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It Has to Sound Good, Too?


By Dan Daley

In light of last month’s South By Southwest mega-event in Austin, Texas, one live events professional mused, “A bigger part of the gig every year is setting up theaters in spaces that were not meant to be theaters.” Indeed, circumstances everywhere are requiring better sound in places you’d least expect it, and acoustics are often part of the solution.

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Interactive Technologies for Live Events


It’s all-you-can-eat live events education at InfoComm 2012. Because today’s meetings and conferences reach beyond the four walls of traditional rooms and venues, industry experts have created an in-depth Super Tuesday session on everything from streaming media and digital signage to content management and bandwidth allocation. Here’s why you need to be there.


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The Navy Does It — So Can You


By Bradley A. Malone, PMP

The project management practice of developing what’s called a “work breakdown structure” got its start in the U.S. Department of Defense. Today, companies of all stripes consider it an important method for separating a project into deliverables and getting a handle on the overall scope of work. Here’s how to use a work breakdown structure for your next AV project.


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Economic Outlook: Slow and Steady


The professional AV industry continues to feel better about its future business prospects, but there could be a fly in the ointment if companies don’t adjust their sales pitches to the needs of prospective clients. Get a preview of this month’s InfoComm International® Economic Snapshot Survey, then sound off on how your company is faring in this turbulent economy. It’s at the All Voices Blog, along with other industry insight

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Trade Shows in Decline? No Way


Exhibitors come and go, but the value of the AV industry trade show has never been greater. Witness last week’s InfoComm China 2012, where attendance was up significantly and organizers were compelled to add more space for next year’s show. Not to mention that InfoComm China 2012 education sessions attracted more than double the number of students this year. It’s not too early to plan for 2013.


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 Council Sets its Show Meeting
Save the date. At InfoComm 2012, the Rental & Staging Council will meet on Thurs., June 14, 7 a.m.–9 a.m. local time in the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, visit And don’t forget the 14th annual Rental & Staging Forum on Wed., June 13, at 3 p.m., followed by Lighting&Sound America’s 2012 Staged Events Awards.

 Guerrilla Video Production
What is “guerrilla video production?” It’s about sneaking in, doing a job, then getting out. Intrigued? Check out this two-part education series at InfoComm 2012: Video Production for Technology Managers, Parts 1 and 2, on June 13 and 14. Live events legend André LeJeune, CTS®, will guide you through video production and answer common questions, such as:

  • What if the audio feed is supplied from a house sound system or external mixer?
  • Do you know how to isolate your systems from possible interference?
  • How can you gain confidence that the audio will be recorded properly?

Sign up now or learn more on the InfoComm 2012 Show Blog.

 Energy Management Standard Ready for its Close-Up
The newest ANSI/INFOCOMM draft standard, Audiovisual Systems Energy Management, will soon be open for public review. At this important stage of the process, the industry gets to weigh in on the proposed standard’s merits. Don’t miss out on your chance to have your opinions heard. You’ll have 45 days to weigh in.

 The Show Must Go On
What happens when a storm rips through a live event, putting lives and millions of dollars of high-end AV gear at risk? Who makes the call to cancel the show? Whose insurance company is responsible? Join your fellow events professionals for an InfoComm International webinar detailing these considerations and others in a real-world case study. The webinar is May 1. Sign up today.

 AV Business as Unpredictable as the Weather?   
Read about the InfoComm Performance and Demand Indices, along with current business strategies from AV peers regionally and around the world, in the April 2012 edition of the InfoComm International Economic Snapshot Survey. The Executive Summary is available in Spanish. Download the report at

 Pre-Order the 2012 Global Market Definition and Strategy Study
InfoComm is taking advance orders for its 2012 Global Market Definition and Strategy Study. In this biannual report, you’ll learn how big the market is, in terms of AV products and services. Find out what’s driving future market segments and see all the data broken down into global and regional results. The report will be available by June 2012. Order now.

 Lighting&Sound America Staged Events Awards
The 12th annual Lighting&Sound America Staged Events Awards represent achievements in AV excellence in some of the unique and most challenging environments. Enter by May 11.

 Express Your Passion for the AV Industry
If you love AV, we would love to hear your opinions. Participate in the Standards and Industry Innovation Plenary Session at InfoComm 2012 on Saturday, June 16. Earn RUs and take part in panel discussions about upcoming standards at this free event.

 Is Your Company’s Compensation Package Competitive?
Be the first to read the InfoComm International 2012 Compensation and Benefits Survey report. Pre-order by May 15 and receive the report for the low price of $50 for members and $150 for non-members. Inside, you’ll be able to examine median salaries for 27 positions in the AV industry, staffing levels and patterns, projected revenues, employee benefits and more. The report will be available by June 2012, but order today. After May 15, prices increase.

 Money for College
The application deadline is April 27 for the Michael Vergauwen and ICIF Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to third- and fourth-year college students and graduate students. Download applications at

 Last Call for Pioneers of AV Award Entries
Now’s your chance to call attention to individuals who’ve made exceptional contributions to the AV industry and InfoComm. Submit your nominations by April 20, 2012, for the Adele De Berri Pioneers of AV Award and the Distinguished Achievement Award. Visit

 Take Your CTS Exam Steps From the Show Floor
At InfoComm 2012, you can earn your CTS, CTS-D or CTS-I just steps away from the show floor. There will never be a more convenient time and place to take your exam, so don’t miss this opportunity.  Reserve your spot now because they are expected to sell out fast. Or call your regional representative at +1.703.273.7200 to save a seat.

 Sold Out!
Exam. The word alone can make your hands sweat and your heart beat faster. Test anxiety is normal. Three days of CTS Prep at InfoComm 2012 will ease your nerves and boost your confidence through instructor-led guidance, collaborative group works and self-assessment. But act fast: One of the three prep sessions has already sold out. Sign up now.

 Win a $50 Gift Card
Congratulations to George Ilyadis, CTS, of Audio-Video Corp. who won the first $50 gift card when he registered for courses using the code in the InfoComm International Education Catalog. Browse your options, then call your regional representative at +1.703.273.7200 to customize your training plan. Don’t forget to mention the code on the back of the catalog to be entered in the next drawing.

 Enter the 2012 PRO AV Spotlight Awards
Have an installation worthy of praise and admiration? The PRO AV Spotlight Awards are your chance to gain recognition for your company and get noticed for outstanding design and installation in commercial, corporate, education and other non-residential applications. Winning projects will be recognized during InfoComm 2012 in Las Vegas and featured in the July 2012 issue of Sound & Video Contractor, as well as at The deadline is fast approaching. Enter the 2012 PRO AV Spotlight Awards today.



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