Los Angeles, CA (October 10, 2014)—It's been 12 years since the Audio Engineering Society Convention last was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. As much as the surrounding area has changed with the development of the Downtown area, so has pro audio itself. As a result, the 137th AES Convention opens its doors today to new generations of engineers, students and exhibitors from all over the world who have never experienced the excitement of visiting the one convention that focuses solely on sound.
"I couldn't be more happy that we're back in the revitalized Downtown LA area, truly one of the entertainment centers of the world," said Robert Moses, AES executive director. "Audio professionals from all market sectors including live, post and recording are all heavily concentrated in southern California, and their presence here is underlined by the explosive pre-registration numbers that we've seen."
Clearly there was a pent-up demand for the return-11,806 people pre-registered for the annual convocation, and it's important to note that number does not include the 130 student volunteers, exhibitors or manufacturer reps on-site. In fact, the final day of pre-registration, Monday, set a West Coast single-day record with 1,327 people signing up for the Convention. That, in turn, made the 11,806 pre-reg the largest ever for an AES Convention on the West Coast.
In short, that's a tidal wave of pros converging in one place to discover the latest and greatest gear on the show floor; learn cutting edge approaches to their work in workshops, papers and seminars; and connect in the real-world with their peers-something that our increasingly internet-focused industry doesn't often offer the opportunity to do.
There's plenty for attendees to discover here-take, for instance, the packed exhibitor floor. It's 10 percent bigger than the floor last year, and with good reason-there's more exhibitors to see, with 306 on-site to share their newest products and services.
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