AES New York 2019
Sound Reinforcement Track Event SR09

Saturday, October 19, 11:30 am — 12:30 pm

Sound Reinforcement: SR09 - Improving Education and Knowledge Transfer in Sound Reinforcement

Elena Shabalina, d&b audiotechnik - Backnang, Germany
Etienne Corteel, L-Acoustics - Marcoussis, France
Adam J. Hill, University of Derby - Derby, Derbyshire, UK
Malle Kaas, Women in Live Music
Manuel Melon, Le Mans Université - Le Mans cedex 9, France

This panel will focus on how people populating the field of sound reinforcement can work together more efficiently. Tasks in sound reinforcement have a wide range: From using a sound system, designing sound system to product development to applied research, and fundamental research. All those tasks involve musicians, mixing engineers, electrical and communication engineers, acousticians and noise control engineers, software developers, signal processing and scientific computing specialists, physicists and mathematicians, to name just a few. They require different educational backgrounds, different professional experience, and often very different ways of thinking. These differences can make the communication and knowledge transfer very challenging in everyday work.

However, in order to create the best possible experience for the audience, all the parts of the chain should work together smoothly, making sure nothing gets lost on the way and no important part is missing. The panelists will address the topic from their unique perspectives and will try to identify what works well in our field and what needs improvement in future.

How do we make sure that all parts of the whole picture get enough attention? Is there enough research? Are we missing some important new ideas being developed in other fields? What to study to work in sound reinforcement? What background is needed to work in fundamental research, R&D, sound system design or to become a mixing engineer? Can users of sound systems get all the knowledge they need? Are there any specific knowledge gaps? What can we do to improve the situation?

AES Technical Council This session is presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Acoustics and Sound Reinforcement

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