At AES: On The Floor Reviews

By Strother Bullins. There’s no better way to understand an event than to poll those present. Young Alex, a music student from Germany, made his first trek to the United States for the AES Convention, his first trip beyond Europe. “There are so many different topics from all different areas of audio,” Alex says of his first full day at AES, spent entirely in programs. “Sometimes [the topics] are less interesting than they sound, but most of the time it’s the opposite—they get deeper and more interesting than I thought they would be.” Alex is now hooked and vows to return to a nearby AES event as soon as possible. “Soon it will be in Berlin, and I will be there.”
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AES attendee Sarah connected with DPA Microphones at the AES Convention; DPA certainly made itself known on the exhibit floor, uniquely bringing in a Steinway piano which provided live music all weekend—and an opportunity to demonstrate different mics and miking techniques.
New York, NY (November 2, 2015)—There’s no better way to understand an event than to poll those present. Young Alex, a music student from Germany, made his first trek to the United States for the AES Convention, his first trip beyond Europe. “There are so many different topics from all different areas of audio,” Alex says of his first full day at AES, spent entirely in programs. “Sometimes [the topics] are less interesting than they sound, but most of the time it’s the opposite—they get deeper and more interesting than I thought they would be.” Alex is now hooked and vows to return to a nearby AES event as soon as possible. “Soon it will be in Berlin, and I will be there.”

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Here since Thursday, Sarah teaches sound design and music composition for theater at a private research university in Pennsylvania. “I’ve been hitting up [programs] that pertain the most to what I’m teaching—a lot of spatial and immersive sound sessions that deal with 3D audio for virtual reality or in gaming environments,” she explains. “I’m interested in teaching some of the principles of game audio design in a theatrical/live context, so I’m making connections between those two things.”

Regarding highlights from the Expo floor, “It was really cool to look at all the things Radial Engineering makes,” she offers. “It’s all out there, so it’s nice to get hands-on. I also made a connection with DPA Microphones. They are possibly going to come to my university and give a demonstration. There’s a lot to see; I think I’m still processing it all!”

Finally, Michael from Fort Lauderdale, FL attended multiple conventions throughout the ’80s and ’90s. “I’m the head engineer at a performing arts center, and we’re looking for the new product lines: microphones, networking things, maybe even a new console.”
The AES Expo has the kind of gear Michael needs. “We have a very high-quality hall, and we use a lot of the higher quality microphones that you’d normally never see in a club.”

On how his job has evolved over the years, Michael summarizes quite eloquently. “Well, I’m an audio engineer. We have something that’s quiet over here and we make it louder over there. That part hasn’t changed. But obviously I’ve been around enough to go from all analog to digital, which has had its high and low points, too.”