San Francisco, CA (August 29, 2006)–According to AES committee chair John Strawn, the 121st Convention Live Sound Chair Larry the O has packaged an exceptional live sound program for the upcoming Convention, from a keynote address by FOH guru Robert Scovill to panel discussions amplifying Large Scale Theatrical Sound Design, The Business of Touring Sound and a host of other critical issues.
Larry The OStrawn commented, “As Meyer Sound communications chief, Larry has an exceptional perspective on one of the highest profile sectors of our industry. We greatly appreciate the time and energy he’s devoted to this year’s live sound events.”
Scovill, who has manned the boards for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Matchbook Twenty, Prince, Def Leppard, Rush and dozens of other headliners, will deliver his keynote address on Thursday, October 5.
Thursday will also see a panel discussion on “The Business Of Touring Sound,” moderated by Dave Shadoan of Sound Images, and featuring Bruce Eisenberg, Audio Analysts; Derek Featherstone, Ultra Sound; Dan Scheirman, JBL Professional and Dan Cleland, Nettwerk Management. They will discuss the crunch touring sound companies face at a time when equipment costs seem to be increasing in inverse proportion to the length of time it remains in demand by clients.
Professional Wireless Systems’ James Stoffo will moderate another Thursday panel called, “Wireless Microphone Issues – Frequency Coordination & The Impact of FCC Rule Changes,” which features Gary Stanfill, Colmar Systems; Edgar Riehl, Shure; Volker Schmitt, Sennheiser and Dave Bellamy of Soundtronics. The panel will provide an overview of recent FCC frequency reallocation rules and their ramifications to spectrum band planning.
Two more live sound panel discussions will go down on Friday, October 6. “Electroacoustic Enhancement Systems” will be moderated by Kurt Graffy, ARUP Acoustics and panelists including Steve Barbar, LARES Associates; Steve Ellison, Meyer Sound; Takayuki Watanabe, Yamaha and Peter D’Antonio, RPG, Inc. will discuss the challenges of balancing physical and acoustical variables when implementing an EES for performances that range from dramatic to symphonic.
Kevin Gross of Cirrus Logic will moderate a discussion on “Case Studies In Digital Audio Distribution For Fixed Installations” with Dan Erickson, General Communications; Gary Hardesty, Sound.Media.Fusion; Rodrigo Ordonez, K2 Audio and Josh Thompson, Polysonics Corp. Panelists will share recent audio distribution challenges, describe options they considered and discuss their solutions.
On Saturday, October 7, panels include “Digital Audio In Touring And Concert Sound Reinforcement,” moderated by John Monitto, Meyer Sound and featuring Gary Hardesty, Sound.Media.Fusion; Robert Scovill, Digidesign (and AES Keynote speaker); Derek Featherstone, Ultra Sound and Michael Reeves, Dolby/Lake. Their discussion will explore the practical implications of the migration to digital audio: Educating clients, managing their expectations and orienting the audience to live sound’s new mindset. And, “Live Sound For Mega Events,” moderated by David Scheirman of JBL Professional features a panel including Wolfgang Neumann, Sirius Show Equipment; Dave Shadoan, Sound Image; Michael Hardesty, Sound/Media.Fusion and independent engineer Michael Abbott. They will discuss the trials, tribulations and tricks of the trade engaged in the design, deployment and operation of large-scale sound reinforcement for “global” events.
The last two panels will take place on Sunday, the last day of the Convention. The first, “Touring System Design And Tuning, When Theory is Put Into Practice” will be moderated by independent FOH mixer Dave Dennison and will feature Tom Lyon, Dave Matthews Band; Mario Lecesse, Audio Analysts; Derek Featherstone, Ultra Sound; and independent mixer Tony Szabo in a discussion of what happens when planning meets reality and the real world adjustments necessary for installing a sound system.
Jon Gottlieb, a leading independent sound designer, will moderate the discussion on “Large-Scale Theatrical Sound Design” with the panel including sound designer Peter Hylenski; Francois Bergeron and Vikram Kirby both of Thinkwell Design. This group will discuss the meeting point between creative visions and logistical realities when implementing multichannel sound systems for elaborate Broadway, theme park and Cirque du Soleil-style productions.
For a preliminary schedule of all 121st AES Convention event dates, times and locations, please visit www.aes.org.