NEW YORK, NY—The 135th AES Convention program—slated for October 17-20 (exhibits 18- 20)—at Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Convention Center is building upon the Society’s recent initiatives in further strengthening and expanding the various content tracks, including the Project Studio Expo, launched last year in San Francisco. “The AES membership and our convention attendees represent all aspects of professional audio,” says Bob Moses, AES Executive Director. “The Tracks concept organizes traditional convention technical program content so that attendees can readily find content applicable to their work and interests. Additionally, by tailoring and enhancing content for specific groups of attendees, their needs are better served.”
Following standing-room-only crowds for similar sessions at the recent 134th Convention in Rome, the upcoming 135th AES Convention will feature a Sound for Picture workshop track chaired by acclaimed film sound professional Brian McCarty (On Golden Pond, The Big Lebowski, Dick Tracy, others). McCarty notes, “Sound engineers in television and film are the largest group of working audio engineers of any field, and it is important that the AES Convention addresses their needs with the most up-to-date developments and information available.” This series has been put together by AES’s Sound for Digital Cinema and TV Committee; the sessions will each feature different Oscar- and/or Emmy-nominated/winning figures discussing their craft and the latest technology and techniques used for film sound design, music production specifically for films, sound capture, mixing, editing and loudness. Additional Sound For Picture sessions will cover performance standards, test and evaluation of cinema sound and sound for reality television.
In its second year, the Project Studio Expo (PSE) will again take place on stage adjacent to the Convention’s exhibition, with two days (Oct 18-19) of practical production sessions, ranging from the fundamentals of insuring an accurate monitoring environment to the creative use of modular synthesizers to cloud-based production and distribution. For the studio, tracking, mixing and mastering will all be individually addressed, as will the stage use of modern technology and the retention of the human element in full-on digital production. PSN columnist and industry technologist, Craig Anderton, will cover the latter three of those subjects. The presenters further include staff members of PSE producer Sound On Sound magazine and other industry professionals. PSE content is available to all registered attendees of the convention.
Taking over the PSE stage on Sunday, Oct 20th, is the first-ever Systems Sound Symposium (SSS), sponsored by PSN sister publication, Systems Contractor News (SCN). The SCN Systems Sound Symposium will bring together leaders in the business of installed AV for a comprehensive look at one of professional audio’s most robust market sectors, with an emphasis on how installed sound is integrated into the overall professional audio industry. Explains Kirsten Nelson, Editor, SCN, “From music clubs to restaurants to theaters and hotels and more, installed sound is part of the fabric of our day-to-day existence. It’s a massive market with a global reach, and one also intimately intertwined with the music industry, so it’s very appropriate that installed sound become a larger part of professional audio’s largest show—the AES Convention.” Four in-depth panel discussions packed with industry luminaries will address the opportunities and issues affecting business growth and profitability in the near and long term. Topics will include practical audio networking, profiles of noteworthy NYC installations that illustrate the sophistication and diversity in system sound applications, a discussion of developing sound-driven installations where sonics are critical to the application and a discussion of how expertise in determining and optimizing intelligibility can improve both the user’s experience and the system developer’s bottom line.
The game audio market is evolving with both new hardware platforms and a greater penetration of online gaming. Track co-chairs and game audio veterans Michael Kelly and Steve Martz developed the content. “The games track at U.S. AES conventions has grown into a major event,” says Kelly. “This is the first time we’ve officially shared the chair for the games track, in order to keep on top of the planning. Undoubtedly, the biggest change in the larger industry this year will be the launch of new gaming consoles. That’s always an exciting event for any games track, and a lot of our events will be covering that. In particular, we have leaders from both Sony and Microsoft looking at where sound in games is going in the future. We’ve also got a strong focus on mobile and web-based gaming to reflect the significance of that sector of the games industry.”
AES Election Results Announced
Kimio HamasakiKimio Hamasaki, currently Audio Engineering Society Vice President, International, will assume the title of President Elect this fall. Hamasaki’s election tops the slate of election results reported by AES Tellers Committee Chair, Christopher Freitag.
The full results are:
President Elect: Kimio Hamasaki
Vice President Central US and Canada: Michael Fleming
Vice President Central Europe: Nadja Wallaszkovits
Vice President Latin America: Valeria Palomino
Vice President International: Toru Kamekawa
Governors: James David Johnston, Josh Reiss, Jason Corey
Additionally, a 2013 By-Law Amendment Proposal was passed. These new and re-elected Board Of Governors members will take office on October 27, 2013.
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Reprising their roles as Co-Chairmen of the Live Sound Track for the convention, industry veterans Henry Cohen and Mac Kerr have consistently developed meaningful and significant sessions that draw large audiences including top professionals in the fields of live audio and sound reinforcement, and the 135th Convention will prove no exception. Cohen, who is also Senior RF Engineer with CP Communications, comments, “Our goal is to provide greater knowledge of the technologies and techniques around live sound and do so with great detail and intensity of focus. All of the sessions offer a good balance between the science and math of live sound coupled with its practical applications.” Live Sound Track topics include topics both core and emerging, from signal processing, grounding, loudness, wireless systems and metering, to the rapidly evolving domain of networked audio.
An additional first for the 135th Convention is The Knowledge Center, a symposium where companies (exhibitors and non-exhibitors alike) can share information on essentially any subject, including product debuts and information, demonstrations, product training and general applications training. As a vehicle for more commercially- minded lectures and demonstrations, The Knowledge Center is an evolution of the previous “Exhibitor Seminars” and last year’s “Audio Industry Seminars.” Knowledge Center presentations do not require peer review or an invitation to present and the commercial restrictions in the Technical Program do not apply, though presenters are encouraged to keep their presentations as “information rich” as possible in the spirit of AES events. Knowledge Center time slots are still available for interested companies.