That is the price for non-members who want to see more than the exhibits. I had the privilege of attending the 127th AES convention, but I was a student and a member at that time, so I qualified for their MASSIVE discount ($99 for full entry). However, being that I graduated this May I have not renewed my membership (expensive), and I no longer qualify as a student. So here's my question: Have any of you figured out a way to (legally) gain access to the convention's seminars on the cheap? Secret loopholes? Generous people who have too much money? craigslist? Any tips would be appreciated, though it won't surprise me if the simple answer is "$509".