The inaugural SoundGirls Expo was presented at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla. on July 14 and July 15. It featured a number of panel discussions, seminars, audio manufacturer demos and training sessions. Allen & Heath was a featured expo vendor, alongside companies such as Analog Way, Clear Tune Monitors and Shure.
In addition to training sessions and interactive gear displays, the event highlighted and supported the SoundGirls organizational mission, “to create a supportive community for women in audio and music production, providing the tools, knowledge and support to further their careers.”
Beckie Campbell, founder of B4 Media Production and participating SoundGirls Expo sponsor noted, “One of the SoundGirls I talked to this last weekend told me she got emotional seeing all the women in one place, learning from other women on the consoles and on the Shure system and the IEMs and so on. She said she had always been one of the only girls in the field, and she was so encouraged to be surrounded by women running top-of-the-line gear in the real world. It was great hearing just how energized she was by the event.”
Willa Snow, live audio technician at One World Theatre in Austin, Texas, presented an overview of the Allen & Heath dLive to Expo attendees and demonstrated the dLive and SQ Series consoles in the exhibit area throughout the show.
“I was honored and completely over the moon when Mike Bangs (Allen & Heath USA Live Sound Touring Manager) reached out to me to cover this event!” Snow said. “I’ve been a member of SoundGirls since it first started back in 2012, and my first live audio console was an Allen & Heath MixWizard, so this experience was very near and dear to my heart. I adore the flexibility and intuitiveness of both the dLive and SQ systems, and being able to share them with fellow female techs and gearheads was truly special.”