The 2019 NAMM show in Anaheim, California runs from January 24 through January 29. While it’s still a show for the music trade industry, partnering with the Audio Engineering Society (AES) has opened up attendance for engineers and producers in recording and live sound. Most of the sound and music production exhibits are concentrated in a new two-story section of the Anaheim Convention Center, and the AES@NAMM program offers a number of technical training opportunities. Here’s a rundown on things that might interest you enough to brave Anahiem and attend the show.
First, there’s the AES@NAMM program. This is actually a separate event from the NAMM trade show itself, has its own registration, and price of admission. It’s a series of classes over the four day show period that have sort of two prongs, one being training on specific hardware, software, and technologies presented by the equipment manufacturers. For instance, Allen & Heath will be offering training on the d-Live console, Lectrosonics will be presenting sessions on wireless IEM systems, and VUE will be teaching about line array speaker systems. Technology tracks include things like networking and mic techniques. In addition, the Main Stage area (actually a ballroom in the Hilton), put together by author and technologist-about-town Bobby Owsinski, will feature talks on topics in studio and live sound by well known engineers such as Andrew Scheps, Sylvia Massy, and Bob Scovill. To plan your AES@NAMM training (or to decide if there’s anything worth while for you), here’s a link to the AES@NAMM Class Schedule. Should you choose to attend one or more of the classes, here’s a link to the AES@NAMM fee schedule page. You’ll find a link to the registration application there. There’s a price break for AES members (they’ll be happy to sign you up at the show) but I’ll warn you that other than the digital console and line array tracks, you’ll be in for at least $99 for a day.
If you’d like to attend the NAMM show proper, you can take advantage of the AES partnership and attend as a non-member. Here’s a link to the NAMM Badge Application page. That link also has links to show information, exhibitors, events, and educational opportunities. Click the Register for an Attendee Badge button, fill out the application form (this is where you tell them about your involvement in a studio, live venue, production, house of worship, etc.) and when you get to the part where you pay your money, using the promo code AES@NAMM will get you a badge for $25. This is for the NAMM show itself, not the AES@NAMM program.
The NAMM show offers a number of educational sessions in addition to the trade show itself. You might find some of the TEC Tracks presentations interesting.
If you have an interest in Audio over IP Dante, Audinate is offering a free one day class on January 24 and 25. You don’t even have to be registered for NAMM or AES@NAMM to attend, but you do need to register with Audinate. You’ll first need to set up an Audinate user account if you don’t already have one, and from there, register for a class.
You know the NAMM show from its reputation, and maybe from my show reports here. With the new layout for the audio exhibitors, it’s pretty much like an AES show, and with your NAMM badge, you’re free to go to the other end of the convention center to bang on drums, try out effect pedals, or check out the latest in flutes and saxophones. Something new this year is an exhibition of the photos of rock ‘n’ roll photographer and author Neal Preston.
That’s about all I know, and hope this will encourage you to attend – either or both the AES program and NAMM show. I’ll warn you that traffic around there is a nightmare, parking is expensive, and hotel rates are absurd, so plan accordingly.