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TMT 2014

Set for success

From the 20st to the 23rd of November 2014, the 28th Tonmeistertagung took place in Cologne. Centrally located in Europe, Cologne was again the perfect place for the Tonmeistertagung thanks to its ideal national and international transport links and the large number of broadcasters, recording studios, and production companies nearby.

Traditionally, the Tonmeistertagung is a top-class expert meeting for audio professionals, producers, artists, vendors, suppliers, developers, and producers and has definitely succeeded in acting as a catalyst for valuable exchange of experience, practical information, and new views and ideas. Areas covered at the convention were broadcasting, film, video, and recording production as well as interactive media, distribution and program exchange, stage and events, production of hardware and software, research and development, and education and training.


The international congress offered profound insight into the latest trends in the industry:

  • PAPERS Selected technical contributions on practical topics
  • WORKSHOPS With a focus on practical work and on aspects of listening and viewing
  • POSTER SESSIONS Authors presented and explained their working results
  • ROUNDTABLES Expert talks on current issues and developments
  • TMT ACADEMY 'Hands On' sessions in studio environments
  • TALK BACK A forum for presenting and reviewing recordings
  • EDUCATION FORUM 12 universities provided information on their course programs
  • EXHIBITION Professional audio and video technology at a glance
  • PRODUCT REPORTS On the latest products and innovations
  • TECHNICAL TOURS Cologne: the media city and its environment

Branch-specific information first-hand and face-to-face, competent experts ready to answer questions on the spot, and personal exchange of practical experience between fellow audio professionals made the Tonmeistertagung the leading future-oriented platform. Last not least, the daily Get Together meetings in the evenings with great bands performing and free beer.


As already in 2012 the TMT28 was held at the Congress-Centrum Nord in Cologne with even more exhibition space, larger halls for presenting papers and workshops, and a relocated reception suitable for handling the rush of visitors. This new layout permitted the premises of about 1 800 square meters to also satisfy the demand for more exhibition areas. 133 exhibitors with a total of 221 brands and subexhibitors presented new products in contemporary technologies in Cologne.

In addition, VDT responded to the increase in attendance due to the move to Cologne by redesigning the reception and counter area to facilitate faster check-ins for visitors from Germany and abroad. “Attendance to the Tonmeistertagung was at 5 570 and on a par with the 5 735 in 2012,“ Carlos Albrecht, President of the VDT, noted, adding that, “our new layout was an excellent response to the throng of visitors.“

A particularly positive aspect was this year's audience, younger again than last year, which was conspicuous in its earnest desire for expert information. One of the main attractions that brought many young audio professionals to Cologne were the congress elements TMT Academy and Education with an emphasis on training and continuing education.


The congress program, and driver of quality at the Tonmeistertagung, offered 189 professionally substantiated contributions: 97 lectures, 52 workshops in elaborate and acoustically well-treated rooms with surround and 3D audio installations, 10 round table discussions on current topics, and 26 poster presentations from the fields of science, engineering and development. This plethora of contributions was thematically grouped into sessions which shed light on contemporary aspects such as network audio, mastering, loudness normalisation and 3D audio. The Talkbacks format was especially popular among active participants, as they deal largely with practical aspects of sound recording. Once again, the Live Mixing Workshop which was put on in cooperation by manufacturers Sennheiser, d&b Audiotechnik and Yamaha with the assistance of event professionals Neumann & Müller and the trade journal Production Partner became another highlight. Thanks to larger lecture halls this year, the format was able to return to the grounds at the Tonmeistertagung.

The IRT topic day was another self-contained offer integrated into the Tonmeistertagung program, and was dedicated to production in a cross-media age.

The next Tonmeistertagung will take place once again at the Congress-Centrum Nord in Cologne, and will run from 17 to 20 November 2016.

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