RS 2018: Putting Sound in its Place

The Electro-Acoustics Group Committee of the Institute of Acoustics is pleased to announce Reproduced Sound 2018, Putting Sound in its Place. The conference will be held at the Bristol Hotel on 27-29 November, 2018. The conference dinner will take place on Brunel’s S.S. Great Britain.

Now in its 34th year, the conference represents the cutting edge of modern audio and acoustics in an informal environment that allows consultants, manufacturers, contractors, end users, academics and students to mingle and share insights and information.

The conference programme is now available. Further details can be found here.

Register for Reproduced Sound 2018 on the IoA’s page



John Vanderkooy

Professor John Vanderkooy is this year’s recipient of the Peter Barnett Memorial Award, for his lifelong contributions to acoustics education and research. Prof. Vanderkooy spent his career at the University of Waterloo in Canada, where he founded the Audio Research Group, along with colleague Stanley Lipshitz. He served as editor for the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society and has presented numerous papers over the years on a very wide range of topics in the fields of acoustics and audio engineering. To this day, he makes regular summer visits to Bowers and Wilkins here in the UK and has in the past spent sabbatical periods at the University of Essex, working with Prof. Malcolm Hawksford.



d&b audiotechnik

d&b audiotechnik will present their new sound reinforcement concept known as Soundscape. This system consists of a Source Orientated Reinforcement system, an Enhanced Reverberation system and a 360 degree Spatial Audio system. There will be a half hour presentation of Soundscape and the thinking behind it followed by a demonstration of the various elements of the system. Delegates will be able to see the user interface in action, walk the room and compare the system with a traditional stereo (or dual mono) system. A buffet will be provided.




Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Theatre and acoustic consultants Charcoalblue will take us on a tour of the new foyer area of Bristol Old Vic Theatre. This new build within a listed building has an RT60 of close to 1 second despite its large size. Controlling noise ingress and egress in the entirely passive ventilation system which uses a sizeable “chimney” was one of the many challenges they will describe in this tour lasting approximately one hour. Bristol Old Vic is a 5 minute walk from the hotel. (photo credit: Philip Vile)


Filippo Fazi

Filippo Fazi is this year’s recipient of the IOA’s Tyndall Medal, which is awarded biannually to a UK acoustician, preferably under the age of 40, for achievement and services in the field of acoustics. Dr Fazi has made significant contributions to the field of electroacoustics over his career to date (at ISVR, University of Southampton), specifically focusing on electroacoustical inverse problems and loudspeaker array technology. Much of his research has been commercialised, mainly through startup companies, both in the UK and in the US. Dr Fazi, a regular at Reproduced Sound for many years, will be on hand at the conference to receive his award.



Philip Newell

Many people now ask about how the great sounds were achieved on many of the music recordings of the 1970s. Much of the recording equipment of that era is now revered by the young, but back then, it was more of a limiting factor than an asset. Today’s recording equipment is far superior, and had it been available in the 1970s it could have led to far better results, so using old equipment will not guarantee achieving the 1970s sound that is often sought after. Life has changed greatly in the last 40 or 50 years, and recording practices have changed, almost beyond recognition. The real question about re-creating the 1970’s sounds is: can we recreate the 1970’s environment?


Exhibiting at Reproduced Sound is a very unique opportunity to show your company and products to some of the UK’s leading consultants, scientists, sound designers and specifiers. This year’s conference is expected to attract 100 delegates from all over the world.

If you or your organisation are interested in becoming a supporter of Reproduced Sound, and have your logo and link here on the website, plus a stand at the show and an opportunity to include your insert material in the delegate packs, please also contact Linda –

Reproduced Sound is organised by the Institute of Acoustics in collaboration with ISCE, AES, ABTT, APRS.