Why Audio Engineers Need to be Network Engineers

Why Audio Engineers Need to be Network Engineers

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The evolution of the AV industry has been fueled by technological advances that have garnered much debate through the years. While analog systems have a long and rich history of producing sound resulting in legendary gold and platinum music, this technology can require a whole studio full of equipment. In the ‘90’s, digital development rapidly revamped the boundaries of analog limitations, providing a cheaper (and eventually comparable) method of producing sound that continues to evolve through today. This evolution is making its way into the live event scene, too, changing the job description for the professionals involved.

Matthew Dietzler, Operations Manager of Alford Media, joined our podcast to discuss this evolution. While our first two podcasts have given a bigger picture of the industry, including holographic technology and lighting design, our discussion with Matthew brought us back to one of the key components of AV—the “A”, the Audio. From his band-forming aspirations listening to Green Day back in 9th grade that inspired a love of the studio, through today, Matthew has witnessed a major transformation in the audio world. On our podcast, Matthew explains in depth the migration from analog to digital format, allowing for an audio system that runs entirely through Cat5 and fiber, the ability to convert microphones into a network infrastructure, and the expertise necessary to run these systems.

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