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PLASA 2014: New sessions added to Professional Development Programme

Sessions hosts include d&b audiotechnik and the Association of Sound Designers

A major point of interest for the pro-audio contingent attending PLASA 2014 is the host of new sessions added to the show’s Professional Development Programme. The latest additions are spread across the programme’s two venues – the Audio and AV Theatre and the Lighting and Stage Theatre – and include contributions from d&b audiotechnik, the Association of Sound Designers and Entertaining Sustainability.

Since launching in 2010, the Professional Development Programme has welcomed more than 300 speakers and thousands of attendees. The programme’s aim is to “test theory, inspire debate and showcase expert insight from the different areas of the entertainment technology industry”.

The Association of Sound Designers will address a subject that has arisen from the recent (and controversial) decision by Tony Awards’ Administration Committee to eliminate the sound design awards from its programme. The session ‘What’s the Difference Between a Sound Designer and a Sound Engineer? #TonyCanYouHearUs?’ will discuss a perceived ignorance in the wider theatre industry about the work of its sound designers and other members of the sound department. A panel featuring sound designers and engineers will talk about what their jobs entail and will invite the audience to “share their ideas on how the industry can promote theatre sound and understanding of it”.

‘The d&b Workflow. Efficiency in Sound System Project Management’ session will demonstrate the d&b audiotechnik workflow from system design to implementation through planning, simulation and control of the final result. The session will provide an introduction to the integration of the manufacturer’s ArrayCalc simulation software, R1 Remote control software and its amplifiers “all the way from venue data to operation”.

All Professional Development Programme sessions are free to attend for PLASA London 2014 badgeholders, but additional registration is required. To view the full programme and to register for the seminars, visit