Case on Making The Most of AES

By Strother Bullins. At the 139th Convention, President Elect Alex U. Case helped facilitate an incredibly wide array of papers, workshops, seminars and presentations, including “The Rocket Scientist in the Recording Studio,” an examination of the life and career of API co-founder Saul Walker. Well knowing how much is going on at the Convention, Case insisted that it is “too rich with content to allow a stream-of-consciousness approach” to gleaning maximum possible knowledge at the event.
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New York, NY (November 2, 2015)—At the 139th Convention, President Elect Alex U. Case helped facilitate an incredibly wide array of papers, workshops, seminars and presentations, including “The Rocket Scientist in the Recording Studio,” an examination of the life and career of API co-founder Saul Walker. Well aware how much is going on at the Convention, Case insisted that it is “too rich with content to allow a stream-of-consciousness approach” to gleaning maximum possible knowledge at the event.

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“You have four days to take in more than 400 hours worth of presentations,” Case said. “You also get current on the offerings of some 300 different companies. Sure, you would have no trouble just wandering about, following what interests you. There’s something of audio-awesomeness at every turn. But while there is always something of interest wherever you are, you might be missing something of more interest elsewhere. The key is to be proactive—to play offense. Use the AES Convention app and/or study the online calendar and map out your plans. Time spent clicking about ahead of time will ensure you don’t waste time walking about at the Convention. You’ll see experienced attendees who have thoroughly mapped out their plans, identifying where they want to be at every hour of the day.”

Even now, Case plans his AES schedule ahead, with a Plan B and even a Plan C when it comes to educational events. “If I go to my first choice paper or workshop and it turns out to be different from what I was expecting, then I want to know immediately what to try instead.”