Audio plays a major role at LDI2008, with solid professional audio training presented in conjunction with Meyer Sound and Shure with challenging one-day and two-day courses in the LDInstitute for designers, technicians, contractors, and students. Register today: take your sound knowledge to the next level and change the way you think about sound!

Fundamentals of System Design,
Implementation and Optimization
Monday and Tuesday, October 20 and 21
The Fundamentals of System Design seminar encompasses a variety of topics in sound system applications. Practical information about AC power, grounding, hum, gain setting and polarity are presented in a real-world context to provide useful background. Theory and practice of line arrays are discussed, along with tools for system optimization, including equalization, delay, loudspeaker management systems, and measurement with the SIM3 audio analyzer system.
Taught by: Steve Bush, Meyer Sound
Target audience: system technicians, contractors, and audio students.
Session highlights:
1. Phase relationships
2. Low Frequency Directivity.
3. Introduction to System Design and Line Arrays.
4. Tools for System Optimization.
5. Examples and Design Techniques.

Introduction to Matrix3
Wednesday, October 22
Today audio professionals need a powerful and creative tool to meet audience expectations. From live theater, to special events, to corporate AV, to museums, to theme park attractions, all require excellent audio quality, impeccable reliability, and comprehensive automation to get the job done. The Introduction to Matrix3 Seminar is a one-day course that provides an overview of the power and versatility of Matrix3 system. The material covered will benefit both those who are new to Matrix3 and also those with basic understanding of Matrix3 who are seeking to stay up to date on the latest features, capabilities, and power of the system. This course will provide an introduction to elements of Matrix3 hardware and software including SpaceMapTM multi-channel panning, Wild Tracks multi-track playback and recording, and CueStation audio show control and automation.
Taught by: Richard Bugg, Meyer Sound
Target audience: system technicians, contractors, and audio students.
Session highlights:
1. How to create a project and configure a system.
2. Programming in a multi-user environment.
3. Automation in Live Shows.
4. Space MapTM creation and use.
5. Wild TracksTM digital audio file playback and recording.

Advanced Microphone Training by Shure: Wireless and Wired
Thursday, October 23
As the UHF spectrum continues to get more congested, following best practices for setup and operation of your wireless microphones becomes increasingly important. Attendees of this class will learn everything they need to know to properly coordinate frequencies and setup the antenna systems for successful operation of multiple channels of wireless microphones. The expanded wireless section of this course will include a tutorial on software tools for frequency management.
Taught by: Shure microphone experts
Target audience: Anyone who needs to learn tips and techniques for successfully operating multiple channels of wireless microphones and gain a greater understanding of wired microphone specifications (operating principle, directionality, frequency response).
Session highlights:
1. Basic rules for microphone usage (avoiding feedback, comb filtering, etc.)
2. Specific microphone techniques for both speech and music applications.
3. Basics of radio waves and wireless microphone operation
4. Proper frequency coordination and interference avoidance
5. Best practices for antenna setup and distribution
6. Updates on changes to the UHF spectrum in the U.S.

MAPP Online ProTM
Thursday, October 23
Participants will apply the advanced features of MAPP Online Pro across a wide variety of system design scenarios, from simple portable applications to highly complex, multi-zone arrays for large performance venues. Topics covered include procedures for importing CAD drawings of venues, specifying mixed arrays with different loudspeaker cabinets, viewing frequency response updates with the moving microphone feature, and making the best use of the software’s integrated rigging calculator.
Taught by: Steve Bush, Meyer Sound
Target audience: Designers of fixed or portable sound reinforcement systems and audio students.
Session highlights:
1. Designing systems utilizing MAPP Online Pro.
2. Specifying mixed arrays.
3. Viewing frequency response updates moving a microphone and with multiple microphones.
4. Importing venue CAD drawings.
5. Utilizing the integrated rigging calculator.

These courses—mixed with additional sound sessions in the LDI conference as well as the outdoor stages of MixLive—make LDI a true sound experience! For details and online registration information visit LDI2008 online.

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