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Women’s Audio Mission at the 133rd AES Convention

Women’s Audio Mission (WAM), a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts, will participate in the 133rd AES Convention in San Francisco, October 26 to October 29, 2012. Recently selected as a “Best of the Bay 2012” winner by The San Francisco Bay Guardian, WAM will lead panel discussions, provide demonstrations of the organization’s online curriculum, SoundChannel, in booth #739 and host their semi-annual AES after-party on October 27 at 6 p.m.

“Women’s Audio Mission always looks forward to being a part of AES in our hometown of San Francisco,” says WAM founder Terri Winston. “It gives WAM a chance to host a party where we can show appreciation for our wonderful sponsors and allow our membership to network with an amazing pool of industry professionals.”

On Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 11 a.m., Winston will moderate “The Women of Professional Concert Sound,” a panel hosted by WAM to showcase female front-of-house (FOH) engineers for artists including Pink, Ke$ha, Herbie Hancock, Gwen Stefani, Pearl Jam, and televised events like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Super Bowl, and more. The panel will will focus on each engineer’s rise to the top of their field. Panelists will share tips and best practices that they’ve learned during a career of constant touring and include such prominent FOH engineers as Claudia Engelhart, Deanne Franklin, Jeri Palumbo and Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato.

Winston will also speak on the audio education forum, “What Kinds of Studios are Built for Education?” on Sunday, October 28 at 1:30 p.m., where she will focus on how curriculums and pedagogy affect studio/facility design while also addressing how women can be better represented in audio education.

WAM is also collaborating with SPARS on a series of speed mentoring sessions featuring a group of excellent female engineers from a variety of audio disciplines at AES on Saturday, October 27th at 3:30 p.m. Find more information about the SPARS speed mentoring sessions.

Since launching SoundChannel at the 2011 AES Convention in New York City, more than 6,500 students from more than 125 countries have used SoundChannel’s online training modules. Created by award-winning industry experts, SoundChannel is the first collection of gender-balanced, college-tested online training materials in pro audio, providing world-class training to those without the financial or geographic means to access traditional audio education programs.

SoundChannel’s interactive and self-paced training materials are available entirely online for a small monthly subscription. Women’s Audio Mission will showcase the latest modules and additions to SoundChannel’s e-library at the 133rd AES Convention in booth #739.

On October 27, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Women’s Audio Mission will host its semi-annual WAM AES After-Party at 111 Minna Gallery, located just blocks from the Moscone Convention Center. In 2010, more than 500 people attended and the event was covered by San Francisco’s ABC 7 News. WAM gives special thanks to the following industry sponsors for their generous support: Ableton, AEA, A-Designs, British Audio Engineering (BAE), Direct Sound Extreme Isolation Headphones, Professional Sound Services, Propellerhead Software, Shure, Sweetwater, iZotope, and Universal Audio.

WAM’s AES After-Party will fill up quickly. Interested attendees are invited to arrive early and stay for music from all-girl, all-teen pop-punk band The She’s (who produced and released an album with Women’s Audio Mission in 2011) and all-girl punk/folk duo The Bayonettes. Visit WAM’s booth #739 for a free party pass.

Find more information about the WAM AES Party 2012.

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