The Audio Engineering Society reports that the recently concluded 137th AES Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center had 15,403 registered attendees and 307 exhibitors/sponsors, surpassing West Coast figures of the last 10 years.
“I cannot put into words how thrilled I am with the 137th AES Convention,” says Bob Moses, executive director of the AES. “Our organizing committee really outdid themselves, with more than 350 presentations from an astounding 731 leading researchers and practitioners in the field, many of them standing-room-only.
“We have some serious momentum built from recent conventions in New York and Berlin, and we are going to keep it going for the coming conventions in Warsaw in May and then back to New York next October,” he continues. “You could say that our conventions and the AES organization have a renewed energy, and we couldn’t be happier.”
AES Convention: High-Res Audio Impact Put in Spotlight
Some highlights of the 137th convention, under the direction of committee co-chairs Valerie Tyler and Michael MacDonald, include:
- An opening keynote address by noted engineer, musician and record producer Alan Parsons
- The Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture presented by game audio director and composer Marty O’Donnell
- Another keynote by Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Recording Academy, The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares
- The Project Studio Expo and Live Sound Expo
- The High Resolution Audio Program in association with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
- The GRAMMY SoundTables event “Songs That Move The Needle: Producers on Producing” moderated by Ed Cherney and featuring Alex da Kid, Don Was, Niko Bolas, No I.D., and Michael Brauer
- DTV Audio Group Forum: The Implications of Streamed Content Delivery on the Evolution of Television
- “Chicks in the Mix,” moderated by producer and mixer Chris Lord-Alge that brought together well-known female industry professionals to discuss their personal experience
- “Sound Is the Conduit to the Artist Heart,” presented by producer, engineer and technologist Jack Joseph Puig.
In other big Audio Engineering Society news, shortly following the convention the organization named new president Andres Mayo, who takes over the leadership role from Dr. Sean Olive.
Mayo, the owner and senior mastering engineer at Andres Mayo Mastering and Audio Post in Buenos Aires, Argentina, will guide the AES through the coming year.
Mayo holds a Master’s degree in Electronics Engineering from the National Technology University (U.T.N.) in Argentina. Since 1991, he has been a pioneer in the art of mastering, working with several facilities in Latin America as well as London, New York and Ludwigsburg, Germany.