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AES Worship Sound Academy to Debut in March

The Audio Engineering Society’s first AES Worship Sound Academy will place March 10–11, 2020, at the Johnson Center on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

Nashville, TN (January 23, 2020)—Fresh off its successful AES Academy at NAMM education event last week, the Audio Engineering Society is now preparing for its next offering, the AES Worship Sound Academy, taking place March 10–11, 2020, at the Johnson Center on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

The Academy will examine specific elements of audio for houses of worship and related productions, covering everything from fundamentals of sound, to mixing for services and events, outreach through streaming media, and present featured gear exhibits showcasing the latest technologies.

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Day one will begin with a session for defining roles and goals of a worship sound engineer and team, discussing attitude and focus, identifying core knowledge and the boundaries of responsibility. In-depth technology and applications sessions will follow, including “How Sound Moves: Physics Without Math” (covering concepts such as sound transmission, acoustics and system optimization), as well as separate sessions on FOH and monitor mixing for houses of worship.

The afternoon will continue with “Reaching Outward: Streaming and Podcasts,” and attendees will be invited to a Producing Worship special event taking place that evening, which will utilize a live performance by touring artists with a veteran production team as the platform for addressing the concepts of worship sound production.

On day two, the AES Worship Sound Academy will begin with a pair of sessions outlining microphone basics, wireless and in-ear monitoring, detailing readily-applicable information on available technologies and techniques to achieve clear and consistent sound. Afternoon sessions will cover “Productive Rehearsals and Sound Checks,” followed by a session on AoIP audio networking and management fundamentals, and the newly available possibilities afforded by these technologies for any size production and facility. “Anatomy of a Tech Team” follows, providing an overview of workflow and illustrating the planning and prep required by tech team leaders, as well as maintenance, training and assignment of responsibilities, job descriptions and other details. The day will conclude with an “Unanswered Questions Town Hall.”

Both days will also feature dedicated times for onsite lunch (included with registration) and to browse and network in the exhibition area.

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