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AES E-News: May 22, 2007 - AES Vienna Wrap-up, 31st Conference, Author Note, May Journal

1. AES Vienna 2007 Wrap-up
2. 31st Conference Coming Soon
3. Author Note: 123rd Convention
4. May AES Journal available online

AES Vienna 2007 Wrap-up
AES Vienna 2007 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 in Europe!

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 next convention!

The 124th AES Pro Audio Expo & Convention runs from May 17-20, 2008 at the RAI in Amsterdam.

AES Conference on New Directions in High Resolution Audio 31st Conference Coming Soon
New Directions in High Resolution Audio
June 25-27, 2007
Queen Mary, University of London - London, UK

This Conference is concerned with the promotion and delivery of high resolution audio, by maintaining quality throughout the recording and playback chain with current and future technologies. It reflects the tremendous recent growth of high resolution audio techniques and products intended for use throughout the audio recording and playback chain. However, issues remain on how to avoid bottlenecks where quality is compromised, and how to maintain and encourage high resolution audio in an ever-changing marketplace. These concerns are of interest to the audio engineering, recording and production industries, as well as to education and academia.

We aim to provide a place for the exchange of news, issues and results, by bringing together researchers, developers, educators, students and professional users, working in fields that contribute to high resolution audio, to present original theoretical or practical work. It also serves as a discussion forum, provides introductory and in-depth information in specific domains, and showcases current products.

On-line registration and a full Preliminary Program Guide are now available.

Author Note: 123rd Convention
Authors, the deadline for proposing papers for AES New York 2007 is June 1st. Please submit your proposed paper before the deadline.

JAES May AES Journal Is Available On-line Here
The issue includes:
• Papers on:
      MPEG Surround Sound Encoding Standard
      Forensic Audio in the 21st Century
      Classification of Audio Signals
      Estimating Instantaneous Frequency
Feature: Wireless Microphones
AES Standards Committee News
News of the Sections, New Products, etc.

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