Vienna (May 23, 2007)--The final facts and figures of the recent 122nd AES Convention in Vienna are starting to come out; by and large, the event, held earlier this month, is considered to have shown a strong upswing in the audio industry. A full 5,450 people attended and according to records, they spent more time at the convention than ever before, in terms of length of visit.
About 15 percent of participants came from Eastern Europe, while roughly 30 percent of visitors were students who came to learn and network. More than 800 people were full program participants, taking advantage of not only the show floor but the educational offerings as well. All these numbers were increases upon previous years, which AES organizers took to indicate that their strategy of highlighting their training and educational offerings is paying off with increased attendence.
A high point of this year's AES was "The Spotlights Series," which highlighted three hot topics in the industry (Broadcasting, Live Sound and Archiving), and then examined them deeper with individual events, featuring presentations, workshops, technical tours, exhibitor seminars, and application seminars.
With the big show now behind them, AES organizers are already looking ahead to next year's event--the 124th AES Pro Audio Expo & Convention--which will run May 17-20, 2008 at the RAI in Amsterdam.
-- By Clive Young