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AES: Kicking it Live

By Clive Young. As always, sound reinforcement is an integral part of this year's AES Convention.

Sound Reinforcement is an integral element in daily life, whether we’re attending a live concert or event, catching announcements in a store or train station, or listening to educational insights from top audio pros here on the exhibition floor of AES. For those who are at the convention to learn more about sound reinforcement itself, there’s plenty to take in, whether on the free Inspiration Stage dedicated to live sound, or in workshops and panels available to attendees with All-Access registration.

Expansive & Comprehensive, AES 2019 is Ready to Launch

This year’s Sound Reinforcement Track includes sessions revealing crucial details of sound reinforcement implementation, such as “Seven Steps to a Successful Sound System Design,” taking place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in 1E12.

Delving further into system specifics, the annual RF Super Session on Thursday at 9 a.m. in 1E13 will bring together a slew of pros from multiple corners of the industry to talk RF spectrum and regulatory changes, the latest compliant equipment, and best and advanced practices, including filtering techniques and RF over fiber. Can’t get enough? Another Super Session, “AC Power, Grounding and Shielding,” takes place the next day at 9 a.m. in 1E12, covering the theory and practice of AC power for small to large sound systems.

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One of the drawbacks to live sound is that occasionally some people aren’t that thrilled to hear it. Noise pollution, sound exposure and more will become food for thought as pros from multiple loudspeaker manufacturers delve into controversial waters with “Your Noise Isn’t My Noise: improving Sound Exposure and Noise Pollution Management at Outdoor Events,” on Friday at 4:14 p.m. in 1E13.