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AES Reports Increased Attendance at 135th Convention

The opening day of exhibits, Friday, October 18, 2013

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The 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention took place Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City, and the AES, which celebrated its 65th anniversary, reports that it tallied 18,453 registrants, which is a highpoint in the past five years. At show close, AES reported a 16-percent increase in registration since the last time the convention was in New York in 2011 (the 131st Convention) and a 71-percent increase over last year’s San Francisco event (the 133rd Convention), which unfortunately was plagued by smaller attendance due to Hurricane Sandy.

Convention Committee Chair Jim Anderson and his team created an ambitious and comprehensive schedule of workshops, panels and technical programs, including the opening keynote address on Thursday by Josh McDermott from MIT; the Heyser Lecture by legendary producer, technologist and multiple Grammy Award winner George Massenburg; Friday’s lunchtime keynote by multiple Grammy Award winner Jimmy Jam; the Project Studio Expo and Knowledge Center; the Sound For Picture Deadliest Catch workshop; the Grammy SoundTables event honoring the late Phil Ramone; presentations by engineer and Jay-Z collaborator Young Guru; and more.

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“I can’t express how thrilled I am with our Convention this year,” states Bob Moses, Executive Director of the AES. “Our organizing committee really outdid themselves, with over 250 presentations from an astounding 682 leading researchers and practitioners in the field, many of them standing-room only. The convention floor was absolutely packed, and the only complaint I heard was that we ran out of convention programs on the second day because so many people showed up. We took some risks with this show in an attempt to bring in lots of new blood and to maintain our position on the proverbial cutting edge, and the fact that it was such a fantastic success gives us confidence to ratchet it up a few more notches in Los Angeles next year. Actually, why wait for October 2014? We’ll be back in Berlin in April, and much of what made this show so great will be leveraged to breathe new life into our European convention.”

The convention received support from more than 20 industry sponsors and partners, including Audio Precision, Cerwin-Vega, CharterOak, Focusrite/Novation, Gibson, Hal Leonard, Harman/Soundcraft, iZotope, KRK, NewBay Media, Onkyo, SAE Institute, Sennheiser, Sound On Sound, Sound and Picture, Stanton, Tascam, and THAT Corporation. Additionally several organizations lent their support, including APRS, ASCAP, DTV Audio Group, International Music Festival Conference, Manhattan Producer’s Alliance, The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, and SPARS, as well as leading audio retailers GC Pro and Sweetwater.

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Piers Plaskitt, CEO, Solid State Logic, Inc., says, “We went into the 2013 AES with high expectations, a new console for the live market, a cool summing box for our music professionals and a MADI/Dante bridge for our broadcast customers. We staffed up accordingly, and I’m very pleased to say that we had an extraordinarily busy show that exceeded our projections on every level. We are looking forward to 2014 and the convention’s return to Los Angeles.”

“This AES in NY was the best AES convention in many years,” says Eric Mayer, president of DPA Inc. “This year the show floor traffic seemed up, our booth attendees were more ‘qualified’ and spirits seemed high. I’m not sure what changes were made, but whatever they were, they were needed and they worked.”

“We had a great show, specifically with the hands-on workshops we hosted,” says Katy Templeman-Holmes, Harman’s senior marketing manager. “Attendance was stronger than ever and it was a valuable mix of student, new and veteran engineers all looking to learn and experience the available technologies and products. A good show all around.”

“AES New York is always special, as no other show draws such a diverse crowd of key decision leaders in music, post, broadcast and live sound,” adds Phil Wagner, president of Focusrite Novation Inc. “This year’s AES show had our booth and sound demo room packed with potential customers from start to finish. We were proud to sponsor both the Project Studio Expo and Networked Audio Track. We look forward to a strong presence at AES Los Angeles next year.”

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