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Market report: Sound engineers


E8: EXTENT TO WHICH NETWORKING EXPECTED TO AFFECT DAILY WORKING LIFE OVER THE NEXT 2-3 YEARS, 2011, 2013, 2014


(% of respondents in each group) Very much


To some degree Very little


2013 16% 2014 20%


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that invited contributors to ponder likely changes over the next few years. Putting networking to one side for a moment, contributors nominated the technological changes expected to have the most signifi cant impact on working patterns. More lightweight and compact products, including next-generation power amplifi ers, were commonly cited, as were fi bre technologies and the greater harnessing of social media as a sales and promotional tool. Finally, respondents were


asked to pinpoint the main challenges now confronting the live sound sector – and to offer some possible solutions. Continuing the pattern of the last few years, rising ticket prices were cited by multiple contributors, with a general feeling that this could soon be having a negative effect on attendance. The ongoing disparity between pressure on margins and soaring


technological expectations was also highlighted on several occasions.


SUMMARY Although activity levels are once again robust, the engineers’ survey confi rms that the live sound sector remains the subject of tremendous pressure on margins and an overriding desire by event operators to slash costs. Overwhelmingly, there is no real belief that this predicament is likely to change any time soon. On the other hand, engineers’


engagement with new technology and desire to explore fresh sources of revenue in conferencing and houses of worship, among other markets, indicates a willingness to adapt to changing circumstances that will surely stand these soldiers of sound in good stead in a highly competitive business. Perhaps more than anything else, it is those qualities that will help to keep this show on the road in the mid- to long-term future. PSNLIVE 2014


54% 31% 64% 15% 58% 2011 7% 35%


E9: NETWORKING TECHNOLOGY MOST FREQUENTLY ENCOUNTERED


Audinate Dante CobraNet


Harman HiQnet QSC Q-Sys Aviom A-Net Other


33% 33%


3% 8% 10%


13%


10 l PSNLIVE 2014


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