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143rd AES Convention and NAB New York 2017 Show

October 26, 2017

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Sound and Story, Amplified.

If you're into audio, you're into AES. This staple of our industry is held each October and is where manufacturers show off their technologies to masses of attendees. Throughout these halls, you'll find engineers, technicians, students, and other enthusiasts packing the floor from all over the audio world. This year's convention was also co-located with the NAB New York Show (formerly known as CCW-SatCon), which brought even more tech (and more square footage for our team to traverse!) to the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

Overall, this show brought a lot of excitement that felt lacking in previous editions, quite likely boosted by NAB's neighboring presence. The hottest topic of the event continued to be networking - buzz words around many booths were IP, Dante, AES67, 2110, and Ethernet.

Also of note was the ever-growing proliferation of immersive technologies... Dolby Atmos continued to dominate the broadcast and post production world, VR and 360-degree sound were ongoing points of discussion (Facebook even had a booth displaying their 360 Spatial Workstation) and showed how sound for picture, for VR, and for gaming were progressing.

More than just a gear-fest, both shows also were packed with all sorts of panels, seminars, and workshops, covering all sorts of topics for various experience levels.

In the middle of all of this excitement was the Dale Pro Audio team. Our booth was right in the middle of the AES hall, showing some samplings of our markets served and staffed by our team of Sales Professionals. In addition, the team took to the aisles, gathering info on new and interesting products and technologies.

Some of the highlights that caught our team's eye:

  • Avid and Dolby Labs strengthened their partnership with improved built in Atmos mixing within Pro Tools | HD 12.8.2.
  • Josephson Engineering released their new C725 dual-diaphragm tube condenser microphone - it needed to be heard to be believed.
  • Focusrite announced their new Focusrite Pro division, specifically to better support the RedNet, Red, and ISA lines.
  • Neumann heralded the 50th anniversary of the iconic U87 microphone by unveiling the U87 Rhodium Edition. Limited to 500 pieces worldwide, Dale is already receiving pre-orders!
  • iZotope's new Ozone 8 changes the game for mastering and mixing engineers, with the Tonal Balance Control engine working in tandem with their Neutron 2 plug-in to help you get your desired mix even faster.
  • Hafler is back! The classic studio power amp maker is now a division of Radial Engineering, with amp models coming back to shelves very soon.
  • With new IP standards being ratified, Wohler Technologies was already ready to handle them! The iAM Series monitor products are now compatible with formats such as 2110 via SFP.
  • Our staff was very impressed with the Telos IP intercom system called Infinity. This system doesn't require a matrix and is incredibly flexible and powerful.

For a list of updates and shares from the show floor, check out our Twitter Page.
For a gallery of images of cool gear and other sightings, check out this page.

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