Only 10 exhibitors and 805 attendees visited the 132nd AES Convention in Budapest last month. Despite it being the smallest European convention ever, the AES is taking a positive tone, describing it as “the most intimate, yet intensive” event in the organisation’s history. “Budapest exceeded our expectations as a distinctive site for our 2012 European convention,” stated AES executive director Bob Moses. “We attracted a number of eastern European audio professionals who had not previously had the opportunity to participate in an AES event. The feedback we received from them as well as from our traditional AES European Convention attendees was extremely positive.” Both organisers and exhibitors highlight a particularly strong turnout for workshops and tutorials. David Josephson of Josephson Engineering commented: “The show was really worthwhile. We saw a lot of students and pro users. The technical sessions seemed stronger and better attended than the last London show. We went because it was the first time we could reach out to buyers in Eastern Europe. The opportunity for seeing significant people is absolutely worth attending an event like this.” Moses also credits a new paper review process for playing a part in the quality of research papers, which he reports was particularly high at this Convention. “The 132nd Convention clearly confirms the importance of continuing the AES European show. We are already in the planning stages for our next event, and will be incorporating changes our stakeholders are requesting to add value and ensure its long term success,” Moses concluded.
Despite the (unsurprising) upbeat spin from the AES, the European event (and previous European AES shows in general) have received criticism from certain quarters through forums on LinkedIn. PSNEurope has been promised an exclusive interview with Moses for a forthcoming edition, in print and online, where we shall be asking the ED how the AES can renew and rebuild its presence in Europe. www.aes.org