Paris (June 7, 2006)–The AES European Convention continues to attract more visitors each year. The 120th Convention in Paris, which ended May 23, drew 6,400 attendees, up from 6,200 in 2005.
Registration at AES ParisThe Exhibition was particularly popular, 250+ manufacturers displayed their equipment. While the Saturday opening is always well-attended, historically the following Sunday tends to be a little bit slower. But this year was different, as the numbers of attendees arriving grew each convention day.
João Carlos Vieira, of Jocavi Acoustic Panels, a new exhibitor at this year’s AES Convention, called the AES Exhibition, “A real opportunity for us!”
Thierry Bergmans, AES Europe exhibition manager, said, “This year we placed free PDF entry vouchers in a wide range of online magazines, which helped boost exhibition attendance.” And, AES executive director Roger Furness commented, “We also applaud this year’s wide-ranging technical presentation program, which led to a very strong turnout. Overall, we had approximately 10 percent more full program participants than last year.” Furness also thanked the organizing committee for developing the largest AES Europe technical program to date.
Stephan Salzbrenner, of Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup–the largest exhibitor for the 3rd consecutive year–reported, “We sold an amazing ten large consoles at the Convention.”
Integrated into the Exhibition, the new Applications Seminars focused on current issues in professional audio technology. A very popular feature of the Convention, the Application Seminars were developed by four trade journals: Resolution, RealisaSon, Live Sound and Keyboards Recording. The seminars were a forum for all exhibition attendees as well as a logical extension of the regular convention program.
ADAM Audio provided loudspeakers for one of the seminar halls. ADAM’s Kerstin Mischke called this, “An incredible way of showcasing our products!“
The presentations by Radio France, held in a special auditorium in the exhibition, were also very well attended. Visitors were able to do their own surround mixes of a concert performed by singer-composer and keynote speaker Emilie Simon. Another highlight was the ongoing series of Exhibitor Seminars, including a convention-long series of Digidesign seminars held in a separate auditorium. “Our Exhibitor Seminars were a massive success,” said Martin Bennett of Digidesign. “It proved people want to learn and take new skills and ideas back to their workplace.”
Echoing the general sentiment of the convention participants, Furness said, “We are very excited about the growing trend towards more lively, hands-on exhibition events.”
Furness continued, “We plan to add more such events to the exhibition next year. Vienna, the location for 122nd AES Pro Audio Expo & Convention in 2007, will give us many exciting opportunities to open our doors to visitors from Eastern Europe. Save the date for next year’s Convention!”
The 122nd AES Pro Audio Expo & Convention in 2007 will be held May 5 to 8 at the Austria Center in Vienna.