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
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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".