All-Russian Congress of Sound Engineers of Music Programs

28, 29, 30 January 2019
Pushkin Culture Centre, Samara
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All-Russian Congress of Sound Engineers of Music Programs

28, 29, 30 January 2019
Pushkin Culture Centre, Samara

About congress

The main focus of the event is

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  • Sharing real experiences between active sound engineers.

  • Professional training of students specializing in sound engineering and upgrading skills of existing sound engineers.

  • New professional audio equipment and the latest technologies to work with sound.

  • Creating a platform for live communication between representatives of sound engineering community. 

Target audience:

  • Theatre and live sound engineers.

  • Sound engineers working in recording studios, radio and television studios.

  • Engineers and sound engineers of rental companies.

  • Professors of musical colleges and higher music schools educating future sound engineers.
  • Music students enrolled in the speciality "sound engineering".

  • Heads of theatre sound departments and concert organizations.

  • Personnel responsible for the technical equipment of concert halls, theatres and clubs.

  • Sound engineers and sound technicians working at cultural and leisure services. 

Speakers

Speakers

Programme

Congress timetable

Day 1

10:00 Registration. Listening to BOSE S1 Pro.

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11:00. Welcome Speech.

Dmitry Vdovin (Samara)

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Brief opening speech introducing the audience to the genuine goal of our meeting and programme timing of the whole event.

11:20. YAMAHA AFC3: Active Field Control system.

Presentation

Yuriy Isakov, Yamaha (Moscow)

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Yamaha experts are going to present a rather innovative product within the Congress - AFC3. Active Field Control is an acoustic enhancement system that is used to improve or enhance the architectural acoustic characteristics of a room and optimize reverberation while preserving that room's natural acoustic ‘signature’. AFC3 provides a cost-effective alternative to mechanical means of modifying room acoustics which is really essential when the budget doesn't allow you to carry any acoustic conditioning or it is prohibited to make modifications in the venue architecture.

Visitors registered in the category "Participant" will be able to behold the system in operation in a separate showroom. This showroom will also hold some some training courses on modern models of Yamaha digital mixing consoles.

12:00. Coda Audio - next generation technologies.

Presentation

George Puttock, Coda Audio (UK)

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The company CODA Audio has always placed the comment and evaluation from system techs and engineers at the forefront of their R&D. They try not to be prescriptive, but to create technologies that respond to the needs of people whose job it is to make audio come alive. Therefore there is little wonder that CODA's trainers team took aboard George Puttock, a world-class system engineer having an exceptional hands-on experience of using CODA systems in a whole variety of applications. His first performance as a speaker in Russia will take place at our Congress, on its first day.

13:40. Coffee break. Listening to RCF EVOX acoustic system.

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14:00. Network technologies in concert practice.

Seminar, hands-on workshop

Pavel Shemyakin, Hi-Tech Media (Moscow)

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Network audio technologies are such an essential part of our life nowadays that no big show can avoid using them. Therefore every year there is a special focus on this topic within our Congress.

This time we will take a look at main protocols (Dante / AVB / Ravenna / AES67) putting emphasis on Dante.

After that from the perspective of his own experience Pavel Shemyakin will talk about common problems concerning integration of network audio equipment into the concert complex.

14:40. Sound Quest "Meet & Greet!"

Master-class, show

Dmitry Sukhin (Moscow), Ilya Lukashev (Moscow)

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Sound Quest "Meet & Greet!" is a traditional activity of the Congress. This year it will be a friendly duel between Dmitry Sukhin and Ilya Lukashev who is well-known for his successful work in both "guises" - as a concert and studio sound engineer. The point is that Ilya is up to make a live sound mix for a band he has never heard about before and explain what he is doing and why. For his part Dmitry Sukhin will ask him various questions on the fly trying to throw Ilya off his stride. Thus we are going to imitate a real soundcheck situation in a "helter-skelter" way.

16:40. Coffee break. Listening to Coda Audio acoustic system.

Events Hall

Pushkin Culture Centre
17:00. Specific aspects of theatrical firmware for DiGiCo consoles.

Presentation

Mikhail Sokolik (Moscow)

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Special mixing consoles for theatre are produced by rather few notable manufacturers. Their high cost makes them nearly unavailable for most Russian theatres. Therefore theatre sound engineers in most cases use common concert consoles what significantly limits creative abilities of the director and expression of the whole sound solution of the performance.

British company DiGiCo realizes theatrical version of their SD mixing consoles only by changing firmware. It means that hardware remains standard. Mikhail Sokolik will talk about changes in interface and new functional capabilities necessary for working with musical score.

He will also hold a special training for engaged participants.

17:40. Professional training of sound engineers.

Presentation

Dmitry Vdovin (Samara), Dmitry Sukhin (Moscow), Andrey Ivanenko (Orenburg), Svetlana Alasheeva (Samara), Nadezhda Rakhmanova (St.Petersburg), Anna Buturlina (Moscow), Olga Pashinina (Moscow)

Concert Hall

Pushkin Culture Centre

Day 2

10:00. "Utrennik".

Questions about everything

Dmitry Sukhin & others (Moscow)

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We would like to go on with a project suggested by Dmitry Sukhin with the working title "Utrennik" ("School Play"). The main idea is "teaching the nuts and bolts" of Sound Engineering. It means that this 40-minute part of the program will be devoted to questions from the floor. Every participant will be able to ask anything concerning basics of sound engineering, technical terms, definitions, etc. (just any points of interest, may be even absurd at first sight). These questions will be a challenge for a team of qualified instructors whose main goal is to explain the issue as simply and understandably as possible. Considering that every guru has his own individual opinion and teaching philosophy their "jam session" is going to bring quite interesting and surprising results!

12:20. Sound in modern theatre: traditional two-way theatre system or hyperrealistic multichannel system?

Presentation

Igor Novikov, Sonoruss (Moscow)

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This year we are going to start a subject of multidimensional audio technologies in live shows. And our first speaker to cover the issue will be Igor Novikov, technical director of L-ACOUSTICS RUSSIA Installation department. Within his presentation Igor will bring up several important topics about special aspects of  L-Acoustics technologies and also talk about the concept of immersive sound L-ISA and its creative possibilities.

10:40. "BAR" show. Providing good sound coverage in rooms with difficult acoustics.

Hands-on workshop

Evgeny Shuev, ARIS (Moscow)

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Within the program from the ARIS company we are waiting for our next meeting with Evgeny Shuev. This time he is not going to get the listeners involved into the theoretical maze, but has prepared an interactive "BAR" show. By now Evgeny keeps the lid on what it means, but as far as we could get wind of it there will be something about how the polar pattern of the acoustic systems influences the Speech Intelligibility Index (STI). He will also talk about basic principles of providing good sound coverage in rooms with difficult acoustics - those aspects that should be definitely taken into consideration during the music venue reconstruction.

11:40. Wavetool (software for radio systems monitoring).

Presentation

Ali Ahmaniemi, Wavemark (Finland) , Mikhail Sokolik (Moscow)

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Radio-frequency management has already become a traditional subject within our Congress. This time we will pay attention to Wavetool, software produced by the company Wavemark. It is intended for radio systems monitoring including systems of different brands. Using Wavetool makes sense when dealing with a large number of channels, for example, musicals.

Another traditional field of application - big concert tours. Our Russian and foreign colleagues have a positive experience of using Wavetool, and this is what Mikhail Sokolik (a theatre sound engineer and active user of the product) is going to tell us about within his presentation. Ali Ahmaniemi, leading developer of Wavemark, will speak about advantages of Wavetool over free software from the radiomicrophones manufacturing companies and its special features.

13:00. Coffee break. Listening to Yamaha DZR-D acoustic system.

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13:20. Point Source Audio: new generation of compact head microphones and headsets for radio systems.

Demonstration

Roman Ivanovskiy, Dealer-center (Moscow)

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One of the most serious challenges to deal with in a musical theatre is how to attach the mics to best capture the person's voice, becoming a compromise between gain-before-feedback, audio quality, and intelligibility.

The latest solution offered by the company Point Source Audio is the patent-pending Embrace Earset Microphone, a customizable low-profile unit that combines a miniature lavalier-style microphone with an earmount that can be shaped and cut to fit the individual user and the desired mic positioning at the ear.

Such an unusual design makes it possible to use these microphones not only for vocal enhancement, but also for string instruments. This is exactly what experts of the company Dealer-center will demonstrate during their presentation within our Congress this year.

14:00. Live stage sound with the help of beyerdynamic microphones.

Master-class

Bernd Neubauer, beyerdynamic (Germany)

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Perhaps, some of you have already met our guest from Germany Bernd Neubauer. Recently he has held a seminar on radio frequency management in Samara. Now his visit is devoted to basic principles of mic positioning when working with a live band on stage intending to use characteristics of the microphones to the fullest extent possible. A set of beyerdynamic microphones would be used for this demonstration. Several musicians from Samara will take on the role of "test objects".

15:40. Coffee break. Listening to Studiomaster Platform 18SA acoustic system.

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16:00. L-Acoustics ecosystem: combining various technologies by L-Acoustics for working with multidimensional audio projects.

Presentation

Igor Novikov, Sonoruss (Moscow)

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This year we are going to start a subject of multidimensional audio technologies in live shows. And our first speaker to cover the issue will be Igor Novikov, technical director of L-ACOUSTICS RUSSIA Installation department. Within his presentation Igor will bring up several important topics about special aspects of  L-Acoustics technologies and also talk about the concept of immersive sound L-ISA and its creative possibilities.

16:40. Working with a special software for technical rider compilation.

Hands-on workshop

Nadezhda Rakhmanova (St.Petersburg)

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Writing a technical rider for a band is quite a creative and in some way intimate process. Often a sound engineer puts his innermost wishes and unrealized technological dreams into it. Yet sometimes technical services have a real problem trying to understand the creative concept and graphic arts of the author.

In order to gain mutual understanding it seems to be a good idea to bring all these masterpieces to a common standard and also to have an opportunity of fast modifications, choosing names and images of audio equipment from corresponding libraries and editing ready templates for your own needs.

And such software already exists! You will learn how to use it for composing a technical rider hand over hand during Nadezhda Rakhmanova's workshop within our Congress.

17:20. Mixing consoles Studiomaster digiLive - lowest cost solution for serious work.

Presentation

Boris Agapov, Dealer Center (Moscow)

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Company Studiomaster is one of the oldest manufacturers of professional audio equipment in England (founded in 1976) now featuring a vast range of acoustic systems, analogue and digital mixing consoles, amplifiers and other elements of backline.

Top-of-the-line console digiLivE16 has everything you need to mix live sound. It was designed as a result of multi-year research and development and is meant to engineers who need an easy-to-use system, especially if they are now using an analogue console and want to take a step towards digital technologies. In this case digiLIVE is really a good and practical solution.

You can get more detailed information on digiLivE16 from a presentation by Boris Agapov, expert of the company Dealer Center.

18:00. DiGiCo 4REA4 - brand new module mixing system.

Presentation

Vyacheslav Kasyanov, ARIS (Moscow)

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Just imagine what a tempting idea would be to construct a mixing console yourself from different components just like in childhood we used to play with a construction set catering to our own needs in the first place. May be that particular thought inspired DiGiCo engineers to create their new product.

So please welcome DiGiCo 4REA4 - a universal configurable solution allowing multifield translation in case of large halls particular about quality and reliability of applications. The system consists of several modules that can be combined in various ways depending on equipment characteristics for specific tasks. It can be connected via network with master consoles and auxiliary external input/output blocks helping to form a spaced system of different configurations.

Day 3

10:00. Telefunken Elektroakustik – quest for excellence.

Presentation

Alexander Prykin, Valery Zelyanin, MD-technology (Moscow)

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Quite many former famous brands have now a tragic fate: they are almost forgotten or slipped out of existence. Those that are still being used often bear no relation to their roots.

German trademark Telefunken partly managed to evade this fate thanks to their subsidiary TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik that resumed manufacturing of microphones after a long pause, but in USA not Germany.

The company not only restored the production of classical models, but also started manufacturing new ones, and there are series of microphones that are often cited as new classics. Whether this is true or not we will be able to know very soon...

10:40. The Toursound project: what's new.

Presentation

Alexey Sedov, Toursound (Moscow)

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We have all been seeking a resource that could solve a number of issues of our industry and gather comprehensive information about concert halls, contractors for touring and other specialists according to their knowledge of the necessary equipment and location, etc. Attempts to create such a foundation have been taken many a time and oft.

But Toursound is not just an information portal. It is an idea capable to grant a second chance to our market - a sleeping titan that can be only awakened by joint efforts of its participants. It is in the first place a community of concerned professionals ready to make their contribution into industry development.

Alexey Sedov, the founder of the project, will talk about its history and evolution during his presentation within our Congress.

11:00. Optimizing the working hours of a touring sound engineer. Part 3. Getting ready to work with an unknown musical band.

Master-class

Andrey Ivanov, Toursound (Moscow)

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In the context of cooperation with the project TourSound we will talk about optimizing the working hours of a touring sound engineer. In the third part of his narration Andrey Ivanov will share his recommendations how to get the best out of getting ready to work with an unknown musical band and how to use your "homework" at the venue with maximum efficiency. And traditionally he will demonstrate all these best practices on live musicians.

12:20. FIR filters and their role in world revolution.

Lecture-discussion

Alexander Lourie, Unvis-pro (Moscow)

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Filters with finite impulse response (FIR) appear to be quite a popular topic for discussions nowadays. Many manufacturers whose products use this technology pitch FIR-filters as some panacea that we all have long waited for and which will at last make it possible to create a priori marvelous sound.

Alexander Lourie will deliver a lecture on basic aspects of FIR-filters theory glossing over the maze of mathematical analysis. We hope it will be useful for understanding FIR-technology as a whole and integration of FIR-filters into your projects.

Besides during our Congress everyone registered in the category PARTICIPANT will be able to listen to monitors produced with technology of "linear phase response" based on usage of FIR-filters.

13:20. Coffee break. Listening to LD Systems CURV 500 PS acoustic system.

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13:40. Mixing console AVID S6L and its advantages. Possible configurations for theatre and concert applications.

Presentation

Liliya Gainutdinova, Sonoruss (Moscow)

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The company Sonoruss proceeds with introducing new exemplars of high-end audio equipment. This time Liliya Gainutdinova will tell the Community about two top consoles SSL Live L200 and Avid S6L, their special aspects and functionalities. The consoles will be available for everyone to have a look at and try some features on 29 and 30 January.

14:20. New mixing consoles ALLEN&HEATH.

Presentation

Alexey Buravlyov, MixArt (Moscow)

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After successful debut of the consoles SQ-5 and SQ-6 (presented during last year Congress by the company MixArt) Allen & Heath launched their next brand new product: digital mixing console SQ-7. The key feature of this model is plenty of physical controls placed on the front panel. So those who prefer to move the faders and turn the dials will definitely like this "extended version". During our Congress everyone will have a fair opportunity to "taste" the new console and also ask Alexey Buravlyov all the points of interest concerning Allen & Heath consoles.

14:40. DSP-controlled module acoustic systems Bose Panaray MSA12X.

Presentation

Ivan Fefelov, Bose (Moscow)

15:20. Coffee break. Listening to CLA-46/83 & TS-118BH.

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15:40. Duel with consoles «S21» for the prize from the company Aris.

Entertaining competitive game

Daria Bakhmanova, ARIS (Moscow)

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Our last year competition turned out to be quite devisive and rumbustious among our brothers in trade. Yet now there are even more participants wishing to take part in this extreme sound engineering contest. As a result we decided to repeat the experiment with improved rules and regulations and out technical sponsor - company ARIS - raised the ante offering the prize that no one could even dream of! So... see you in the arena!

17:40. Congress summarizing. Handing over of the certificates.

Round table

Participants of the Congress

18:00. Departure.

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Partners

If your company wishes to take part in our programme, please, contact us.

FAQ

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