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AES Show 2020 Sound Reinforcement Track offers look at industry issues and technologies

AES Show 2020 Sound Reinforcement Track offers look at industry issues and technologies

The AES Show Fall 2020 Convention Sound Reinforcement Track sessions will be taking place October 27-30. In this year’s exclusively online format, the AES Show Technical Program will highlight the latest advancements in sound reinforcement tech and practice, as well as pandemic-driven issues including optimizing health and safety standards for live sound technicians and their audiences.


The Technical Program On Demand content will be available beginning October 26, with parallel scheduled streams featuring live Q&A sessions taking place October 27-30. AES Show All Access registrants can attend all Sound Reinforcement Track sessions along with the rest of the Technical Program Special Events, including everything else the AES Show has to offer.


“While we’re unable to be physically together this year, we’re excited to have so many great presenters sharing and showing their work to us”, states AES Show Sound Reinforcement Track Chair and Historical Track Co-Chair and President of Dansound Inc., Dan Mortensen. “In some cases, particularly the ‘Remote Optimization’ and ‘Sound Reinforcement in a Covid World’, there are specific techniques of how to deal with the strange times we are in. Many or most of us are still looking forward to doing our first show again, and we hope our Track will not only help remember the good times but also help to look forward to the new good times when we’re working again at the thing we love so much.”


In the session “Sound Engineering for Safe Listening”, streaming Tuesday, October 27, at 6:30 pm EDT, experts in fields from sound reinforcement to audiology will gather to share the World Health Organization’s vision for safe audio listening levels, provide insight into current actions and discuss the important role sound engineers can play in this global effort. Panelists include Shelly Chadha (World Health Organization), Kaloyan Kamenov (World Health Organization), Mark Laureyns (AEA European Association of Hearing Aid Professionals), Adam J. Hill (University of Derby), Michael Santucci (Sensaphoncs), Ian Wiggins (University of Nottingham), and Marcel Kok (dBcontrol).


Another topical and timely session, “Sound Reinforcement in a Covid World: An International Panel of P.A. Company Representatives and Production Professionals Summarize the State-of-the-Art of Getting on With It”, will take a look at current conditions and the emerging research and technologies that are helping keep the industry alive, streaming Thursday, October 29, at 6:30 pm EDT. Panelists for this session include Track chair Mortensen, Jonathan Stoverud-Myers (Carlson Audio), Tim McCulloch (Pro Audio Systems), Gordon McGregor (GBR Scotland), Owen Orzack (Eighth Day Sound), Denise Woodward (IATSE Local 16, San Francisco Symphony), and Victor Arko (Eighth Day Sound).


The AES Show Sound Reinforcement Track will also feature eight on-demand sessions being made available for personal viewing as of October 26, covering immersive audio in venues, concert sound, system optimization and other topics. Of note, the on-demand session “Wireless Microphone and Intercom Spectrum Update” provides an update on recent frequency allocation and the 600 MHz spectrum auction, which features the late Mark Brunner (Shure), along with panelists Karl Winkler (Lectrosonics) and Joe Ciaudelli (Sennheiser).


Pictured: Dan Mortensen.




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