2020 NAMM Show to Feature Over 200 Pro Audio Professional Development Sessions

The 2020 NAMM Show has revealed more than 200 pro audio sessions for emerging and established professionals from all aspects of production and performance, presenting a myriad of opportunities to grow their careers in preparation for the future of all things sound.

At A3E: The Advanced Audio + Applications Exchange, the future is now with a series of 13 sessions and nine workshops to explore how advanced audio applications are transforming the music industry, production and performance. Future-focused sessions include “The Future of Game Audio: Music and Sound Design for Mobile Gaming,” where A3E will explore the tools and techniques that are specific to mobile gaming, and survey the landscape of opportunity for audio developers, musicians and sound designers; “The Future Musician: Inside the Art of Generation Z” explores the latest production trends, applications and marketing strategies that empower Gen Z to showcase their talent; and "The Future Indie Artist: New Technology for Independent Success," which will focus on emerging technology that every gigging musician must know in order to maximize their revenue.

AES Academy at NAMM (formerly AES@NAMM) returns for its third year, with hands-on training, technical presentations and career development from leading pro audio experts. In total, 11 Academy subject areas—Audio Education, Audio Career, Control Room, Electronic Dance Music (EDM), House of Worship, In-Ear Monitor, Line Array, Live Console, Microphone, Measurement and Optimization, and Wireless Academy—will be presented by top thought-leaders, including Sylvia Massy, Leslie Ann Jones, Karrie Keyesand Mark Frink, among others. At the popular Main Stage: Studio, acclaimed producer, engineer, author and technologist Bobby Owsinski returns to offer practical advice and insider tips for improving recordings and mixes, along with insights into the recording arts and studio etiquette backed by decades of experience, and at Main Stage: Live, AES Academy attendees will have the opportunity to learn from industry-leading FOH mix engineers in an intimate, casual and extremely informative series of events. Registration for an AES Academy access pass is required to attend AES programs and tracks. Registration can be found HERE.

On Thursday and Friday at the Show, Audinate, the maker of Dante, returns with three training courses spanning two days, designed for all levels of users of the popular media networking technology. On Thursday and Friday mornings, a newly developed hands-on session “Dante Working Knowledge” will teach the basics of Dante networking, the different ways products can be structured, and offer tips and tricks on Dante Controller. On Thursday afternoon, “Dante Certification Levels 1 & 2 Consolidated” will prepare attendees for the Dante Certification test. (Attendees new to Dante should take the morning Dante Working Knowledge class, as well.) On Friday afternoon, “Advanced Networking for AV Professionals” will cover topics appropriate for enterprise-grade networks, including Layer 3 routing, organizing devices in domains, securing devices and helpful tools for troubleshooting. Registration required HERE.

For audio pros seeking big-picture sessions with big names, TEC Tracks will uncover topics ranging from “Mastering Mastering” to “Recording Vocals Outside of the Studio” with world-famous producer/engineers Ken Caillat, Hernan Rojas, Joe Chicarelli and special guests as they discuss their favorite vocal mic chains in getting optimal sound in less than optimal settings. Other highlights include “Making Virtual Instruments Sound Real,” with award-winning producer/mixer/engineer Robert Venable (Twenty One Pilots, MuteMath, Kelly Clarkson); “Elise Trouw, Up-Close and Personal,”as interviewed by Steve Baltin, where she will discuss the melding of live instrumentation and electronic music through looping, the ability to be a one-person show using technology and how this plays into being a touring artist; and “Pensado’s Place Live!,”where Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick welcome an all-star panel of top names in the industry.

Other special sessions include super-producer Jack Douglas on the Latest Beatles’ Studio Reunion, interviewed by Public Enemy’s bassist Brian Hardgroove to get the inside story on how John Lennon’s ballad “Grow Old with Me,” originally released in 1984, was recently covered by Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, with Joe Walsh on guitar; and a “Birth of a Record Special Ed-ition: Remembering Ed Cherney.” Hosted by Mr. Bonzai, the session will honor the highly talented and skilled engineer and producer with stories behind his work from his many industry friends.

On Saturday, TEC Tracks will also include a special five session track dedicated to house of worship professionals, and cover topics ranging from “Mastering the Integration of Multitracks and Pads” to “The Trajectory From Worship Leader to Worship Artist,” led by experienced industry professionals from Worship Musician magazine.

All professional development sessions will take place at the NAMM U Education Center at the Hilton Anaheim, located next door to the Anaheim Convention Center. AES Academy requires a registration fee, with all other sessions open to NAMM Show attendees.

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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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