Association of German Tonmeister

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The logo of the Association of German Tonmeister

The Verband Deutscher Tonmeister eV ( VDT ) is a professional association for sound engineers from all areas of the audio industry. The association emerged from the Deutsche Filmtonmeister-Vereinigung, which was founded in Munich in 1950 and which expanded to other professional fields.

Today the association has over 2100 members who work in a wide variety of institutions and also independently; Among other things in film , radio , television , recording studios , record companies, theaters and event halls, the equipment manufacturing industry, research and development or in professions related to the activities of the sound engineer. They work professionally as employed or freelance sound engineers, as self-employed entrepreneurs or as professors and lecturers at training and research institutes. The members of the VDT also include students (around 10%) who are preparing for a sound engineering profession.

Although the job title Tonmeister is an integral part of the association's name, its members have different job titles such as B. sound engineer , sound director , music director , sound designer, producer, production manager, musical supervisor or sound director. The job title Tonmeister, which was introduced in the 1930s, is not protected and it does not describe a clearly defined activity. Thematically, the objectives and activities of the VDT are related to those of the Audio Engineering Society , even if there is no formal connection.

Since 1949, the VDT has been organizing the Tonmeistertagung , which includes a partly international scientific program and a trade fair and which is comparable to the AES Conventions , as well as the International Tonmeister Symposium , each dedicated to a topic complex , which is comparable to AES conferences. In the Tonmeister Academy initiated by the VDT, there are training and advanced training events.

In the year between 2 Tonmeistertagungen particularly outstanding sound directing services are awarded the "Golden Bobby" in seven categories. Since 2002, the VDT has also been awarding a medal of honor to personalities who have made special contributions to the profession of sound engineer and the audio industry. Some well-known recipients are Peter K. Burkowitz (developer of the REDD mixer at EMI's Abbey Road Studios ; author of the technical chapters in the book Recording the Beatles ), David Griesinger (from Lexicon ) and Eberhard Sengpiel .

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Individual evidence

  1. The Association
  2. The Association
  3. TMT 1949
  4. VDT Tonmeistertagung
  5. AES Conventions overview
  6. VDT International Tonmeister Symposium
  7. AES Conferences overview
  8. ^ Media Systems Congress, the biggest information event to be held at Prolight + Sound from 6 to 9 April 2011
  9. Archived copy ( Memento from April 11, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  10. Peter Karl Burkowitz 1920-2012 Obituary by the AES