The Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers reported increased attendance at its annual exhibition and seminar day, ISCEx 2017, which was held at Coombe Abbey Hotel and Country Park.
Alberto Fueyo, acoustic engineer from AMS Acoustics, kicked off the seminar programme. He highlighted the technical considerations required when designing PA/ VA sound systems with digital amplifiers and in particular the expected maximum sound pressure levels (SPL) compared to those traditionally experienced with analogue amplifiers.
The second seminar of the day, presented by Dr Peter Mapp, required additional seating as he demonstrated acoustic side effects of ultrasonic PA system monitoring, highlighting examples with researched data, real-life scenarios and live demonstrations.
Dr Gillian Rollason, social policy manager for Action on Hearing Loss (the charity formerly known as the RNID) concluded the day’s seminars presenting a hot topic entitled, Taking Noise off the Menu - Changing the acoustic environment for diners in commercial settings.
Alongside the seminar programme there were 32 exhibitors, while a number of the audio industry’s women also took the opportunity to gather in recognition of International Women’s Day 2017.
“Coinciding with International Women's Day, it was lovely to see a greater number of women attending ISCEx 2017, supporting the sound industry and ready to celebrate our presence. As vice president, I plan to actively encourage the Institutes increasing diversity,” comments Helen Goddard, vice-president for ISCE.
Jack Wilson, FBT Audio UK, exhibiting at ISCEx for the first time, adds: “A very worthwhile and well attended event, I know we certainly took away some new custom.”
While Charlie Henden, Leisuretec Distribution says: “With key decision makers from existing and potential customers in the audio industry, ISCEx isn't a huge trade show attended by thousands, it's a very compact event with key individuals and is the perfect environment to talk and develop business. We shall, without a doubt, be exhibiting next year.”
ISCE president Phil Price was looking forward to next year’s event. “Over recent years, ISCEx has grown steadily and for sure is an important networking event for the sound and communications Industry. The response to our 2017 event has really been positive from both visitors and exhibitors. We will return to Coombe Abbey again in 2018,” he says.