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Plasa 2013

Plasa 2013 was an event that got a lot of the industry talking, from the new venue to the questionable amount of audio manufacturers exhibiting, TPi looks at the results.

The move to ExCeL was always going to be surrounded by scepticism. Negativity around the move has hung in the air for the best part of a year, if not longer, with many in the industry questioning whether the show’s organisers could pull it off and attract those much-needed international visitors. As one of the longest reigning shows however, there is still a considerable ammount of affection for PLASA and people want to see it succeed, they want to believe it still holds a place in the industry, and for many it still does.

ExCeL itself is a big improvement on Earls Court, it is a purpose-built venue with accessible loading facilities, onsite accommodation and more importantly, free wifi! And while there had been considerable concern over its location, a number of overseas exhibitors TPi spoke to had actually found it easier to get to than Earls Court, flying straight into City airport, although there had been a fair few grumbles at the cost of a taxi from Heathrow and Gatwick too!

While the show was undeniably smaller, with the pro audio sector seemingly turning its back on PLASA for this year at least, having walked the show for the entire four days, generally TPi found it to be fairly busy.

The lighting sector came out in full force, with all major brands represented, either directly or through a distributor, however only a handful of audio brands such as Martin Audio, FBT, TC Group, Roland, Sony and Pioneer Europe chose to exhibit and while they all appeared to be relatively happy with the visitor traffic, the jury is still out, as questions remain over who the visitors will be made up of next year. PLASA did try and cater to those interested in audio through its AudioLab Arena, which aimed to offer demonstrations and shoot-outs of the latest technology, but the feedback received suggests it was less than successful and major improvements need to be made moving forward.

Official figures were still subject to ABC audit when TPi went to press, but it appears this year’s show attracted over 11,000 visitors, of whom over 3,000 attended on multiple days. Last year’s show attracted 11,500 visitors across the four days. In the run up to the show there had also been some doubt as to whether PLASA could pull in the international community this year, with the new location being blamed for the route of the problem. Last year’s figures reported that 25% of the 11,500 visitors were from overseas, representing 2,875 international visitors. Official figures for this year’s show report that 2,200 visitors from 84 countries attended, which could suggest a drop in numbers.

What the future holds for PLASA is anyone’s guess, but we don’t have a crystal ball. We went to this show expecting the worst in the build up due to growing concerns from exhibitors, so we expected negativity at every turn but this wasn’t exactly the case. Yes, there were a lot of grumbles relating to the venue itself but you get that at the majority of shows, you are never going to please everyone, all of the time. Moving forward the organisers need to concentrate on listening to its exhibitors. What is it they want from a show? Do they want more seminars and education programs? Do they want more networking opportunities out of show hours? Whatever it is, for the show to succeed they need to listen to what people want and deliver, as ultimately, like the audio sector has done this year, the industry will vote with its feet. One thing is for certain, as a whole, the industry is craving a varied international appeal and this year just didn’t deliver. So without further ado, TPi delves into the 2013 show news...

Leading European flightcase manufacturer 5 Star Cases used the 2013 PLASA exhibition to re-launch its popular ‘Speed Challenge’ motor racing simulation game crowning Carl Sheehan, Deputy Manager of Event Technology specialist PSAV as the 2013 5 Star Speed Challenge Champion.

5 Star created a completely new bespoke simulator for this year’s Speed Challenge, built using 5 Star’s legendary Super Tour specification product, complete with several special features and running Sony’s PlayStation 3 Codemaster F1 2012 racing game in full HD. This year it had an additional resonance as 5 Star has been one of the most enthusiastic of a number of industry supporters of British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) racing’s rising star, Jack Goff, throughout the 2013 season.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies showcased its latest selection of lighting, audio, rigging and video solutions including the many marques that AC-ET distributes exclusively in the UK.

AD Systems’ AD-Net software for its networking system amplifier Impuls NT-4 was showcased on the Polar Audio stand this year.

AED Distribution is a master distributor of High End Systems products throughout the UK, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. On show at PLASA was the High End Systems Hog 4 lighting console, which has featured on several high profile tours throughout the year including TPi cover stars, Biffy Clyro.

Altman Lighting, which was exhibiting with the company’s exclusive UK distributor, White Light, displayed its latest LED technology offerings including the LED SpectraCyc - seen in the Broadway production of Spiderman - and the ME3 25W LED ellipsoidal.

“We enjoyed a very busy PLASA exhibition with far more visitors to our booth than normal,” said Glyn O’Donoghue, Ambershpere MD. “We represent Clay Paky, MA Lighting and Robert Juliat exclusively for the UK and as they were all launching new products we had a lot to catch peoples eye. It was great to see the industry switching to ExCel without a hitch.”

Anna Valley showcased the latest in its products and services, including the AV-4 Super High-Res LED, Duo12 12mm LED, Digital Projection Titan Super Quad 20K projectors and Avolites Ai media servers.

The ArKaos team showcased the 3.2 MediaMaster software alongside the Stage Server Pro and offered a sneak peak of the new Studio Server, a four output media server designed to deliver optimal images for the high-end demands of studio, concert tour, television and corporate applications, and Video Optimiser, which allows users to convert video files to optimal format.

Artistic Licence introduced a number of innovations at this year’s PLASA including the nanoScope, a pocket-sized, battery-powered tester for DMX512 and RDM; eSense a dedicated co-ordinater for RDM that incorporates monitoring, data storage and sophisticated display functionality; Art-Osc, a new protocol that allows remote interfacing of lighting control date via smartphones or tablets.

ASL Intercom’s Digital Intercom System and Pro Series Analogue Intercom products were showcased alongside the Basic Series Analogue Intercom solution on the Polar Audio stand at the show.

This year’s PLASA marked the UK debut of the Avid S3L live sound system. Avid presented free daily training sessions throughout the four days, demonstrating how the S3L modular system solves the challenges of live sound mixing and provides the performance, sound quality and features that live sound professionals rely on.

Avolites Media unveiled its S Series of media servers, available in three models S2, S4 and S6, as well as the Ai V7 media server. On display from Avolites was Wings for Sapphire systems and Titan Mobile Wing.

Backstage Academy exhibited on stand A37 and A33 (with The University of Bolton), where it informed visitors about its new BA Visual Production and BA Top Up Live Events Production degree courses, as well as its short courses, bespoke training and FdA Live Events Production. Backstage Academy hosted a seminar as part of the PLASA Professional Development Programme on Sunday on ‘Live Visuals: Creativity, Convergence and Careers.’

Beyerdynamic’s TG 1000 digital wireless system and Opus 910 wireless system were both on display on Polar Audio’s stand, alongside the Opus 600 wireless system.

Brompton Technology had a productive show with plenty of interest in its Tessera LED Processing system. It was a busy four days on stand K66 with hands on demos to rental companies, installers, designers and LED manufacturers who were all looking for the next stage in LED Video Processing. The new K-Series processor was well received with a lot of very positive feedback, both about the concept and its striking looks.

Cast Group displayed BlackTrax, the multi-award winning tracking system for lights, video, cameras, sound and video. Also on display was the latest release of wysiwyg, R31, which delivers an array of new features, enhancements and library additions, including the new Material System in Shaded Views, which allows material properties to be applied on a per-element level to any object in the file.

Chauvet Professional exhibited several new products including the launch of the new Epix range, a klingnet-based product in the form of video strips and battens. Continuing on the video and pixel product theme, there was a heavy representation of the MVP and PVP video panel range as well as the Nexus series. The company also showed new additions to the Colorado series, the new lines in the ColourDash range and Ovation – a product line aimed at theatre and studio.

Chroma-Q showcased its Colour Force, Studio Force and Inspire ranges of lighting products, demonstrating its colour accuracy and consistency, and precise theatrical grade dimming. Also, showing for the first time, was the DC battery powered version of Studio Force V 12 Phosphor variable white lighting fixture. Receiving its UK launch was the new ShowCom, a compact, rugged, cost-effective show intercom beltpack.

Chromlech presented Elidy software version 2.0 for the first time in the UK, which includes a number of features such as Animation Maker; sACN networking capabilities; and multi-source control mode. The Elidy Strip was also introduced – an LED strip light composed of either five or 15 LEDs.

City Theatrical launched a number of new products, including its line of QolorFlex LED tape and D Series of LED dimmers, the AutoYoke Source Four LED, and SHoW Baby 5 wireless DMX transceiver. The Cognito lighting console was also on display.

The A.leda B-Eye was the focus of Clay Paky’s stand - with wash and beam light capabilities, this versatile product introduces an unseen feature in that the front lens can be rotated, creating many little beams that can be unfolded or closed like petals. Adding colours and dynamic patterns, B-Eye turns into a unique effect light generating kaleidoscopic projections.

CLD exhibited its new LED lightsource range, suitable for installations in multiple sectors including all types of public spaces, buildings, offices, retail outlets and so on. Showcased products included the T8 LED tubes, LED panels, 100W LED High Bays, LED Down-Light range, and Osram Flex. Also on show was the Gig series of audio cables.

Columbus McKinnon demonstrated its new two-tonne single fall hoist, due for release next year, along with the CM Lodestar and Prostar electric chain hoists.

Compulite launched its Vibe lighting console - a new concept in lighting control integrating conventional buttons and wheels with an innovative and dynamic touchscreen graphical user interface housed in an ergonomic and adjustable control surface.

Cooper Controls exhibited at the PLASA for the first time as part of the Eaton Corporation. The company presented a selection of lighting control products from Zero 88 and Cogent, alongside the latest technologies from distributed lighting brands including DTS and LDR.

Core Lighting showed its range of cable-free, battery-powered LED lighting for indoor and outdoor use, all designed and produced in the UK. The company’s new ColourPoint uplighter could also be found over in the White Light Zone.

Not having exhibited at PLASA for the past couple of years, Creative Technology’s return to the exhibition was marked with a stunning stand comprising a four-metre radius curved screen and back wall constructed entirely out of Barco’s C5 LED, a five-mm high res screen that is one of the top spec LED products CT holds in its inventory. CT wanted to support PLASA’s move to its new venue at the ExCeL, with the expectation that its new home would breathe renewed life into the renowned exhibition. CT’s Adrian Offord, Director of Business Development, commented: “We were really pleased with the quality of visitors to our stand which was universally praised both for its visual appeal and, by those in the know, for the technical achievement of building a uniform horizontally radiused screen and the dramatic in house content.”

d3 Technologies focused on the international community and the promotion of its growing network of d3 Studios. d3 Technologies also introduced the new downloadable version of its software, d3 Trial.         Doughty Engineering’s motorised lectern, as well as its new range of truss adaptors were displayed for the first time at the show. The lectern is fully DDA compliant, is supplied with a reading light and fitted with anti-vibration / noise dampening microphone mounds to ensure a clear, concise sound. The truss adaptors, made from solid highly tensile aluminium fit all major brands of triangular and square truss.

In conjunction with its UK distributor Sound Network, DPA highlighted the breadth and depth of its live sound microphone range, which includes the award-winning d:facto II model.

D.T.S. showcased the Max moving head, the Nick NRG 501 LED moving head, and the Raptor beam moving head as part of the Eaton network.

Elation unveiled the ELAR Quad series of lighting fixtures alongside its new Level Q7 / Level Q7 IP flat-style professional-grade Pars, the Satura Spot LED Pro, the EZ6 LED video panel, the Platinum Beam 5R Extreme, the Rayzor Q7 and Q12, and the TVL 3000 II series.

On display at the ETC stand was the Source Four LED fixture family, including its new CYC lighting adapter, the Selador Desire fixture family, including the new Desire D22 luminaire, the Cobalt 20 – the first of a new family of control desks from ETC and finally, the Eos Titanium – the flagship desk from ETC’s Eos control line.

At the Flying By Foy stand, the company was demonstrating the Aerographer advanced design tool for flying automation along with the Pegasus automation system.

Green Hippo showcased Rackoon, a power-packed addition to the Hippotizer server range. This 1U rackmount gives six layers of full 1080p HD playback and includes all the usual features of Hippotizer’s award winning software. Rackoon integrates with all other Green Hippo servers seamlessly.

HSL’s infamous bloody mary’s once again proved a popular concoction, making its bar the show’s main socialising and networking hub, and a meeting point for all those attending but not exhibiting with their own booth.

JB Lighitng presented its current LED products, and the brand new Sparx 7 and the Varyscan P8. On the White Light stand it showed the new Sparx 7 convinced in terms of concept, functionality and design. It offers almost unlimited combinations of patterns and colours and the user nevertheless requires only six DMX channels in order to control all LED effects.

JBL Professional showcased the PRX700 Series of portable loudspeakers and 3 Series studio monitors.

J&C Joel hosted a buzzing cocktail party on its stand, complete with fresh ingredients and a colourful environment to wind down after a day on the show floor.

Kinesys highlighted three products - the GIS 250kg BGV-C1 39m/min hoist, integrated with Kinesys’ EVO controllers; DigiHoist system, which supports positioning encoders and Vector/K2 control; and Kinesys LibraWatch multi-platform load monitoring software.

Laserworld displayed its semi pro lasers, the Club Series and the New Proline RGB with multi-function effects, but most of the interest was for our pro ranges SwissLas & Rti manufactured in Switzerland & Germany. Said Denis Phoenix, Laserworld UK & International Sales Director: “Overall there was a good attendance of UK customers but only a small amount of international, hopefully PLASA can try and address this for next year to improve attendances from further afield.”

“We had an excellent Plasa show with good quality visitors on our stand ” commented Fabiano Besio of LDR. “The show was a good occasion for finalising the distribution contract with the company VALOOK for representing LDR in Chile  and to reinforce our position as a leading supplier of colour scrollers for the professional entertainment industry.”

Leader Light showcased its LL stage CYC 6C - a six colour cyclorama fixture. The luminary is specially designed for TV studios, concerts, theatres, backstage lighting or soft front lighting with high CRI.

The Le Mark Group chose PLASA to launch its new range of Dirty Rigger Glowman LED series, the Backstage Light Glove. Featuring integrated i-lume technology by fibretronic, Glowman combines workwear expertise with cutting edge LED technology. The gloves are ROHS compliant with a luminous density 30,000 MCD, and are touch screen compatible with all major phone and tablet touchscreen devices.

Taking pride of place at the Lee Filters stand was its LEE range of LED filters. All the colours from the LEE Designer series - a range of filters created specifically for LEE by leading lighting designers - were also on show.

Litec launched two new products, the EXE-Rise chain hoists with low voltage control and the Cablecross CC25HD and CC66HD. Other trussing products showcased included the End-plated trusses, the new E and P truss Series with conical connection and the versatile Libera System.

Following the announcement of the UK distribution agreement earlier this year, LMC Audio featured a range from new UK-manufactured pro audio brand, Inspired Audio. The company additionally showcased the latest in digital console technology from Yamaha, Midas and Allen & Heath, alongside other established premium pro audio brands including Martin Audio, NEXO, DPA, Soundcraft.

Look Solutions displayed its range of high-quality smoke and haze machines, including the Viper S, the Unique 2.1 Hazer, the Orka smoke generator, the CryoFog low-smoke machine and the Tiny Fogger.

LSC introduced three new products – the Clarity LX900 console; its new intelligent power distribution unit APS, designed to remove the problems of collective in-rush currents; and its new data backbone system - DNA.

LS-Live exhibited on stand E59 for the first time. The stage, set, automation and studio company invited attendees to its stand to discuss the entertainment sector and to find out about the company’s services and products. LS-Live has recently worked with hip hop superstar, Jay-Z.

LTH revealed a new member of its SquareLED Fresnel Series. The new motorised control of pan, tilt and beam angle is housed in a compact unit equipped with a single chip LED module in a round shape and high quality 200mm lens.

Lift Turn Move showcased the Limpet,and provided demos for interested parties. As Limpet’s exclusive distributor LTM has given training on the product for tours such as Jesus Christ Superstar and Muse. LTM also showed it new range of Zero Fleet Angle winches, and new product featured was the 5t Ground support tower with 2500kg SWL (single chain) LoadGuard hoist. LTM is now the exclusive UK distributor of Alfa Systems stage engineering products and for Dutch manufacturer, Interal Truss.

LumenRadio for its SuperNova3, and Artistic Licence for its eSense each were noted for their efforts and shared the last Plasa Award. The judges said, “They both solve data management problems eloquently and practically. They will create new ways of understanding the massive data produced by shows and installations in an efficient and understandable way.”

With the MA VPU light, MA Lighting has developed a compact video control offering nearly the same performance as the MA VPU plus and MA VPU basic. The MA VPU light features sophisticated hardware and proven MA software. The in-built screen displays all essential information about the status of the MA VPU light.

Mackie’s updated and expanded product ranges were presented for the first time on the Polar Audio stand. The products included the SRM 1600W HD powered loudspeakers, the VLZ4 analogue mixers, and the redesigned MRmk3 Series powered studio monitors with music-centric voicing.

Martin Audio showcased its, ultra-compact MLA Mini, bringing revolutionary MLA cellular technology to a wide range of small-to-medium scale portable and installed sound applications. Its companion MSX mini-sub power plant houses networking, DSP, and nine channels of Class D amplification to drive itself and 4 MLA Mini enclosures. Also showcased was the MLA Compact, LE Series monitors, Blackline+ and XD Series systems, as well as the DD6 ultra-compact Differential Dispersion system. Installed sound was represented by the OmniLine micro-line array and models from the AQ and Ceiling series.

Martin Professional presented products from its portfolio including the full range of MAC Viper family luminaires, high performance lighting fixtures in the MAC III family and the new Rush range.

MC2 demonstrated how it can take care of signal distribution, processing and amplification needs. The Ti Series was part of the mix, offering network audio output, signal processing and amplification, all controlled from bespoke installation software application, iCore.

MDG released its new e-series, an evolution of its Atmosphere APS Series haze generator and MAX APS Series fog generator. The e-series marks the natural evolution for the company’s product portfolio and brings increased efficiency and total electronic control to the industry’s atmosphere generators.

Neo Neon introduced the dual moving head Gemini range as well as launching the new Neo-Pro product line incorporating the Neo-Flash and Neo-Pulse ranges with great success at the show.

This year’s PLASA show saw the latest luminaires from Philips Entertainment’s four premier brands Selecon, Showline, Strand Lighting and Vari-Lite – exhibited on the AC-ET stand (P41). Philips have a presence on the HSL Stand (H80).

Pioneer Europe and Powersoft joined forces to present the new GS-Wave and XY series of club loudspeakers.

The new PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI digital mixer and StudioLive AI series three-way active PA loudspeakers, were presented on the Source Distribution stand. Jim Odom, President of PreSonus was present for the UK debut of the StudioLive console.

Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG) demonstrated its innovative proprietary products as well as debuting new products on Stand R20. Attendees got the opportunity to try out the compact V276 on Mac control interface and Mbox Studio, a software-only version of the popular Mbox Extreme media server.

Debuting in Europe are the UV Bullet and UV Wash, compact, high-output ultraviolet LED luminaires. Both units use powerful 365nm UV-A-LED emitters for blacklight effects. Debuting in Europe are the UV Bullet and UV Wash, compact, high-output ultraviolet LED luminaires. Both units use powerful 365nm UV-A-LED emitters for blacklight effects.

Prolyte Group and subsidiary Brilliant Stages enjoyed a busy PLASA Show at its new home, ExCeL London, earlier this month. Both companies reported positive feedback following their decision to do something different for PLASA London 2013.

On display for the first time in the UK was the ProLyft AETOS range. Visitors were given the opportunity to see a selection of the new hoists in action on a dedicated demo booth – stand Q65. UK Sales Director Keith Williams commented: “The reaction to ProLyft AETOS has been amazing. We realise the products have to be seen to be fully appreciated so we had several working units on display, which gave us an opportunity to demonstrate their potential. The hoists were very well received, reinforcing our plans for the future. We had quite a number of enquiries from new contacts and met with many of our existing global distributors. Despite some initial reservations about the new location, overall it was a great PLASA show.”

Pro Light Concepts showcased a multitude of lighting effects in a spectacular time coded light show. New features include pixel-mappable, super-bright panels and battens, plus the eLumen8 Kudos moving heads, which feature smooth, fast movements to create dynamic pan and tilt effects. The Kudos CM 150 and Kudos CM 200 have pixel mapping, whilst the Kudos features motorised zoom.

PSCo announced its entry into the LED display market by unveiling a range of ultra-high resolution, exceptional performance LED models.

Renkus Heinz products were showcased on the Polar Audio stand and included the IC2 (SQUARED) loudspeaker, the IC7-II and ICX7-II series of loudspeakers, and the CF/CFX12S series of loudspeakers.

Robe showcased new products including the Pointe, MiniMe, CycFx 8, Cyclone and MMX Blade, along with the Parfect, a tough PAR-can styled plastic housing featuring Robe’s LEDBeam 100 lightsource.

Robert Juliat introduced a new motorised yoke as an accessory for its range of Fresnel lanterns.

As Technical Partner to PLASA London this year, Roland Systems Group products took an active role in the AudioLab Arena, a new purpose built pro audio demonstration facility. The Roland V-800HD multi-format video switcher was at the core of the set-up.

SES, the power supply company enjoyed a very busy this PLASA this year. The power experts reported that it was able to provide quotes for various different companies and organisations throughout the course of the show.

ShowLED launched its new Animation HYBRID led, a hyper flexible ip67 extreme temperature resistant 7led dot, with auto colour correction. “The Animation HYBRID is the multi deployable system for both studio low res video cyclorama and outdoor signage on buildings as well as powerful touring stage led backdrops, all in one,” stated Jeroen Carette, ShowLED Business Development Manager.

Sony’s Anycast Touch draws from its best innovation and heritage in live production and switcher technology. Ideal for events, corporate productions, and houses of worship to get the best of an integrated audio / video switcher capable of recording, playback and streaming in one portable box. Ideal for organisations considering broadcasting or webcasting live events.

Soundcraft showcased its complete line of Si Expression and Si Performer digital consoles.

Following the announcement SGM will establish a dedicated Danish base and in turn create up to 400 jobs, the manufacturer went on to win a top award at the PLASA Awards for Innovation for its G-Spot intelligent LED moving head.

Shure Distribution UK showcased a number of new products from its distributed lines, including Shure, QSC and Radial. A new education and training initiative aimed at all levels of the audio industry, from specialist integrators and contractors to retail sales teams and end users, was also launched during the show.

Smoke Factory UK, exhibited at PLASA for the fifth time, showing the full range of Smoke Factory haze and fog machines, including Tourhazer 2, CaptainD, Data2, Scotty2, and Spaceball2 among others.

The design of its stand enabled SSE Audio to display an impressive range of products at the show. SSE Sales director Alex Penn commented on the event “It was the first time SSE Audio Group exhibited as a joint force with Wigwam and products from L-Acoustics and d&b audiotechnik were displayed to represent both companies. There was much interest in the Group’s expansion and the stand attracted both Wigwam and SSE associated visitors. Our presentations on the stand are focused on helping people to understand how the Group fits together.”

Stage Technologies launched the TipTow point hoist, a virtually silent, gearbox-less point hoist designed for use in theatre, TV and film. Its new design provides a feature rich, compact and portable solution for scenery or performer flying. For minimum noise, the motor and drum are directly coupled thus eliminating high-speed transmission components.

The Plasa Award for Sustainability was awarded to TMB for the Solaris LED Flare. The judges said, “This product will save loads of energy by eliminating massive power consumption of existing fixtures including strobes, audience blinders, and wash fixtures.”

The team behind workforce management software uTRAC enjoyed its first time exhibiting at PLASA this year, as they met suppliers from the lighting and sound industry to discuss the problems they face with staff deployment.

During the PLASA evening events, Avolites hosted a fancy dress party at the Troxy. WE Audio supplied its recently acquired Martin Audio MLA-Compact system 36. The system was configured with 12 mid-hi elements per side and six DSX-F subwoofers that were stacked in a cardioid configuration to reduce any unwanted noise on stage. Said WE Audio’s Rylan Machin, Director of Operations: “We found that the MLA-C system worked its magic incredibly well in the Troxy and provided a very smooth SPL response throughout the whole venue, even with the challenging deep under-balcony audience area.”

Additionally, DiGiCo supplied an SD10 console at FOH and Martin Audio supplied an additional monitor system. “I was Project Managing and we had technical support from Nigel Meddemmen at Martin Audio and Tim Shaxton from Digico,” concluded Machin.

The WhiteLight Zone once again served as base for the latest lighting, effects, and media control technology from manufacturers. The company showcased enhanced White Light services for 2013, including its in-house custom colour service, expanded training programme, and improved product support.

Wireless Solution Sweden presented its W-DMX G4S software along with hosting an educational seminar on how to use wireless DMX, RDM and Ethernet protocols and how to avoid interference from other wireless products to achieve a perfect co-existence.

Wyrestorm exhibited its all-in-one AMP-001-010 HDBaseT Class D digital audio amplifier, its modular MX-PP-POH Pro Plus matrix, and its Presentation Switcher that features HDBaseT technology and HDMI switching.

XTA showed, for the first time in the UK, its new multi-channel analogue DS8000D audio distribution system, which adds more distribution possibilities to the DS8000, giving not only two electronically balanced and two transformer isolated outputs from each input, but also offering a pair of AES digital outputs for each input. XTA also showed how the FIR filtering ‘power bump’, which is now available for free for the DP448.

Working with Roland Hemming and the team from RH Consulting, Andy Cooper - Manager of the Yamaha Commercial Audio Support Centre Europe co-presented seminars on the first two days of PLASA. The presentations featured a range of Yamaha digital audio equipment, including DME64N digital mixing engines, MSP series active loudspeakers and MY series interfaces.