Upcoming events

    • 27 Apr 2015
    • 28 Apr 2015
    • LIPA, Liverpool

    Meyer Sound Seminar – Fundamentals of System Design, Implementation, and Optimization




    Meyer Sound are offering a seminar on Fundamentals of System Design, Implementation, and Optimization with Miguel Lourtie on 27-28 April 2015 at LIPA in Liverpool.

    This two-day seminar encompasses a variety of topics in sound system applications. Practical information on system design and application is presented in a real-world context to provide useful background. Theory and practice of line arrays are discussed, along with the tools for system optimization, including equalization, delay, loudspeaker management systems, measurement with the SIM audio analyzer, and use of Meyer Sound's acoustical prediction program, MAPP Online Pro.

    The seminar will also discuss and demonstrate important concepts pertaining to the use of subwoofers and methods of deployment that obtain optimal coverage and directivity characteristics.

    Cost:
    $200 (US)

    To register, please click the link below:

    Please note, this course is organised and provided by Meyer Sound and is open to the general public.



    • 05 May 2015
    • 06 May 2015
    • Orbital Sound, Brixton, London, UK

    Mixing Musicals




    Orbital are running a series of training courses in Autumn/Winter 2014 and Spring 2015 which should be of interest to many of our members

    Mixing Musicals


    Held at Orbital's purpose-built training rooms, programming suite & sound studio in Brixton, London the course focuses on the practical skills and theory behind best-practice FOH mixing requirements for modern musicals. 


    The students experience all the essential tasks associated with sound operating excellence, from basic mixing theory to working with the latest digital mixing technology.


    Mixing Musicals is far, far more than just another "this is how a mixing desk works" workshop - Mixing Musicals participant's are taken through every stage of the process – from the rehearsal room to setting up a desk in its base state, including the theory, introduction to why line-by-line mixing is so important, and what happens when you don't do it.


    Hand-on experience is an essential aspect of the course, which includes a trip to the West End for a behind-the-scenes look at real show and chance to talk in depth to the show's sound team.



    Places cost £199 including VAT per person, with a 50% discount available for students (NUS card holders).

    Location:
    Orbital Sound, Brixton, London, UK

    Please note, this course is organised and provided by Orbital and is open to the general public.

    Book your place via the Orbital website here


    • 12 May 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 13 May 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds

    PLASA Focus Leeds


    The ASD will have a stand at this year's PLASA Focus: Leeds from May 12 – 13.

    Now in its seventh year, PLASA Focus: Leeds is firmly established as the leading event for audio, lighting, video, and stage technology in the North of England.
    Showcasing 130 brands and attracting more than 2,000 visitors the show looks set to continue its success story. The highly-acclaimed PLASA Professional Development Program will run alongside the two-hall event, comprising of seminars, tutorials, and product demonstrations, all of which are free to attend and will be delivered by leading industry experts. Find out more at www.plasafocus.com/leeds/seminars

    If you are in the area, come and visit! We will he at stand R-E12. You can register for a free ticket here.

    More information on the program for PLASA Focus Leeds can be found here and directions to get to the venue can be found here.




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    • 14 May 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • SSE, Redditch

    SSE DiGiCo SD Series Seminar




    SSE is hosting a FREE event that will give you an overview of the SD Series digital mixing consoles and, most importantly, provide you with the basic information and skills required to set up and operate your console of choice.

    The day will run from 10am until 4pm and all required materials, as well as lunch and refreshments, will be provided for you. Itinerary for the day:

    • Short presentation about DiGiCo and the range of equipment available
    • Training on SD Series consoles
    • Practical application
    • Questions and answers with DiGiCo Product Specialists

    Location:
    SSE Redditch
    Burnt Meadow House
    North Moons Moat
    Redditch
    B98 9PAN

    Places are limited as to provide the best service possible, so book today! We kindly request that you inform DiGiCo or SSE Redditch if you will not be able to make the training session, if confirmed onto the course.


    To register, please click the link below:

    Please note, this course is organised and provided by SSE and is open to the general public.



    • 19 May 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Wigwam, Heywood, Lancs

    Wigwam DiGiCo SD Series Seminar




    Wigwam is hosting a FREE event that will give you an overview of the SD Series digital mixing consoles and, most importantly, provide you with the basic information and skills required to set up and operate your console of choice.

    The day will run from 10am until 4pm and all required materials, as well as lunch and refreshments, will be provided for you. Itinerary for the day:

    • Short presentation about DiGiCo and the range of equipment available
    • Training on SD Series consoles
    • Practical application
    • Questions and answers with DiGiCo Product Specialists

    Location:
    Wigwam
    Unit 101, Phoenix Close Industrial Estate
    Green Lane
    Heywood
    Lancs, OL10 2JG

    Places are limited as to provide the best service possible, so book today! We kindly request that you inform DiGiCo or Wigwam if you will not be able to make the training session, if confirmed onto the course.


    To register, please click the link below:

    Please note, this course is organised and provided by Wigwam and is open to the general public.



    • 20 May 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Wigwam, Heywood, Lancs

    Wigwam DiGiCo SD Series Seminar




    Wigwam is hosting a FREE event that will give you an overview of the SD Series digital mixing consoles and, most importantly, provide you with the basic information and skills required to set up and operate your console of choice.

    The day will run from 10am until 4pm and all required materials, as well as lunch and refreshments, will be provided for you. Itinerary for the day:

    • Short presentation about DiGiCo and the range of equipment available
    • Training on SD Series consoles
    • Practical application
    • Questions and answers with DiGiCo Product Specialists

    Location:
    Wigwam
    Unit 101, Phoenix Close Industrial Estate
    Green Lane
    Heywood
    Lancs, OL10 2JG

    Places are limited as to provide the best service possible, so book today! We kindly request that you inform DiGiCo or Wigwam if you will not be able to make the training session, if confirmed onto the course.


    To register, please click the link below:

    Please note, this course is organised and provided by Wigwam and is open to the general public.



    • 03 Jun 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 04 Jun 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • The National Theatre, Southbank, London
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Smaart v7.5 Training Session


    This course will introduce the fundamentals of Smaart. It is suitable for beginners. The full course itenerary is below.

    Register for your place now, for free. This event is for ASD members only.

    -- THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL - HITTING A NEW RECORD FOR ALL PLACES BEING FILLED WITHIN 29 MINUTES OF BEING ANNOUNCED! PLEASE REGISTER HERE FOR THE RESERVE LIST - IF SOMEONE DROPS OUT PLACES WILL BE ALLOCATED IN ORDER OF RESERVATION --

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a two-day training session (10am–5pm & 9am–5pm) where Day 2 is a continuation of Day 1. REGISTRATION IS ONLY POSSIBLE IF YOU ARE ABLE TO COMMIT TO BOTH DAYS!

    Participants are asked to bring the following equipment–

    • A laptop loaded with Smaart v7.5 - fully licensed if at all possible. Note that demo versions may be used but they don’t support all features or save settings
    • A 2 (or more) channel soundcard or I/O system with cables to interface with balanced, line level classroom demo signals supplied on male XLRs. Note that many soundcards only have line input capabilities via 1/4" jack sockets so please do bring the appropriate XLR female-Jack cables.
    • A measurement microphone


    The training session will be run for the ASD by Jim Cousins.

    A full version of Smaart will be available to attendees for £395 + VAT (normal price is £575 + VAT) from Wigwam. This price is available for up to 90 days after the class.

    If you live more than 50 miles from London, you could be eligible for our travel assistance scheme, where we may pay a proportion of your travel costs.

    The ASD would like to thank Jim Cousins, Wigwam, and The National Theatre for making this very special course possible to our members.

    Course itinerary subject to change

    Day 1 (10am 5pm) Morning

    Session 1

    Sound and acoustics basics

    Overview of different measurement types

    Single channel dBFS, SPL, Spectrum
    Dual channel Transfer functions Frequency domain, Time domain Multichannel Typical sound system set-up

    Session 2

    Brief Smaart 7 overview

    What can Smaart v7.5 do? Single channel, dual channel, multichannel

    -Short break-

    Getting up and running, input level metering

    Running Smaart for the first time, getting signals into Smaart Smaart IO
    Smaart level meter input dbFS monitoring
    Basic class set-up, signal distribution checks etc.

    Session 3

    Further Smaart metering, microphone calibration & SPL

    Microphone channel calibration – using Smaart’s level meter to monitor spl and Leq Tinker time

    -Break/set-up debugging, if necessary

    Smaart screen areas

    Drop-down menus, Help menu Control strip
    Plot area
    Data bar

    Session 4

    Basic spectral measurements

    Spectrum Banding Averaging Tinker time

    Spectrograph measurements

    Spectrograph Dynamic range controls Tinker time

    Further spectrograph measurements

    Is it the room or the system? Using the spectrograph function for a quick check Spectrograph practice
    Tinker time

    -Lunch-

    Day 1: Afternoon

    Session 5

    Basic transfer function measurements

    Review of dual channel techniques source independence Frequency domain and time domain

    FFT fundamentals

    Sample rate/FFT size/Time constant relationships, making the right choices Direct or direct + reverb
    Synchronising Measurement and Reference signals Delay locator Controller/delay line/equaliser measurement example

    Tinker time

    Session 6

    Further transfer function measurements

    Loudspeaker measurement example Smoothing

    Magnitude threshold and coherence blanking

    How to deal with a lack of signal
    How to deal with noise and interference from other sources Further uses of FFT size/Time constant relationships Tinker time for rest of day

    -Short break-

    Session 7

    Review of earlier stuff, if necessary, before moving on...

    Microphone calibration & SPL Spectral measurements Spectrograph measurements Transfer function measurements

    Session 8

    Phase, polarity and timing

    3

    Phase shift vs time offset and frequency
    Polarity reversals
    Effects of multiple source arrivals combing, and combinations of the above Tinker time

    Session 9

    Low frequency boundary effects, sub alignment. Front fill & delay alignment

    •   Cross-over and driver placement effects polarity/phase

    •   Acoustically small subwoofers and subwoofer arrays phase rotation caused by boundaries

    •   Sub-mainphasealignment

    •   Front fill imaging considerations

    •   Frontfillalignment

    •   Delay speaker alignment

      Tinker time - if the classroom is small (compared to LF wavelengths), sub-main alignment may done outdoors

    Day 2 (9am 5pm) Morning

    Session 9a

    Subwoofer arrays

    Subwoofer arrays, reverse-polarity cardioid, in-phase (end-fired) cardioid etc depends on venue & facilities
    This is only an introduction. A full, 1-day practical subwoofer array course is available. Contact Jim Cousins for further details.

    Session 10/11

    Working with multiple channels

    Session 12

    System considerations

    Avoiding confusion

    Session 13

    Trace interpretation

    Lines on the screen vs ear-brain perception -Short break-

    Session 14

    Introduction to sound system alignment
    Stereo system alignment
    Single system near-field alignment
    Far-field measurement, coverage, improving intelligibility Stereo matching matching eq, fine placement adjustments Multiple microphones trace averaging

    Session 15

    Microphone comparisons

    Comparing mics, comparing listening positions & system propagation (Dual mic techniques for room analysis will be covered later)

    -Lunch-

    Day 2: Afternoon

    Session 16

    The great outdoors

    Line array consideration, long-throw propagation, air absorption Outdoor considerations temperature and wind gradient
    Longer FFT time constant + smoothing measuring in windy conditions

    Session 17

    Dual microphone techniques
    Case study investigating stage sound anomalies using dual microphone techniques

    -Short break-

    Session 18

    Smaart v7.5’s Impulse mode

    Introduction to acoustical analysis, reverberation, intelligibility
    Tinker time. Room analysis reverberation & intelligibility measurements

    Extras. If time available at the end of the official 2-day itinerary...

    Advanced FFT measurement concepts

    Data window types Magnitude average types

    Session 19 options (advanced measurement session discussions)

      Advanced system measurements – polar vs complex averaging, MTW vs fixed FFT size etc...
      Full system level & time alignment (mains, subs, delays etc.) if in suitable equipped venue
      Equalisation practice. When to equalise, and when not to equalise with reference to averaging type
      Imaging practice if in suitably equipped venue fictitious stage sources
      Subwoofer arrays, reverse-polarity cardioid, in-phase (end-fired) cardioid depends on venue & facilities

    (See Session 9a note earlier)

    Session 20

    Q & A/General discussion session

    Idiot-check! Have we missed anything specific that you hoped would be covered? Last minute questions
    Getting help if you hit a snag when using Smaart in the real world

    - Finish & get-out - 




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    • 03 Jun 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 04 Jun 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • The National Theatre, Southbank, London
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Smaart v7.5 Training Session


    SMAART V7.5 - RESERVE LIST

    Register here for the reserve list.

    If someone drops out, then places will be reallocated to those on this list, in order of registration.

Past events

14 Apr 2015 Sennheiser Basic Wireless Mics and Monitoring Course
08 Apr 2015 Trade Secrets: A Backstage Tour of Memphis
07 Apr 2015 Orbital Sound Training - Sound Fundamentals for Theatre
31 Mar 2015 Meyer Sound Seminar – Fundamentals of System Design, Implementation, and Optimization
27 Mar 2015 SSE – DiGiCo SD Series Seminar
15 Mar 2015 Sennheiser Wireless Mics & Monitoring: The Master Class
18 Feb 2015 Shure Wireless Mastered Seminar
04 Feb 2015 Bose / Audinate Introduction to AV Networking Session
14 Jan 2015 Sennheiser Basic Wireless Mics and Monitoring Course - Theatr Clwyd
13 Jan 2015 Meyer Sound Seminar – Fundamentals of System Design, Implementation, and Optimization
09 Jan 2015 New Year Drinks at The Deck
10 Dec 2014 d&b Line Array Workshop
09 Dec 2014 d&b Remote Network Workshop
03 Dec 2014 d&b Product Workshop
02 Dec 2014 d&b Electroacoustics seminar
06 Nov 2014 SSL Live Console Operator Training
05 Nov 2014 SSL Live Console Operator Training
04 Nov 2014 Orbital Sound Training - All about Lake
31 Oct 2014 DiGiCo SD-Series Training
30 Oct 2014 DiGiCo SD-Series Training
28 Oct 2014 Sennheiser Basic Wireless Mics and Monitoring Course
22 Oct 2014 d&b Line Array Workshop
21 Oct 2014 d&b Remote Network Workshop
17 Oct 2014 DiGiCo SD-Series Training
15 Oct 2014 DiGiCo SD-Series Training
15 Oct 2014 d&b Product Workshop
14 Oct 2014 d&b Electroacoustics seminar
13 Oct 2014 Yamaha QL series workshop
07 Oct 2014 Meyer Sound SIM 3 Seminar
05 Oct 2014 Pin the Radio Mic on the Actor
02 Oct 2014 SSL Live Console Operator Training
01 Oct 2014 Orbital Sound Training - Mixing Musicals
01 Oct 2014 SSL Live Console Operator Training
30 Sep 2014 Yamaha M7CL workshop
29 Sep 2014 Yamaha LS9 workshop
27 Sep 2014 SoundPRO 2014
26 Sep 2014 DiGiCo SD-Series Training
23 Sep 2014 Yamaha QL series workshop
18 Sep 2014 AutoCAD for beginners
18 Sep 2014 SSL Live Console Operator Training
17 Sep 2014 SSL Live Console Operator Training
16 Sep 2014 Meyer Sound Mixing Workshop
16 Sep 2014 DiGiCo SD-Series Training
16 Sep 2014 Yamaha QL series workshop
10 Sep 2014 d&b Line Array Workshop
09 Sep 2014 d&b Remote Network Workshop
04 Sep 2014 d&b Product Workshop
03 Sep 2014 d&b Electroacoustics seminar
31 Aug 2014 The Summer Social
20 Aug 2014 Sennheiser Basic Wireless Mics and Monitoring Course
08 Aug 2014 Computer Networking for Audio Professionals
31 Jul 2014 VectorWorks for beginners
29 Jul 2014 DiGiCo SD-Series Overview
22 Jul 2014 DiGiCo SD-Series Overview
22 Jul 2014 Shure Wireless Mastered Seminar
18 Jul 2014 DiGiCo SD-Series Training
25 Jun 2014 Basic Wireless Mics and Monitoring Course
20 May 2014 SSL Live Console Workshop Session
19 May 2014 An Introduction to VUE Audiotechnik loudspeakers,
12 Feb 2014 Trade Secrets: A Backstage Tour of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
31 Jan 2014 Sound education
31 Jan 2014 DJ techniques
31 Jan 2014 Music: Rights, Wrongs and Wherefores
30 Jan 2014 Audio Networking
30 Jan 2014 Beginner’s Guide to Computer Networking
30 Jan 2014 Source Oriented Reinforcement
29 Jan 2014 Pub Quiz
29 Jan 2014 Delaying and balancing a sound system
29 Jan 2014 Line Array Theory
29 Jan 2014 Fundamentals of Acoustics
28 Jan 2014 Keeping the performers onside
28 Jan 2014 Pin the Radio Mic on the Actor
28 Jan 2014 Introduction to RF
27 Jan 2014 How to Foley
27 Jan 2014 CSC for Beginners
27 Jan 2014 Recording sound effects
03 Jan 2014 New Year Drinks at The Deck
12 Dec 2013 Association of Sound Designers 2013 AGM
29 Oct 2013 Perfect Panto Sound
06 Oct 2013 PLASA
27 Sep 2013 Introduction to Max/MSP
05 Sep 2013 World Stage Design
22 Aug 2013 Edinburgh social
29 Jul 2013 VectorWorks for beginners - RESERVE LIST
29 Jul 2013 VectorWorks for beginners
23 Jul 2013 AutoCAD for beginners
28 Jun 2013 The Theatre Sound Colloquium
12 Jun 2013 ABTT
16 May 2013 Advanced QLab
01 May 2013 PLASA Focus Leeds seminar: Creative Manipulation of Sounds
30 Apr 2013 PLASA Focus Leeds
18 Apr 2013 Basic Wireless Microphones and Monitoring
09 Apr 2013 System Design Principles
28 Mar 2013 Introduction to QLab v3
08 Feb 2013 Bose RoomMatch / Ahmad Jamal gig @ Barbican
01 Feb 2013 Using Ableton Live in Theatre
25 Jan 2013 Sound Design for Musical Theatre
25 Jan 2013 Using Radio Microphones In Musical Theatre
04 Jan 2013 New Year Drinks
11 Sep 2012 Recording Sound Effects
10 Sep 2012 Creative Manipulation of Sounds
09 Sep 2012 Sound System Delays and Zoning
09 Sep 2012 PLASA
13 Jun 2012 ABTT Show
18 Dec 2011 Christmas drinks
28 Nov 2011 Using Ableton Live in Theatre
22 Sep 2011 source-oriented reinforcement - A True Story
13 Sep 2011 PLASA Social Meeting
11 Sep 2011 PLASA Launch
07 Jun 2011 Manchester Meeting

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