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The PAL Show Announces Programming Sessions

Continuing Education – CTS Renewal Unit Sessions

Digital Video Signal Management
By Karl Rosenberg, Extron Electronics
(1 CTS Renewal Unit) 
Sunday, May 15, 2011, 1-2 p.m., Salon 105
Digital video systems have unique challenges that are not always easy to solve. Proper understanding of distance limitations, EDID communication, and signal encryption are critical for success. In the Digital Video Signal Transmission course, learn about:
·    Digital signal characteristics and how they relate to distance capabilities
·    EDID, what it is and why it is important
·    HDCP authentication and key exchange plus other content protection schemes such as AACS
·    Practical approaches to troubleshoot communication-related issues
·    Proper design and installation disciplines for successful deployment of digital and hybrid AV systems

IT Speak For The AV Pro – Understanding the Basics of IT
By Max Kopsho, Kramer Electronics USA, Inc.
(1 CTS Renewal Unit)
Monday, May 16, 9-10 a.m., Salon 105
This class includes fundamentals of what the IT specifications are and how to translate them to the overall audiovisual system requirements. Join us and learn about integrated AV/IT solutions and their overall system capabilities. This course will cover some major hot topics, buzzwords, terminology, and specifications for AV and IT. In this course we will discuss current technology trends and emerging technologies with regard to integrating AV and IT. Participants will discuss current options available in the market and a brief outline will be presented on what is available in the converged AV and IT marketplace. 
Learning objectives that will be accomplished by this program:
1.    Identify Current AV/IT Market Trends
2.    Review Tools for Needs Analysis and Site Survey for AV and IT Needs
3.    Identify 3 New Technologies in Converged AV and IT Systems
4.    Discuss How Systems Integrators Can Profit with Converged AV/IT Systems

Best Practices in Twisted Pair and Category AV Cabling
By Max Kopsho, Kramer Electronics USA, Inc.
(2 CTS Renewal Units)
Monday, May 16, 10:15-12:15 a.m., Salon 105
Understanding the differences in category 5-7a to accommodate bandwidth is only one part of AV infrastructure design. It is also important to understand all of the best practices and learn from real world applications.
This course goes beyond the “speeds and feeds” and gets to the heart of best practices in AV infrastructure design using twisted pair solutions. This class covers connection types and cable architecture. We cover when it is best to use low-skew, shielded, and unshielded solutions. Lastly students in this course will discuss testing and certifications for AV twisted pair implementations.

Video Signal Transmission
By Karl Rosenberg, Extron Electronics
(1 CTS Renewal Unit) 
Monday, May 16, 12:30-2 p.m., Salon 105
Have you ever wondered why an image does not look the same after traveling through a certain length of cable? This course explains how to maintain image quality over different transmission mediums and distances. The Video Signal Transmission course concentrates on:
·    Transmission over coaxial cable and product solutions
·    Twisted Pair technology and product solutions
·    Fiber Optic technology and product solutions
·    Streaming technology and product solutions

Sunday Sessions

Green Building Technologies (Panel Session)
10:15–11:45 a.m., Salon 105
With “green” now emerging as the new global mantra, the "green building revolution" has taken root in Canada. The proportion of green building projects in Canada is far greater than that of the United States with Ontario leading the way as the most active jurisdiction for LEED projects. This session will examine the relationship between green building technologies and sustainability, explore factors accelerating the rapid adoption of green practices, green building rating systems, new materials, lighting, and intelligent business systems.
In addition to architects and builders, this seminar provides information of particular benefit for subcontractors, municipal building officials, engineers, residential designers, building trades instructors, students, apprentices and consumers.

Microphone Techniques: Choosing the Right Microphone
Hectore La Torre, Managing Partner, Fits & Starts Productions, LLC
Mike Sokol, Chief Instructor, Fits & Starts Productions, LLC
2:30–3:30 p.m., Salon 105
Whether you are playing a live show or working in the studio, the microphone can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Choosing the right microphone is crucial for the right sound. You wouldn’t want to be on stage belting out your vocals into a kick drum mic, just as you wouldn’t want to use an $800 studio vocal mic for a kick drum! This session will discuss the various types of popular and commercially available microphones including condenser, dynamic, and ribbon style.

Monday Sessions

Be Inspired, Be Challenged
George Massenberg
2:30-3:15 p.m., Salon 105
George Massenburg is one of the industry’s genuine legends. Back in the early ’70s he invented the parametric EQ. He’s remained heavily involved in audio design ever since, setting up his own company GML in the early ’80s as well as developing fader automation, and industry-standard digital EQ plug-ins.
Massenberg’s engineering and production credits comprise a whole list of rock ’n’ roll hall of famers, including Linda Ronstadt, Aaron Neville, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Randy Newman, Lyle Lovett, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Dixie Chicks, Earth Wind & Fire, and Billy Joel, picking up three Grammies along the way.
In recent years, Massenberg has stepped up his lecturing commitments, in an effort to pass on his experience and wisdom to the next generation. He is concerned about the decline in quality and standards in recording and broadcast and has some strongly held opinions about how to halt that decline.

Live Sound for Events
Hectore La Torre, Managing Partner, Fits & Starts Productions, LLC
Mike Sokol, Chief Instructor, Fits & Starts Productions, LLC
3:30-4:30 p.m., Salon 105
Live sound events require a high degree of perfection in sound delivery, but ‘the look’ often takes precedence over loudspeaker placement. Signal flow and mixing can be very complex. Strategies and solutions will be discussed using example cases.

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