Early-bird registration discounts for the Audio Engineering Society (AES) traditional fall convention technical program and exhibition showcase — being presented in the virtual realm this year due to the pandemic — will end today (Monday, August 31).
The convention will consist of four weeks of audio presentations and activities that will run from Tuesday, October 6 to Friday, October 30. Early bird rates are $99 for AES members and $224 for non-members, the latter including one year of AES membership. Registration is open at AESShow.com.
The AES Show Fall 2020 convention is conceived to provie technical program access of live and on-demand content, student and career activities, engagement with peers and audio professionals, an audio hardware and software product showcase and special events throughout the month.
“Expanding the convention offerings across a full month answers one of the biggest questions raised by convention attendees in the past when faced with hundreds of compelling sessions packed into just four days: ‘How do I choose?’,” says AES Show Fall 2020 convention co-chair Jonathan Wyner. “Applying lessons learned from AES’s first online convention experience with the highly successful AES Virtual Vienna, we are extending the timeline to provide our ‘attendees’ the opportunity to dive deeper into the program and explore new topics. Plus, we have some exciting and innovative new programming. A virtual event allows us to take attendees places they have never been. It also means that you will be able to see and hear presenters up close and personal as never before. All attendees will have the best seat in the house.”
“With all the online content, the convention can now be experienced by anyone in the world that has an internet connection,” adds convention co-chair Valerie Tyler. “Combined with lowered registration fees, and without the necessity of travel costs and logistics, the 2020 AES show will be the most accessible ever.”
The third convention co-chair, Paul “Willie Green” Womack, further notes: “It’s our goal, and my personal passion, to encourage diversity in our attendees. New voices and topics during the last several AES conventions have broadened our attendee base. Now, we’re taking the convention directly to everyone everywhere. That can only build on our progress – there’s infinite room under the umbrella.”
The first two weeks of convention will offer interviews, webinars on timely topics and an online AoIP Summit. Week three will be Student Week along with the exhibition showcase, while week four will bring the balance of the traditional AES convention tech program – workshops, papers, engineering briefs, keynotes and other special events. Several new features of this year’s convention have been designed and reworked for virtual multimedia presentation formats, combining live and on-demand sessions and real-time Q&A sessions with presenters.
New to the lineup is an AES show product launch, designed to provide attendees with the opportunity to see the latest gear from manufacturers through video-based product launches and live engagement with product specialists and company personnel. In addition, AES show tech tours will offer “The Seven Wonders of the Audio World,” a series of tours of noted studios across the globe, beginning in the first week of month.
Student & Career offerings have been expanded into the AES show student week, which will provide seven days of activities that include workshops, recording critique sessions, recording and design competitions, a career and education fair, mentoring sessions and more. AES student member early bird registration is $49 for full access to the four-day convention.
Go to AESShow.com for more information on the program as well as early bird registration options.