Spotlight on Education at the 131st AES Convention

Greetings & Welcome to AES Viewpoints! My name is Jim Kaiser, and I am current President of the Audio Engineering Society.  You are reading the first of many posts designed to help prepare you for the upcoming International 131st AES Convention, scheduled for Oct. 20-23, at  NYC’s Javits Center.  If you have not already made plans to attend, you should consider this year’s convention a ‘must-see’ event. Each time I attend an AES Convention, I am impressed (and sometimes a bit overwhelmed!) with the wealth of opportunities there to enhance my knowledge of audio.  There will be four very intense days packed with activities, and I don’t want to miss anything.  Reading this blog is just one of several ways to help you make the most of your time there. This post spotlights ‘Education’, a primary focus of our AES organization.
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My name is Jim Kaiser, and I am current President of the Audio Engineering Society. You are reading the first of many posts designed to help prepare you for the upcoming International 131st AES Convention, scheduled for Oct. 20-23, at NYC’s Javits Center. If you have not already made plans to attend, you should consider this year’s convention a ‘must-see’ event.

Each time I attend an AES Convention, I am impressed (and sometimes a bit overwhelmed!) with the wealth of opportunities there to enhance my knowledge of audio. There will be four very intense days packed with activities, and I don’t want to miss anything. Reading this blog is just one of several ways to help you make the most of your time there.

This post spotlights ‘Education’, a primary focus of our AES organization.

Education Committee Chair John Krivit has fashioned one of the conventions’ most eclectic and colorful programs. “From a one-on-one conversation with recording star Ben Folds, to highly anticipated Alex Case Tutorials on Delay and Comb Filters, this year’s Education Events will cover issues totally connected to today’s generation of college-level audio students,” says 131st AES Convention Chair Jim Anderson. 

Here a few of the highlights of the schedule:

Thursday, Oct. 20

Alex Case, Tutorial on Delay: Noted author, U of Mass. professor and dynamic speaker, Case will explore the copious applications of this essential production effect, one of the most powerful signal processes in the audio toolbox.

First Meeting of the Student Delegate Assembly: Finalists in the AES Student Recording Competition to be announced; student registration for the SPARS Mentoring Sessions and, the PMC Student Recording Critiques. An exceptional opportunity to network with fellow audio students from around the globe!

Friday October 21

Exhibition Hall Opens: Perhaps the largest “candy store” of audio equipment a pro audio student will ever encounter. Student engineers will discover new products and learn which companies are pioneering the most meaningful technology.

Career and Education Fair: An abundance of colleges and pro audio educators gather for the purpose of providing potential students with detailed information about their audio programs. A sterling opportunity to discuss career goals and educational options with the very teachers they may be studying with.

Mentoring “Speed Dating” Workshop: SPARS-sponsored lunchtime event designed to provide students with quality time to engage professionals in every aspect of pro audio.

Student Recording Competition: Finalists in Sound for Visual Media and Traditional Acoustic Recording categories will be presented to the judges,

Also scheduled for Friday are: A presentation by KarlHeinz Brandenburg, the “father of the mp3”; and, a one-on-one dialogue with recording artist Ben Folds.

Saturday October 22

Education Forum: An open dialogue among educators regarding curriculum, facilities and pedagogy, and a chance to hear about a proposed Summer 2013 AES Education Conference.

AES Student Recording Competition: Focused on traditional and non-traditional Multi-track Recording categories. All attendees will gain tremendous insights from the judge’s comments on student presentations.

Sunday October 23

Alex Case Untangles the Comb Filter: Describing, defining, visualizing and quantifying this ever-present, always important audio element, Case will provide a more complete understanding of its ubiquitous ability to help students track and mix with confidence.

Career in Game Audio: An overview of the skills required to matriculate into the game audio industry. The unique roles audio team members play in game audio design; content creation; technology development and, implementation of audio assets will be reviewed.

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Second Meeting of the Student Delegate Assembly: Winners of the AES Student Recording Competition will be announced, along with elections for a new SDA officer.

Consult the 131st AES Convention Preliminary Calendar of Events for time and location. Details: http://www.aes.org/events/131/calendar/calendar.cfm

I look forward to seeing you there!

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