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Meeting Notice: June 2019

The next meeting of the AES Melbourne Section will be on Monday 3rd June.

It will be a visit to the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS) where Byron Scullin will give a talk on:

The Establishment of MESS
&
The History of Electronic Music in Melbourne

(Bookings required – see below)

Byron will describe the establishment of MESS and its collection. He will also discuss the particular histories of key machines in the collection, as well as answer any questions you may have.

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April 2019 Meeting Report: Active Acoustic Enhancement and Spatial Audio

Twenty one members and guests gathered in the Yamaha Premium Piano Centre (YPPC) in South Melbourne to hear Simon Tait explain the Yamaha AFC3 Active Field Control system and its use in acoustic enhancement and spatial audio applications.

Simon had recently installed an AFC3 system at this location and he was pleased to describe and demonstrate its features.

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Preliminary June Meeting Notice

The next meeting is scheduled for June 3rd.

It is planned to be a visit to the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS) in North Melbourne – a not-for-profit organization that curates a unique collection of electronic instruments.

For more details on MESS see https://mess.foundation/

They will present to us on their collection.

Further details will follow closer to the date.

April Meeting Notice:

The next meeting of the AES Melbourne Section will be on Monday 8th April.

It will be a presentation by Simon Tait of Yamaha Music Australia on:

Active Acoustic Enhancement and Spatial Audio

*New Meeting Venue*
(Bookings required – see below)

Modern venues increasingly utilise Active Acoustic Enhancement (AAE) to expand the range of performances and events that can be hosted in their facilities. For performers and audiences alike this means a more natural environment befitting the program material and for venue owners this can equate to greater returns through increased bookings. Spatial Audio (SA) systems often exist alongside AAE systems due to the common hardware they utilise.

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Feb 2019 Meeting Report: ABC Radio tour

Twenty members and guests gathered in the foyer of the ABC Southbank studios for a tour of the ABC radio studios. The timing was fortuitous as, while we waited we had a panoramic viewing window into the ABC-TV News studio, where the 7:00 pm flagship bulletin was going live to air. That made for an entertaining wait.

Chairman Graeme Huon then welcomed all to the meeting and introduced ABC Radio Operations Manager Paul Penton and Senior Operator Richard Girvan, who were to be our hosts for the evening.

Splitting up into two groups and starting in Radio Master Control, operator Brett assisted Richard and Paul in describing the operation of MCR and the scheduling software, and localization, explaining that the majority of content is live with a little bit of replay off digital storage using Netia software. Richard commented that the localization elements are still running on the ABC-developed D-Cart system (dating from 1995 build). He explained that localization was the system whereby when a program is being fed to multiple centres, local promos and idents are triggered at each centre when the program cuts to a break. He also indicated that a small amount of voice tracking is done using the commercial RCS Zetta package.

Richard Girvan describes Radio MCR Operations – photo Rod Staples
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