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Plasa announces stellar line-up for 2017 seminars

Pro audio expo Plasa has named the industry experts heading up the show’s seminar programme on September 17-19 at London’s Olympia.

The free-to-attend sessions, including new half-hour slots at the Fast Track Theatre, feature an international line up of experts ready to discuss the latest topics and developments in their field.

At the Audio & AV Theatre, d&b audiotechnik’s Oran Burns and Bill Brooks’ session ‘Are You listening?’ takes a fresh view on the much-debated idea of an ideal frequency response for a live sound system, considering factors like hearing sensitivity, creative preferences and cultural trends.

Over in broadcast, ‘Preparing for the loss of 700MHz – What you need to know’ examines Ofcom’s 2014 announcement to reallocate UHF frequencies 694-790MHz (the 700MHz band) to the mobile sector. With clearance scheduled for May 2020, the session, by Shure’s Tuomo Tolonen, looks at the wider implications for the industry and how best to meet ongoing challenges.

Brand new for 2017, the 30-minute Fast Track Sessions are aimed at improving business skills. The inaugural programme features the Association Of British Theatre Technicians with an update on technical standards for places of entertainment They’ll also be discussing new guidelines from the National Counter-Terrorism Security Office on crowded places.

PSNE contributor Phil Ward heads up the imaginatively titled ‘Was Le Corbusier Deaf or What?’ on Monday September 18, uncovering the tricky relationship between audio and architecture.

Ward will also chair the ‘360 Degrees of Sound’ discussion, where prominent voices will discuss new formats for 3D audio within immersive experiences – from theme parks to art galleries. Discover more about the sound revolution straight from the experts on the ground, including Sherif El Barbari from L-Acoustics; Scott Willsallen from Remarkable Projects; and Dave Haydon from Outboard.

“We’ve gathered the big guns to take on these two equally fascinating topics,” said Ward. “These are issues driving the technology solutions of the future. The insight – and debate – promises to be the most informed and interesting you’ll find.”

At the Lighting, Staging and Rigging Theatre, James Simpson, lighting visualiser at the Royal Opera House, presents ‘2057AD: what will theatre be like in 40 years’ time?’ This session takes place in 2057, looking back to 2017 and the 40 intervening years, its technology, and how it changed the way theatre is made.

And, if you’ve ever battled the sole trader vs limited company conundrum, BECTU’s Tony Lennon will be on hand to guide you through this and other taxation mysteries in ‘Tax Essentials for Freelancers’.

Plasa Show returns to London Olympia on 17-19 September. For more information, seminar times and to sign up for a session go to

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