The Ohio University section of the international audio networking group Audio Engineering Society (AES) recently wrapped a successful year of growth in the 2018-2019 academic year. The group attended multiple conferences and provided various opportunities for students to delve further into their specific audio-related interests.
In October 2018, five OU AES members traveled to New York City to attend the 145th AES Convention. The convention featured a handful of discussion panels, keynotes, demo rooms, and exhibits relating to live sound, studio recording, home recording, music production, game audio, sound for picture, audio for virtual and augmented reality, and more. The group was able to network with peers and audio professionals from all over the country.
“It was a great experience for us to travel to NYC together and get a sense for the larger AES community,” said Megan Wren, recent MDIA graduate and Chair of OU AES during the 2018-2019 academic year. “Everyone found something at the convention that they were inspired by.”
Eight OU AES students attended Capital University’s Creative Arts Workshop in Columbus in March, participating in various sessions and lectures regarding studio tracking and mixing, live sound, video game audio, network audio, keyboards, synthesizers, and pedals, Ableton Live, and microphone techniques. The workshop included a keynote by Sony Pictures Entertainment engineer, Justin Herman.
“The sessions were informative and covered a wide range of interests,” said Gray Longfellow, Music Production and Recording Industry student and incoming OU AES board member. “It was great to meet new people with similar passions. On top of that, the trip itself was a lot of fun, too.”
In April, OU AES partnered with Women in the Music Industry (WIMI) to host an exclusive Skype Q&A session with NYC-based recording and mixing engineer Erin Tonkon, known especially for her work with legendary producer Tony Visconti on David Bowie’s Blackstar. Tonkon answered student questions about music-industry and audio-related careers, with topics ranging from production gear and techniques to internships and the realities of production careers.
OU AES looks forward to a similar year of opportunities during the 2019-2020 academic year. Any Ohio University student with an interest in audio may email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about upcoming meetings and further involvement.
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