The Audio Engineering Society Standards Committee has issued a Call for Comment on the draft technical document “Media Network Directories Requirements”. From this document (which also addresses directory-related services) and the comments received, the AES Task Group on AES-X238, media network directory architecture (task group SC-02-12-N), will develop a set of requirements for media network directory standards that will work for present and future media network applications. Interested parties are encouraged to submit general and specific comments, proposed additions or changes, and responses to the specific questions it poses.
Media network directories are application-layer mechanisms that collect, store and disseminate information about devices, application services, and other elements of media networks. They are used for connection management, network supervision and other purposes.
The standard that will result from this document will be aimed at directory protocols that specify:
Although directories are used by connection management mechanisms, such mechanisms are not addressed in this document. In this context, "connection management" means the protocols and processes in a media network by which signal flows are set up, monitored, and taken down.
Numerous companies and individuals are involved in developing media networking technology. “It is crucial that AES Standards reflect the best ideas from everyone working in media networking in its various application areas,” said SC-02-12-N task group leader Jeff Berryman. He continued, “The Society believes that a completely open process ultimately produces better and more widely accepted standards. Consequently, we have issued this call for comment.”
Copies of the document may be obtained from the AES Standards web site at http://www.aes.org/standards/comments/cfc-aes-X238-170725.cfm. Responses should be submitted by September 30, 2017 to ensure that they may be considered by the task group in advance of and during their meeting at the Audio Engineering Society fall convention in New York.
Interested individuals are encouraged to join the SC-02-12-N task group and, if possible, to attend the meeting at the Audio Engineering Society fall convention in New York. Attendance at the meeting is not required in order to join the task group.
In addition to direct participation in the AES Standards process, individuals and organizations interested in supporting AES Standards work can find details on participating as an AES Standards Sustainer at http://www.aes.org/standards/development/membership.cfm.
Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017
AES incoming President-Elect Nadja Wallaszkovits
The AES has released the list of winning candidates from the balloting in the 2017 Audio Engineering Society international elections. The newly elected officers will assume their roles in October, shortly after the end of the 143rd International AES Convention in New York. Entering the office of President-Elect is Nadja Wallaszkovits, who will serve first on the AES Board of Governors and Executive Committee as President-Elect, fully assuming the Presidency in October 2018 for a one-year term. Joining the Board of Governors as Treasurer-Elect is Richard Wollrich, who will serve alongside Treasurer Garry Margolis for one year, then begin a two-year term as Treasurer. Also in October, current President Alex Case will remain on the Executive Committee as Past President for the 2017-2018 term, as current President-Elect David Scheirman advances into the Presidency.
Joining President-Elect Wallaszkovits and Treasurer-Elect Wollrich on the AES Board of Governors will be eight newly elected Governors and officers, all beginning two-year terms in October:
Vice President Central Region, U.S. & Canada: Mike Porter
Vice President Central Region, Europe: Thomas Görne
Vice President Southern Region, Europe/Middle East/Africa: Ufuk Önen
Vice President Latin American Region: Cesar Lamschtein
Vice President International Region (Asia/Pacific): Shusen Wang
Governor: Kyle P. Snyder, Jonathan Wyner, Martha de Francisco
“In this exciting period of growth and innovation for the Audio Engineering Society, the membership has voted in a dynamic group of new officers,” said AES President Alex Case. ‘I personally look forward to working with, and learning from, these talented individuals as they apply their diverse knowledge and experience to the task of leading the Society into the future.”
Additionally, in order to more accurately reflect current and future AES membership demographics, the AES membership approved a bylaws change that eliminated the previously mandated position of VP International Region. The VP International position is expected to be renamed VP Asia Region. Along with the 2016 member reallocation and renaming of the VP Southern Europe Region role to VP Southern Region, Europe/Middle East/Africa, the change more uniformly serves AES membership in the affected countries.
Within the stipulations of the AES bylaws, the overall function and direction of the AES is established by the Society’s Board of Governors, which is elected by voting members of the Society. The Society’s Executive Director operates and manages the AES headquarters in New York City and reports to the Executive Committee, which consists of the Society’s corporate officers. In turn, the Executive Committee reports on its activities and on issues facing the Society to the full Board of Governors. The AES President serves as the CEO of the Society, under the supervision and direction of the Board of Governors.
The Board of Governors consists of:
(1) the Society’s corporate officers (President; President-Elect; Immediate Past-President; Secretary; and Treasurer)
(2) the Treasurer-Elect (when there is an incoming Treasurer). The Treasurer-Elect serves for one year as non-voting Executive Committee member and as a voting Board of Governors member, before assuming the office of Treasurer.
(3) the eight Regional Vice-Presidents (Eastern USA/Canada; Central USA/Canada; Western USA/Canada; Northern Europe; Central Europe; Southern Europe/Middle East/Africa; Latin America; Asia)
(4) and eight Governors-at-Large
For more information on the AES and how to become involved, visit aes.org.
Posted: Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Photo by Joe Mabel (CC-BY-SA-2.0)
There are myriad perspectives from which to view One World Trade Center’s rebuilding after the tragedies of 9/11. From the broadcast perspective, 2017 marks a notable milestone – the resumption of television transmission from atop One WTC. The latest transmitter and antenna technology will be deployed at One WTC, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at a symbolic 1,776 feet in height; it will resume broadcast operations as one of the world’s elite broadcast centers.
The consistently rich program of the Broadcast and Streaming Track of the Audio Engineering Society’s annual convention will uphold that tradition at AES New York 2017, to be held in New York City at the Jacob Javits Center, October 18 – 21. Included in the Track’s schedule is an exclusive event at One WTC on the Convention’s opening night
“Following on the success of the sold-out Empire State Building event at the AES New York 2015 Convention,” said David Bialik, Chair of the highly-regarded Broadcast and Streaming Track for over three-decades, “the Audio Engineering Society is privileged to have a guided tour by John Lyons of the Durst Organization to the One World Trade Center broadcast facility as it prepares to begin operation before year’s end. It is a singular privilege to be able to offer this opportunity to AES New York 2017 attendees.” The event will cover the design, development and technology of this state-of-the-art facility.
The event, while open to all convention attendees who were registered for AES New York 2017 by the end-of-day October 3, is strictly limited in capacity and requires mandatory pre-registration. Registered Convention attendees can apply for an event ticket on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern on October 9 at http://www.aes.org/events/143/broadcast/wtcregistration/. Individuals can only register themselves; there will be no “plus-one” or group registration options.
The October 18 event will begin promptly at 7:30 PM. Once the event attendees are confirmed, ticket holders will be provided details on where to enter One WTC, identification required and easy subway instructions.
Posted: Friday, August 4, 2017
AES New York: Maximum Audio
The Audio Engineering Society has unveiled a preliminary calendar of events for the upcoming 143rd AES International Convention, taking place October 18 to 21, 2017, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. With a full range of presentations and workshops spanning all segments of the professional audio industry, the AES New York Convention offers four full days of the latest in audio research and development led by some of the most influential individuals in the industry. As the detailed program listings and calendar are updated rapidly in coming days, find the latest on the Technical Program, presenters and Registration information at aesshow.com.
The online AES New York 2017 Technical Program and Events calendar provides the clearest overview of the AES 143rd Convention events and activities covering Audio for Cinema, Broadcast and Streaming Media, Recording and Production, Education, Archiving and Restoration, Audio History, Product Development, Spatial Audio, Game Audio and VR, Sound Reinforcement and much more. Sessions are laid out in Tracks according to areas of interest, with each Track’s program material featuring Tutorials, Workshops, Research Paper Presentations and Engineering Briefs, as well as a lineup of special guest speakers, expert panel presentations and face-to-face networking opportunities. Additional Student and Career events, Technical Tours of local facilities, Standards meetings and other AES Convention programs will also offer unique opportunities for attendees.
“This is truly one of the most exciting times of the year, for myself and for the AES,” states Bob Moses, AES Executive Director. “The announcement of the Technical Program and calendar for our annual fall AES Convention marks the time when the first fruits of our year-round committee planning and evaluation efforts, and the hard work of our excellent convention planners and contributors, are shared with the audio community at large. If you’re looking to get into the latest technologies and techniques, with the most exciting names in the industry as your guides, you need to be at AES New York 2017. While this year’s debut of several new expositions and exhibition hall stages will offer our most engaging and educational exhibits area to date, a few minutes browsing the technical program should convince you that the Maximum Audio experience includes the full technical program. ‘If it’s about audio, it’s at AES’ – your All Access registration is your ticket to everything that AES New York 2017 has to offer.”
Register now and make plans to join us at the 143rd International AES Convention. Advance registration offers the lowest pricing available on technical program All Access badges, with discounts for AES members (equal to the cost of membership) and an amazing value for Student Members. In addition, AES New York 2017 will be co-located with the NAB Show New York 2017. Registration, at any level, for AES New York 2017 will give attendees access to the NAB Show New York exhibition floor and the content in the NAB Show New York’s Core Package (a $75 value). Register now and reserve housing for the 143rd AES Convention at aesshow.com.
Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
AES New York: Maximum Audio
— From project studio production to broadcast audio, live sound, audio for VR, Broadway events and more, the AES NYC Convention offers Maximum Audio and exclusive learning opportunities for all attendees —
The Audio Engineering Society has begun to announce details for the upcoming AES New York Convention in October, Including some of the initial offerings granted for both free Exhibits-Plus and premium All Access badge-holding attendees. This year’s 143rd International AES Convention will be the must-attend meeting place and gear exhibition for seasoned professionals and first-time attendees alike, offering four days of intense audio research presentations, workshop and tutorials, as well as three days of the largest dedicated pro audio gear exhibition of the year. The convention will also see the return of the popular series of exhibition floor Expo events, including the Project Studio Expo and Live Sound Expo, and the debut of the Broadcast Audio Expo, Broadway Sound Expo, a new software@aes pavilion and a series of Mix with the Masters Mixing Workshops.
As software continues to play an ever-increasing role in audio recording, production and delivery, the AES has integrated a dedicated software@aes pavilion into the AES New York Convention in partnership with IMSTA (International Music Software Trade Association). This new showcase will feature leading software manufacturers and developers of DAW’s, plug-ins, virtual instruments, apps and technology through a series of product demonstrations and special presentations.
Audio 4 VR Expo
Covering one of the fastest-growing segments in both professional and consumer audio, the two-day Audio 4 VR Expo will focus on product demonstration sessions and updates continuing forward from the 2016 Audio Engineering Society AVAR International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the Audio 4 VR demo areas and presentation stage for a personal immersive VR audio experience.
Mix with the Masters Mixing Workshops
The AES and Mix with the Masters have teamed together to bring a program of workshops from the world’s best engineers and producers for this first-ever AES exhibit floor collaboration. AES NY attendees can meet and learn from Alan Meyerson, Andrew Scheps, Tony Maserati, Manny Marroquin, Sylvia Massy, Eddie Kramer, Joe Chiccarelli, Greg Wells, Chris Lord-Alge, Tom Lord-Alge, Jacquire King, Michael Brauer, Nick Launay, Jack Joseph Puig, Jimmy Douglass and other surprise guests. Mix with the Masters Mixing Workshops are held in association with Barefoot Sound, Solid State Logic and Apogee Electronics.
Project Studio Expo
The Project Studio Expo returns with its free series of events aimed at anyone who wants to record and produce audio. From professional studio recording and mastering, to home studios and bedroom setups, the PSE provides a stage for icons of the industry to offer practical advice and to share knowledge and experience. The Project Studio Expo is being hosted in partnership with Sound On Sound magazine and sponsors Focusrite, Genelec and Neumann/Sennheiser.
Broadcast Audio Expo
The Broadcast Audio Expo sessions, also open to all AES attendees as part of the free Exhibits-Plus package, bring a new focus to the exhibit floor, covering the hugely important subjects of broadcast audio in networking, radio and TV studios, outside broadcasts and major events. As one of the pioneers in the interoperability of networking protocols, AES will host a special insight panel that will look into the current and future of AoIP and transport systems. The Broadcast Audio Expo is being held in partnership with sponsors Yamaha, Neumann/Sennheiser, Clear-Com and Calrec.
Broadway Sound Expo and Live Sound Expo
The Live Sound Expo and the debut of the Broadway Sound Expo sessions provide opportunities for anyone who is involved with live performance productions to advance their knowledge and understanding. The AES New York Convention will offer an in-depth look at these fast-growing segments of professional audio with yet another series of in-depth live discussion panels and presentations. The Live Sound Expo is being hosted in partnership with sponsors Yamaha, Neumann/Sennheiser, Cadac, Clear-Com and L-Acoustics.
Register now and make plans to join us at the 143rd International AES Convention, taking place October 18 to 21, 2017, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Advance registration offers the lowest pricing available on technical program All Access badges, with discounts for AES members (equal to the cost of membership) and an amazing value for Student Members. In addition, AES New York 2017 will be co-located with the NAB Show New York 2017. Registration, at any level, for AES New York 2017 will give attendees access to the NAB Show New York exhibition floor and the content in the NAB Show New York’s Core Package (a $75 value). Register now and reserve housing for the 143rd AES Convention at aesshow.com – use VIP code AES143NOW at checkout for a complimentary Exhibits-Plus registration.
Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
AES President Alex Case
Aggressive schedule highlighted by collaborative ventures
“As we approach our 70th anniversary year, the Audio Engineering Society is involved in more events, in more locations, than ever,” says AES President Alex Case. “From our international Conventions in the USA and Europe, our international conference series, regional events in a number of countries through to local section meetings, the AES continues its core mission: promoting the science and practice of audio.”
Three-quarters through his term as president, Case is shepherding the results of 18 months of strategic analysis and planning begun during the term of his fellow Executive Committee member and immediate Past President John Krivit. Recent announcements from the Society that highlight new initiatives and strategic alliances include the co-location of AES’s 2017 and 2018 fall U.S.A. conventions with the National Association of Broadcasters’ NAB New York Show events, and in January 2018, the inaugural AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium: Live and Studio.
In October, AES NY 2017 (exhibits October 18-20, technical program October 18-21) will take place in an adjacent hall to the 2017 NAB New York Show (October 18-19) in the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Each of these events has a similar footprint of exhibition space, with over 300 exhibitors each, though a minimal overlap of the exhibitor pool. “As video-based production incorporates audio by its very nature,” notes Case, “and with multimedia production becoming increasingly important for even music distribution, media professionals are discovering the need to work across disciplines. The focus of the NAB New York Show is video production. With AES’s audio-centric exhibitors and technical program, the co-location of the events is a natural fit for today’s media production professional.”
“We’ve worked extremely closely with NAB to coordinate the exhibition schedule of the two independent events,” continues Case. “Each show’s attendees can freely move between both exhibition halls.” AES NY 2017 registrants’ full access to the 2017 NAB Show New York exhibition includes exhibition area stages where a slate of panel discussions and presentations is planned (the NAB Show New York “Core package”). Likewise, all 2017 NAB Show New York registrants will have complimentary access to the AES NY 2017 exhibition and the AES’s Exhibits-Plus roster of content, including Special Events room sessions and the project studio, broadcast, live sound, Broadway sound and audio for virtual and augmented reality events taking place in AES’s exhibition hall. “Everyone wins in this scenario,” says Case. “When you register for the AES exhibition, you double your opportunities. Individual participants and exhibitors alike can interface and network with a combined base expected to top 30,000 registrants. Of course, the famous portfolio of technical program events – papers, tutorials, workshops, career and education and more – remains available to AES All Access registrants.”
While the West Coast has been on a bi-annual AES convention schedule with New York City since the Society transitioned from two annual U.S.A. conventions to one in 1985, the commitment to hold the AES’s U.S.A. convention in New York in 2017 and 2018 “doesn’t mean that AES is abandoning the West Coast,” says Case. “Our AES International Conference on Automotive Audio takes place near Silicon Valley this fall (September 2017), and more events are in the works.”
“Our West Coast presence in 2018 begins with the new AES@NAMM event,” Case continues, “which will be educational, informational, aspirational and inspirational.” The full title “AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium: Live and Studio” shares and underscores the event’s scope. The resulting AES@NAMM is being launched coincident with the expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center. At NAMM 2018, the new ACC-North Hall will host a growing list of professional audio and related exhibitors. The ACC-North Hall is connected by sky bridge to the rest of the ACC, and it sits adjacent to the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. The Hilton’s fourth floor will be the site of most AES@NAMM activities and sessions.
The emphasis of AES@NAMM will be on technology and its practical application in performance and studio audio and live sound. Education and training will be provided through a host of workshops, tutorials and demonstrations, many including attendance certification. “AES@NAMM will be fee-based, just as our regular Technical Sessions are at all AES Conferences and Conventions worldwide,” elaborates AES President-Elect David Scheirman, who will take office as President shortly before the event. “AES@NAMM attendees can elect to purchase single-session tickets, half-day or whole-day badges, and 2-3-4 day ‘all-in’ badges with a laddered fee schedule based on their session attendance selections. Every AES@NAMM registrant will receive a NAMM show badge with full access to that organization’s exhibits and other activities in addition to the AES@NAMM program.”
AES@NAMM will serve working audio professionals as well as entry-level and aspirational audio enthusiasts, across a broad range of disciplines. AES@NAMM attendees will help provide NAMM its desired expansion of audio professionals at the NAMM Show. NAMM exhibitors, many of whom exhibit at both the AES Conventions and the NAMM Show, will also benefit from this increased professional end-user presence onsite.
“Each of these events represents acknowledgement of the leadership role of AES members in defining audio technology and in sharing their knowledge and its practical application to the industry at large,” said Case. “Our strength is in our membership. As evidenced by these new cooperative ventures, the expertise of our membership is a valuable resource to everyone interested in audio.”
“AES serves as an anchor membership for many who are also members of other specialized professional organizations such as IEEE, SMPTE and the Acoustical Society of America,” elaborates Scheirman. “AES is the rallying point for those serious about audio of whatever specialization.”
As he prepares to hand the AES Presidency to Scheirman in late October, at the beginning of the 2017-2018 term, Case notes that the path forward from current plans is a constant work-in-progress. “From the inspiration that comes from our local sections – all around the world – that serve as creative incubators of new ideas and experimentation, to the marketplace and technological leadership of our Convention and Conference Committees and the topical committees that make up the AES Technical Council,” he says, “the AES is constantly evaluating the needs of our membership and the interests of the broader industry. Those needs drive refinement of our diverse event portfolio. This evolution of the Society positions us to maintain our role as the world authority in audio technology and education, advancing audio globally.”
Posted: Wednesday, July 5, 2017
The standards work of the Audio Engineering Society plays a vital role in the advancement of the audio industry. As end-user experience proves, standards like the polarity specification for analog XLR connectors (AES14), two-channel digital interface on XLR (AES3) and multichannel MADI (AES10) enable confident operation of compliant gear. The rapidly adopted audio-over-IP audio standard, AES67, and its control companion standard, AES70, are enabling interconnection between hardware using a number of proprietary standards by providing common audio carrier and control topologies. Manufacturers and equipment designers employ AES standards to build customer confidence in their products, enhancing productivity in workflow.
Numerous standards in development are driving an expansion of the AES standards operation. “That necessitates an expanded base of funding,” said AES Standards Manager Dr. Richard Cabot. “Unlike other technical societies with standards programs,” he continued, “the AES does not charge participation fees. The Society believes that a completely open process ultimately produces better and more widely accepted standards. Consequently, other sources of revenue are required.”
The AES Standards Committee is soliciting industry support through a new program called "AES Standards Sustainers." Besides enabling the development of standards that underlie fundamental technology in the audio industry, the program provides participants with free access to published standards (the number of users scales with contribution level) and offers significant marketing and public relations exposure. All Standards Sustainers will have their contributions recognized on the inside covers of all AES Standards and with online logos on the AES Standards home page, along with Standards Sustainer web links. Standards Sustainers will have exclusive usage rights to the AES Standards Sustainers logo. Also, as the Audio Engineering Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Standards Sustainers may contribute at four different levels: a $1,000 basic level, $2,000 Silver level, $5,000 Gold level or a $10,000 Platinum level. Founding Standards Sustainers include Netflix as a Gold Standards Sustainer; and Eventide, Coveloz, Adamson Systems, The Telos Alliance, Audio Precision and Bose as Silver Sustainers. Other founding Standards Sustainers include Audyssey Laboratories, NTi Audio, MQA, KLIPPEL, Clair Global, Fraunhofer, Audio-Technica, NBC Universal, Metric Halo, Dolby Laboratories, USound, Control4, and Weiss Engineering.
“These industry leaders are acknowledging the important role played by AES in developing productivity-enhancing standards,” said Dr. Cabot. “Their contribution to the Standards process says much about their corporate character and about their dedication to their customers and to the audio industry as a whole.”
Further details on participating in the Standards Sustainer program may be found at www.aes.org/standards/support/.
Posted: Friday, June 30, 2017
An AES Los Angeles 2016 Convention audience learns from multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer/producer Frank Filipetti on the Project Studio Expo stage. The PSE is part of the FREE content offered with Exhibits-Plus registration. Free Exhibits-Plus registration for AES NY 2017 ends this week.
Register now for the 2017 Audio Engineering Society New York Convention, taking place October 18 to 21, 2017, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Exhibits-Plus registration, a $75 value, offers access to the Convention’s special events, the exhibition and expanded exhibition floor sessions. As a further bonus, registration offers access to the adjacent NAB Show New York exhibition floor and the content in the NAB Show New York’s Core Package (also a $75 value).
In addition to the increasingly popular Project Studio Expo and Live Sound Expo, along with New York’s own Broadway Sound Expo, new events added to the complement of exhibition floor activities include the Broadcast Audio Expo sessions, covering audio applications for radio & TV studios, outside broadcasts and streaming broadcast over portable devices. As one of the pioneers in the interoperability of networking protocols, AES will host a special insight panel that will look into the current and future of AoIP and transport systems. The Broadcast Audio Expo is being held in partnership with sponsors Yamaha, Neumann/Sennheiser and Calrec.
Audio 4 VR is a two-day event with focused product sessions and updates continuing forward from the 2016 AVAR International Conference. The Audio 4 VR stage is situated at the front of the exhibit hall, adjacent to the VR demo areas. Produced in partnership with IMSTA, Software@aes is a pavilion of exhibitors and a day of sessions. With a focus on DAW and Plug-in software, the pavilion features leading manufacturers exhibiting together next to the session stage. Also being introduced are the Mix with the Masters Mixing Workshops at AES. With three days of mixing workshops from twenty of the top producers and mixers in the world, this area is sure to be a crowd magnet!
The Project Studio Expo sessions, a regular feature of the AES Exhibition floor, are aimed at anyone who wants to record and produce audio. The PSE provides a stage for icons of the industry to offer practical advice and to share knowledge and experience. The Project Studio Expo is being hosted in partnership with Sound On Sound magazine and sponsors Focusrite, Genelec and Neumann/Sennheiser.
The Live Sound Expo & Broadway Sound Expo sessions provide opportunities for anyone who is involved with live performance productions to advance their knowledge and understanding of theater sound design, hidden mics and musicals, touring bands, national events and more, also guided by industry leading experts. The Live Sound Expo is being hosted in partnership with sponsors Yamaha, Neumann/Sennheiser, Cadac and L-Acoustics.
Register now and make plans to join us at the 143rd International AES Convention - advance registration offers the lowest pricing available on technical program All Access badges. Register Now. and Reserve Housing for the 143rd AES Convention.
Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
AES Berlin 2017 co-chairs Sascha Spors and Nadja Wallaszkovits led the team that produced the 143rd AES Convention.
Driven throughout the ages by a thriving community of thought leaders, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs, Berlin has maintained global significance as a center of culture and scholarship. The city has emerged as a major player in today’s rapid-paced entertainment technology sector and is home to a vibrant electronic music scene that has attracted dozens of record labels, festivals and international media companies. Thus, Berlin was the perfect setting for the 142nd International Audio Engineering Society Convention. Held May 20-23, 2017, at the Berlin Maritim Hotel, the event built on the successes seen in recent years as AES has pivoted its annual European event to become the preeminent technology showcase and learning forum.
The Berlin convention offered attendees a rich technical program with scientific paper presentations, workshops and tutorials on critical trends and best practices, and technical tours to many of Berlin’s historical sites, production studios and broadcast facilities. The program was created by a committee of volunteer experts, co-chaired by Nadja Wallaszkovits, Chief Audio Engineer at Phonogrammarchiv, Austrian Academy of Sciences, and Professor Sascha Spors from the University of Rostock.
“Organizing this event was an exciting challenge and a great experience,” said AES Berlin Convention 2017 Co-Chair Nadja Wallaszkovits. “We were very happy to see the convention well-received by attendees – it was the result of our outstanding team effort.” Wallaszkovits and Spors praised the full AES Berlin committee for their dedicated labors. The AES Berlin Convention Committee included Papers Co-Chairs Jamie Angus and Thomas Sporer (Sporer also serving as Convention Treasurer), Workshops Co-Chairs Sascha Disch and Natanya Ford, Facilities Chair Jens Aherns, Student Volunteers Chairs Christoph Hold and Antonia Schwab, and Technical Tours Chair André Maletz. “AES has been an important resource in all our careers,” added Spors. “It feels good to give back to the community and help other people present their research and make connections.”
AES Executive Director Bob Moses expressed his gratitude to the Convention Committee for a job well done “Sometimes I think I have the coolest job in the world,” said Moses. “Industry leaders volunteer to create these amazing events, and leave us an E-Library of peer-reviewed research papers and video recordings. AES Members worldwide, and year-round, can access these materials to stay on top of the field. I’m so grateful for the gifts these folks bring to our community.”
The Committee’s hard work was honored by strong attendance. Registration topped 1800, with technical program attendance 20% higher than last year’s record-setting convention in Paris, continuing a five-year growth trend for the Society. Participation was also strong on the scientific research side, with 160 paper submissions to the technical conference, and the program filling every room available in the Maritim facility.
The exhibition, featuring 60 exhibitors, sponsors and demo rooms, showcased a variety of market-leading edge businesses and products. Genelec and Eventide offered special demo rooms with a hands-on opportunity to experience in an intimate setting the world launch of Genelec’s The Ones expanded triaxial loudspeaker line and Eventide’s preview of the soon-to-be-released H9000, a DSP-laden, networked, multi-channel, multi-effects powerhouse. A highlight of the exhibit floor was the standing-room-only Professional Sound Expo (PSE), with 22 educational sessions moderated by engineer/producer/educator Glenn Lorbecki, who stated, “The Professional Sound Expo at AES Berlin was impressive, judging by the number of people who showed up eager to learn from our all-star presenters. The audiences were pretty evenly split between professionals and students, and they absorbed state-of-the-industry tips and technologies from some of the most highly qualified professionals in their fields. I was honored to host the PSE for the third consecutive convention, and look forward to seeing everyone at 143 in NYC.”
As usual for AES Conventions, several important topics trends inspired a buzz in the hallway (and pub) conversations. The evolution of Immersive audio, requiring new techniques for recording and mixing in multiple channels, and its migration into virtual and augmented reality systems, dominated the weekend. Networked Audio, propelled forward by the seminal AES-67 audio networking standard, was also a popular subject in the technical program and on the exhibition floor. Indeed, the exhibition featured an island of booths connected via a Dante™ Network, coupled with an “Audio Networking Day” on the PSE stage, drawing strong crowds on the third and final day of the show, which usually sees lighter attendance.
An AES Convention would not be complete without the series of Standards Committee meetings, where the industry’s leading systems and product engineers come together to chart a course for interoperability in the market place. In addition, the series of AES Technical Council meetings bring together the top leaders in each audio field to discuss trends, needs and solutions for deployment into the greater AES community. These meetings attract hundreds of professionals from all over the world and incubate the new technologies that will be seen on the exhibit floor and technical programs of future conventions.
With the 142nd Convention in the rear view mirror, the AES and its volunteer community is turning its attention to next year’s AES Europe convention, planned for Milan, Italy, in spring 2018.
Posted: Friday, June 2, 2017
AES New York: Maximum Audio
The Audio Engineering Society has opened online advance registration for its 143rd International AES Convention, taking place October 18 to 21, 2017, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. The largest professional audio education, networking and gear exhibition of the year, this fall’s AES Convention will offer a comprehensive and expansive professional media and entertainment production program, three full days of pro audio gear exhibitions and presentations, and a world-class series of events and experiences to take attendees to the next level of audio prowess.
Not only does advance registration offer the lowest pricing available on technical program All Access badges, but, for the 30 days prior to June 17, Exhibits-Plus registration is complimentary – a $75 value. In addition, AES New York 2017 will be co-located with the NAB Show New York 2017. Registration, at any level, for AES New York 2017 will give attendees access to the NAB Show New York exhibition floor and the content in the NAB Show New York’s Core Package (also a $75 value). In an increasingly multimedia-driven world, the 300+ exhibitors expected to showcase video production tools on the NAB Show New York exhibition floor will complement the 300+ professional audio exhibitors that are regulars on the AES New York exhibition floor, offering media professionals the potential for a broader experience.
“AES Conventions have a rich tradition of driving progress in audio technology and application, notes AES Executive Director Bob Moses. “While this year’s convention takes place alongside the NAB Show New York, it remains an independent gathering of a global community of audio professionals and students – end users, manufacturers, researchers and scientists. The NAB Show New York is focused on the production and distribution of mainly video content. It's a natural fit that these two organizations collaborate and cross-pollinate, developing new workflows and business models and creating new opportunities for our communities.”
The full four-day AES New York 2017 technical program lets attendees Listen, Learn and Connect via presentations covering the latest audio research and via workshops, tutorials, technical tours, and student and career development events spanning a diverse array of audio topics, all led by the world's leading audio experts. This year’s AES New York convention will also feature an expanded program of special events and exhibition floor stage presentations – ranging from broadcast audio to recording, live sound, virtual reality and more – open to all attendees. Full program details are in development now. Visit www.aesshow.com to see what’s in store and register today for the ultimate pro audio experience, AES New York 2017.
Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017