133RD AES CONVENTION
This past October, the Audio Engineering Society's 133rd AES con-vention offered a diverse program at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Despite facing travel snafus caused by Hurricane Sandy, thousands of attendees and nearly 300 exhibitors discussed what's new and exciting in tech during the four-day program of presentations, tutorials and events. "In the months leading up to the show, we had strong preregistration numbers and were on target for at least 14,000 people," reports AES Executive Director Bob Moses.
"The Exhibition Hall was packed on Saturday, but Hurricane Sandy took a lot of wind out of our sails. People fled for the airport on Sunday and Monday as flights were canceled around the country. In the end, some 11,000 attendees turned out, reflecting strong preregistration, but disappointing onsite sales. On the bright side, we were very happy with attendance in the inaugural Project Studio Expo—1,680 people, nearly double what we anticipated." Contact: Audio Engineering Society, (212) 661-8528, www.aes.org.
A BIG AUDITION
What's new in Adobe Audition CS6? "Edit at the speed of sound" with the latest edition of Adobe's editing, mixing, restoration and effects software for audio. Audition CS6 sports several new features, including nondestructive real-time clip stretching and automatic speech alignment, as well as EUCON and other control surface support with Mackie Control and Mackie Logic protocols.
Improved workflows offer file preview, clip spotting, audio sweetening and more collaborative project sharing. Parameter automation will automate entire mixes, while the Spectral Pitch Display view offers a graphic display for pitch correction through manual or automatic controls. The new Media Browser provides streamlined previewing and importing of assets, especially thanks to a Quick Search field function. There are also expanded output options and more diverse mixdowns to video and audio formats, including FLAC, OGG, HE-AAC, WMA, MPEG-1 Layer II, RAW and more. You can import and play back HD video without the need for transcoding, and several new effects include Generate Tones, Graphic Phase Shifter, Doppler Shifter and Notch Filter. Adobe Audition CS6 is available as part of the Production Premium and Master Collection bundles or as part of Adobe's Creative Cloud service, which effectively allows you to rent Adobe's sophisticated programs for projects as needed. Upgrade pricing is also available. List Price: $349 (Adobe Audition CS6); Adobe Audition CS6 begins at $19 per month (Single App) or $49 per month (Creative Cloud Complete annual plan). Contact: Adobe, (800) 833-6687, www.adobe.com.
PRESONUS ON THE MOVE
PreSonus has announced a major update to their Studio One software, with nearly 100 enhancements and features in version 2.5. Several of these include single-swipe comping, direct edits on the Folder Track for simplified large-track count workflows, improvements to track transforms, automation enhancements and multiple output audio exporting.
You also can rerecord from buses for real-time use of virtual instruments or bus channels as inputs for tracks, drag-and-drop Event Effects and much more. This update has a completely overhauled Ampire XT plug-in for significantly improved sound quality.