September 21, 2004


SAN FRANCISCO - The 14 workshops planned for the 117th AES Convention taking place at The Moscone Center in San Francisco from October 28 - 31 were recently announced. Workshop co-chairs Christopher Struck and David Harris coordinated the line-up, which will provide attendees with hands-on experience and carefully researched findings from respected engineers, designers, consultants and educators.

"Field Recording in the Wild" is scheduled for Thursday, October 28, will address the rapidly disappearing natural soundscapes, which comprise one of our planet's most fragile acoustic constituencies. Chaired by Bernie Krause, field recordist with Wild Sanctuary, Glen Ellen, CA, the workshop will explore extraordinary measures employed to capture these precious audible environments.

On Friday, October 29th, Mark Davis of Dolby Laboratories will chair a workshop titled, "Spatial Coding of Surround Sound, A Progress Report." While both stereo and 5.1 now enjoy wide acceptance, it's necessary to implement a common data format. The workshop will provide an overview of the principles of such systems and examine some of the primary problems and solutions of systems currently under development.

And on Sunday, October 31st, Dana Massie of Waves, Inc., in London will chair "Future Challenges for the All-Software Studio: Scalability, Stability, Usability." The workshop will explore issues ranging from an operating system crash in the middle of a billable session to how a pro studio can incrementally add more processing power. In addition, it will review obstacles to entry for new engineers.

Other scheduled workshops include: "High Resolution Audio In An Age of Universal Playback," "Firewire in Studios," "Mastering For Low Bit-Rate Perceptual Codecs,? ?Architectural Acoustics for Film & Broadcast Studios," "Which Audio Recording & Storage Medium for What Purpose," and "Lossless Audio Coding."

A complete schedule of AES 117th Convention events may be found at