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“Instant AES Assessments”

There’s no better way to understand an event than to poll those present.

NEW YORK, NYThere’s no better way to understand an event than to poll those present. Alex, a music student from Germany, made his first trek beyond Europe when he went to the 139th AES Convention, held in New York City in late October. “There are so many different topics from all different areas of audio,” Alex said of his first full day at the event, 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 vowed to return to a nearby AES event as soon as possible. “Soon it will be in Berlin, and I will be there.”

Onsite for the run of the Convention was Sarah, who 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 explained. “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 exhibition floor, she noted, “It was really cool to look at all the things Radial Engineering makes. 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, and had returned once again: “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. 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.”