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Yamaha AFC3 Generates Positive Response At 52nd AES Conference

Sep, 2013

Early September saw the 52nd conference of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) held at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. Yamaha Commercial Audio sponsored the event, with a comprehensive AFC3 demonstration attracting a lot of positive attention.

Renowned for its music and audio-based courses, the University of Surrey was the ideal venue for the latest AES conference. Titled Sound Field Control, around 80 delegates attended from across Europe and further afield. All were engineers and developers in sound field modelling, from a wide field of application areas. With many also teaching acoustics to university students, it was an ideal audience to hear the many benefits of Yamaha’s latest Active Field Control system, AFC3

Yamaha’s team at the event included Ron Bakker from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Europe, Andy Cooper and Tim Harrison from the Yamaha Commercial Audio Support Centre in London and Takayuki Watanabe from the Spatial Audio Group at Yamaha Corporation, Japan.

Tim and Andy built up a temporary AFC3 system in Studio 1 of the University’s Performing Arts Technology Studios (PATS), with Takayuki overseeing the system’s tuning. Demonstrated throughout all three days of the conference, the system generated universally positive reactions from the delegates.

The Yamaha team also delivered a seminar to 50 delegates on the evening of the second day, titled An introduction to Acoustic Enhancement Systems. Andy Cooper provided a live sound source - courtesy of his talents on saxophone and oboe - with the team presenting detailed measurements and the audience being able to hear the results for themselves.

Francis Rumsey, Conference chair, was pleased to welcome Yamaha as a sponsor. "It was great to hear the acoustics of Studio 1 at my former university enhanced with the system and to hear Ron's interesting exposition of the history of reverberation enhancement systems,” he says. “I remember teaching my students about the early Assisted Resonance and MCR systems in first year acoustics, and I heard one of the original Yamaha systems at their London R&D centre, probably about 20 years ago. So it was fascinating to hear how the technology has moved on today."

“It was an excellent opportunity to show our technology to a group of acoustic field designers and specialists,” says Ron. “The co-operation from AES was excellent and we had a very positive response to both the seminar and the AFC3 system being on demonstration throughout the three days.”

AFC3 is an acoustic conditioning system designed to adjust and enhance the architectural acoustic characteristics of facilities such as performance arts venues, houses of worship, theatres and concert halls, while maintaining the natural sonic characteristics of the space. A cost-effective alternative to mechanical means of modifying room acoustics, it is a truly scalable solution. Reverberation changes can be made at the push of a button, allowing the performance environment to be adjusted almost instantly. AFC3 is able to deliver the same high-quality sonic experience to every performer and member of the audience.

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