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IPS annual training weekend details announced

The UK’s Institute of Professional Sound (IPS) will hold its annual training weekend at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield on 9–10 February.

The Institute of Professional Sound (IPS) will hold its annual training weekend at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, Bucks (shown), on 9-10 February. This year’s event is titled “Radio Ga Ga” and will attempt to de-mystify the world of RF (radio frequencies). “Last year’s weekend, focussed on the Olympics on Day 1 and music mixing on Day 2, and was a huge success,” said IPS chairman Simon Bishop. “This year we want to focus on one area of the craft that is often misunderstood, RF, and rather than try to do too many things we have decided to have the whole weekend devoted to it.” The Institute of Professional Sound – formerly the Institute of Broadcast Sound – was formed in 1977 by sound balancers in radio and television to facilitate an improved interchange of ideas in the various areas of broadcast audio. The training weekend is aimed at everyone working in the world of sound, and covers basic RF theory, radio microphones, IEMs, radio communications/links and how they all fit together. “Drawing on experience from the very best personnel from within the industry, sessions will debunk popular myths, explain best practice and allow an enormous wealth of experience to be disseminated,” said Bishop. The schedule includes: Saturday

  • Introduction to RF
  • Hands-on session with RF hardware, with many major manufacturers and their technology in attendance
  • Radio microphone theory: practical aspects and problems
  • Mic placement, brought to life with the aid of interactive dummies and real life actors


  • Spectrum planning
  • Digital radio microphones
  • Q&A session

Evaluation of differing analogue and digital systems will take place throughout the weekend. Conclusions will be discussed in the final question and answer session. The price for IPS members is set at £180 for the weekend; members of AMPS get a discounted rate of £216. Non-members are also welcome at a rate of £300 (any non-members who join the IPS at the time of booking will receive the members rate). A number of places are available at a subsidised rate for students, using a Trust fund established by the Institute. “It is vitally important to us that the IPS provides affordable training to our members and the sound community as a whole,” added Bishop. Bookings can be made via the IPS website, which also includes accommodation suggestions and details of an optional dinner in Beaconsfield on the Saturday evening. Photo credit: