The 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention at the Javitz Center in New York City in late October reported a five-year-high in the number of registrants, with a total of 18,453 tallied.
At show close, AES reported a 16 percent increase in registration since the last time the convention was in New York two years ago (131st AES) and a notable 71 percent increase over last year’s San Francisco event (133rd AES).
The exhibit floor, panels and technical sessions were packed all four days as AES celebrated its 65th anniversary.
Convention committee chair Jim Anderson and his team created an ambitious and comprehensive schedule of workshops, panels and technical programs. The opening keynote address was presented by Josh McDermott from MIT, with the Heyser Lecture delivered by legendary producer, technologist and multi-Grammy Award winner George Massenburg.
Further highlights included a lunchtime keynote by multi-Grammy Award winner Jimmy Jam, the Project Studio Expo and Knowledge Center, the “Sound For Picture” Deadliest Catch workshop, the Grammy SoundTables event honoring the late Phil Ramone, and presentations by engineer and Jay-Z collaborator Young Guru.
“I can’t express how thrilled I am with our Convention this year,” states Bob Moses, executive director of the AES. “Our organizing committee really outdid themselves, with over 250 presentations from an astounding 682 leading researchers and practitioners in the field, many of them standing-room only. The convention floor was absolutely packed, and the only complaint I heard was that we ran out of convention programs on the second day because so many people showed up.”