Thank you to all the companies and individuals who helped make AudioCon 2018 possible!
We at AES San Luis Obispo saw a need for connecting students interested in audio engineering with the industry itself. Finding a career in the technical aspects of sound is rarely a direct path, as the production and reproduction of sound incorporates so many disciplines. Here at Cal Poly, we are hoping to change that.
Cal Poly AudioCon is a platform for education, networking, and sharing innovation. Both audio companies and students present during the first of this two day event in the form of a "career fair style" exhibit. Companies demonstrate what they do through interactive demos, as well as talking to students about audio careers and what it's like to work in the industry. Students showcase various audio-related projects on which they have worked and explain their development processes. The second day, educational workshops are hosted by companies on an exciting variety of audio topics.
AudioCon 2018 Workshops
VUE Speaker and Power Amplifier Innovations
An overview of VUE's unique speaker designs and how they improve audio performance for large tours and small clubs alike. Subsequently, a history of VUE's audio amplifier topologies up to designs in current use will be examined. Presented by George Dreyer.
Money Matter: Engineering's Input to Marketing
To many engineers and students, marketing and sales are completely irrelevant; it's the tech that matters. However, the truth is that unless your product is properly specified, designed, AND engineered to meet a market need it will be doomed to failure and all your effort will be in vain.
This workshop will cover 5 basic truths of engineering-for-product-development: things to keep in mind, and constantly ask yourself/check during the progress of engineering of a product. These are great warning signs learned over a 3 decade career of product development. Presented by Daniel Wiggins.
Wireless Issues and RF Basics
An outline and explanation of the current landscape for wireless microphones vis a vis the FCC and digital repacking, a look at basics of RF theory and practical applications, and a review of a Sennheiser digital wireless system and their advantages. Presented by Thom Salisbury.
Perception and Measurement of Non-Linear Distortion
The discrepancy between traditional measures of nonlinear distortion and its perception is commonly recognized. THD, two-tone and multitone intermodulation provide certain objective information about nonlinear properties of a DUT (device under test) but they do not use any psychoacoustical principles responsible for distortion perception. Two approaches to building psychoacoustically-relevant measurement methods are discussed: one is based on simulation of the hearing system’s response similar to the methods used for assessment of codecs sound quality. The other approach is based on several ideas such as distinguishing low-level versus high-level nonlinearities, low-order versus high-order nonlinearities, and the spectral content of distortion signals that occur below the spectrum of an undistorted signal versus one that overlaps the signal’s spectrum or occurs above it. Several nonlinear auralization examples substantiating this approach are demonstrated. Presented by Alex Voishvillo.
Loudspeakers: Effective Usage
An intimate look at the acoustic physics inseparable from effective implementation of loudspeakers, subwoofers, acoustic panels, and more. Includes interactive listening tests from various Meyer Sound equipment. Presented by Steve Bush.