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AES 2000 AES Executive Director Roger Furness and a panel of key convention committee chairs met with the press on June 22 to discuss the 109th Convention,
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AES 2000AES Executive Director Roger Furness and a panel of key convention committee chairs met with the press on June 22 to discuss the 109th Convention, which will be held in Los Angeles from September 22-25. With the proliferation of multichannel home listening environments and the impending flood of commercial DVD-Audio recordings, the theme of this convention, "Surrounded by Sound," is both timely and appropriate.

Legendary jazz keyboardist/composer Herbie Hancock will present the opening keynote address. Given his longstanding interest in new technologies, it comes as no surprise to find that Hancock is actively incorporating surround sound mixing into his current productions, which he will discuss in his remarks. Producers will be interested in "Behind the Glass: Platinum Producers," which will feature an elite panel including Jack Douglas, Geoff Emerick, Eddie Kramer, George Massenburg and Alan Parsons discussing their work.

The AES has been making a concerted effort to reach out to students in the last several years. In addition to an Education Fair and Jobs Forum for young engineers, this year's show will feature mixing competitions in two categories, Classical and Jazz/Pop, with awards being presented at the closing of the Student Delegate Assembly meeting. Music on the Internet is a topic that this year's conference will also delve into. Alan C. Kay, a Disney Fellow and Vice President of Research and Development for the Walt Disney Company, will discuss the computer revolution and the application of the Internet to musicians.

In keeping with the "Surrounded by Sound" theme, there will also be a technical paper session focusing on multichannel audio. The session is being coordinated by Papers co-chairs Marshall Puck and Eric Benjamin. "The technical paper sessions emphasize the tremendous significance each area of audio has in the advancement of the industry as a whole," Furness says. "With the emergence of computer technology, today's research yields endless possibilities for the continuing evolution of audio."

AES officials pointed out that attendance figures have risen steadily at previous shows, and with an estimated attendance at the L.A. convention of over 18,000, that trend should continue. The city's prestigious Biltmore Hotel is the headquarters for those who can book early, and a total of ten hotels are giving preferred rates to attendees. For more information on the 109th AES Convention visit www.aes.org or contact the AES headquarters at 212/661-8528.

PLASA SHOW 2000With over 400 exhibitors and 14,000 visitors expected, the PLASA Show, now in its 24th year, will run from September 10-13 at Earls Court, London. The show will feature manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of professional lighting, sound and AV equipment for the performing arts, night venues and theme bars, concerts and touring, the DJ market, architectural installation, corporate presentations, amusements and attractions, recording studios, cruise liners, TV and film, and educational and religious establishments.

Some of the features of note at this year's show include: the PLASA Awards on September 13; the Technology Galley, dedicated to new product launches; the DJ competition, sponsored by DJ Magazine and Gemini Sound Products on September 10; and the DJ Lounge, which will feature the latest products, technology and services offered by suppliers, promoters and retailers of DJ equipment.

Commenting on the growth of the PLASA Show, PLASA managing director Matthew Griffiths states, "With 13,254 visitors to the show last year-3,224 of which came from overseas-our prime objective for 2000 is to continue the show's development and growth. one of our key aims for 2000 is to build the show's appeal to new markets-the architectural and building services, corporate presentations, and amusements and attractions markets-while continuing to develop the show's strength in core markets."

For more information about PLASA Show 2000, visit www.plasa.org or call Carol Talbot at the PLASA Show office 44/(0)20/7370-8215.

DEDICATED WEB SITE FOR AMEK'S PURE PATH SERIESAmek has launched a new Web site dedicated to its Pure Path Series of outboard products, designed by Rupert Neve. The new site, www.purepath.co.uk, contains only Pure Path content, with comprehensive operational and technical information on the range, as well as downloadable documents and notes from the designer himself, Rupert Neve.

Pure Path online is platform, browser and resolution independent, by making use of vector graphics, which enable a large amount of pictorial information to be transferred in very small bandwidth. Users can zoom into complex technical diagrams to a very high magnification without losing quality. The site also features links to Amek distribution and repair centers around the world. For more information, visit www.amek.com.

LAB GRUPPEN ACQUIRED BY TGI GROUPLab Gruppen, a developer of DSP and amplification technology, is to join the TGI Group of companies. TGI plc is involved in the design and manufacture of loudspeakers; some of the companies within the TGI Group include Martin Audio, Tannoy and Goodmans/GLL. Martin Audio managing director David Bissett-Powell, who will be chairman of Lab Gruppen, says: "The fit and synergy is seen as being particularly advantageous, and while the TGI companies will continue to trade autonomously, Lab Gruppen's research and development capability will enhance the group's moves into digital electronics, providing us with sophisticated loudspeaker management systems and own-brand application."