Juan de Dios Martinis a Music Producer and Mixing Engineer from A Coruña, Spain. He started his career as a recording and touring multi-instrumentalist musician for several Spanish bands. In early 2000, he decided to expand his creative talents behind the glass and began producing artists. Shortly after, he opened his recording studio in Madrid, where he made numerous albums, acclaimed by critics and specialized press. He also set up a small record label for releasing his own projects. In addition to producing and engineering, Juan has written music for commercials and television series. Following a work opportunity in 2014, he moved to Los Angeles to continue learning and exploring new ways in music. For the Latino Community, Juan is also helping to develop the Spanish AES-LA newsletter and website.
Lenise Bent is a long-standing member of the AES, NARAS’ Producers & Engineers Wing, the Blues Foundation, ARSC, IASA, WAM (Women’s Audio Mission), Hollywood Sapphire Group and Women in Music, L.A. Chapter. Her path began as an assistant at The Village studios, working alongside renowned engineers and producers - including Roger Nichols on Steely Dan’s “Aja” and “Gaucho” and Supertramp’s “Breakfast in America”. The first woman to record a platinum album (“Autoamerican” by Blondie), she segued into post-production audio, recording and mixing Foley, V/O, and traveled the globe as a foreign dubbing-supervisor for Dreamworks™, eventually returning to music, her first love. Currently consulting with singer-songwriters on basic recording techniques and their home studios, she teaches workshops on audio recording, studio etiquette and the history of recording... among others.
Dean Swanis a Senior DSP Research Engineer at Advanced Bionics with over 25 years of experience in embedded DSP algorithm development. He is currently working on audio signal processing algorithm design for enhanced hearing performance in bilateral cochlear implant patients. He is an inventor on three US patents related filter design and echo cancellation, and two pending applications related to cochlear implant technology.Prior to joining Advanced Bionics, he spent over 15 years developing embedded DSP algorithms for TDM and packet networks at Mitel Networks in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. He has also performed in similar roles at TalkSwitch and Magor Communications in Ottawa, and Vidyo in the Greater New York City area. In September 2015, Dean gave a presentation on the latest Cochlear Implant Technology to the AES, Los Angeles Section.