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27 March 2013

Closing Keynote Speaker Confirmed for PLASA Focus: Leeds 2013

Audio legend Tony Andrews to deliver the closing session of the Professional Development Programme on the final day of PLASA Focus: Leeds 2013 on Wednesday 1 May.

'It's About Time.' That's the bold declaration posed by the founder of both Turbosound and Funktion-One, Tony Andrews as he rounds off the Professional Development Programme in style on Wednesday afternoon at 3.35pm. One of pro audio's true originals, Tony has spent a lifetime creating ground-breaking loudspeaker systems for the live entertainment industry. A genuine pioneer who has never chosen to take the easy route or fashionable option, his singular perspective on exactly how and where pro audio goes from here provides the perfect end to PLASA Focus: Leeds 2013.

Joining him in conversation is industry journalist Phil Ward who has been contributing reviews and feature articles to the hi-fi, professional audio, music and design trade magazines since the mid-1980s. He elaborates on Tony's uniquely 'holistic' approach to achieving a quality audio experience: "Unlike our other senses, the human ear is never 'switched off'. Its level of sensitivity is really quite astounding, able to distinguish separate events as little as 15 millionths of a second apart. So, human hearing has an incredible resolution of time events. This means, of course, that audio technology has got a lot of work to do to keep up! And digital audio has more to do than analogue, because it already dissects this natural resolution with a series of binary compromises - most of which use up a lot of time..."

From this initial premise Tony will discuss the issues and challenges facing the future development of pro audio in an informal atmosphere where the audience is invited - and expected - to join in with questions and comments throughout the session. For anyone who cares about the quality of the human listening experience and how audio technology can faithfully enhance it, this is an opportunity that must not be missed.

To book your free place for Tony Andrews' Keynote session and to find out more details about this and any of the other sessions in Professional Development Programme, please visit: now. You must register as a visitor before booking. We advise that you book early as seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.