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tmt 30
14th to 17th November 2018
Cologne, Germany


tmt 30

Welcome to the 30th Tonmeistertagung!
14th to 17th November 2018
Cologne, Germany
No ticket yet? Please buy your ticket on site!

Tonmeistertagung industry meet-up

The Tonmeistertagung is the platform for the latest trends in the pro audio industry. Taken together, the congress programme and the exhibition provide an extensive overview and invite all audio experts from broadcasting to studios and from the theatre to film and television to talk about their experiences. This is the place for professional and friendly networking, so join in the big industry event of 2018!
Meet us in person at our VDT Lounge, first Floor, Stand 1-20, with a cooled drink and hot news!
No ticket yet? Please buy your ticket on site!

The Opening Hours

Plan your visit at Tonmeistertagung now!
Our exhibition and our comprehensive conference program are waiting for you:

Exhibition Conference Program
Wednesday, 14th of November 10:00 to 19:00 10:15 to 19:00
Thursday, 15th of November 10:00 to 19:00 9:00 to 19:00
Friday, 16th of November 10:00 to 19:00 9:00 to 19:00
Saturday, 17th of November 10:00 to 15:00 9:00 to 15:00

Conference Topics

  • Live Sound, Theatre & Musical
  • Sound Reinforcement
  • Cinema Sound
  • Broadcast, Tri-medial Production
  • Studio & Recording Restoration & Archiving Acoustics
  • Virtual Reality | 3D-Audio
  • Reviewed Paper Track
  • Research & Development
  • Networked Audio & Video
  • Loudness Normalisation
  • Perception & Aesthetics
  • Digital Radio
  • Talk Back
  • Sound Design
  • Mastering
  • The Arts of Production
  • TMT Academy Business Issues and much more!

IRT Theme Day at the Tonmeistertagung

Worlds of hearing: Audio offers in times of Smart Speakers, Audio Streaming and Personal Audio

Even before the Tonmeistertagung really starts, namely already from the morning of November 14, the IRT invites to its Theme Day. It takes place under the umbrella of the Tonmeistertagung and can be visited by every visitor with a valid admission ticket, but with advance reservation. In a media world dominated by an overflowing range of videos in all genres, formats and resolutions, audio offers are always a popular companion in all daily situations.

The IRT Theme Day at the Tonmeistertagung is aimed at audio professionals and hearing fans and is all about current and future audio offerings and their use. Together with experts, trends in podcasts and streaming will be followed up. Examples from research projects will be used to show to what extent audio consumption can be personalized and adapted to one's own hearing situation in the future, how the variety of media can be developed to distribute audio content and how smart speakers can be integrated into media use.

November 14th, 10:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (in German language)

Excursion to the WDR

WDR presents two modern music production studios

WDR invites you to visit two of the new and innovative production sites (the control room of the Kölner Philharmonie and the multimedia control room of the WDR Funkhaus).


Friday, the 16th of November 2018, 14:30 to 18:00. For detailled informationen please ask at the reception desk at the entrace of Tonmeistertagung.

The excursion is held in German laguage.

AES Reviewed Papers

For the first time you can submit a paper for Tonmeistertagung and take part in an official review process. In cooperation with the Central European Region of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), VDT offers this time the so called AES Reviewed Papers. The contributor benefits from the quality feedback to his or her work. Another advantage is the fact that the reviewed paper is accepted as an official scientific publication. The visitor of Tonmeistertagung profits by the high quality of these up-to-date research results.


Featuring around 130 exhibitors with 200 brands, the exhibition at the Tonmeistertagung is a major industry meeting place. Here you will find the developers and managing directors of your service providers and suppliers, and witness the latest developments in technology and business trends.

As an exhibitor, you can be assured of highly qualified visitors with a deep interest in sharing expertise. Decision makers and planners use their close proximity at the TMT exhibition to clarify critical questions about ongoing projects efficiently.

You are interested in exhibiting at Tonmeistertagung? Please contact our VDT office

Europe's 2nd Student 3D Audio Production Competition in Ambisonics

For the second time, the Student 3D Audio Competition invites to listen to elaborate, high-quality productions in Ambisonics 3D Audio. This year, the award ceremony is facilitated by the Tonmeistertagung. During the show, the jury presents the nominee productions in an indeal 3D audio listening environment, announce the winners and hand out the awards. The portal for submissions to the Student 3D Audio Production Competition is open until end of June 2018.

The 3D categories:

  • Contemporary / Computer music
  • Audio drama / Documentary / Soundscapes
  • Music recording / Studio production

Facts about Tonmeistertagung

Over the past 60 plus years, the Tonmeistertagung has developed into one of the most important international congresses in the pro audio industry. Every two years, it provides an overview of the latest trends in product development, research and application. Participants sharing their experience is one of its hallmarks.

For veteran media professionals, students and trainees the Tonmeistertagung is the platform for sharing experiences and obtaining information about everything that matters in the pro audio industry. Plan your visit to the anniversary event, the 30th Tonmeistertagung, today!
Download Exhibition (PDF)
Download Program (PDF)

The Tonmeistertagung addresses a wide variety of professions in the A/V industry:

  • Broadcasting
  • Studio, Recording, Postpro
  • Film & Television
  • Stage & Event Technology
  • Hardware & Software Production
  • Research & Development
  • Education & Training

Our Entrance Fees

We welcome all visitors to VDT's Tonmeistertagung. This year, we offer two different kinds of tickets:
1) Our normal full-program tickets allows you to visit all parts of the conference and exhibition.
2) New: The well-priced exhibition-only ticket grants entry to the whole exhibition floors and the product contributions of our exhibitors.

Online-registration opens on the 17th of September 2018.

Information for the Press: Please note that presenting a press card does NOT constitute sufficient proof of your work for pro audio magazines. Media accreditation for the Tonmeistertagung is only possible in advance of the event!

Pre-booking1 On-site registration One-day ticket Exhibition only
VDT Member2 230 € 290 € 80 € 15 €
Non-Member 460 € 580 € 160 € 15 €
VDT Student3 or Trainee3 Member2 0 € 60 € 25 € 15 €
Student3 or Trainee3, non-member 80 € 90 € 30 € 15 €
Presenting Author, Roundtable Panelist 0 € 0 € 0 € 0 €
Co-Author 160 € 220 € 60 € 15 €

Please note: Reduced fees are only available for persons, not for sponsoring companies.

  1. Pre-booking ends at the 11th of November 2018 

  2. We also grant the discounted VDT fees to members of our partner organisations (AES, BVFT, DEGA, DTHG, FKTG, MPG, ÖTMV, SAE, VPLT). Proof of membership status required. 

  3. Apprentices and students; proof of status required 


Congress-Centrum Nord
Koelnmesse/ KölnKongress
Deutz-Mülheimer-Straße 111
50679 Köln

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