ExCeL London opened its doors this morning (4 October) for PLASA Show 2015, where visitors from 101 countries are expected to attend across the three days.
Now in its 38th year, the annual event will again unite an international audience of pro-audio, lighting, broadcast, AV and stage technology professionals under one roof.
The Show will present visitors with new product showings and live demos from a wide range of brands and companies, including d&b, Cadac, Flare Audio, SSE, Tannoy, Polar Audio, Midas and Lab.gruppen.
To promote streamlined navigation and networking for attendees, the event has been divided into dedicated zones for each of the five industry sectors this year. New to the show are five sector-specific seminar stages across these zones, hosting over 150 speakers – each sharing new knowledge, insight and developments in live entertainment technology as part of the popular PLASA Professional Development Programme.
Among the rich breadth of industry figures offering their expertise is Funktion-One founder Tony Andrews, who will host a session entitled ‘Audio and Consciousness’ (Sunday, 13:30) – a discussion of the importance of sound and its effect on human emotion.
London-based rental giant Britannia Row will host three sessions, including 'Creating a live mix' (Monday, 14:30) while the Institute of Professional Sound will discuss topics such as ‘Loudness and R128 – What’s it all about?’ (Sunday, 15:15)
Soulsound’s Jon Burton ponders the line between accurate live sound reinforcement and personal taste in ‘Is mixing personal?’ (Sunday, 15:30), and Annie Jamieson, post-doctoral researcher at the University of Leeds, addresses the ever-important issue of aural health and safety in ‘Your aural toolkit: a guide to preserving your hearing for sound professionals’ (Sunday, 17:30).
Finally, in ‘Line arrays unravelled’ (Monday, 10:30) d&b’s Adam Hockley examines line array directivity, the pros and cons of the technology and how to optimise it, and a panel of experts from Soundcraft, Allen & Heath, PreSonus and Music Group put their heads together in ‘Digital mixing for the real world’ (Monday, 11:30).
For more on what to expect from this year's event, click here.