AES Paris Convention Reports Increased Registration

140th AES International Convention sees remarkable registration and participation growth for Europe’s largest pro audio event of the year.
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AES President-Elect Alex Case presents the keynote address during the opening ceremonies of AES Paris.

The Audio Engineering Society 140th International Convention was held June 4 through June 7 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France. The AES reports a 61-percent increase in attendee preregistration and a doubling of the exhibiting brands.  

The Opening Ceremonies included Awards presentations and a keynote address by President Elect of the AES, Alex U. Case. Additionally, during the opening ceremonies, AES announced that the AES Europe convention will return to Berlin, Germany, in 2017 for the 142nd Convention and exhibition.  

Traditional AES convention program elements, such as the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture (presented this year by distinguished researcher and new AES Fellow, Dr. Rozenn Nicol), the Student Delegate Assembly activities, career and education fairs and student recording and design competitions, were accompanied by new opportunities for attendees  such as the Professional Sound Expo (PSE) and the Audio Projections multi-format listening experience series.

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AES Paris Convention Chair Michael Williams introduces one of the many Audio Projections immersive sound experiences.

The Convention technical program included more than 100 presentations of technical research papers on a wide range of the latest advances in pro audio technology, measurement, practice and applications. The preprints of these presentations are available as part of the AES E-Library collection of exclusive documents and media; the AES E-Library is the world’s largest repository of professional audio research and development.   

In addition to this year’s expanded Technical Program, the exhibition floor area hosted more than 75 booths. One of the most talked-about highlights of any AES convention, the popular exhibit stands and demo rooms overflowed with gear from leading manufacturers showing new tools and technologies ready for the personal production space, stage and studio.  

Audio Engineering Society Executive Director Bob Moses states, “We headed into the Paris convention with great expectations based on registration and exhibitor participation, along with the number and quality of technical presentations, special events, and sponsored presentations scheduled for the convention. The industry responded in a big way, breaking recent pre-registration records and extending the AES’s reach into audio communities far and wide. By every measure, AES Paris has exceeded our initial expectations. Kudos are due to Convention Chair Michael Williams and his entire committee. We now look forward to seeing everyone in Berlin, Germany, in the spring of 2017 for the 142nd Convention.” 

For full coverage of the AES 140th International Convention in Paris, France, as well as downloadable papers and presentations, visit www.aes.org/events/140.