AES 2011 | Jim Anderson Interview

The 131st Audio Engineering Society Convention takes place October 20–23 at the Javits Center in New York City; we sat down with AES Governor (and former President) Jim Anderson to get the scoop on program highlights.
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The 131st Audio Engineering Society Convention takes place October 20–23 at the Javits Center in New York City; we sat down with AES Governor (and former President) Jim Anderson to get the scoop on program highlights.

Why should musicians attend the AES show?
Today''s musicians know that the playing field has changed, and the more entrepreneurial that they can become, the better it will be for them. This might mean having to be a bit more DIY in all aspects of their craft. Going to the AES Convention is a four-day crash course in all things audio: production, equipment, research, education, networking. If you don''t have a gig during the daytime of October 20–23, there''s no excuse for not attending the AES Convention.

What are some of this year''s program highlights?
If I were planning to hit some highlights, based on a totally biased, non-scientific look at the convention schedule, here''s what I''d try to see:
On Thursday: Alex Case''s tutorial on delay; Michael Griffin''s talk on high-end audio cables; Phil Ramone, Dae, and Tony Bennett talking about the production of Tony''s new album Duets II, Nick Sansano''s panel on “Producing Across Generations”; and Dr. Charles Limb''s talk on creativity and the mind at the Opening Ceremonies.
On Friday: Kevin Reeves and Andy Sulkow''s “Remastering Motown,” “Grateful Dead Europe ''72,” Errol Kolosine''s conversation with Ben Folds for “The Best Imitation of Me,” Bob Ludwig''s Platinum Mastering Panel.
On Saturday: “Legends of Nashville Sound,” Platinum Engineers,” Ashley Kahn''s conversation with bassist Ron Carter in the Lunchtime Keynote, the Grammy Soundtable, “Surround Sound Recording” with Morten Lindberg.
On Sunday: Ulrike Schwarz''s talk on recording Beethoven''s 9th live, in stereo and surround; Tom Fine''s historical session on the progression of classical recording; “Superstar Sessions” with Tony Visconti.

What''s your favorite part of hosting the AES show in New York City?
Of course, my favorite part of hosting it in NYC is that we''re holding the show in my home territory and, as always, there''s no place like home. The face-to-face nature of the convention; seeing old friends, networking, finding out what''s new and figuring out what we can do together in the future is the most exciting part of the convention, to me. I look forward to seeing everyone in New York, this October.

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