AES Show Spring 2021

Global Resonance

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May 25 - 28, 2021

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AES Spring Show 2021 Convention Committee

Our Committee comprise of leading audio professionals.
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Bert Kraaijpoel


With a mixed technical/musical background Bert started his audio career as a recording engineer in the 1980s, the beginning of the digital era.
He was mainly recording and editing classical music
and jazz. He developed secondary (educational) activities,
establishing professional training programs in audio technology,
initially for broadcast engineers and later expanding to other audio (-visual) companies. At present Bert is lecturing at the Dutch Film Academy (Amsterdam) and at the Royal Conservatory (The Hague), mainly educating in the areas of electro-acoustics and psychoacoustics.

Bert has been an AES member for over 30 years and during that period he has a long history as a committee member for the Dutch AES Section. He has served as its Secretary for the past 15 years. He has organized a multitude of section meetings and tutorials on various audio-related subjects, and presented tutorials on microphones and digital audio. He is pro-active in encouraging communication with the student community.

Bert served as a member of the convention committee for the 124th AES Convention in Amsterdam in May 2008.

In his spare time Bert is a baritone singer in one of the larger choirs of the Hague and he is also an enthusiastic amateur photographer.

AES Awards
In 2016, Bert Kraaijpoel was presented with the AES Board of Governors Award in recognition of his many years dedicated service to the Society, and in particular to the Netherlands AES Section.

Jamie Angus-Whiteoak

Co-Chair, Papers

Jamie Angus-Whiteoak Was Professor of Audio Technology at Salford University. Her interest in audio was crystallized at age 11 when she visited
the WOR studios in NYC on a school trip in 1967.
After this she was hooked, and spent much of her free
time studying audio, radio, synthesizers, and loudspeakers,
and even managed to build some!

During secondary education in Scotland she learned about valve (tube) circuits and repaired radios and televisions, as well as building loudspeakers from recovered components. Then at 17 she attended the University of Lethbridge in Alberta Canada. There, in addition to her studies in physics, music, computing, drama, philosophy, and english composition, she repaired their VCS3 synthesizer, and so obtained coveted access to the electronic music lab. She was also able to design her first proper loudspeakers and had a quadraphonic system in her 7’5” cube bedroom.

She studied electronics at the University of Kent (UK) doing her BSc and PhD there from 1974 to 1980. During her undergraduate days she designed and built a variety of audio circuits, added acoustic treatment to the student’s radio station’s studios, and designed and built an electronic piano. She also developed and built a complete AM stereo modulation system for her final year project. During her PhD study she became interested in A/D conversion, and worked on a sigma-delta approach, but had to give it up to concentrate on her Thesis topic of designing a general purpose Digital Signal Processor with flexible arithmetic for finite field transforms. After her PhD she joined Standard Telecommunications Laboratories, who invented optical fibres and PCM. There she worked on integrated optics, speech coding, speech synthesis, and recognition in the early 80s, and invented a novel 32kBits speech coding method. She has been active in audio and acoustic research from then.

She was appointed as the BT Lecturer at the University of York in 1983, to develop the first integrated masters (Meng) in Electronic and Communication Engineering in conjunction with British Telecom. She then co-created the UK’s first Music Technology course in 1986 when it was considered a “silly idea”! At York she developed courses on electronic product design and co-authored a book on it. She also created, and supervised many design orientated final year project, and several of her students won national design awards for their work.

She is the inventor of; modulated, wideband, and absorbing diffusers, direct processing of Super Audio CD signals, and one of the first 4-channel digital tape recorders. She has done work on signal processing, analogue circuits, and numerous other audio technology topics.
She has taught analogue circuit design, communications systems, computer architecture, microprogramming and logic design, design for testability and reliability, audio and video signal processing, digital signal processing, psychoacoustics, sound reproduction, electroacoustics, loudspeaker and microphone design, studio design, and audio, speech, and video coding. She has co-written two textbooks and has authored, or co-authored over 200 journal and conference papers and 4 patents. She is currently investigating environmentally friendly audio technology.

She has been active in the AES for 30 years and has been paper’s cochair for conventions as well as a judge for the student project and Matlab competitions.

She has been awarded an AES fellowship, the IOA Peter Barnet Memorial Award, and the AES Silver Medal Award, for her contributions to audio and acoustics.

For relaxation she likes playing drums and dancing, but not at the same time.

Miles Fulwider

Chair, Student Recording Competitions

Producer/Engineer/Educator Miles Fulwider holds a Master’s Degree in Music – Music
Technology from the Steinhardt School at New York
University, and an Advanced Certificate in Tonmeister
Studies from NYU. Miles has produced and engineered for
many GRAMMY® and Emmy Award winning artists and produced/engineered several chart-topping and award-winning albums. His credits include: Wynton Marsalis, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Chick Corea, Joe Locke, Grinder Blues, dUg Pinnick (King’s X), the Bihlman Brothers, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Rob Mathes, Joe Bonadio, Hamilton de Holanda, Lawrence Brownlee, Damien Sneed, The Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, XM/Sirius Satellite Radio, and several film scores including scores for the American documentary film maker Ken Burns.

As an educator, Miles serves as the Program Director for the Music Technology and Digital Media Management Programs at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne Indiana.

Ruud Kaltofen


After earning his teaching degree, Ruud began his career as a live sound technician at Protone PA
Rentals in 1980. For ten years, he worked as a sound
and systems engineer, touring with artists such as
Chris Isaak and John Hiatt until the company merged into
Ampco Pro Rent BV (Ampco Flashlight Group) in 1990. Gradually his focus shifted to electronic development.

Here Ruud developed a series of loudspeaker controllers and custom electronics solutions for the rental company and co-invented the Synco Rental Network Sound Monitors.
Ruud’s Research & Development results on loudspeaker reverberation and the possibilities of manipulation are still industry standards.

Ruud continued his work in Research & Development within the Ampco Flashlight Group at Event Acoustics, where he has been a valued team member since 2002. While Ruud’s focus has shifted to the development of digital audio equipment, he still gets animated when talking about past achievement

Remy Wenmaekers

Co-Chair, Papers

Remy Wenmaekers graduated with honours as a Master of Science in Architecture, Building and Planning, with a specialization in Acoustics and did a PhD research on stage acoustics.
Since 2006, he is acoustic consultant, researcher and
teacher at the company Level Acoustics & Vibration (LA&V)
housed in the acoustics laboratory of the department of the
Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology.

LA&V's mission is to transfer knowledge by participating in innovative building designs and applied research and by organising master classes. Remy has worked on various building projects developing solutions to optimise the room acoustics and the insulation of sound. He applies various laboratory and field measurements and prediction modelling methods. He is teacher by giving lectures, organising workshops/courses and supervising students at TU/e and other universities.

Rafael Kassier

Chair, Workshops & Tutorials

Rafael Kassier is responsible for Harman’s scientific sound quality evaluation programme (Benchmarking) for European automotive sound systems and is based in Germany. He holds PhD. and Bachelor of Music & Sound Recording
(Tonmeister) degrees from the University of Surrey.
Previously Dr. Kassier has worked in the audio software
industry and as a research fellow. His research interests are
in subjective evaluation, listener training, automotive audio, spatial audio and virtual/augmented reality.

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Leslie Gaston-Bird

Chair, Diversity & Inclusion

Leslie Gaston-Bird (AMPS, M.P.S.E.) is author of the book ``Women in Audio``, part of the AES Presents series and published by Focal Press (Routledge). She is a voting member of the
Recording Academy (The Grammys®).
Currently, she is a freelance re-recording mixer and sound
editor and owner of Mix Messiah Productions specializing in
5.1 mixing. Prior to that, she was a tenured Associate Professor of Recording Arts at the University of Colorado Denver (2005-2018) where she also served as Chair of the Department of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies. She led groups of Recording Arts students in study abroad courses in England, Germany, and Italy which included participation in AES Conventions. Leslie has done research on audio for planetariums, multichannel audio on Blu-Ray, and a comparison of multichannel codecs that was published in the AES Journal (Gaston, L. and Sanders, R. (2008), ``Evaluation of HE-AAC, AC-3, and E-AC-3 Codecs``, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society of America, 56(3)).
Gabe Herman

Chair, Education

Gabe Herman is a music producer, audio engineer, sound designer and educator.

Gabe has engineered and produced numerous music recordings in a variety of genres spanning
from classical ensembles to modern rock,
contemporary world beat music, jazz, blues, R&B and
more on just about every form of media outlet. He owns and
operates AudioGabriel, a production company that focuses on creative, new works with notable local, regional and internationally recognized performing artists from around the world. His film scores, audio post, and sound design work have premiered and won awards at over 21 film festivals and he has also mixed and designed sound for a number of original programming series for NBC, VS, the Outdoor Channel and MTV as well as other prominent media outlets.

As Assistant Professor of Music Industry at The Hartt School, Gabe teaches classes in both the Music Production & Technology program as well as in the Music & Performing Arts Management. In his classes, students learn how to translate their passion for the music industry into important skills necessary for vibrant careers in the entertainment industry.

Gabe is a full, professional member of the Audio Engineering Society where he serves as a Regional Vice President for the Eastern US and Canada as well as Co-Chair of the AES Education Committee, representing all audio education programs throughout the world.

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