March 2012 Issue 151
Integrated Systems Europe has broken records already this year, with a reported total of 825 exhibitors occupying 11 halls in the Amsterdam RAI. The total registered attendance grew to 40,869 during the show’s three day run from 31 January to 2 February. Team TPi discovered the news.
AKG introduced a new version of its WMS470 wireless system with revised operating frequencies for the European market. The WMS470 Band 10 operates on frequencies between 823 - 832MHz known as the ‘duplex gap’. This frequency range lies between the areas that will be used for upcoming high-speed Internet service for mobile devices, and will enable future proof, interference-free operation.
For the second year running Alcons Audio was invited to provide the ISE 3D Theatre’s sound system. The 3D Theatre featured a daily presentation by Alcons co-founder Tom Back on the company’s latest 3D audio technology, demonstrating how Alcons’ proprietary pro-ribbon transducer products enhance the 3D experience.
Allen & Heath’s new GLD live digital mixing system made its European debut during the show. The user-friendly, cost effective and scalable system is conceptually based on the hugely successful digital iLive series.
APart Audio introduced a number of new products. Firstly, the PMR4000R multi source music player with an integrated FM RDS tuner, Internet radio, UPnP and USB media player. With the new netkit devices users will be able to control any IR or RS232 controlled device from their tablet, smartphone or the PC in your local network. New speakers included the CMSQ108 in-wall / in-ceiling speaker, the new HM25-G horn speaker, and the MPH31-G that replaces the MPH30-G and has even better sound quality.
Ashly Audio had its own stand at this year’s show. In addition to its network-enabled amplifiers and Protea processors, Ashly demonstrated the capabilities of its new, highly-efficient KLR-Series amplifiers, all-in-one Pema multi-channel amp with on-board Protea DSP processor, intuitive FR-Series network fader remotes, and the new TM-Series mixer / amplifiers.
Avid presented the new Venue SC48 Remote System. Consisting of the SC48 console and new Venue Stage 48 remote box, Ethernet Snake Card, and Venue 3 software, the SC48 Remote System is an alternative to the all-in-one SC48, enabling engineers to place the I/O away from the console and closer to sources for optimal sound.
Aviom announced that the AllFrame Multi-Modular I/O System is now shipping internationally. It is suitable for a wide range of permanent and portable applications, bringing the flexibility of the company’s powerful Pro64 audio network to the wall box, stage box or floor pocket.
Barco launched the new ImagePRO-II, a high performance video scaler, scan converter, switcher and transcoder in one. The company added to the HDX family with the HDX-W18, as well as introducing a new generation of LEDs in its liquid-cooled LED video walls. This 3rd generation boosts brightness levels by no less than 33%, making Barco video wall cubes the brightest on the market today. And Barco LiveDots expanded its LED range with three new products, a 5.5mm pitch black face indoor LED display, an 8mm outdoor SMD LED display system, and a single-piece outdoor LED billboard.
BSS Audio introduced AVB (IEEE Audio Video Bridging) functionality to its acclaimed Soundweb London family of digital signal processors with the addition of two Soundweb London devices. The new Soundweb London BLU-805 and BLU-325 devices are AVB versions of the BLU-800 and BLU-320 CobraNet siblings from which they are derived. The company also announced that the GS724T 24-Port Ethernet AVB Switch is now shipping.
Calibre announced a number of new partnerships during ISE. The first with Optoma Europe, combining Optoma’s projectors with Calibre’s image processing equipment to produced the highest possible image quality. Similar deals are also in place with EIKI Deutschland for the German market, Simulation Displays as a Eurpoean partner, the latest addition to Calibre’s dedicated partner programme is Hong Kong-based Cosmovision.
Clockaudio launched the CW-200 dual channel wireless conferencing system at ISE. The CW-200 provides an affordable, easy to deploy and operate solution for elementary, occasional or portable conferencing applications.
Christie displayed the new and expanded LCD range including models such as the Christie L2K1500, Christie L2K1000, Christie LWU505, Christie LWU420 and the recently announced Christie LX1200 and Christie LHD700. The new Christie E Series and J Series projector ranges were on show, with the latter including the Mirage J Series high-performance, active stereo projectors. Christie JumpStart, also launched during the exhibition, a PC-based software solution for positioning a wide range of content onto a 5-10 megapixel digital canvas with minimal effort.
Clear-Com showcased its Concert Version 2.6, designed specifically to allow collaborative workgroups to instantly and reliably communicate privately over LAN, WAN and Internet applications on Windows or Mac computers, the IP-based intercom software now provides an even greater range of features and options.
d&b audiotechnik highlighted the fact that four elements from their White product range are now being offered in white as standard in addition to the traditional black. These are the 4S, 5S and 8S loudspeakers and the dedicated little 12S subwoofer all from the xS-Series. The focus this year for d&b at both their stand and demo lounge was firmly set on the topic of system integration and its products that have been specifically designed for the installer and system integrator.
Dataton demonstrate version 5.2 of Dataton WATCHOUT multi-display production and playback system. The new addition to its version 5 software incorporates advanced spatial interaction and video integration capabilities.
DiGiCo returned to ISE alongside the brand’s Dutch distributor TM Audio, and the company displayed a full product range including the SD7, SD8, SD9, SD10 and the smallest in the range, the SD11, the first digital mixing console to use Stealth Digital Processing - now found in the entire SD Range - and is still the industry’s most powerful digital mixer. The new UB MADI was also on display. This device allows any computer to instantly connect to MADI via a standard USB 2.0 connector, permitting users playback and record up to 48 tracks over MADI simultaneously.
Genelec showcased its range audio solutions for the commercial installation market, as well as running free, on-booth training sessions that were open to all delegates. Products on display included the full 4000 Series active loudspeakers, including the new 4040A, as well as the 1238CF, a 3-way monitor designed for a wide range of professional applications.
Lab.gruppen exhibited its new install-centric amplifier range, E Series. This 1U install-centric amplifier platform combines ample power reserves with amazingly low power consumption, therefore reducing the total cost of ownership below that of conventional designs. The company joined Lake to exhibit the PLM Series alongside the LM 44, the brand new digital audio processor from Lake.
The new 10mm pixel pitch LED display panel, the EC-10, along with additions to the P3 System Controller family for LED screens, the P3-200 and the PC-based P3-PC were all on display on at the Martin Professional booth. Other products on show included the user-friendly Maxedia media server, as well as the latest in Martin’s popular line of LED moving heads.
Meyer Sound extended its line of self-powered, low-voltage audio solutions has grown with the addition of three new 48-volt, DC-powered loudspeakers that offer the same exemplary performance as their AC-powered counterparts. The PM-1XP 48 V DC loudspeaker is the low-voltage version of the UPM-1P loudspeaker. The UPJunior-XP 48 V DC VariO loudspeaker combines the distinct advantages of the low-voltage, self-powered concept with the versatility of the VariO constant directivity horn. And the UMS-1XP 48 V DC subwoofer extends low-voltage system response to an operating frequency range of 25Hz - 160Hz and a peak SPL of 127dB at one metre.
MilTec (UK) Ltd exhibited lightweight multi-channel amplifiers, signal processing and mixing products from the MT Audio range. The LEDHead LED Lighting products included the LED Batten 2, fitted with 18 x 8W quad-colour LEDs and LED tapes with tri-colour and white LED options.
Mode-AL has developed the ECS range of soundproofed 19-inch rack enclosures that are not only attractive and unobtrusive, but also provide ventilation and cable access while achieving an impressive 36dB acoustic suppression across the audible range for any installation, and these were on display for visitors at the show.
Panasonic Europe had a busy show, with its largest stand to date, and it introduced numerous new product ranges. The PT-EX12K LCD projector range offers a 12,000 lumens brightness and XGA (1,024 x 768) resolution, while the PT-DZ770K offers 7,000 lumens of brightness and full-HD ready WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) resolution. The PT-LZ370E LCD series of full high definition projectors, offers high accuracy images, and the PT-VW430 range provides high brightness and ultra portability. Finally, Panasonic Europe announced the PT-DZ21K Series, its new flagship 20,000 lumen 3-chip DLP projectors.
Pixled launched its new Pixled F-10i/o - the first of two new fully IP-65 rated indoor / outdoor LED displays. The new product features a real pixel pitch of 10.4 mm resolution and is populated with 3-in-1 SMD chips.
projectiondesign used ISE to highlight how its innovations are integrated in today’s visual solutions for collaborative working. The company displayed the award winning F35 wqxga projector, F82 series 3-chip projector and the F35 AS3D active stereoscopic projector
Prysm unveiled its interactive display solutions including a 2 x 5, TD1-tiled digital kiosk with interactive multi-touch and gesture input capabilities and an 8 x 4 tile curved videowall which will be enabled for remote, multi-touch input.
QSC introduced two new products that enhance the powerful capabilities of its successful Q-Sys integrated system platform. Both the new TSC-3 Controller and CCN32 CobraNet Audio I/O Card expand the offerings of the Q-Sys system, which has become a preferred choice for audio system control in large-scale venues.
The RCF team showcased the Media Series featuring five models, the Compact Series that offer a very natural sound in recorded music and live situations. The TTL11A active column speaker array system was also on display alongside the two new addition to the VSA Series, the VSA 850 and the VSA 1250.
Sennheiser launched its new tourguide EK 1039 bodypack receiver for tour-guide, interpreting and assistive listening applications. It also extended its evolution wireless ew300 G3 Series with the addition of the SKP 300 G3 plug-on transmitter. Its new firmware, version 1.7.0 provides audio a media control protocol for the company’s 2000, evolution wireless ew500 G3 and evolution wireless ew300 G3 Series. And finally Sennheiser presented the Easy Control App.
SpinetiX introduced the new HMP130 Hyper Media Player with added functionality and performance characteristics. In addition to this new product introduction, SpinetiX announced several new European distribution partners at the show.
Tannoy exhibited its brand new VLS (Vertical Line Source) passive column range, which includes three models that each utilise proven transducer technology adapted from Tannoy’s QFlex steerable column range. The full range of Tannoy’s VX Series and VXP Series, the latter featuring Lab.gruppen’s new IDEEA power module were also on display.