AES Convention celebrates further growth, focuses on Berlin

The Audio Engineering Society’s 140th International Convention saw a 61% increase in attendee preregistration and a doubling in the number of exhibiting brands.

The four days of the convention (held June 4 through June 7 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France) were full of opportunities to listen, learn and connect, from the opening ceremonies, including awards presentations and a keynote address by President Elect of the AES, Alex U. Case (pictured), and through the core AES convention fare of technical research papers, workshops and tutorials.

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 programme 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.

The convention technical programme included over one hundred presentations of technical research papers on a wide range of the latest advances in pro audio technology, measurement, practice and applications. Also of note was the bustling exhibition floor area, boasting over 75 booths overflowing 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 stated, “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.”