AES Toronto's 'State of Our Sound' Brings Audio Pro Community Together for Two Days of Learning, Networking & Celebrating

This Sunday and Monday, Sept. 23 and 24, the Toronto section of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) held the State of Our Sound seminar, welcoming a couple hundred professionals from all areas of the region’s audio industry, including recorded and live music, installations, post-production, broadcast, and more. The event was a premier education and networking forum for the local audio industry and a celebration of AES Toronto’s 50th anniversary.

The two days featured presentations and interactive panel discussions that highlighted the state of the audio industry in Toronto, showing off some of its best achievements, while also looking to where the industry and audio technology is going in the future. As well, there were many in-depth presentations examining the technology and best practices on such topics as recorded and live music, immersive audio for recorded and live television, and more.

There were also sponsor presentations throughout by representatives from Flux Audio, GerrAudio, HHB Canada, Fulcrum Acoustic, and more.

As well, Apple Inc.’s Josh Tidsbury, the App Frameworks Evangelism Manager and Media Technologies Evangelist, presented a keynote presentation on the Sunday entitled “Where We Were, How We Survived and Where We Are Going,” which drew a large audience.

Some of the other presentations throughout the two days included a special session on “The State of the Sound at CBC,” and panels discussions on: acoustics, architect and installation; loudspeakers, consoles, amplifiers, and processing technology; delivery of broadcast and film production, VR audio, webcast, and live streaming; and Llve sound for theatre/concert soft seaters, corporate boardrooms, big stadiums, festivals, and small/medium clubs.

“The entire executive committee was thrilled with the event,” says Alan Clayton of Solutionz Inc., who is the current Chair of AES Toronto. “It shows how vibrant Toronto's audio community is and why the Toronto AES continues to be at the forefront. The amazing support we received from our sponsors, the breadth and depth of our presenter's knowledge, the enthusiasm shown by attendees, it was truly everything we had hoped for.”

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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