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Market report: Sound engineers


E3: FORECASTS OF AVERAGE PAYMENT PER PROJECT 2013, 2014


(% of respondents in each group)


Increase Decrease


Stay the same 2013 16% 72% 12% 2014 18% 64% 18%


Shure, d&b and Sennheiser onstage at The O2 Arena in 2013. Oh, and some bird called Beyoncé


MANUFACTURER VIEWPOINT: DiGiCo


E4: MOST IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTOR TO WORKLOAD 2014


Live music – concert halls Live music – clubs/pubs Theatrical production Conference/summit Houses of Worship Other


16% 8% 13% 15% 15% 33%


What new equipment or technological development do you think is going to be most important to the market and why? And what role (if applicable) do you expect to play in this?


I think every company would have a different opinion on what has been the most significant for them. For DiGiCo it has to be the changes in processing and what we are now able to offer. The future-proofing and upgrades we have been able to squeeze out of the refinement in FPGA compiling software has meant real added value to our clients, years after their initial investment.


To what extent is the rise of standards-based networking having on your product development process? Please elaborate with reference to any specific developments that are “new for 2014”.


E5: EVENT TYPE


DEMONSTRATING GREATEST GROWTH DURING 2013/2014


Live music – concert halls Conference/summit Live music – clubs/pubs Theatrical production Houses of Worship Other


15% 26% 10% 10% 21% 18%


We were able to show full networking at PL+S with audio, video, control and comms all running down our optical system. This real world demonstration showed what is possible on a fibre network, and we will be repeating the demonstration at InfoComm.


What could be done – by the industry, by your peers or even


to affect engineers’ working lives has therefore been the subject of some variation over the years, and in 2014 it takes another slight dip, with 54% (vs 64% last year) forecasting a major impact for the next two to three years. Evidence, perhaps, that efforts to explain the benefits of various approaches more clearly


8 l PSNLIVE 2014 65% 12% 23% 2011


by government – to help grow European export markets? Europe is improving this year and is certainly more positive than it has been in recent years. Some government schemes are in place but these are more focussed at new developing markets. Maybe re-evaluating these schemes and allowing them in Europe would help with exports.


Funding is still the major challenge in Europe for small companies wanting to invest in new equipment to grow their businesses. Again, there have been improvements, but it still needs to significantly improve to allow people to invest in the future.


James Gordon, managing director, DiGiCo (UK) Limited www.digico.biz


and concisely must continue (Graph E8). Mirroring the result in our


PA/rental company survey, Audinate’s increasingly ubiquitous Dante media networking technology was voted the individual networking solution most frequently encountered by engineers, followed by the stalwart


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