Meetings & Announcements

Meeting – Live Sound for a Major Musical Show and Holiday Dinner

Live Sound for a Major Musical Show and Holiday Dinner
(Please read carefully.)

When/Where: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2019, 4:15 PM @ Hilbert Circle Theater followed by Dinner at Shapiro’s ~ 5: 45 PM.

Join us for a hands-on talk with Alan Alford, audio engineer for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, as he explains the details and challenges for the ISO’s 34 st annual IPL Yuletide Celebration musical production. Among the challenges of this production is handling over 35 wireless microphone systems. This season, Alan will be using a Yamaha PM7 console, the Shure Axient wireless radios and Clear-Com FreeSpeak wireless systems.

NOTE: There is a tight window for this session – the talk with Alan will begin promptly at 4:15 PM and end at 5:15 PM. We have been asked to assemble just inside the 32 E. Washington Street entrance (Symphony Center) by 4:15 PM; specifically, do NOT enter the theater by the main doors on the Circle.

Also, because of the tight schedule and very busy backstage area, it is important that you RSVP so we can have an accurate list of those attending – otherwise, you may not be able to be admitted.

There are two Yuletide productions that day, one at 2:00 PM and the other at 8:00 PM. Frankie Moreno is this year’s host. You may wish to attend one of these (your option) in order to have a greater appreciation for the magnitude and complexity of the task of handling live sound for this major production. (We are not able to hold a block of tickets; that is, you must purchase your own ticket(s), available online at www.indianapolissymphony.org.) HCT is located at 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis. Parking is available in several nearby garages and at Circle Center (underground).

Immediately following we will proceed to the nearby Shapiro’s restaurant, 808 S. Meridian, for a holiday dinner.  Cost for AES members only will be $7.00, with the balance being subsidized by the Section.  Treasurer, Phil Hodson, will take your $7 share (cash only) before paying the total bill.  Non-AES members will need to pay the full amount.

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Presentation on Acoustics with Gavin Haverstick

What: Acoustics with Gavin Haverstick
When: November 14th 6:30pm 
Where: Forney Hall G124 – Purdue University (480 W Stadium Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47907)
RSVP: Use our EventBrite or Contact form

Join Central Indiana AES and Purdue University’s Student Chapter for a presentation on acoustics by Gavin Haverstick

Event is free but we ask that you register so we know you’re coming. Parking is on own. Visitor parking on campus is available at various locations including Northwestern Avenue Garage located at 504 Northwestern Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47906 .


Meeting Announcement – Join us at IUPUI’s ReverBall

What: IUPUI ReverBall – Free!
When: November 7th 3:30pm – 10:30pm 
Where: Eskenazi Fine Arts Center – 1410 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202
RSVP: Use our EventBrite or Contact form

Our Central Indiana AES Section meet time will be 6:30 PM at Eskenazi Fine Arts Center (1410 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis).  This evening’s activities will include a Tour of IUPUI’s Music Technology facilities across campus, along with various ensembles that will be performing throughout the Eskenazi Fine Arts Centeras part of IUPUI’s ReverBall.  We will see various installations plus exhibitions and performances by students from the Herron School of Art and the Music and Arts Technology program.

Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Eskenazi Fine Arts Center. After meeting at the EFAC as a group we will take the Yellow JagLine to the Music and Arts Technology building on campus at approximately 7:00pm. Tour will wrap up by 8:00pm and we will head back to the arts center.

The ReverBall exhibit and performances at Eskenazi Fine Arts Center are free and open to the public. However, we ask that any AES members wishing to join on the tour of the technology facilities to please register for the event at our eventbrite page or by contacting centralindianaaes@gmail.com

Our host will be Dr. Tim Hsu, faculty member in Purdue’s Music Technology program. 

For more information on the event visit go.iu.edu/2c50 

An Evening with John Cooper

Central Indiana – July 18, 2019

Meeting Topic: An Evening with John Cooper

Moderator Name: Michael Petrucci

Speaker Name: John Cooper, freelance FOH mixer for Bruce Springsteen and other noted artists

Other business or activities at the meeting: It was announced that Section elections will commence at this time. Nominations are open and should be submitted to the Secretary. Voting will be done electronically (via special website). Results are expected on/about August 20, 2019.

Meeting Location: ESCO Communications, Indianapolis, IN

Summary

This evening’s guest presenter has been an FOH engineer/mixer for Bruce Springsteen since 2001. He has also worked as FOH engineer/mixer with other numerous other artists, including: John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, and Lionel Richie. 

John talked about his approach and experience in mixing for major, live music performances. Some of the things he highlighted included: 
• Understanding and maintaining the proper gain structure. 
• A result that sounds good/acceptable, not something that reads ideally on a meter. 
• Having appropriate backup equipment and a strategy to deploy, when necessary. 
• Be cautious of level limits with digital consoles. Some people are using analog matrices to do certain mixes in order to work around these issues. 
• Use of delays to achieve some stereo effects from a mono source. 
• Protools can provide a virtual sound check. 
• The teleprompter is a key element in this scale of road show — everyone uses it to know the where they are in the show. There could be as many as 20 displays. Related to this — many shows are automated. 
• The entire stage is on UPS. 
• There is a definite difference in energy level between an afternoon rehearsal and an evening performance. 
• Bass guitar balance (with the rest of the band/orchestra) is a very important consideration. 
• Front fills are important, especially for the performer to be understood. Balance can be tricky and important. 
In regular business, biennial elections for the Section were announced and the process will commence promptly. The value of AES membership was highlighted, including product discounts (Apple, Dell, Sound Particles and Focal Press) plus career resources (profiles, forums, and job board postings from sustaining member companies).

Written By: Barrie Zimmerman, Secretary

March Meeting Announcement: LEA Professional – A Startup Company with a Deep Heritage in the Pro Audio Industry

Who: Scott Robbins & Brian Pickowitz of LEA Professional
When: Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:00PM
Where:  ESCO Communications – 8940 Vincennes Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46268
RSVP: Use our Eventbrite page

Based in Northern Indiana, a traditional hub of Professional Audio Innovation, LEA Professional is a Pro Audio startup led by Blake Augsburger. Come see Scott Robbins, VP of Sales and Marketing, and Brian Pickowitz, Sr. Director of North American Sales, discuss:

  • Why, how and the challenges of a start-up
  • Product overview, unique features, design elements, etc.
  • Adding IoT and Cloud into Pro Audio products – what does this mean for the installer and end user?

This is sure to be an informative event! Please use the Eventbrite link to let us know you plan to attend. See you there!

Audio Over IP – New Developments and Directions for AES67

What: Audio Engineering Society (AES) Meeting, Central Indiana
When: 7:00pm – 9:00pm, September 27, 2018
Where: Sensory Technologies, 6951 Corporate Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46278

Josh Arnold and Mike Sims, from Attero Tech in Fort Wayne, will present an update on new developments around the AES67 AoIP standard. There has been surprisingly rapid market acceptance and uptake of AES67, and a number of industry groups and manufacturers in the Pro AV space are using the standard. Many are using a variety of device discovery and audio connection management protocols to extend the utility of AES67 past basic AoIP bridging towards more comprehensive AoIP solutions. We’ll talk about these efforts, demonstrate AES67 interoperability on some real gear, and give a sneak peek at some of Attero Tech’s AES67 roadmap.

Josh Arnold is Attero Tech’s AV Product Manager. He’s responsible for defining Attero Tech’s new products and product family strategies. Before stepping into his current role at Attero Tech, Josh designed hardware and firmware for both Attero Tech and OEM products. Josh was a Sales Engineer at Sweetwater Sound prior to joining Attero Tech.

Mike Sims is the Director of Marketing and Sales, and one of the founders of Attero Tech. He worked as a hardware design engineer and manager for Biamp, Lectrosonics, and Cirrus Logic prior to his time at Attero Tech.

You can use our usual Eventbrite link here to RSVP. It is completely free – the link is just so we have a good way to keep track of attendance.

June Meeting Announcement: Wood, Leather, Glue, and Metal: Ancient Techniques for Modern Pipes

What: Goulding & Wood Pipe Organ Builders factory tour and demo with Tom Nichols
Date:
  THURSDAY, August 23, 2018
Time & Places: 
 5:30 PM at Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indy 46202 followed by move to nearby Goulding & Wood, 823 Massachusetts Ave., Indy 46204.
RSVP to: centralindianaaes@gmail.com

Join us for a rare opportunity to visit a modern pipe organ factory here in Indianapolis. Tom Nichols, organist, musician, and associate with Goulding & Wood, will be our host/guide.

At the Indiana Landmarks Center we will see the restored Grand Hall (a former Methodist church sanctuary) and hear a demonstration that organ by Tom Nichols. Organ restoration by Goulding & Wood.

The factory tour will feature a current project – a rebuild of the 1928 two-manual 29-rank Möller organ for Irvington Presbyterian Church, which includes a new console and a vintage Tuba stop new to that organ.

Tom Nichols is the Director of Music Ministry at St. Luke Catholic Church on the north side of Indianapolis, a position he began in July 2013, and a representative of Goulding & Wood pipe organ builders, where he works in customer service.  Previously he served for 17 years as the Director of Music & Liturgy and principal organist at historic St. John the Evangelist Church in downtown Indianapolis (home of a Goulding & Wood pipe organ built in 1989). He has served as the special events organist for various diocesan liturgies at SS. Peter & Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis for 10 years, and is a member of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and the 16-voice Archdiocesan Chamber Choir Vox Sacra.  He was a featured performer at the 2007 national conventions of the Organ Historical Society (OHS) and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM).

Tom also spent three years as Dean of the Indianapolis chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  He is also active in the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society, where he has served twice as chapter president and has volunteered on the organ rebuilding and maintenance crew since 1995.  He also has a keen interest in tower bells and carillons. Tom was a certified passenger train conductor and locomotive engineer with the Indiana Transportation Museum Railroad from 2003-2016, which operated a former Nickel Plate Road line across Marion, Hamilton, and Tipton counties in Indiana.

He was a scholarship student at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree in Choral/General Music Teaching and Organ.  His organ teachers have been Christopher Young, Faythe Freese, Robert Rayfield, Dale Caldwell and Charles Gardner. He’s a fan of the Indianapolis Colts . . . except for when they play his beloved Green Bay Packers.

April Meeting Announcement

This unique meeting covering the future of voice is approaching fast!

On April 18th at 7pm, Ganesh Gandhieswaran, founder and President of ThickStat, and Gopinath Jaganmohan, co-founder and CTO will present a discussion of the human voice and how it meets and integrates with machine technology.

They will cover the current state of voice and natural language understanding, technologies for machine learning and artificial intelligence, barriers facing this technology (security, for example), and the future job landscape in this field as it applies to audio.

This is sure to be an interesting meeting and is a very relevant topic for those of us who are and will be using the new age voice controlled devices!

Parking information can be found on IU’s Website.

Please RSVP for free on our Eventbrite page (linked here).

April 18 at 7:00PM
IU Bloomington
Musical Arts Center (MAC), Room MC066
101 Jordan Ave
Bloomington, IN 47406

Meeting Announcement – Indy Acoustic Research – March 23, 2017

Our next Central Indiana Section meeting will be Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7:00 PM, at the offices of Indy Acoustic Research, 6602 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis. Larry Marcus and his associates will host this meeting.

Indy Acoustic Research specializes in acoustic engineering consulting for leading manufacturers of cutting edge communications and consumer electronics products. IAR offers acoustic measurement, design, simulation, prototyping, competitive analysis, benchmarking, debugging, and tuning for “user interfaces” from VoIP telephones to Bluetooth satellite speakers to industrial ASR headsets to gaming headsets. IAR members trace their career beginnings to Bell Telephone Laboratories in Indianapolis (BTL-IN) which was co-located with Western Electric’s Indianapolis Works.  R&D Areas in which IAR members specialized include telephone receivers, microphones, operator headsets, telephone headsets, speakerphones, and interoperability compliance. BTL-IN officially closed in 1997, but the location and many employees continued essential R&D operations through AT&T, Lucent Technologies, MWM Acoustics and Harman International. IAR continues the BTL and MWM Acoustics traditions of excellence in acoustics and transducer design and laboratory test.

Details of the Meeting:

Meeting is at 7:00PM on 23 March 2017 at 6602 East 75th Street which is the westernmost of the three buildings at Heritage Park in Northeast Indy.  Enter via the south entrance (75thStreet side) and take the first right to the Conference Center where a short introductory presentation will start the meeting.  Afterward there will be a lab tour with demonstrations in the anechoic chamber and sound booth.  Meeting should last about one hour.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite:
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Local Event – EXPO – January 17th

The Technology Solutions EXPO – presented by Sensory Technologies

Coming up is a local event that may be of interest to many of our Central Indiana AES Section members and friends – The Technology Solutions EXPO, presented by Sensory Technologies.
http://sensorytechnologies.com/events/
Date: January 17, 2017
Time: 8am to 4pm EST
Location:
Dallara Indycar Factory
1201 Main Street
Speedway, IN 46224
Admission: Free