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
The Audio Engineering Society continues its mission of educating and connecting the professional audio industry this week as it hosts an AES Membership Drive at the Live Design International (LDI) show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, November 17 – 19. AES Members can register for a free badge to attend the LDI show (details below) and all attendees are invited to visit the AES booth (#3042, C3 platform in the Audio Pavilion) to join or renew their membership, meet and greet with AES President David Scheirman and Leslie Gaston-Bird, Vice President, Western Region (US and Canada), as well as other attendees. Attendees who join or renew their AES membership at the show will receive an AES logoed t-shirt or cap for doing so. Members can take advantage of the Society's "Refer A Friend" Program, which offers the valuable incentive of AES online store credits – which can be used for any online purchase, including event registrations and membership discounts – when they bring in new members using their name or AES membership number.
Additionally, the AES will kick-off the event with a meet-and-greet for AES members and all interested audio professionals at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) campus recording studio (Building H Room H127) at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, N. Las Vegas 89030 on Thursday, November 16 from 6:30 - 8:30.
“Join the AES membership drive at the LDI Show and share your latest AES experiences or find out more about becoming a member,” said Gaston-Bird. ”The AES provides a great industry platform for networking, hosting workshops, and welcoming new students to the industry and we look to further share our presence with the active Las Vegas professional audio community.
“I hope that you can visit us at the show as well as at the meet-and-greet at the recording studios on the campus of the College of Southern Nevada. I’ll be there and I'd love to see you and learn more from you about the audio community in Las Vegas”.
Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 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
Audio Engineering Society Student Members receive a number of freebies and exclusive deals from world renowned audio companies. Join the AES today, connect to the greatest professional and educational audio network and make use of the exciting benefits offered by our partners!
Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017
Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
The AES Berlin Convention is rapidly approaching, and now is the time to take advantage of the final days of Advance Registration pricing, ending May 17, on All Access badges for the 142nd International AES Convention, being held in Berlin, Germany. Taking place May 20 through 23, 2017, at the Maritim Hotel Berlin, the AES Berlin Convention will offer three days of gear exhibits, demos and exhibit floor special-event expositions, as well as four days of presentations and workshops featuring the biggest names in audio engineering, production, product design and more. Additionally, free Exhibits-Plus registration (use code AES142NOW at checkout) is also available, online, offering a one-of-a-kind pro audio experience including all exhibit-floor activities, special events and more.
If your interests or career includes Broadcast and Streaming, Networked Audio, Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality, Live Sound, Studio Recording, Home Recording, Music Production, Game Audio, Sound for Picture, Product Development, or other aspects of audio production, the AES Berlin Convention has you covered in dedicated end-user-focused events. All Access registration is your gateway to the entire Convention program, including comprehensive papers, workshops and tutorials program. Exhibits-Plus access gains you entry to the exhibition floor and demo rooms, where leading manufacturers reveal and demonstrate the latest in audio hardware and software tools. The "Plus" includes the application-oriented sessions in the exhibit floor Expo theatres, along with other special events.
Invest in your future: make your plans to attend AES Berlin!
Register by May 17 for best Advance Registration pricing on All Access badges or to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge (use code AES142NOW at checkout) for Europe’s premier pro audio education and networking event. Act now to save money and valuable time while in Berlin. Find out more at aeseurope.com.
Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017
With a vision to continue to strengthen the music and pro audio industries, The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and The Audio Engineering Society (AES) have announced a new collaborative alliance which will integrate pro audio educational training activities related to live sound, performance audio, recording technology and other topics into The 2018 NAMM Show, January 25-28 in Anaheim, California.
As part of the integration and affiliation, AES@NAMM will establish a unique new format for this part of the Society’s West Coast presence in 2018. The organization’s technical sessions, expert speaker presentations, hands-on workshops and tutorials, as well as networking events and social opportunities will join as a segment of The NAMM Show’s robust professional development offerings for music and pro audio professionals.
“Audio is everywhere, and it’s a growing part of NAMM," offered the Audio Engineering Society's President, Alex Case. "And, when it comes to professional audio, attendees and exhibitors alike want to know more and sound better; they’re singing our song. We are confident a growing number of attendees will want to experience exciting new AES educational opportunities, audition new audio products, and grow their professional networks to include some friendly audio pros through AES@NAMM.”
“As a platform for business and learning, The NAMM Show unites the global music and sound ecosystem in its own unique way,” said Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO. “And through our collaboration with the passionate members and leaders of AES, we are now further united in a shared vision of showcasing exciting new products, technologies and educational offerings for the good of the entire industry.”
From live sound and studio recording, to musical instruments and entertainment technology, The NAMM Show has evolved from its original gathering of 52 piano dealers in 1901 to become the crossroads of the music products ecosystem. The show serves as a business platform for the global music, pro audio and entertainment technology products industry and its over 10,000 diverse professional member companies, hailing from 104 countries. In 2017, the show attracted nearly 107,000 registrants, 7,000 exhibiting brands, top-name artists, industry innovators and creative luminaries, and offered over 125 educational sessions and networking opportunities. The show is also host to the annual TEC Awards. Now in its 32nd year, this year’s awards honored Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and producer Jack Douglas, alongside a variety of top pro audio exhibitors, professionals and products. NAMM will also host the professional touring and production industry’s Parnelli Awards for the first time at The 2018 NAMM Show.
The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research. Currently, over 12,000 members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth.
Additional details on registration, technical paper sessions, workshops, and tutorials for the upcoming event, AES@NAMM, including registration, program topics and expert speakers along with other NAMM education and professional development opportunities will be available in the weeks to come. Until then, discover more about The 2018 NAMM Show by visiting www.namm.org. Follow the AES at www.aes.org.
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,300 members located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit www.namm.org, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
About the Audio Engineering Society
The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 and now counts over 12,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org.
Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017