Javits Convention Center
Jacob K. Javits Center
broadcasters and audio professionals, take note: The AES is making
its biennial visit back to New York in October.
Audio Engineering Society Convention, Oct. 17–20, marks a return to
the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. It’s a gathering for
audio pros in all disciplines — motion picture production, music
recording, live sound, audio research and engineering — in one of
America’s great cities. And there will be plenty for radio
broadcasters to get interested and excited about.
and notable figures from the radio industry will address concerns
relevant to the modern broadcaster, including disaster preparation,
the future of remote broadcasting and the unexpected and perhaps
unsettling question, “Is the MP3 obsolete?”
course, there’s that convention hall full of all the cool new
of manufacturers and exhibitors will no doubt change between now and
the show, but an early peek reveals some amazing new products.
first hit the streets more than a decade ago, with a free vinyl
simulator. This year, the company is rolling out RX 3 Advanced,
described by Jay LeBoeuf, strategic technical director of Izotope, as
a “Complete Audio Repair” kit.
DeReverb module reduces room echo,” he told RW, “and it works as
a plug-in or as a standalone audio editor. You can do all your
cleanup right inside the program.” LeBoeuf says the product is
suitable for audio engineers, podcasters and broadcasters.
cassette and DAT decks have been inside radio studios for years. This
fall, the company is helping get people out of the studio,
with the debut of the DR60D, a solid-state four-track linear field
recorder, primarily meant to pair with a DSLR video camera. But with
an internal mixer, limiter and phantom power, the DR60D can well be
used for radio press conference recording and roundtable discussions
with up to four microphones.
No one can
deny the versatility of using smartphone devices as audio recorders.
Tascam addressed that as well with the debut of the iM2X stereo mic
for the iPhone 4S. According to Marketing Manager Garyn Jones, “It
uses the same high-quality condenser mics as on our DR-40 recorder,
and it has its own A/D converter, bypassing the mic electronics of
maker of the legendary Harmonizer line, is preparing for the release
of the H9 “stomp box” processor. While rackmount gear is more
familiar to radio production people, the H9 packs the punch of five
other Eventide processors into one box, and can be controlled
remotely via MIDI or iOS Bluetooth. And of course, it features the
big Eventide Knob we all like to spin.
broadcasters, much of the equipment on display is too studio-oriented
— but not all of it. Microphones will be well-represented by
Audio-Technica, AEA, Cloud, Earthworks, MXL and Neumann, among
others; and radio favorite Sound Ideas is on the list, bringing in
its huge collection of sound effects and the Mix Music Library.
panel presentations and white papers are for when it’s time to step
back from the toys and actually get some work done. This year, many
scheduled sessions are well worth your attention, some with familiar
disaster known as Superstorm Sandy left behind a lot of damaged
property and, as many readers will attest, a lot of stations were
knocked off the air in New York and New Jersey. If that happened
where you were located, would you know how to stay on the air and
survive the ordeal? If not, you need to be in session B7:
“Broadcasting During a Disaster,” Friday, Oct. 18, 12:30–2 p.m.
session will be chaired by Glynn Walden, senior vice president of
engineering for CBS Radio. He’ll be joined by Thomas R. Ray III,
now president of Tom Ray Broadcast Consulting, who can provide
commentary and describe his own experiences with Sandy. He was
director of engineering for Buckley Broadcasting in New York at the
time Sandy struck, and recounted his adventures in the article
“Riding Out Hurricane Sandy,” Radio World, Dec. 5, 2012.
in New Jersey were underwater,” he told Radio World. “At WOR(AM),
we were off the air because we had no phones, no Internet, no cable
way to stay on the air is to anticipate what can go wrong, with
experience as one’s guide.
look and see what your vulnerabilities are. You have to think things
through, and fast,” Ray said. “You have to determine the best and
fastest method to get back on the air.
personnel at the transmitter site, you need to have food, water and a
cot or a sleeping bag. You need more than one day of fuel for the
generator. And if you don’t have a generator, maybe it’s time to
Ray will be joined by Rob Bertrand of CBS, Howard Price of ABC/Disney
and Richard Ross from WADO/Univision.
from big companies like Orban, NPR, Fraunhofer and CBS New York are
coming together to discuss the question, “Is it Time to Retire the
MP3 Protocol for Streaming?” — a late afternoon session on
Thursday, Oct. 17, starting at 5:30 pm. Among presenters is Greg
Shay, chief science officer of the Telos Alliance.
don’t think it’s time that it goes away,” Shay stressed, “but
there are additional possibilities opening up. When ISDN was the only
thing we had, then [MP3] was the only thing you could do. Higher
speed networks are becoming available, and you have more options.”
factors are at play today, prime among them the cost of hardware vs.
cost of bandwidth, and listener expectation as to what is acceptable
audio. “Network bandwidth is not a limiting factor anymore,” he
said. “You can do things all the way out to linear.”
listings of exhibitors and presenters can be found at the Audio
Engineering Society web page www.aes.org along with
Peterson is a longtime RW writer, 35-year broadcast pro,
SBE-certified audio engineer and enthusiastic convention-goer
whenever the AES is in New York.