At this year’s 135th AES Convention at the Javitz Center in New York City, the Audio History Library will be displaying two of the world’s first audio amplifiers, including the Western Electric mechanical amplifier, the first known device for amplifying audio signals.
Louis Manno, director of the Audio History Library, says he looks forward to displaying these and other items from the library’s collection at AES.
An AES member for more than 30 years, Manno’s experience includes classical music mixing; theater sound reinforcement; film, foley, and commercial system design and installation.
Manno’s largest project to date is the establishment of the Audio History Library & Museum. The library has information on almost 2.000 audio manufacturers from over 36 countries and spans 160 years of audio history.
Manno continues to expand the library’s collection of manufacturer’s literature, vintage gear, and other historic artifacts of all descriptions, a task he hopes the library’s presence at AES will help facilitate. “The library’s vision and purpose is to re-introduce our multi-faceted audio history into the public’s social consciousness,” he states.
He invites all AES convention attendees to visit the Audio History Library at booth 2666 to see the historic amplifier displays and to share their own stories regarding audio history and heritage.
Audio History Library and Museum