Concert Sound Master Classes @ LDI
Friday, November 22 • 9:00am - 5:15pm
Saturday, November 23 • 8:00am - 3:45pm
(Plus Additional hands-on console demos until 5:00pm)
$575 ($625 after 10/18)
Continental Breakfast and Lunch Included; Meeting Room N250
The second annual Live Design Concert Sound Master Classes explore the design and technical aspects of concert sound, both on an off the road. Join creative consultant Bill Platt* of Platt Design in Los Angeles as he shares his vast experience and leads two days of thought-provoking sessions with top audio experts, plus hands-on access to the latest in concert sound technology. A sound choice for anyone interested in audio!
*co-creative consultant: Mark Johnson, Full Sail, Orlando
Friday, November 22
9:00am-9:30am: Coffee & Bagels / Welcome and Introduction to CSMC: Bill Platt
9:30am-11:00am: Concert Sound System Design and Optimization: Steve Bush, Meyer Sound.
The tools and technologies available in today’s concert sound system design toolbox have advanced considerably compared to what was available only a few years ago. Prediction programs, line array systems, FFT analyzers, powerful DSP processing, and a multitude of other advances provide today’s system designers and technicians with incredible resources to design, implement, and optimize concert sound systems. However these advances have also seen the complexity of sound system designs grow as well as the demands for what the artists and audiences expect. In this presentation Steve Bush, Meyer Sound’s Senior Technical Support and Seminar Instructor, will discuss key points in approaching concert sound system design and optimization and briefly look at common challenges seen in the field and methods for addressing these challenges.
11:15am-12:45pm: Concert Sound Rigging and Safety:
A discussion of safely rigging large sound rigs; with industry experts Keith Bohn of Tomcat and ETCP certified riggers John Bleich of Production and Rigging Resources and Chris Schmidt of Stage Rigging.
12:45pm-2:30pm: Lunch and technology showcase
2:30pm-4:00pm: FOH Mixing Workshop, Buford Jones, Meyer Sound.
In this presentation veteran FOH engineer Buford Jones gives attendees the benefit of his vast experience touring and mixing an incredible array of legendary artists. Buford will step through his process for quickly putting together a mix and provide tips and advice, not only on technical points, but Buford also addresses the issues of communication and trust between the artist and the mix engineer.
4:15pm-5:15pm: Concert Sound Wireless—Microphones to In-Ear Systems: Tim Vear, Shure Choosing and using wireless audio systems for concert touring has become increasingly complex as the amount of RF gear increases and the available RF spectrum decreases. Good band planning, proper frequency coordination, and optimizing antenna systems are the keys to success. Find out how to survive in today's RF jungle!
Saturday, November 23
8:00am-9:00am: New Technology Breakfast, audio/rigging, Room N245
Applying High-End Technology To Concert Touring: Concert sound industry veteran David Scheirman will discuss how we apply scientific design principles with large-format line arrays to improve the audience listening experience in concert venues around the globe.
10:45am- 11:00am: break
11:00am-12:30pm: Concert Sound Mixing Round Table with the Professionals: Panel includes Aaron Beck, head of audio for Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE, Buford Jones of Meyer Sound, David Scheirman of Harman, FOH engineers Randy Weitzel and Kevin Kimmel, Ringo Starr's sound engineer Brian Bavido, plus legendary sound designer Abe Jacob who pretty much invented concert sound. Moderator: Bill Plattb
12:30pm- 2:00pm: lunch and technology showcase
2:00pm-4:30pm: Large-Format Mixing Consoles Sessions, Hands-On (three 45-minute sessions with leading manufacturers )
4:15pm-4:45pm: Bill Platt: Final wrap up & Q&A
*Subject to change