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AES Showcases Latest Audio Innovations and Best Practices at 136th International Convention in Berlin

— Successful Technical Program and Exhibition draw high attendance and positive response from attendees and exhibitors alike —
— AES Executive Director Bob Moses announces next European AES Convention will take place in Warsaw, Poland (Spring 2015) —
The 136th Audio Engineering Society Convention, which took place April 26 - 29, 2014 at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center in Berlin, Germany, celebrated four days of the best professional audio has to offer. Featuring a highly-successful mix of Technical Program events, manufacturer exhibitions, Project Studio Expo presentations and more, AES136 enjoyed increased attendance and interaction among an enthusiastic gathering of personalities from every aspect of audio engineering and related industries.
The 1,259 attendees of the 136th Convention – over twice the attendance of Rome, the year before – were presented with opportunities ranging from over 100 Papers and Engineering Briefs, dedicated Workshops and Panels on topics of interest, and Tutorials presenting important audio fundamentals. Additionally, top manufacturers showed their latest offerings and next-generation technologies in the exhibits hall.
Prominent industry figures offered their take on the convention:
Chas Rowden, EMEA Sales Manager for exhibitor Calrec Audio Ltd., stated, “After several years of absence from AES European events, it was a pleasure for Calrec Audio to exhibit at AES136 convention in Berlin. The AES has a new energy and focus that we as a manufacturing company found invigorating, with exiting new ideas and opportunities revealed each day of the show. Best of all, it was a pure audio industry occasion! Looking forward to Warsaw in 2015!”
Kerstin Mischke, EVE Audio GmbH’s Sales and Marketing Manager, offered: “We were very excited when we became aware that AES would return to our hometown Berlin after ten years of absence. Soon it became very clear that we did not want to miss the show. We looked for opportunities not only to exhibit but also to contribute. With assistance from AES representatives, EVE Audio became part of the technical program. We offered tours in which participants could visit our acoustic lab with its anechoic and reverberation chambers – all available tickets for both tours were sold out within a very short time. We can conclude that AES136 convention in Berlin was a very good show for us. Interest in our products in general was great, our tours were highly welcomed, and the overall atmosphere at the show and industry feedback have been very positive. We definitely would love to see AES returning more regularly to Berlin, because this town is a real hot spot when it comes to music, musicians and audio – and a great place to be.“
AES Executive Director Bob Moses added, “I’m really excited about the growth of the convention here in Berlin, and about the amazing people who keep the AES community enthralled and inspired year after year. From our mold-breaking Keynote speaker, Wieslaw Woszczyk, to the standing-room-only Heyser Memorial lecture given by Dietrich Schüller, to the first European edition of the Project Studio Expo, which drew in a packed room of up-and-coming audio engineers, and literally dozens of others that participate and move our industry forward in real-time at these events, we can truly call this year’s program a success. We thank everyone who came out to participate, our sponsors, and our co-chairs Sascha Spors and Umberto Zanghieri for putting on a fantastic event.”
Additionally, AES Executive Director Bob Moses made the announcement that next year’s European AES Convention will take place in Warsaw, Poland (Spring 2015), taking advantage of its burgeoning audio industry and growing base of audio engineers, producers and music aficionados.

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Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Graham Blyth Celebrates 20 years of Organ Concerts at AES 135

A Graham Blyth Organ Concert was held during the 135th AES Convention in New York, NY. The concert featured works by Marchand, Bach, Franck and Gigout. As a part of the concert Robert Schulein and Dan Mapes Riordan made a combined Binaural and HD video recording for downloading following the convention. This recording consists of a composition by César Franck (1822-1890): Trois Píéces (1878): Fantasie in A, Cantabile, and Píéce Héroïque.

The audio/video recordings have now been edited and uploaded to YouTube. The recordings have been formatted for either headphone or loudspeaker auditioning by AES members. For those that attended the concert, these recordings will allow the opportunity to compare the live event to a surround audio with video recording process compatible with today's consumer viewer/listening technology.

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Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014

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Berlin Convention Registration Now Open!

You can now register for a free Exhibits Plus badge for the Berlin convention, or you can get a premium All Access badge that lets you attend all the technical sessions. Take advantage of our online discount since it always costs extra at the door.

Our mobile app is also ready to download and will be continually updated between now and the convention with the latest details on our exhibitors and the technical sessions calendar.

The AES Berlin 2014 app provides tools to enhance your event experience:
• The Dashboard keeps you organized with up-to-the-minute Exhibitor, Speaker, and Event information
• My Schedule organizes your schedule with one click
• Alerts allow you to receive important real-time communications from the AES
• Keep up with industry news on LinkedIn and Facebook groups
• Built-in Twitter feed to follow and join in on the show chatter
• Rate the sessions you attend and comment on them, too
• Connect with your colleagues using the Friends feature
Download it for free today!

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Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014

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Call for Nominations Deadline Approaching

The Nominations Committee is at this time soliciting the names of members to be considered for possible inclusion in the 2014 ballot for election of officers to the Board of Governors. To aid us in this task, please let us know if there is someone you would like us to consider for this election.

To be eligible for nomination, a candidate must be a voting member of the Society and belong to one of the following membership categories: honorary member, fellow, or member, and must be willing and able to attend the meeting of the Board of Governors each year.

Nominations must be received by February 17th, 2014 and can now be submitted online.

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Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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135th AES Convention Hits A Five-Year High

— Convention takes a bite out of the Big Apple and reminds the industry that “If It’s About Audio, It’s At AES” —
New York, NY — The 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) was the place to be if you have anything to do with the audio industry. The exhibit floor, panels and technical sessions were packed all four days, and as AES celebrated its 65th Anniversary, a five-year-high number of 18,453 registrants was tallied.
At show close, AES reported a 16% increase in registration since the last time the convention was in New York two years ago (131st AES) and a staggering 71% increase over last year’s San Francisco event (133rd AES), which unfortunately was plagued by smaller attendance due to Hurricane Sandy.
Convention Committee Chair Jim Anderson and his team created the most ambitious and comprehensive schedule of workshops, panels and technical programs in AES convention history; AES135 will be remembered by those in attendance as an exciting and enlightening experience, and one of the most heavily attended conventions in years. From the opening keynote address on Thursday by Josh McDermott from MIT; and the Heyser Lecture by legendary producer, technologist and multi-GRAMMY® Award winner George Massenburg; to Friday’s lunchtime keynote by multi-GRAMMY Award winner Jimmy Jam; the Project Studio Expo and Knowledge Center; the “Sound For Picture” Deadliest Catch workshop; the GRAMMY SoundTables event honoring the late Phil Ramone; presentations by engineer and Jay-Z collaborator Young Guru; and more, AES135 hit it out of the park for attendees and exhibitors alike.   
"I can't express how thrilled I am with our Convention this year,” stated Bob Moses, Executive Director of the AES. “Our organizing committee really outdid themselves, with over 250 presentations from an astounding 682 leading researchers and practitioners in the field, many of them standing-room only. The convention floor was absolutely packed, and the only complaint I heard was that we ran out of convention programs on the second day because so many people showed up. We took some risks with this show in an attempt to bring in lots of new blood and to maintain our position on the proverbial cutting edge, and the fact that it was such a fantastic success gives us confidence to ratchet it up a few more notches in Los Angeles next year. Actually, why wait for October 2014? – we'll be back in Berlin in April, and much of what made this show so great will be leveraged to breathe new life into our European convention."
No matter what sector of the industry you are involved in — recording & production, broadcast & streaming, game audio, live sound, networked audio, sound for picture, post production or system integration — AES135 had it all. The convention received support from over 20 industry sponsors and partners including: Audio Precision, Cerwin-Vega, CharterOak, Focusrite/Novation, Gibson, Hal Leonard, Harman/Soundcraft, iZotope, KRK, NewBay Media, Onkyo, SAE Institute, Sennheiser, Sound On Sound, Sound and Picture, Stanton, Tascam, and THAT Corporation. Additionally several organizations lent their support, including APRS, ASCAP, DTV Audio Group, International Music Festival Conference, Manhattan Producer’s Alliance, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® and SPARS, as well as leading audio retailers GC Pro and Sweetwater.
The convention garnered praise from exhibitors and attendees alike. Piers Plaskitt, CEO, Solid State Logic, Inc., stated, “We went into the 2013 AES with high expectations, a new console for the live market, a cool summing box for our music professionals and a MADI/Dante bridge for our broadcast customers. We staffed up accordingly, and I'm very pleased to say that we had an extraordinarily busy show that exceeded our projections on every level. We are looking forward to 2014 and the convention’s return to Los Angeles.”
“This AES in NY was the best AES convention in many years,” stated Eric Mayer, President, DPA Inc. “This year the show floor traffic seemed up, our booth attendees were more ‘qualified’ and spirits seemed high. I'm not sure what changes were made, but whatever they were, they were needed and they worked.”
Katy Templeman-Holmes, Sr. Marketing Manager USA, Mixer Group, HARMAN, echoed Mayer’s words: “We had a great show, specifically with the hands-on workshops we hosted. Attendance was stronger than ever and it was a valuable mix of student, new and veteran engineers all looking to learn and experience the available technologies and products. A good show all around.”
“AES NY is always special, as no other show draws such a diverse crowd of key decision leaders in music, post, broadcast and live sound,” stated Phil Wagner, President of Focusrite Novation Inc. “This year’s AES show had our booth and sound demo room packed with potential customers from start to finish. We were proud to sponsor both the Project Studio Expo and Networked Audio Track. We look forward to a strong presence at AES Los Angeles next year.”
For additional information on the Audio Engineering Society and its conventions, conferences and technological outreach, visit http://www.aes.org.
Photo Caption 1: The 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) saw five-year-high registration numbers. Photos courtesy of Audio Engineering Society. © 2013
For additional photos from the 135th AES Convention, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/pictures/highlights/.

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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013

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AES 2013 Election Results

Report of the 2013 – 2014 election

In accordance to the AES bylaws Article IX section 3 (vi), I herewith report the results of the election for the year 2013 – 2014.

Vice President Central US and Canada:     Michael Fleming
Vice President Central Europe:     Nadja Wallaszkovits
Vice President Latin America:     Valeria Palomino
Vice President International:     Toru Kamekawa
Governors:     James David Johnston, Josh Reiss, Jason Corey

2013 By-Law Amendment Proposal:     Passed

Post-election, a vacancy unexpectedly occurred in the incoming President Elect position. Candidate Andres Mayo will now fill that position following his appointment by the AES Board Of Governors (BOG). The newly elected board members and officers will participate as observers in BOG activities during the 135th AES Convention prior to beginning their terms on October 27, 2013.

            Christopher V. Freitag
            Chair, Tellers Committee
            Audio Engineering Society

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013

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Time to Vote: 2013 AES Elections

Time to Vote: 2013 AES Elections

AES voting members are reminded to cast their ballots in the 2013 election for members of the Board of Governors. The deadline to cast your vote is 5:00 PM (EST) on Friday, July 12, 2013.

The positions open this year are:
• President-Elect
• Vice President (4 positions)
• Governor (3 positions)

There is also a proposal to amend the AES Bylaws.

All voting members should have received an email from Christopher V. Freitag, Chair, Board of Tellers notifying them of the vote. In that email is a Unique PIN which you can use along with your membership number to cast your ballot online.

If you did not receive your ballot call Election Services during normal business hours at +1-800.864.1263.

Associate Members and Student Members are not eligible to vote. We encourage Associate Members to apply to upgrade to Member Status.

Read about Membership Types

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Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013

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Recordings from AES Rome Jazz Concert Now Available

A special music concert was held during the 134th AES Convention in Rome, Italy. The concert featured a performance by the Greg Burk Jazz Trio, with guest vocalist Elisabetta Antononi.

As an addition to the concert Robert Schulein made a combined Binaural and HD video recording for downloading following the convention. The audio/video recordings have now been edited and uploaded to YouTube. The recordings have been formatted for either headphone or loudspeaker auditioning by AES members. For those that attended the concert, these recordings will allow the opportunity to compare the live event to a surround audio with video recording process compatible with today’s consumer viewer/listening technology.

Two songs were selected from the one-hour performance and may be viewed or downloaded from YouTube at this time.

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Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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Mobile App for AES Rome 2013 Now Available

The AES Rome 2013 app provides tools to enhance your event experience:
• The Dashboard keeps you organized with up-to-the-minute Sponsor, Presenter, and Event information
• My Schedule organizes your schedule with one click
• Built-in Twitter feed to follow the show chatter
• Learn about our sponsors
• View map of conference center

Download it for free today!

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013

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Al Schmitt & Friends: AES Roundtable of Award-Winning Engineers

A roundtable discussion of modern recording techniques and trends was hosted by 21-time Grammy-winning engineer and producer Al Schmitt. The panel included some of the biggest names in audio production: Elliot Scheiner (Foo Fighters, Eric Clapton), Ed Cherney (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones), George Massenburg (Earth Wind & Fire, James Taylor), Chuck Ainley (Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits), and Frank Filipetti (Foreigner, KISS).

Topics covered at the roundtable included:
• Understanding the differences of recording at home, in a project studio and in a larger traditional studio
• How to effectively record drums
• How and when to use effects
• Techniques for vocal thickening
• Obstacles that were encountered and resolved during the recording of classic albums
• Diplomacy in the studio with artists, executives and other stakeholders

This event was sponsored by the Sennheiser Recording Sound Academy and is now freely available for download to all AES members via our Tutorials website.

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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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