Key programme sessions for AES Convention revealed

AES has revealed more info on this year’s programme of special events and professional presentations at the 139th International Convention from 29 October – 1 November at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City,

On the first day of the Convention the AES will hold its opening ceremonies featuring presentations by AES 139th convention chairs Jim Anderson and Paul Gallo, AES president Andres Mayo, executive director Bob Moses, and the AES awards committee. The opening ceremonies will be capped off by the keynote address from Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash.

The activities continue with a Platinum Latin producers and engineers panel hosted by Andres Mayo, as well as “Producing across generations: New challenges, new solutions – Making records for next to nothing in the 21st century,” moderated by Jesse Lauter, which takes a candid look at the business of maximising modern production contracts and budgetary considerations.

Friday offers another full day of free-to-attend panels and events, beginning with the Platinum Producers panel, “The big payback,” hosted by Errol Kolisine, and a presentation by the AES’ next president elect Alex U. Case, titled “The rocket scientist in the recording studio,” exploring the achievements and techniques of Saul Walker, API co-founder and former chief engineer. Other featured events include the Platinum Engineers panel hosted by SonicScoop’s Justin Colletti, and a discussion moderated by Howard Massey on “The Great British recording studios,” as well as the return of the DTVAG (Digital Television Audio Group) AES Forum where the latest issues in broadcast audio will be analysed following a keynote speech from Tom Sahara, DTVAG chairman emeritus and Turner Sports vice president, operations and technology.

Saturday’s events at the 139th Convention kick off with the AES Platinum Mastering panel hosted by Bob Ludwig, followed by a panel discussion hosted in collaboration with The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing titled “Your credits, your money, the new data standards and DDEX — What you need to know!” hosted by Paul Jessop. The day continues with a broadcast audio theme, beginning with a lunchtime keynote from television game show broadcast mixer Ed Greene, followed by the Grammy SoundTables presentation, “After hours — Mixing for late night TV.”

The convention’s exhibition floor will remain open until 4pm on Sunday for attendees to network while browsing the audio equipment and services being represented.

“With such a diverse and engaging group of presenters and events, we hope that everyone will take advantage of our free Exhibits-Plus badges and really take a look at what the AES Convention has to offer,” stated AES executive director Bob Moses. “These events, which have been wildly successful year-after-year, along with our Live Sound Expo, Project Studio Expo and hundreds of exhibitors, offer an amazing experience for everyone involved with, or interested in, audio. And those who wish to take it to the next level with the All Access badge are offered a penetrating look down the rabbit-hole into the inner-sanctum of audio research and development – a truly unique opportunity.”

AES also announced the content of the returning Live Sound Expo programme earlier this year.