The 147th International Audio Engineering Society Convention is fast approaching, returning to New York City, October 16 – 19, at the Javits Center. The Free Exhibits-Plus badge offers free access to three days of convention events and exhibits. The free badge gets access to over 300 exhibiting pro audio brands, three floors of demo rooms, over 100 exhibit floor sessions and Special Events presentations from some of the biggest names in the industry.
The AES New York 2019 Exhibition Floor offers the latest technologies from hundreds of top brands in pro audio and related industries, along with product debuts, special guest presenters and product experts on-hand to showcase the latest gear and provide insight on products and services offered to the audio engineering industry. With over two dozen new exhibitors joining this year's expanded Exhibition Floor, AES New York will once again present attendees with a not-to-be-missed chance to catch up on the latest offerings from their favorite audio manufacturers and service providers. The three floors of demonstration rooms further the experience, providing an intimate space to listen to, and learn about, a variety of products being shown.
Bringing together top name presenters with the latest professional audio technology and techniques, the AES New York Inspiration Stages offer daily sessions covering topics of interest to all attendees, with featured presenters including Luca Pretolesi, Sylvia Massy, Kimbra, Jack Joseph Puig and many more. This year’s exhibition floor will once again host the popular Live Production Stage, the Recording Stage, and the all-new Electronic Dance Music and DJ Stage with dedicated events covering a variety topics and workflows. Also returning this year are the popular Software@AES Pavilion theater, the AVoIP Pavilion theater, the AVID Partners Pavilion and the AES Mix With the Masters Workshops stage hosting sessions throughout the day.
The complete schedule of Exhibits-Plus badge-eligible events is now available online.
New Electronic Instrument Design & Applications Track
Bringing a new sound and beat to modern music, the proliferation of electronic instruments kicked off a wave of fresh sounds and innovative audio creation workflows that continue to push the boundaries of music. From the storied beginnings of hip-hop and dance music, to the latest designs and production techniques, this year’s debut of the AES New York 2019 Electronic Instrument Design and Applications Track offers exclusive industry insights to attendees on Thursday, October 17.
“This year’s Electronic Instrument Design and Applications Track at the AES New York Convention celebrates the contributions made by innovative engineers working with various types of sound synthesis technologies,” states Electronic Instrument Design and Applications chair Michael Bierylo. “The field has changed in dramatic ways since Bob Moog presented his groundbreaking work Voltage-Controlled Electronic Music Modules at the 16th annual meeting of the AES in 1964. But, as illustrated by the current interest in the Eurorack modular synthesizer format, we see that technologies such as voltage control remain vital, much in the way that we still value analog audio processors and recorders. Additionally, we are excited to have Dave Rossum join us for this year’s inaugural track on electronic instrument design. He personifies excellence in all aspects of this field and is truly one of the unsung heroes, standing head and shoulders with pioneers such as Bob Moog, Don Buchla, Alan R. Pearlman, Dave Smith, Roger Linn and Tom Oberheim, to mention a few."
The morning begins with the session “Drum Machines, Groove-Boxes, and Tempo-Based Electronic Instruments,” where Bierylo will welcome Rossum and Dan Gill from AKAI Professional Products to the stage for a discussion of early production tools such as the Roland 808 and LinnDrum and their influences and vitality in the electronic instrument industry. Jayant Datta of Audio Precision follows with the session “Not Your Everyday Filters,” which will introduce and expose audio engineers to some less-common specialized audio filters that have interesting properties and audio applications.
Afternoon Electronic Instrument Design and Applications events include two panel discussions, beginning with “Modular Synthesizer Designs – From the Past to Future Directions,” where Bierylo will host a discussion with Andrew Ikenberry of Qu-Bit Electronix, Dan Green from 4ms and Rossum on the roots and future development of modular synthesis, from classic recreations to bold new designs, with many innovations coming from small, home-grown developers. The afternoon concludes with a special panel on “Embedded Computing and Instrument Design,” moderated by Paul Lehrman with Richard Graham, Denis Labrecque and Teresa Marrin Nakra joining previous panelists Ikenberry and Rossum, to share perspectives from both the research and independent builder communities on innovative use cases and future directions of the electronic instrument industry.
New Hip-Hop and R&B Events
From sampling to mixing, from studio design to production flow, genres like R&B and hip-hop have their own musical vernacular and their own specialized techniques and tools. Next month’s AES New York 2019 takes an in-depth look at hip-hop and R&B production with a new Track chock full of workshops and presentations led by storied and award-winning engineers, producers and artists – the Convention is even opening with a keynote speech from Grandmaster Flash on Wednesday on “The Evolution of the Beat.”
AES New York 2019 Hip-Hop and R&B Thursday events begin with an A-list panel discussion, “Chopped and Looped – Inside the Art of Sampling for Hip-Hop” featuring Just Blaze (Jay-Z, Kanye West), Breakbeat Lou (Afrika Bambaataa, Biz Markie), Hank Shocklee (Public Enemy, Mary J. Blige) and Ebonie Smith (Hamilton, Sturgill Simpson), moderated by AES New York Hip-Hop and R&B Track chair Paul "Willie Green" Womack (Wiz Khalifa, The Roots). Celebrating the art of the audio collage, the panelists will discuss the production technique that launched a genre, exploring the process of digging for samples, techniques and tools for composition, and concepts for processing and mixing a sample-driven production.
Student and Career Development Events
For aspiring audio professionals looking to take their audio education and career to the next level, there’s no better place to start than the Student and Career Development events taking place during this year’s AES New York Convention, October 16 – 19 at the Javits Center. With heavily discounted registration pricing, AES student members and non-members alike are encouraged to take part in what is sure to be a foundational and inspirational audio experience. The full schedule of Student and Career Development events is now available, and sessions are open to All Access registered attendees, offering a variety of opportunities to listen, learn, and connect with fellow students and professionals alike.
Organized by AES New York Student and Career Development chair Magdalena Piotrowska and the AES Student Delegate Assembly, this year’s convention will once again host top educators and industry experts offering their insights into what it takes to be successful in an audio engineering career. “The mission of AES Conventions is to facilitate the free exchange of knowledge, and to offer a chance for audio engineers to learn from each other, on every level,” states Piotrowska. “The Student and Career Development Track events are designed to encourage both audio students and teachers to reach for the next level in their experience, while networking and sharing ideas – and it all takes place during the biggest Audio Engineering Society event of the year.”
Another popular Student and Career Development event held at AES Conventions is the Education and Career Fair, taking place on Friday, which serves to match job seekers with companies and prospective students with schools, as well as expand students’ knowledge of potential career paths. Additionally, Friday will also host the annual AES New York High School Education Day, offering a chance for the next generation of audio students to experience, and become involved with, the Audio Engineering Society and its wealth of educational opportunities and resources. Those attendees seeking the most efficient paths to their career goals and beyond will also find the Recent Graduate Panel of interest, in a discussion exploring real-life work, job hunting, and creative experiences of recent graduates in the industry.
AES New York will also host the Student Recording Competition and Design Competitions, the second edition of the AES MatLab Plugin Student Competition, and Student Recording Critiques, where submitted recordings, designs, and software are constructively critiqued by a panel of professionals. Other educational sessions include “Mix It! Improving Your Mixes and Your Mixing Workflow” and “Empowering the Next-Generation of Audio Industry Leaders,” as well as two mentoring workshops hosted by SPARS and Sound Girls, respectively, a session on “Resume Review (for Students, Recent Grads, and Young Professionals)“ and additional chances to get involved through AES Student Delegate Assembly meetings, and more. The deadline for submissions to the Student Recording Competition and Design Competition is September 18.
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