HOLLAND: AES executive director Roger Furness has confirmed to PSN-e that pre-registration for this year's European convention has now exceeded that for its 2007 predecessor. Neumann, MARIAN and Microtech Gefell are among the manufacturers planning to showcase new or recent product launches at the 2008 event, which takes place at the Amsterdam RAI from this Saturday onwards, writes David Davies.
In traditional fashion, the European convention is set to incorporate an extensive technical and seminar programme, this year presented under the banner of 'New Horizons in Audio'. The Live Sound Focus will feature workshops led by such prominent industry figures as Eberhard M_ller (Neumann & M_ller), J_rgen Wilhelm (Yamaha), Gregor Zielinsky (Sennheiser) and Ralf Zuleeg (d&b), while the European Broadcast Spotlight is due to include workshops on topics including spatial audio and sound design in sports, and loudness. Other likely highlights include a special BBC-commissioned film about the making of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, to be introduced by the classic album's engineer, Geoff Emerick.
The convention's Student Paper presentation will be given by Konrad Kowalczyk. Kowalcyzk's treatise - entitled 'Modeling Frequency-Dependent Boundaries as Digital Impedance Filters in FDTD and K-DWM Room Acoustics Simulations' and supervised by Maarten van Walstijn of the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen's University, Belfast - was selected as the recipient of the AES 124th Convention Student Paper Award from a pool of more than 40 submissions.
This year's European convention also promises to be rich in new or recent product. Manufacturers set to unveil new items include Neumann with transformer-less microphone TLM 67 and the Solution-D family of digital mics; Microtech Gefell with a limited edition of two classic microphones, the M 990 art and M 930 art; Neutrik with convertCON, billed as the first unisex XLR cable connector; MARIAN with Trace AES 42, a new soundcard designed in cooperation with Neumann and Schoeps; Minnetonka Audio with the SurCode for Dolby E Decoder software; and MUTEC with universal digital audio and SD/HD video sync master clock generator MC-3.2 SMART CLOCK HD.
Those yet to arrange their places at this year's European convention might like to try their hand at the AES Quiz. To stand a chance of winning one of 50 full programme passes, visit the second link below.
The 124th AES Convention concludes on May 20th. The next AES event on the agenda is the US convention, scheduled to take place at San Francisco's Moscone Center from October 2nd to 5th.