PLASA previews Professional Development Programme

PLASA previews Professional Development Programme

The PLASA Professional Development Programme will once again bring a number of global experts together to share their insight and experience at the next PLASA Show from 4-6 October 2015.

The first seminar sessions, on an array of topics, have now been announced for the London Excel event.

One of the PLASA Show’s new initiatives for 2015 is a zoned layout designed to make navigation around the show easier than in previous years. The show’s seminars feature a similarly zoned theme, with sector-specific stages hosting over 150 speakers throughout the three days, highlighting case studies and advice on audio, broadcast, AV, lighting and staging.

The first 16 sessions will cover subjects ranging from high profile productions and technical best practice, through to business sense and sustainability.

Scott Willsallen, who has been the audio systems director and/or designer for many of the world’s highest profile sporting events, including the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, will host two sessions discussing the presentation of sport to stadium audiences and the challenges of sound design for Olympics ceremonies.

“PLASA remains a very important platform for the exchange of experiences and ideas in our industry,” he said. “Many of the design principles I employ on major international events and stadium installations are equally relevant to smaller scale projects, so I hope to provide the PLASA audience with an interesting insight into the evolution of major event and stadium audio design.”

At the other end of the audio industry scale, Soulsound will present a session on whether freelance sound engineers should set up as a small business, and there will also be seminars on time aligning inputs/outputs and the thorny issue of whether live sound should be a ‘neutral’ process or open to interpretation. Visitors can also look forward to panel sessions on ‘digital mixing for the real world’, featuring compact mixer experts from Soundcraft, Allen & Heath, PreSonus and Music Group; and digital audio networking with representatives from Dante, Riedel, the Media Networking Alliance, the Open Control Architecture Alliance and independent consultant Roland Hemming.

Sustainability – social, economic and environmental – has in recent years become a key theme throughout the technical production industry, and will be the subject of three sessions hosted by industry alliance SIPA, while an After Dark Events session looking at the evolution of live production from the first rock’n’roll shows onwards will offer an insight into how far the industry has come in six decades.

More seminars will be announced over the coming weeks.

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Powersoft introduces new Indonesian distributor

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Kairos Multi Jaya has been appointed Powersoft's exclusive distributor for Indonesia with immediate effect.

Powersoft joins a portfolio of other high-end brands supplied by company that also includes Digico, Allen & Heath, EAW, RCF and, most recently, Audio-Technica.

The deal with Kairos Multi Jaya represents another significant step forward for the 20-year-old Italian manufacturer in South East Asia. In addition to a fleet of major distributors across the region, Powersoft also has a dedicated Singapore base where APAC sales manager Arthur Soh and technical engineer Remo Orsoni are based.

"We have been admirers of Powersoft’s products for many years, so when the brand became available in Indonesia, we seized the opportunity," said Kairos Multi Jaya MD Pratama Budiman. "From our experiences with RCF, we love the warmth and friendliness of working with Italian companies. Their extremely well engineered amplifiers and products offer the best value for money on the market, are innovative and extremely competitive. In addition, they also share the same vision as ourselves in wanting to educate the market and provide end-users with invaluable knowledge."

Soh added: "Kairos is very experienced in the pro audio market in Indonesia, with good access to the different vertical markets. We also share the same vision in terms of education and this is important as both companies work together to achieve a common goal. I believe that with the right amount of commitment from both companies we will achieve our goals."

"Powersoft’s K, M and Ottocanali series were recently joined by the X Series, and they are all seen on fixed equipment racks in houses of worship, nightclubs and all manner of venues and auditoria, in addition to the mobile racks of production companies," Budiman continued. "The development of the innovative Deva system also particularly excites us."

The new partners will both host a Powersoft Sound School Indonesia event on 27 and 28 August, covering a broad range of topics. Included on the schedule will be in-depth training on Powersoft’s own Armonia software, an exploration of the X Series, a guide to creating and saving presets from loudspeaker manufacturers’ data and demonstrations of both damping control and subwoofer cardioid adjustments. The event will follow similar education showcases in Singapore on 22 and 23 July, as well as Seoul, South Korea on 18 and 19 August. Orsoni and Soh will be present at each event.

Picture (from left): Arthur Soh, Pratama Budiman and Powersoft MD Luca Giorgi.

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HHB Canada hires Norman Verrall to lead new operation

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HHB Canada has appointed Norman Verrall to manage a newly created Broadcast and System Division.  

The new Broadcast and Systems Division is seen as an integral new part of HHB Canada, focusing on the needs of the broadcast, live sound, install, house of worship and production industries. The Broadcast and Systems Division will look to draw upon HHB Canada’s wide range of products and provide a focused path to market for these sectors, independent of HHB Canada’s existing MI and pro audio resellers.

Verrall has over 35 years pro-audio experience and is known as one of the top pro-audio technical sales people in Canada, according to HHB. He will manage the new division from the company's Toronto office.

Sales representatives for the group are Atlantic Canada, Al Strickland; Quebec, Pierre Beaupre; Ontario, Richard Hagan and Western Canada, David Firby.

“The Broadcast and Systems Division builds on the strength of our diverse product portfolio and experience and adds a dedicated sales team to provide a focused approach for customers in these markets. Norman and the team will continue to deliver the outstanding service that our customers have come to expect,” stated HHB Canada president Dave Dysart.

Verrall commented: “The creation of the Broadcast and Systems Division targets the needs of Broadcast Resellers, Systems Integrators, Live Sound Resellers and Consultants. HHB Canada is the leading pro audio supplier in Canada and our experience and knowledge will be of great benefit to these markets.”

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Allen & Heath’s modular iLive digital mixing system was employed to manage FOH for the recent production of Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia, taking place at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

A classical reworking of The Who’s 1973 album Quadrophenia, Townshend’s production featured the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Oriana Choir, and guest singers Billy Idol, Phil Daniels and Alfie Boe.

“The brief was to emulate the Quadrophenia studio album, and provide clean, open sound,” explained FOH engineer Ian Barfoot (pictured). “So I knew I had to choose iLive because it fits the bill exactly - it has a very open, clean sound, great audio processing, is super flexible, networkable, and is customisable so I can make it work for me, rather than the other way round. With an 80-strong orchestra, 90-strong choir and various guest celebrity singers, there was a lot going on, so iLive is just what I needed.”

The PA was provided by Capital Sound, and the iLive system comprised two modular iDR10 MixRacks installed on stage and linked using ACE, with an iLive-112 control surface at FOH position linked to the racks using fibre optic and cat5 working in tandem. The system needed to manage a total of 128 inputs, with approximately 12 outputs and 16 DCAs, and provide orchestral stems to the monitor board, left and right to the main venue system, as well as a recording feed to the mobile broadcast trucks.

“The iLive-112 surface has a compact footprint which is ideal for theatre situations but the impressive thing is that I can run the console as a 224 strip surface, using the soft keys to recall different control strip configurations as scene recalls, greatly expanding the scope of what I see in my layers. By programming various soft keys to provide completely different control strip setups for different parts of the orchestra, I can instantaneously recall a different channel configuration all at the touch of a button. In fact, I could multiply up to 9 times the 112 channels… but that’s madness!” remarked Barfoot.

Barfoot also used a laptop running iLive Editor as an extra meter bridge so the system technician could monitor the first 50 microphones, mainly the string section, where most sound reinforcement problems occur. He also used an iPad with the app as a remote control during rehearsals.

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