Category Archives: Past Events and Meetings

Meeting Report: Feb 2021 – From Loudspeakers to Listeners (Charlie Van Dongen)

Meeting Report

On Monday 15th February, the Melbourne Section of the AES held our regular bi-monthly meeting in the form of a Zoom Meeting. There was a strong attendance of more than 25 members and visitors.

Chair Graeme Huon introduced Charlie Van Dongen of Involve Audio to give us a presentation on his company’s work on modern surround audio encoding and decoding and speaker design.

Charlie started by recounting his early experiences with surround, starting with the Dynaco decoder, and the quad systems that followed in the ‘70s. He suggested that the reason for the formats’ failure in that era was the market confusion created by the number of competing systems. Moving to the present day, he commented that despite the current crop of surround systems, the predominant format is still stereo, given the number of portable and personal media playback devices. He cited a market survey by one 5.1 system vendor in the ‘90s that indicated that 60% of their systems were incorrectly set up to provide a stereo-only experience, with rear speakers either not connected or wrongly placed adjacent to the front speakers.

Charlie Van Dongen presenting to
AES Melbourne Section – Screenshot by Rod Staples.
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Meeting Report: Nov 2020 – Fabio Marraccini on Online Jamming

On Monday November 9th, the Melbourne Section of the AES held a Zoom call for our regular bi-monthly meeting, with a strong attendance of more than twenty members and visitors.

Vice-Chair Paolo Menolotto introduced Fabio Marraccini to talk on the topic of online music jamming and rehearsals.

Fabio started his presentation with an explanation of the difference between online jams – where playing together using low latency connections is emphasised for spontaneity – and remote collaboration – where the recording quality and synchronization are paramount, so it’s often individuals playing alone to a reference or click-track.

Fabio describing online jamming technology – Screenshot courtesy of Rod Staples
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Meeting Report: Sept 2020 – Andy Stewart on Recording in a Pandemic

On Monday September 14th, Twenty-five members and visitors joined the Melbourne Section of the AES in a Zoom call for our regular bi-monthly meeting.

The evening started with the Section’s AGM, which is reported separately here.

Following the AGM, re-elected Chairman Graeme Huon introduced Andy Stewart from The Mill Studio on Victoria’s rural Bass Coast to talk on the topic of recording in a pandemic.

Andy explained that he was calling in from the local Country Fire Authority (CFA) station, where he was taking advantage of their better Internet speed, as well as it being a quiet spot away from his young family. He is a Lieutenant in the local Brigade.

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Meeting Report: July 2020 – Ric Curtin

The Melbourne Section conducted an online meeting under the current lockdown conditions on Monday July 20th using the Zoom platform.
Our guest speaker was Audio Designer and Post Production Sound Mixer, Ric Curtin who presented to us on his 50 Years of Audio Production.
Chairman Graeme Huon welcomed the 29 attendees and introduced our speaker to present to us on his topic.

Ric Curtin outlines his life in audio production – Screenshot courtesy of Rod Staples
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Meeting Report: May 2020 – Sonos

The Melbourne Section conducted our first online meeting under the current lockdown conditions on Monday May 18th using the Zoom platform.
Our guest speaker was David Foreman, National Lead for Audio Visual Specialists and Installed Solutions at Sonos Australia.

Chairman Graeme Huon welcomed the 20+ attendees and introduced our speaker to present to us on his topic – Sonos – A History of Innovation and Collaboration.

David Foreman appears on webcam
David Foreman comes to the Melbourne Section via Zoom
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