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Audio Engineering Society Announces 2017 Election Results

September 25th, 2017
AES President-Elect Nadja Wallaszkovits

AES President-Elect Nadja Wallaszkovits

The AES has released the list of winning candidates from the balloting in the 2017 Audio Engineering Society international elections. The newly elected officers will assume their roles in October 2017, shortly after the end of the 143rd International AES Convention in New York. Entering the office of President-Elect is Nadja Wallaszkovits, who will serve first on the AES Board of Governors and Executive Committee as President-Elect, fully assuming the Presidency in October 2018 for a one-year term. Joining the Board of Governors as Treasurer-Elect is Richard Wollrich, who will serve alongside Treasurer Garry Margolis for one year, then begin a two-year term as Treasurer. Also in October, current President Alex Case will remain on the Executive Committee as Past President for the 2017-2018 term, as current President-Elect David Scheirman advances into the Presidency.

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Nominees Announced for 33rd TEC Awards

September 25th, 2017

TEC AwardsThe NAMM Foundation has announced nominees for the 33rd NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards. The annual awards will be presented at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, which will be held from Jan. 27, 2018. It’s the global gathering of music, pro sound, and event tech industries, and celebrate the spirit of innovation, honouring the best-in-class products in the pro audio community. At the show, 31 categories of products and projects will be recognized in the areas of Technical or Creative Achievement to honour the many individuals, companies, and technical innovations used in sound recordings, films, broadcast television and video games.

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AES143 in New York to Examine 3D Audio & Immersive Sound in Spatial Audio Track

September 21st, 2017

01 AES137Advances in 3D audio and immersive sound will be examined and explained at the 143rd International Audio Engineering Society Convention through a wide variety of Spatial Audio Track events. It’ll all take place at the upcoming AES New York Convention, October 18 to 21, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York.

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TASCAM Promotes Joe Stopka to VP of Business Development

September 21st, 2017

TAS-JoeStopkaVPTASCAM, a division of TEAC of America, has promoted former Director of Business Development Joe Stopka to Vice President of Sales and Business Development. In his new position, Stopka leads TASCAM’s sales, marketing, and product marketing teams for all of the Americas.

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Details Revealed for AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium

September 18th, 2017

NAMM_hdrThe inaugural AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium: Live & Studio will offer a unique  education and training program from the Audio Engineering Society targeted at working professionals in the live sound, recording and performance-audio communities. The four-day international symposium, which will be held concurrently with  the 2018 NAMM Show from Jan. 25-28 in Anaheim, CA, comprises a series of Training Academies and related sessions on line-array technologies, live-sound mixing consoles, wireless systems, and studio environments, in addition to tutorials on system measurement and optimization, plus a selection of technical papers in related fields. These classes will be held within the Anaheim Hilton Hotel’s NAMM Education Campus, adjacent to a new pro-audio exhibit space.

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Harman Professional Solutions Laying Off 650 Employees

September 18th, 2017
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Dinesh Paliwal, Pres. & CEO of Harman International Industries.

Audio, video, lighting, and control systems manufacturer Harman Professional Solutions last week confirmed to AVnetwork that it is laying off 650 employees from its pro AV division. The news comes just a few months after Harman was bought by Samsung.

 “To be clear, the changes we announced yesterday are the culmination of a transformation that the Professional Solutions Division has been undergoing for the last two years to better serve our customers, increase our competitiveness, and accelerate new product innovations,” David Glaubke, director of public relations, global professional solutions for Harman International told AVnetwork.com. “The changes will result in several facility closures over the next nine months to a year, including Elkhart, Indiana, South Jordan, Utah and a few smaller offices throughout Europe that came to Harman through a number of acquisitions over the last 10 years. Following these transitions, Harman stated it will enter a “rebuilding” mode and form three “Centers of Competency”: Northridge, CA for acoustics; Richardson, TX for electronics, DSP, and video and control; and Aarhus, Denmark for lighting. These centers will allow the company’s engineers to focus on critical product differentiations instead of requiring them to develop motors, mechanical structures, and other supporting elements. The job of converting these technologies into competitive products will be for our newly formed New Product Innovation (NPI) teams.

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AES New York Convention Reveals Game Audio & VR Track Events

September 18th, 2017
Steve Martz

Steve Martz, AES New York Game Audio & VR Track co-chair

For the 143rd International Audio Engineering Society Convention, the traditional Game Audio Track is expanding into the Game Audio and VR (Virtual Reality) Track to reflect the growing importance of immersive sound and virtual reality audio. This year’s series of events, put together by co-chairs Steve Martz and Michael Kelly, incorporates the latest cutting-edge technologies and techniques used in some of today’s most popular, and growing, forms of entertainment. AES 143 will be held in New York City from Oct. 18-21, 2017.

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AES International Conference on Audio Forensics Finds “Signal in the Noise”

September 8th, 2017

The Audio Engineering Society (AES) recently held its sixth International Conference on Audio Forensics from June 15-17, in Arlington, VA, offering an intensive look into the science and art of the audio forensics field. Through a host of special guest speakers on a variety of related topics, as well as research paper presentations and workshops, the conference, hosted by co-chairs Daniel Rappaport of Precision Solutions and Jeff M. Smith of the National Center for Media Forensics, offered attendees intimate knowledge of research related to the forensic application of speech/signal processing, acoustical analyses, audio authentication, and the examination of methodologies and best practices.

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d&b Names Jan Biermann as Head of R&D; Frank Bothe Now CTO

August 31st, 2017
Jan Biermann (right) & Frank Bothe

Jan Biermann (right) & Frank Bothe

d&b audiotechnik is expanding its Research and Development department and has appointed a new member to its management team. With effect from Aug. 1st, Jan Biermann takes over from Frank Bothe as Head of Research and Development. Bothe will now focus on the company’s medium to long term technology roadmap in his role as Chief Technology Officer. As leader of the Research and Development team, Biermann will be responsible for implementing product development projects, reporting to d&b Managing Director Markus Strohmeier.

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TOA Canada Names Dharmesh Patel to Newly Created Position of National Inside Sales Support

August 29th, 2017
Dharmesh Patel

Dharmesh Patel

TOA Canada Corporation has announced the promotion of Dharmesh Patel to the newly created position of National Inside Sales Support. With this promotion comes the hiring of Sergio Abarca to Warehouse Coordinator. Joann Bettonvil is now performing the duties for the Customer Service position.

In the newly created position of National Inside Sales Support, Patel will be responsible for supporting TOA Canada’s national sales team, supporting its customers via phone support and education on new products among other tasks. Patel has a background in sales, customer service, and finance, which he will bring into this role. Joining the TOA team in March of 2015 as the warehouse coordinator, Patel developed an improved inventory system and displayed a customer focused work ethic in product shipments, according to the company.

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