing off the 1608, with Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell doing demos. And they had a new 500 Series compressor on display, the 527. Now it’s on to their 40th-anniversary bash tonight at the Roseland Ballroom. Hottest ticket at the show, with Sonny Landreth as the house band and a scheduled guest appearance by Mr. Weir himself. Should be fun!
—Tom Kenny

Check out all AES 2009 blog entries

Monday, October 12
Exhibits Open From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Paper Sessions
9 a.m. to Noon: Audio Networks
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Analysis and Synthesis of Sound
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Arrays
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Loudspeakers in Rooms

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Scalable Audio Coding: Pleasing All of the People All of the Time?
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Intelligent Digital Audio Effects
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Audio Myths: Defining What Affects Audio Reproduction
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Turn It Down! Consequences of the Ever-Escalating Loudness Wars
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Pimp Your Mix
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Microphones for Extreme Environments

Broadcast and Media Streaming Sessions
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Sound Effects: Recording and Mixing for Different Media
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Stream Playback and Distribution

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Parametric Digital Reverberation
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.The Manifold Joys, Uses and Misues of Polynomial Mapping Functions in Signal Processing

Master Classes
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Bill Whitlock

Live Sound
9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.: State-of-the-Art Loudspeaker Design for live Sound
11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: AC Power and Grouping
2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.: Innovations in Live Sound

Game Sound
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Interactive Speech for Games
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Interactive Music Techniques for Games
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Techniques of Audio Localization for Games

Full list of events

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