NEW YORK, NY—The Audio Engineering Society is turning it up to 11 with the promise of Maximum Audio—this year’s theme—and a host of new program features at its upcoming annual AES Convention, which returns to the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. The 143rd International AES Convention, taking place October 18 to 21, 2017, is co-located for the first time with the NAB Show New York.

Event co-chairs Agnieszka Roginska, Ph.D and Paul Gallo (founding publisher of Pro Sound News and the AES Daily) and the convention committee have added new exhibition floor events this year that broaden the scope and coverage of the show. The Broadcast Audio Expo, Broadway Sound Expo, a new software@aes pavilion and a series of Mix with the Masters Mixing Workshops all make their debuts this year.

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The AES Convention offers four days of programs and presentations, technical tours and special events, and a three-day manufacturer exhibition of the top brands in pro audio.

“The technical program will enlighten attendees and the industry with the most disruptive and game-changing advancements in audio,” according to Dr. Roginska, who is music associate professor and associate director of the Music Technology program at New York University.

“This year’s convention will showcase world-class producers and audio engineers, immersive audio, audio for games and VR, archiving and audio restoration, broadcast, live sound, recording and production, and advanced audio product development,” she says.

Registration with either the NAB Show New York (October 18-19, 2017) or the AES Convention includes access to the exhibition floor at both events. Whether registering for an Exhibits-Plus or an All Access badge, AES attendees are also registered for the NAB Show New York’s Core Package, which includes the exhibits, Inspiration Stages and Info Sessions. (It does not include access to the New York Post|Production conference or add-on workshops and special events; visit nabshowny.com for details.)

The new Broadcast Audio Expo sessions, open to all AES attendees as part of the free Exhibits-Plus package, is being held in partnership with sponsors Yamaha, Neumann/Sennheiser, Clear-Com and Calrec. Subjects covered will include radio and TV studios, outside broadcasts and major events, and networking, including a special insight panel on AoIP and transport systems, current and future.

Live sound coverage is being expanded to include—appropriately, for the location—new Broadway Sound Expo sessions. The Live Sound Expo is being hosted in partnership with sponsors Yamaha, Neumann/Sennheiser, Cadac, Clear-Com and L-Acoustics.

These days, no conference program would be complete without some sort of focus on Virtual Reality. Following on from the inaugural 2016 Audio Engineering Society AVAR International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality, the two-day Audio 4 VR Expo at this year’s event (October 18-19) will focus on product demonstration sessions with VR demo areas and a presentation stage.

In a first-ever AES exhibition floor collaboration, the AES and Mix with the Masters have teamed up to present a program of workshops from the world’s best engineers and producers, including Alan Meyerson, Andrew Scheps, Tony Maserati, Manny Marroquin, Sylvia Massy, Eddie Kramer, Joe Chiccarelli, Greg Wells, Chris Lord-Alge, Tom Lord-Alge, Jacquire King, Michael Brauer, Nick Launay, Jack Joseph Puig, Jimmy Douglass and other surprise guests. Mix with the Masters Mixing Workshops are held in association with Barefoot Sound, Solid State Logic and Apogee Electronics.

There will be a dedicated software@aes pavilion integrated into this year’s convention. A partnership with IMSTA (International Music Software Trade Association), the new showcase will feature product demonstrations and special presentations from leading software manufacturers and developers of DAWs, plug-ins, virtual instruments, apps and technology.

The ever-popular Project Studio Expo returns, offering a free series of events aimed at anyone who wants to record and produce audio. The expo provides a stage for industry icons to share their expertise and to offer practical advice to anyone working in professional or home studios or bedroom setups. The Project Studio Expo is being hosted in partnership with Sound On Sound magazine and sponsors Focusrite, Genelec and Neumann/Sennheiser.

Away from the exhibition floor, the AES has scheduled a busy program of presentations and panel discussions, divided into tracks, that will focus on broadcast and media streaming, spatial audio, game audio, networked audio and VR, product development, audio for cinema, sound reinforcement, and archiving and restoration. The calendar also offers paper sessions, tutorials and workshops.

This year, on the opening day of the convention, the Richard C. Heyser distinguished lecturer will be multiple Grammy Award-winning recording engineer, mixer and producer Leslie Ann Jones, director of music recording and scoring at Skywalker Sound in San Rafael, CA. “No graphs, no charts, no Powerpoint,” Jones promises, “but mostly a retrospective on how my life and career have been sustained and enriched by paying attention.”

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