[Feature] The Audio Engineering Society will host it's first ever education event focused on the technical teams at houses of worship - the AES Worship Sound Academy - set to take place March 10-11, 2020, at the Johnson Center on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville. Offering presentations covering core audio topics along with practical, actionable advice, the Academy will bring together experts in worship sound and related fields for two packed days of experiential sessions. The Academy will address the special needs of technical worship ministry teams - often staffed by lay volunteers - with a program designed to expand their knowledge, build their confidence, and deliver tips and techniques that they will be eager to apply. Manufacturer and service provider partners will be on hand to lend their expertise and demonstrate products in the Academy's exhibition space. The AES Worship Sound Academy will serve as a prototype for a new generation of AES events, targeted on regional needs and cooperatively developed with local sections. The adoption of sophisticated technical infrastructure by HoWs is evidenced by the demand for audio, video, and lighting equipment in a perennially strong market segment. Simultaneously, technical ministry personnel frequently lack prior audio production experience or audio education. The AES, the AES Nashville Section, and Belmont University are working collaboratively to provide foundational training for HoW tech teams. Whether providing sound reinforcement for a startup congregation, or for the most advanced, purpose-built HoW, the AES Worship Sound Academy provides tech team members an unprecedented chance to listen, learn, and connect with industry professionals and with peers that share their challenges and goals. Specific topics will include mixing FOH and monitors, personal monitoring, miking, wireless systems, streaming, podcasting, recording, acoustics, system optimization, and more. Early Bird online registration for the AES Worship Sound Academy is open through February 17 at a special rate of $150 (includes lunch both days) at www.aesworship.org. The AES Worship Sound Academy main session track will be held in the Belmont Large Theater (the Dolby Atmos environment is used by Belmont for immersive sound mixing training).
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