lecture series

Sound Design for Theater presented by Scott Stauffer

Scott Stauffer is a sound designer specializing in theatre and working in New York City. Join us for the opportunity to have an intimate, question and answer session with a professional designer. From covering where to start with a production to how to make your work stand out from the rest, if you’re interested in sound design, join us for the rare opportunity to glean some inside tips.


A Lecture on the Business of Music by Les Schefman

In addition to maintaining an active law practice, Les is among the top commercial, film, and television composers in the region; his scores and productions have graced two Emmy winners, and several Communicator and Renaissance Award winners for such clients as Budweiser, DaimlerChrysler, GM, Ford, UPN television, and many other national and regional clients. Les produced Patrick Thomas’ “Ghost Town Radio,” nominated for five Detroit Music Awards upon its release. A more thorough bio can be found here: link.

The talk covered subjects such as music for TV, advertisements and film, and the music rights surrounding those fields, including licensing. There also was some time open for questions, so that you can get some clarification on that burning music business question that you can’t find a good answer to.


Recording at Skywalker Sound presented by Leslie Ann Jones

Leslie Ann Jones has been a recording and mixing engineer for over 30 years. Starting her career at ABC Recording Studios in Los Angeles in 1975, she moved to Northern California in 1978 to accept a staff position with David Rubinson and Fred Catero at the legendary Automatt Recording Studios. There she worked with such artists as Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Holly Near, Angela Bofill, and Narada Michael Walden, and started her film score mixing career with “Apocalypse Now”.

From 1987 to 1997 she was a staff engineer at Capitol Studios located in the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. She recorded projects with Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Michelle Shocked, BeBe & CeCe Winans, and Marcus Miller, as well as the scores for several feature films and television shows. (more…)

Hear Tomorrow Workshop

The U of M Student Section of AES is hosting Benj Kanters of Hear Tomorrow to speak on noise and music-induced hearing loss. This workshop is a two-hour presentation, including images and animations reflecting the latest in hearing research. The workshop will discuss hearing physiology, hearing loss, and hearing conservation including discussion about technologies such as the latest developments in high-fidelity ear plugs and concert in-ear monitoring systems.

Fundamentals of System Design, Implementation, and Optimization

We are welcoming all who are interested to our last AES event of the year. We will meet in McIntosh Theatre where Meyer Sound will be giving a seminar on the fundamentals of system design.

The Fundamentals of System Design seminar encompasses a variety of topics in sound system applications. Practical information about AC power, grounding, hum, gain setting and polarity are presented in a real-world context to provide useful background. Theory and practice of line arrays are discussed, along with tools for system optimization, including equalization, delay, loudspeaker management systems and measurement with the SIM 3 audio analyzer system.

The seminar’s second day is dedicated to use of Meyer Sound MAPP Online acoustical prediction software as a primary tool in system design. After an extensive introduction to the program and its capabilities, attendees are walked through exercises in which they specify venues and design loudspeaker systems to cover them.

Finally, the seminar will discuss and demonstrate important concepts pertaining to the use of subwoofers and methods of deployment that obtain optimal coverage and directivity characteristics.

Digital Signal Processing: Daniela Marquez

Daniela will give an overview of audio signal processing on the SigmaDSP IC chip from Analog Devices. The talk will focus on effects processing and how the IC is programmed. Demonstrations will be included in this discussion.

Daniela Marquez graduated from the University of Michigan in 2006 with a double major in Electrical Engineering and Sound Engineering (PAT-D). Currently she works at Analog Devices Inc. as a Software Systems Engineer in the Digital Audio Group. Daniela has been working on algorithm development for the audio processing IC: SigmaDSP. Her current projects include Automatic Room Equalization and Effects Processing.

David Clark presents Perceptual Transfer Function (PTF) Measurement System

The goal of PTF is nothing less than a full set of objective measurements of an audio system that correlate with perceived performance. Rather than attempting to map conventional measurements to perception, PTF uses all-new stimulus, reception and analysis techniques. PTF is organized into test modules that are selected from a Virtual Instrument (VI) computer interface. Each module tests an aspect of audio performance that corresponds to human assessment: Tonal Balance, Imaging, Maximum Loudness and Distortion. Each stimulus signal is generated by the VI and converted to an electrical signal by the hardware. The signal is sent to the system under test and received by the PTF microphone array. (more…)

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss presented by Dr. Lidia Lee

Dr. Lidia Lee is an Associate professor at Eastern Michigan University. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at Eastern Michigan University where she is involved in teaching and research. In addition to her academic duties Dr. Lee is also a clinical audiologist in the Speech and Hearing Clinic. Having accumulated experience in hearing aid fitting, evaluation, and research of over 15 years, she has tested many college students who failed a hearing screening and who were told about their hearing loss for the first time. Dr. Lee is a strong advocate for hearing conservation and has given lectures on hearing conservation to the community, the AES Detroit chapter and to many Ypsilanti Elementary first graders in the last four semesters – “preaching” about hearing conservation.

Besides teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Audiology, her research interests are in the areas of psycho-acoustics and sound quality. Dr. Lee has done extensive research into issues of sound quality for hearing aids and audio systems.

Dr. Lee earned her doctorate degree at Indiana University – Bloomington, and her master degree at Purdue University – West Lafayette in Audiology, with an undergraduate background in Experimental Psychology.

Dave Greenspan: Field Recording

The University of Michigan’s own Audio Resource Coordinator David Greenspan was the guest lecturer at this month’s student section meeting. Dave’s focus was on the recording of live sound in different acoustical environments. Sound reinforcement was not covered, the focus being strictly on the recording process for live sound performances. Much of the discussion was on pre-production: site surveying, interfacing with the locations equipment, setting equipment lists (mics, cables, various connectors), and other necessary on-location gear that is needed. Dave could not stress enough the importance of compiling a complete equipment list and testing everything before leaving for a gig. (more…)