Earlier today I received a note from a friend that works for a firm that received the following alleged "memo" from Digidesign. A few hours later, another friend forwarded the 'alleged memo'. I can not say for certain that there is any validity to this, but the word has now come to me from two entirely independant sources. Word has also come down the pipe that "Emagic, Waves, Steinberg and Mackie have pulled as well." ------------------ This week Digidesign decided as a company not to attend the 2001 AES Convention in New York City. The executive management of Digidesign felt that every employee should make their own choice about flying to New York and with so much uncertainty about what lies ahead for this country, people here have already expressed their hesitation to travel. There is no way that we can control the events that instill fear in us all, but we can control our choice to do something that will help all the people who have experienced a tremendous loss from the attacks on September 11th. Digidesign, along with Avid, will make a significant donation to the relief funds set-up for rescue and restoring efforts in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. The executive director at AES asked that Digidesign refrain from making a public announcement about withdrawing from the show for thirty days. I told them that I would be contacting you immediately but please keep this news to yourself and not share the information with anyone under any circumstances. We certainly don't want our choice to influence any other manufacturer's plans for attendance if they are contemplating a decision themselves. Digidesign does not want to damage our relationship with AES by breaking their confidence in our word. On behalf of Digidesign, I would like to apologize to those developers who counted on our booth to provide the exclusive platform to show your products. I know that AES wants to accommodate companies that need to make new arrangements at the show and I would be happy to pass on your contact information so they can follow-up with each of you. This past week has been incredibly sad for us all but I am hopeful that we'll prevail stronger as a nation and live in peace. -------------------------- It's nice that they're going to make a "significant" contribution. It will be nowhere near the contribution to the city they would have made if they had any balls and attended the show...but something is better than nothing. One thing I hadn't thought of until I saw the "alleged actual memo" is what their actions will do to the smaller firms (like little 2-3 person shops) that design the plugins for Digi...those plugins that make Pro-sTools nearly useable. I wonder if they have any plans on making a "significant contribution" to the small companies they're hurting with their chickenshit actions. My 8 year old daughter said she was afraid to fly anymore. I asked her why, and she said "because people steal the planes and kill the people on them". We talked for a really long time about what a rare occurance that was, and how the Federal Government is going to work their best to keep it from occuring again. We talked about how this may be the absolute safest time to fly. We're going to take a 'flight to nowhere' (probably take the shuttle to NY, then back again) just to make sure she's cool with everything. She seems to have understood the lack of imminent danger, and she's 8 (OK, she won't be 8 for another couple of weeks, but close enough). Imagine grown adults behaving more childishly than an 8 yr. old. If DigiDesign/Avid were my company, I'd be very, very embarrassed, no, make that ashamed, right about now. As far as their action "influencing" any other company's decision to attend, I know we're going to be there, and probably more pissed off than usual. I hope I get a chance to meet each and every participant of this and other forums. To let a small pack of no account assholes paralyze the people of the United States with fear is unconscionable. Yes, it was a horrible tragedy that not a single one of us will ever forget. Many of us lost loved ones, which is a terrible, terrible thing, but life goes on. I know several people in audio production, in audio equipment manufacturing, in related industries (like the corporate things that make the "music industry run") that lost people who ranged from aquaintances to blood relatives. There were music industry people lost on UA 175 (I haven't heard of any industry on AA 11, but there very well could have been). I can certainly understand their grief, and I can understand their pain. I am also very proud to call them my friends, as not a single person I've spoken to that had planned to got to this show has cancelled their plans. The terrorists won as it concerns DigiDesign/Avid, I sincerely hope they don't win as it concerns the companies' that are actually involved in Professional Audio. Somehow, I feel that the true members of this industry have greater resolve than the corporate pussies at Digi/Avid. Pulling a few bucks out of your well stocked coffers doesn't make up for a physical show of support. For whatever it's worth, my wife and a bunch of her friends are going to New York next weekend to go see a Broadway show or two, for no other reason than to support the arts and try to assist New York get back to the business of living. Peace.