Steve Sockey, a partner at SIA Acoustics, will explore the process of designing acoustic and electro-acoustic solutions for both live events and facilities where highly intelligible and tonally balanced sound is crucial to success. He will discuss the various stages of system and event design development and execution. The use of loudspeaker and acoustical prediction tools, digital signal processing, and most importantly, practical issues of implementation and operation will be reviewed. Steve will critically examine the importance of an acoustical design that is highly integrated with that of the project's technical systems—a methodology that has resulted in the creation of successful performance venues as well as successful events in acoustically-challenging spaces