Posted by Peter on 2017/03/05
What Did They Say?
Maintaining Voice Intelligibility in Difficult Acoustic Environments
On Monday February 27th keen AES Melbourne members and guests travelled to the outer eastern suburbs to the Kilsyth South Baptist Church to see their installation of Quest amplifiers and speakers and to hear Quests’ Frank Andrewartha speak on the topic “Maintaining Voice Intelligibility in Difficult Acoustic Environments”
Frank Andrewartha presenting… Photo: Rod Staples
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Posted by Peter on 2016/12/05
Creating Audio for Interactive Environments
On Monday October 10th, AES Melbourne members and guests assembled in the SAE Melbourne Lecture Theatre to hear Stephan Schutze talk to us on the topic “Creating Audio for Interactive Environments”
The evening was a most interesting journey through his thoughts and experiences in audio for gaming and virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR).
He recounted his recent trip to the AES Convention in LA, particularly the AR/VR section.
He mentioned that the challenge of gatherings like this is that so many people working in the field are subject to non-disclosure agreements; so many presentations are general in nature and from people without true in-depth knowledge of the technology. He also quoted a presenter exclaiming that “VR is currently like the Wild West where heroes were forged and legends made”. Stephen’s comment to this was “yes but there are also a whole bunch of snake-oil salesmen, and people wearing black hats”.
He went on to hypothesise that VR/AR is not a new format – it is a whole new medium (like going from photos to film). Continue reading “Meeting Report: November 2016 Creating Audio for Interactive Environments” »
Posted by Peter on 2016/10/15
Microphone Manufacturing in Australia
On Monday October 10th, AES Melbourne members and guests assembled in the SAE Melbourne Lecture Theatre to hear Peter Freedman, the founder and CEO of RØDE Microphones speak to us on Microphone Manufacturing in Australia
Peter started out by describing the company and touching on the acquisition of the Aphex and Event Electronics businesses, and teased us on an imminent but yet-to-be-announced acquisition.
Peter Freedman at AES Melbourne Section
He then took us briefly through his family history – his father working in Sweden on Dynacord equipment, and mixing bands. The family came to Australia in 1966. Peter was 8 years old at the time and couldn’t speak English!
His father had acquired the distribution rights for Dynacord in Australia, which was the main reason for moving to Sydney, establishing Freedman Electronics- the predecessor of RØDE. He commented that next January marks the 50th anniversary of Freedman Electronics
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Posted by Peter on 2016/09/02
Sound Level Management – A Ground-Up Approach
– Dr Johannes Mulder (Murdoch University) –
On Monday August 29th, AES Melbourne members and guests assembled in the SAE Melbourne Lecture Theatre to hear Murdoch University’s Johannes Mulder present on “Sound Level Management – A Ground-Up Approach”
Jos started by introducing himself, describing his Master’s Thesis on Jazz at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and his experiences with the challenges of live amplified performances in a classical music venue with a long reverb time.
He then described his experience as a Production Manager at Concertgebouw, where he was able to negotiate with the musicians to keep stage levels under control to maintain intelligibility. Continue reading “Meeting Report: August 29th Sound Level Management” »
Posted by Peter on 2016/08/13
IHearYou(R) – A Modern Tele-audiology System
Presented by Prof Peter Blamey
On Monday August 8th, 16 members and 4 guests assembled in the SAE Melbourne Lecture Theatre for the Annual General Meeting of the AES Melbourne Section, and to hear Peter Blamey present on his company’s IHearYou(R) Modern Tele-Audiology System
After the (mercifully short) AGM, Peter Blamey presented on the IHearYou® technology, its characteristics and benefits. This talk built on the foundation Peter had laid in his June 2016 presentation (see link below)
He started by examining how the hearing aid industry suffers from poor public acceptance, even amongst people who could enjoy real benefits from the technology, and covered the common excuses often heard, things like the bother of visiting an audiologist, hearing aids that don’t work well, and are expensive and hard to use. He outlined how he and his colleagues had worked to eliminate these objections by designing a system that works better, is significantly less expensive, and does not require an audiologist to set it up. Continue reading “August 8th Meeting Report: Peter Blamey on IHearYou(R) System” »