In addition to the opening ceremonies, workshops and panels, the first day of the 139th AES Convention featured exciting special events and hundreds of manufacturers preparing for the opening of the exhibit floor on Day 2. Here’s a bit of what we saw:
Last evening, the Audio Engineering Society celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Empire State Building’s Alford antenna, and, in turn, a rare honor was bestowed on AES as the building was lit in the signature AES blue and white. The lighting ceremony included a light show synchronized to the Steely Dan track “FM (No Static At All),” which was broadcast over WCBS-FM 101.1. From left, about to pull the switch to light the building, are AES President-elect John Krivit, AES President Andres Mayo and David Bialik, chairman of the 139th AES Convention broadcast and streaming program.
Audio-Technica is holding the AT5040 Experience, where attendees can experience the AT5040 Studio Vocal Microphone alongside some of the industry’s most coveted vocal mics and be entered to win their own AT5040, explains A-T marketing director Gary Boss with the AT5050 studio vocal microphone.
Focusrite is showing its complete range of RedNet Dante audio-over-IP products, including the new RedNet AM2 stereo audio monitoring unit, scheduled to ship in Spring 2016. RedNet AM2 is a Dante-compatible stereo monitoring unit combining headphone and line outputs for monitoring of signals sourced from the Dante network. Caught in a moment of repose during yesterday’s setup are, from left: Phil Wagner, Ted White, Shilpa Patel, Will Hoult and Kurt Howell.
Perfected by Jack Wilson in his California garage in 1958, the Auratone Super Sound Cube reference monitor is a legend in the recording, broadcasting and motion picture industries. At this year’s AES, TransAudio Group is relaunching Auratone Sound Cubes, thanks to an assist from Wilson’s grandson Alex Jacobson (with help from the rest of the family). Jacobson is shown here, at left, holding one of the new Sound Cubes, with TransAudio Group president Brad Lunde. In addition to the product relaunch, TransAudio is giving away a pair of Auratone speakers each day of the show to a lucky sweepstakes winner.
Avid is launching Pro Tools | Dock, a portable surface that works together with an iPad running the free Pro Tools | Control app. Powered by the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Pro Tools | Dock is based on the touchscreen workflows of the Pro Tools | S6 and the hybrid touchscreen/hardware control of the Avid Artist | Control surface. Users can navigate large projects and access any track on the iPad touchscreen.