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Tuesday, October 12 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Finding the Path: Knowledge, Learning, and Professional Curiosity in Audio

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A "roundtable" discussion featuring veteran audio engineers Robert Scovill, Dave Rat, Grace Royse, and Ryan O. John, and moderated by Signal to Noise Podcast host Michael Lawrence. The discussion will explore the great tradition of learning, exploration, and professional curiosity that is deeply embedded into the history and practice of audio engineering. The expert panelists will also discuss their personal approaches to learning and professional curiosity, as well as how they communicate and teach their ideas to others.

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Michael Lawrence

Application Specialist, Rational Acoustics
Michael is a freelance system engineer and the author of the book Between the Lines: Concepts in Sound System Design and Alignment. He is also a Smaart instructor for Rational Acoustics, where he acts as Product Manager for Smaart's SPL toolset. Michael has been interested in audio... Read More →

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Dave Rat

Rat Sound Systems
Dave Rat has mixed FOH for artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, Blink 182, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, The Offspring, and more. When he was just 18 years of age, he co-founded Rat Sound Systems, which has grown to become a major provider of touring concert sound systems and much more. Dave’s work to encourage and foster professional curiosity and innovation is well known in the industry... Read More →
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Grace Royse

Grace Royse has clocked nearly two decades as FOH, TM and PM spanning a variety of broadcasted events, festivals and tours. Grace credits her network of top performing colleagues and a strong sense of purpose for making every successful event possible.
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Ryan John

Senior Product Manager, Universal Audio
Ryan John is a FOH engineer who has worked with artists such as Jessie J, Andy Grammer, One Republic, Robin Thicke, and more. He has also served as product manager for companies such as AVID, JBL/Harman, and Universal Audio, and is unquestionably the most handsome member of this... Read More →
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Robert Scovill

Robert Scovill is a 35-year veteran of professional concert sound and recording and has mixed more than 3,500 events in his career for noted musical artists such as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Matchbox Twenty, Jackson Browne, Rush, Def Leppard, Prince, and many others. His body... Read More →

Tuesday October 12, 2021 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT