Professional Sound correspondent Perry Gingerysty took in the recent AES 59th Conference on Sound Reinforcement Technology and Engineering, which ran from July 15-17 in Montreal.
Not having been to an AES event for a long time, the change to attend the 59th Conference on Sound Reinforcement was a special treat for me. To be surrounded by some of the audio world’s most reputable professionals was humbling. The likes of Bob McCarthy, George Massenburg, Peter Mapp, Buford Jones made the conference as educational as it was entertaining.
To see how far sound reinforcement has come and to get a glimpse of where it’s heading was exciting and awe inspiring. From the microphones to the loudspeakers and everything in between, the gear we use is consistently getting better, smarter, faster, more powerful, and easier to use. But the most important factor in all of this is that it has to sound good, or better yet, great. Our audiences are getting more and more sophisticated and demanding.
I’m hopeful that the price of technology will continue making it easier to do more with less. Smaller, more powerful digital boards, amazingly precise system controllers that can do more in a little black box than huge racks could do 20 years ago, loudspeakers systems that need less outboard gear to sound fabulous… All are becoming a reality.
But we still need well-trained and passionate people to use this equipment to its fullest potential, and conferences like this one will make sure that the knowledge and love of music, as Buford Jones said, will ensure that the future is so bright that shades won’t be an option.