The Future of Audio: Education and Technology for Audio Professionals

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Discover The Future of Audio at The NAMM Show

Join us for 'The Future of Audio' Educational Sessions Powered by A3E

Thursday, January 25 thru Saturday, January 27


A3E is the nexus point of innovation in music, technology, computer science and manufacturing.

Meet the pioneers of each field as they come together to define the future of music technology at A3E, the Advanced Audio + Applications Exchange

DAY 1

Thursday, January 25

KICKSTARTER NEW TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE
10:30 AM to 10:50 AM

APP INTEGRATION: UTILIZING iOS & ANDROID TO ENHANCE YOUR PRODUCT LINE
11 AM to 12 PM

Mobile devices, tablets, and wireless technology offer every manufacturer the luxury of thinking beyond the instrument. Incorporating a touchscreen remote control, adding an educational software package, offering a database of user creates patches, and enhancing customer experience feedback are just a few ways every company can take advantage of iOS and Android app integration. Meet some of the top app designers and explore how their development talent can enhance your products.

THE FUTURE OF SENSOR TECHNOLOGY FOR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
12 PM to 1PM

Sensor technology offers an array of capabilities for all types of musical instruments. From traditional orchestral stringed instruments to DJ tech gadgets, the future of sensor technology opens the door to advancements in performance, education, collaboration, and creativity. A3E welcomes the brightest minds in sensor integration to share the future of sensors in musical instrument manufacturing.

DIGITAL ARTISTRY: ADVANCED ELECTRONIC PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES
1 PM to 2 PM

Programming and electronic production is an art form that started in the 80's with the early CV/Gate controlled drum machines and synthesizers, and has developed into a highly nuanced field of Digital Artistry. Like great jazz musicians, programming is a sophisticated skill that requires massive dedication to the craft. Those who master this musical language can create and produce cutting edge music in all genres. Meet the programmers who push the boundaries of EDM, Pop, Rock, and Film Score.

THE WIRELESS MUSICIAN: WILL THE FUTURE OF MUSIC BE CABLE FREE?
2 PM to 3 PM

Wireless technology is part of our everyday business lives, and gradually becoming part of every musician's life. Bluetooth, Wifi, WLAN, Wireless MIDI, and NFC are just some of the ways musicians continue to break free from cables. A3E brings together a panel of wireless experts to discuss the pros and cons of wireless technology integration for your future product lines.

INNOVATIONS IN RAPID PROTOTYPING & MANUFACTURING FOR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS   
3 PM to 4 PM

Why do the giants of industry like Boeing, Ford, Nike and GE use 3D printing to create new products and redesign old ones? The reason is simple: they make more money. In recent years, Ford produced its 500,000th 3D printed automotive part, while Nike used 3D printing to create the cleats for the Super Bowl. The freedom to create innovative, rapid prototypes, and produce small runs of boutique parts will improve your manufacturing, designs, and most importantly, your bottom line. Meet the leaders in using 3D printing, rapid prototyping, and new alternative materials for musical instrument design.

INNOVATE & EVOLVE: ReINVENTING THE BIG STUDIO FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM
4 PM to 5 PM

The technology of 21st century has thrust both the music industry and music production industry into a period of critical reinvention. Audio compression, file sharing, the eradication of record sales, the democratization of music making, subscription streaming services, a new marketing paradigm, and the radical devaluation of recorded music have let us to a point of do or die innovation and evolution. This A3E session will explore the path forward for the business of music through new technology and aggressive thought leadership.

 

DAY 2

Friday, January 26

KICKSTARTER NEW TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE
10:30 AM to 10:50 AM

THE FUTURE OF CLOUD INTEGRATION FOR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
11 AM to 12 PM

While cloud technology has fostered massive innovation for computer-based musicians, the future of cloud technology will continue to expand to all areas of musicianship. A3E will explore best practices for all instrument and gear manufacturers to expand their use of the cloud in the years ahead.

ADVANCEMENTS IN TOUCHSCREEN TECHNOLOGY FOR MUSIC PRODUCTION
12 PM to 1 PM

The use of touch screens has become second nature in business and communication, but for the next generation it is rapidly becoming the main interface for creativity. With multitouch technology becoming cheaper and more capable each year, now is the time to explore integrating the latest touchscreen technology into your product lines.

PRODUCTION MASTERCLASS: REMIXING HITS FOR TELEVISION
1 PM to 2 PM 

Today's hit dance shows require a cutting edge sound that is crafted to hit harder than the original radio singles, and capture the imagery of the most inventive choreographers. That's where District 78 is unrivaled in Hollywood. Their unique combination of EDM, hip hop, pop, and Broadway skills have been the musical force behind So You Think You Can Dance, World Of Dance, Dancing With The Stars, America's Best Dance Crew, and The Emmy Awards. Learn how they they pioneered the “Master Mix” and continue to shape the sound of dance mixes on television through their unique combination of original material with popular hits.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: WILL MACHINES REPLACE HUMAN MUSICIANS?
2 PM to 3 PM

A3E dares to ask the question: Who will be leading the band in 2025? There are so many reasons to think that music may be so abstract, that only the human mind can master its nuance as a language. At the same time, FaceBook recently shut down their two AI machines who had developed their own language, and Google's DeepMind program has an AI that can contemplate the future. Musical machines are emerging on the horizon.

COMPOSITION & SOUND DESIGN FOR NEXT GENERATION VIDEO GAMES
2 PM to 3 PM

A3E presents a mastermind panel of top video game composers and sound design artists to explore the creative transition from surreal fantasy to virtual reality. In order for the mind to be truly be immersed in a virtual space, everything must align with a real life experience. Join A3E in a think tank on composing for the future of gaming.

VR & AR FOR MUSICIANS & AUDIO DEVELOPERS
4 PM to 5 PM

Today's technology giants and cutting edge startups are all making huge strides toward bringing Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality to the mainstream. A3E explores the most recent advancements in the development of VR and AR for implementation in musical products and mobile applications.

DAY 3

Saturday, January 27

WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY PERFORMANCE BY INTEL
10:30 AM to 10:50 AM

DEVELOPING WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY FOR MUSICIANS
11 AM to 12 PM

From watches to gloves, to backpacks, to pants, shoes, and even underwear, wearable music technology is permeating the industry. The next generation of sensors, nano technologies, and musical information protocols are poised to unlock a far more robust experience from wearable instruments and musical interfaces. Meet the leaders in these technologies and learn how to incorporate wearable technology into your design and development.

ADVANCEMENTS IN ANDROID AUDIO DEVELOPMENT: AAudio API
12 PM to 1 PM

Join A3E for an Audio Developer's deep dive into the powerful new Android AAudio API. Leaders from the Android Audio Team will walk you through a new workflow for audio development in the world's most popular mobile operating system. From coding to structural design concepts, this session will teach Best Practices for your Android Apps. Leave all your preconceptions behind and prepare to see the next generation of audio for mobile devices.

DESIGNING CUSTOM PLUG-INS FOR YOUR PRODUCTION WORKFLOW
1PM to 2PM

Plug-ins and virtual instruments have become part of the primary building blocks of computer-based production. An exciting trend is the emergence of 'design your own' personalized plug-ins and soft synths. A3E explores the innovative companies that are providing this new method of sonic creativity for musicians, engineers, and producers. Join A3E and learn to craft your signature sound into personalized instruments and effects, and even market them to other users.

EASY EMBEDDED HARDWARD DSP TOOLS FOR BOUTIQUE DEVELOPERS AND DESIGNERS
2PM to 3PM

Whether you are building a Eurorack synthesizer, a new effect processor, or boutique guitar pedals this session will bridge the gap between your software development and the physical hardware.

ADVANCEMENTS IN iOS AUDIO DEVELOPMENT: APPLE INTRODUCES THE AUGMENTED REALITY KIT
3PM to 4PM

After the blazing success of Pokémon GO, Apple delivers the ARkit in iOS 11. Now all iOS developers will have the tools to bring AR into their apps. From here, the door is wide open to a major fundamental shift in mobile applications. This deep dive development session will explore the future realms of mobile music in Augmented Reality.

THE FUTURE OF THE BASS GUITAR
4PM to 5PM

Whether you are an aspiring solo bassist, an experimental player creating lush soundscapes, or a touring musician wrestling to replicate synth bass parts on an electric bass, this session will open a world of new inspiration. Join contemporary bass artist, Janek Gwizdala, and A3E Conference Chair, Doug DeAngelis, for a deep dive into the latest technology and techniques for bass guitarists.