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AES Show 2020 Sound Reinforcement Track Designed To Offer In-Depth Look At Industry Issues & Technologies

Through on-demand sessions and scheduled streams with live Q&A, track will focus on immersive audio, concert sound, recent issues with safely-distanced listening and more.
Dan Mortensen, AES Show Sound Reinforcement Track Chair, Historical Track Co-Chair and President of Dansound.

The AES Fall 2020 Convention Sound Reinforcement Track sessions, being presented this week (Tuesday, October 27 through Friday, October 30) in the show’s ongoing online format, is designed to 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 Monday, October 26, with parallel scheduled streams offering live Q&A sessions taking place the remainder of the week. AES Show All Access registrants can attend all trackssessions along with the rest of the comprehensive Technical Program Special Events,

“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 Dan Mortensen, AES Show Sound Reinforcement Track Chair, Historical Track Co-Chair and President of Dansound. “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 you 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 U.S. Eastern time, representives experts in fields from sound reinforcement to audiology will gather to share the World Health Organization’s vision for safe audio listening levels, provide details of 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).

Meanwhile, the session entitled “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 intended to help keep the industry alive, streaming Thursday, October 29, starting at 6:30 pm U.S. Eastern time. 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 offer 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. The on-demand session “Wireless Microphone and Intercom Spectrum Update” will provide 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).

Visit to find out more about the AES Show Sound Reinforcement Track and other Technical Program sessions, the AES Show Partner Showcase, and more. Showcase registration is free for AES Members, while non-members can register for $25, or for free with a VIP promo code from one of the AES Show Partners (special thanks go to AES Show Fall 2020 Convention Platinum Partners Amazon Devices, Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Genelec, NTP Technology (DAD, Penta), and The Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing).

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