I don’t talk about it much here, but while playing music is love, my main bread and butter is corporate audio/visual, and I’ve wound up doing more and more installations of sound systems. It’s a great fit with my computer/networking background, since the line is rapidly blurring between the two fields (at least, as far as connectivity goes).
I can set up a medium size venue running 32 channels or more of sound, multiple speaker arrays, monitors (both floor and in-ear), with main deck at the front-of-house (out in the audience) with as little as ONE (1) piece of Cat5 cable, instead of a thick, bulky snake. And I can transmit full HD video from the same location using a single thin piece of coax, or fiber.
New affordable digital mixing boards and powered arrays can reproduce arena-quality sound at a fraction of the cost previously required. (And a fraction of the weight!).
I’ll have more information to follow but I wanted to update my blog since I’ll be addressing some of the nuts and bolts of incorporating this technology here…