San Francisco, CA (October 9, 2008)–As the 407 exhibits were dismantled and the 17,892 attendees began returning home, a palpable upbeat vibe accompanied virtually everyone involved with the 125th AES Convention, held October 2-5, 2008 at the Moscone Center.
“All our Committee Chairs noted the professionalism and enthusiasm evidenced by event participants and attendees alike,” remarked Convention Co-Chair John Strawn. “From an SRO audience for Opening Day Ceremonies and Chris Stone’s Keynote Address to packed houses for most of our Broadcast, Platinum, Educational and Special Events (including Geoff Emerick’s Sgt. Pepper’s presentation), the 125th Convention will stand as a water mark against which future conventions will be measured.”
“The AES is a powerful brand that continues to attract a high-quality visitor,” says Dan Duffell, Head of Marketing, Solid State Logic. “We’ve enjoyed three days of productive interactions with decision makers in the industry.”
“We were happy to see the strong turnout at this year’s AES Convention,” remarked Paul Foschino, senior manager for professional audio in Sony Electronics’ Broadcast and Production Systems Division. “The show seemed busy from Day 1 right on through to the end. Our booth was crowded with interested customers, dealers and press nonstop. We came to introduce our new Digital Wireless Systems, and were extremely pleased with the quality of the attendees that this show draws. The AES attracts a well-qualified, professional audience. It’s the best show to introduce a new technology or high-end product to the market.”
Paul Gallo, Executive Director of the Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA) points to the AES Convention as “a rallying point for our international community. We gather together to discuss the issues that impact on our individual business concerns and on the industry as a whole. The AES represents the full diversity of the pro audio community. Manufacturers, engineers and end users all interface in the familial atmosphere. From recording to broadcast to video games and sports coverage, audio permeates our society. We are extremely fortunate to share an annual event of this depth and scale.”
AES incoming President Jim Anderson echoes those sentiments. “Certainly everyone is concerned about the economy, but equipment was being bought; people were taking advantage of Master Classes, Tutorials and other educational opportunities to improve their skills, and networking was on overdrive. This was an extremely positive event.”
AES Executive Director Roger Furness concludes, “The 125th Convention reflects the overall optimism of our industry. Despite economic concern, we filled the North Hall of the Moscone Center with exuberant and highly motivated crowds.
“A huge vote of thanks or, if you will, a ‘shout out,’ must be shared by our dedicated Convention Co-Chairs Valerie Tyler and John Strawn, and by of each member of our volunteer Committee,” he adds. “Broadcast Session Chair, David Bialik; Education Events Co-Chairs Dottie Kreps, Mark Swiderski and Teri Grossheim; Facilities Chair, Bob Megantz; Historical Events Chair, Tamara Horacek; Live Sound Events Co-Chairs, Bob Lee and Jonathan Novick; Tutorials and Master Class Co-Chairs, Jim McTigue and Conrad Cooke; Papers Co-Chairs, Veronique Larcher and Rob Maher; Platinum Panels Chair, Paul Verna; Special Events Chair, Chandra Lynn and Vice Chair, Larry The O; Tech Tours Chair, David v. R. Bowles; Volunteer Co-Chairs, Tim Duncan and Evan Peebles and Workshops Co-Chairs, Dave Harris and Joe Carter. This brilliant team has done the AES and the pro audio industry proud.”
The 127th AES Convention will be held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, October 9-12, 2009.