For the first time in 15 years, Vienna, the charming capital of Austria, will host the 2007 European Audio Engineering Society Pro Audio Expo & Convention. Set for Saturday, May 5 through Tuesday, May 8 at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV), the 122nd AES Convention has been designed to attract visitors from the central European countries as well as from the growing audio technology industries of Eastern Europe and Russia. The event will cover a comprehensive range of audio technology, and is the only international convention in which audio is the main theme.
“Our strong preparatory efforts, combined with some positive market trends, have led to early successes for this event,” says Thierry Bergmans, exhibition manager of the European AES events. “Almost 40 percent of our confirmed exhibitors are expanding their exhibits, and a number have returned as participants after a short break from the convention. The exhibition will fill new, purpose-built exhibition halls in the ACV, and there seems to be a uniformly positive reaction to our decision to return to Vienna—in fact, the exhibit halls are almost full.”
This year’s technical program offers a variety of opportunities for sharing knowledge. These include high-level Paper and Poster sessions, workshops for discussion and tutorials for learning. Technical tours will visit unique local audio venues. Exhibitor seminars and the popular Practical Application seminars launched at last year’s Paris convention will provide attendees with many other options.
Additionally, there are special programs on issues in live sound, broadcast audio (for radio and television) and archiving. The latest technological developments and intriguing applications will also be addressed. On May 5 and 6, the live sound program will be held in a separate hall equipped with loudspeaker arrays and digital mixing technology. Broadcast and archiving events will be held May 5-8. The schedule has been coordinated to provide visitors with sufficient time to see other papers, workshops or seminars, and to explore the exhibition on their own.
Preliminary program details and registration information are available at www.aes.org.