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NAMM & AES to Offer Pro Audio Education at The NAMM Show through 2021

Building on the inaugural AES @ NAMM Pro Sound Symposium: Live & Studio and a shared mission to continue to strengthen the music and pro audio industries, The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and the Audio Engineering Society (AES) have reaffirmed their commitment to providing education and professional development opportunities for the pro audio market with a three-year agreement for January 2019, 2020, and 2021 at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. AES @ NAMM delivers a wide range of top educational offerings from the AES, including expert speaker sessions, technical presentations, and hands-on training to benefit current and future industry professionals. AES @ NAMM also serves the wider music making ecosystem and supplements the AES’ ongoing calendar of international conferences and traditional conventions.

“AES and NAMM share in a member-focused mission to offer important and affirming professional development opportunities to keep the industry strong,” says Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO. “Audio is everywhere – and with The NAMM Show as the platform for AES’s expert education sessions, courses and workshops, NAMM members and audio professionals can fulfill the need for continued education and networking, as well as to experience the latest in products and technologies from the leaders in pro audio across The NAMM Show floor. We look forward to continuing our work with AES in this space, and in building a bright future for the industry at-large.”

David Scheirman, President of AES, adds, “With the professional audio industry growing and changing rapidly, we believe it makes sense for our Society’s in-person gatherings to evolve as well. Considering the rapid advances that are taking place in the technologies and tools we use as audio professionals, there is nothing like direct, in-person exposure to the latest advances in audio equipment and workflow processes. We look forward to serving our growing West Coast membership, and future members, by bringing AES @ NAMM to The NAMM Show in January 2019 and beyond.”

The news follows The 2018 NAMM Show, where the organizations says the AES @ NAMM Pro Sound Symposium was received with substantial support and enthusiasm from their members. Over the course of four days, the program welcomed thousands of AES members and prospective new members to the NAMM U Education Campus inside the Anaheim Hilton. The Symposium offered multiple themed training academies and a variety of tutorials and expert presentations, resulting in more than 300 total sessions. Highlights of the Symposium’s training academies included sessions conducted by manufacturers of live mixing consoles and studio recording technologies; half-day line array loudspeaker system classes augmented by hands-on training, and entertainment wireless and in-ear monitoring workshops that offered classroom training of hardware- and software-based products. The classroom-based Studio & Recording Technology Session series covered a variety of technical topics, and the Audio Science & Technology Session series included best-practices in system measurement and optimization. AES Papers and Workshops, as well as special Spanish- and Mandarin-language daily sessions, were also offered.

The Symposium was set against a backdrop of a tradeshow floor which featured over 2,000 exhibiting companies representing 7,000 brands. The expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center to a new building, the Anaheim Convention Center North, featured two-levels of dedicated pro audio exhibition space with industry-leading brands sharing and demonstrating the latest products, services, and technologies. In total, The 2018 NAMM Show welcomed over 115,000 registrants, top-name artists, industry innovators and creative luminaries, and offered over 500 educational sessions and networking opportunities.

The NAMM Show will return to the Anaheim Convention Center from Jan. 24-27, 2019. Program and registration details for the 2019 AES @ NAMM program will be available in coming months.

For more information, go to www.namm.org.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Professional Sound. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.