Akai and M-Audio to Sponsor AES, Young Guru to Appear on Panel

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SAN FRANCISCO: AES Executive Director Bob Moses has announced that inMusic Brands’ Akai Professional and M-Audio are the Platinum Sponsors of the 133rd AES Convention. Coordinated by company Tradeshow and Events Manager, Lee Cwiek, the far-ranging sponsorship will provide these brands with extensive visibility across the entire AES Convention.

“Akai Professional and M-Audio are delighted to be platinum sponsors for the 133rd AES show,” said inMusic owner/CEO Jack O’Donnell. “Each year the AES show presents tremendous opportunities to engage with discerning audio professionals from around the world. As a leading manufacturer of cutting-edge professional digital audio technology and musical instruments, we believe this convention provides the perfect platform to engage directly with our customers and with industry thought leaders in meaningful and exciting ways.”

“We are pleased to welcome Akai Professional and M-Audio as our Platinum Sponsors,” Moses said. “This is a great vehicle to serve these two great companies to the fullest extent possible. It is especially apropos that Young Guru, one of their highest-profile spokesmen, will participate in our Project Studio Expo on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 5-6pm, and, in our Platinum Producers and Engineers Panel, Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28, from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm. He’ll be in terrific company, with legendary producer/engineers Jack Douglas, Warren Huart and Narada Michael Walden. Moderated by Michael Romanowski, a mastering ace and president of the NARAS Board of Governors, this superstar panel will be one of the Convention’s hottest tickets.”

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“AES is the ideal venue to discuss the state of the art and to present products and technology that move it forward, added inMusic Brands’ Director of Marketing, David Frederick. “These are among the many reasons we’ve invited award-winning producer and engineer and long time MPC icon Young Guru to participate in a variety of sponsored panels. Young Guru is revered as “The Sound of New York.” He is fluent in the ever-evolving language of music production and he has years in the trenches working with acclaimed Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. Young Guru has shaped the sound of some of the biggest names in hip hop, most notably mixing 10 of the 11 albums to date for Grammy Award-winning rap artist Jay-Z. At the AES, Young Guru will share his wealth of experiences and domain expertise on the ‘Era of an Engineer’ panel. For recording professionals, these are must-attend conversations.”

Commenting on his participation at the AES, Young Guru said, "This is truly the ‘Era Of The Engineer.’ There isn't a person under 30 years old without a pair of headphones. This means there needs to be more dialogue about sound and how we are going to innovate at the rate of its accessibility to the masses. I’m looking forward to making my first appearance as an AES speaker at this year’s convention."

“The 133rd Convention is shaping up as one of the most exciting in AES history,” Bob Moses concludes. “We are working hard to introduce important new events like our Project Studio Expo, and program tracks such as Sound For Pictures and Networked Audio. We’ve built a healthy exhibitor base, crowned by the Akai Professional and M-Audio Platinum Sponsorship. And, our Convention Committee has developed another killer program of Workshops, Broadcast/ Streaming, Live Sound, Technical Tours and Special Events. We anticipate a fantastic event.”