PLASA Focus: Leeds 2012: One week to go

The PLASA Focus: Leeds 2012 show is now just one week away, with the Royal Armouries Museum opening its doors at 10am on Tuesday April 17th for two days of access to the latest and most innovative products on the market for the entertainment technology industry.

One of the key features throughout the two-day show is the newly launched Professional Development Programme, which will see a host of seminars and sessions addressing some of the key talking points and topics currently affecting the industry. Among the most popular seminars will be that of Audio Pro International columnist Toby Alington, who will be presenting his ‘Capturing Adele at the Royal Albert Hall’ session at the show.

As the final session on Wednesday April 18th, the seminar will reflect on the challenges and processes of adapting live recording techniques to artists, venues and final post-performance production formats. Alington told API: “The PDP (Professional Development Programme) is a great way of broadening people’s understanding of so many aspects of live entertainment. For people in the industry – or those looking to enter it – they’ll leave with a wealth of knowledge about many areas that have either been a mystery or they simply want to know more about.

 “The Adele show at the Royal Albert Hall wasn’t only a great concert, but being released on DVD, TV, Cinema and CD, it is also a perfect example of the challenges of taking the feel and emotion of the live show out to a wider audience,” he continued.

“Using audio-visual examples, describing the technical and artistic processes involved, and discussing the differences between the four different media, I hope to engage the PLASA Focus audience with the challenges and rewards of recording a show such as this.”

Demand for places on the event’s Professional Development Programme has been very high, with some seminars almost fully booked, so it is recommended that those wishing to attend register their attendance as soon as possible.

In other news, FBT Audio has announced its new Installed Sound division, incorporating indoor and outdoor IP55-rated enclosures, digital steerable line arrays and multimedia automation systems. The Installed Sound is made up of Vertus digital steerable loudspeaker arrays MLA 801A and MLA608A; Archon permanent installation loudspeaker series and Shadow all-weather loudspeaker series. This further expands FBT’s range of products, including FBT professional audio equipment, Qube Sound products, Cicognani guitar and bass amplification, and Kempton Essential Audio products, providing audio solutions for all market levels and segments.

Stage Electrics will be showcasing an array of products from EM Acoustics, along with a host of other items, including Digico’s SD11 console. Furthermore, Midas will be in attendance to showcase its new Generation-II Software and the new XL48 ‘digi-log’mic preamp, while Studiospares will offer visitors the opportunity to experience its new M1000 studio headphones at their stand in the Royal Armouries.

Commenting on next week’s show, events manager Sophie Atkinson explained: "We are very busy putting the final touches to the preparations for the event next week and we can’t wait to welcome everybody to the show. As ever, we will be providing a free lunch for everybody on both days. The relaxed and sociable atmosphere that people have come to expect from PLASA Focus remains pivotal in providing the best possible experience for our visitors.

"The combination of the Professional Development Programme, which profiles both using products effectively and exploring areas of special interest through seminar and discussion, together with the dozens of new products for people to get their hands on, are guaranteed to make this a show that cannot be missed."