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Seminar Programme

Wednesday 30 April

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All sessions are FREE to attend.

10.15am - 11.15am

Bury Theatre

Soulsound

Getting a Foot in the Door - How to make your way in the Live Sound Industry - presented by Soulsound

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Get yourself on the list of “go to guys”! A practical, honest and challenging guide for aspiring sound engineers, and those who are already working but struggling to progress. In this inspiring talk, Darryn will discuss attitude, how to approach potential employers and how to get a response to your CV. The principles under discussion will be equally applicable to those trying to get into lighting and other parts of the industry.

Speaker(s):

Darryn de la Soul

11.30am - 1.00pm

Bury Theatre

Soulsound

Live Drum Micing Techniques - presented by Soulsound

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Getting the drum sound right in any and all circumstances is the quickest way to stand out from the crowd, and make yourself a sought-after engineer. Justin Grealy is an engineer who has been there and done that in the world of rock and roll. He will be demonstrating drum micing techniques to help you get the best out of any situation, from your local pub with low/no budget, to a "proper" gig where budget is no object.

Speaker(s):

Justin Grealy

11.30am - 12.30pm

Wellington Room

Acoustic Solutions for Music and Broadcast - presented by Audio Technica

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Vicoustic has established itself as one of the most dynamic companies in the acoustic solutions industry. Highly respected for its wide range of absorption, diffusion, and basstrap acoustic treatments, Vicoustic offers a range of innovative products and services, representing the outcome of years of development and testing. In this seminar, Vicoustic’s R&D manager Jorge Castro will be presenting a selection of their research-led, award winning product lines and will be taking you through their unique benefits to the music and broadcast market.

Speaker(s):

Jorge Castr (Vicoustic)

12.45pm - 1.45pm

Wellington Room

d&b audiotechnik

Sound System Fundamentals - presented by d&b audiotechnik

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Through experiments and practical demonstrations, take a fresh look at some basic acoustics and sound system principles; the frequency and wavelength relationship, addition and subtraction of sound waves and a look at how these phenomena crop up everywhere in our lives as working sound engineers.

Speaker(s):

Oran Burns

1.15pm -2.15

Bury Theatre

Shure Distribution UK and Soulsound

An Insight into the World of RF - Is Is it a Dark Art? - presented by Shure Distribution UK and Soulsound

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In this session the mysteries of RF will be unravelled, enabling engineers to be confident in their dealings with radio mics and IEM’s, which are now an integral, yet often-misunderstood, part of the pro-audio skill base.

Speaker(s):

Tuomo Tolonen (Shure Distribution UK)

2.00pm - 3.00pm

Wellington Room

Martin Audio

The Seven C’s of Sonic Wisdom - presented by Martin Audio

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Simon Honywill explores the unique advantages and opportunities offered by Multicellular Array Technology to front of house engineers, and challenges some of the accepted ‘norms’ now ubiquitous in modern professional audio.

Speaker(s):

Simon Honywill (Sound Engineer, Martin Audio)

2.30pm - 4.00pm

Bury Theatre

Funktion One and Soulsound

What Does Good Sound Sound Like? - presented by Funktion One and Soulsound

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A trio of audio experts will examine what we perceive as “good sound”. Tony Andrews andJohn Newsham of Funktion One, and the legendary Roger Lindsay, will demonstrate the influence of individual links in the audio chain and an interactive discussion of individual perception will take place.

Speaker(s):

Tony Andrews & John Newsham of Funktion One, with Roger Lindsay (Prince, Pink Floyd, James Taylor)

3.15pm - 4.15pm

Wellington Room

National Skills Academy

Masterclass Taster - The Backstage Centre - presented by National Skills Academy

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The Backstage Centre holds their Masterclass series twice a year. Join us for this taster session with Jason Larcombe to find out what is on offer.

The session looks at lighting design from the creative viewpoint. Setting technology aside, it shows how lighting forms part of a collaborative process, how it can be used to tell the story as much as create atmospheres and environments. Taking examples from nature, art and our daily lives, it outlines the lighting designer's palette and helps us to develop a visual language in order to communicate effectively about our lighting ideas.

Speaker(s):

Jason Larcombe (White Light) and Emily Malcolm (The Backstage Centre)

 

confirmed exhibitors

Peavey Commercial AudioStage ElectricsA.C. Special Projects LtdExperience Lighting LimitedTriple EHarlequin FloorsElectronic Theatre ControlsPro Light Concepts LtdPenton UK LimitedLMC Audio Systems LtdVectorworks TrainingKV2 AudioAdastraHawthornNorthern Stage ServicesAdlib AudioSES (Entertainment Services) LtdNexo SAPhilips EntertainmentArtistic LicenceRCF SpaImpact ProductsOHM (UK) LtdSource DistributionAutograph Sales & InstallationsLeisuretec Distribution LtdElation ProfessionalNeutrik UK LtdTotal Solutions GroupProjected Image UK LtdLinkAmber Sound LtdOut BoardPEARCE HIRETC GroupPOLARaudio UK LtdVisual Productions BVRigging ServicesSound Technology LtdSennheiser UK LtdRoland Systems GroupBackstage AcademyStudio DueCameoLe Maitre LtdPro Audio Systems LtdJ&C JOEL LtdLee Filtersd&b audiotechnik GmbHLightstorm TradingLED LitesRoscolab LtdHall StageRW SaltAudio-Technica LtdDoughty Engineering LtdRope Assemblies LtdClay PakyIndu ElectricAmbersphere Solutions LtdProlyte GroupDuratrussFBTChauvetISCEOrbital Sound LtdMartin ProfessionalAmpetronic LtdFuzion PlcElectro - VoiceRobert JuliatSSE Audio Group LtdGlobal Design SolutionsProelCUK AudioMartin Audio LtdPulsarJHS Pro AudioAudio Logic LtdHDPro AudioTLCUnusal RiggingWarehouse LightBOSEHighlite International BVSound NetworkSmoke Factory UKAED Distribution UK LtdKlotzWharfedaleCadacAdam HallMA LightingChamSysCity TheatricalInterspace IndustriesActus IndustriesBatmink LtdTMBA.C. Entertainment TechnologiesRobe UK LtdUniversal Stars IncorporatedCloud Electronics LtdPenn-ElcomWarehouse Sound ServicesAndolite LtdAvolites MediaWhite Light LtdYamahaStudiosparesAvolites LtdDynacordCooper Controls5 Star Cases