EFFICIENCY IS KING – OR SHOULD BE

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On January 30, 2018
By Simon Byrne. The production business is a great way to waste money if you let it. The temptation is to spend more time and money so as to improve what we do. They key however, is to be efficient with the resources that you have, so you can build and focus on what is […]
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The Forgotten Value of Insurance

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On December 21, 2017
The Forgotten Value of Insurance by Simon Byrne Insurance is an interesting product. You are buying something that you hope you will never need, and at the purchasing stage, it is impossible to know what may happen in the future so nearly all buyers use price as the only guide when determining value. There is […]
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Tech Tools: It’s not about you – Attitude

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On November 7, 2017
Tech Tools It’s not about you – Attitude By Simon Byrne. Recently one of my regular clients made the observation that I seem to place great importance on the attitude of my crew. I asked “What do you mean?” She responded with “you seem to hire staff with a can do, polite and friendly approach […]
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Comment: If I Don’t Have This Product will I Die?

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On November 3, 2017
Tech Tools If I Don’t Have This Product will I Die? The live production industry is capital intensive and significant ongoing investment is required to stay current. It is complicated by the fact that most people in the business are there because they love it. That means the decision to buy the latest gear is […]
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Art from Science: the FFT

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On November 1, 2017
By Simon Byrne. The progress of loudspeaker development has benefited greatly from computers. Once manufacturers had access to enough processing grunt, it meant they could develop their designs dramatically, both acoustically and electronically. For example, the concept of a line array has been around since 1957 when Harry Olsen developed his column speaker design. The […]
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Chicken Bosses Legs Found to be Tender

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On October 11, 2017
By Simon Byrne Years ago, we were hired to provide production for the NSW Sales Development Conference for a major chicken fast food franchise group at Salamandar Bay, north of Newcastle. The last morning of the 3 day conference was outsourced to a “professional motivational team”. On meeting the “team”, we immediately concluded that they […]
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Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail – Using CAD in the Production Industry

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On September 10, 2017
Technology has got to the point where there really is no reason why every detail cannot be planned accurately prior to setting up an event. Technologies exist which allow us to model the PA performance, visualise the lighting design, plan the sight lines, determine load ratings and so on. Key to all of these is […]
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HDMI and HDCP – A World of Pain

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On August 5, 2017
HDMI, which means High Definition Multimedia Interface is the consumer standard for video interconnection and it found it’s way into the Pro AV industry pretty quickly. I’d suggest not by choice, it is a huge source of problems and frustration. Because it is a standard for consumer gear of varying capability and can incorporate copy […]
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Buy online overseas – A puppy dies

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On July 5, 2017
By Simon Byrne There is no doubt that we live in a unified world nowadays. The internet has broken down the geographical barriers which means overseas online sellers can easily sell into Australia. It’s great for the overseas seller too. Easy and simple incremental sales that require zero effort and minimal labour. That is, the […]
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Show Redundancy

  • Posted by Simon Byrne
  • On July 5, 2017
Technical difficulties: you’d expect them at a five-bands-for-five-bucks bash at your local, but when they happen at prominent or world class events, it is a serious problem. A few recent high profile event failures have highlighted the need for better redundancy in show systems. Particularly as systems are increasingly more complex, and now highly reliant […]
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