Welcome to a new era for the South Florida Audio Engineer Society (AES) Section! After a period of inactivity, a fresh team of officers has taken the reins, eager to breathe new life into the local audio community.

The Journey Begins

The story of the South Florida Audio Engineer Society (AES) Section is one of rich history and passion for audio engineering. For years, this community served as a hub for local professionals, enthusiasts, and students to connect, learn, and collaborate. However, as time passed, the section experienced a period of inactivity, leaving behind a void in the once-thriving audio landscape of South Florida.

Turning Challenges into Opportunities

As the new officers took the helm, they delved into the history of the section, seeking to understand the reasons behind its period of inactivity. Changes in leadership, shifts in industry dynamics, and external challenges pose significant hurdles. Yet, the potential and enthusiasm that had fueled the section's early days remained palpable, inspiring the new team to embark on a journey to revive this crucial community resource.

Rather than seeing the inactivity as a setback, the new officers viewed it as an opportunity to reassess, reimagine, and rebuild. They recognized the importance of adaptability in the ever-evolving field of audio engineering. Armed with a commitment to preserving the legacy of the South Florida AES Section and a vision for its future, the team set out to bring this community back to life.

Re-linking the Flame

The process of revitalization involved reaching out to past members, connecting with local educational institutions, and engaging in conversations with professionals in the audio industry. The new officers were determined to reignite the passion for audio engineering in South Florida and provide a platform for collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and skill development.

Now, as the South Florida AES Section turns a new page, the new officers invite the community to join them in this revitalization journey. With a respect for the past and a vision for the future, they are committed to building a vibrant and inclusive community that will once again be a focal point for all those passionate about the art and science of audio engineering in South Florida.

Meet the New Officers

In this exciting phase of renewal for the South Florida Audio Engineer Society (AES) Section, it's crucial to familiarize ourselves with the dedicated individuals steering this transformative journey. The new officers bring a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, and expertise to the table, creating a dynamic team poised to lead the section into a new era.

Johnny Serra
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Johnny Serra, Director of The Sound Enclave LLC, stands as an accomplished audio engineer who established "Estudios Backstage", a premier recording facility in Caracas Venezuela since 1999. With an impressive track record spanning over two decades in the professional audio industry, his expertise encompasses Music Production, Recording/Mixing, Dubbing and Web Development. As President of the South Florida Audio Engineer Society (AES) Section, Johnny Serra brings this rich tapestry of experience to the forefront. His leadership is marked not only by technical prowess but also by a commitment to fostering innovation, collaboration, and inclusivity within our local audio community. Join us in embracing this visionary leader as we embark on a new chapter of creativity and excellence in South Florida
Boris Milan
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Boris Milan, a distinguished recording, mixing, and mastering engineer, brings a wealth of experience to the music industry. Originally from Venezuela, Boris embarked on his career in a local studio, eventually establishing MadBox Studio in Caracas. Over the span of 34 years, he has become a prominent figure, having been honored with 8 Grammy Awards. Boris Milan currently serves as the Vice President of the South Florida AES Section, a testament to his commitment to the advancement of audio engineering in the region. His dedication to technical excellence extends to his recognition as a Dolby Atmos Certified professional, where he has pioneered the application of this advanced technology in Florida. This innovation has led to the creation of immersive, three-dimensional soundscapes, enhancing the overall audio experience. With an unwavering passion for innovation, Boris continually optimizes Dolby Atmos across various contexts, elevating the standard of the listening experience within recording, mixing, and mastering studios.
Justin Mathew
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As the Secretary of the South Florida Audio Engineer Society (AES) Section, Justin Mathew brings a wealth of expertise as a Staff Engineering Scientist at Nielsen's R&D, specializing in audio and acoustic technologies for media detection. Concurrently, he serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami, imparting knowledge in DSP and audio plugin development. With a background that includes leading audio R&D for XR devices at Magic Leap, Justin's focus has been on creating immersive audio experiences. His doctoral studies at Université Paris-Saclay delved into visualization and interaction techniques for composing and mixing audio in 3D spatial environments. Rooted in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Justin's expertise extends to signal processing for audio and music. His dedication to research encompasses instrument design, human-computer interaction, spatial audio, acoustics, psychoacoustics, signal processing, and music information retrieval systems. 
Karl Milan
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Karl Milan, a seasoned Production Manager and audio engineer, brings over a decade of expertise to the world of sound. Since January 2010, Karl has delivered top-tier audio engineering services, showcasing his talents in both Front of House (FOH) and monitor engineering for artists like Ivan Cornejo, Natanael Cano, and Justin Quiles. As a freelancer, Karl has excelled in managing live streaming services and delivering studio-quality live concert mixes for artists such as Mariah Angeliq and Rauw Alejandro. His impactful journey includes a successful tenure at Aesir Sound in Miami from 2014 to 2020, managing over 1800 concerts and events, collaborating with industry giants like GTS Talent and Universal Music Latin. Karl's commitment to excellence is underlined by his educational background, including training from Taller de arte sonoro in Venezuela and Music Business studies at Miami Dade College. With profound expertise and unwavering dedication, Karl Milan stands as a remarkable force in the audio engineering realm, capable of elevating any production or event.

Together, these officers form a cohesive team united by their love for audio engineering and a shared vision for the South Florida AES Section. Individually, they bring unique strengths and perspectives, but collectively, they are dedicated to creating a supportive and thriving community for all those passionate about the world of audio in South Florida.

Our Vision and Future Plans

At the heart of the South Florida Audio Engineer Society (AES) Section lies a steadfast commitment to building a robust and united community. Our vision extends beyond a mere professional network; it's a collective effort to create a space where knowledge flows freely, collaboration flourishes, and each member is empowered to thrive.

Vision: Building Unity and Sharing Knowledge

Our primary goal is to cultivate a community that stands as a testament to the power of collaboration. By fostering unity among our members, we aim to create an environment where everyone feels connected, supported, and inspired. Through shared knowledge and experiences, we believe in the collective elevation of each individual within the community.

Knowledge Sharing and Networking Opportunities

One cornerstone of our mission is to provide ample opportunities for knowledge sharing and networking. Through regular events, workshops, and collaborative sessions, we aspire to facilitate an exchange of expertise, ideas, and industry insights. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting in the field, there's always something new to learn and discover.

Exclusive Events and Deals for Section Members

Looking ahead, we're excited to roll out exclusive events and deals tailored specifically for our section members. These opportunities will not only enhance your professional journey but also create memorable experiences within our community. Stay tuned for announcements and details on these member-exclusive offerings.

Join Us on this Journey

As we embark on this journey to build a community that thrives on unity, knowledge, and shared success, we invite you to be a part of it. Your involvement is key to shaping the future of the South Florida AES Section. Together, let's create an environment where every audio engineer finds support, inspiration, and unparalleled opportunities.

In the next newsletter, we'll delve into more details about upcoming events and exclusive deals. Stay connected, stay engaged, and let's build something extraordinary together.

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