It has been a busy and engaging 136th AES Convention in Berlin with a great deal of innovation on show at many levels, for visitors, educators, students, manufacturers, audio technologists and users. The Project Studio Expo was well attended throughout the event for the many specialist sessions, and there was plenty of new and inspiring new development on display with the student design competition, finalists especially in the area of GUI design with a very smart foley application for the film and dubbing market, as well as a cool and well executed synth performance and composition user interface.

A large delegation of students attended the sessions and events with good numbers from Poland, Serbia, Austria, Germany, USA, Spain and the UK, showing how much interest and commitment there is in the education, scientific and academic communities for nurturing and developing the next generation of audio engineers and designers. With a clearly reinvigorated and thoughtful executive and leadership team, the AES looks set to continue forging effective relationships and links between the science and the business of pro-audio, and seems to be freshly committed to being at the centre of things in both engineering innovation as well as standardisation across the audio industry.

Read more about this year’s event in this piece on how the AES gets ‘Happy’ by Frank Wells – editor of Pro Sound News and Past-President of the AES.