Special Events to Be Highlighted at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention

— The GRAMMY SoundTables® event, the Platinum Producers Panel, the economics of record production, reality-TV sound, the Project Studio Expo, keynotes and presentations from Jimmy Jam, Bruce Swedien,
Young Guru and more are in store —

New York, NY, October 11, 2013 — The schedule of special events is full at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City). Attendees at the show will be treated to a wide range of events featuring leaders from every category of pro audio.

• Keynotes begin on Thursday, Oct. 17, with opening remarks and welcomes from AES Executive Director Bob Moses, AES President Frank Wells and AES Convention Chair Jim Anderson and a presentation, “Understanding Audition via Sound Synthesis,” from noted researcher Josh McDermott, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT. The next day, five-time GRAMMY® Award winner Jimmy Jam will address “The Current and Future Direction of the Recording Process from an Artist, Engineer, and Producer’s Perspective.” On Saturday, five-time GRAMMY winner and 13-time GRAMMY nominee Bruce Swedien will hold a candid talk, “I Have No Secrets.”

• The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® will present its annual GRAMMY SoundTables® event on Saturday, October 19, from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm in Room 1E15/16. This year’s presentation is titled “What Would Ramone Do?” Hosted by BJ Ramone and Elliot Scheiner, this educational and inspirational career retrospective will delve into the music, creativity, and vision of legendary 14-time GRAMMY Award winning producer/engineer/technologist Phil Ramone. Presenters include Jimmy Jam, Bob Ludwig, Al Schmitt, Frank Filipetti, Leslie Ann Jones, Jim Boyer, Jill Dell’Abate & Rob Mathes, Peter Chaikin and Mark Ethier.

• The musical continuum, and its role in music production, comes into focus at this year’s Platinum Producers Panel, Saturday, October 19, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm (Room 1E15/16). How does an understanding of music’s past, present, and future serve the producer in their quest to fully realize the artist’s vision? We’ll go deep with this elite panel of Jeff Jones (Eric Clapton, Wynton Marsalis, Norah Jones), ROBOPOP (Gym Class Heroes, Maroon 5, Lana Del Ray), and Dave Tozer (John Legend, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake), and moderated by David Weiss (Founder/Editor of SonicScoop). Their collective experience spans decades and has produced hit singles and albums in rock, R&B, hip-hop, pop, jazz, and beyond. From their application of classic techniques to late-breaking revelations, this trio of hit makers will provide inside information on tracking, mixing, mastering, and getting the very best out of artists in the studio.

• This year’s Platinum Engineers Panel, which takes places on Friday, October 18, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm (Room 1E15/16), will be moderated by Justin Colletti (SonicScoop). The panel will feature four of the industry’s leading engineers and mixers, who will examine their own works and offer insights into how great records are created. The lineup is scheduled to include: Chris Coady (The Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, TV on the Radio); Patrick Dillett (David Byrne and St. Vincent, Fatboy Slim, Mariah Carey, Notorious B.I.G.); Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen); and Manny Marroquin (Bruno Mars, Kanye West, John Mayer).

• On Sunday, October 20, from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 1E15/16, Young Guru will present “Era of the Engineer.” Revered as “The Sound of New York,” Young Guru possesses over a decade of experience in sound engineering and production for the acclaimed Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. Through his lecture and demo series, Guru examines the recent emergence of a new generation of do-it-yourself engineers, analyzing and demonstrating what it means for the culture at large.

• “Producing Across Generations: New Challenges, New Solutions—Making Records for Next to Nothing in the 21st Century” will bring studio veterans Nick Sansano, Frank Filipetti, Jesse Lauter, Carter Matschullat, Bob Power and Hank Shocklee together to open the discussion about artist empowerment and shaping one’s destiny.

• “The State of Mastering” gets its due via a panel consisting of some the category’s biggest names, including Moderator Bob Ludwig, Sterling Sound’s Greg Calbi, Darcy Proper from Wisseloord Studios, Doug Sax of The Mastering Lab and Tim Young from Metropolis Mastering, who will discuss how mastering now encompasses prepping music for streaming, special “Mastered for iTunes” downloads, and high-resolution files for vinyl disk cutting, HDtracks, and Pure Audio Blu-ray masters.

• Find out what’s happening on the broadcast audio front when the DTV Audio Group Forum gets together to focus on the shifting landscape in TV audio brought about by the transition to multi-platform mobile and fixed streaming content delivery. You can also sit in as the Broadcast & Streaming Media Track presents “Sound for Deadliest Catch—Reality Is Hard Work.”

• Don’t have a million-dollar multiroom recording facility? The AES Show has you covered: presented in conjunction with Sound On Sound magazine, the second annual Project Studio Expo will bring together the top people, tools, and techniques for the DIY recordist.

“Those coming to this year’s AES Convention will be very pleasantly surprised by the breadth and depth of the special events we’ve planned around the show,” says AES Executive Director Bob Moses. “There’s something for everyone, and a wide range of pro audio aspects are reflected in these special-event sessions. You’re going to like what you see, hear and experience.”

A complete list of the very special events at the upcoming AES Convention can be found here. For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, and to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge or the premium All-Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

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