by Clive Young.
New York (October 12, 2009)--Today is the last day of the AES Convention, but there's still time to check things out on the show floor, particularly items aimed at sound reinforcement. One of the biggest myths in pro audio today is that the AES Convention is a recording show, with nothing for the live sound industry. Don't believe it! A quick glance around the exhibition floor provides ample evidence that there's lots of live gear here, and if you delve deeper--i.e. start talking with the good folks manning booths--you'll discover there's plenty of sound reinforcement riches to be mined from the show. Here's just a few of the must-see's:
• That massive truck at the back of the show floor belongs to Yamaha (Booth 173); it's a Rolling Showroom, chock full of cool live audio gear, so make a point to peek inside.
• Community (Booth 233) is introducing its S4 (Subwoofer Steering Simulation Software) application that helps quickly design directional subwoofer systems.
• Engineering and performance are blurring together more than ever before--case in point? The LaunchPad Ableton Live performance controller debuting from Novation (Booth 129).
• A hit overseas, Stagetec USA (Booth 519) is now showing the Crescendo digital live sound/broadcast console for the first time in the U.S.
• Fans of the legendary AKG (Booth 226) C 414 will want to meet the mic's new brethren, the C 414 XLS and XLII, which mix classic sounds with modern features.
• Want to be easily impressed? Get free ear impressions, courtesy of Future Sonics, at the H.E.A.R. stand (Booth 731).
• Crown (booth 226) has on hand its new PIP-USB4, the fourth generation DSP-based PIP module for CTs series two-channel amplifiers.
• Waves (Booth 249) is showing off WavesLive MultiRack, which lets engineers use Waves studio plug-ins in a live sound setting.
• The Si2 console, being launched at AES by Soundcraft (Booth 226), offers 48 mic inputs mapped on 24 faders.
• While you're at Booth 226, check out dbx's next-generation DriveRack PA+ loudspeaker management system.
• Bag End (Booth 455) is showing its 12-inch subwoofer, the D12-E-I and its powered version, PD12-E-I, which come in a variety of color and style options.
• When it comes to Live Sound Seminars (all of which have taken place in Room 1E09), one of the key offerings this year is today's "Innovations in Live Sound," taking place at 2:30 p.m.