Today is PLASA Focus in Leeds, and that means, by the time you read this, every self-respecting audio professional should be heading up the East Coast line or around the M621 and making a bee-line for the Royal Armouries. A day out to this show has become an essential part of the calendar – even if it’s just to catch up on the gossip.
If you’re an audio professional – which of course, you are – then there are some obvious sessions to head for.
‘Now Everyone's a DJ, What's Our Role?’ at 12.45pm sounds like a killer. As access to new technology and music is made easier and more affordable, a panel of DJs, led by Paul Arnett (chairman of the National Association of Disc Jockeys) will be discussing where the role of a professional DJ now sits. Richard Lee of Jive Bunny, Danny Rampling and Ilona Rampling will join Arnett in the session.
At 2pm, d&b audiotechnik's Oran Burns takes a fresh look at basic acoustics and the addition (and subtraction) of wavelength and frequency in 'Sound System Fundamentals'.
On Wednesday morning, Darryn de la Soul looks at how to get yourself on the list of ‘go-to guys’. One of the skills means an aptitude for getting up early, I would suggest, as this session begins at 10.15am.
Simon Honywill explores the advantages and opportunities offered by Martin Audio’s Multicellular Array Technology to front of house engineers, in his 2pm workshop entitled ‘The Seven C’s of Sonic Wisdom’ (Not sure I can think of more than a couple of Cs myself…)
And at 2.30, three legends get together to examine what we perceive as “good sound”, as FOH engineer Roger Lindsay joins Funktion One’s Tony Andrews and John Newsham to chew the fat. Forthright opinion guaranteed there all right!
See you at the show!
Dave Robinson, editor, PSNEurope