Forthcoming Meetings

Acoustics in Creative Spaces

Date: 24 Apr 2017
Time: 18:00

Location: UHI Perth
Crieff Road

The Audio Engineering Society Scottish Group and JAMES are pleased to present an evening on ‘Acoustics in Creative Spaces’ held in the Goodlyburn Building at UHI Perth.  It will feature the following 4 talks:

The Story of Abbey Road Studio 1 (Melvyn Toms, long-time Abbey Road Tech)

86 years of evolution from early recordings employing questionable acoustics to a five month construction project delivering a state of the art film scoring facility employing Dolby Atmos.

A Study of Archaeoacoustics (Nick Green, Sector Manager: Audio Engineering and Theatre Arts University of the Highlands and Islands)

Particularly IR recording and archiving in heritage and archaeological sites including Rosslyn Chapel and Wemyss Caves a significant Pictish site.

Building a new recording or Performance Space? (Acoustic Designers, ‘Studio People’)

Whether you are planning a project studio in your spare room or building a multi-media suite in a university, it is vital to employ your resources where they will have greatest impact. Listen to how the experts tackle new ventures and ask them about your plans.

Convolution reverb (Dennis Weinreich, engineer, producer, studio owner…)

What is it, how and when not to use it.

Registration for this event is open to all (AES Members and Non Members).

Flyer available here.

Go on! Surprise me! An introduction to Audio and Video Coding

Date: 26 Apr 2017
Time: 18:30

Location: Leeds Beckett University – James Graham Building – Headingley Campus
Headingley Campus

AES North of England Presents:

Go on! Surprise me! An introduction to Audio and Video Coding

Professor Jamie Angus, University of Salford

April 26th 6.30pm at Leeds Beckett University, Lecture Theatre A, James Graham Building, Headingley Campus

Coded Audio is an essential part of modern audio distribution, such as the internet, film, etc. But how does it work? What is it about a signal that can allow you to reduce its data rate without loss, as in “Lossless Coding”? How can one take advantage of human perception when one does lossy coding such as mpeg?

This Lecture will use both video and audio coding to explain the characteristics that allow one to encode such signals at a reduced data rate without any loss of fidelity. It will then go on to explain how one can go about reducing the data rate with the minimum of perceptible distortion.

Getting here:

This event will take place in Lecture Theatre A, James Graham Building.

Free parking is available after 4pm in the Pay and Display car park at the top of Churchwood Avenue. Use Post Code LS16 5LF to find Churchwood Avenue.

Headingley Train Station is a 15 minute walk from campus through Becketts Park.

There is a regular bus service directly to campus from the city centre (Service 29/29X). There are also regular buses every few minutes from the city centre that stop within 5 minutes walk of campus on Otley Road (Services 1, 6 and 97).

James Graham Building is the largest building on campus at the top of the acre. The lecture theatres are best accessed from the entrance on the right hand side of the building opposite the student hub.

Snap, Crackle and Pop; Understanding the relationship between dialogue intelligibility and SFX for accessible broadcast audio.

Date: 8 May 2017
Time: 18:30

Location: Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York
Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York

Title: Snap, Crackle and Pop; Understanding the relationship between dialogue intelligibility and SFX for accessible broadcast audio.

Date/Time: Monday, 8th May 18:30

Where: Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York, Heslington East, YO10 5GB



The advent of object based broadcasting brings with it the ability to understand, control and personalise broadcast audio like never before. In particular, these advances give the tools to vastly improve the accessibility of broadcast audio for specific listeners groups like Hard of Hearing listeners. To truly exploit these advances, an understanding of how different broadcast audio objects, like sound effects, interact with dialogue and overall intelligibility is key. This talk will introduce the history of accessible broadcast audio for Hard of Hearing listeners and the current work being undertaken to characterise the relationship between dialogue, SFX and intelligibility. It will discuss how the complexity of this relationship may be integrated into intelligent solutions and metrics for use optimising broadcast speech intelligibility at point of service.



Lauren Ward (B.Eng (Hons), B.Phil) is a postgraduate researcher at the Acoustics Research Centre at the University of Salford. She is a General Sir John Monash Scholar and has previously worked on speech pathology applications for automatic speech recognition with the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.