New York, New York, October 14, 2020 – Designated “Audio Engineering Month,” October 2020 offers a month-long celebration of the AES 149th Convention. The “Virtual Event” is distinguished by a comprehensive program of Tech Tours, Workshops, Lectures, Awards Presentations and, a superlative assemblage of Panel Discussions. WSDG has developed three significant events for this program. They are notable for the diverse range of their subject matter and for their prominent participants.
This panel will explore the unique and challenging aspects of planning, designing, and constructing state-of-the art recording studios internationally. The ‘human’ aspect of this complex journey is critical. Familiarity with local laws and regulations, and insights into qualified contractors and systems integrators are invaluable assets. Challenges include console and equipment acquisition, and maintaining positive relationships with local authorities. Studio assignments ranging from Doha, Qatar to Beijing & Mongolia, China, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic and Zurich, Switzerland have provided these panelists with keen insights into these complex and challenging missions.
Sergio Molho, WSDG Partner/Dir. of International Business Development - Highland, NY
John Storyk, WSDG Co-Founding Partner - Highland, NY
Mateo de los Rios, Director of Music and Audio, Universidad ICESI - Cali, Colombia
Luis Betances, Partner, Fama Studios - Republica Dominicana
Marc Viadiu, Senior Engineer, WSDG Middle East - Spain.
Mills Xu, 55TEC Studios - Beijing, China
The project or home studio has been a familiar term for nearly 50 years but what does it mean? The argument can be made that personal studios have always been project intensive. However, a continually evolving generation of smaller, less expensive and more powerful gear, as well as a constantly expanding universe of applied acoustic techniques and materials have totally democratized the field and will continue to do so. Certainly the events of the past year have presented social conditions unlike anything we have previously experienced in our lifetime. Every facet of Broadcast TV, Cable and Online studio development has been affected, including audio studio design and installation.
This panel will explore design, technology, social and legal aspects of this seemingly never-ending discussion, and will introduce the possibility of an entirely new studio format, we are calling the “e-studio” - at the moment a "working title" for the future.
John Storyk, WSDG Founding Partner - Highland, NY
Robert Margouleff, Grammy-winning engineer (Stevie Wonder) / electronic music pioneer -Los Angeles, CA
Pete Hoffman, Technical director, shareholder of Milo Music Ltd./ Miloco Studio Group & ‘The face of Miloco Builds.’ - London, UK
Clay Sheff, Owner, Smash Studios, NYC - New York
Sam Inglis, Editor, Sound on Sound Magazine - Cambridge, UK
PK Pandey, Owner AVN/SYS Engineering - Boston, Mass.
Podcasting has been a broadcast staple for quite some time. Recent years have seen this diverse format explode into a global “infotainment” phenomenon encompassing everything from one-on-one dialogues to full-up rock concerts. Podcast Studios size and reach are as varied as their programming formats. This Panel will explore a few of these facilities.
This roundtable will feature management; on-air personalities; and technology specialists from a number of facilities currently engaged in podcasting and related broadcasting techniques.
John Storyk, Co-Founding Partner, WSDG - Highland, NY
Joshua Morris, WSDG Partner/COO - Highland, NY
Jimmy Buff, Executive Director / on-air host, oldest AM station WKNY Kingston Radio - Kingston, NY
Austin Thompson, Head of Studio Technology - Spotify Technical Director Gimlet (Spotify) - Brooklyn, NY; Los Angeles, CA
Elliott Forrest, Peabody Award winning director/designer/producer Host of NYC's Classical Radio Station 105.9FM, WQXR (WNYC)