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PLASA 2012 to feature more audio content than ever before

Daniel Gumble
PLASA 2012 to feature more audio content than ever before

Offering a greater volume of audio content than ever before, this year’s PLASA 2012 show looks set to provide visitors from the pro audio world a jam-packed audio extravaganza.

Taking place at London’s Earls Court from September 9th-12th, PLASA 2012 will offer visitors to the exhibition floor the chance to view the very latest products and innovations, while the Professional Development Programme boasts an array of sessions to whet the audio professional appetite.

The Back to Basics category comprises three sessions from the Association of Sound Designers that examine strategies for recording sound effects, mixing amplified sound effectively and creatively, and setting delays on a sound system to create natural sounding reinforcement or optimum sounding amplification. They will also look at how to create delay zones so that a performer’s voice sounds like it is coming from where they are standing, not from the speaker system. 

Also in the Back to Basics programme is d&b audiotechnik’s ‘Sound System Fundamentals’ and ‘db Limits - Mutual Respect, the road to Compliance’ presented by Jacob Navne (noise and legislation consultant for Roskilde Festival). For those new to the industry, London-based Alchemea College presents ‘Getting a Foot in the Door’ and The Backstage Academy presents: ‘What’s Your Future Role in the Live Events Industry?’

In the Future Trends programme, ‘What’s Left in the Black Box’ asks leading loudspeaker designers, including industry veteran Tony Andrews from Funktion One; Matthias Christner from d&b audiotechnik and Andy Pardoe from Traction Sound how much more they think the traditional loudspeaker can be improved by physical engineering alone - improving the box, the drivers, the horns etc – before the industry head down the DSP route. As Andrews remarked: "It is extremely worthwhile because in my opinion achieving even response and coverage naturally with the loudspeaker is superior to forcing the sound into shape with DSP. Furthermore, DSP cannot remove inherent distortion, it can only add to it. Raising the awareness that DSP is not the answer to all acoustic problems is a good thing."

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Discussion and debate will play a key role in ‘The Art of Noise’, a look at the issues surrounding creeping noise control regulations at urban concerts and festivals, hosted by panellists John Taylor from d&b audiotechnik; Jim Griffiths from Vanguardia Consulting; Jacob Navne from SGAudio Aps. A panel of sound engineers join Dave Swallow’s ‘Audio Think Tank’ session and ‘Are We Near To Perfect Sound?’ is presented Jason Baird from Martin Audio; Werner ‘Vier’ Bayer from d&b audiotechnik and Miguel Lourtie from Meyer Sound.

Richard Pilbrow’s presentation ‘Architecture and the Art of Theatre Design’ takes a more holistic view of audio development, particularly in the re-emergence of the theatre in the round and the challenges that brings to the technician. The Institute of Professional Sound discuss ‘The Loudness Issue’ aimed particularly at broadcast engineers, while the Prodigy’s live engineer Jon Burton’s ‘Keeping It Within Limits’  looks at maintaining that dynamic mix within the protocols of sound restrictions.

Manufacturers’ increasing commitment to product specific training is an area that PLASA remains keen to promote in the Exhibitor Training & Demo’s programme. Bookable training sessions are hosted by Midas, Roland, Tait and Yamaha. Demos are being hosted by Sennheiser, Duran Audio, KV2 and Funktion-One, and joining the education programme, NEXO’s R&D director Francois Deffarges presents ‘Scale Through Modularity: NEXO’s Post-Modern Take on Line Array’; Shure Distribution invite visitors to a talk on ‘Digital Innovation and Spectrum Planning’; Sennheiser present ‘Time for Change’, an explanation of the changing spectrum operating environment and how the switchover from Channel 69 to Channel 38 affects you, and NTI Audio explains ‘How to Commission an Installed Sound Environment’.

Those looking to experience loudspeakers in a real world-environment will be treated to the brand new PLASA AudioLab, a full-volume loudspeaker demo facility. The AudioLab will feature Martin Audio’s OmniLine array and new high-output XD15 and XD12, while Bose Professional Systems will use a combination of live bands and recorded music to demonstrate the new RoomMatch series of array module loudspeakers, powered by the PowerMatch, and NORTON audio showcases its P1 System.

Meanwhile, the programme will also feature industry veteran and Audio Pro International columnist Toby Alington, whose ‘Live Music Recording – Capturing Adele at the Royal Albert Hall’ is a must for those interested in the interface between live and broadcast sound.  Creating the right acoustic environment is central to the success of the ‘Helsinki Music Centre; A modern approach to a concert venue and a place for music media’ presented by Tapio Ilomäki & Ari Lepoluoto Alington will also return to present ‘Live Music Broadcast – Mixing the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert’.

Completing the line-up is ‘Backstage at the London 2012 Ceremonies’, presented by Piers Shepperd and his team, including Chris Ekers (Senior Production manager, Audio & Comms).  To hear how it became the most watched event ever, visitors must arrive early, as on-line booking has closed for this one-off session, which isnow standing room only.

The Olympics Uncovered programme will also include a special seminar by Riedel, explaining the integrated signal distribution and communications infrastructure that enabled the execution of the London Ceremonies, while Bill Morris from CTVOB’s will host a session about the first Opening Ceremony in history to take the broadcast in–house, and the bespoke, high-end, independent system that CTVOB built to deliver it.

PLASA 2012’s commitment to all things pro audio is further underlined by the number of audio specialist exhibitors this year. An impressive 83 companies that specialise in audio products have confirmed stands at this year’s show. From companies that are regarded as industry standards, to European competitors, there is something for everyone on the showfloor.

To find out more about all the audio content on offer at PLASA 2012 visit www.plasashow.com. Click on ‘education’ to book for your FREE PDP sessions and take advantage of our 50 per cent discount to gain entry to the entire four-day event for £10.
                                   

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Tags: Broadcast, Installation, Live Sound, Studio, olympics, funktion one, tony andrews, 2012 olympics, bill morris, opening ceremony, london 2012, queen's diamond jubilee, diamond jubilee concert, london 2012 opening ceremonies

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