San Francisco, CA (November 16, 2010)—The 129th AES Convention announced it had more than 14,000 attendees and more than 300 exhibitors last week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, all on hand to experience the Exhibition Hall, Workshops, Tech Tours, Panels, Platinum, Live Sound and Special Events.
“AES continues to represent the interests of the most serious, most influential and most advanced audience for professional audio gear and technology.” AES executive director Roger Furness says. “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. 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,” Furness adds.
AES deputy director, convention management Chris Plunkett reports that, “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 Fall, 2011 in NYC.”
Exhibitor comments were exceedingly complimentary:
"The doom and gloom vibe of recent years melted away and the sun was shining
at AES. We saw a lot of old friends and a lot of new faces. Great energy at this year's show in San Francisco!"-- Alan Veniscofsky, Director of Operations, TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik
"It was nice to see the technical conference attendees visit the show floor to talk with us about our products. Not separated as often in the past. One visitor on Friday said that this AES reminded them of a car show: Really crowded." -- Jim Pace, plus24 distributor
"AES in San Francisco was more than we expected,” says Jon Tatooles, managing director of Sound Devices. “Traffic was consistently good over the three days with interested, targeted and motivated visitors."
“It was great that the public and the press came out to support the AES show. And, that the convention was not dominated by overly large booths, allowing the smaller manufacturers to display in a professional manner. We were also pleased to see many international clients and prospects. Overall, it was a great venue and a very well organized environment for us to introduce new products.” Steve Strassberg, VP of Sales – HD & Broadcast, TC Group Americas
The response on Twitter was equally effusive:
@dizzyfreak AES convention day 2 has been mind-blowing. The exhibit floor alone is enough to melt ones brain. Gear, gear, gear!!! #AES 3:19 PM Nov 5th
@Robobo1 Sitting in Bob Ludwig lecture when Elliot Scheiner and Ed Cherney sit down next to me. Then Al Schmitt comes over. That's cool. #AES 4:51 PM Nov 5th