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Yamaha’s New Audioversity Webinar Series Offers Fresh, More Interactive Approach for Audio Professionals
Avolites Announces New US Training Dates
USA – Avolites and its US distributor, Group One Ltd., continue to reaffirm their commitment to exemplary customer support by increasing the frequency and reach of both their Titan-based console and Ai media server trainings. After hosting two-day console sessions in ten US cities over the first six months of 2019, plus a more in-depth four-day Avolites Academy master class in Miami, the two companies have now announced an even more ambitious schedule of 15 console trainings, three master classes, and three Ai trainings for the second half of the year.
“We here at Avolites consider training to be one of the most important aspects of our business,” says Group One’s Brad White, who has been conducting product trainings for the manufacturer since 1996. “With the speed of tech advancement, it can be hard for users to keep up with all of the latest ways to make their jobs easier and better. With that in mind, we’ve chosen to make our training programmes both more widespread and often. Most of these will now be conducted by our US Training and Support Manager Kade Behm, who is an excellent teacher and really knows Avolites’ product line inside and out.”
Titan sessions provide two days of complete on-console training, with each attendee receiving a T1 dongle to take home. The dongle provides one DMX output of Titan Version 11.3 software and is fully functional with no limit. Class size is limited to 14 participants.
Console trainings will be conducted in the following cities on the following dates: Boston (July 23-24), Pittsburgh (July 30-31), Detroit (Aug 6-7), Indianapolis (Aug 20-21), Minneapolis (Sept 3-4), Portland (Sept 17-18), Seattle (Sept 24-25), San Francisco (Oct 15-16), Salt Lake City (Oct 22-23), Denver (Oct 29-30), Phoenix (Nov 5-6), Las Vegas/LDI (Nov 19-20), Kansas City (Dec 3-4), Dallas (Dec 10-11), and Houston (Dec 17-18).
“We’ve also added more Avolites Academy master classes to our line-up, packed with advanced knowledge and testing that our users have been requesting,” White notes. “After four days of very in-depth, hands-on training, our attendees receive a certificate of completion and are included on the official Avolites list of certified programmers.”
Master class sessions will take place in New York from July 8-11 at See Factor’s demo room (BlackTrax studio), in Chicago from Aug 25-29, and Los Angeles from Oct 7-10.
Avolites will additionally be hosting three-day Ai media server training sessions at See Factor in New York from July 22-24, Visional Productions in Atlanta from Aug 19-21, and Melt Creative in Las Vegas from Nov 18-20. Group One’s Ruben Laine will lead the trainings and attendees will receive an Anjuna Ai dongle providing two outputs.
“Nothing is more satisfying than seeing the kids that I trained in the ’90s designing and/or operating top shows around the world,” White adds. “Avolites is proud to continue its commitment to education, meeting the demands of our current and future Avolife experts.”
26th June 2019
Orbital Sound Teams Up with Pleasance Edinburgh
UK – Orbital Sound is partnering with the Edinburgh Fringe’s largest and most highly respected venues, The Pleasance, to stage a unique two-day training event in advance of this year’s Festival. The bespoke course addresses the specific requirements of audio for the dynamic environment of fringe theatre, providing venue crews and technicians of all skill levels with the essential ingredients needed to develop their audio knowledge. Led by Orbital Sound’s head of education Mike Thacker, Fringe Fundamentals for Sound runs from 24-25 July in Edinburgh, with a total of 35 places available.
With a 20+ year track record for professional theatre audio training, Orbital Sound’s dedicated education centre in London hosts a regular series of specialist courses. Managing director Chris Headlam expands: “We have always been dynamic advocates for helping create the next generation of technicians and engineers. Our courses are designed to address the real-world issues they face in the theatre, encouraging best practices based on the key audio skills and theory. By teaming up with Pleasance for this unique course, we want to help all fringe venue technicians expand their confidence and skills immediately before this year’s event.” Orbital Sound’s relationship with The Pleasance spans many years, fielding expert technicians and equipment during the hectic Fringe for the past 26 years.
The Pleasance Theatre Trust, under its artist and technician’s support umbrella Pleasance Futures, is fully supporting the cost of all places for technicians coming to the Pleasance this summer. Pleasance director Anthony Alderson states: “The Pleasance passionately believes it is important to give people the space and freedom to take risks both on and off stage. From this spirit of innovation springs confidence, and great careers are given a platform upon which to flourish. This spirit has embodied the organisation throughout the past 34 years, during which we have become world-renowned for supporting great talent both on and off stage, building an environment that nurtures, encourages and develops the brightest new ideas, raw talent and skill. Providing these opportunities is why we exist.”
Fringe Fundamentals for Sound will cover a wide cross-section of skills, including audio concepts, systems elements, audio processing, cabling, safety and rigging, console set-up and audio playback, QLab essentials, mixing basics and radio microphone systems. The emphasis is on combining theory with practical skills, catering for a wide mix of skill levels.
24th June 2019
Atlona Expands Award-Winning Training Programme for AV Systems Integrators
USA – Atlona continues to ramp up its Atlona Academy training and certification programme, adding new, higher level courses for systems integrators seeking to sharpen its AV over IP expertise. The targeted education initiative will allow participants to earn valuable AVIXA Renewal Units (RUS) and CEDIA Continuing Education Credits (CEUs).
Earlier this year, and to meet growing demand for targeted, certified training with continuing education credits, Atlona updated its suite of accredited online courses, revising and streamlining its 100 and 200 level programmes offered through the Atlona Education Portal. These initial programmes provide up-to-date instruction and information for the design, configuration and use of Atlona’s complete suite of AV over IP products and solutions. Atlona also added new accredited courses for its Velocity™ IP-based control AV control platform.
Now, in addition to the core 100 and 200 level classes, Atlona has expanded the educational resource with three new online certification courses:
300 Level – Velocity Control Certification Training
400 Level – Networking for A/V
500 Level – OmniStream Setup and Configuration
Atlona has also enhanced its Hands-On Factory Training Courses to include three advanced level training curriculum programs:
Advanced 100 and 200 Level – Circuit Based Solutions
Advanced 300 Level – Velocity Control System Course
Advanced 400 and 500 Levels – Networking for AV, OmniStream Setup and Configuration Course
Both 300 and 400 Level Courses are now live at the Atlona Academy Education Portal and 500 Level Courses will be available online beginning 1 July.
Atlona will also offer “Advanced Hands-On Factory Training” courses that will be held monthly at its corporate headquarters in San Jose beginning July 16, and repeated monthly. Atlona partners outside of the Americas will receive the same trainings at international headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Refer to the calendar for current dates, locations and online registrations.
“Now AV professionals have a clear path and end-to-end process to design, roll-out and integrate AV over IP systems, as well as handle set-up, management and control of the underlying IP network,” said Ken Eagle, senior director of global training, Atlona. “By making use of the Atlona Academy Education Portal and the integrator-specific dashboard, they can further advance their knowledge not only of specific products, but on AV networking and design. We want to help them to be successful on the job site – on their first attempts – in setting up advanced, networked AV solutions.”
The Atlona Education Portal is one of many training resources Atlona offers. Atlona’s overarching goals are to teach established and aspiring AV industry professionals how to maximise the company’s industry-leading AV and control solutions, as well as the broader array of AV over IP technologies on the market today. Atlona also offers a video on demand Education Video Library and periodic webinars.
For those seeking more personalized training and hands-on product experience, Atlona will offer ten Atlona AV Factory Training events in 2019, including six to be held at its San Jose headquarters. Internationally, Atlona will offer four multi-lingual events at its Zurich facility in English, French, or German.
The newly revised course materials, as well as quizzes and tests, have been approved for AVIXA and CEDIA certifications and credits. These credentials, which are awarded upon completion of a course or program, signify the qualifications achieved by AV professionals, and are especially valuable to those seeking to advance within the industry.
20th June 2019
Shure Supports the Industry of Tomorrow with West Herts College and Frank
UK – Shure, a leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics, supports West Herts College students at an educational day of seminars and performances at Watford Colosseum. Ahead of Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes third album release earlier this month, the band decided to support the college in their home town with a masterclass and performance at the event.
The day consisted of three seminars. The first was a production talk with Frank and Dean from the Rattlesnakes on their approach to recording their third album with Cam Blackwood. The second talk was with the band road crew and featured the bands tour manager Ian Dowdell, guitar teach, Elliot Russell and monitor engineer, Will Taylor covering life on the road. The final talk was with the bands manager Matt Greer, focusing on building a profile, the album campaign and developing an artist.
Stephen Carter, HND Music & Curriculum Developer, West Herts College comments: “Taking the vocational industry approach that we have at West Herts College and the help from companies like Shure is hugely beneficial to the next generation. Not only are they able to achieve the theoretical knowledge to pass the qualification but the hands-on industry experience of putting on events like this one, help them to build a working portfolio to take with them on their journey into the music industry. Without companies like Shure being so hands on with education and offering their expertise, the next generation would not be prepared and ready for the industry.”Continuing: “Shure’s sponsorship to the college has been incredible! Having the team on hand to talk to students about Shure as a company, the products they sell and their impact on the wider music world was exceptional. Having that firsthand experience is invaluable to the students from the college.”
Following a day of masterclasses for the students, there were performances from three bands in the evening. Jiminy Crickets Psychedelic Circus, a band from West Herts College who won a competition to open the show. Out of 25 entries, they were chosen by the band! Lyoness and Black Futures also played a set and Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes headlined the evening.
All of the bands were using Shure equipment, Mike Woodhouse, sound engineer explains “As Rattlesnakes are long time Shure product users, we have a plethora of Shure gear aiding us in our live sound. Starting with microphones for this run we had a Beta 91A on the Kick, SM81 on the hi-hats and the old faithful SM58 across the front, on all drums, backing vocals and Franks vocal. The techs and I also use SM58 switch mics to communicate before and during the show. We have four dual PSM1000 IEM units, combined using the Shure PA821B active combiner and beamed across stage with the 8089 Shure Helical antenna. We also have two Dual UR4D+ units for all guitar and bass, our guitar tech plays on some of the newer songs so having four channels is great as we have a backup in case one starts getting RF interference. All wireless units are networked together with Cat5 so our monitor engineer can scan first thing and plot frequencies using wireless workbench for all IEM and guitar wireless. We always choose Shure for RF as it's just unparalleled in quality and reliability.”
Stephen Carter was impressed with the sound on the show, commenting: “Shure mics are leading the way in the industry. They always have and they always will. An SM57 on a guitar cab always sounds great and the SM58 is the perfect mic for Frank, it’s a pure workhorse! Lyoness used both the KSM8 and KSM9 for vocals. Gillian has always struggled to find the right mic to help push her vocals over the power coming from the band. The KSM8 is crisp, clear and works incredibly well for her! The 98AMPs are such versatile mics, on both the stage and in the studio, their small footprint makes set up so easy and the Beta 181 is fast becoming our go to overheads for every situation. The beta range of microphones are always consistent, require minimal processing and sound modern and powerful!”
Supporting the industry of tomorrow is incredibly important for Shure, Jack Drury, market development specialist, pro audio, comments: “There is a huge amount of creative and technical talent emerging into our industry right now, which is very exciting! It’s our privilege as a manufacturer to work with institutions such as West Herts College, ensuring that their students have the opportunity to work with high tier wired and wireless microphones as part of their qualification. Perhaps more importantly than working with the equipment is the ability to share our experiences, knowledge and advice with the students, and ultimately help them start to build a successful career in the industry. We are hugely appreciative that artists such as Frank Carter share these values and it’s been fantastic to work alongside their team and West Herts College on this project!”
Mike Woodhouse adds:“It’s companies like Shure that really need to interact with the up and coming engineers. With their support, relationships can build and, hopefully, flourish, creating a healthy support network group between Shure and the soon to be front runners for potential major acts. Getting involved early on is a great way to open young engineer’s minds to the finer details of microphone applications and the increased requirements for RF on stage.”
In picture: Jack Drury.
photo: Nathan Dodd
13th June 2019
PLASA releases guidance on lightning for outdoor events
PLASA, the leading association for live entertainment technology professionals, has worked with several experts to create the first edition of Lighting Guidance for Outdoor Events, detailing the hazards and risks of lightning during outdoor events and festivals.
The dangers of lightning are widely understood; however, the level of threat at outdoor events where large crowds gather is often overlooked. This has been a growing concern due to the increase of outdoor events and number of people exposed.
The Lightning Guidance for Outdoor Events aims to assist all those involved with the production and management of outdoor events in making informed decisions when faced with threats from lightning strikes. As well as providing practical advice on the management of lightning risk, the guidance also considers crowd safety and the protection of temporary structures, electrical equipment and power systems.
To create the guidance, PLASA worked alongside The Event Safety Shop, Star Events Ltd, IMG, Omega Red Group, Aggreko, Ken Law Safety Ltd, BBC Safety, the Emergency Planning College, Howard Eaton Lighting, Anderson Bradshaw Ltd, the National Outdoor Events Association, the University of Reading and Lee Valley Leisure Trust; as well as respected industry consultants, James Eade and Tom Goode. Many of which sit on committees dedicated to developing standards.
Nicky Greet, PLASA’s director of membership, skills and technical comments: “PLASA is proud to issue this guidance, helping to raise health and safety awareness across the live entertainment industry. And, we are grateful to all the organisations and individuals who contributed to this crucial document, which should become an essential part of planning as the festival and event sectors continue to grow.”
The Lightning Guidance for Outdoor Events is available to download at www.plasa.org/lightning-guidance
4th June 2019
FIve ESTA Standards in Public Review
7th May 2019
Yamaha’s New Audioversity Webinar Series Offers Fresh, More Interactive Approach for Audio Professionals
Worldwide – Mid-May sees the start of a brand new series of webinars from Yamaha, aimed at professional audio engineers, systems integrators and venue technicians. Taking a fresh and engaging new approach, each webinar will run twice to ensure that as many participants as possible from across Europe, the Americas, Russia, Africa and the Middle East can take part.
For many years Yamaha has been renowned for its training, helping tens of thousands of users in more than 50 countries worldwide to deliver the best audio experience to audiences. The new webinars form part of Yamaha’s new Audioversity training initiative, which ushers in an even more deeply involved era of education and training that will lead to increased satisfaction and confidence for customers, as well as trying to deliver a brighter future for the pro audio industry as a whole.
Hosted by Yamaha product specialists Andy Cooper and Karl Christmas who are familiar faces to audio professionals across the globe, the new webinar series begins on Wednesday 15th May, with a session focusing on system design using CL and QL series digital mixing consoles.
The series will continue at approximately monthly intervals and cover a wide range of pro-level topics aimed at the live production, hospitality, house of worship, corporate installation and broadcast markets.
Each webinar will take place at 10am and again at 5pm UK time*. For those who are unable to participate, they will be archived for later viewing.
“With these Audioversity webinars we have taken a new look at what we offer,” says Atsushi Kitagawa, General Manager at Yamaha R&D Professional Audio (UK). “We are making them more interactive, with Q&A sessions, as well as adding interviews and other useful content.
“We want to engage with as many audio professionals around the world as possible and give our webinars much more of a face-to-face training feel. I believe that they will make a very positive difference throughout the professional sound market.”
26th April 2019
ROE Visual Supports Backstage Academy with LED Technology
UK – With the delivery of a batch of LED panels and two days of intensive training ROE Visual and Backstage Academy have kicked of their partnership, investing in the knowledge of future technicians.
ROE Visual will sponsor Backstage Academy with several types of its LED panels, thereby providing these industry-renowned products for training purposes.
Backstage Academy has earned a reputation as a centre of excellence for backstage training, specialising in degree courses, short courses and bespoke training programmes. Positioned right at the heart of Production Park, Europe’s leading Live Industry destination, students have the unique opportunity to be surrounded by world-leading Live Events companies.
“ROE Visual has always been keen to support the industry with in-depth knowledge on LED technology in general and the use of its LED panels,” states Marina Prak, marketing manager for ROE Visual. “That’s why we offer the ROE Academy on several locations or as in-house training. The importance of knowledge transfer can’t be over-estimated. Knowing Miles for quite some years it was not difficult to start a partnership when Backstage Academy contacted us with a request for sponsoring.”
“We are pleased to be supporting Backstage Academy with ROE Visual products and look forward to hosting the ROE Academy at Production Park. Access to these excellent facilities is a nice add-on, it will allow us to support our UK clients and users with training activities closer to home”, comments Auke Meijer, sales director.
Providing some of the most frequently used LED panels for current events and tours will bring the students LED knowledge up-to-date with the industry standard products. ROE Visual will provide the Carbon series CB5 as well as the Black Pearl BP3 LED panels, including a complete set of hanging, stacking accessories and processors.
With this partnership Backstage Academy continues its strategy to link with the best manufacturers and brands”, states Miles Marsden, industry partnerships director for Backstage Academy. “This cooperation is a key example of how industry-leading manufacturers can play a role in educating and inspiring the future generation of technicians.”
23rd April 2019
South African Government Supports Backstage Academy Style Training Initiative
UK & South Africa – For over a decade, Backstage Academy has been working with the South African Roadies Association (SARA) to explore the creation of a training initiative for the live events industry in South Africa. The ultimate goal of this collaboration is to establish a live events training institution based on the Backstage Academy model to provide the young people of South Africa with the skills and opportunities needed for the successful and continuing growth of the live events sector on the African continent.
In March 2019, this journey took a major step forward as Backstage Academy welcomed a VIP delegation of South African dignitaries from the Department of Culture and Arts to their campus at Production Park in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
Led by Vusumuzi Mkhize, the director general of the Department of Arts and Culture, the delegation spent four days in the UK visiting Production Park and meeting with key stakeholders to gain an understanding of how Backstage Academy was formed and developed into the institution it is today.
The visit marked a huge milestone on this ambitious journey and secured the agreement of the South African government to throw their support behind SARA and Backstage Academy. This resulted in an agreement to create a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations to drive the creation of a training initiative throughout South Africa focused on the live events industry.
Mr Mkhize commented: “The Department of Arts and Culture in South Africa is excited that Backstage Academy and SARA have come on board to journey with us. This project to drive live events training is of enormous importance to our country to bridge the skills gap in the sector. The public private partnership will help the south African Government to achieve this objective and create job opportunities for the youth.”
Adrian Brooks, founder and chairman of Backstage Academy, commented: “We are delighted to be in this position at long last. Mr. Mkhize has confirmed that the government of South Africa will give their backing to the establishment of a Backstage Academy style inclusive training initiative to benefit aspiring live events professionals across South Africa and the wider African continent.
“The initiative will be delivered by the industry, for the industry, and is a proud example of the use of the 3Cs – collaboration cooperation and competition – to drive up the skills levels and opportunities for all of the people in Africa. An agreement was made that a joint statement should be made between the parties to broadcast this terrific news.”
In picture: John Mogashoa (director, bilateral co-operation), Bongi Ramalepe (marketing and PR), Adrian Brooks (founder and cChairman, Backstage Academy), Vusumuzi Mkhize (the director general of the Department of Arts and Culture), Rachel Nicholson (vice principal, Backstage Academy), Freddie Nyathela (president of the South African Roadies Association), Jack Scarr (marketing and commercial director, Backstage Academy).
1st April 2019
L-Acoustics Débuts L-ISA Training Programme
France & USA – In the days leading up to the Prolight + Sound trade show, L-Acoustics announces the availability of training programmes for systems and mixing engineers seeking to implement L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology, the market-leading object-based mixing technology for live events and installations. In the initial phase of roll-out, training sessions will be available by invitation only in L-Acoustics locations in Marcoussis, France; New York City, NY and Westlake Village, CA, and at select partner facilities. Phase two, planned for the fourth quarter of 2019, will extend training to a wider audience.
Sherif El Barbari, director of L-ISA Labs, notes that the accelerated interest and adoption of L-ISA technology have created a real need for a global community of expert users. “L-ISA is gaining momentum everywhere: events, touring, and experiential venues. In addition to live events such as the upcoming Aerosmith Deuces Are Wild Residency or Mark Knopfler’s current tour, we’re seeing the technology installed as the ‘house PA’ in venues such as EartH in London, Theatre Rossiya in Moscow, and on two Princess Cruises vessels. The demand for festivals is growing, too,” explains Sherif. “To accompany this industry shift to multidimensional audio, we want end users to feel fluent in designing systems and mixing with L-ISA. Having personally interacted with many systems and FOH engineers to date regarding L-ISA, I can say that inherent ease-of-use and intuitiveness make the technology quite approachable for new users. This said, object-based mixing is a different way of thinking. We know our end users want to give audiences the best possible experience and there is no substitute for hands-on training to help achieve that goal.”
L-ISA training blends theory and hands-on practice in three-day seminars, dispensed in half-day sessions, that bring together systems engineers and mixing engineers. Mixing engineers will learn to prepare, encode and mix an L-ISA show. System engineers will learn to design, implement, calibrate, and operate a sound reinforcement project built around L-ISA technology and gain privileged access to the L-ISA Tools feature pack in Soundvision 3.1.0.
The sessions are structured to begin and end with a common core relevant to both certifications, introducing L-ISA technology in a full system approach through tutorials and best practices for live object-based mixing in static and dynamic settings. The program branches out mid-seminar to role-specific sessions for systems engineers and mixing engineers with differentiated tasks, learning paths and objectives. To conclude the seminar, systems and mixing engineers reconvene to discuss L-ISA project management, considering native L-ISA pre-production and guest engineer support, as well as the process of transitioning from stereo to L-ISA. Following the seminar, system engineers and mixing engineers will receive official certification from L-Acoustics acknowledging their completion of the programme.
Etienne Corteel, L-Acoustics director of scientific outreach, adds: “Accompanying end users in the optimal operation of our systems through training has always been central to our vision as an organisation. Offering L-ISA training worldwide is the next milestone in that ongoing effort. Furthermore, by offering sessions in small groups, we can provide highly relevant and personalised instruction that addresses individual end-user needs and questions. We believe this approach will serve the defined learning goals well, but also foster an environment of peer-to-peer exchanges and enrichment.”
In 2019, L-Acoustics will issue 6,000 training certificates to participants in 50 countries in results-oriented sessions ranging from Systems Fundamentals and Variable Curvature Line Source to L-ISA technology and more.