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ROME — The 134th AES Convention, which took place May 4-7 at the Fontana di Trevi Convention Centre here, included more than 150 workshops, tutorials and round table discussions on digital cinema, loudness, spatial audio and other topics.
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“Our 134th convention exceeded expectations in every way,” reports AES executive director Bob Moses. “Our 4 day program of over 150 workshops, tutorials and round table discussions on digital cinema, loudness, spatial audio and other timely topics, packed our presentation rooms. In addition to a solid pro industry turnout, we attracted many enthusiastic students whose quest for information and mentors was palpable. Our sponsors were uniformly pleased with the new customers in attendance throughout the Convention. I feel confident that we are on a good path in Europe and look forward to expanding this new AES model in future years,” he adds.
The 134th AES Convention was held May 4 -7, 2013 at Rome’s Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre. Under the guidance of Convention Chair, Umberto Zangheri, the Convention program presented attendees with the opportunity to discuss the issues that impact the vitality of the pro audio industry.
“This Convention provided a unique environment for deliberating hot issues, and incubating future innovation and growth in the pro audio industry,” Moses states. “Many events were educational in nature, bringing professionals up to speed on important topics. But many others crystallized critical technical milestones in rapidly evolving fields such as Digital Cinema. One of our missions is to take all this amazing mental power in our industry and turn it into new standards and best practices. The work in the Digital Cinema community is a prime example of this synergy. They’re not just talking about the future; they’re making it happen in our meeting rooms. It’s very important work!” he adds.
Brian McCarty, chair of the AES Technical Committee of Sound For Digital Cinema and Television reports, “the standing-room only attendance for virtually all our Sound for Pictures Track events was augmented by the fact that these meetings were extremely productive in terms of producing demonstrable findings to support our Standards Committee activities.”
Following through on his promise to serve businesses in new ways, Moses says the decision not to have an exhibition floor was deliberate. “I wanted to test a model based on sponsorship,” he said, “in contrast to a traditional exhibition. This event and venue was a good opportunity for such a test. If you look at what our sponsors did — training, product placement, and so on, you can see some very interesting and creative ways for AES to serve them.
“I’m very grateful to these companies for supporting us and coming out to play,” Moses adds. “I heard many success stories from them, and I’m looking forward to stepping our sponsor program up another level in 2014.”
Commenting on her reaction to the Convention, Gioia Molinari, Head of Marketing for Gold Sponsor, RCF remarked, “The emphasis on serious industry issues and meaningful technical dialogues distinguished this event from the new product introduction focus of many large scale conventions. The AES European gathering is sized and designed to establish critical new business relationships and, to help us assess where the industry is headed technically. We were extremely pleased with the quality of the attendees and the genuine enthusiasm expressed by our co-sponsors. This was one of the most productive and stimulating Conventions we have participated in.”
“AES Conventions are unsurpassed environments for student interaction,” said Stephen Webber, Gold Sponsor, Berklee College of Music’s Valencia Campus Director for Technology Innovation. “These are the kinds of events, which inspire dialogues that spark creative breakthroughs. The students we engaged with were bright, inquisitive and, grateful for the opportunity to meet with both their international peers and the industry professionals who are pioneering the changes which are moving our industry forward.”
“The AES Rome Convention technical program focus appealed to us as a manufacturer,” said CharterOak President Michael Deming. “The format successfully allowed us to present our products in a focused way in two technical training sessions ‘Intelligent Compression In the Analog Domain’ and ‘Wide Bandwidth Equalization in the Analog Domain.’ Our presentation room was filled with industry pioneers, working professionals and wide-eyed students, creating an environment for training and technical discussions, that doesn’t happen on a crowded exhibits floor,” Deming adds.
AES President, Frank Wells concludes, “In the marketplace of ideas, the 134th Convention proved that the AES remains professional audio’s prime source for the fundamental information, leading edge technology and technique, standards and practices—AES convention attendees have the information available to allow them lead the curve while others follow.”
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CORAL GABLES, FL — To optimize audio quality during the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards, for the home audience viewing the April 25 event on Telemundo and those inside the BankUnited Center here, the technical crew used Shure wireless systems for microphones and in-ear monitors.
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“The Latin Billboards was an all-Shure show this year,” notes RF specialist James Stoffo, who handled operation and frequency coordination at the event for Professional Wireless Services (PWS). “Every wireless microphone and in-ear monitor were Shure. We used Axient as the main hosts’ and primary music performers’ wireless microphones and all of the in-ear monitors were PSM 1000.”
The show featured a diverse series of performances by acclaimed Latin artists, including one of the night’s big winners, Don Omar, whose ten awards included Male Artist of the Year. Other notable performances included Maná with Draco Rosa; Carlos Vives with Michel Teló; Marc Anthony’s new single; and classical crossover vocalists Il Volo, singing an homage to Lifetime Achievement Award winner José José.
A recognized wireless expert, who is also Chief Technology Officer for Radio Active Designs, James Stoffo appreciates the extra measure of reliability that Axient provides for live broadcasts. “Telemundo specified Axient wireless microphone systems for all main hosts and primary music performances. This is mainly because of the back up frequency capability of Axient,” he states. “From my perspective, the RF performance of Axient is superior to every other system on the market today. This is especially important, because this show had well over 100 frequencies on a relatively small stage area. In addition, all audio mixers agree that the Axient system provides better audio quality than any other system.”
Wireless vocals were performed on a mix of Shure Axient and UHF-R wireless systems, with ten channels of each employed during the production. Microphone capsules were matched to the performers’ voices, and included the new KSM9HS and Beta 58A elements. All 16 in-ear channels were handled by PSM 1000 personal monitor systems.
“The PSM 1000 diversity packs and unique implementing of the variable gain RF amplifier in the IEM receivers gave us top-shelf performance,” says Stoffo. “IEMs require special attention on TV award shows due to the backdrop of video walls and lighting curtains in close proximity to the performers. This is where the variable gain RF amp in the PSM 1000 receiver really shines.”
The Latin Billboard Awards production was overseen by Field Production Supervisor J.C. Aguila of Telemundo, aided by Frank Guerra, Audio Department Manager. The audio vendors for the event included Miami-based Acoutech, (PA system and mixing consoles), Professional Wireless Systems (RF mics and in-ears), and East Shore Sound (RF mics and comm systems).
Mixing for the Telemundo broadcast was handled by engineers Jorge Pacheco (show mix) and Eric Schilling (music mix), with the front of house sound inside the venue mixed by Joe Lizano (music) and Rafael Alkins (show mix). The chief monitor engineer was Jorge Frontera.
Shure hard-wired microphones were also used across all live performances for instruments and backing vocals. Of particular note were four VP89 stereo mics, used by ambient mic mixer Gary Baldissari to augment the shotguns used to enhance the broadcast’s surround sound.
The other big winners at the Latin Billboard Awards included Jenni Rivera, whose career ended in a tragic plane crash last December. Rivera won six awards and was honored with a video tribute, introduced by actor Edward James Olmos. Other multiple award winners included Prince Royce, Shakira, Maná, Romeo Santos, La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de René Camacho, and Natty Natasha.
“We were honored to have our products selected by Telemundo for an important live broadcast like the Billboard Latin Music Awards,” said Gabriel Benitez, Market Development Manager for Shure. “The wireless systems all performed flawlessly and sounded great. It was an honor to be on site and see our products used by all the biggest stars in the world of Latin music.”
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