The annual US Audio Engineering Society convention and New York NAB show is coming to the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York. As was the case last year, the two shows are held concurrently. Though each has its own registration for the technical programs, a badge from either show will get you into the exhibits for the other show. I expect most of my readers here will be interested in AES, but if you attend, plan some time to kick tires around the NAB show exhibits. They have some interesting stuff there as well.
Registration for both shows is open now, with early discounts in effect. AES is again offering free Exhibits Plus registration which includes the exhibits (October 17-19) and technical presentations conducted on the exhibit floor. This year, there will be four show floor Expo sessions – Project Studio, Live Sound, Broadway Sound, and Broadcast Sound. These are all-day programs with expert instructors covering a wide range of subjects.
Something new this year that’s part of the technical program (meaning you have to pay for it) is the Audio Builders Workshop, coordinated by the AES Boston section that presented it locally and are now taking it on the road. In the early days, recording studios built a lot of their own gear, but with the availability of so much commercially made and reasonably priced gear, this has become a bit of a lost art. But like so many things in this field, old is becoming new again, and there’s an active DIY movement. On Saturday, October 20, the Builders Track will present “Build Your Own Recording Equipment,” offering insight into the tools, skills and budget needed to create one’s first piece of gear. “Design and Build Your Own Gear” will take you through the steps to design a circuit, put it in a box, and power it up, with Bob Katz walking through his DIY project, the “tube blender.” Today most of us know Bob as a mastering engineer, but 25 years ago, he was designing problem-solving products and he’s still at it. “The State of the Art of Do It Yourself Audio,” led by Audio Builders Workshop founder Owen Curtin will examine the exploding DIY market and introduce you to some quality pieces that are now in reach for those willing to wield a soldering iron. This track isn’t limited to hardware and analog circuitry either – there will be a “Code It Yourself: DIY-DSP” session for those interested in taking advantage of digital tools to perform audio tasks.
Click here to register for the AES convention. If you’re interested in the Builders program but don’t want to spring for an All Access pass, one-day all-access passes are available at a lower cost. AES members, including student members, get a discount, so you might consider joining, which will also get you a discount for the upcoming AES@NAMM program in January.
For more information on the New York NAB show, click Here. Your free AES Exhibits Plus gets you into the NAB Core Package which includes both the NAB exhibits and presentations on the show floor.