Just arrived in SF for the AES Convention. Not much to report today, other than blowing into the city JUST in time for the San Francisco Giants’ World Series Victory Parade. That was truly excellent for traffic flow. Went over to the Moscone Center to check out the happenings. Pretty much empty booths and packed boxes everywhere. Although some of the big companies (Avid, SSL, Focal) had the union folks setting up their gigantic displays.
The convention kicks off tomorrow with panel discussions and meetings. The exhibition portion runs Friday – Sunday.
The last AES I came to was here in 2008. This one has considerably fewer exhibitors. And a LOT of consolidation. Which I suppose is good in a way. I don’t personally believe that the industry could ever support as many trade publications as there were. Now many of them have been gobbled up by the same publishing company. And a lot of smaller companies have banded together in order to afford to show their wares. It will be interesting to see how that works out.
Of course, the bad side is obvious. All of this consolidation and sharing is indicative of the unfortunate truth. It’s very hard to make a living in the recording/audio business when nobody buys records.