THX, HAA to Offer Training Sessions in Stansted

THX and HAA have joined forces to offer three new training certifications and classes. The sessions will be held at Pulse Cinemas in Stansted UK from August 22-26.

THX Techs have been asking for an advanced audio and acoustics class to follow up on their HT1 and HT2 classes. The new training takes the best of both HAA and THX to design a comprehensive audio training course, including new discussion topics like Dolby Atmos, acoustical treatment strategies, a new more efficient calibration process.  

 Included in the training line up are in depth technical explanations geared for the beginner to become an expert or the expert to become the best; how to design an acoustically perfected listening room including correct speaker, seating, sub-woofer, and acoustical treatment placement; follow-on support via the THX and HAA community and web portals; hands-on work during the Integrator and especially the Advanced Integrator Workshops;  an introduction to professional listening techniques in the Integrator Workshop; correct use of audio analysis tools (RTA, FFT, ETC) and use of the AVPro Report Writing Software; and equalization training and in the Advanced Integrator actual calibration of a parametric EQ.

Classes Offered
THX-HAA HT Advisor Certification (August 22): This class teaches the fundamentals of proper Home Theater design principles. We'll discuss professional design requirements for room construction and room layout including the proper positioning of seating, speakers, sub-woofers and acoustical treatment. While the material is technical, the class will focus on creating a clear understanding using basic terminology and discuss ways for integrating proper acoustical design with modern interior design preferences.

THX-HAA HT Integrator Certification (August 23-24): This is a how-to design/calibrate class evenly split between class room training and a hands-on workshop. While designed for the integrator, it continues with the HT Design principles introduced in the HT Advisor class with more technical explanations and examples. It discusses acoustical principles to create a deeper understanding of THX and HAA design standards aiming to prepare the student with better problem solving skills. The class includes the HAA TurboCal Workshop designed to start you running with an efficient and practical audio calibration process; we will calibrate a live system during the workshop. Training high points include learning how to use an FFT and RTA analyzer, how to be a pro listener, calibration documentation, advanced sub-woofer calibration, speaker and seating placement, and designing a practical acoustical treatment strategy. Prerequisite is previous HAA Level I or THX HT1

THX-HAA HT Advanced Integrator Certification (August 25-26): Formerly known as the HAA Level II, this workshop is an all hands-on session designed to bring all the prerequisite training to the test. The student is teamed with no more than 5 others who are tasked to incrementally design and calibrate a high performance system. Nothing less than amazing results are allowed. The team is asked to complete the HAA PowerCal process including several eye-opening instructor led learning sessions conducted with a live system. You'll understand subwoofer placement, room modal analysis, speaker/seating placement and acoustical treatment design from both a theoretical and experiential point of view. Our rule is that nothing is changed without measuring and hearing the difference. This class will change your perspective on audio and open up a new opportunity in building high performance systems. Prerequisite is previous HAA Level I or THX-HAA HT Integrator class within the past year.

What to bring: You are welcome to bring your laptop and test gear for tool specific advice, but it is not used in the class: Laptops and test gear will be provided. Workshops use the AudioTools Audio Analysis package for iPad and the HAA Audio Calibrator Kit.

Lunch is provided but lodging and travel are not. Cancellations are not allowed within 30 days of the event.

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