AES Reflects On 129th Convention in San Francisco

Nov 16, 2010 4:51 PM


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The Audio Engineering Society reports that more than 14,000 attendees and more than 300 exhibitors attended the 129th AES Convention in San Francisco's Moscone Center, participating in the convention's Exhibition Hall, Workshops, Tech Tours, Panels, Platinum, Live Sound and Special Events. The event provided exhibitors and attendees with a platform for previewing the industry’s latest hardware and software advances, re-establishing relationships, and updating business and technical expertise.

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Opening day crowds enter the Moscone Center Exhibition Center on November 5, 2010.

“AES continues to represent the interests of the most serious, most influential and most advanced audience for professional audio gear and technology,” says AES executive director Roger Furness. “The growing appreciation for the quality of our technical programs, coupled with a palpable sense of community and an improving business climate continues to make the AES Convention a bellwether for positive developments in the world of professional audio.

“The unique sense of community generated by our Conventions is a testament to the spirit and commitment of our all-volunteer team, which shouldered double responsibilities for their primary day-jobs and their Convention responsibilities," Furness continues. "Convention Co-Chairs Valerie Tyler and Jim McTigue and the entire 23-member Committee should be lauded for the time and energy they devoted to this hugely successful endeavor.”

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The 129th AES Convention Exhibition Hall was a hub of activity throughout the three-day event.

AES deputy director of convention management, Chris Plunkett, adds, “The trend towards smaller booths creates a level playing field for all exhibitors, emphasizing technology more than hype seen at other shows. New program innovations such as the Product Design Track and the expanded Live Sound, Broadcast/Streaming and Game Audio Tracks drew new and expanded audiences. Virtually everyone was delighted with both the turnout, the buying power of the attendees and the overall good vibe of the show. The 131st AES Convention will be held [in] fall 2011 in New York City.”

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