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Connect with GSL Professional

Connect with GSL Professional

15 October

Connect with GSL Professional, 26th April, St. Regis Dubai.

Two events, one day and some amazing guests from the Middle East pro audio industry. Our Connect with GSL Professional event was a huge success.

The morning session saw delegates from events companies and rental houses get tour sound training from Ed Jackson from Harman and Abboud Aljuneidi from GSL Professional. It included training on mixing consoles using the only Soundcraft Vi7000 in the UAE and correct methods of rigging using the already flown truss and JBL VTX in the ballroom.

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The tour sound afternoon session moved to another setting within the hotel so delegates could get hands on training with the new JBL monitor speakers the M Series, Soundcraft Vi300 and Performance Manager software.

Conference delegates arrived early afternoon and had a chance to catch up with contacts before the event began. GSL Professional’s general manager, Sam Brandon opened the conference, giving updates on the changes that GSL Professional had been through over the last year and the reasons why we were choosing to hold the conference before starting the presentations with a hospitality focus; what it meant in the region, previous successes and future opportunities and the product available to tackle regional challenges.

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Georgi Hristov, technical manager from GSL Professional was up next to talk about new products available for hotel resorts. Hotel resorts are extremely common in the UAE and the numbers are expected to grow in the run up to 2020. Resorts are becoming more popular in other areas in the Middle East due to countries like Qatar expecting to see a huge growth in tourism surrounding the football World Cup in 2022. Among others, Georgi ran through the technical specifications for the new landscape mushroom speakers from JBL, the Control 80 Series that were later demonstrated in the event foyer.

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Georgi handed over to Faegh Fowzi, GSL Professional’s founder and managing director to present on the new Control -1 Series from JBL. Faegh has a huge amount of technical experience and easily explained why this new product was perfect for restaurants and bars. This was another one of the many products that we demonstrated during the event.

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Justin Hankey from Harman came next to give updates on BSS products. Specifically the Contrio Controllers and Contrio Server. Followed by Sam Brandon for a second time who gave a good overview of AKG Wireless and Microlite products.

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We had the pleasure of local hospitality consultant, Ged King, join us as one of the presenters for the event. Ged is the founder and CEO of Mediatech and has consulted on some of the Middle East’s best hospitality projects. He gave a regional understanding of hospitality sector For AV from a consultant’s point of view. As many of our conference guests were system integrators this was particularly of interest and value to them. After Ged we took a short break, to allow some of the products been mentioned in the earlier presentations to be demonstrated in the event foyer.

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After the break saw Sam Brandon give his final presentation of the day on House of Worship and column loudspeakers. Sam has a huge range of knowledge of products, applications and best practices and it’s great to have a general manager that has both a genuine love for the industry and the knowledge that our clients need.

Dave Budge from Harman was then on stage to talk about malls, retail outlets and convention centres. Both malls and retail outlets are big opportunities in the Middle East and JBL loudspeakers such as the pendant speakers; Control 64 P/T, Control HST and the IDX100 are perfect for this application. Dave also mentioned the EN54 product update from JBL as they have added additional speakers to the already strong certified range.

We were also lucky enough to have Jaime Albors, the Harman large venue president speaking at the event, he gave us a great presentation on best practices for Stadiums and theme parks. There are many regional projects falling under the large venue category such as the stadiums for the World Cup in Qatar, Expo 2020 and Dubai Parks and Resorts project and delegates found this presentation extremely useful.

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Justin Hankey took to the stage again to present on connected systems and the Audio Architect software used to pull all the products together. He did a live on stage demonstration mapping out the room and creating a system in Audio Architect. GSL Professional will be hosting a full programme of Audio Architect training, see our events page for details.

To finish our presentations , we joined both groups of delegates in the ballroom to hear from Adrian Curtis on tour sound. Adrian presented the best products from JBL, AKG, dbx, Studer, Soundcraft, Lexicon, BSS and Crown for the touring market. He also announced finance options that were now available for touring companies wishing to make large purchases, something that will certainly help local rental houses and events companies.

Closing the conference was Ed Jackson, who demonstrated the JBL VTX system through live track mixing. Such is the clarity and sound quality from JBL that the demo was popular with all of our delegates, not just the rental and events companies. It was a great way to close the conference, such innovative and exciting products had been discussed and to be able to hear how great JBL sounds through a variety of different music genres gave delegates a memorable experience.

During drinks and canapés, we were also lucky enough to demo another new JBL product, the new EON One. A Colombian pop star and her guitarist who make up a popular local duo entertained our guests using the new EON One which created a lot of interest in the product. We have the EON One in our Airport Road showroom for anyone who wants a demo of this fantastic new speaker.

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After a networking dinner, our CEO Fouad Fowzi had a few words of thanks to say to our delegates before picking the winners of our prize drawer. First prize of a Harman Kardon full home theatre system went to Sebastian from Showtech. And Milad Abboud from Oasis won the second prize of a Harman Kardon home speaker system.

The feedback from our clients has been hugely positive, everyone that attended has expressed what a useful, professional and valuable event it was for them to attend.

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who was a part of the Connect with GSL Professional event. The conference could not have happened without the support from our manufacturers, our hard working GSL team and of course each of our valued clients that attended the event.

We would like to thank our presenters; Ged King from Mediatech, Jaime Albors, Adrian Curtis, Dave Budge, Justin Hankey and Ed Jackson from Harman.

We would also like to thank our AV partner for the event Showtech ME.

GSL Professional has a full calendar of events scheduled for 2016, listed here on our website. If you cannot see an event relevant to the training that your company needs then please contact events@gslprofessional.com to discuss further.