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Registration for 2011 Annual Conference

Plans are to open online registration for the USITT 2011 Annual Conference & Stage Expo by mid-September. Dates for this year’s event at the Charlotte Convention Center, are March 9 to 12, with Stage Expo running on its traditional dates of Thursday through Saturday, March 10 to 12.

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Online Exhibit Focuses on Sound

An online exhibition, ‘Sixty Second Theatre’ organized by OISTAT Sound Design Working Group, was launched to celebrate the World Listening Day on July 18. The project aims to celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to environmental awareness, acoustic ecology, and the world around us.

Visit or to listen to this sound exhibition by the international theatre sound design community for a series of 60-second recordings of moments in their lives of the week leading up to July 18.

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Standards Available for Review

Several standards dealing with speakers, pin connectors, and controls are available for review on the ESTA website.

ANSI E1.8 - 2005, Entertainment Technology--Loudspeaker Enclosures Intended for Overhead Suspension--Classification, Manufacture and Structural Testing, is available for public review through September 20. The review forms and instructions for both documents, and the draft BSR E1.24 standard are available here. ANSI E1.8 is an existing American National Standard being considered for reaffirmation. It may be purchased from The ESTA Foundation.

BSR E1.17 - 201x, Entertainment Technology - Architecture for Control Networks, has been posted for review here through August 24. The draft standard is a suite of documents that revise sections of the existing ANSI E1.17 - 2006. The revisions include changes to the Device Description Language, the Session Data Transport protocol, the Device Management Protocol, and to various EPIs.

ANSI E1.17-2006, Entertainment Technology - Architecture for Control Networks (ACN), is a suite of documents that specifies an architecture, including protocols and language, that may be configured and combined with other standard protocols to form flexible, networked audio, lighting, or other control systems.

For more information contact: Karl G. Ruling, ESTA, 875 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1005, New York, NY 10001; phone 212-244-1505; e-mail

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PLASA 2010 Growing

PLASA 2010 will include AVNetworks 2010, a technology and business conference, and a wide assortment of seminars and master classes September 12 to 15 at Earls Court in London, England.

PLASA Events and United Business Media’s Pro Sound News Europe and Installation Europe have announced the launch of AVNetworks 2010, a technology and business conference, which will run alongside PLASA 2010 on its final day September 15.

The one-day event will throw light on the issue of networking technologies and protocols, how to make the best use of today’s standards, and what can be expected in the future.

The first details of this year's extended PLASA 2010 Education and Learning Program includes top international speakers on industry projects and technologies, sustainability, AV and systems integration, and much more.

The Gottelier Masterclass will be presented by last year's Gottelier Award winner Alex Cooper from Midas Klark Teknik. Entitled Don't Just Measure: Listen, it will be an appreciation of the power of human perception and spatial awareness.

Further updates to the full Education & Learning Programme can be found at:,, and

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Approved for Certified Training

The Entertainment Technician Certification Program Council announced that the Academy of Production Technology (APT) and the Navigator Automation Class at Fisher Technical Services, Inc. (FTSI) have been approved to become ETCP Recognized Training Programs.

APT's upcoming courses will be held in Nashville in September and at Texas State University in San Marcos in January. For more information about these courses click here.

FTSI’s four-day course gives students an overall view of the principles of entertainment automation systems and teaches the basics of how to configure and program an automation system using FTSI’s Navigator hardware and software.

Upcoming courses will be held at FTSI’s research, design, and fabrication facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. Space is still available December 13 to 16. Additionally, this fall LDI will incorporate automation training in the LDInstitute. For more information on these courses, visit

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