2009 AES Convention Preview
Sep 3, 2009 12:00 PM, By George Petersen
The changing face of the Audio Engineering Society.
The Audio Engineering Society (AES) returns to New York in October, and from all indications, this 127th AES Convention will be a great event. Some 300 exhibitors will display their wares on the show floor, while the education, seminars, and workshops offer a continuing emphasis on new technologies across all aspects of the industry, appealing to recording and live-sound engineers as well as the contracting professional.
“Four years ago at AES, we started a live-sound track to reach out to the live-sound community, even though we had been offering individual sessions on these topics for many years. We’re trying to be aware and not ignore the various constituencies within audio,” says AES President Jim Anderson.
Sound reinforcement, touring, and installation technology have all shown exponential growth as significant components of the industry. With that in mind, the live-sound co-chairs of the 127th AES convention, Henry Cohen and Mac Kerr, have devised a broad program of critical events ranging from a timely assessment of white spaces wireless issues to innovations for meeting the increasingly urgent need for compliance with the green movement. (More on white spaces.)
“Without any doubt, live sound is a mature industry in both technology and as a business, and as live-sound chairs, Mac Kerr and I have endeavored to address both aspects in this year’s AES convention,” Cohen says. “Despite the relative success of online pro audio forums and listserves, AES remains the premier technical event for professional audio, and live sound in particular, where face-to-face tutorial sessions and discussions take place among industry veterans, pioneers, users, manufacturers, experts, and novices. The dynamics of this kind of interaction, and the resulting networking opportunities, are invaluable to individuals and the live-sound industry as a whole.”
Having one’s toolset honed on current applications is important, but keeping watch on emerging technologies is equally important. “In conjunction with the connectivity theme of the 127th AES Convention, we’re presenting a special workshop on audio transmission and control over IP networks. The emergence of audio over IP has made a huge impact on the installed-sound and radio businesses, and it’s just now making inroads in the live-sound market,” Kerr says. “The widespread acceptance of the exciting new [Audio Video Bridging] AVB and Dante standards will facilitate the expansion of audio transmission and control over IP networks in the live-sound industry. An AES workshop addressing these issues will feature representatives from major manufacturers discussing how audio over IP will impact their markets.”
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