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2011 Events/Speakers

Wes Dooley

Wes Dooley's longtime passion for audio has infused his company, Audio Engineering Associates (AEA), with a well balanced blend of creativity and technical expertise for forty years. At the core of AEA is a genuine interest in the art and science of audio.

From areas as diverse as forensic audio and microphone design, Wes' passion for audio has led him all over the world, from recording experiences in Europe, Africa, and New Zealand, to the courtrooms of Los Angeles as a forensic audio and video expert witness. Such experiences have led Wes to design products which help resolve problems commonly encountered by recording engineers. His portable recording tools including, multi-channel microphone arrays, MS stereo processors, stereo phase displays and very tall microphone stands, have all made on-site recording far more feasible.

Despite his contributions to on-location recording, Wes is best known for his pursuit of excellence in ribbon microphone technology. After two decades of representing and servicing the BBC 4038 in the United States, he began to experiment with his own ribbon microphones. During the last decade Wes became aware of the increasing scarcity of R44's and other ribbon microphones.

In 1998, responding to this need, Wes re-introduced the 44 much to the thrill of many in the recording industry. Les Paul told Wes that AEA's R44 is his favorite microphone and engineer/ producers such as Bruce Swedien, Kevin Bacon, and Shawn Murphy routinely use AEA's R44. Even without such critical acclaim the numbers speak for themselves. Over half of the movies scored in Los Angeles have a 44 somewhere on the scoring stage.

Building off of his successful reintroduction of the R44, in 2002 Wes designed and began producing an original ribbon mic, the AEA R84. His groundbreaking work with ribbon microphones helped him to secure the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Silver Medal Award in the fall of 2003. This award, established by the AES in 1971, in honor of audio pioneers Alexander Graham Bell, Emile Berliner, and Thomas A. Edison, is given in recognition of outstanding development or achievement in the field of audio engineering.

Wes has also co-authored two AES Journal articles about stereo microphone techniques, chaired workshops on mic techniques and mixing strategies for compatible multiple releases for cinema, broadcast and home video, and has presented section meetings on stereo techniques and forensic audio. He is involved with AES standards work and currently serves on the SC-03-12 Working Group on Forensic Audio and SC-04-04 Working Group on Microphone Measurement and Characterization.

Primacoustic Clinic ft. Jay Porter

Jay Porter graduated with a degree in Audio Engineering from OIART in London, Ontario. After finishing school, he began working as a live sound engineer with such bands as Thornley, Billy Talent, Alexisonfire, Grady, Sam Roberts, and Black Eyed Peas to name a few. During this time he also designed, built and managed a successful recording studio, and assisted with the design of several smaller rooms for friends and clients. Upon relocating to British Columbia, Jay spent some time as Product Specialist for iZ Technology (RADAR hard disc recording system) before moving on to Radial Engineering and Primacoustic. Over the past 5 years Jay has assisted with acoustic treatment layouts for every type of venue from the home recording studio to the mega church including rooms for such artists as Tommy Lee, John Rzeznik, David Bottrill and David Rideau.

Denis Tremblay

Denis Tremblay has been involved in electronics, with strong emphasis on audio throughout his career, that spans from the vacuum tube era to today's' world of DSP.  Born and raised in Sudbury he moved to the Toronto area in the early 1980's when he obtained employment with  EMI Music Canada (Capitol Records).  During his years at EMI he designed and constructed a significant portion of the electronics used in audio mastering and tape duplication at the Canadian operation, wrote software and developed instrumentation for quality control testing.  Along with a partner he later ran Audion Ltd, a design/build operation focused on professional audio electronics.  In the mid 1990's he moved to Sony Music Canada where he had responsibility for quality assurance in the compact disc manufacturing operation - then a thriving technology.  During this time period he was elected chair of the Toronto Section of the Audio Engineering Society.  When layoffs began to affect the foundering recording industry he left Sony to work for a succession of industrial automation contractors writing software for industrial control systems.  He had the opportunity to return to audio with Aercoustics Engineering, a consulting engineering firm specializing in noise and vibration control.  When Echo Logics engineering - a start up spun off from Aercoustics - was organized he moved his office across the hall and began designing electronics for Echo Logic's acoustics based water leak detection systems.  Currently Denis is employed by IMAX corporation as the Senior Audio Systems Designer where he is responsible for the design and development of audio playback systems.  He lives in Brampton with his family and too many guitars.

 

2008 Events

July

(July 15, 2008, A Channel, London. We will be touring the London A Channel Studio. There are many A Channel stations located throughout Canada. A Channel's focus lies on providing both local and national news as well as many popular critically acclaimed shows such as 'Without A Trace' and 'Law and Order'. A Channel carries a strong focus on comunity involvement with such programs as the 'School Bus Monitor' program. The meeting will cover a tour of the A-Channel facility and will start at 6:45 PM on Tuesday July 15. If you are interested in learning more about A Channel London you can check out http://www.achannel.ca/london/.)

The tour started by going to the main news room where those who came were able to watch a live news broadcast. Students were given a full tour of the main control room where every aspect of a day to day broadcast and programming is decided. The tour then went into editing suites as well as secondary control room for other A-Channel broadcasts. Those who are interested in television learned much through the tour and received vital information on how to start working in the television and radio realm.

March

We would just like to thank all of you who came to the EMAC tour on March 10th. It was a great event which included a tour of the facilities, an in depth Q and A with the owners of the studio, as well as being shown some of the studio's work. The Q and A gave students the chance to learn about how owners Rob Nation and Joe Vaughan got into the industry, how they started Emac, and how they were able to adapt and face many challenges throughout the years.

The event lasted four hours which included a tour of the facilities, an in depth Q and A with the owners of the studio, as well as being shown some of the studio's work. The Q and A gave students the chance to learn about how owners Rob Nation and Joe Vaughan got into the industry, how they started Emac, and how they were able to adapt and face many challenges throughout the years. Members also received tips and useful information from the Emac staff on recording techniques.

 

January 

We would just like to thank all of you who came to the JLC Technical Tour. It was a great day filled with
tons of information from our host Greg Price in a master class which included what goes on during load in, set
up and sound check. The event had an upward attendance of 100 local students and received coverage from the A Channel and numerous online metal websites. The concert was Ozzy Ozbourne featuring Rob Zombie on their "Black Rain Tour".