If you happen to be planning a trip to San Francisco around the first week of November but were worried that tickets to the 129th Audio Engineering Society Convention might be hard to get or priced out of your budget, fear not, the AES has made free exhibits-only passes available.
The “VIP” passes are good for all three days of Moscone Center visiting. The AES has attracted an excellent collection of exhibitors showing the latest and greatest in professional audio equipment.
Approximately 200 exhibitors are listed as attending and they range from retro/tube-worshipping boutique audio equipment makers to the latest in futuristic digital equipment builders ... and everything in between.
Where else can you find modern incarnations of Telefunken microphones and Fairchild compressors along with modern digital plug-ins that would allow you to imitate those devices or a hundred others? Or perhaps see demonstrations of digital equipment that effortlessly records, edits, processes and shuttles around audio from one channel to hundreds of channels, with no loss of signal?