AES Presidents—Past, Present, Future

The recent Audio Engineering Society’s 141st Convention saw transitions for its three successive leaders of the recent past, present and near future—John Krivit, Alex Case and David Scheirman, respectively. Together, these passionate industry authorities are quite a confidence-building team, assuring AES members of the health and value of the Society, its significant current accomplishments and its lasting role in our chosen field’s future.
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Los Angeles, CA (November 1, 2016)—The recent Audio Engineering Society’s 141st Convention saw transitions for its three successive leaders of the recent past, present and near future—John Krivit, Alex Case and David Scheirman, respectively. Together, these passionate industry authorities are quite a confidence-building team, assuring AES members of the health and value of the Society, its significant current accomplishments and its lasting role in our chosen field’s future.

Surveying his time at the helm of the AES, outgoing AES President John Krivit has much to celebrate. Krivit is an award-winning audio educator at Emerson College and Bay State College in Boston, and curator of 9,000-plus member “Hey Audio Student” Facebook group. Add presidential duties to the mix and Krivit has well lived the role as audio leader and holistic industry guide, all made evident through numerous successes.

Launched during his reign, Krivit celebrates the new AES website with its unlimited E-library access for members, noting the importance of Society-gleaned informational and educational content. “The most comprehensive library of audio knowledge is now made readily available to each and every AES Member—even students,” he explains. “What really sets the AES apart from other sources of information are our peer-reviewed Journal of the Audio Engineering Society and our AES Standards Committee. These are the crown jewels of the AES and I’m proud to have resisted any calls to cut critical funding.”

Looking forward to next year’s 143rd AES Convention in New York City, once again at Javits Center, Krivit notes a key, new alliance: NAB’s 2017 “Sound and Vision!” New York Show will take place simultaneously. “This recent announcement will be great for the NAB crowd as well as ours. Since we announced this co-location, I’ve heard nothing but positive excitement. There will be much more to see, much more to learn and much more business to be had. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

“I was advised not to be too ambitious as AES President—select one or two things and be satisfied,” concludes Krivit wistfully. “But that’s really not in my nature. My term has gone by pretty quickly, and I feel good leaving the organization in a better place than when I arrived. Each AES President will do the same and I have high expectations for the two brilliant gentlemen who will follow me. I can’t express how much I love being a part of the AES and it feels good to give back in my service as the President. It’s given me so much as an engineer, educator and as a member of the audio community.”

Having devoted his professional career to the studies of aesthetics, perception, signal processing, electro-acoustics and room acoustics as part of recorded music, incoming AES President Alex Case is an Associate Professor of Sound Recording Technology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where his students gain from these passions. Keeping the pace of Society evolution, Case is dedicated to expanding boundaries and encouraging new possibilities.

As Case enters his new executive role, he focuses on two trends, he explains, which “began before my term, but hopefully [accelerate] in the coming years. First, AES is delivering more value for membership through year-round engagement. For some, AES ‘The Society’ is the same as AES ‘The Convention.’ That is a testament to the quality and scale and intensity of the conventions; here we are in L.A. doing it for the 141st time! But AES is so much more than the conventions. It is the amalgamation of all folks interested in audio, showcasing their work, advancing their careers and teaching each other as we audio folks are always eager to know more.”

This diversity of audio-centric experts and the resulting content is what makes the AES arguably the most important source of aural science data worldwide. “I like the following pair of contrasts, paralleled throughout the convention,” Case reasons. “We’ve got cutting-edge AV/AR content in the sold-out conference next to, say, Jim Anderson’s Tutorial on Podcasting. [The latter] tutorial is delivered by one of the first generation of engineers and producers at National Public Radio in Washington D.C. You get to learn elements of mixing and storytelling…from a master who was doing this at the highest-level decades ago. We learn from the past; we embrace the future.”

Meanwhile, David Scheirman ascends to the role of AES President-Elect, assuming the Presidency, following Alex Case, in October, 2017. Most recently, Scheirman has served in executive roles at Harman/JBL Professional, following positions with computer-controlled audio and networking technology developers and consulting project work with system design and operations worldwide.

Scheirman’s experience in professional audio is broad and deep, and it includes a passion-for-sound impetus, life-spanning academic self-improvement, and savvy business acumen. He exudes an inspiring proactive spirit and encourages others to do the same. For example, when a condescending older road engineer flippantly advised that the only type of job he could get traveling with professional concert systems would likely be “driving the truck,” he acquired his CDL (commercial driver’s license), was immediately hired by a national touring rental sound firm and hit the road.

“I hope that people here at the 141st Convention will recognize the value of our student volunteers in the yellow shirts,” offers Scheirman. “I used to be just like these students, attending my first AES Convention when I was 22. That exposure has led to an interesting, diverse career in professional audio, giving me a set of experiences and skills that now aid me as part of the Society’s corporate governance group, and respond to the needs of a diverse group of members while working with my peers—like John Krivit, Alex Case and [2014-2015 AES President] Andres Mayo. We want to make sure that the future direction of our Society is in alignment with the changes in industry. And that leads to more diverse career opportunities for the audio students in the yellow shirts. That’s the real feedback loop.”

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