In a development set to come into force on 1 January 2012, the Institute of Broadcast Sound (IBS) is to rename itself the Institute of Professional Sound.
IBS was founded in 1977 to represent professionals working in the field of audio for broadcast. The new name is said to reflect changes in the audio and broadcast industries, as well as developments in the Institute’s own membership and working practices. In contrast to the situation in the more distant past, most IBS members are now freelancers and frequently operate in multiple fields.
Simon Bishop, chairman of the IBS’s Executive Committee, commented: “Our new name more fairly reflects who we are. With members that move freely between the varied worlds of radio, video, TV, music recording, location and live sound, broadcast is no longer necessarily the single thread that binds us all together. However, all of us work as audio professionals, and we would like to speak for all who fit that description, whilst also reaching out to others who might have been dissuaded by our old name. Hence the change to something more inclusive.”
While the IBS/IPS name change will come into effect on New Year’s Day, the regular programme of training events and meetings for members is already reflecting the more inclusive emphasis. Events this autumn have included training on SADiE, Riedel and Studer products for broadcast and live production, while the forthcoming annual training weekend in February 2012 – the first to be held as the IPS – will be split between Outside Broadcast training on one day, and PA and live sound workshops on the other.
“With the 2012 Games coming up, it’s appropriate that we focus on OB work on the Saturday,” said Bishop. “However, on the Sunday, we will be offering training on foldback and PA mixing, with live bands playing throughout the day. We’re going to make some noise — and you’ll see much more of this kind of event from us in the future.”
Dates and venue for the first IPS training weekend will be announced shortly.