143rd AES CONVENTION Special Event Details

AES New York 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 9:30 am — 10:45 am

SE01 - Diversity Town Hall


Wednesday, October 18, 12:30 pm — 2:00 pm

SE02 - Opening Ceremonies / Awards / Keynote Speech

Opening Remarks:
• Executive Director Bob Moses
• President Alex Case
• Convention Chairs Agnieszka Roginska, Paul Gallo

• AES Awards Presentation by Andres Mayo, Awards Chair
• Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Convention Chair
• Keynote Address

Awards Presentation
Please join us as the AES presents Special Awards to those who have made outstanding contributions to the Society in such areas of research, scholarship, and publications, as well as other accomplishments that have contributed to the enhancement of our industry.

This year's keynote speaker will be announced soon.


Wednesday, October 18, 2:15 pm — 3:30 pm

SE03 - Grammy SoundTable


Wednesday, October 18, 6:00 pm — 7:30 pm


SE04 - Heyser Memorial Lecture

Leslie Ann Jones, Recording Engineer and Producer, Director of Music Recording and Scoring, Skywalker Sound - San Rafael, CA, USA

The Richard C. Heyser distinguished lecturer for the 143rd AES Convention is Leslie Ann Jones, Director of Music Recording and Scoring at Skywalker Sound.

Paying Attention

No graphs, no charts, no powerpoint, okay maybe a few photos; but mostly a retrospective on how my life and career have been sustained and enriched by paying attention.


Thursday, October 19, 12:30 pm — 1:15 pm


SE05 - Lunchtime Keynote—Alex Case: After the Loudness Wars - Get “Louder" without the Fader

Alex Case, University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA, USA

Take this mixing challenge: place the faders at the lowest levels that make technical and musical sense. Try to make critical tracks easier to hear through more sophisticated means than simple fader rides. Turning it up is too easy and mucks up the rest of the mix. One loud track can make it harder to hear the other tracks in your mix. To get a track to rise up out of a crowded mix, leverage the strategic application of panning, ambience, reverb, compression, gating, EQ, distortion, and other unmasking effects. Tailoring non-fader properties of the sound to keep the track audible is more work and requires mastery of many subtle aspects of signal processing for mixing. However, resisting that urge to simply push up the fader means the other tracks won’t have to play catchup.


Thursday, October 19, 4:30 pm — 5:45 pm

SE06 - Producers through the Generations


Thursday, October 19, 8:00 pm — 10:00 pm

SE07 - Organ Concert


Friday, October 20, 10:15 am — 11:15 am

SE08 - Striving for Success / Dave Pensado

Dave Pensado
Herb Trawick

We all want to know how our favorite audio pros attain success. It begins with learning to Strive! The brainchild of online television sensation Pensado's Place and audio-publishing giant Hal Leonard, the Strive curriculum series combines education with entertainment to teach, reach, amplify, inspire, and yes, to strive, featuring authors who are considered best in class, relevant, and enormously committed to giving back. During this panel, Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick will discuss the birth of Strive, conceptions of success both in- and outside the audio world, the edutainment ethos that drives all Penwick initiatives, the importance of and benefits afforded by cross-platform curriculum development, the necessity of philanthropy, and the key dynamics of growth in all areas of life.


Friday, October 20, 12:30 pm — 1:15 pm

SE09 - Lunchtime Keynote

Bob McCarthy


Friday, October 20, 1:30 pm — 3:00 pm

SE10 - Mastering for the New Paradigm: High Resolution Audio, Streaming and High Resolution Streaming

Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering Studios, Inc. - Portland, ME, USA
Ian Shepherd, Mastering Media Ltd - Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, UK
Bob Stuart

This years Platinum Mastering Panel explores the new audio paradigms of high resolution audio and streaming. It is still so new that A&R departments are still screaming for maximum level when, in reality, streaming is starting to pay their bills and the big streaming companies will automatically turn your mastered level down so all music plays at a similar level. More consumers are listening to higher resolution audio than ever and streaming of the highest PCM sampling rates has been working successfully for 10 months now. Mastering engineers need to know about this seismic audio shift and they need to educate their clients, artists and record label associations about this new playing field.

We have 3 distinguished panelists to guide you through the new world order:

Bob Ludwig will speak about mastering high resolution audio and the differences between Mastered for iTunes and full high resolution media, downloads, streaming and of course vinyl.

Bob Stuart, co-founder of MQA will discuss how MQA can offer the highest guaranteed-quality streaming of even 352.8 kHz masters and tell you the basics of how it all works.

Ian Shepherd will discuss the various streaming services, how Loudness Normalization is the new paradigm, and the opportunity it offers mastering engineers.


Friday, October 20, 3:15 pm — 6:00 pm

SE11 - DTVAG AES Forum


Friday, October 20, 6:30 pm — 8:00 pm

SE12 - Hear Now Festival Presentation

Sponsored by the Broadcast and Streaming Media Track


Saturday, October 21, 9:00 am — 11:00 am


SE13 - Latin Producers Panel

Andres A. Mayo, Andres Mayo Mastering & Audio Post - Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Platinum Latin Producers panel presents a variety of top-notch multi-Grammy-winning Latin engineers & producers that have made their careers working with worldwide known artists. These industry pros will open up their mixing sessions to show the audience how they produce music these days.


Saturday, October 21, 12:15 pm — 1:15 pm


SE14 - Lunchtime Keynote: Emily Lazar

Emily Lazar, The Lodge - New York, NY, USA


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