US: AES exec director Roger Furness says that "the buzz on the show-floor was palpably upbeat", writes David Davies. Taking place at New York's Javits Center earlier this month, the 127th AES Convention attracted a number of first-time exhibitors, including Shoreview Distribution, mh acoustics, Phoenix Audio, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Webster University.
According to Furness, "this proliferation of up-and-coming firms represents a positive commitment to industry growth. The buzz on the show-floor was palpably upbeat, and the steady isle traffic kept exhibitors busy demoing their gear throughout the four-day event."
Highlights of the busy Convention programme included a keynote speech by broadcaster Bill McGlaughlin and the dedicated Audio For Video Game Track.
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Meanwhile, away from the show-floor, the TEC Awards took place during Convention week for the first time this year. The 25th event of its kind, the TEC Awards 2009 saw honours in both Technical Achievement and Creative Achievement categories, while there was also a special tribute to electric guitar pioneer Les Paul, who passed away in August at the age of 94.
In the Technical Achievement categories, Avid Digidesign won awards for both ProTools 8 (Workstation Technology category) and the VENUE Mix Rack System (Sound Reinforcement Console); Solid State Logic received awards for both SSL Matrix (Small Format Console) and the AWS 900+ SE (Large Format Console); and Universal Audio was victorious with both the 710 Twin-Finity (Microphone Preamplifier Technology) and UAD-2 Quad (Signal Processing/Hardware).
First-time Technical Achievement winners included DPA Microphones with its Model 4099 (Microphones/Sound Reinforcement), iZotope for the Ozone 4 Mastering Suite (Signal Processing/Software) and Nagra for the Nagra VI (Recording Devices).
Creative Achievement winners included the production teams behind Coldplay's Viva La Vida! album (Record Production/Single and Record Production/Album), the Foo Fighters' Live at Wembley Stadium (Surround Sound Production) and Santa Barbara's Playback Recording Studio (Studio Design).
A distinguished line-up of presenters included Eddie Kramer, George Massenburg and Phil Ramone, pictured here giving a TEC Award for Creative Achievement to mastering engineer Bob Ludwig, who worked on Coldplay's Viva La Vida! .
The next US AES Convention will take place at San Francisco's Moscone Center from November 4-7 2010. Meanwhile, final details regarding next year's London Convention are imminent.