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Waiting On The World To Change
« on: October 05, 2018, 06:51:32 am »

Waiting On The World To Change
Musings on the future of professional audio...
By Jonah Altrove • October 5, 2018

“Any industry founded on a particular technology faces the danger that a new invention will render it obsolete.” – Tom Standage, “The Victorian Internet”

When I came across this quote in Standage’s fascinating book about the history of the telegraph, it struck me with such veracity that I just put the book down and stared at the wall for a few seconds.

This is something I’ve occasionally found myself wondering – will the inevitable advance of technology eventually eliminate my job(s) as a system tech and/or front of house engineer?

If you’re paying attention, the answer might appear to be “yes.” It could certainly be argued that developments like the advanced beamsteering DSP that drives certain high-end sound reinforcement systems will turn the tech’s ability to determine array splay angles an archaic skill...

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