Saturday, October 1, 5:00 pm — 6:30 pm (Rm 403A)
Four decades of system development will be highlighted, in timelines for both control and electroacoustical domains. In historical review, this presentation highlights the evolutionary process from control-only networks to networked digital audio, and migration paths from powered speaker arrays to line array elements to beam-steerable systems. Various speaker array topologies in use over time will be reviewed as a series of developments having taken place since the 6th International Conference (Sound Reinforcement, Nashville, 1988) and the 13th International Conference (Computer-controlled sound systems, Dallas, 1994), with content at these landmark AES events having foreshadowed today’s high-powered loudspeaker arrays that incorporate beam-steering technology. Emerging trends will be examined and potential future developments contemplated. Of potential interest to sound reinforcement technicians, system operators, installed-system designers, rental service providers, and product development engineers.