Andrew Lillywhite

Andrew Lillywhite
Applications Engineer - Sennheiser

Andrew Lillywhite

Andrew Lillywhite
Applications Engineer - Sennheiser

What’s the most exciting solution (or potential solution) you’ve seen lately in your field?
The Sennheiser Digital 6000 wireless microphone system, in particular the new SK 6212 miniature belt pack transmitter. The Digital 6000 allows more wireless microphones to operate in a smaller quantity of UHF spectrum without any compromise in audio quality. The SK 6212 does all of this in a very small and robust form factor with very long operating times in excess of 12 hours.

What skills or characteristics do you think are most important for your job or for the AV industry?
We are putting considerable effort into training for AV Integrators in two areas.

We are aware that as AV falls more and more to people with an IT background rather than a pro-audio background, there is a growing need for greater awareness of some fundamental audio principles. It is no good having the greatest visuals if nobody can understand what people are saying because of poor audio either in the room or remotely.

With the increasing demand for everything to be wireless, we also see a need for AV professionals to upskill in the areas of spectrum management and the essentials of wireless technology.

When have you found yourself taking the next ‘level up’ in your career?
There have been many occasions. When I joined Sennheiser was one. I had never previously worked for a manufacturer, so there was a lot to take in. More recently I have found the greatest need has been to regularly “level up” my computer networking skills and knowledge. It is no longer enough to know about Audio and RF, though these are still essential, but as everything starts to converge around Ethernet connectivity it’s no good just looking blank when RJ 45s start appearing instead of XLRs.

Odd Arne Selmer

Odd Arne Selmer
Technical Trainer - Crestron

Odd Arne Selmer

Odd Arne Selmer
Technical Trainer - Crestron

What’s the most exciting solution (or potential solution) you’ve seen lately in your field?
I really like the potential of AV Over IP, and the coming usage for AV over IP Decoders in the OPS slot on the monitors.

What skills or characteristics do you think are most important for your job or for the AV industry?
In the industry today, you need to be able to adapt, you always need to learn your tech, and computer/network knowledge is a must.

Rob Moodey

Rob Moodey
Sales Account Manager - Matrox

Rob Moodey

Rob Moodey
Sales Account Manager - Matrox

What’s the most exciting solution (or potential solution) you’ve seen lately in your field?
The new TfL ‘tube’ control room at Hammersmith. Traditionally such rooms have a monster wall at the end of the room. But in this instance, the operators all had a quad 4k-screen personal wall – positioned above their individual workstation – with content streamed to their wall from a central location. Inspired use of AV/IP! An additional level of excitement is because this sort of environment is usually so protective of mission critical reliability that they are typically very wary of adopting new approaches – like streaming.

What skills or characteristics do you think are most important for your job or for the AV industry?
I think open-mindedness is becoming increasingly important – the willingness to recognize that technology is changing around us and to embrace that change. At the same time not to lose our technical ‘nous’ and make sure that ‘the new’ is indeed up to the job – don’t plunge in just because it is new – make sure!

When have you found yourself taking the next ‘level up’ in your career?
I have ridden many technical waves – and these tend to imply making a step change in the knowledge your career is founded on. Particularly memorable were:

  • The introduction of MPEG2 to professional video, AES to professional audio and everything that followed in their wake;
  • The introduction of the PCI Express bus to computer platforms;
  • And more recently streaming protocols everywhere – for recording and distribution – from lecture capture to operating theatres to training rooms to…
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