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AES Show A Hit, Will Visit Vegas in 2021

The Audio Engineering Society’s annual convocation vaulted online for a virtual show this year, and will go west to Las Vegas for its 2021 edition in October next year.

Behind-the-scenes industry talent facilitated a variety of online experiences letting a worldwide audience of attendees “Listen, Learn and Connect” during AES Show 2020

New York, NY (November 25, 2020)—Taking place online this year, the Audio Engineering Society’s AES Show Fall 2020 Convention welcomed thousands of virtual visitors for its livestreamed and on-demand sessions featuring top names in audio engineering and production. Hot on the heels of that success, it has been announced that next year, as trade shows return to in-person events, the AES Show 2021 will co-locate with the annual NAB Show, October 11–13, 2021, in Las Vegas.

Typically held in New York City, the AES Show co-located with NAB New York 2017 through 2019, but with the traditionally Las Vegas-based NAB Show moved from April to October of 2021, the AES Show 2021 will be held at the Westgate Hotel (AKA the former Las Vegas Hilton), adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center where NAB Show will be held October 9–13, 2021. NAB New York will not take place in 2021.

“Our October co-location with NAB Show New York for the past few years has proven mutually beneficial for attendees and exhibitors alike,” said Colleen Harper, AES Executive Director. “We all miss the engagement and excitement of the in-person AES Show and look forward to once again interacting at the convention with professional audio manufacturers and our colleagues.”

In the meantime, the recent virtual AES Show 2020 was no slouch when it came to interactions. Delivering the AES Show to nearly 4,400 attendees worldwide over a full month of livestreamed events, various forms of on-demand content, and interactive live discussions and Q&A required a host of engineers, along with help from the Central Sound team at Arizona PBS. Video and live feeds took over multiple control rooms at Central Sound for audio and video production, utilizing a variety of production software and services such as the Adobe Creative Suite, OBS, StreamYard, Source Elements, Rendezvous Conferencing, and Zoom, which were further switched and encoded via Wirecast for distribution on various platforms. Streamguys was the primary CDN and streaming solution partner for the live technical convention.

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“The logistics of funneling a worldwide audience the hundreds of sessions that make up an AES Convention across three websites were daunting,” said Central Sound at Arizona PBS Manager, Executive Producer and Engineer Alex Kosiorek, who headed up streaming and on-demand content delivery. “Our team of committed professionals rose to the occasion to ensure the success of a multi-faceted, complex online event.”

Highlights included featured livestreamed events with FINNEAS, Jackson Browne and Friends, Imogen Heap, and the AES Show opening statement from New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Hochul, as well as the Platinum Panels series, hosting top recording engineers, producers, and mastering engineers. Special Events Chair Lisa Roy commented, “More than ever, leading artists, engineers and producers were enthusiastic about supporting the AES Show and reaching out to their peers around the world, to share their knowledge and to share their message of us all working together to navigate these troubled times. Inspiration and insights were shared in abundance!”

Once again, AES Show attendees were also treated to a series of AES Show TechTours, now in virtual form and dubbed “7 Audio Wonders of the World,” taking visitors to an international host of some of the most iconic studios around the globe. Featured tours included Skywalker Sound (Nicasio, CA), Galaxy Studios (Mol, Belgium), The Village Studios (Los Angeles, CA), Blackbird Studios (Nashville, TN), Abbey Road Studios (London, UK), United Recording Studios (Los Angeles, CA), and Capitol Studios (Los Angeles, CA), and included live Q&A sessions with studio hosts and talent. AES Show TechTours Chair John Krivit stated, “Unbound by the virtual nature of AES Show 2020, attendees had unparalleled insider access to world-leading facilities followed by engaging dialog with the staff and engineers who provide the environments for chart-topping creativity.

For the AES Convention’s trademark open-session roundtable discussions, topics included Hip-Hop and R&B, Immersive and Spatial Audio, Audio History, Networked Audio, Sound Reinforcement, Game Audio and XR, Immersive Music, and an Audio Builders Workshop session. AES Show Sound Reinforcement Track Chair and Historical Track Co-Chair Dan Mortensen, who also hosted several of the discussion, commented, “People were so eager to reconnect with their peers and mentors, particularly enjoying getting ‘face-time’ with special guests like legendary Woodstock engineer Bill Hanley, who not only stopped in but graciously went overtime to continue the conversation. My AES Section (Pacific Northwest) has discovered that one of the few upsides of these times is the easy ability to very personally network in real time with people who are sitting literally anywhere in the world and share our mutual love of audio on an ongoing basis. These roundtable discussions showed that this capability is translatable to a full-sized Convention.”

All presentations will remain online and open to registered attendees through November 30, with additional Partner Showcase exhibitions and virtual booths remaining open through December 18.

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