Following a successful inaugural event last May (see First HighTecDay held at Stagetec HQ), Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup held its second HighTecDay educational event on 4 March.
A mix of workshops, presentations, product demonstrations and hands-on training sessions, HighTecDay 2015 – organised by Salbrenner's contracting division, Salzbrenner Stagetec Audio Video Mediensysteme – allowed over 150 "planning engineers, users [and] audio and video professionals to discover new solutions and discuss them with colleagues", including products from Stagetec, Delec, Brähler, Sennheiser, Crestron, Merging Technologies and L-Acoustics.
Central to the day's programme were new products from members of the Mediagroup, including Stagetec’s programmable Nexus logic control module, Salzbrenner’s Polaris Evolution networked mixing console and Brähler’s expandable modular conference system. The presentations covered the advantages of Dante networks for intercom applications (with Delec), the integration of live mixing consoles with DAW systems for theatre, opera and ballet productions (with Merging) and new aspects of room acoustics (with Fraunhofer), while, for planning engineers, a dedicated workshop explored current trends and upcoming challenges in the projects business. The day closed with a guided tour of Stagetec's Buttenheim headquarters.
An informal get-together on the night before HighTecDay (pictured right) allowed attendants to get to know each other. The pre-show was illuminated (pictured below right) by light artist Norbert Wirner.
Rainer Hettwer, project manager for Salzbrenner Stagetec Audio Video Mediensysteme, says: “Our HighTecDay has proven the perfect event where audio and video professionals meet planning officers and users in an informal atmosphere and are able to familiarise themselves with new approaches for their activities.
Anja Korn, marketing communication manager at Salzbrenner Stagetec Audio Video Mediensysteme, adds: "All partner companies recognised the event’s importance for one-on-one advice. The first bookings were in only hours after we announced the event, and quite a few have already confirmed for the 2016 edition. Thanks to the high-profile event package [and] a well thought-out and thoroughly organised programme, the bulk of last year’s attendants did not hesitate to come again."
HighTecDay will return in 2016.