On Monday 3rd October, the Melbourne Section of the AES held our regular bi-monthly meeting.
We welcomed about 30 members and guests via Zoom.
Angus Davidson from Red Road Immersive studio presented to us on the topic
Recording Music for Immersive Platforms – applying Dolby Atmos to music streaming
Chairman Graeme Huon introduced Angus who started his presentation with a brief run-through of his career to date.
He then moved on to introduce the studio design decisions necessary for Dolby Atmos mixing, covering the appropriate room size for different applications (music, video, or film work) as well as the acoustic treatment, and choices of working with a physical console or mixing “in-the-box”. He then spoke about equipment choices, emphasising the criticality of speaker choice.
On Monday 20th June the AES Melbourne Section finally returned to our old meeting haunt of the SAE Institute lecture theatre, where we welcomed Vastigo’s Joe Hayes to demonstrate his DaS (Diffusion at Source) AuReality loudspeakers.
In October last year, Joe introduced us to his concept of the DaS loudspeaker algorithm which provides a listening experience unshackled from the room’s acoustics and free of sweet-spot limitations. A full report on that presentation can be found at https://www.aesmelbourne.org.au/mtg-rpt-oct2021/
This time around, Joe gave us the opportunity to hear the results of his work.
With COVID restrictions significantly eased, the Committee has made the decision to trial some in-person events as well as to maintain some online events for the 2022 meeting calendar.
On Monday April 11th a small cohort gathered in person for the first time in over two years for a Section Meeting. We visited the Involve Audio facility at Mentone, where Charlie Van Dongen demonstrated his designs for the complete surround sound chain with improved soundstage imaging – decoding, amplifier, loudspeaker processing, as well as electrostatic loudspeakers.
On arrival, we were greeted by a veritable feast of pizza and sandwiches along with soft drinks to start the evening. We thank Charlie and his accounts person John Di Paolo for their generosity.
Charlie started out by introducing his colleagues David Alexandrou – head of electronics, Ron Berger -electronics and software development, and Wayne Cary – mechanical and process audio consultant, who would assist him with the demonstrations.
On Monday February 14th the AES Melbourne Section turned to Zoom again for yet another online meeting.
Over thirty members and guests joined the meeting to hear Meyer Sound’s Merlijn Van Veen Chair of AES Task Group SC-04-03-A present on the current revision of the AES75 Standard “Measuring Loudspeaker Maximum Linear Sound Levels Using Noise”
After welcoming everyone, Section Chair Graeme Huon introduced Merlijn who started by explaining the work of the Standards workgroup tasked with developing this standard, noting that the Task Group consisted of more than 70 people from a wide range of related organizations who had met fortnightly for 2 years to thrash out this document. He went on to explain the genesis of the M-Noise signal within the Meyer Sound company, and its journey to consideration for inclusion in an AES Standard.
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