Technical Tours provided an oportunity for convention attendees to visit some of the resources and facilities in the Los Angeles area.
Friday, September 22, 10:00 am
T1: Harman International
On this tour of the Harman International facility, we gained insight into the pioneering design and manufacture of Harman loudspeakers and how they are evaluated.
Friday, September 22, 1:00 pm
T2: House Ear Institute
This special tour offered a behind-the-scenes look at the Institute's laboratories and an overview of the scientific exploration of the auditory system from the ear canal through the inner ear to the brain. Three brief presentations on the regeneration of sensory hair cells, the perception of sound and the impact of background noise on speech intelligibility and amplification were also included.
Friday, September 22, 2:00 pm
T3: NBC Tonight Show Studio
We are all aware of the promise that high definition television (HDTV) and surround sound hold for the future of audio. We were pleased to bring you this special tour guided by the engineers who are using the latest in HDTV and surround sound technologies for the production of the NBC "Tonight Show."
Saturday, September 23, 9:00 am
T4: The Village
This tour featured a visit to The Village, a legendary, state-of-the-art recording and scoring facility in West Los Angeles. An integral part of the record, film and television scene for more than 30 years, the facility is a four-room complex housed within a 30,000 sq. ft., 1920's era Masonic Temple and features a wide variety of vintage and modern gear.
Saturday, September 23, 4:00 pm
T5: Staples Center
Welcome to the newest arena in Los Angeles. Opened in the fall of 1999, the Staples Center is home to many of the area's spectacular live events, including the upcoming Democratic National Convention. The arena features a specially designed $1.5-million facility sound system and 675 separate speakers outside of the seating area.
Sunday, September 24, 9:00 am
T6: The Village
For those of you who couldn't make the first trip to The Village, a second tour was scheduled. Please refer to the above description of this tour for details.
Monday, September 25, 10:00 am
T7: Whitmor Wirenetics
Located in nearby Valencia, Whitmor Wirenetics is a manufacturer and a distributor of custom and off-the-shelf wire products. This tour was designed to provide insight into how wire and cable are manufactured and to present the various types of cables and their uses.