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The Royal Institute of British Architects

Founded in 1834 for the general advancement of Civil Architecture, and for promoting and facilitating the acquirement of the knowledge of the various arts and sciences connected therewith, the Royal Institute of British Architects is one of the UK's most establish educational institutions. We are proud to offer a Continued Professional Development course on their behalf.

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Context

In 1924 two General Electric researchers patented the modern moving coil loudspeaker that would became the standard design for all modern loudspeakers. GE’s motivation was to sell electricity, not sound systems, so they gave away the intellectual property to encourage the uptake their new service. This was a key factor in initial growth of this technology.

Fundamentally, a conventional loudspeaker consists of a coil of wire that sits within a magnetic field. The coil is attached to a rigid diaphragm, usually a cone, and when an electrical current passes through the coil movement is created. This, in turn, causes the cone to move backwards and forwards, compressing and stretching the air in front of it that we perceive as sound.

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Characteristics of the Cone Speaker

Inherent to the sound created by these diaphragms is a narrowing of dispersion as the frequency (or pitch) increases. The larger the diaphragm, the worse the effect becomes. This is why the majority of conventional speakers use more than one diaphragm of different sizes (i.e. woofers and tweeters)

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Characteristics of Vibrational Panel Technology (VPT)

VPT loudspeakers are far more analogous to musical instruments that produce sound from their structures resonating. An advantage of VPT technology is that the sound produced is more diffuse and does not become more directional as the frequency increases.

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Amina CPD Seminar Video

The Amina Technologies Continuous Professional Development Seminar (CPD) is accredited by both RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and BIID (British Institute of Interior Design). Its aim is to assist architects and interior designers in understanding the importance of sound in the 21st Century buildings and how specifying invisible sound solutions enables technology to be combined seamlessly with design requirements.

The CPD is offered via a video which lasts for just over 30 minutes. At the end of the video there is the opportunity to take part in a short interactive test and CPD certificates of attendance are available to those who pass. Details are provided at the end of the video.

Additionally CPD Seminars can be arranged in-house at your design practice for a minimum of five attendees or at our Head Office in Huntingdon. Open CPD Seminars are regularly held in Central London.

If you want to know about attending a live Amina CPD then please get in touch with CPD@amina.co.uk to discuss further, or call 01480 354 390.

CPD certificates will be available for all attendees.

Amina Technologies Ltd of Cambridgeshire is the worlds leading designer and manufacturer of truly invisible loudspeaker solutions.Our invisible loudspeakers have been used in a wide range of high end commercial and residential applications for over a decade.

Topics covered:

Why we need sound
Basic principles of conventional sound technology
Creating sound, invisibly using VPT (Vibrational Panel Technology)
System Considerations
Case studies

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