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.