NEW YORK CITY: As SonicScoop editor David Weiss states in his Op-Ed story this week, the 2011 AES convention was less about innovation and more about survival. At least on the surface.
Between the most troubled economy since the Great Depression and allegations of fiduciary mismanagement by the AES’ outgoing Executive Director, the 131st convention saw lower levels of manufacturer enrollment than in recent years.
But if there a smaller exhibition floor than in the past, it didn’t stop the crowds from coming. The first two days saw especially heavy traffic through all nine rows of booths, and the convention’s flagship panels made their presentations to a packed house.
Underneath the surface of the show were a smattering of innovations. One of the largest players in pro audio made a surprising announcement, and a handful of dark horses brought promising new designs to market. While huge developments from major manufacturers were few and far between, seemingly everyone had a new little trick for the 500-series lunchbox. Here’s a small a handful of the most notable designs from this year’s convention…