A relatively new area of technical theatre, the art of sound design wasn’t recognised in the UK Olivier Awards until 2004.




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Multipoint Suspension - not as easy as it seems Essential reading!
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Step By Step Guide to Sound Design by Mic Pool [UK]
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Ardour Open Source Digital Audio Workstation
Audio Toolset 2 Vectorworks Plug-in
Baxel Data - Cue Player Software for Windows
Bitwig Studio Digital Audio Workstation
CSC Show Control from CTR Electronics [UK]
Drafty App for lighting, sound & video designers [USA]
KM Player Audio & Video media player for Windows
Mic Pool's QLab Cook Book Hints and Tips for Serious Users [UK]
Procedural Audio Resources
Q-Widget USB Remote for Qlab [USA]
Reaper Digital Audio Workstation [NY, USA]
Sound Byte Computerised cart rack for radio stations & entertainment
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Traktor Digital DJing
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 Show Control >> Qlab Event-driven media playback for Mac
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Unions / Associations

ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians) Training, Advice, Membership [London, UK]
Actors Equity [American actors and stage managers] [USA]
ALIA Australasian Lighting Industry Association [Australasia]
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers [USA]
Association of Sound Designers [UK]
BECTU Broadcasting, Entertainment & Cinematograph Trade Union (UK) [London, UK]
MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA)
NCDT (National Council for Drama Training) [London, UK]
PLASA UK Professional Lighting & Sound Association [UK]
Skillset [London, UK]
USITT United States Institute for Theatre Technology [USA]