New York, NY (October 18, 2013)—Fall is upon us, with its early dusks and cool, brisk winds blowing outside the Jacob Javits Convention Center, but inside at the AES Convention, the atmosphere is more Spring-like, with its endless optimism and sense of renewal. There's good reason for the upbeat vibe, too, as the annual convocation has built on the strong momentum created at last year's event in San Francisco.
It's not just a good mood, however; it's a statistical fact. At 13,578, this year's attendee pre-registration numbers are roughly equal to its 2009 stats, the Convention's best year on record. There's any number of factors that have helped power that turn-around; undoubtedly, a recovering economy makes a big difference, plus an exhibit floor full of cool gear and high-profile product debuts, but those aren't the only reasons, according to AES executive director Bob Moses: "We blew away the previous New York show's numbers and I'm confident this is the product of two things—an amazing program and great promotion. Hopefully we'll see similarly high numbers at onsite registration."
That program includes the New York debut of the Project Studio Expo-an educational stage right on the exhibit floor that any attendee can check out for free. Presenting 12 different programs over the course of Friday and Saturday, attendees will find experts presenting in-depth, hour-long training sessions on need-to-know topics like mic placement, mixing mastering, acoustics, metering and more. Sunday will see the stage taken over by the SCN Systems Sound Symposium, with industry leaders providing insights and advice for AV integrators and consultants at four different events.
Elsewhere at the Convention today, there's a lunchtime keynote with legendary producer Jimmy Jam, technical papers, workshops, seminars, technical tours, tutorials, master classes, Platinum panels and lots more.