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AES Announces Amsterdam Convention Program

The 124th AES Convention Committee

Marking the 60th anniversary of the Audio Engineering Society, the annual AES European Pro Audio Expo and Convention will be held in the Amsterdam RAI International Exhibition and Congress Center May 17-20, 2008. Executive Director Roger Furness reports that “a broad technical program and exhibits will be presented under the banner theme, ‘New Horizons In Audio.’”

The 124th AES Committee has developed events, papers and workshops for live sound, recording, broadcast and post-production audio engineers, as well as equipment designers and enthusiasts.

Expanded events and workshops are available for the live sound, touring and corporate markets. Presentations will range from microphones and loudspeaker systems through mixing consoles and increasingly important digital networks. Held in their own hall at the RAI, live sound workshops will be led by such industry leaders as Eberhard Müller of Neumann & Müller, Yamaha’s Jürgen Wilhelm, Sennheiser’s Gregor Zielinsky and Ralf Zuleeg of d&b.

The committee has dedicated a significant portion of the technical program to broadcast audio. Workshops such as “Spatial Audio” and “Sound Design in Sports and Loudness: A Change of Paradigms” will explore new practices in audio for HDTV and broadcast audio levels. Papers and tutorials will cover standards and innovations that impact broadcast audio professionals.

Additionally, multi-Platinum recording engineer Geoff Emerick will present the documentary Making Of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which was commissioned by the BBC to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the album’s first release. “It is a unique coincidence that the AES was 20 years old the year Sgt. Pepper was released,” Furness says. “This historic event is certain to be an unforgettable highlight of the 124th convention.”

As a 60th anniversary bonus, the AES is offering 50 full program passes to the 124th Convention. To enter the drawing, visit

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