Normally, about a month or so ago I'd be hyping the Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention and telling you all about the exhibits (the Toy Show) and free workshops and special events available with a free Exhibits Plus registration, and highlighting some of the workshops, seminars, product training sessions, and technical papers that you get with a paid registration. This will be the 149th convention, and no, I haven't been to every one.
Well, my enthusiasm for this year's show isn't what it ought to be because, well, you know, the show will be virtual this year like all the other trade shows. The gear and software exhibits will be video demonstrations, with maybe some scheduled time for Q&A with select vendors (details are still kind of sketchy), and there will be video tours, and video classes, but there hasn't been a full schedule of workshops, technical sessions, or special events published and it's getting late. There's some information here
, which will be updated as things fall into place and on to a schedule matrix. The usual show is four days. The virtual show will run for four weeks, over the period of October 5 through October 30 with no doubt some repeats of the canned events. Our namesake George will be giving a presentation during the last week.
Early bird registration closes on August 31, so unless they extend that (they did, last year) if you're a member, you're out of luck for getting a full registration for $99.
They still have the virtual equivalent of the Exhibits Plus pass, now they're calling it Showcase+. It includes the product showcase with whatever Q&A works out to be, a set of technical sessions that I expect will be similar to the excellent presentations in past years as the Project Studio Expo and Live Sound Expo. The registration for Showcase+ is free ("Limited time only") so I'd suggest that you cruise over to the Registration page
register for a Showcase+ pass, and watch the tube when you have the time and there's an interesting session that's covered by this registration Of course you can join AES and get a full access pass that includes all of the technical sessions.
One of the things that's most important to me when attending one of these shows is meeting old friends and making new ones, twiddling the knobs on a box, and being able to talk technical about new or old products. I'll miss this, but I'll probably drop in to a few sessions here and there. And I'll miss the wine happy hours at the trade booths.
It's live, it's virtual, it's the best they can do given the circumstances. Give it a shot. You're bound to learn something.
While, personally, I don't think this - The George Massenburg Professional Recording Forum - should continue as an active forum since most of the posts here are over 10 years old and George no longer participates. But since The Management seems to want to keep it open, maybe we can use this space to talk about what we learned from an interesting tech talk, what's exciting about a particular new product shown, a good workshop that taught you something useful, and such.