AES New York 2015
Tutorial T16

Friday, October 30, 5:15 pm — 6:15 pm (Room 1A08)


T16 - Control Systems and Electroacoustical Considerations for Large-Scale Loudspeaker Arrays: Past, Present & Future

David Scheirman, Audio Engineering Society - Carlsbad, CA USA

System design evolution over four decades will be highlighted in a timeline for control and electroacoustical domains. In addition to historical review of control & monitoring processes, presentation bridges the gap from control-only networks to network digital audio, noting migration paths to beam-steerable line array elements now described as network endpoint devices. Tutorial also presents various enclosure and multi-box array topologies in use, as a broad-spectrum overview of technical developments taking place since the 6th International Conference (Sound Reinforcement, Nashville, 1988) and the 13th International Conference (Computer-controlled sound systems, Dallas, 1994). Each of these landmark AES events included content foreshadowing the development of today’s modern high-powered loudspeaker arrays that incorporate beam-steering technology. Recently-emerging trends will be examined, and potential future developments contemplated. Of potential interest to sound reinforcement technicians and system operators, installed-system designers, rental sound service company providers, and live-sound equipment product development engineers.

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