Awards & Training

AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium opens online

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:35


Registration is now open for the inaugural AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium: Live & Studio, a unique education and training programme from the Audio Engineering Society (AES) targeted at working professionals in the live sound, recording and performance-audio communities. The four-day international symposium will be held at the 2018 NAMM Show from January 25-28 in Anaheim, CA

Th symposium comprises a series of Training Academies and related sessions on line-array technologies, live-sound mixing consoles, wireless systems and studio environments, in addition to tutorials on system measurement and optimisation, plus a selection of technical papers in related fields.

“The Audio Engineering Society is leveraging up-to-date expert knowledge from both its members and supportive pro-audio equipment manufacturers,” states AES president David Scheirman. “This symposium will throw a creative spotlight on the application of audio science and technology to sound-system operations, along with studio workflow practices.”

The organising committee has named numerous symposium supporters, which for the Line Array Loudspeaker Academy includes Adamson, Bose Professional and EAW, with more to be added soon. QSC and Yamaha are supporting the Live Mixing Console Academy – with others expected – while Lectrosonics and Sennheiser are supporting the Entertainment Wireless Academy. Supporters for the Studios Academy, which will profile studio monitors, interfaces, DAWs, plug-ins and more in three separate studio environments, include Apogee, DigiGrid, Focal, Genelec, Meyer Sound Laboratories and Waves.

“We are pleased to be a part of the inaugural AES@NAMM programming at The NAMM Show 2018,” says Marc Weber, director of product and brand management with Adamson Systems Engineering. “NAMM's effort to boost the live-performance audio presence at this year's show is very encouraging. Our participation in the Line Array Loudspeaker Academy complements our dedicated focus on training and education for our users, and we're looking forward to giving NAMM Show attendees a taste of our premium, made-in-Canada loudspeaker products."

“Bose Professional looks forward to sharing configuration and set-up details of our ShowMatch™ System Solutions during the AES@NAMM Symposium,” says Jeff Lange, the company’s global loudspeaker trainer. “We will be providing hands-on training for our compact line array assembly with DeltaQ™ technology, along with details of our collaboration with Powersoft's DSP and amplification platform, and a thorough explanation of our line array calculation software using AFMG's EASE Focus. I'm looking forward to seeing rental company owners, system engineers and field technicians in Anaheim.”

The Main Stage: Studio sessions coordinated by seasoned author and engineer/producer Bobby Owsinski with a team of studio industry experts will address a range of key operational parameters for recording and production facilities. The Sound System Measurement and Optimization Tutorials will be presented by a panel of seasoned experts, including John Murray, Bruce Olson, Charlie Hughes, James Anderson, Chris Tsanjouries and Andrew Smith, who will discuss measuring and then optimise the technical performance of various audio systems.

Newly added to the programme is the In-Ear Monitor Academy, which will spotlight the installation and operation of in-ear monitoring systems, and Main Stage: Live Sound, which will focus on setting up and using contemporary live-sound systems, with instruction on configuring and interfacing key components in high profile, real-world applications. A related, special social event on Thursday, January 25, entitled “Live Sound, Lessons Learned,” will honour the memory of Audio Analysts’ Albert Leccese.

The Technical Papers Sessions of peer-reviewed papers that are standard fare for such AES gatherings will be book-ended by Chinese-language sessions on selected pro-audio topics curated and presented by Bing Li, who chairs the AES Guangzhou Professional Section, together with Xiaowei Fan, lecturer on acoustics at Communication University of China, Nanjing College. Spanish-language sessions on studio recording workflow processes will be presented and curated by Juan de Dios Martin, an experienced producer/engineer and Avid Pro Tools practitioner.

As with all Technical Sessions at traditional Audio Engineering Society events, AES@NAMM is a fee-based symposium with limited seating secured through advance registration, open to all show attendees with a NAMM Badge. Attendees can purchase half-day or whole-day admission, with registration now open. Academy trainees will receive a Certificate of Attendance to confirm their participation in educational sessions.