AES Dublin brings immersive and spatial sound to the city

The Audio Engineering Society’s 146th International Pro Audio Convention in Dublin, Ireland drew to a close on 23 March, wrapping up four days of audio science and education that drew attendees from 47 countries
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Digital Reverb Pioneer David Griesinger delivers the Heyser Lecture

Digital Reverb Pioneer David Griesinger delivers the Heyser Lecture

The Audio Engineering Society’s 146th International Pro Audio Convention in Dublin, Ireland finished up on 23 March, concluding four days of audio science and education that brought in attendees from 47 countries.

“It was a pleasure to bring the AES convention to Dublin for the very first time,” commented convention co-chair and Dublin resident Enda Bates, “and an excellent way to kick off the formation of the new AES Ireland regional section in style. It was also great to see a more diverse range of presenters and topics, something which was specifically highlighted by many attendees as a welcome development.” 

The convention had an array of activities, noted co-chair Ben Kok, with 200 individual workshops, tutorials, paper, and poster presentations and special events held across the four days of AES Dublin in seven auditoriums in the Dublin Convention Centre.

This year’s convention featured the AES Heyser Memorial lecture Learning to Listen by industry innovator and digital reverb pioneer David Griesinger and the keynote address – arranged by AES Dublin’s third co-chair, Mariana Lopez – Inclusive Sonic Interactions presented by Aalborg University Copenhagen Professor Stefania Serafin. 

The theme of diversity and inclusion was also highlighted at the convention, with Lopez’s opening ceremonies challenging attendees for support and participation of the society’s initiatives. 

“For topics like cathedral acoustics and spatial electroacoustic music and education, there was a link between the technical programme, off-site and special events,” Kok explained. “Overall, immersive/3D sound and spatial audio had a strong presence at the convention, covering both sonic capture as well as reproduction through loudspeakers or headphones.”

As AES Dublin came to an end, the site selection of Vienna, Austria, was announced for AES Europe in 2020 (May 25-28).

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