Information about the somewhat mysterious AES@NAMM program continues to dribble in. To recap, this is a program coordinated by the Audio Engineering Society (AES), scheduled concurrently with and co-located with the NAMM show at the Anaheim California Convention Center, January 25-28, 2018. It augments NAMM’s growing educational-at-the-show program by providing a series of technical classes and lecture-demonstrations (both half-day and full-day) in the fields of live sound and studio recording. There’s still no detailed schedule or syllabus, but at least now we know the scope of the program, sponsors (I suspect they will be providing the majority of the presentations), and the cost.
First, the cold, hard facts: For AES members, half-day sessions are $69, full-day (which could be two half-days on the same day) are $99. It’s 100 bucks more for non-members/ An annual AES membership is $125, so joining AES (you should, anyway) can save you some money if you plan to attend more than a day’s worth of classes. That’s not cheap, but depending on your needs and how well the technical level of the classes matches up with your needs and experience, a class or two might be very worth while. You’ll be better able to judge this when the schedule is published. But brace yourself for crazy traffic jams and expensive parking, plus a lot of people bustling around the Convention Center at show time.
Now, the really good news – what you’ve been waiting for – is about NAMM registration. In order to register for AES@NAMM classes, you must first be registered as a NAMM show attendee and get a badge. Traditionally, NAMM attendance has been limited to those directly connected with the trade, which doesn’t include you, the tire kicker. However, in conjunction with the AES program at the show, you can register for only $25. As far as I can tell, this is a full NAMM registration, which gives you access to the exhibits, special programs, and NAMM’s own technical sessions. And, of course, then you can register for the AES classes if you wish.
NAMM Registration is now open. To register for your NAMM badge, click this link. Fill out the form, and in the Promo Code box, if it’s not already there, type AES@NAMM.
Here’s a little more about the AES program:
Symposium tracks, called “academies,” and their supporters, as we know now (more are expected to be added), are:
- Line Array Loudspeaker Academy – Adamson, Bose Professional and EAW
- Live Mixing Console Academy – QSC and Yamaha
- Entertainment Wireless Academy – Lectrosonics and Sennheiser
- Studios Academy – Apogee, DigiGrid, Focal, Genelec, Meyer Sound Laboratories and Waves.
- In-Ear Monitor Academy – will spotlight the installation and operation of in-ear monitoring systems
- Main Stage: Studio sessions coordinated by seasoned author and engineer/producer Bobby Owsinski with a team of studio industry experts will address a range of key operational parameters for recording and production facilities.
- Main Stage: Live Sound will focus on setting up and using contemporary live-sound systems, with instruction on configuring and interfacing key components in high profile, real-world applications.
- Sound System Measurement & Optimization Tutorials will be presented by a experts, including John Murray, Bruce Olson, Charlie Hughes, James Anderson, Chris Tsanjouries and Andrew Smith, who will discuss measuring and then optimizing the technical performance of various audio systems.
Sound interesting? Keep up to date by checking the AES@NAMM link periodically.