How Are Digital Audio Networks Transforming AV Today?

How Are Digital Audio Networks Transforming AV Today?

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Running event technology seamlessly is the bare minimum in today’s event technology world, and nothing is making that a more confusing mix of simple and complicated than digital audio networks.

It may be easy to think that these types of event configurations are second nature to professionals who live and breathe audio, but challenges arise daily with these networks. There’s still a tremendous amount of skill required to be able to make all the moving parts work. Like any other type of AV installation or technology, there are two different brain functionalities required. The technical side is more important than ever as audio engineers become network engineers, but the artistic side is what pushes content over the top. Let’s face it, there is no magic button that will magically make something amazing. Like all great things, some finesse is required to make an experience look and sound amazing.

On today’s episode of Backstage with Alford Media, we hear from Operations Manager Matthew Dietzler, and Audio Designer Jonathan Lieurance to break down this dichotomy making life tough yet exciting for AV professionals.

In a previous episode we spoke with Dietzler about the evolution of audio networking and the practically permanent switch from analog to digital, but today we follow up to see what actual effects there have been on the workforce. Did the networked audio gear simplify the live audio process, or did it just make things more complicated?

When it doesn’t work, things can certainly be confusing, especially for techs who don’t have the skill set required to understand how to work with static IP addresses and subnet masks. However, when it does work and everything’s set up correctly and in place, it’s a wonderful, 100 percent plug-and-play experience. Dietzler and Lieurance explain the powerful feeling of turning on Shure Wireless Workbench and seeing all of your microphones; RF coordination is done, the intercom system can be immediately switched to, everyone’s belt packs are working correctly, and Amperex is communicating.

Give this episode of Backstage a listen to hear what technology from Martin Audio, Luminex, and Riedel is currently transforming the industry (like digital steering), and how Alford is utilizing the technology to stand out in the industry.

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