The 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention is celebrating a five-year-high number of 18,453 registrants to the Javits Center in New York City. At show close, AES reported a 16% increase in registration since the last time the convention was in New York two years ago and a 71% increase over last year’s San Francisco event, which unfortunately was plagued by smaller attendance due to Hurricane Sandy. "I can't express how thrilled I am with our Convention this year,” said Bob Moses, executive director of the AES. “Our organising 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 programmes on the second day because so many people showed up. “We took some risks with this show in an attempt to bring in lots of new blood and to maintain our position on the proverbial cutting edge, and the fact that it was such a fantastic success gives us confidence to ratchet it up a few more notches in Los Angeles next year. Actually, why wait for October 2014? – we'll be back in Berlin in April, and much of what made this show so great will be leveraged to breathe new life into our European convention."
The 136th AES Convention takes place in Berlin 26-29 April 2014. “This AES in New York was the best AES convention in many years,” said Eric Mayer, DPA’s president of US operations. “This year the show floor traffic seemed up, our booth attendees were more ‘qualified’ and spirits seemed high. I'm not sure what changes were made, but whatever they were, they were needed and they worked.” www.aes.org