What is AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium: Live & Studio?

Our inaugural education and training program is targeted at working professionals in the live-sound, recording and performance-audio communities.

The four-day international symposium, which will be held concurrently with the 2018 NAMM Show from January 25-28 in Anaheim, CA, comprises a series of Training Academies and related sessions on line-array technologies, live-sound mixing consoles, wireless systems and studio environments, in addition to tutorials on system measurement and optimization, plus a selection of peer-reviewed technical papers. View Schedule

These and other must-attend classes will be held in the Anaheim Hilton Hotel’s NAMM U Education Center, adjacent to a brand-new pro-audio exhibit space.

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How do I register?

  1. AES Members, locate your AES membership number. You will need it during the NAMM Show Badge registration process. All AES@NAMM attendees must first register for a 2018 NAMM Show Badge, costing $25 (a 50% discount arranged for AES Members). Use promo code "AES@NAMM" when registering for your NAMM Show Badge. This code ensures your access to The NAMM Show, with the discount included.
  2. Visit the NAMM Registration page and sign up for your NAMM Show Badge. Once your NAMM Show Badge is arranged, the next page is the AES@NAMM registration page. Select either a Half-Day or Full-Day pass for each day you wish to attend. (Note: Sessions seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis).

How much does it cost?

That depends upon whether you are a current AES member, and how many half-day and full-day sessions you plan to attend.

Fee Delegate Category
$129 Non-Member 1 Day
$99 AES Member 1 Day
$89 Non-Member 1/2-day (AM or PM)
$69 AES Member 1/2-day (AM or PM)


What if I am not yet an AES member?

You can register as a non-member if you wish. But for the same price as a Full-Day non-member AES@NAMM Access Pass, you can also join the Audio Engineering Society, an international organization of more than 12,000 audio professionals, and enjoy the benefits of membership while saving money.

To achieve these savings, go to After supplying your name and contact information, enter this special code: JOINAES2018. After payment you will immediately receive an email confirming your new AES Membership number.

Then return to the AES@NAMM registration process on the NAMM Show website. Select “yes” when asked if you are an AES member, enter your new AES membership number, and receive the significant discount on your AES@NAMM Access Pass registration.

More about the AES@NAMM Symposium

The educational and training events for working professionals taught by seasoned industry veterans comprise:

Line Array Loudspeaker System Academy

Leading line array manufacturers, including Adamson, Bose, dB Technologies and EAW, will each introduce and instruct Line Array Loudspeaker System Academy attendees on the operational details of their latest compact line-array offering. A 90-minute classroom session teaches the line array's design, theory and supporting software components in a small class format. A second 90-minute hands-on practical session instructs mechanical assembly and electrical hook-up details for erecting an array from a portable line array tower, culminating in system proof and coverage confirmation with the use of pink noise and an evaluation track of music.

Live Mixing Console Academy

Popular live digital consoles from leading manufacturers, such as YamahaQSC Audio and Allen & Health, will be introduced and taught by their instructors to Live Mixing Console Academy attendees including operational details of their live digital mixers, as well as features of their latest software versions.

Entertainment Wireless Academy

Hosted by wireless touring professional Ike Zimbel, Entertainment Wireless Academy begins each day with an important Spectrum Update panel discussing upcoming changes to wireless-frequency spectrum, followed by 90-minute breakout classroom instruction on recent wireless hardware systems from leading brands, including Alteros/Audio-Technica, Lectrosonics and Sennheiser. These breakout sessions are followed by best practices workshops on antenna systems and frequency coordination to prepare attendees for the coming changes in wireless spectrum.

In-Ear Monitoring Academy

Hosted by in-ear monitor touring professional Mark Frink, In-Ear Monitor Academy starts each morning with an important IEM Fundamentals and Hearing Conservation presentation discussing IEM best practices and examining the physiology of hearing and fundamentals of in-ear monitor engineering that can help with hearing conservation. This is followed by a session on engineering wireless IEMs and upcoming changes to wireless frequency spectrum. The afternoon will be dedicated to a demonstration of in-ear monitor engineering practices with support from leading IEM brands, including Ultimate Ears, Klang, Lectrosonics and Sennheiser.

The Studios Academy

Learn more about key recording gear, including Studio Monitors, Interfaces, DAWs, Plug-ins and more. Attendees will experience unique benefits, applications and how such components interoperate with other leading studio systems. Attendees can choose from Studio A, Studio B and Studio C - each of which will feature various products from leading hardware manufacturers. Current supporters include Apogee, DAD (Digital Audio Denmark)DiGiGrid, EventideFocal, Genelec, Meyer Sound Laboratories and Waves.

Main Stage: Studio

Learn from some of the biggest names in the recording industry as they provide presentations on a variety of subjects and issues pertinent to any producer, engineer, musician and songwriter. 

Hosted by producer/engineer/author Bobby Owsinski, presentations occur hourly all four days from industry experts such as Andrew Scheps, Sylvia Massy, Gavin Lurssen, Richard Chycki, Scott Gershin and many more. Topics include everything from Outside-the-Box recording techniques and Virtual Microphones to Alternative Studio Design and DIY Projects, and will also touch on variety of business, social media and creativity topics.

Main Stage: Live

Hosted by FOH veteran Robert Scovill, these sessions focus on contemporary live sound system mixing and engineering, with sessions on console automation, Virtual Soundcheck, TV appearances. There will also be daily panels on popular live sound topics.

Sound System Measurement & Optimization

Hosted by John Murray of Optimum Systems, these sessions will include breakout classrooms on AFMG’s SysTune, Rational Acoustics’ Smaart DI and Studio Six Digital’s Audio Tools, while generic workshop sessions will include Charlie Hughes’ famous Subwoofer Series, Jamie Anderson on Multi-Mic Measurement, Chris Tsanjouries on Crossing the Art/Science Line and Andrew Smith on Choosing the Right Frequency Analyzer.

Audio Science & Technology Sessions

In addition to the traditional peer-reviewed papers sessions that are a staple of AES gatherings, AES@NAMM’s Audio Science & Technology Sessions also include daily presentations in Spanish by Juan de Dios Martin on “Mixing in the Box,” and in Mandarin by Professor Xiaowei Fan on “Analog Logic in a Digital Era” with Bing Lin focusing on microphone polar pattern design and use. Bing Li is chair of the AES Guangzhou Professional Section, while from Xiaowei Fan is lecturer in Acoustics at Communication University of China, Nanjing College; Juan de Dios Martin is a producer/engineer and experienced Avid Pro Tools practitioner.

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