As I suspected, they appear to have re-opened the free Exhibits Plus registration. I don’t know for how long, so if you’re thinking about going and haven’t registered yet, do it soon. Click here to Register and use the promo code AES143NOW. Details are a couple of posts down from here.
I don’t usually write about musical stuff, but last week, punk rocker Billy Bragg gave a really fascinating talk at the Library of Congress on the history of skiffle music in Great Britain in the 1950s, from its origin with early New Orleans jazz records up through the Quarrymen (whose later band name you may have heard – The Beatles), and how it influenced both rock and country music. If you’re a bit of a music history buff, you might enjoy it – or buy his book on the subject, Roots, Radicals, and Rockers.” The talk is about an hour long, with about half an hour of Q&A. Don’t let the walk-in music scare you away. That’s what British pop music on the radio was like before skiffle hit the scene.
Here’s the YouTube link.
AES is joining some forces this year. The Winter NAB show, traditionally a modest sized show in New York in the Fall, will be co-located and running concurrent with the New York AES show.
For the past several years, AES has offered free “Exhibits Plus” registration, which includes access to the exhibit floor, Project Studio Expo sessions, Live Sound Expo sessions, and special events. The deadline for complementary Exhibits Plus registration is usually about a month prior to the show, though traditionally they’ve been extending it until the last week before. This year, the first registration announcement I received (today) that had anything specific about Exhibits Plus states that “for the 30 days prior to June 17, Exhibits-Plus registration is complimentary – a $75 value.”
That means that if you want to attend for free, you need to act fast!
If you want to attend all of the technical sessions and workshops (which, I admit, are quite pricey), there are also advance registration discounts for those. The deadline for advance registration is October 4.
Click HERE for advance registration.
As I see it now, Exhibits Plus registration is free until June 17, after that it’s $50, and it goes up to $75 after October 4. So if you think you want to attend, don’t wait. If it isn’t automatically filled in when you fill out the on-line registration form, use Code AES 143NOW.
I’ll update this for stragglers if get word that the free registration is extended.
You may have also heard that AES is partnering with NAMM to provide some technical content and exhibits at the NAMM show in January. I’ll let you know more about that when I figure out who can attend what and how to register. My gut feeling is that they’ll be using a newly completed addition to the Anaheim convention center for presenting an AES-sponsored technical program and exhibits, which will be open to NAMM registrants, with a separate “not NAMM” registration for attenees who aren’t qualified for NAMM show registration.
What started out to be a review of how this interesting virtual electric bass VST plug-in that’s based on physical modeling of a vibrating string could be viewed as a learning tool turned into a lengthy article. It’s about what makes different basses sound different, and how IK Multimedia presents the tools that let you customize an instrument in physical ways rather frequencies, filters, and MIDI velocities. I rarely use virtual instruments myself, and I’m not a bass player, so there was a lot for me to learn here (which is why this project has been festering for about five months). Hopefully you’ll find something useful here, too.
And speaking of St. Louis, the USITT (United States Institute of Theater Technology) will be holding its annual conference at the St. Louis, Missouri America’s Center Convention Complex from March 8 through 11, 2017. I’ve never attended this one and don’t plan to attend, but there are three days of workshops and conferences, along with the Expo trade show. The full conference costs some bucks, but if you’re in the area and are interested in kicking tires on some live sound and theater production gear, you might want to take advantage of VUE Audiotechnik’s offer for free Expo registration. And as an adjunct to the show, VUE, who makes live sound speaker systems, is offering a four-hour demo and training session where you can learn, among other things, about how a line array speaker system works and how to set one up.
Click VUE Free USITT Expo Pass for free USITT Expo registration (use the non-member registration. VUE’s promo code is pre-inserted)
Click here for info and registration for the VUE Demo/Training session (registration is separate from the USITT Expo)
Prism Sound is again bringing their free Mic to Monitor seminar to the US for five sessions in March. This is a roughly 4 hour program with several presenters on a variety of topics, explaining jargon, clarifying myths, and explaining techniques that will help you to make better recordings. Topics include but are not limited to: room acoustics; microphone technology and techniques; loudspeaker technology; interface and converter technology; hearing safety and in-ear monitoring as well as dipping into psycho-acoustics and perception. Guest topics include recording techniques, mixing, remixing and mastering and much more.
Here are the dates and locations for this round of seminars:
- March 25 – Webster University, Webster Grove MO (St. Louis area)
- March 28 – Ball State University, Muncie IN (2 sessions)
- March 29 – SAE Institute, Chicago IL
- March 31 – Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland OH
And if you just happen to be around Dublin, Ireland, there’s a session on March 25 at Windmill Lane Studios, featuring VIP guest Rob Kirwan
The Webster University session is part of the school’s AES Student Summit for which there is a registration fee. Click on the link for details. The first Ball State session is for Ball State students only, which means that if you are one, you probably already know about this one. The evening session is open to all.
For further information and registration links for each of the sessions, visit this Prism Sound web page.
Oh, man, these things are taking longer to write every year. I need an intern! This is the full report, 26 pages, I think. There are some things in here that weren’t in the tidbits, and some things in the tidbits that I decided not to preserve for posterity and didn’t include here. PDF, pictures, links, you know the drill.