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Range of educational sessions addressing key pro audio topics to be led by veteran A1/systems tech Ivan Ortiz at company's Camarillo, CA base of operations
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SoundGirls.Org has announced a series of educational workshops to be held this month (December) and next (January 2017) at Rat Sound Systems in Camarillo, CA.

All workshops will be led by top A-1 engineer/systems tech Ivan Ortiz of Rat Sound.

First up, on Saturday, December 10, is Best Practices For “Throw & Go” FOH And MON. Topics to be covered include:

—Venue limitations (stage dims, proximity effect, house gear)
—Priority in dialing in a mix
—Foldback mixing
—Microphone selection and placement
—File storage
—Digital console file management
—USB size selection, virus protection
—Festival file management for guest engineers (output patching, global, scenes, etc.)

In addition, this workshop will provide a hands-on overview of several different console platforms, including models from DiGiCo, Midas, Avid and Soundcraft.

Next, on Saturday, December 17, will be Best Practices With Power & Networking. Topics to be covered include:

—3-phase vs. single phase power
—Clean power sources
—Isolating transformers
—Battery backups
—Dynamic loads
—Generator power
—Load balancing
—Networking approaches
—TCP/IP and the “dot whatevers”
—Audio via Cat-5/6 (Dante, AVB, etc.)

The third workshop, slated for Saturday, January 14, is entitled Understanding RF & Wireless Systems. Topics to be addressed include:

—Antenna use/deployment/types (active, passive, helical)
—Cables and impedance
—FCC regulations
—RF best practices
—Ideal and not-so-ideal scenarios
—What not to do
—Having a plan of action
—Frequency coordination
—Working with limited spectrum

Finally, a workshop on Wednesday, January 18 will focus on Skills Audio Professionals Must Have. Topics include:

—Technical insights
—Bringing/wearing many hats
—People skills
—Understanding one’s place/role in a production
—Working with stage crews
—What sound companies are looking for with technicians

All sessions will be conducted from 10 am to 2 pm on their respective dates. The cost to attend each workshop is $40, and there is a 20 percent discount for attending two or more. Financial assistance is also available.

Space is limited. To register, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the following info: name, phone number, email address, and the name of seminar(s) you’re registering for.

Rat Sound Systems is located at 486 Constitution Ave., Camarillo, CA 93012

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