We have an exciting programme of keynote speakers, workshops and technical demos from our sponsors. 

Keynote speakers:

  • Barry Grint (Alchemy Mastering).   “Old is the new New – Mastering for Vinyl in 2017.
  • Adam Sawkins (Independent Games Developer).  “Boy is a car complicated – Developing audio engines for driving games.
  • Jim Simmons & Adam Wisbey (BBC R&D) “Audio for mobile: Loudness standards for online streaming, and its effects on portable devices.”
  • Rob France (Dolby Laboratories)No Going Back – Immersive audio for live Sports.”
  • Charlie Slee (Big Bear Audio)This little bear went to markettaking a product from the drawing board to the marketplace.
  • Simon Short (Focusrite) “This is the future – how Audio over IP has changed the design of Live and Studio workflows.”
  • Varun Nair (Facebook VR).  “Making it Real – Audio for Virtual Reality.”
  • Kyriakos Papanagiotou (KP Acoustics).  “A unified approach to acoustics – Echotectonics, Soundscapes and Acoustic Particles”

Workshops include:

  • Live Sound Workshop:  Andrew Horsburgh (Front of House engineer for Sundara Karma) and Jon Burton (Front of House Engineer for The Prodigy and owner of The Laundry Rooms Studios).  Sponsored by Harman International (mixing desk) and d&b Audiotechnik (sound reproduction)
  • Mastering workshop:  Ioana Barbu (Bauer Media)
  • Transaural audio – Development of a 3D soundbar:  Marcos-Simon Galvez. (ISVR)  Sponsored by ISVR, University of Southampton)
  • Audio For Games workshop: Chris Barlow (Solent Acoustics).  Introduction to integrating the Wwise Audio Engine and Unreal 4 games engine.
  • Audio Test and measurement:  Graham Boswell (Prism Sound).   Sponsored by Prism Sound
  • Pure Data – Zero to Hero:  Andy Farnell
  • Careers in the audio and music products business:  Richard Wear and Jo Hutchins (Interfacio).  Sponsored by Interfacio
  • Transmission Line vs Sealed cabinet vs ported reflex design:  Ian Downs (PMC).  Sponsored by PMC Loudspeakers
  • Optimising your studio monitoring – speakers, acoustics and room calibration:  Paul Mortimer (Emerging UK).   Sponsored by Trinnov/PSI
  • Delighted audience. Happy neighbours:  Oran Burns (d&b audiotechnik).   Sponsored by d&b audiotechnik
  • Guitar Speaker measurements – from Anechoic to Studio.   Andrew Harper (Celestion).    Sponsored by Celestion
  • Integrated & Holistic Sound System Design in Buildings.  Andy Lambert (Arup)  Sponsored by Arup Acoustics 
Spatial Audio system: 

Throughout the event we will be demonstrating soundscaping and 3D audio on an ambisonic speaker array.

Spatial Audio array kindly sponsored by

Social event:
  • In order to promote networking, we are hosting a drinks reception in the ‘Spark’ building at the end of the first day.   As an added benefit we will have a live performance from Saturday Night Gym Club, who will be performing and mixing live 3D electronic music on the  spatial array!

Drinks reception is kindly sponsored by  

Student Poster Competition:

This year, for the first time, there is the opportunity for students to showcase their own project work in the student poster competition.   This competition requires entrants to summarise their technical, research or production based project in the form of an A1 size poster.    Projects must be individual, rather than group based projects.   More information can be found on the Student Posters Competition page in the menu.

Pre-conference events:

Friday 17th March – Technical Visit to Naim Audio, Salisbury.   Naim Audio design & manufacture some of the finest high-end audio systems available in the world.   This technical visit will give you an overview of the process of developing high end audio, and take you on a tour of their manufacturing facility.   There are a limited number of places, and these are offered on a first come, first served basis.    Coach travel will be provided from Southampton Solent University, leaving 12 noon on Friday 17th March, and returning around 5pm.    Due to space limitations, the technical visit is only available to AES members.

This event kindly provided by 

As places are very limited, it is important that you register for this event, and let us know if you are not able to attend so that places can be allocated to a waiting list.

Friday 17th March – Demo of Dolby Atmos (6pm) & Film Screening (7pm).   Southampton Solent University.    Southampton Solent University have one of the only private Dolby Atmos (3D audio) cinemas in the UK, and are one of only a handful of universities in the world to have an Atmos cinema system including mixing capability.   The student film society run the cinema as a commercial operation, which means that they are able to show current release films. Student delegates to the conference will be given a demo and overview of the Dolby Atmos system, and are able to attend whichever film is showing on that evening for free (film yet to be confirmed).

Full Programme now announced


To see the full programme, click here: UP 2017 Programme_V3