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AES (Audio Engineering Society) Official Show Report 2016

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You can hardly turn around at AES without seeing a noteworthy engineer. Here is Grammy Award-winning engineer Dave Pensado hanging out at the Amphion booth. He also hosts Pensado's Place, a weekly recording-related web show... if you haven't seen it, you should definitely check it out!

 

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And of course we have to also check out the cool goods on display at the Amphion booth...

 

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Here's the Alto Music booth...

 

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Where you'll find Golden Age mic preamps, equalizers and compressors...

 

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And Lindell products, including their software plugins...

 

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Dude, this is RAD....

 

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Speaking of highlights from the show, I stopped by and talked with the good folks at Warm Audio. I recently reviewed their WA-2A Tube Leveling Amplifier, and was quite impressed with its sound and incredible value.

 

 

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Next up from Warm? How about a four channel 312-style mic preamp? That's it on top of the rack - the WA-412. Wait until you hear the price - it is $1,199 MSRP!

 

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While it's not dead-on faithful, they added a second knob so you can crunch things up if you want to...

 

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Obligatory gut shot...

 

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Warm also announced their first microphone - the $599 MSRP WA87. No prizes for guessing what mic they based it on... both the new preamp and mic should be available in December.

 

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Need in-ear monitors? The E.A.R. booth is a good place to stop by...

 

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This is really interesting - SurferEQ2 does things that other equalizers can't - like follow the fundamental frequency of a instrument, even when it plays different notes. Stay tuned for a HC review...

 

 

 

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AES just wouldn't be AES without stopping by and saying hello to the nice folks at the Manley Labs booth.

 

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The big news at Manley is the Nu Mu compressor.

 

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EveAnna Manley

 

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High above the main convention floor (okay, it's just the second floor, but it has a totally different feel) are the demo rooms. These individual rooms give attendees a chance to watch demonstrations and hear things in a more secluded environment away from the noise and bustle of the main convention floor. And speaking of noise, AES is soooo much quieter than a NAMM show is! :philthumb:

 

I tried to take pictures of the demo rooms in between presentations so as to not disturb anyone, so if you don't see a lot of people sitting in the rooms, that's why.

 

Focusrite had a bunch of their products on display on the second floor.

 

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Line 6 was also demoing stuff upstairs.

 

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The BIG news here is that they're re-releasing Amp Farm and Echo Farm!

 

 

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Here is the Apogee Element 88

 

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They also had the Symphony I/O on display.

 

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Zynaptiq...

 

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For those of you who still enjoy reading retro, paper-based publications, you can grab current issues of most of the audio related magazines at the show for free!

 

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RackFX has a interesting program that allows you to rent your gear, but without it leaving your studio.

 

 

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The Tape Op booth was as popular as ever.

 

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3D Sound Labs is ready for the virtual reality revolution.

 

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SPARS (the Society of Professional Audio Recording Studios) also had a booth and was doing mentoring sessions at AES.

 

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The Musico Pro and Recording magazine booth.

 

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The other half of the Neumann family tree - Microtech Gefell.

 

 

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ADK was also showing off their full line of microphones.

 

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ADK's CEO, Mr. Larry Villella.

 

 

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More microphone stands - these are from Iron Works. I like the design of the round bases.

 

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Sonic Farm

 

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Need insurance? If so, these nice people at The Recording Studio Insurance Program will be happy to help you.

 

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Ocean Way Audio was displaying their new HiRes3.5 Studio Reference Monitors.

 

 

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...and also their new RM1-B ribbon mic.

 

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Bose was also at AES.

 

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So was Genelec.

 

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Meanwhile over at the TASCAM booth...

 

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There were a ton of portable recorders on display.

 

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Not to mention standalone multitrack hard disk recorders and computer audio interfaces.

 

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