Looking back at AES Latin America

THE AMERICAS: The 2008 AES Latin American Conference attracted 280+ delegates, writes David Davies. Following last week's look back at AES Europe (read here), PSN-e reflects on an edition of AES Latin America that attracted speakers including John Meyer, Robert Scovill (Digidesign) and Gabriel Benitez (Shure), and reportedly resulted in more than 60 new AES members being signed up on the spot.
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THE AMERICAS: The 2008 AES Latin American Conference attracted 280+ delegates, writes David Davies. Following last week's look back at AES Europe (read here), PSN-e reflects on an edition of AES Latin America that attracted speakers including John Meyer, Robert Scovill (Digidesign) and Gabriel Benitez (Shure), and reportedly resulted in more than 60 new AES members being signed up on the spot.

Sessions on a diverse bill of presentations included 'How Spectrum Changes Will Affect Wireless Microphones' (Chris Lyons and Gabriel Benitez), 'The Growing Importance of Mastering in the Home Studio Era' (Andr_s Mayo), 'Live Sound Automation' (Robert Scovill), 'Plug-In Design for Professional Audio' (Bobby Lombardi) and 'The Future of Cinema Sound' (John Meyer).

Hosted at the World Trade Center in Mexico City, the conference also featured two presentations drawing on the input of celebrated Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick. One of them, co-hosted by Peter Filleul, examined the recording of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

"This presentation proved Latin America's living passion for the music of The Beatles as we had a room full of audio and music enthusiasts who demonstrated their respect and thankfulness for Mr. Emerick's work," says Francisco Miranda, chair of AES' Mexico Section.

Other notable features of this year's event - said to have been rated as "excellent" by 82% of delegates - included simultaneous translation into Spanish for 200 people courtesy of Sennheiser Mexico, and a raffle that boasted prizes from Tascam, Shure, Sennheiser, Meyer Sound, Digidesign, Musitech, Beyer, the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and the AES itself.

The next AES Latin America events on the agenda will be held in Venezuela and Argentina next month. Looking further ahead, the 2009 Latin American Conference is due to take place in Sao Paulo between May 17th and 20th, and will feature audio for HDTV as its principal topic.

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