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PLASA Focus this week

A number of evening events have been added to the 2011 edition of PLASA Focus: Leeds, which begins tomorrow (19 April) at the Royal Armouries Museum. Once again, the event will include a busy seminar programme.

A number of evening events have been added to the 2011 edition of PLASA Focus: Leeds, which begins tomorrow (19 April) at the city’s Royal Armouries Museum.

Over the course of the two-day event, an extensive showfloor featuring 130 exhibitors – 21 of them new – will be complemented by an extensive programme of seminars and instructional events.

The full list of events can be found on the PLASA Focus website (link below), but specific sessions – all taking part in the Wellington Room except where are indicated –likely to pique the interest of PSNE readers include: MC2 Audio’s Bill Woods and Richard Fleming on the company’s power amplifiers (19 Apr, 11-11.45); a POLARaudio-presented session on innovations in microphone technology (19 Apr, 14-14.45); Audio-Technica’s Logan Helps examining wireless installations on a budget (19 Apr 15-15.45); an introduction to NEXO’s NS-1 configuration/simulation software (19 Apr, 16-16.45); Shure’s Tuomo Tolonen on the use of wireless systems post-switchover (20 Apr, 11-11.45); an InfoComm-presented session on the value of project management (20 Apr, Bury Theatre, 12-13.00); the Art of Mixing a Show, with Amy Winehouse/La Roux sound engineer Dave Swallow (20 Apr, Bury Theatre, 13.30-14.30); and Sennheiser’s Alan March on spectrum reallocation and the implications for wireless system users (20 Apr, Bury Theatre, 15-16.00).

In addition, PLASA has released details of two evening events taking place in Leeds, with free transport between each.

The inaugural meeting of the new Audio Engineering Society (AES) North of England group will take place the University of Leeds’ School of Music on 19 April, commencing at 6.30pm. Guest lecturer for the evening will be monitoring innovator Roger Quested, who will address the topic of ‘Point One Pitfalls – Monitoring for Surround Mixing Explained’.

AES North of England has already been the subject of an extensive feature on the PSNE website; you can read that article here.

There are a limited number of free places available on a coach from PLASA Focus to The Leeds University, School of Music. To book a place, please email AES North of England founder Kerry-Anne Kubisa at

On the following evening, rehearsal, staging, design and custom fabrication specialist LS-Live will hold a BBQ event with drinks and entertainment. The evening will also mark the official launch of The Backstage Academy and the unveiling of its Apple Authorised Training Suite, with plans for a new foundation degree in Live Events Production, to be delivered on site. The Backstage Academy’s range of short courses will commence this month, including the accredited courses from Apple and Avid. Visitors should pre-register for a coach pass and wristband at

Visitors to PLASA Focus can register for free at

Image: Chris Toulmin