AES Vienna 2007 Wrap-up
The 122nd AES Pro Audio Expo & Convention: Lots of visitors and lots of activity
Vienna, May 2007: The 122nd AES Convention in Vienna closed on May 8th.
Successful and marked by a strong upswing in the audio industry, a very
interesting technical program, and an exhibition with many new
exhibitors and visitors, the convention became the platform for renewing
and expanding the AES convention series as the largest pro audio event
Compared to the two previous conventions, that were well attended, this
year's turnout of approximately 5,450 attendees at the exhibition and
800 full program participants shows that there is a strong interest in
audio products and information. One particularly positive trend was that
visitors spent more time at the convention itself, whereas the past
year's events had been typified by shorter visits.
As expected, 15% of participants came from Eastern European countries
this year. Thierry Bergmans, Exhibition Manager of the European AES
Convention, explained how Vienna, the host city, affected the turnout:
"Basically, a lot of our visitors came from the host country and
neighboring countries. This year we saw the trend extend to Eastern
European countries. After all, for these visitors, traveling to this
convention was easier than ever."
The convention exceeded expectations for the numbers of future audio
professionals in attendance: approximately 30% of the full-program
visitors were students who went to the AES to exchange information and
to network. Once again, these numbers show an increase compared to
previous years and underscores AES's strategy to promote training and
continued education to attract future pro audio professionals.
The Spotlights Series, a new AES initiative to provide exchanges of
subject-specific information, was added to this year's convention
lineup. Focusing on three hot topics in the industry (Broadcasting,
Live Sound and Archiving), the series offered a large array of
individual events, featuring presentations, workshops, technical tours,
exhibitor seminars, and application seminars. This comprehensive
approach made it possible to learn about the subjects from a number of
different perspectives, which visitors found very helpful.
The Application Seminars were introduced at last year's Paris
convention. These seminars feature presentations on practical areas of
the pro audio field, and they were an integral part of the Vienna
convention as well. Visitors and exhibitors were very excited about the
large presentation area that was reserved for the Application Seminars
in one of the two convention halls. In this way, the Application
Seminars once again became the central forum for all attendees and a
logical extension of the regular convention program. "We really support
this trend towards more activity in the exhibition area," said Roger
Furness, echoing the overall impression of convention attendees.
After visiting many regions of Europe in the last few years, including
such host cities as Berlin in the Northeast, Barcelona in the South,
Paris in the West, and Vienna in the East, the European AES-Convention
will return to one of the most popular cities and successful convention
locations in Western Europe in 2008: Amsterdam. Save the date for the
The 124th AES Pro Audio Expo & Convention
runs from May 17-20, 2008 at the RAI in Amsterdam.