The AES Fall 2020 Convention presented during the past month in an online format has wrapped, offering educational and panel sessions from industry professionals and showcases by partner brands to a virtual audience around the world.
As a benefit of the online format, nearly all Technical Program sessions from the show will remain online through the month of November, with Partner Showcase virtual booths, presentations and more remaining open through December 18, while registration remains open for those who prefer to check out the show at their own pace.
Nearly 4,400 attendees logged on from 70 countries to take in more than 300 livestreamed sessions hosted by 600-plus presenters and panelists on all things audio, from workshops on the latest tools and techniques, to the Special Events series featuring FINNEAS, Jackson Browne and friends, Imogen Heap, Platinum Panel sessions and more. Numerous research papers and engineering briefs were also presented during the final week of the show.
“If there’s one defining aspect of AES Conventions, it’s the breadth, depth and comprehensiveness of the Convention Technical Program,” states AES President-Elect and Convention co-chair Jonathan Wyner. “The all-volunteer Convention Committee and the AES staff rose to the challenges of moving the Convention online and delivered an outstanding program without equal. With the online format, every attendee, from wherever they were in the world, had the best seat in the house. What’s more, with all the content available online for on-demand viewing, AES Show 2020 is still delivering throughout November.”
Rounding out the show experience were a host of activities taking place both on-demand and in real time throughout the Audio Engineering Month of October, including Student and Career events (student competitions, project critiques, the Education and Career Fair and more), open-session roundtable discussions on a variety of topics, and the “7 Audio Wonders of the World” Tech Tours series, offering virtual walking tours of some of the world’s most revered studios. Partner Showcase events also took center stage, adding a trade-show-floor element, with live presentations, product debuts, and virtual booths that attendees could browse for information, videos, and demos.
“The technology for online events is still maturing,” notes AES Secretary and Convention co-chair Valerie Tyler. “To port every aspect of an AES convention into an online format ended up requiring not just one, but three websites. In the end, that also allowed us to expand aspects of the convention in new ways that promise to deliver into the future.”
“One of the most exciting aspects of a virtual convention,” adds the third convention co-chair, AES Governor-elect Paul Womack, “is that we were able to include contributions from artists, engineers, producers and audio experts that wouldn’t have been able to participate in an in-person event that required travel and a physical presence. The Special Events series and my own R&B and Hip-Hop Track were greatly enhanced by this additional star-power, a pattern that rippled through the entire Convention.”
Visit AESShow.com to find out more about additional Technical Program events, Partner Showcase exhibitions, and more being made available through November. 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 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).