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29 February 2012

Free Professional Development Programme Expands!

New sessions have now been added to the free programme of demonstrations, seminars and tutorials taking place at PLASA Focus: Leeds 2012, on Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 April, at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Launching the programme on Tuesday, Ecler partners with Crestron to present How to Interface Digital Audio Products with Control Systems - demonstrating the link between control systems, and explaining how to maximise the performance and control of your DSP using the EclerNET configuration tool. Crestron's Michael Izzett and Audio Logic's Carl Tomkins present the seminar, which is guaranteed to attract integrators and end-users who require IP control of large venues or College/University campuses.

Show Control and Backup the MA Lighting Way answers those "What if?" questions, as Philip Norfolk from Ambersphere Solutions explains how a show can be maintained and set-up to provide simple real-time backup, as well as multiple user control and tracking backup, using the new MA on PC Command Wing.

Meanwhile, over in the Bury Theatre, Ken Bennett-Hunter (SMA), Tom Mannings (ABTT), John Young (ATG) and Matt Storey (Gallowglass) present TAPThis - What Will It Mean For You? A special seminar about the Technical Access Passport (TAP) scheme, launched by The Association of British Theatre Technicians and The Stage Management Association. The session explores how the scheme is being used to support and recognise the professional development of their members. An essential choice of seminar for all those working in the backstage environment, in any capacity and at all levels.

The technology and philosophy behind KV2 Audio's SLA (Super Live Audio) experience will be explained with live demonstrations of KV2 audio products in the exhibitor demo room. Integral to discussions will be the Super Digital 20MHz sampling rates and Super-Analogue ultra-fast electronics systems, the dramatic effect poor signal integrity has on a loudspeaker's ability to transfer sound through the air, and the effect when attempting to faithfully reproduce the original source over distance.

Erica Frost from TMB unravels the complexities of Interactive Show Control with Pandora's Box - an invaluable seminar that investigates how media servers are being used for more than video playback, from interactive game shows to corporate presentations. Erica focuses on the Coolux Pandora's Box media server to explore the interactive elements of the award-winning Widget Designer software and how it is being used to enhance control of video playback alongside lighting, projection, sound and other show elements.

Tuesday afternoon in the exhibitor demo room winds up with NEXO's seminar, Scale Through Modularity (STM). Debuting in Frankfurt this March, the STM concept aims to take the best of NEXO Alpha functionality and the technical innovation of NEXO GEO designs to deliver a new approach for the live event industry. A session for anyone who rents out or rents in a PA system, as well as anyone who works in venues with fixed installations for live performance.

On Wednesday the exhibitor demo room plays host to Mick Butler, technical manager at RCF, as he introduces The New RDNET Control Protocol - a management system that optimises the performance of RCF's TT+ Theatre and Touring Active Loudspeaker Systems. Mick will show and demonstrate how to use the Real Time Digital Loudspeaker, Monitor and Control System. As an added bonus, visitors will also be familiarised with the new technology utilised within RCF's VSA active digital Vertical Steerable Array loudspeaker systems.

Pro Audio Wireless users will want to stick around for Fighting For Space, presented by Shure. Asking how we can efficiently coordinate projects with minimal RF interference in a year stacked full of Olympic and associated events, Shure's Tuomo Tolonen looks at the diminishing RF spectrum, and guides us through the complex world of frequency coordination.

Closing the exhibitor driven programme is The Backstage Academy's 'The Big Training Debate - Less Talk, More Chalk'. Led by Robin Watkinson, Chief Operating Officer at Backstage Academy, Jo Hartle, Nature Space Creative & Backstage Academy Tutor, and Gary Cooper-Burrows of G Force Crew, the discussion will explore how the industry can develop training provision in the live events profession for the benefit of future generations of practitioners and for the industry as a whole.

The PLASA Focus Professional Development Programme is an ideal environment in which to take advantage of free advice, expertise and know-how. Details of how to book your free place can be found on the show website

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.