23 January 2018
Real soundgirls meet System reality.
With still so few women in the pro-audio industry, it can be hard to connect with each other. In October 2017, women from Europe and North America took the opportunity to join the first System Reality Workshop of soundgirls.org and d&b audiotechnik. This two-day workshop has been designed for SoundGirls only, but – to be honest – two SoundGuys joined as well. “We are pleasantly surprised about the whole workshop”, one attendee commented. “And it’s a safe place for asking questions”.
Participants from the Benelux, Canada, Denmark, Germany and the United Kingdom came to the headquarters of d&b audiotechnik in Backnang to receive in-depth product information and to work together during sessions, enabling them to gain a basic understanding of d&b systems. In addition, the attendees learned the theory and its practicality in achieving superior sound in the real world, and were focused on optimising the designed sound system by using the on-board tools in the amplifiers. “It was a very practical experience”, one attendee said. “For example, we worked with ArrayCalc by ourselves in the demo room and then could rig the real system in hall 14, the training facility on the d&b campus, and listen to it.”
Besides the principles of electro acoustics, the d&b Workflow and the far field noise immission software NoizCalc, the SoundGirls had the opportunity to experience, first-hand the d&b culture and product creation during a factory tour. “It is amazing to see the work culture, the flexibility and people switching up work stations”, so one of the attendees. Another attendee said: “I like that shop floor people can suggest changes and amendments. They also work in an environment that supports a healthy work-life-balance.”
All in all, the workshop supported the objective of soundgirls.org to empower the next generation of women in the pro-audio industry. Up to now, d&b offered an in-house female-only workshop. However, after the success of this first external session, d&b looks forward to welcoming more external attendees to future workshops.