US: The 125th AES Convention attracted 407 exhibitors and 17,892 attendees, reports David Davies. The launch of the latest version of Pro Tools, Pro Tools 8, and the introduction of the first joint product pooling the respective hardware and software skills of Roland and Cakewalk were among the many technological highlights of the event, which took place at San Francisco's Moscone Center from October 2nd to 5th.
There was also considerable interest in AES 125's conference and presentation programme, which included a keynote address by Record Plant co-founder Chris Stone concerning current music industry challenges and opportunities, and a presentation by Geoff Emerick about the 40th anniversary cover version of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
"From an SRO audience for Opening Day Ceremonies and Chris Stone's keynote address, to packed houses for most of our Platinum, Educational and Special Events_ the 125th Convention will stand as a watermark against which future conventions will be measured," commented Convention co-chair John Strawn.
Encouragingly, there was a positive mood to the entire event, despite the ever-deepening global economic crisis.
"Certainly everyone is concerned about the economy," said AES incoming president Jim Anderson, "but equipment was being bought; people were taking advantage of Master Classes, Tutorials and other education opportunities to improve their skills, and networking was on overdrive. This was an extremely positive event."
The 126th AES Convention will take place at MOC Center Munich from May 7th to 10th 2009. Subsequent to that, the next US convention - the organisation's 127th - will run from October 9th to 12th.
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