PLASA reveals more sessions for London show

PLASA London has announced a number of additions to its 2015 seminar sessions which will take place at the event from 4-6 October,

Newly announced sessions include two new audio panels chaired by industry journalist Phil Ward, three sessions from audio production studio Britannia Row, a further session from the Institute of Professional Sound (IPS), three demo sessions from Adobe and a keynote presentation from Pixar Animation Studios.

“The traditional training grounds for young people entering the live audio industry are, in the main, a distant memory,” explained Britannia Row’s Mike Lowe (pictured). “Technology has advanced to such an extent that it can’t be learned solely on the job. Audience expectations of audio quality are forever on the increase and budgets determine that there is usually only room for technicians and engineers who know what they are doing.

“The ‘pioneer’ generation of live engineers and technicians is reaching retirement age and the requirement for live audio is continuing to increase,” he continued. “But most available live audio training or education comes either as a minor adjunct attached to studio engineering, music tech courses with content that is insufficient to turn out live sound professionals, or in the form of manufacturer’s training which is not holistic and therefore doesn’t join up the dots.

“Effective training of live audio and the creation and application of standards is the one of the next frontiers in the continuing development of our niche industry. We’re coming to PLASA to spread the word, to listen to others and to engage on a subject that has always been close to our hearts, but is now one that we now see as essential,” Lowe concluded.

PLASA is also working closely with a number of industry trade organisations including the ALD, BECTU, ABTT and SiPA.

PLASA Events’ content manager Sophie Atkinson added: “The trade organisations’ sessions include a look at technical standards for places of entertainment, the work of a lighting designer on a budget and tax essentials for freelancers. These are all extremely useful topics and will be well worth taking time away from the tradeshow floor for.”

PLASA has also unveiled its Professional Development Programme which will feature at the London event.

For full details on PLASA London’s seminar sessions, please click here.