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12 l September 2014 PSNTraining


By Tom Waterman, CTO, Audient Ltd

IN AN audio education environment, one thing that we found hugely benefi cial was to expose students to a very broad spectrum of tools, people and styles. That may sound obvious, but seemingly many academic institutions spend their yearly budgets on large fl agship facilities with perhaps 50% of the budget going on one item (a large console, for example).

UNITED KINGDOM SSL announces free Live console training at UK headquarters By Harry Powell

SOLID STATE Logic has announced it will be hosting Live console operator training days at its Oxfordshire HQ. The free one-day sessions will serve as an introduction to the SSL Live console, launched last year, and will include hands- on experience for all participants. The training sessions will take place at SSL’s Begbroke facility on 17-18 September, 1-2 October and 5-6 November 2014. SSL reminds all interested parties that although these events are completely free, numbers are strictly limited. To apply via the online application form visit:

Currently featuring its V2 Software, SSL Live is the company’s fi rst console for live sound production, suited to touring or installation, FOH or monitor systems for venues, arenas, houses of worship and concert halls. SSL reports that reception to the console by the industry has been extremely positive since its announcement last year.

SSL Live has already appeared on tour with The Killers, Jason Aldean and Flogging Molly as well as at various music festivals including WOMAD and Live at Edinburgh Castle. 

JAMES and PSNEurope launch ‘Training Survey’

By Dave Robinson

JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) and PSNEurope are collaborating to fi nd out the training needs of people in all sectors of our industry with the launch of a ‘Training Survey’, created by JAMES executive director David Ward. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is vital for the future. And you, the readers, can us create up-to-date CPD by completing this survey and passing it on to others. We have tried to keep it as simple as possible, while respecting that there will be a huge range of needs and levels of knowledge.

Basic business and entrepreneurial skills are vital for work in our industry, as are up-to-date information about copyright, contracts, metadata and royalty collection procedures. We have included questions about these areas. Several manufacturers and suppliers provide quality training and there are questions related to these and this survey will help them. Your feedback is very important to us and the survey should only take a few minutes to do. All replies are completely anonymous, but please complete the section for your contact details, so that we can keep you updated on developments. As a little incentive, there’s an iTunes voucher, worth £50, for one lucky respondent, picked at random, when the survey period is over (8 October 2014). Terms and conditions can be found on the survey’s intro page.  UNITED KINGDOM E2S SETS THE LEVEL E2S Warning Signals, a

manufacturer of “high-performance audible and visual signals for commercial, industrial, marine, onshore and offshore hazardous locations” with offi ces in the UK and US, has published an educational guide that seeks to ‘de-mystify’ the dB (decibel), one of the most common units in engineering, “yet also one of the most confusing”. “The main diffi culty in

comprehending dB measurements,” says E2S, “is that it is a log-linear scale, which, while it is very useful in representing very large differences in a more user-friendly scale, also compresses the scale. Sound is defi ned as any pressure variation that can be heard by the human ear. “The threshold of hearing

is defi ned as 0dB [SPL]; the threshold of pain is around 130dB [SPL], a scale that can be readily understood. However, as the power difference between the two levels is 1013 : 1, or, to spell it out in full,

10,000,000,000,000 or 10 million million to one, expressing it in these terms suddenly gives a much better idea of the change.”

The guide is all based around the company’s products, of course, but nevertheless it’s an interesting read for the curious or the concerned. For example, the A151 disaster warning sounder is rated at 150dB SPL, the same as a jet engine at 1m. It also discusses the effect of frequency on perceived loudness and includes some rules of thumb for system designers who are specifying the output and location of warning sounders to provide the desired sound levels as part of a warning system. 

These fl agship rooms look great on open days and certainly give the marketing department something to write about when looking to reach next year’s recruitment targets, but do they cater to the entire student cohort? Do they promote an individual learning experience?  Read the full article at www.psneurope,com/training

DIARY 7-8 October

Theatre and live seminar hosted by Bolshoi Theatre and Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup Where: The State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, Moscow

14-16 October

Martin Audio: MLA M-Tech Training Where: Millennium Studios, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom training-program

22 October

Understanding Digital Video Formats – From DVI-D to Thunderbolt and More! Where: Online, United States

28 October

Sennheiser – Basic Wireless Mics and Monitoring Course Where: Sennheiser UK, Marlow - United Kingdom soundacademy

A range of commercial packages are available: Contact advertising manager, Ryan O’Donnell,

+44 (0) 20 7354 6000,

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