UPDATE: $171,495.35 raised. Can we hear from you today?
The Audio Engineering Society has not proven immune to the havoc the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking across the globe. The traditional cashflow of the Society, fueled by its events, has been severely disrupted. The AES has launched a fundraising campaign to ensure the Society’s continued operation through the crisis. The goal of the initiative is to raise $500,000 USD by an extended deadline of June 15. In an appeal to AES stakeholders, AES President Agnieszka Roginska acknowledged that many AES members, and many among the Society’s manufacturer and service provider partners, are facing their own challenges in this time of global upheaval. “Others,” said Roginska in her letter, “may be in a more stable position and able to once again contribute to the Society. If it is within your ability, may we ask that you make a financial contribution to help see your AES through these unprecedented times?”
Since the launch of the campaign, numerous individuals have renewed their memberships, choosing in some cases to extend their membership by several years as an investment in the Society and in their personal future in the industry. Campaign-specific contributions ranging from $5 to $4,500 USD have been made, totaling $171,495.35 USD. “The AES is extremely grateful for all contributions,” said Roginska.
Audio Engineering Society members and partners have a unique perspective on the benefits the Society brings to individuals for career advancement and to the audio industry as a whole. From the AES’s crucial Standards work, the promotion of audio research, the development of milestone events to education spanning the breadth of audio technology and its application, the Society has led the industry forward for more than 70 years.
Though the AES operates on a lean budget for an organization of its size, its small but dedicated staff and its volunteer leadership are tirelessly working to shepherd the Society through this generation-defining crisis, investigating myriad possible sources of sustaining income while exploring new initiatives to continue its mission and provide timely and relevant member benefits.The AES has expenses as with any business, such as rent, utilities and infrastructure, web hosting and email and various contracted services. Expansion of member benefits already underway when the pandemic ensued include a new portal for AES Live: Videos. Creation of a virtual convention, AES Virtual Vienna, has incurred start-up costs while the cancellation and postponement of several AES events has impacted expected cashflow.
Donations may be made on the AES website or via PayPal (use PayPal's "Send" function to route your donation directly to firstname.lastname@example.org). No donation is too small.
As a special thank you, the AES will recognize individuals making contributions of $400 USD with a three-month Sustaining Member status; at $500 USD, contributing individuals will receive sustaining member status through December 2020. As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, donations to AES by U.S. taxpayers are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Individuals and companies can also gift a membership to colleagues or friends facing economic challenges through the AES Gift Membership program.
“Working together, the AES will persevere,” proclaims Roginska. “We appreciate your thoughtful consideration of this request. Visit AES.org to find out more about what the Audio Engineering Society has to offer and for ways that you can Listen, Learn and Connect with audio peers and pros around the world.”
Posted on June 5, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT
AES Members – voting is now open for the AES 2020 elections for officers and governor of the Society. The slate of officers linked to their AES Member Profiles, and a link to download submitted candidate biographies and optional candidate statements of goals and objectives, are available at http://www.aes.org/elections/slate/. Once you have reviewed the materials and are ready to vote, go to https://GES.Vote and enter your information to begin the process.
Each officer and governor will participate in developing and implementing programs and policy for the entire Society on a worldwide basis. Please exercise your voting right and responsibility as a Member by voting.
Online voting will end at 5:00pm (EDT) on Friday, July 3, 2020. Any Member having trouble voting should contact Global Election Services: email@example.com or 1-800-864-1263.
Only full Members in good standing are allowed to vote in the election. Persons who have not paid their dues for 2020, or wish to upgrade their status to Member in order to vote, must do so no later than June 26, 2020, 5:00om (EDT) by visiting the AES Member Portal at http://www.aes.org/dues.
Posted on June 5, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT
Dear AES members,
We are about to witness the beginning of Virtual Vienna, our first all-virtual convention. The AES recognizes the great work of audio innovators, developers and practitioners everywhere, inclusive of all backgrounds and interests.
It is with this in mind that we are heartbroken by the recent tragic events in the United States, the killing of unarmed Black citizens including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. These events are affecting our members and the broader audio community directly and indirectly. Many in the US are feeling angry and hurt and confused.
We condemn racism and brutality in the strongest terms and appreciate the outpouring of concern and support that has come from our international community. We support the Black community, we believe that Black lives matter, and we stand with those who are affected by systemic and institutionalized racism.
We are a community of passionate people spread around the globe, from many different cultures and walks of life and we are working hard to help weave a global audio community. There is no easy way to solve all our problems or reconcile any potential differences between people but we are committed to continue working on your behalf, to learn from each other and to foster a healthy AES.
Virtual Vienna aims to showcase the wonderful things that bring us together. We are in the business of communication and in using technology to bring people together to share experiences. As you navigate the program at Virtual Vienna, upcoming conferences and events, we hope you can take care of yourselves and each other.
We think you will come away from these events enlightened, inspired and connected - with an ever greater sense of community.
Posted on June 1, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT
— AES Virtual Vienna will bring attendees a full program of on-demand presentations, including scientific Papers, Engineering Briefs and Poster sessions —
The AES Virtual Vienna Convention is just days away – taking place, online, June 2 through 5 – and the final schedule of events is being announced, including the Convention’s slate of over 100 On-Demand presentations being made available throughout the show. From full scientific research Paper presentations and Poster sessions, to experimentation in practical applications of breaking audio technologies outlined in Engineering Briefs and more, this year’s AES Spring Convention Technical Program offers unprecedented access in an affordable format available to anyone with an internet connection.
Scientific research of audio principles and theory is the backbone of the Audio Engineering Society’s mission of furthering the science and art of audio engineering, and a highlight for Convention attendees each show. This year’s Papers program features over 45 such presentations, available on demand beginning June 2, covering a variety of disciplines including Audio Signal Processing, Perception and Evaluation of Audio, Spatial Audio, Loudspeakers and Microphones, Recording and Production, Audio Education, Network Audio, Room Acoustics and more. Papers being presented during AES Virtual Vienna will be available to attendees for a period after the show and will then join the archive of over 17,000 searchable documents in the AES E-Library. In addition, over 70 on-demand Engineering Briefs and Posters present more concise studies of a given topic, offering quick analysis of concepts, studies and application experimentation from researchers, students and engineers from around the world.
This year’s new online format for the AES Spring Convention offers a variety of opportunities to experience an AES event like never before, combining live streaming, on-demand content, and live Q&A dialog into a new experience, more accessible than ever. On-demand content will be available at the start of the Convention, and available for a limited time to AES Virtual Vienna attendees.
The complete AES Virtual Vienna Technical Program of events, presenters and more is now available online – Register Now and make plans to join us at AESEurope.com.
Posted on May 29, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT
— Technical program presentations offer the latest audio engineering science and technology in a variety of fields of expertise —
The schedule of events for the upcoming AES Virtual Vienna Convention is now available, outlining the 40-plus scheduled Workshop presentations taking place June 2 – 5 as part of the AES’s first-ever exclusively online, international event. AES Virtual Vienna offers an unprecedented chance for attendees to experience what AES Conventions have to offer from anywhere with an internet connection. Industry experts, educators, peers and pros from around the world will present on topics including Acoustics and Psychoacoustics, Archiving and Restoration, Audio for Cinema, Audio Education, Game Audio, AVAR, Spatial Audio, Product Development, Recording and Production, Sound Reinforcement, and more. Complete schedule and online registration are available at AESEurope.com with low registration fees – as low as $50 USD for AES members – sweetening the opportunity.
AES Virtual Vienna will offer a wide variety of scheduled streaming and on-demand paper, poster and engineering brief presentations, real-time Q&A, and more. The four days of scheduled content begin with the Workshop “Active Sensing and Slow Listening” presented by Thomas Lund and continue on with presentations throughout the day including “Transform Processing Of Audio: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly!” with Jamie Angus – who will also be presenting one of the convention’s keynotes lectures on day four – along with a presentation on “Getting a Foot in the Door” to your audio career, a Student Delegate Assembly meeting, and the convention’s Heyser Presentation, presented by Francis Rumsey.
Other Virtual Vienna Convention highlights include presentations on “The Secret Life of Low Frequencies” with Bruce Black and the Workshop on “Binaural Audio V2 – Is Future Entertainment Ready to Go?” featuring producer Tom Ammermann, producer/engineer/musician/author David Miles Huber, composer/sound designer Thilo Schaller, AES Past President Andres Mayo, and current AES President Agnieszka Roginska. Other featured presentations rounding out the program include the timely topic of “Teaching Technology in the Time of Pandemic,” “Virtual Audio Interfaces – Interacting with Sound and Music in Extended Realities,” “Deep Learning for Audio Applications – Engineering Best Practices for Data,” “The Lead Vocal – Record and Mix Strategies,“ “Remapping the Model of Studio Production Techniques,” and many more presentations designed to present “A World of Audio” possibilities to attendees.
The complete AES Virtual Vienna schedule of events can be viewed here, and registration is open 24/7 at AESEurope.com.
Posted on May 20, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT
— In its first global online event, the AES will offer a full convention experience through a variety of streaming, on-demand and interactive events —
As the first-ever virtual convention hosted by the Audio Engineering Society approaches, anticipation grows over the chance to share convention sessions and interact with industry experts in a new and unique platform. The AES Virtual Vienna Convention will take place June 2 – 5 and will be accessible by anyone in the world with an available internet connection, offering an unprecedented chance to listen, learn and connect globally with audio peers and pros.
An Overview of the AES Virtual Vienna Convention
What: The AES Virtual Vienna Convention 2020 presents the finest traditions of AES Convention Technical Programs. The latest audio research, technologies, practical application, boundary-expanding experimentation and inspiration will be offered through Special Events, Keynote and Heyser presentations, Workshops, Tutorials, and Paper and Poster sessions.
The online streaming and on-demand format is tailored to the realities of a world practicing social distancing. Virtual Vienna will feature scheduled streaming content – nine hours a day with two independent streaming channels available on the final two days. A host of Convention paper, poster, tutorial, and additional Technical Program presentations will be available on demand to registered attendees during the Convention, and for some period of time after. Realtime Q&A with presenters will follow streamed presentations, and ongoing Q&A text dialog will be available on all sessions. Scheduled streaming presentations will be added to the on-demand library after airing.
AES Conventions are rich in student and career activities – for AES Virtual Vienna, that means new spins on Student Recording Competitions (drawing their largest ever number of submissions given that attendance is now online), critique sessions of student projects and the Education and Career Fair.
AES Virtual Vienna Convention sponsors, including Platinum Partner Genelec, Silver Partners Sound Solutions International and USound, along with sponsor Focusrite Pro, will present additional instructional, educational and informational content.
Where: Available on internet connections around the world
When: Scheduled streams: June 2 – 5, 11 AM – 8 PM Vienna time (UTC+2) / 5 AM – 2 PM EDT (UTC-4). “Prime time” each day will be 2 PM – 5 PM (UTC+2) / 8 AM – 11 AM (UTC-4). On-demand content will be available beginning June 2.
Who: Audio technology thought leaders including engineers, producers, students, educators and more working in recording and production, broadcast and streaming, acoustics and psychoacoustics, sound reinforcement, archiving and preservation, networked audio, product development and audio education.
AES Members, Associates & Fellows – $50.00
AES Student Members – $25.00
AES Non-Members – $175.00
AES Life / Honorary Members – Free
For professionals and students who’ve never invested in an AES Convention’s full technical program, AES Virtual Vienna offers an affordable and convenient opportunity to see what they’ve been missing and to participate in everything an AES Convention has to offer. Make plans to join the AES and help make history during the first-ever Virtual AES Convention. Find out more and register now at AESEurope.com.
Posted on May 15, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT
— AES Virtual Vienna Convention activities to include student recording and design competitions, an Education and Career Fair, Student Delegate Assembly events and more for just $25 for AES Student Members —
While the world is taking on day-to-day activities in new ways and working with new circumstances, the Audio Engineering Society is bringing “A World of Audio” to virtual attendees, this June 2 – 5, with the AES Virtual Vienna Convention. AES Conventions place a high priority on the education and enlightenment of tomorrow’s audio professionals. This year’s AES spring convention continues that tradition, offering a slate of activities aimed directly at audio students and educators, including Technical Program content, meetings and events hosted by the AES Student Delegate Assembly (SDA), a virtual Education and Career Fair, student competitions and student project critiques – all available in the most accessible AES convention ever. AES Virtual Vienna registration is now available online, with a low rate of $25 for AES Student Members for all four days of the Convention’s comprehensive and expansive Tech Program.
Several highlights for students attending the AES Virtual Vienna Convention include the Student Recording Competitions in six categories (Traditional Acoustic Recording, Traditional Studio Recording, Modern Studio Recording & Electronic Music, Sound for Visual Media, Remix and Immersive Audio), and the Saul Walker Student Design Competition (gear and software), where students’ projects are critiqued and judged by a host of industry professionals, offering a great learning opportunity for participants and observers (and great prizes for the winning submissions); the Education and Career Fair, showcasing educational offerings and job opportunities from leading institutions and companies from around the world; Student Recording Critique sessions, providing non-competitive professional input and advice for students at all stages of training; SDA organizational and planning sessions; and externally available webinars on audio software design from MathWorks and Audio Programmers Workshop.
“AES Conventions are filled from start to finish with student activities offering amazing opportunities for learning, for meeting fellow students and networking with industry leaders, and for students to develop leadership skills of their own in these student-led and organized events,” said AES Education Committee co-chair Magdalena Piotrowska.
Education Committee co-chair John Krivit notes that as a benefit of the Convention going online, with no travel required, the number of students taking part in the various competitions has increased, and similar increases are possible for technical program registration. “Taking these elements online for AES Virtual Vienna will make these opportunities available all around the world, to anyone with an internet connection – come join us!”
Across 80-plus hours of Technical Program sessions, core audio topics and the technology of today and tomorrow will be explored, with additional focus on audio elements and workflow solutions for new distribution platforms. Representing cutting-edge developments in the science of audio, the latest research and the application of such research will be showcased through streaming presentations of Keynote addresses, Papers, Posters Workshops, Engineering Briefs, Tech Tours and other technical program content, along with live- and forum-based dialog with presenters. AES Virtual Vienna Convention sponsors, including Platinum Partner Genelec, will also present instructional, educational and informational content.
Find out more and register now at AESEurope.com to make plans to join us for this first-of-its-kind AES event.
Posted on May 12, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT
— The AES’s campaign to raise funds to sustain the Society through the COVID-19 pandemic has garnered support from a host of individuals, from audio industry companies including speaker manufacturer Genelec, and from partner organizations including PAMA —
The Audio Engineering Society has raised more than $159,000 USD since the launch of its COVID-19 pandemic-driven fundraising campaign in mid-April with a goal of raising $500,000 by June 1. More than 170 individuals, making donations ranging from $10 to $4500, have been joined by corporations and organizations – 21 new names have been added to the educational non-profit AES’s Sustaining Member roster. “The AES is grateful for the validation of its importance to the professional audio industry by each and every contributor that is helping at whatever level they can,” said AES President Agnieszka Roginska.
Further such validation has come from AES industry partners. “To us, the AES represents the only serious forum for the development of audio, and the work it does for our industry is invaluable,” said Siamak Naghian, Managing Director of Genelec, an AES Sustaining Member, when announcing the speaker manufacturer’s contribution to the fund drive. “In its pursuit of excellence and dedication to raising the bar in the industry, it is without equal, and our approaches have much in common. We will do everything we can to help the Society through the ongoing crisis, and this donation is just one way of showing our support and appreciation for this much-loved institution.” Genelec has committed a percentage of all 2020 sales of its new “endlessly recyclable” RAW series of loudspeakers, housed in environment-sustaining chassis. Further, Genelec is inviting individuals in the audio community who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, both professionals and students, to apply for one of ten Genelec-funded 12-month AES memberships. (To apply to Genelec for a one year AES membership, please visit www.genelec.com/AES.)
“Genelec has been a steadfast partner to the AES for decades,” shared Roginska, “contributing resources and expertise that play a major role in the quality of our Convention technical programs.” With their contributions to AES’s fundraising campaign, she elaborated, along with the company’s Platinum Sponsorship of the upcoming AES Virtual Vienna Convention, “Genelec is reinforcing its commitment to the continued vitality of the audio industry. The AES greatly appreciates Genelec’s pledge of this further support, helping sustain the Society’s essential contributions to the audio industry.” These contributions are in addition to Genelec’s endowment of the AES Education Foundation’s Ilpo Martikainen Audio Visionary Scholarship, offered annually to an AES Student Member that is a U.S. graduate student in the field of audio engineering.
The Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA), an association of leading companies dedicated to the awareness and appreciation of high-quality professional audio through education, passion and common purpose, is also contributing to the Audio Engineering Society’s fundraising initiative. “The AES plays a vital role in the advancement of audio technology, promoting innovation and education.” said Greg Beebe, chair of the board of directors of PAMA. “Many of our member companies are key exhibitors at AES Conventions. PAMA recognizes the importance of a healthy AES. We are proud to join the roster of AES Sustaining Members.”
“PAMA shares AES’s ultimate goal – a thriving audio industry for all,” commented AES Executive Director Colleen Harper. “We appreciate their work towards that shared goal, and their wonderfully supportive and generous contribution to the AES to sustain our own complementary work.”
The AES staff and volunteer leadership have worked diligently to reduce operating costs and postpone expenditures while maintaining membership services, supporting student and continuing education efforts and other ongoing activities, and planning future endeavors. As with any business, AES has recurring expenses such as rent, utilities and infrastructure; web hosting and email; and various mission-critical contracted services. Creation of a virtual convention, AES Virtual Vienna, has incurred start-up costs while the cancellation and postponement of several AES events have impacted budgeted cashflow. Planning and organization are also underway on the comprehensive Technical Program for this year’s AES Fall Pro Audio Convention, scheduled for October 21 – 23 in New York City, with contingencies being developed to allow the Convention to proceed regardless of the ongoing impact of the global COVID-19 crisis.
Donations may be made on the AES website at https://tinyurl.com/AES-Give or via PayPal (use PayPal’s “Send” function to route your donation directly to firstname.lastname@example.org). No donation is too small.
Learn more about the AES COVID-19 fundraising initiative by visiting http://www.aes.org/blog/2020/5/the-aes-needs-you.
About the Audio Engineering Society
The Audio Engineering Society, celebrating over 70 years of audio excellence, 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 90 AES professional sections and more than 120 AES student sections around the world. Section activities 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 aes.org.
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Posted on May 8, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT
35% e-books discount in May for everyone, 30% discount on print titles always for AES members on Routledge, CRC Press and Focal Press titles
Taylor & Francis Group – publisher of books for all levels of academic study and professional development, across a wide range of subjects and disciplines – has launched a new AES member benefits page which unites the book imprints Routledge, CRC Press and Focal Press.
To celebrate this merger of resources, Taylor & Francis Group is offering a discount of 35% on all e-books until May 31st (no discount code required). As always, AES members are entitled to a 30% discount on online orders of print books, applied by using the discount code available through the AES Member Portal.
Titles available include the collaboratively developed “AES Presents” series of books, featuring the recent releases:
Women in Audio by Leslie Gaston-Bird, a valuable resource for professionals, educators, and students looking to gain insight into the careers of trailblazing women in audio-related fields and represents required reading for those looking to add diversity to their music technology programs.
Intelligent Music Production by Brecht De Man, Ryan Stables, Joshua D. Reiss, presents the state of the art in approaches, methodologies and systems from the emerging field of automation in music mixing and mastering. It covers the music production processes; methodologies in classification, data collection and perceptual evaluation; and advances on introducing intelligence in audio effects, production and interfaces.
Beep to Boom: The Development of Advanced Runtime Sound Systems for Games and Extended Reality by Simon N. Goodwin, a rigorous, comprehensive guide to interactive audio runtime systems. Using practical, lowest-common-denominator techniques, Goodwin covers soundfield creation across a range of platforms from phones to VR gaming consoles.
Loudspeakers: For Music Recording and Reproduction, Second Edition by Philip Newell and Keith Holland is a comprehensive guide, offering the tools and understanding needed to cut out the guesswork from loudspeaker choice and set-up. This new edition provides significant updates on the topics of digital control, calibration, and cinema loudspeaker systems.
AES members interested in writing a book for the AES Presents series are encouraged to contact the editor, Hannah Rowe, whose contact details are on the member web page.
Posted on May 5, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT
The Audio Engineering Society has begun to announce program details for the upcoming Virtual Vienna Convention, including three keynote lectures and the Heyser Presentation. As a result of circumstances dictating the move of the Convention to an online format, the Audio Engineering Society is bringing the AES Europe Convention directly to virtual attendees around the globe, with Keynotes from AES Fellow and Silver Medal Awardee Jamie Angus (University of Salford), Marisa Hoeschele (Acoustics Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Franz Zotter (Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics, University of Arts and Music, Graz), as well as this year’s Heyser Presentation by AES Fellow and Bronze Medal Awardee Francis Rumsey (technical consultant, author, Audio Engineering Society). The AES Virtual Vienna Convention will take place online June 2 – 5, and registration is now open for as little as $50 USD for AES members.
On the opening day of AES Virtual Vienna, The Heyser Presentation – an online adaptation of the AES Technical Council’s Heyser Lecture series that serves as a highlight of each AES convention – will be presented by Francis Rumsey on “Sound Quality in the Era of Interaction and Extended Reality.” Rumsey’s description of his presentation notes, “When evaluating sound quality, audio engineers have traditionally relied on some explicit or implied comparison with a reference. Even if a reference signal is not formally used, any judgement about what is ‘good’ or ‘correct’ has traditionally been rooted in a concept of fidelity to some ideal. That ideal might be a memory of ‘the best I have ever heard,’ some naturally occurring version of the sound in question, or perhaps ‘what the engineer/producer heard in the control room.’ We assume that we know what correct sound reproduction is, and that high quality means getting as close to that goal as possible. This is all very well when we are mainly aiming at sound reproduction of something that actually happened, and when a canonical version exists. Audio products are increasingly interactive, though, and multiple versions can be rendered depending on user interaction. Extended reality systems make the user experience increasingly indeterminate. The concept of fidelity breaks down, and the engineer no longer has ultimate control over what is delivered to the listener. New paradigms for integrative evaluation of sound quality are needed.”
On day two of the Convention, Marisa Hoeschele will give the keynote address “Audio from a Biological Perspective.” In the abstract of the address, Hoeschele states, “Audio plays an important role in the human experience. We communicate and express ourselves via sounds such as language and music. For a long time, the types of sounds we produce in both language and music were considered arbitrary cultural phenomena. But over the last decades, it has become increasingly clear that biology plays an important role in how we perceive and produce sounds. This talk will be an overview of insights that can be taken by considering biological foundations of our cultural practices in producing audio and perceiving music.”
The day-three keynote “Try Ambisonics, It's Better Than Ever!” will be given by Franz Zotter, “Ambisonics sounds and works better as 3D audio technology than ever before,” says Zotter. “There are microphone arrays available for higher-order recording, excellent Ambisonic decoders for loudspeakers, and excellence has been achieved by new headphone decoders.” Additionally, he notes, “In the last decade, we have gathered a profound perceptual understanding of Ambisonics. In addition to commercial tools and plugins, many free tools developed at universities became available in recent years. Currently, we experience Ambisonic technology that is highly versatile and can easily live up to the expectations that its inventors had been dreaming of several decades ago.
On day four, Jamie Angus will deliver the final keynote of the Convention, titled “Dicing With Audio.” Says Angus, “Noise, random or otherwise, has been around in audio since its very beginning. It can be a compositional tool, a synthesis element, or just a nuisance to be eliminated. How do we use noise creatively and technically to enhance our audio experiences? The answer might surprise you. Join me for a white noise ride at the boundaries of audio!”
Additional details on the AES Virtual Vienna Convention Technical Program, including topics and events, Paper presentations, Workshops, Tutorials, Posters, Engineering Briefs, Virtual Tech Tours and other technical program content, along with live- and forum-based dialog with presenters, will soon be announced. Registration and preliminary information are available at AESEurope.com.
Posted on May 1, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT
New York, NY, April 28, 2020 — As much of the world follows safe-at-home and social distancing guidelines and mandates, the Audio Engineering Society is bringing the AES Europe Convention directly to attendees. Originally scheduled to take place in Vienna, Austria, the AES Virtual Vienna Convention in now set for June 2 – 5, 2020, with an online format. The AES Virtual Vienna Convention is a front-row-seat to the AES event experience, utilizing live streaming, on-demand audio/video/multimedia presentations, interactive Q&A and forum dialogs to realize the personal connection and emotional feedback that is at the heart of AES live events. All Access registration for this first-of-its-kind AES live event is available for just $50 for AES members ($175 for non-members), with additional discounts available for currently enrolled audio students.
The AES Virtual Vienna Convention will explore the gamut of audio engineering science, application and technology with presentations from some of the leading minds in the industry on Studio Recording, Live Sound, Networked Audio, Broadcast & Streaming, Music Production, Post-Production, Game Audio, Spatial Sound, Audio for AR/VR/XR, Product Development and more. The AES Virtual Vienna Convention is led by AES Convention Co-chairs Piotr Majdak and Nadja Wallaszkovits; Facilities Co-chairs Thomas Gmeiner and Michael Mihocic; Papers Co-chairs Thomas Sporer and Areti Andreopoulou; Workshops and Tutorials Co-chairs Matthias Frank, Ana Monte and Daniel Deboy; Technical Tours Co-chairs Michael Iber and Andreas Büchele; Student Volunteers Coordinator Katharina Pollack; and Education Chair Magdalena Piotrowska.
Further details on the AES Virtual Vienna Convention, which will include a multi-faceted schedule of presentations of Papers, Workshops, Tutorials, Posters, Engineering Briefs, Virtual Tech Tours and other technical program content, along with live- and forum-based dialog with presenters, will be announced in the coming weeks. Registration is currently open at AESEurope.com.
Posted on April 24, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT
Every AES Convention hosts the Student Recording Competition and the Saul Walker Student Design Competition, where students present their projects to peers and a jury of industry legends. In return, they receive invaluable feedbac and, possibly, eternal fame commemerated by a beautiful certificate. Oh, and there are tons of prizes!
For COVID-19-driven reasons, the AES Student Delegate Assemby will be hosting these competitions online this year as part of the AES Virtual Vienna event, which means the format will be slightly different.
To sign up:
- you need to be a current AES Student Member (if you’re not, become one now!)
- be registered for the AES Virtual Event. You can register through your AES member portal here
- to enter the Student Recording Competition, go to https://secure.aes.org/events/competitions/?ID=50
- to enter the Student Design Competition, go to https://secure.aes.org/events/competitions/?ID=49
The submission deadline is April 27th midnight ET. Don't miss it!
Other than this, the requirements are the same as previous years. The jury and audience participation remains at the core of the experience of competing!
Please familiarize yourself with the competition rules before submitting.
For any membership/website issues, contact us here
While we are very sorry to not be meeting in person with our fellow students in Vienna, the SDA is putting together a not-to-be-missed program of virtual events – more details are coming very soon. We are very excited by the opportunity that this year's change in format presents for more participants than ever to submit unique contributions from all corners of the world.
Posted on April 21, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT
Take the Survey
Posted on April 9, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT
In accordance with the AES Bylaws, the Nominations Committee hereby notifies all voting Members of the Audio Engineering Society that the following slate of candidates (listed in alphabetical order) has been nominated by the Committee based upon submittals from membership:
Vice President Eastern Region, U.S. & Canada
Vice President Western Region, U.S. & Canada
Vice President Northern Region Europe
Juan Eugenio San Martin
In accordance with the AES Bylaws, any voting Member in good standing may propose additional candidates, in writing, for any of the offices listed on this slate, and the name of any candidate so proposed in writing by 100 or more qualified Members will also be entered on the ballot. Such additional nominations with appropriate biography and photograph must be received by the Secretary of the Society by Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 5:00 P.M. (Eastern U.S. time). The nominations should be mailed to the AES Secretary at Audio Engineering Society, 551 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1225, New York, New York 10176 U.S.A., or emailed to Secretary@aes.org.
Full candidate biographies and position statements will be available on or before the start of the voting period.
The AES 2020 Election will take place between May 22, 2020 and July 3, 2020, online. Voting instructions with candidate bios and position statements will be emailed Friday, May 22, 2020 from the election service, Global Election Service, AES@Ges.Vote (email@example.com). Please unblock this address or check your spam filter to allow you to receive your election materials.
Only individuals with Member status are allowed to vote in the election; associates and students may not vote. If you have not paid your dues for 2020 or wish to upgrade your status to Member in order to vote, you must do so no later than June 26, 2020, 5:00 P.M. Eastern, by going to your member portal at www.aes.org/dues.
Posted on April 8, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT
The AES is a signatory to a letter to US lawmakers asking that additional associations be covered by the CARE act.
"The AES is among 3000 associations that are signatories to this letter, all feeling the impact of this international pandemic,” comments AES Executive Director Colleen Harper. “We encourage our US membership to support your AES by reaching out to your representatives to encourage the extension of the CARES Act to professional associations."
You can read the letter in full here.
Posted on April 3, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT
Online Competition for All AES Student Members!
The Audio Engineering Society's Student Delegate Assembly is updating the Student Recording and Design Competitions for the 148th AES Convention following the cancellation of the in-person aspects of the Convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As it will be impossible to host our regular student competitions, the Student Delegate Assembly has adapted the competitions to be completely online as a component of a virtualized Convention Technical Program.
For the Student Recording Competition, the category rules will remain the same as published. The submission deadline is April 27. Registration for the online AES 148th Virtual Convention (at a modest registration fee of $25. USD) is required prior to competition judging. The online registration portal will be activated prior to the submission deadline. More details about the online finals will be coming soon. The SDA strongly encourages every student entering the competition to read the entirety of the rules, even if the student has entered in the past as many rules have changed. The full outline of the rules can be found here: http://www.aes.org/students/awards/recording/. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Student Delegate Assembly by email.
For the Student Design Competition, the projects will be judged in an online format and finalists will be chosen through that medium. Deadlines and registration are identical to the Recording Competition, as detailed above. The SDA strongly encourages every student entering the competition to read the entirety of the rules, even if the student has entered in the past as many rules have changed. The full outline of the rules can be found here: http://www.aes.org/students/awards/design/. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Student Delegate Assembly by email.
The SDA is excited to see all of the online submissions! We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy at home.
Posted on March 31, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT
Posted on March 30, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT
— The Audio Engineering Society provided two packed days of training and education for house of worship technical ministry staff on audio and production technologies and applications —
The Audio Engineering Society, the AES Nashville Section and Belmont University hosted house of worship technical ministry staff from near 50 churches for the first-ever AES Worship Sound Academy. Held March 10 and 11 in the impressive Johnson Center at Belmont in Nashville, a line-up of industry experts dug deep into the core technologies being used in modern worship, including mixing FOH and monitors, personal monitoring, miking, wireless systems, streaming, podcasting, recording, acoustics, system optimization and more. Audio theory and its specific application to the worship space were covered in a dozen sessions, delivering both foundational knowledge and a plethora of actionable guidelines and recommendations that the attendees were eager to apply to improve the use of technology in support of their home church’s ministry.
Worship Sound Academy attendees came loaded with questions and a host of issues to address and departed with new understanding of the technical solutions available to meet their needs. Along with the willingness of the presenters to share their combined decades of experience, technical partners filled an exhibition space where they also answered the attendees’ questions, providing insights into their gear and its application. Those technical partners, representing influential manufacturers and service providers, deeply involved in support of houses of worship, were Alclair Audio, Allen & Heath, Bosch-Electrovoice-Dynacord, d&b audiotechnik, DiGiCo, DPA Microphones, JH Audio, Lawo, QSC, Riedel, Shure, Simply Sound Acoustics, Solotech and key partner Waves. Additional supporters of the program content were Essential Audio and Spectrum Sound of Nashville, along with local worship team members.
The AES Worship Sound Academy provided worship tech team members an unprecedented chance to listen, learn and connect with industry professionals and the opportunity to network with peers that share their challenges and goals.
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Posted on March 16, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT
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Posted on March 10, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EDT
Audio Engineering Society President Agnieszka Roginska has announced that Glenn Lorbecki has agreed to serve as the Society’s Treasurer, effective February 16. “Glenn Lorbecki has steadfastly served the AES on our Financial Planning Committee for several years,” said Roginska. “His service has been exemplary and is evidenced by numerous refinements in the AES’s financial workflow and reporting. He assumes the role of Treasurer with an intimate knowledge of the Society’s finances and we are delighted that he has once again stepped forward to share his expertise.” Lorbecki is replacing Richard Wollrich, who has resigned as AES Treasurer.
“On behalf of the entire AES, I want to thank Richard Wollrich for his dedicated service to the Society,” said Roginska. “The time and energy he gave to the AES in the capacity of Treasurer was simply extraordinary. He pushed us to implement new processes and procedures, instituted robust registration tracking and data analysis and brought an expanded level of corporate knowledge to the position. We are very grateful.”
The AES Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve Lorbecki’s appointment. He will serve as Treasurer through the 2020 election and one-year term of office of a Treasurer-Elect.
Lorbecki joined the AES in 1988 and has served as a member of the Financial Planning Committee since 2015, most recently as Chair of the FPC. His expertise in fiscal management stems from his 20-plus years’ business experience as president of the recording/video post-production company Glenn Sound, Inc., and his service since 1999 to the Recording Academy as PNW Chapter President, as a member of TV and Technology Committees, as Co-Chair (with Bob Ludwig) of the Producers and Engineers Wing and as national Secretary/Treasurer for four years. As chair of the Recording Academy Finance Committee, he led oversight of the GRAMMY® parent company from budgeting to audits, business development, compensation, legal issues, growth planning, real estate acquisition, charitable giving, and the sustained growth of their endowment fund.
A producer, engineer, composer, musician, studio owner and educator, Lorbecki established his career with such diverse artists as the Violent Femmes, Dizzy Gillespie, Dr. John, the White Stripes, Dave Matthews, Regina Spektor, Green Day, Weezer and Coldplay. Collaborations with MTV, Clear Channel, CBS, PBS, ABC, etc. have yielded numerous features, live-in-the-studio recordings, film scores and game soundtracks. He is part of the EMMY® and TEC award-winning GRAMMY telecast audio team on CBS, and his work is on permanent exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles.
Posted on February 27, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EST
Agnieszka Roginska has begun her term as President of the Audio Engineering Society as of January 1, 2020. Currently celebrating her 20th year as an AES member, Roginska has served in numerous leadership roles within the Society. Professionally, she currently holds the positions of Professor of Music Technology and the Vice-Chair of the Music and Performing Arts Professions Department at New York University.
Roginska’s commitment to the AES and the advancement of audio science and technology has been exemplified through many years of involvement, serving on the AES Executive Committee and Board of Directors, as well as the committees for Awards, Conference Policy, Education, Laws & Resolutions, Diversity & Inclusion, and the AES Educational Foundation. She has received AES Board of Governors Awards in recognition of chairing the 127th and co-chairing the 143rd AES International Conventions, and an AES Fellowship Award in recognition of excellence in audio research and service to the Audio Engineering Society.
In her role at New York University as Professor of Music Technology, Roginska’s work involves conducting research in the simulation and applications of immersive and 3D audio including the capture, analysis and synthesis of auditory environments, auditory displays and applications in augmented acoustic sensing. She is the author of numerous publications about the acoustics and psychoacoustics of immersive audio and auditory displays, and co-editor of the recently-published book titled Immersive Sound: The Art and Science of Binaural and Multi-Channel Audio. Her education background includes Music Technology degrees from Northwestern University (Ph.D.) and New York University (M. Mus.) and Computer Applications in Music (Honors) & Piano Performance (Major) B.Mus. from McGill University.
“It is an honor and a privilege to begin my term as President of the Audio Engineering Society – the world’s leading society of audio professionals, creative artists, scientists, educators and students,” Roginska states in her inaugural AES President’s Message. “One of my goals in 2020 is to build membership and continue to recognize that we are a diverse community of members – whether you are a student just exploring the world of audio, a young professional entering the workforce and growing in experience, in mid-career maintaining your skills while learning new ones in our rapidly changing industry, or a seasoned professional who wants to give back to the community as a mentor. I look forward to a year of partnership with you, our fellow members and dedicated volunteers, working together with our AES Board of Directors, Board of Governors, Technical Committees, HQ staff, and Executive Director Colleen Harper. We will continue the momentum and build on the successes started by those who have come before us shaping the future of our Audio Engineering Society.”
Read the rest of Agnieszka Roginska’s AES President’s Message here and learn more about how you can be a part of the Audio Engineering Society at aes.org.
Posted on February 18, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EST
Early registration pricing for the all-new AES Worship Sound Academy ends Monday, February 17, and prospective registrants are encouraged to register now to save on this first-of-its-kind event, dedicated to training house-of-worship technical ministry staff and volunteers. Presented by the Audio Engineering Society in collaboration with Belmont University and the AES Nashville Section, the AES Worship Sound Academy takes place March 10 – 11 at the Johnson Center on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, TN. A variety of educational sessions and workshops, an exhibition area, networking opportunities, and more will help attendees get the most out of their worship audio productions. Two-day badges are just $150 through Monday, February 17.
Examining the unique elements and challenges related to audio for houses of worship, the AES Worship Sound Academy will present a down-to-earth approach to applying the science of sound and optimizing available technologies for worship tech teams, however sophisticated their audio systems and whatever their experience level may be. From defining responsibilities within the team, to choosing the mic for each application, mixing for FOH and monitors, streaming and podcast options, special event production and much more over the two days, participants will gain valuable insights and knowledge to apply to their house-of-worship audio workflow.
Program details and online registration available at aesworship.org.
Posted on February 17, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EST
— The intensive four-day series of AES Academy educational and training events proves popular with audio engineers, musicians, students and attendees aiming to hone their skills in a variety of audio applications —
The Audio Engineering Society has recently wrapped up its first Academy event of the year – the AES Academy at the 2020 NAMM Show, which hosted a sold-out crowd of attendees for four days of programming designed especially for AES members and those looking to both advance their careers and experience what the Audio Engineering Society has to offer. Taking place January 16 – 19 in Anaheim, CA, AES Academy sessions offered insight into live sound, recording and audio education, as well as networking events and more, as the AES kicked off its 2020 events and looks forward to the AES Worship Sound Academy in Nashville, TN, March 10 – 11, and the AES Vienna 148th International AES Convention, taking place May 25 – 28.
Offering an in-depth educational look at the latest production tools and techniques, AES Academy hosted over 100 sessions featuring expert-led instruction and discussions on Line Arrays, Entertainment Wireless Technology, In-Ear Monitoring, Recording Studio Technology and Applications, Microphones: Studio and Live, Electronic Dance Music, Sound System Measurement and Optimization, Sound for House of Worship, Audio Education, Audio Careers, Audio Science & Technology, and a popular series of hands-on Live Console training events. Additional activities included a Diversity and Inclusion Mixer, an Audio Educators Reception, and an AES Member Appreciation event, which brought together dozens of AES members and invited guests to meet and network with peers. The AES also hosted an exhibition floor booth during the four days of the NAMM Show, offering information about AES activities and benefits, and an opportunity to register or renew memberships onsite.
The AES invites all industry professionals, students and enthusiasts to join us at Audio Engineering Society local, regional and international events throughout the year. Visit aes.org/events for the latest information and updates.
Posted on February 10, 2020 at 5:00:00 AM EST
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