AES 2015: Live Sound Expo topics announced

AES has revealed more info on the lineup of its Live Sound Expo at this year’s 139th International Convention, which kicks off on 29 October and runs until 1 November at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

Following its successful debut at last year’s AES Convention in L.A., Live Sound Expo (LSE) returns bringing keen insight and expert advice to live sound engineers of all types, from installed sound to Broadway to touring sound.

This year’s Live Sound Expo will cover topics ranging from live sound in theatres, music venues and houses of worship and will address key topics such as how the changing state of wireless audio will affect professional users, how virtual sound checks and networked audio are combining to create a more efficient workflow for live sound engineers, and live sound console and microphone design and use. Sponsors for the event include Cadac, Clear-Com, DiGiCo, DPA Microphones, EAW, L-Acoustics, Optocore, Sennheiser, Waves Audio and Yamaha.

LSE will be broken up topically across the three days, each addressing important segments of Live Sound and Sound Reinforcement, with dedicated programs consisting of presentations and panels featuring industry leaders.

Broadway Day (Friday, 30 October) is devoted to live sound in the theatrical environment, with topics slated to include Theatrical Vocal Miking; Wireless Issues for Live Theatre: Broadway and Beyond; Theatre Sound System Design and Optimisation; Theatrical Console Automation; Networking For Theatre; and Theatrical Sound Design.

The Word And Music: House Of Worship Sound/Fixed Install Day (Saturday, 31 October) offers a range of HOW and venue installation presentations including topics such as Speech Intelligibility: Contributing Factors; Miking Grand Piano and Choirs; Mono vs Stereo vs LCR in HOW and Fixed-Install; IEM Fundamentals and Hearing Conservation; The Future of Wireless: Now What?; and Modern Digital Mixing Console Fundamentals: A Practical and Ergonomic Approach.

Tour Sound Day (Sunday, 1 November) will cover the latest in tour sound technologies and techniques, with presentations slated to include Virtual Sound Checks And Processing In A Networked Environment; Shed and Arena Loudspeaker Optimisation: Pulling Big Shows Together; Choosing the Right Vocal Mic; and Talking with the Artist: Sharing the Vision.

Veteran live sound engineer, writer/editor and Live Sound Expo host, Mark Frink commented: “AES in New York was where I introduced a Live Sound Loudspeaker Networking Users Group in 1987 at the 83rd convention, and it has always been a destination for professional live sound, where it’s the only pro audio trade show to address standards and professional papers, while showcasing demo rooms and new products,”

AES executive director Bob Moses concluded by saying: “We like to say that if it’s about audio, it’s at AES, and with the success of the Live Sound Expo and similar initiatives, we feel that this is truer than ever.”

AES also announced the return of another successful event last month.