ac-et-dliveAC-ET to host dLive training courses
Thursday, 25 May 2017

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will be hosting certified training at their dedicated training facilities in High Wycombe and Leeds on 20 and 22 June respectively.
The courses will be run by experienced trainers from Audio-Technica, Allen & Heath’s representatives in the UK, who have extensive knowledge of dLive and its applications.
The all-day course is designed specifically for existing dLive users, touring engineers and those looking to upgrade to dLive. It is built around an immersive combination of presentation and hands-on training, designed to showcase the dLive’s power and flexibility across multiple applications. Attendees will receive ‘certified engineer’ status on completion of the course and a selection of Allen & Heath and AC-ET swag!
dLive, Allen and Heath’s premium console range, is designed with a range of features specifically for professional touring, broadcast, theatres and events, hire, corporate markets, and prestige installations. With a XCVI 160×64 FPGA core processor operating at 96kHz sample rate, dLive is available in a variety of control surface frame sizes and Mixrack I/O but all with the same processing power and channel/buss count.
(Jim Evans)

aedsummerexpoAED Display and AV Stumpfl schedule bootcamp
Friday, 21 July 2017

Belgium - AED Display and AV Stumpfl have organized a Wings Certified Operator Bootcamp from Monday 28 August until Friday 1 September 2017 at AED Studios, Lint (Belgium). The trainer will be Rainer Brandstätter, project manager & trainer AV Stumpfl.
Says Rainer, “On the first day of this five-day bootcamp we will tackle every aspect of setting up your show, starting with the physical installation and the troubleshooting of the system. On the second day we will learn more about the different modules (Wings / Vioso / Avio / Touch) and their capabilities.
“One by one we will introduce you to them and show you the basics which will allow you to explore them further on your own pace. This part will be mainly focused on the Wings software. Days three and four will include more advanced use of Wings and Avio. At this point you will dive into the Avio software and learn how to connect all the previously mentioned modules and add intelligence, logic and interaction to your show.
“On the last day of the bootcamp, our focus will be with Vioso. We will teach you how to camera calibrate your projections and all the do’s and don’ts on this matter. Registration is via registrations@aeddisplay.com.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
ald-2016-michael-northen-bursary-award-winnersALD launches Michael Northen Awards 2017
Monday, 3 July 2017

UK - The Association of Lighting Designers has announced the launch of the 2017 Michael Northen Awards. This year, following extensive research by the ALD’s student working group, a total of four awards will be presented under the Michael Northen Award scheme. The awards are open to current students – not limited to those on vocational theatre course – as well as affiliate members of the ALD.
The awards are a celebration of imaginative and creative lighting and video design and represent a chance for young designers to showcase their talent, bringing their work to the attention of experienced lighting and video designers, as well to the wider reach of industry professionals. Awards are presented to those who demonstrate strong, imaginative and creative lighting or video designs.
The winner of last year’s Award was Rory Beaton, who has since held the role of lighting designer for an extensive list of productions with companies including the Danish National Opera, The Almeida Theatre, Wexford Festival Opera and The Cambridge Arts Theatre.
Beaton’s advice to all would-be entrants, is, “Use the work you are most proud of, not what you think other people will like. If you are proud of it, and you genuinely believe it’s a good piece of work that meets the criteria, then it probably is. It is really important that the judges see you and your design in its best light (pun absolutely intended!). Design is such a personal thing and this is a perfect example to show off your style and the work you believe shows you at your finest.”
Al

 
right-light-panelsALD shines a light on The Right Light
Thursday, 16 March 2017

UK - The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), in conjunction with Royal Central Research, is hosting an afternoon of talks and panel discussions at Bankside (Central Bankside, Emerson St. SE1 9DU – Saturday 8 April, 2017 – 2pm) to celebrate the warm reception of Nick Moran’s recently published book, The Right Light (Palgrave 2016).
The Right Light documents the findings of Royal Central’s Nick Moran’s project, which asked such questions as ‘How do top theatre lighting designers decide what is the right light for each moment of a live performance?’, ‘How much of the process is technical?’, ‘How much craft? And ‘How much art?’ Answers to these questions, gleaned through interviews with 19 leading UK based lighting designers, form the basis data for this fascinating research study.
The event, introduced by Peter Mumford, multi-award-winning LD and director, and chair of the ALD, features some of the lighting designers involved. In attendance to bring engaging discussions from the book to life, will be:
Lucy Carter, a long-term collaborator with Wayne McGregor and others;
Michael Hulls, whose creative collaborations with Russell Maliphant and Akram Khan among others won him an Olivier for outstanding contribution to dance;
Mark Jonathan, some-time head of lighting at the National Theatre and international opera lighting designer;
Johanna Town, whose beautiful work, particularly for drama, has been seen on stages all over the UK and Europe;
Paul Pyant, who won the Olivier for best lighti

 
 
dante-certification-seal-1Audinate expands online training programme
Thursday, 23 February 2017

USA - Audinate, creator of the Dante audio networking technology, has announced the immediate availability of Level 2 Dante Certification online. This follows the success of the Level 1 online Dante Certification that was launched last year, with more than 5,000 people now certified.
The Dante Certification programme was created in response to overwhelming interest in Dante networking and audio networking best practices. Level 1 certification covered basic principles of audio networking and Dante. Following the release of Level 1, requests for further education led to the development of the Level 2 Certification.
Audinate has made the entire Level 2 course available online for those who are unable to attend live events, but inspired to extend their Dante education. The Level 2 course also includes an interactive simulator for the hands-on skills test.
The Level 2 Certification course is an intermediate to advanced level course that prepares AV personnel to design larger Dante network systems, and provides training on audio networking concepts such as clocking, unicast and multicast, latency, and redundancy. This course contains ten instructional videos, a knowledge test and the simulated skills test. The Level 2 certificate is awarded to those who successfully complete all modules, and pass both tests.
To access the Level 2 Certification course, visit www.audinate.com/cert-info
(Jim Evans)

 
pod-2-trainingAudiologic and CIS provide AV for XVR training
Friday, 11 August 2017

UK - The effective training of fire and rescue service personnel is of the utmost importance and in the UK, fire services constantly strive to improve methods, to ensure that they can make the greatest possible contribution to the safety of the communities in which they operate. Innovations such as XVR's virtual reality simulation technology platform (a by-product of gaming industry software) which assists in the training of safety professionals involved in crisis management and emergency response, are becoming essential tools.
When Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service was in the process of creating XVR training rooms at Droitwich fire station, they invited integrators County Infrastructure Services (CIS TECH) with whom they already had an excellent relationship, to discuss AV provision for the installation. A number of first floor offices were converted into training pods for firefighters and CIS installed the necessary equipment for an analogue surveillance system that kept within a strict budget.
During the course of the project, Andy Lewis of Audiologic advised CIS with regard to elements of the audio provision and supplied some of the component products. Hereford and Worcester were delighted with the install and won an award for training excellence but the process highlighted to Nick Evans of CIS that moving towards an IP based surveillance and digital audio system would significantly improve any future XVR solutions.
Following the success of the project, CIS was recommended by Hereford and Worcester to other county fire services and

 
 
backupBackup charity raises awareness at special event
Friday, 17 March 2017

UK – Supporters and trustees of Backup - The Technical Entertainment Charity - gathered in London on Monday evening to help raise the profile of the charity’s new name and logo in entertainment industry. Around 80 guests attended the event, which included live entertainment from Jay Johnson.
Backup exists to provide financial support to technical professionals working in live events, theatre, TV and film, helping them to get back on their feet when their lives are disrupted by illness or injury to themselves or to family members. Previously known as Behind The Scenes UK, the charity changed its name to Backup in 2016.
Backup’s chairman, John Simpson, welcomed guests to The Hospital Club in London’s Covent Garden, which generously sponsored the event. He reiterated the purpose of the charity by highlighting some of its achievements to date. “We have helped a number of technicians and their families when they have suffered falls from sets and studio rigging, been involved in horrific vehicle accidents, suffered rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, mental breakdowns and other circumstances that have prevented them from earning a living for a period of time.”
Among those being helped by the charity is Mark Pritchard, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma while touring with Level 42, and has just undergone a fourth round of chemotherapy. John Simpson read a message from him, in which he thanked the charity, saying: “We are amazed at the generosity of our industry in times of trouble.”
Simpson said: “Backup wil

 
kyle-robsonCape Town welcomes DiGiCo training
Friday, 11 August 2017

South Africa - An intensive one day DiGiCo Training course was presented by DWR Distribution’s Kyle Robson in July with the emphasis on both the S and SD range.
“We had 10 delegates from various companies, consisting of both old and new users, attending,” said Kyle. “The main focus was to educate the users on how to use both the S and SD range comfortably and we also shared tips and tricks to show just how powerful the platform is.”
There was much excitement as delegates soaked up the knowledge, appreciative that the training also covered a number of problem solving issues. “There was a huge interest in this and everyone gained a deeper knowledge of the internals of the systems,” commented Kyle. “The course was well received and I’m very grateful to everyone who attended. Thank you.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
electroacoustcisd&b to host electroacoustic seminar at ABTT 2017
Monday, 22 May 2017

UK - On Wednesday 7 June, d&b audiotechnik will be presenting its time honoured Electroacoustics seminar at the ABTT Theatre Show, at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace. The free to attend education event is ideal for anyone wanting to know more about how loudspeakers interact with their environment and how that affects what the listener hears. Plus, anyone who registers will automatically receive free admission to the exhibition floor, an environment in which to meet industry professionals and see what’s new in theatre technology.
With the scheduled seminars at d&b GB’s Gloucestershire base often booked up, it’s a great opportunity to take part this year and a natural stepping stone to d&b’s more product focused workshops.
The seminar has played a central role in the international d&b education calendar, and is for anyone looking to better understand the principles of electroacoustics for sound system design and engineering. Now something of an industry standard, the session is suited to all levels of experience, and asks questions such as: how does sound propagate? And how do sound waves combine? In typical d&b style, the friendly approach will provide informative answers in a light-hearted way, with plenty of practical experiments and demonstrations.
“I’d argue this seminar is the most important thing d&b does in terms of its education and training programme,” says presenter Oran Burns. “It goes back to the absolute basics. We know some sound engineers out there go about their work, and whether out of rep

 
digico-trainingDiGiCo Training for Cape Town & Durban
Friday, 7 July 2017

South Africa - DiGiCo is reportedly taking South Africa by storm, and with this in mind, Kyle Robson from DWR Distribution will be presenting training in Cape Town and in Durban during July.
The course aims to give users an overview of the new S21 digital mixing console and provide useful information and skills to better operate this console of choice.
The course will be hosted at DWR Cape Town on the 24 and 25 July and at DWR Durban on the 27 and 28 July from 9am to 5pm each day and the cost fee is R850.00. Delegates are required to provide laptops with the offline editor. Bookings can be made on line. Visit: http://dwrdistribution.co.za/register/digico-training-july-2017/
(Jim Evans)

 
 
madot-invitationdot2 training set for Cape Town & Durban
Monday, 10 July 2017

South Africa - With the aim to make operators familiar with the functions of the dot2 lighting control console, the interface, main features of the software and operating philosophy, Jannie de Jager from DWR Distribution will be presenting dot2 User Training in Cape Town from 31 July to 1 August and in Durban from 3-4 August.
The two-day course will cover groups, presets, storing cues, chases, effects and back up. Delegates are requested to supply their own dot2 console and laptop for the MA 3D Visualizer.
Bookings can be made on line. Visit: http://dwrdistribution.co.za/register/dot2training-august/
(Jim Evans)

 
etc-camp-cueETC combines summer camp and pro development
Friday, 4 August 2017

USA – On Thursday 20 July, nearly 250 ETC end users arrived in Madison, Wisconsin, for the fourth CUE conference. CUE, short for Create Understand Experience, is a professional development conference hosted by ETC every other summer.
This year’s classes were organised into one- and two-day-long tracks so attendees would have a more immersive, educational experience. Tracks focused on technicians, educators, general system networking, designing a better theatre, and Eos console programming. The typical daily class schedule was enhanced this summer with optional Saturday evening classes. With so many opportunities for hands-on learning, it’s no wonder that reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.
When asked to describe one main takeaway from the event, a CUE attendee says: “This should be required for technicians everywhere. There are too many benefits to list.”
Several of the courses throughout the weekend required prerequisite console training and quiz completion, making for a more advanced option to the conference than in the past. Many other courses offered ETCP continuing education credit upon completion.
If you were unable to make the trip to Wisconsin, or want to replay some of your favourite moments, check out the CUE website. Classes on both Friday and Saturday, and Friday morning’s keynote address by David Lincecum, vice president of Marketing, were recorded live and can be found at www.etcconnect.com/CUE/Videos/.
While it may seem like a lot of work, there was also plenty of time to play. The entire CUE event to

 
 
2016-etc-ldi-studentETC LDI Student Sponsorship applications open
Friday, 17 March 2017

USA - For nearly two decades, ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship has given students a unique way to gain experience, make connections and launch a career, and to attend the LDI tradeshow with all expenses paid. Applications for this year’s Sponsorship are now available at www.etcconnect.com/LDISponsorship, and due by 9 June 2017.
ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship includes a round trip airfare to the LDI tradeshow, which will be 17-19 November this year, along with hotel accommodation, all meals, a full conference pass, a student reception to meet people in the industry, and exclusive ETC swag. Students in their final year of undergraduate study, graduate students, and students from outside of North America who are studying at equivalent university levels at the time of the LDI show, and who are studying lighting design, theatre technology, stage machinery, or closely related fields, are eligible to apply.
One of the most beneficial aspects of ETC’s LDI Sponsorship is the mentorship portion. ETC matches each student with a professional who is well-established in the industry and works in a field that interests the student. The mentors provide guidance, advice and inspiration as the students finish their schooling and move into the working world. They can help with everything from giving input on designing a show, to introducing the students to important connections that could lead to a career.
Jason Read, a 2007 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship recipient describes his experience with the programme: “The success in my career is directly attributable to th

 
ETCP launches portable power practice exam
Wednesday, 22 March 2017


USA - The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) will launch a practice exam for the Portable Power Distribution Technician certification examination on 1 April 2017. The web-based practice exam will consist of 50 questions is available from that date forward for $40 at etcp.esta.org/practiceexams. Candidates should go to the ‘Candidates’ link and then follow the menu to ETCP and choose this exam.
The ETCP Council understands that there is a certain amount of fear surrounding the exams because many candidates have not taken an exam in quite some time and/or may be unfamiliar with computer-based testing. The 50-question practice exam will provide candidates with a valuable tool for self-assessment. There is no application process with the practice exam; so any interested candidate will be able to take the exam privately at home, at the office or on the road whenever it is most convenient for him or her. Candidates have 30 days to complete the exam.
“I speak with candidates every day who are intimidated by this exam,” said Meredith Moseley-Bennett, the ETCP certification manager. “Our hope is that the candidates who opt to take the practice exam will go into the actual exam feeling more comfortable and confident because they have gotten a general sense of the exam beforehand.
“Since the practice exam is exactly one-third of the test questions of the final exam, the candidates can time themselves for one hour to make sure they are answering the questions within the prope

 
 
prolyte-campusFirst Prolyte Campus event in US at Infocomm
Thursday, 6 July 2017

USA - Prolyte Group hosted its first North American Campus event on truss training in Orlando last month, just one day prior to the opening of InfoComm.
Organized in cooperation with its North American distributor A.C. Lighting Inc., the event had an impressive list of participants.
The Prolyte Campus event was accredited by both ESTA (ETCP) as well as InfoComm (CTS), offering continuing education credits and interesting and high-standing content that is recognized by industry bodies as well as those who participated.
Lecturer Ruud de Deugd performed an inspiring session on the technical aspects of using truss, from recognizing the different types of loading, calculating cantilevers to slinging methods, connection types and regulations, using his practical experiences to address common and recognizable issues.
“A brilliant way to learn more about the range of trussing available from Prolyte and learn the tips and tricks that will help you take your designs to the next level,” comments Matthijs Meijer, account manager North America of Prolyte Group. “There is a great demand for growing knowledge and creating both awareness and clarity within the industry. The Prolyte Campus offers this and I can safely say the first North American Prolyte Campus was a great succes.”
“We see a growing interest for the Verto truss”, comments Fred Mikeska, VP US sales & marketing of A.C. Lighting Inc. “Now that we have the truss in stock and out in the field we’re confident in this game-changing product. People are just amazed at the adv

 
green-hippo-invitation-roadshowGreen Hippo & DWR schedule SA roadshow
Wednesday, 12 April 2017

South Africa - DWR Distribution has joined up with Phil Blue from Green Hippo UK, to present a one day training session at their Cape Town (2 May), Durban (3 May) and Johannesburg (5 May) offices.
The hands-on workshops will cover topics including Hippotizer Concepts & Terms, Hardware, HippoNet, Startup, Configuration, Output Manager, Media Manager and so much more.
All delegates are requested to please bring their own Laptops along with the Green Hippo Programme on it. While the course is free of charge, booking is essential. Bookings can be done on-line via http://dwrdistribution.co.za/register/greenhippo/
(Jim Evans)

 
 
philtraining2Green Hippo delivers training with DWR
Tuesday, 20 June 2017

South Africa - Phil Blue, sales manager at Green Hippo, joined with DWR Distribution to deliver a week-long training programme to Green Hippo’s South African distributor’s client base. Sessions were led by Phil with logistical and technical support from DWR’s local staff.
First stop on the Republic of South Africa schedule was Cape Town, where Phil gave an illuminating session, including using DWR’s Hippotizer Boreal and Karst set-up to take attendees through ZooKeeper – Hippotizer’s interface, which allows for real-time control of the engine and all its components.
Phil then flew to South Africa’s east coast to take a session in DWR’s Durban office. The day again covered ZooKeeper, as well as ideas regarding using Green Hippo products in Durban’s churches and theatres, such as the historic Playhouse Theatre. Phil then journeyed to Johannesburg where he and DWR held a training event in the distributor’s main South African office. Here, the team set-up four LCD displays, ensuring that everyone had a great view of Phil’s step-by-step study of ZooKeeper.
“Huge thanks to the team at DWR for their invaluable support, not to mention making me feel so incredibly welcome. It’s always pleasure to meet Green Hippo users and help them get even more from our impressive line of kit,” said Phil Blue.
Dylan Jones of DWR commented: “The Roadshow was very successful and all who attended were excited about the product. I personally found the SHAPE 3D Mapping Software very interesting. Being able to import 3D models from CAD into SH

 
ken-scottGus Dudgeon Foundation summer course confirmed
Thursday, 8 June 2017

UK - The Gus Dudgeon Foundation and JAMES have confirmed that their Post Graduate Summer Course will take place on 10 July 2017 at Leeds Beckett University.
Now in its seventh year, the course will be led by renowned producer and Leeds Beckett senior lecturer Ken Scott who will guide 12 top-graduating students from JAMES accredited courses through five days of recording on both analogue and digital systems.
Ken Scott is responsible for recordings by a wide range of artists including The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton john, Pink Floyd and Supertramp.
The artists being recorded this year consist of musicians Matt Deighton (guitar), Steve White (drums) and Ben Trigg (bass)
Funding for this opportunity has been met by The Gus Dudgeon Foundation, Leeds Beckett University and JAMES’ sponsors, who so far include SSL and PMC and KMR.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
helen-goddardISCE presents Safety First seminar at PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 15 August 2017

UK - A comprehensive seminar programme at the forthcoming PLASA 2017 exhibition at London Olympia, 17-19 September 2017 includes a presentation on Safety First by Helen Goddard, fellow member and vice president of The Institute of Sound & Communications Engineers (ISCE).
On Monday 18 September, 11:00am-11:30am in the Fast Track Theatre at the exhibition, Helen will present a Safety First seminar outlining the ECS Certification Scheme and how it affects audio engineers working on sites and in venues. She will also outline how sound engineers can become accredited for this growing Health & Safety and core competencies standard within the construction industry.
A recognised ECS trade card is increasingly requested by clients and main contractors in order for operatives to gain access to sites and venues for equipment upgrades and routine maintenance. The ISCE is the only dedicated provider of ECS cards to sound industry professionals.
The 30-minute seminar will be presented in two halves, to allow attendees to opt to attend only the portion of the session that is applicable, as follows:
1. What is the ECS Certification Scheme and how does it affect me?
2. The mechanism for certification through the Institute of Sound and Communication Engineers.
If you would like to attend to find out more you can register in advance; at www.plasashow.com/seminars
In addition to Helen Goddard’s seminar, the ISCE is exhibiting at PLASA 2017 for the dura

 
cscsISCE safety event scheduled for SSE London
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

UK - ISCE has confirmed its first Sound Engineer ECS Card Health and Safety Assessment event, to be held on Wednesday 6September 2017, at SSE Audio Group’s office in London.
Following the recent announcement of ISCE’s accreditation to assess and issue ECS cards to its members, a Health and Safety Assessment is a critical component of the ECS card application process. All ECS Card applicants must hold an up-to-date health and safety qualification in order to be awarded with an ECS card.
This inaugural Health and Safety Assessment event will take place at: SSE Audio Group, 3 Cumberland Avenue, London NW10 7RX.
To find out more and register for the London September event or express an interest in future Health and Safety Assessment events please follow the registration link: www.isce.org.uk/isce-sound-engineer-ecs-card/apply/
(Jim Evans)

 
 
seminarspraprilwebLeading organisations top PLASA Focus programme
Tuesday, 18 April 2017

UK - A succession of new seminars has been added to the PLASA Focus Leeds 2017 programme, providing the industry with even more of a reason to make the journey up to the Royal Armouries in Leeds on the 9 – 10 May. The newest sessions, which are as always free to attend, include a tour of the BBC Studios, plus seminars which draw in expertise from well-established organisations such as Soulsound, BECTU and the Association of Lighting Designers.
Visitors to Leeds will have the opportunity to join a tour of the BBC Yorkshire production facility, hosted by Mike Buttery, operations manager of BBC Look North. The tour will cover the TV and radio studios, TV editing facilities and 'CAR' engineering department. Spaces are limited, anyone interested in joining should check the show’s website for information on how to sign-up.
Audio experts and long-time contributors to the PLASA seminar programme, Soulsound, will host two seminars during the show. The first session will discuss In Ear Monitoring including tips and techniques to get the best out of the technology. In a second session, titled Working in the music industry if you’re not technical, the Soulsound team will talk about alternative pathways in the industry which allow for a rock and roll lifestyle without getting your hands dirty.
Another new feature to the audio side of the programme will be presented by Daniele Massaccesi, international sales engineer for Axiom Professional Audio. In the session Transmission line back-loading in line array systems and the art of flyi

 
seminarsPLASA 2017 seminar programme steps up a gear
Thursday, 6 July 2017

UK - The PLASA Show seminar programme is one of its most important and popular features, each year hosting industry experts from around the world who share their knowledge, skills and experience. This year, the new, enhanced programme is set to deliver even more content than before and will feature a diverse range of subjects that will look at topical issues, ground-breaking concepts and deliver real insight into the world of entertainment technology.
The first sessions to be announced take place in the Audio & AV Theatre and include sound designers Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin talking about their incredible work to build a shifting world of sound on The Encounter, Simon McBurney’s solo performance, which traces National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre's journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest; the welcome return of veteran industry journalist Phil Ward, who hosts two panel sessions entitled 360 Degrees of Sound, which will take a look at 3D audio, and dealing with architects and consultants, as well as the intriguingly entitled Was Le Corbusier Deaf or What?; Jon Burton will impart his 10 Top Tips for Touring Engineers; whilst the IPS will take a look at The Ins and Outs of Microphones.
In the Lighting, Staging and Rigging Theatre Richard Pilbrow’s Theatre Projects at 60 - Session: Women Backstage... A New Theatre?, will feature an impressive panel line-up that will look at the rise in women’s contribution to the world of theatre; during Video As Light, award winning video designer Nina Du

 
 
seminarsprmarchPLASA Focus Leeds returns with a top seminar schedule for 2017
Monday, 20 March 2017

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds is back with a stellar line-up of seminar sessions and speakers for this year’s event on 9-10 May at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. The free to attend exhibition is a leading platform for the entertainment industry, offering an opportunity to discover the very latest technology including products from recent international launches.
Speakers this year include James Simpson, lighting visualiser at the Royal Opera House, who will be discussing the latest technologies in use at the Royal Opera House, with a look at how some recent projects have been technically achieved. Simpson will also be talking for the first time about an exciting new R&D project being developed at the ROH which uses Augmented Reality technology to create new opportunities for design teams to visualise their ideas – the talk will include a live demonstration.
The future of audio technology is also high on the agenda; d&b audiotechnik’s Oran Burns will be exploring this topic in a session titled ‘What’s Next for Pro Audio.’ LSi audio journalist Phil Ward will host a panel session to discuss ‘Is Point Source Fighting Back?’ an exploration of the varied applications of point source over line array.
The hugely popular Riggers’ Forum will return to Leeds, led once again by Harry Box and Chris Higgs, known for their thought provoking seminars and lively presenting style. Their presentation ‘Knot a Rigger’ will discuss where the responsibility of rigging lies within a production.
UK Rigging’s, Harry Box says: “Rigging do

 
plugfest-2012Plugfest 2017: PLASA Technical Resources in action
Wednesday, 22 March 2017

UK - The European RDM and sACN Developers Conference and Plugfest for 2017 will take place Wednesday 26 through Friday 28 April, in the UK, at Gatwick Manor, London Road at Lowfield Heath, just south of Gatwick Airport.
The Developers Conference provides a European forum for manufacturers, designers, consultants and prospective users; and aims to ensure that the adoption of standards achieves the desired levels of interoperability and reliability. Conference sessions will cover the understanding, implementation and use of the published E1.20, E1.37-1 and E137-2 RDM standards.
Other projects in the current ESTA Technical Standards Program such as “E1.33 : RDMnet” and the E1.37-5 and E137-4 extensions will also feature. Updates on Art-Net and RDM will also feature.
The Plugfest is a hands-on opportunity for product developers to try out their hardware and code implementations with products from a variety of other manufacturers, with support from their industry peers in an environment that encourages co-operation and improved understanding of the standards, and with the aim of achieving high levels of interoperability.
Typically, engineers participate in these events with the ability to code and debug aspects of their implementations on site, sometimes retreating to their hotel rooms to craft improvements before returning to the Plugfest to continue testing.
The sessions, despite their apparent informality, can be a valuable opportunity to learn how not to make the same mistakes, or misguided assumptions, as others may have done. Speci

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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