Belmont Audio Engineering Technology students Parker Anderson and Jason Saitta traveled alongside Lecturer of Audio Engineering Technology Scott Munsell to attend the Association of Loudspeaker Manufacturing and Acoustics International Symposium and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada earlier this semester. The event included two days of presentations on topics ranging from new active noise cancellation technologies to current trends in loudspeaker development and design. This was the first year that representatives from Belmont attended the annual conference. Anderson and Saitta both entered into an essay-based contest for free hotel accommodations with Anderson’s submission chosen as one of three winners.
“I found the conference to be not only very interesting, but also worthwhile,” said Saitta. “It was eye-opening to see how many facets of the audio industry there are outside of the traditional studio or live emphases.”
“My favorite presentation was about the challenges associated with domed compression drivers and the advantages of annular diaphragms,” Anderson said. “These new technologies can be used with modern composite materials to reduce breakup patterns and resonances within a driver, reducing overall harmonic and intermodulation distortion while eliminating subharmonic distortion.”
“It was a great opportunity for students to learn more about speaker design from some of the best in the business,” said Munsell. “The chance to learn about and experience new emerging technologies as well as network and make professional connections is what this trip was all about!”