137th Audio Engineering Society Convention Offers Special Events and Programs for All Attendees
For Release: October 1, 2014
— Opening Ceremonies awards presentation; Alan Parsons and Neil Portnow keynotes; Project Studio Expo; Live Sound Expo; Hi-Res Audio Sessions; and Platinum Producers Panel, plus multiple other sessions and forums are in store for convention itinerary —
A robust selection of special events is being offered at the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 9, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center). Show attendees will be treated to a diverse array of events featuring leaders from all areas of pro audio. These special events are open to all attendees, including FREE (with Pre-Registration) Exhibits-Plus badge-holders, as the AES makes its triumphant return to Los Angeles.
This year’s highlights include:
Opening Ceremonies / Awards / Keynote Speech
Join us for the annual opening ceremonies the first day of the show, Thursday, October 9. This event will feature industry-leading speakers – including current AES president Sean Olive and Executive Director Bob Moses – as well as the L.A. Convention Co-chairs Valerie Tyler and Michael MacDonald. A special keynote by acclaimed engineer, musician and record producer Alan Parsons will be a highlight of the ceremony. The event will be rounded out by a presentation of awards to industry leaders. Additionally, Friday’s keynote speech will be given by Neil Portnow, President/CEO The Recording Academy®, The GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares.
Additional offerings will explore specific areas within the audio world, including:
Product Studio Expo: a popular series of practical training events taking place on the exhibition floor targeted to the burgeoning market of project and home studio facilities around the world.
Live Sound Expo: offering expert advice for the broad spectrum of live sound engineers with an emphasis on the practical, bringing professionals with decades of experience to the stage to inspire and educate attendees.
Hi-Res Audio Sessions: A six-hour program presented in association with the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), featuring panels and sessions addressing the current and future direction of hi-res audio with the top players in the music and consumer electronics business.
The Latin Panel: “Great Producers from Latin America” (in Spanish), top producers share their perspective on the hot music scene in Latin America.
DTV Audio Group Forum: The Implications of Streamed Content Delivery on the Evolution of Television Audio Services, leaders in the Broadcast Industry share insights on the future of television sound.
Platinum Engineers Panel: with special guests Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick (co-hosts of popular weekly internet series Pensado’s Place), discussing studio technique and engineering as well as the pressures of creating online television.
Platinum Mastering Panel: moderated by legendary mastering engineer Bob Ludwig, discussing hi-res audio from the perspective of those making the music.
Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture: presented by legendary game audio director and composer Marty O'Donnell shares his experience working on the Halo series and the challenges of nonlinear media.
Chicks in the Mix: moderated by acclaimed producer and mixer Chris Lord-Alge, featuring a panel of well-known female industry professionals, including Lisa Loeb, Emily Lazar (September Mourning lead vocalist) and others discussing the unique challenges faced by women in this industry.
GRAMMY® SoundTables: “Songs That Move The Needle: Producers on Producing,” moderated by Ed Cherney, featuring Alex da Kid, Don Was, Niko Bolas, No I.D., and Rich Costey.
Sound Is the Conduit to the Artist Heart: presented by acclaimed producer/engineer/technologist Jack Joseph Puig, a panel discussing the intersection of pro audio and mobile and what is the future of audio considering this paradigm shift.
“We call them Special Events for a reason,” noted AES Executive Director Bob Moses. “The top people in the world bring their expertise and wisdom to us in a variety of educational and inspirational events, which is an experience you only get at AES. And we make these open to everyone at the convention with any badge, to make sure everyone gets their mind blown at least once per day.”
The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 and now counts over 14,000 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 more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may 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 http://www.aes.org.