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Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Audio Society

The Pacific Northwest Audio Society has been dedicated to the exploration and enjoyment of fine music and electronics since its founding in 1978. We're audiophiles and music lovers with diverse backgrounds and a range of interests in music and audio reproduction. Although the Society is based in the Seattle area we serve the entire Northwest region and draw enthusiasts from as far as Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia, for new and exciting audio adventures.

Our membership network includes a number of top audio experts from the Northwest and around the world. Check out our Membership page to learn how you can become a member. For about the price of a latte each month you'll support the Audio Society's ongoing efforts and gain a plethora of benefits for yourself in the process. If you’re in the area, drop in for a meeting and see for yourself what the club is all about.

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 7:30 PM - Meeting Location - Kirkland Woman's Club

407 1st Street
Kirkland, WA 98033

3beez Presentation

Jeffrey Barish, founder and president of 3beez, will give a two-part presentation to PNWAS. The first part will be based on his article in the current issue of The Absolute Sound (issue 253) called “Understanding Digital Music Systems”. This portion of the presentation will address issues that confuse and intimidate many newcomers to computer audio, particularly the inaccurate and inconsistent terminology used to describe products in this category (including the term “computer audio”). A simple set of terms accurately describes all digital music systems. The presentation will continue with an open discussion of other issues related to digital music systems. Bring questions.

The second part of the presentation will be a demonstration of the Wax Music Management System (winner of a 2015 TAS Editors' Choice Award), the product that Jeff originally designed to rip, organize, and play his own music collection. You will see and hear Wax Box 3, the latest version of the product, which has not even been announced yet. Many users comment that the Wax software is the first to solve the "classical music problem", but lovers of music of all genres appreciate the ease of use and flexibility of the software. 3beez's custom software makes it easy to catalog by work (rather than track), to survey a music collection (rather than search), and to preserve information that used to appear on the record jacket or in the liner notes — even by users who lack degrees in computer science. Ripping a CD collection is usually a big project, but with a system like Wax, the end result amply rewards the effort.

Dr. Jeffrey Barish is founder and president of 3beez. Prior to 3beez, he was founder and president of EuPhonics, a software firm specializing in audio and music synthesis products for the computer and professional audio industries. At EuPhonics, he invented many signal processing and system architecture innovations, including a fundamentally new music synthesis technique based on spectral modeling which produces very realistic instrument sounds. During this period, he was also a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. When 3Com acquired EuPhonics, Dr. Barish became Director of audio technologies for 3Com. Prior to establishing EuPhonics, Dr. Barish was founder of Sonic Solutions, which introduced his NoNoise system for eliminating noise from audio recordings. Earlier in his career he was hardware manager at Lucasfilm/The Droid Works of the team developing SoundDroid, a programmable system for processing digital audio. Dr. Barish has a PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an SB from MIT. His doctoral dissertation on concert hall design established design principles that have been applied in concert halls around the world, including Symphony Hall Birmingham, England and Harris Concert Hall Aspen, Colorado. Dr. Barish was awarded a Fellowship by the Audio Engineering Society for this work. He also served on the review board for the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society for many years.