Yet, only a few audio professionals have learned that the opportunity to be directly engaged in all that happens every year at one single event. Every year, audio experts, the top high-end speaker designers, and business managers from North America, Europe, and Asia convene to meet key suppliers and learn about the latest solutions and techniques. An event where vendors looking for the latest ideas go to hear from those experts, and where many of the industry key suppliers are conveniently gathered in one place to show their latest components, materials, and solutions.
Over the last few years, students looking to get their first opportunity in the industry and some of the largest technology companies looking for talent to help them introduce their new products to the market have also discovered this unique opportunity. Simply by getting there, students increase their chances of starting a career in audio, while veterans and audio consultants garner new projects and clients.
This key event for the audio industry is the ALMA International Symposium & Expo (AISE), promoted by the Association of Loudspeaker Manufacturing & Acoustics (ALMA) International. The two-day event traditionally happened just before CES, the largest annual consumer electronics show. Now, that industry gathering is going to become less of a secret, since this year's AISE is expanding and moving to June 9-10, 2019, just prior to and in affiliation with InfoComm in Orlando, FL.
It's important for everyone to learn more about AISE 2019 and why they need to be there. For the essential information about the event, content presentations, exhibition, logistics, and more, read our industry calendar highlight here, and visit ALMA's own website. Yes, there are still plenty of opportunities for new companies to participate and support the event.
ALMA International is a not-for-profit industry association and, as such, its aim is to promote standards, education, and networking for technical and business professionals in the acoustics, audio, and loudspeaker industry. Throughout its 55-year history, ALMA mainly received support and recognition from companies focused on the high-end audio and consumer market. Gradually, the association's link to other industry segments (e.g., professional audio) was created by ALMA's attendance at events like InfoComm or CEDIA and the regular presence of ALMA board members at NAMM. Over the year's ALMA attempted to promote industry gatherings also at European trade shows (e.g., Prolight+Sound) and the desire to expand globally was always expressed but not fulfilled so far.
Directly supported by some of the largest loudspeaker manufacturing companies, as well as suppliers of technologies, solutions, and services to the loudspeaker industry, the desire to work closer with another industry organization was always present and was finally achieved. In 2018, ALMA established an agreement with the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA), owner of InfoComm. The two organizations offer content for the audio industry, but in complementary ways that will benefit participants who take advantage of the education, exhibitions, and networking that make AISE and InfoComm outstanding co-located events.
InfoComm is a show that attracts more than 40,000 industry professionals to Orlando, FL, and Las Vegas, NV, every year (the show is promoted in the two locations every other year). It is the largest professional audiovisual trade show in North America, with almost 1,000 exhibitors of products for audio, unified communications and collaboration, display, control, digital signage, home automation, security, and live events. InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas featured 550,000 net square feet of exhibits, demo rooms, and special events space, making it the biggest ever edition of the show. InfoComm 2019 opens June 8 with its convention and education sessions, while the exhibition will be held June 12-14, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
For certain, June is an easier travel time than immediately after New Year, flights and accommodations are generally less expensive, InfoComm is a more closely aligned audience for crossover attendance and exhibiting, and there are more than 16,000 InfoComm attendees directly related to the audio industry. Also, the location for AISE 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the entrance to Universal Orlando, is a great facility.
If logistically, this co-location with InfoComm represents an important benefit for AISE, it also represents a new challenge. That of expanding its scope in all audio industry application segments, not being converted into a new gathering for pro-audio-focused companies. Therefore, it is more important than ever to explain why audio professionals and companies in all application segments should attend the event.
Even though ALMA anticipates a marked increase in overall traffic at AISE 2019, the event is still extremely affordable for both attendees and exhibitors, representing great value. And there are multiple no-cost, and low-cost ways to promote participation at AISE. Manufacturing companies that are simply interested in attending and talking to exhibitors might consider sponsoring some of the activities, or having a table to promote themselves, hire new talent, or promote a session to discuss ongoing research. It's a great way to exchange thoughts and ideas and make strategic connections, promote innovation, and business growth.
ALMA's Education Initiative supplies a free All Access Pass to qualified students as an opportunity to network with industry veterans and for potential employers to seek interns and employees. This program is doubling year over year!
The floor layout is designed to promote a flow of visitors to the exhibits at all moments, directly accessing the three breakout session rooms. Sessions include discussion panels, seminars, papers, and product/technology showcases. The Speaker Builders Workshop - how to design and specify a transducer for your product - will be a full-day track with several presenters on June 10, 2019.
Attendees can expect ALMA's acclaimed technical and business content with more than 30 hours of education in two packed days. Among the many reasons to attend AISE 2019, it is clear that some of the already confirmed topics for these sessions would be more than enough reason to plan an attendance (full content details will be updated here).
Experts from COMSOL will attend AISE 2019 to explain how Multiphysics software can be used in loudspeaker designs. HEAD acoustics' experts will share everything they know about evaluation of Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones, how to evaluate and compare smart speakers, and what is possible to measure smart home devices and applications. Listen, will explain how to test smart speakers, hearables, smart home devices, wireless headphones, and automotive entertainment systems. NTi Audio will discuss the challenges and best practices for microphone end-of-line testing. Loudsfoft will present on the topic of QC testing and many other measurement techniques. And MISCO and Warkwyn experts will talk about their experiences on using modern analysis tools to recreate an iconic speaker.
Stephan Schonfeld (Klippel GmbH) will explain everything about SPLmax and how the new standard IEC 60268-21 defines acoustical measurements for assessing the sound pressure output of active and passive loudspeaker systems. Wolfgang Klippel will present a new seminar on "Green Speaker Design" and the optimal use of system resources, addressing the implications for enclosures, panels, passive resonators, amplifiers, cables and DSP. Ferrotec's Vanessa Rene will detail the thermal benefits of ferrofluids, as used by more than 300 speaker manufacturers around the world. Mark Valentino (PCB Piezotronics) will promote a technical session on acoustics to address the differences of test-and-measurement lab-grade microphones when compared to audio-grade microphones and the advantages of each. Michael Klasco (Menlo Scientific) will share his knowledge on materials and the latest technologies for headphones and how to design microphones and speakers. Doug Button will explain how to reduce distortion in loudspeakers with Digital Signal Processing (DSP). For students and those less familiar with loudspeaker technical disciplines, Mark Beach will explain loudspeaker parameters such as Qts, EBP, Xmax, Fb, Vb, and others.
Stephen C Thompson (Penn State University) will explain everything about transducer modeling using SPICE, SimScape, or Modelica software tools. Tim Whitwell (Tectonic Audio Labs) will dissect the audio principles of Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) transducers. LingChen Zhu will present a seminar on Speaker Design Simulation, comparing different tools with real measurements. Parker Anderson will address real-world performance from different cardioid array configurations. Brandon Carroll (Georgia Tech) will present a seminar on new audio signal processing and machine learning algorithms that characterize environmental audio. Md Mehedi (Carpenter Technology) will share his research on new alloy materials that can be used to build smaller, power efficient speakers with improved sound quality. Not to be missed as well, a paper presented by Alex Voishvillo, Balazs Kakonyi, and Brian McLaughlin, on quantification of loudspeaker maximum SPL parameter using different short-term signals.
In other papers and sessions, industry consultants will address the importance of building strong brand identity, how to manage a supply chain, and be prepared for Global Trade Wars, among many relevant business-focused subjects for industry professionals.
Further information including content, exhibitors, as well as registration is available on the ALMA website. All registrations are now open and available online.
June 9 & 10, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Universal, Orlando, FL,