Supply Chain & Sourcing

December 15, 2020 9:00 AM PDT (12:00 PM EDT)

In this Audio Product Education Institute series of webinars, we will feature key factory principals with deep experience in supplying top brands. We discuss their business including the challenges in engineering, technology and operations while exploring how they manage tariffs, supply chain and the pandemic, to bring products to market in 2021.

Successful Smart Speakers and Voice-Enabled Products

July 9th 2020

Our two presenters discussed a series of real-world challenges they have faced in developing sophisticated interactive smart speaker products. Topics addressed covered the disciplines in voice integrated products, from acoustics to microphones, electronics, DSP and output transducers.

Attendees gained a keen understanding of how all these areas must work together in order for a product to succeed
in attaining the goals set by the product manager.
Attendees learned how companies in the past were not equipped to make the best decisions or to integrate these disciplines to succeed with their end product.

Changes and Opportunities in Supply Chain and Sourcing

August 26
9am Pacific Daylight Time (12.00pm Eastern)

Mike Klasco, CEO, Menlo Scientific and APEI’s chair of the Supply Chain and Sourcing education pillar addresses the methods, practices, economics and politics of the hardware, software and development services that go into every audio product produced. “Long established relationships, trustworthy suppliers that know what we want and need, are losing their position as viable vendors,” explains Klasco. “Where do we go from here?”

In this webinar, Mike Klasco and two other highly experienced guests discussed the challenges in the supply chain caused by the rising cost of goods from China, the tariff wars, the Hong Kong struggles, and the dynamics of the global pandemic. The emergence of new suppliers in Asia and what part of the audio business can be brought back home were also be explored in detail.

APEI Product Development Symposium
@AES Show Fall 2020

October 14, 15 and 16, 2020 
(6 Sessions per day)

The Audio Product Education Institute (APEI), an initiative of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), will host a three-day Product Development Symposium – October 14, 15 and 16 – as part of the online events of AES Show Fall 2020. All Access registration for AES Show Fall 2020 is required to attend the Product Development Symposium, available now at
Across three days, multiple sessions will expand from the AES Product Development Track, as the Audio Product Education Institute will promote and illuminate the methodologies, practices and technologies involved in developing and bringing audio products to market, spanning the APEI’s six educational pillars: Interactive Voice and DSP; Supply Chain and Sourcing; Modeling and Measurement; Product Management; Automotive Audio; and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.