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New York, Oct. 23, 2003--A packed exhibition floor drew more than 15,000 visitors during the four days of the AES 115th Convention in New York, where audio professionals came out in droves to see the latest audio technology. Also crowded were the technical sessions, which included the extremely well received debut of exhibitor and tutorial seminars.

"We've had a tremendous response from the exhibitors regarding the health of the convention," says Roger Furness AES executive director. "Of the more than 15,000 attendees visiting the show floor, most were industry pros who either are the decision makers within companies, or influence the decision making process."

The Convention kicked off with a keynote address by legendary producer, Arif Mardin, who warned that too much reliance on technology in the production stages of audio might cover up the lack of talent an artist has. Mardin maintains that enhancing an artist's voice is acceptable, as long as the talent shines through live. The standing room only Opening Ceremonies were foretelling of the crowds that were to come over the next three days.

The extensive convention program of technical sessions, workshops, special events and technical tours included "Surround Live!," the first ever, comprehensive event devoted exclusively to the creation, production and reproduction of live performance audio in multi-channel surround. The one day workshop was sold out a week before the show opened and garnered enthusiastic response from its attendees.

The AES Standards Committee and Technical Council both achieved success in their respective events. The Standards Committee featured a demonstration on the show floor of AES47, which specifies a means for a digital audio input-output interfacing transmission of digital audio over asynchronous transfer mode (ATM). The demonstration, which took place on the show floor was conducted by NineTiles, DCS Limited and Audix Broadcast.

The Technical Council's Heyser Lecture drew a large crowd of fans of Ray Kurzweil. Kurzweil's current best-selling book, The Age of Spiritual Machines, When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence has been published in nine languages and achieved the #1 best selling book on in the categories of "Science" and "Artificial Intelligence."

Looking ahead, the 116th AES Convention will convene in Berlin, May 8-11, and the AES has several conferences in the planning stages for the year ahead. For the latest information on events and activities of the AES please visit


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