New York, NY (October 19, 2017)—The 143rd AES Convention is in full swing, offering audio pros a multitude of opportunities to learn, network, get their hands on the latest gear and reflect on the past, even as they peek into the not-so-distant future.
Wednesday’s Opening Ceremonies reflected that back and forth, as outgoing president Alex Case recounted the new innovations that the organization has undertaken in recent times, including bringing increasing amounts of the Society’s vast wealth of audio papers, videos and resources online for members to access. Following a hearty awards presentation of citations, Board of Governors Awards, Fellowship Awards and Silver and Gold Medal Awards, keynote speaker Prof. Edgar Choueiri of Princeton University took the stage. With his fast-paced presentation, “Fooled By Audio,” Choueiri discussed a variety of emerging technologies expected to bolster immersive audio within the next few years, including isolated sweet spots, accurate 3D imaging, navigable soundfields, audio teleportation, 3D Telecon through Headphones, visual source sonification and more.
If Wednesday was the kickoff of this year’s AES Convention, today is the day where it locks into its groove, serving up some of the most exciting workshops, panels and events of the whole four days. For attendees interested in recording, live sound, archiving, product development or something else, there’s plenty to see, hear and do at the show.
One of the highpoints of this year’s convention will be today’s special event, “Bearing Witness: The Music of Star Wars–Archiving Art and Technology,” presented by Grammy-winning producer/engineer Leslie Ann Jones, director of music recording and scoring, Skywalker Sound. Discussing her efforts to archive and preserve all the music of the famed film series, Jones will recount making format choices, the transfer process, database creation, editing process and more. (And for those who prefer Star Trek, the Game Audio & VR track is serving up Star Trek: Bridge Crew VR-Audio Post Mortem).
The recording business has changed radically in recent years, and it continues to do so, often leaving newcomers–and longtime professionals–with no clear path for moving their careers forward. Addressing that problem, and offering some answers, will be Producing Across Generations: New Challenges, New Solutions, offering an all-star panel of rising and veteran production pros sharing knowledge, experience and insightful career information that’s usable in the real world.
There’s so many workshops (Podcasts: Telling Stories with Sound), panels (Theatrical Vocal Miking), product development seminars (What Happens in a Patent Lawsuit?) going on today. There’s also tech tours to places like Power Station at Berklee NYC (formerly Avatar and Powerstation), and heavy-duty vocal education at Project Studio Expo program, which is serving up two offerings–How to Make Your Vocal Twice as Good, with Jack Joseph Puig, and Mixing Lead Vocals: Power-user Tips for Competing with the Pros. In short, there’s countless ways for attendees to make the most of today at the AES Convention; if you’re at the show, jump in!