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137th AES is largest West Coast convention in over a decade

The event featured over 300 exhibitors and sponsors

The 137th Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention, which took place from 9 to 12 October at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, is continuing to receive praises from “exhibitors, sponsors and collaborative organisations alike” over two weeks since it ended, the organisers have announced.

The event featured over 300 exhibitors and sponsors and a 10-year record West Coast registered attendance of over 15,000.

Bob Moses, the AES’s executive director, says: “The AES 137 convention exceeded our hopes in many ways, and it was a thrill to see every one of our new ideas unfold successfully. The Live Sound Expo leveraged the success we’ve enjoyed with the Project Studio Expo and brought professional training to the sound reinforcement community. The new ŒRaw Tracks events, with a rare glimpse behind the glass at some of the classic recording sessions, [had] standing room only.

“High Resolution Audio sessions in the HRA breakout room emphasised a convergence of the consumer electronics music business with the musical production community, and the conversations are still buzzing along toward New York next year. We’ll be back in LA in 2016, and I suspect we’ll take it to yet another level.”

Pictured, right, is legendary producer/engineer/musician Alan Parsons giving the AES 137 keynote address.

Piers Plaskitt, CEO of Solid State Logic, says: “In anticipation of the excitement that would surround the return of AES to Los Angeles, Solid State Logic chose this show to launch two new products: the XL-Desk, our revolutionary twist on the classic analogue studio console, and a new addition to our live console portfolio, the powerful-yet-compact L300. We were thrilled with the response that both products received, and thanks to a stunning level of attendance, we anticipate an excellent return on the investment of us participating in the convention.”

“We were really pleased to have the AES Convention back in Los Angeles this year,” adds Doug Swan, Audio-Technica national director of sales and marketing, professional markets. “Attendance exceeded expectations, and we got to see professionals from all corners of LA’ s busy audio industry: ­ record-making, TV and film, gaming, live sound, the tech sector, system installation and more. Signifying a reinvigorated industry, AES continues its upswing, and we are looking forward to the show next year.”