UKARA Spring Meeting 2017 Saturday April 8th 2017
Long Wittenham Village Hall, near Didcot, Oxon, OX14 4QQ and Pendon Museum
Do have a look at the Pendon Museum Web Site www.pendonmuseum.com
10:00 Arrival and coffee
10:30 Talk by our president Tony Faulkner
- the subjective testing of audio and video gear.
11:30 Brief formal bit
11:45 Members Playback and discussion
13:45 Depart on foot for the Museum
14:00 Museum opens
Depart at your own time.
This year's Spring Meeting was another great success.
Here is Richard Simmons' report:
Ken setting up audio & video playback equipment Tony's Rode microphone display
Rode Mic. Pendon Museum
Taking a Break
UKARA spring meeting, April 2017
The meeting actually started the day before for us, as Peta had to drive to Long Wittenham to collect the hall key. This did give us a chance to check the car parking facilities and the hall’s layout.We arrived on Saturday at what we thought was early, but Tony Faulkner was already there. We were able to let him in and help unload his kit, and while we were doing that, the rest of the equipment arrived, courtesy of Ken and Peter. Peta led a willing team of helpers unpacking and plating the buffet lunch, ready for the lunchtime break. Coffee and biscuits were served to the remaining travellers as they arrived.
Chairs were put out, and after a few necessary administration matters, we sat down to listen to Tony’s talk. He had brought along some prototype Röde microphones which he was helping to develop and test. These included a ribbon microphone with integral preamp, I think a first for the company.
I was intrigued to find out that we were not the only ones to turn up for an OB or recording and have no idea where soloists would position themselves. Tony talked about these and other problems of location recording, illustrated with clips taken from a Röde promotional video of a concert he recorded in Australia.
Tony also spoke of the growing use of video in recording generally, either as promotional support for the music content, or as a product in its own right, in which the audio plays a vital part. Video brings its own problems when filming a live performance. How much will the director tolerate microphones in shot? Should the sound ‘follow’ the pictures (i.e. make the flute louder when a camera is tight on the flautist’s cleavage)? Tony thinks not, and I believe most of us will agree with him. Lots of discussion was generated, and much interesting information and opinions ensued.
Next, it was members’ turn to take the floor, and we heard and discussed items presented by our colleagues. This is always good, as we can become quite isolated working on our own, and hearing other people’s work, and the attendant problems, can be really useful.
The next highlight on the programme was of course lunch. Peta had prepared an excellent ham, cheese and salad lunch with cake to follow. Sadly we did not rise to the challenge of eating everything prepared for us, but it had been bought fresh, so much could be frozen. Our freezer is now full of surplus food. (She did not charge UKARA for the unused but salvageable food, so we stayed in budget.)
The day was a good joint effort. Food, equipment, content (thanks Tony) and venue all came together well. I hope that those people who, after lunch, ventured along the road to Pendon museum appreciated the wonderful scenic modelling and realistic railway models there. The largest of the three Pendon scenes models the scenery and buildings of the Vale of the White Horse as they were in the 1930s, and does so in very accurate detail.
We agreed that the next meeting would be on September 2nd at The British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwick More information will follow in due course.
UKARA Spring Meeting 2016
A very successful meeting was held in Peterborough.
Our guest speaker was Matt Lewis
Dr Matt Lewis who has undertaken a project involving development of sound systems to be used in recreating various effects caused by differing forms of deafness.