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PLASA Focus Leeds announces first speakers list

PLASA Focus Leeds has released its first line-up of seminar sessions and speakers ahead of this year’s trip to the Royal Armouries Museum on 14th-15th May.

One of the most iconic venues in the UK, the Royal Albert Hall, is sure to be a programme highlight after receiving a multi-million-pound audio system upgrade. Ollie Jeffrey, head of production and technical at the hall, alongside d&b audiotechnik’s Steve Jones, will discuss the technical process and explain how the new system is already impacting the audience experience.

Audio consultant Roland Hemming will present a series of seminars, kicking off with an introduction to voice alarm systems in which he unpacks the design and installation of emergency audio systems. He will then explain the position of BSI concerning standardisation of voice alarm systems and how Brexit may affect matters. Finally, Hemming will present an overview of digital audio networking, through its history to modern day standards.

Dante will return to PLASA Focus Leeds with a Level 2 training session, ideal for those already familiar with Dante. The training will cover redundancy, clocking, latency and multicast, giving attendees the skills to create more advanced systems.

Additionally, chartered engineering consultant James Eade will present two seminars on electrics – one which delves into earthing and protective bonding, and another which untangles the 18th edition IET Wiring Regulations, ideal for those who work with temporary power systems, manufacture, hire or distribute equipment or are planning a venue refurbishment.

More updates will come in the form of the Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment from the ABTT. The latest amendments will be outlined and there will be a safety and compliance surgery.

Production professionals can also enjoy a presentation from Vectorworks, in which Tom White will demonstrate the design and production process of a medium-sized concert using Vectorworks Spotlight and Brakeworks Analysis.

In a soon-to-be post-700MHz world, audio professionals may not want to miss the session on managing wireless systems which will outline RF principles and advise on preparing for the future. Also equipped with future-facing solutions, Bill Brooks from d&b audiotechnik will explain how the toolbox of today’s project managers and engineers can improve noise control for outdoor events and festivals.

Running across both days, lighting professionals can get hands-on with consoles under expert guidance. Zero 88 will run repeated introductory sessions on their FLX consoles, while ChamSys will host sessions for their QuickQ and MagicQ consoles as well as in-depth software and Q&A sessions.

Free registration to the event is now open, while more seminars will be announced in the coming weeks.