AES 2013: Small and Energized

Nov 1, 2013 9:00 AM, Compiled by the Mix Editors and Wes Maebe

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The weather couldn’t have been better for mid-October in New York City, which might help explain the buoyant mood among both exhibitors and visitors at AES 2013. Though the annual AES convention remains relatively small, the aisles were densely packed and the energy seemed more vibrant than it has in years. While booths and product launches are the main focus, exhibitors are trying new things, old things and having some fun. Audio-Technica provided a three-camera live stream of various sessions from the likes of Jimmy Douglass and Frank Wells, while Focusrite pulled in Chris Lord-Alge to showcase RedNet and partnered with Ocean Way and others in a killer demo room. But our favorite was end-of-day at the Millennia Media booth, where owner and winemaker John LaGrou was pouring his Grenache as guest winemaker Leslie Ann Jones poured the 2012 Cole Ridge Sauvignon Blanc from her very first barrel.

Meanwhile, there were plenty of product introductions, with a few of the hits here and much more to follow online and in coming issues.

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API The Box

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API opened the show with a 10:30 press conference announcing THE BOX (see the review from Mix's November 2013 issue on page 68). THE BOX boasts four mic/line input channels, two of which come with their famed 550A equalizer, two extra empty 500 series slots, two assignable 527 compressors, and 16 summing channels for mixing in The Box when you’re mixing outside the box.

Avid had consistent crowds around the S6, a modular, EuCon-compatible control surface born on the foundation of the ICON and System 5 product families. The multipoint touchscreen quickly accesses plug-ins, large track counts, surround panning and more; also top-lit status knobs and high-resolution OLEDs.

Tree Audio offers The Roots 8- and 16-channel 2-bus mixing consoles. Input channels use a vacuum tube-based signal path for mic, line or direct inputs, and provide EQ and limiter on every input channel.






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