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Prolight+Sound 2014

April 2014

This year’s Prolight+Sound show in Frankfurt, Germany, proved yet again to be a hugely successful expo for the pro AV industry. All in all, the show - housing some 897 international exhibitors from 42 different countries - attracted around 110,000 visitors from 142 countries. TPi’s editorial crew was on hand to provide in-depth analysis of the largest tradeshow on the industry calendar.

When the Mondiale Publishing team descended into the halls of Frankfurt’s Messe last month, you could assume that as we’re well-versed in tradeshow etiquette, there could be little change in the atmosphere for trade press like us. However, with some Prolight+Sound first-timers under our wing, it was also noted that there were some first-time exhibitors at the show too, proving that although this expo is a true AV tradition, it also carries weight for new exhibitors. 

Not only was this year’s show the most positive and successful for us as a magazine to date - proving certain wheels are turning again - but there was a genuine mix of international visitors, leading to some really exciting business and entertainment content for us to report on following these new launches. Read on for the 2014 news... 

A.C. Entertainment Technologies showcased a selection of the latest lighting, audio, rigging and video solutions available from its portfolio of premium brands including Chroma-Q, Spotlight, Jands, ArKaos, Prolyte, SGM, High End Systems, Philips Entertainment, Soundcraft, Sennheiser, Shure, Christie, Martin Audio, Audio Technica, beyerdynamic and JBL to name but a few.

Adam Hall’s stand was subject to a major overhaul this year, thanks to the direction of its new General Manager, David Finlay. Each Adam Hall brand - LD ProAudio, Cameo and Defender to name a few - had its own stand within the Adam Hall area to display its selection of high quality products. Said Finlay: “A multiple of new initiatives in the UK have generated a great deal of positive interest and we have certainly seen this reflected in our business during the first quarter. This allied to some fantastic new products such as the Maui 44 and the Stinger GT Range - coming later this year - means we are in for a very exciting time in the UK.”

Adamson launched Energia E12 / E218 touring packages offering touring and rental houses a system that is flexible, offers fast setup / teardown and powerful mid-high performance, all from a 12-inch line array. Both the new E12 and E218 loudspeakers have efficient power handling, which allows the footprint on stage and total cost to the end user to be minimised.

ADB Lighting showcased new features added to its Liberty, Freedom and Imago lighting consoles as well as the Eurorack 60 DimSwitch, Eurodim Twin Tech evolution and its new 25kW fanless profile.

Three new products made their European debut on the ADJ stand: the Inno Spot Pro and 3 Sixty 2R moving heads, and the Dotz Brick 3.3 wash / blinder matrix panel.

Liverpool, UK, based rental house, Adlib Audio showcased its own AA brand of boutique loudspeakers - an affordable, high quality product ideal for numerous environments from installations to high-end corporate events and industry shows.

AED Distribution, master distributor for High End Systems, premiered the new ShapeShifter LED moving light from the lighting manufacturer, which was received very well by the diverse audience and received a great response from visitors.

Alcons Audio launched two new compact loudspeakers as additions to the V-Series and B-Series. Featuring the all-new RBN202, two-inch pro-ribbon driver, the V-Series is extended with a versatile micro monitor for use in a wide variety of applications. Another series extension was shown in the B-Series subwoofers, a long excursion 12-inch custom-designed woofer in a reflex-loaded configuration. The new R-Series RR12 modular point-source array, featuring a passive two-way six-inch pro-ribbon driver and 12-inch high-output woofer, was also on show.

Allen & Heath launched a new addition to its Xone DJ range, as well as showing the recently launched Qu-24 compact digital mixer and Xone:23 DJ mixer. Also on display was the ME personal monitoring system, Qu-16 rackmount digital mixer, GLD and iLive digital systems and analogue mixers from the MixWizard4 and ZED Series.

Amadeus introduced its new ML 8 ultra-compact subwoofer, designed for space-limited installations or live use. The ML 8 is the smallest member of the ML Series and can be paired with the newly released PMX 4 ultra-compact speaker.

Analog Way introduced the Secure Power Unit, an external power accessory compatible with three models of the LiveCore Series of premium switchers. It is a new power protection module designed for the SmartMatriX Ultra, Ascender 32 and Ascender 48 and features dual power supplies providing redundancy against branch circuit failure or unstable power and can be managed from the Web RCS, the user interface designed for the LiveCore Series.

APG further extended the scope of its pioneering modular line array system, Uniline, with the introduction of a second dedicated subwoofer. Big brother to the UL115B, the UL118B made its debut at the show. The addition of the new UL118B makes an already modular system even more versatile. The advent of the UL118B has wide-ranging implications as it increases the modularity and scalability of the Uniline system at every level, particularly for high power applications such as arenas, stadia, and large outdoor festivals.

ArKaos showed its complete range of media servers, marking the first European showing of all three servers side by side. Comprising the stage, studio and stadium servers, the range offers up to two, four and six-outputs respectively with features and controllability that meet any challenge or project requirement. Newly presented was the MediaMaster 4.0, the latest and ever-more powerful version of ArKaos’ media server software.

Athletic displayed a mixture of products from its catalogue of Alustage stage platforms, trussing and construction accessories.

Audio-Technica showed its new range of M-Series professional monitoring headphones. Taking cues from the sound and proprietary design of the acclaimed ATH-M50, the new ATH-M20x, ATH-M30x and ATH-M40x deliver accurate audio and outstanding comfort. The M50 headphones are used both on-stage and at FOH by the likes of Rudimental and Pablo McCarte (Deap Vally).

Avid introduced a number of new features to its Pro Tools 11 software, including Pro Tools / HDX and the AAX 64-bit plug-in format, which, together allow professionals to collaborate more efficiently and more quickly create and deliver higher quality content that stands out from the crowd. Pro Tools / HDX provides more tracks, headroom and up to five times more dedicated DSP power to tackle the industry’s most challenging post-production projects. The AAX 64-bit plug-in format delivers more accessible RAM for increased speed and performance.

Avolites and Avolites Media shared a dedicated stand for the first time and showcased its new S-Series of media servers, along with the latest generation in the Infinity line, the Ai Infinity EX series.

Ayrton launched the NandoBeam S6, a compact, ultra-fast moving head equipped with 37 RGBW LED emitters, along with the WildBeam R LED beam light, which couples seven individually controlled 15W RGBW LED emitters with brand new, 67mm collimators, to create a powerful compact luminaire with a sharp 4.5º beam.

Exhibiting for the very first time, Backstage Academy launched to a European and global audience in Frankfurt. The Academy runs degree courses and short courses that cover the variety of creative and technical skills needed to work backstage in live event production. It also offers custom training programmes for entertainment industry professionals seeking to boost their knowledge or career prospects, with training in rigging, event safety, temporary electrical systems and stage pyrotechnics.

beyerdynamic celebrated its 90th anniversary at the show. Visitors experienced not only the present with a range of its current line of products on show - including its new GMB 33/35 S microphone - but also the emotional history of the company by travelling through the past with antique products, a video clip and pictures of old stars of the musical scene, amusing advertisements, antique data sheets and pictures believed to be lost forever. As a souvenir for the 90th anniversary, the ‘M 88 TG 90 Years’ microphone edition is available.

Beyma introduced the MC500 family of subwoofers featuring newly introduced X-Bow technology, alongside an upgraded version of its 18P1000Fe subwoofer -18P1000FeV2, which features an improvement in power handling. Also new is the 18-inch 18PWB1000Fe, which is designed to deliver a lower end and deeper sound. Extending the coaxial family is the new 10CX300Fe, designed for full range applications with extended low frequency response and accurate high frequencies thanks to the exclusive PM4 diaphragm.

This year B&K Braun presented many new products in different areas, such as the GLP X2 moving heads, the Ehrgeiz air DMX and the Ignition Pico XR. In addition to its stand, the company showcased its new LAX-System for the first time in the concert sound area. 

Making its first appearance at this year’s show, Brompton Technology showcased its high spec Tessera LED wall processing system, with the option to upgrade existing panel inventory proving to be a big draw, especially among manufacturers, who, according to LED Development Manager, Rob Fowler: “Could see the benefit of adding better processing to their tiles as a way of differentiating themselves in a crowded market.”

Cadac’s show was as busy as it was successful, with several new products being unveiled, including an expanded MegaCOMMS network with a MADI network bridge and a MegaCOMMS router plus Waves integration for its flagship CDC eight which was running V2 software with advanced automation and new effects processing.

Also celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, Celestion introduced its new FTX range of common magnet motor coaxial loudspeakers, available in 12-inch, 8-inch and 6.5-inch versions at the show. Also launched was the CDX14-3030, a new 1.4-inch exit, ferrite magnet compression driver.

Cerwin-Vega unveiled its new P1000X 10-inch powered loudspeaker, the latest addition to its P-Series line. A more compact version of the original P1500X, the P1000X is suited for a variety of sound reinforcement applications, from live concerts to public speaking. The company is also featuring the newest additions to its popular XD powered desktop loudspeaker series, which comprises the XD4 and XD5 loudspeakers and accompanying XD8s subwoofer. 

ChainMaster celebrated its 20th anniversary at the show. 1994 saw the first of many triumphs for ChainMaster, when it presented at Prolight+Sound the world’s first VBG70-certified chain-hoist controller - a success which spurred the ChainMaster team to new heights. The next milestones in the ChainMaster story were the VarioLift, which first graced the (stage) world in 1998, and two years later, the VarioTrolley.

Chauvet Professional introduced its Rogue Series of moving head fixtures, made up of four models - the R1 Spot, R1 Beam, R2 Spot, R2 Beam. Rogue is a rugged line of fixtures that pack a powerful punch and offer a host of high-performance features like multi-prism rotation, zoomable prism, variable speed scrolling, LED gobo morphing and a massive light output.

Clay Paky’s stand was constantly crowded with countless industry professionals from every continent. There was a huge buzz around the stand due to the new products on show - the B-Eye, the SuperSharpy and the Stormy - and Clay Paky’s fabulously designed demonstrations designed by Lighting Designer, Marco Zucchinali, set the scene. 

Clear-Com announced the launch of ProGrid, a fibre-based infrastructure system that enables users to transport and distribute audio, intercom, video and control data. The introduction of the new products means that, in addition to its world-class communications systems, Clear-Com can now provide end-to-end solutions for many types of installations that require signal distribution.

Coda Audio launched the Linus10 two-channel DSP amplifier - a stand alone unit and the key component of the Linus Rack20 and Linus Rack40, which provide complete system management solutions including amplification, DSP, network, comparator and power distribution for various Coda Audio systems.

Columbus McKinnon shared a stand with subsidiary hoist company, Pfaff. On display was Columbus McKinnon’s two-tonne single fall hoist, unveiled originally at PLASA. Tom Hobman, Sales Support Executive, said: “Prolight+Sound was a good show for us. Sharing a stand with Pfaff brought a lot of new visitors to the stand. We were very busy throughout the show with a lot of good leads and enquires.”

coolux, creators of the award-winning Pandoras Box product family, presented its Pandoras Box Compact Player - a hardware-based media player that is both small in size and powerful. The robust Compact Player was developed for professional 24 / 7 use and is built using server-grade hardware. coolux also previewed additional hardware components such as its Net Link products, as well as its Pandoras Box 5.7 software.

Core Brands showcased the latest innovations in its Furman line of power management products. Exhibiting with Trius Vertrieb, the new F1500-UPS E, PS-8R E III and an array of the company’s 230V rackmountable Pro products were on show.

d3 Technologies announced its new pro range, consisting of two new hardware products, the d3 4x4pro and the d3 4x2pro. Also announced was the r11.2, d3’s new software with four new features aiming to help improve show design and production workflow whilst cementing d3’s ‘push every pixel’ technology.

Dataton exhibited together with German premium partner Mediaservice Rainer Beddig. The focus was on the new Watchnet which was presenting for the first time in Germany the new generation of the Watchpax media player and Watchout multi-display software, demonstrated in an advanced dome projection application on the stand. 

d&b audiotechnik showcased its R1 remote control software, enabling users to export complex sound reinforcement models straight from simulation software, via a remote control platform that provides seamless access to all functions, into the drive train of a sound reinforcement system.

DiGiCo exhibited with its new German distributor United-b and launched its new D2-Rack, designed to support and expand the SD Range’s higher sample rate I / O solutions. It comes with either BNC or CAT5 MADI connections, allowing it to be used with a number of DiGiCo consoles. The console manufacturer also collaborated with Optocore for software integration. 

Doughty Engineering introduced its innovative Doughty Rail. The new curtain track, which was designed and produced as a direct result of a customer request, sees Doughty fill a gap in the market by catering specifically for the needs of the semi-professional. An elegant walk-along rail for lightweight drapes, Doughty Rail comes in a natural aluminium finish, which complements the majority of interior fit-outs. 

DPA Microphones presented its new d:fine 66 and 88 headset microphones - ideal for actors, musicians and singers who need to move freely and don’t want to be constrained by a hand-held microphone or a mic on a stand. With the flexible mechanics of the d:fine ear mount and the capsules from the 4066 omni and 4088 cardioid headsets, the d:fine range covers every need.

DTS presented three lighting fixtures: Wonder, a double-optics LED wall washer featuring two concentric optical groups independent from each other, each with a long throw motorised linear zoom; Nick NRG 501, a LED moving head wash light that is equipped with seven high-power, full-colour LEDs and features 3.5º - 52º motorised zoom enabling a range of projections; and Max, a high-power compact moving head featuring a special optical group with wide excursion motorised zoom that allows four different types of projection in a single moving head.

Duratruss presented its DuraStage Pro-Stage platforms. With a TÜV-tested loading capacity of 500kg / sq metres they are strong enough to bear massive loads for any kind of performance. A universal aluminum profile with module clamps allows for setup in seconds and the adjustable legs level any unevenness in the floor by the simple turn of a screw.

Dynacord presented the latest member of its powered mixer family, the PM 502. The system includes five mic / line and three stereo inputs as well as a master section tailored to the needs of day-to-day use with three master outputs - each with an individual seven-band EQ. The PM 502 can be switched to 100V direct drive mode for direct connection to 100V or 70V loudspeaker lines without the need of an output.

Eighteen Sound presented the 18iD extended low frequency neodymium transducer. The new subwoofer is engineered for maximum power transfer when operated with Class D and similar (iPal compatible) amplifiers. Designed for vented and bandpass subwoofer cabinets, the subwoofer works best with amplifiers capable of delivering 2,600W of power. 

Elation Professional showcased three new luminaires in the Platinum range of professional moving heads including the Platinum Wash 16R Pro, a flexible feature-packed luminaire that has use as both a wash and beam; the Platinum Profile 35 Pro, a full-featured fixture with internal framing; and the Rayzor Beam 2R, a small and speedy fixture powerful enough to work alongside larger luminaires. 

Equipson presented its Work Arion 5 compact self-powered line array system, which joins Arion 10 as part of the Arion Series. This new system is composed of four two-way satellites (SL 25), a self-powered tri-amplified subwoofer with built-in DSP (SL 115 SA) and a flying frame for rigging purpose. The UDA 16 column loudspeaker was also showcased - offering the possibility to control the bandwidth of the system, minimising unwanted noises and audio losses and optimising the audio.

The Cobalt 10 control desk was presented for the first time on the ETC stand. It features the same short, direct operating syntax and on-the-fly operating style of the Cobalt 20 but with a 20% smaller footprint. Also on show was the Source Four LED CYC fixtures; the SmartPack Wall Mount + ThruPower control system; the Source Four Mini and Source Four Mini LED fixtures; and the Source Four LED Series 2 fixtures.

Electro-Voice presented its ETX powered loudspeakers. Unique features include a single-knob DSP interface with LCD, FIR-Drive performance optimisation and Signal Synchronised Transducers (SST) waveguide design. The new ETX powered loudspeaker family builds upon the industry-leading innovation and 85-year heritage of Electro-Voice audio engineering to offer the most advanced professional portable powered loudspeakers available today.

Eurotruss enjoyed a busy and successful Prolight+Sound, introducing a selection of new stage decks and roof systems. The PR10 Pitch Roof received a lot of attention. Commercial Director, Peter Draaisma commented: “The fact that we had team members from headquarters and our foreign sales offices including representatives from our preferred partners all over the world, created lots of traffic and interaction. The reactions were great and another confirmation to accelerate our growth plans. Eurotruss faces a bright future.”

Eurotruss CEO, Martin Kuyper stated: “The Prolight+Sound exhibition is by far the best of its type in the world and attracts high quality national and international professional visitor. By presenting ourselves like we did, this exhibition will be a huge boost for our brand. Besides this we celebrated our 20th anniversary; many things have changed since my first attendance in 1994 and I am proud to see that we have grown with it.” 

FBT presented several products, including its new Modus line array system. Modus is a constant curvature line array system comprising two modules, the Modus 4805LA and the Modus 4820LA, each one equipped with four by eight-inch neodymium magnet woofers and four by one-inch neodymium magnet HF compression drivers.

Fohhn Audio unveiled the latest addition to its Focus Series range of steerable line array systems. Focus Venue is a new high performance series, aimed at large venue installation and live sound applications. 

FFA’s second foray into the show proved once again successful. Meetings with existing international distribution partners brought positive feedback from the past year’s trading. Its four-channel amplifiers with DSP Ethernet control (now in second year of production) were well received at this year’s show as a versatile solution to many audio applications.

Funktion One introduced the PSM318 DJ monitor, Resolution 3 SH Evo and Resolution 3 EH Evo to the show floor for the first time. Each two-part PSM318 comprises a new double 18-inch bass reflex enclosure (PSM318L) providing very strong near-field sub-bass and a separate triple concentric enclosure for the rest of the frequency spectrum (PSM318H). The Resolution 3 SH Evo and EH Evo are the latest additions to Funktion-One’s Resolution Series. They are the next generation of the segmented products that are derived from the full-bodied Resolution 3. Both new products have an enhanced vocal presence due to the substitution of a 1.4-inch compression driver for the previous one-inch in the earlier Resolution 3 models.

Galaxis showcased its versatile G-Flame flame projector. The G-Flame can be used for indoor, outdoor and special effect applications. The device offers many different control methods and besides cable control via DMX512, wireless DMX receivers can be powered from the XLR jack, thus eliminating the need for batteries.

Gerriets introduced its new acoustic range. On show was the Aqflex acoustic system, a product that allows the adaptation of a room’s acoustics providing a greater degree of flexibility of use in any given space. In addition, Gerriets exhibited its award winning patented Batten Clew and also presented new developments and innovations in the projection screen field. 

Topas represented the Swiss company GIS AG showcasing its brand new lightweight electric chain hoist (12kg only) with a lifting capacity up to 250kg. The product was shown under the brand C-Force and created great customer interest from riggers and rental companies.  

GLP celebrated two golden decades. Udo Künzler first set up GLP when the disco boom was still running at full tilt. It wasn’t long until he pioneered a hybrid that captured all the market requirements for fast mirror scanning with a pan and tilt housing the revolutionary Patend Light. The milestone was celebrated with a press party. Stated Udo Künzler: “This was a very special occasion for us and it was great to be able to welcome so many friends and supporters who have helped us along the way - plus, of course, the world’s press.”

Green Hippo showcased the Hippotizer Chipmunk. The key features of the Hippotizer range, such as RegionMapper, and the soon to be released FlexRes codec, was on display for visitors to see and have a play with.

Harman Professional’s wide variety of brands had many new innovations on show. We delve into its new products below... 

AKG introduced the new CSX IRS10 infrared language distribution system. Ideal for conferencing, tour guide and assistive listening applications, the CSX IRS10 offers 10 channels of digital infrared transmission and uncompromised security. Also introduced was the DMSTetrad digital wireless microphone system, featuring an integrated four-channel mixer, and an antenna front mount kit. With 24bit, 48kHz audio coding.

BSS Audio announced the addition of a cost-effective signal processor to its acclaimed Soundweb London family of digital signal processors. The new Soundweb London BLU-50 represents a premium, open-architecture solution in the form of a highly flexible, cost-effective and scalable package.

dbx announced the introduction of its driveRack PA2 loudspeaker management system, which enables a loudspeaker system to be quickly and accurately optimised for the best-possible sound quality. The PA2 is ideal for bands, musicians and artists who carry their own PA and for a wide range of installed sound applications. 

JBL Professional announced the latest addition to its EON portable loudspeakers with the new EON600 Series. A complete departure from traditional approaches to affordable, self-contained and portable PA systems, the EON600 Series was purposely designed and built from the ground up using JBL’s advanced waveguide technology and proprietary transducers. Also introduced was the latest iteration of its comprehensive software for live sound system configuration and control, JBL HiQnet performance manager version 1.7. New to version 1.7 is support for JBL’s VTX F Series loudspeakers, new circuiting functionality, plus a host of other new capabilities.

Lexicon showcased its complete lineup of plug-in bundles: the PCM total bundle, PCM native reverb plug-in bundle, PCM native effects bundle, LXP native reverb bundle and MXP native reverb bundle.

The MAC Quantum from Martin by Harman made its European debut at the show. Combining an impressive 750W of RGBW LED power with Martin’s market-leading optical system ensures Quantum’s 1:6 zoom operates with maximum output and superior performance. Also introduced were a range of new lighting solutions that include the MAC Quantum Profile, Martin ShowDesigner 6, as well as additions to its VC-Grids and VC-Strips lines. Martin also launched numerous fixtures and showcased its entire Rush line, including the Wizard, MH 4 Beam and PAR 2 RGBW Zoom to name but a few, first introduced in 2013 to wide acclaim from the nightclub, bar, DJ, band and leisure environment markets.

Soundcraft introduced its brand new Vi3000 ’all-in-one’ digital live sound console, offering a host of state-of-the-art features including the groundbreaking internal DSP Soundcraft SpiderCore, a new industrial design, 96 channels to mix, onboard Dante compatibility and much more in a very compact footprint. 

High End Systems was on hand to demonstrate its new Shapeshifter high-powered LED light. Two versions of the product are available: the Shapeshifter C1 (red, green and blue), and the Shapeshifter W1 (white), offering 24,000 and 27,000 lumins respectively. Seven independently controlled modules housed in one moving feature create a multitude of highly defined beams coming together to form an amazing array of effects from the incredibly bold to the ultra subtle.

Inspired Audio showcased the first products from the new mFlex MQ and iQ ranges, which will seek to broaden the product offer with MQ targeting the live performance market and iQ fixed installation. First releases from mFlex MQ will be the MQ12 and MQ15. While the former utilises a 12-inch mid / bass unit, and the later a 15-inch unit, both products share a common 1.4-inch exit HF compression driver on a CD horn.

J&C Joel had another successful show, launching the MagicFX Kabuki System and its new Airmesh fabric. The Kabuki System is a special effect in which a fabric is dropped swiftly from above to conceal or reveal your product, space or performers. It is a purpose-designed system for the event and theatre industries and allows drops and releases to be made safely and reliably. Each power drop can hold up to 20kg making it ideal for some of the heavyweight J&C Joel fabrics too.

The response to JB Lighting’s two product highlights - the Sparx 7 and the Varyscan P8 - was really great among distributors and project planners. Many visitors from the theatre industry came to its stand, due perhaps in no small part to the fact that its A-Series has become a solid parameter in theatres and opera houses throughout Europe.

Kling & Freitag was on hand to show its Passio high-performance speakers with an integrated modular mounting system. The Passio meets the high demands of perfect acoustics as well as offering universal mounting options without sacrificing style. 

K-array launched the Tornado series models for professional install applications and the new all-in-one KA24 and KA84 KA Series amplifiers. In addition, K-array showcased the latest innovative loudspeaker in the Anakonda Series - the Anakonda KAN200+. The Anakonda KAN200+ has been designed with 16 incorporated transducers, which are double the amount compared to its predecessor.   

Kinesys first time exhibiting at Prolight+Sound saw it launch two important new products, which - together with its existing dynamic product ranges - attracted lots of interest and helped create a lively buzz in Hall 9. The two new products launched were Velocity 2 drives and the Mentor range of SIL3 safety controllers, both of which received plenty of attention.

L-Acoustics introduced its K2 and Panflex horizontal steering technology. With K2, L-Acoustics offers K1 performance in a rescaled package. K2 employs the L-Acoustics Panflex, a unique horizontal steering technology which combines mechanically adjustable fins with DSP algorithms effective from 300Hz, the K2 system flexibility makes it suited to both permanent installation and touring applications, from theatre to stadium productions.

Lake launched the latest version of its Lake Controller software, which features a number of key developments aimed at both live sound and large-scale fixed install applications. Across both Lab.gruppen’s PLM Series and Lake LM Series, v6.2 features fully implemented Lake Controller integration with AFMG’s FIRmaker, as well as a range of other benefits. Lab.gruppen also announced the latest release of its IntelliDrive Controller software for its DSP-enabled 1U amplifier platform, IPD Series.

Laserworld presented its ATTO and FEMTO Series. Both series offer very compact laser systems, which are completely equipped with diodes, which guarantee great beam specifications. With their low divergence of 0.8mrad, even longer distance projections are possible. The new fast RayScan scanners, manufactured by the Laserworld subsidiary RTI, come with up to 45kpps at 8° and make the devices perfect for a wide variety of applications. 

Lawo presented Audio mixing consoles of Lawo’s mc Series and the Innovason Eclipse desk at the show. The compact mc56 and mc66 consoles boasted new features, integrating the mc AutoMix feature, which automatically adjusts the levels of active and inactive microphones while keeping a constant ambient level.

LDR announced a new addition, the Astro 200W LED. Designed for the professionals, Astro is the most powerful LED followspot available on the market. The power of the 200W LED module is enhanced by a state of the art optical design, which results in an outstanding light output and a perfect beam shaping at any angle. 

Le Maitre provided further flame units and in excess of 200 pyrotechnics for the awards ceremony. Pyrotechnic products included: large silver airburst; red and green starbursts; line rockets; 30ft red and green mines with tail; 30ft crackle mines; 20ft by 20ft Stage Gerbs; and one 35ft stage gerbs. The company also exhibited  a full product line-up including: Salamander Quad Pro; Salamander; HazeMaster; MVS Hazer; Neutron Hazer; Mini Mist; G300 and GForce Smoke Machines. 

Italian manufacturer Litec showed an array of new products including its new LED Screen Ground Supports. There are eight standard led screen ground supports, based on Towerlift 3, Varitower 3-30, Maxitower 40, Maxitower 52 and Maxitowers 85 and variations are available on request. New diverse crowd barriers, ballast systems and dynamic stack tracks are also new for the company.  LMP was keen to show off the latest edition of its pamphlet magazine: LMP Access. In the Prolight+Sound issue LMP Access divulged details of two new brands under the LMP umbrella: ENTTEC and Lightline.

MA Lighting exhibited its MA VPU light (Video Processing Unit), a smart and compact video control offering nearly the same performance as the successful MA VPU plus and MA VPU basic. The MA VPU light features sophisticated hardware and proven MA software. Furthermore, the in-built screen displays all essential information about the status of the MA VPU light. The MA VPU light offers two DVI-outputs and one VGA-output.

Martin Audio launched its new multi-purpose DD12 two-way loudspeaker system. It combines onboard networking, DSP and Class D amplification with state-of-the-art transducers and differential dispersion horn technology to achieve high fidelity, output capability and coverage consistency across the audience.

MC2 audio produced a limited edition of its flagship E100 amplifier to coincide with its 21st birthday celebrations. Special prominence was given to its S series of amplifiers - having been specified in applications from top-end home cinema to reference studio monitoring.

Merging Technologies showcased its Hapi networked audio interface, providing the same Ravenna / AES67 connectivity as its father - the Horus - serving as an ideal interface for smaller systems. 

Meyer Sound introduced its Lyon line array loudspeaker system, designed for large auditorium installations, as well as tours and festivals. Lyon linear line array loudspeakers are available in two versions: the Lyon-M main line array loudspeaker and the Lyon-W wide-coverage line array loudspeaker. Also making its debut was the MJF-210, the lightest self-powered stage monitor in the Meyer Sound product line.

Music Group had an impressive presence at the show, hosting such prestigious brands as Midas which launched its new 271 channel Pro X console. The AES50 and HyperMAC audio networking provide ultra-low latency performance with true plug and play connectivity, ensuring set-up and configuration times are minimised. Integration comes via IP-compliant third party audio networks, such as Audinate Dante and Cirrus Logic CobraNet, using the Klark Teknik DN9650 Network Bridge. Music Group also had Klark Teknik, Turbosound, Behringer and Bugera products on show. Much talked about was Music Group’s massive new campus currently being built which, when completed in mid-2014, will become home of up to 10,000 employees. The campus will design, build and distribute products for the entire Music Group portfolio.

NEXO previewed its new GEO M6 compact loudspeaker series, a hugely versatile arrayable cabinet design that presents the modern NEXO hallmarks; true modularity, flexibility in use, high SPL output, and exceptional sonic clarity for speech and music reinforcement.

Neo-Neon reported having a great response to its products at the show, especially the exclusive Double Headed Gemini Series of LED moving heads and the Flash Series of LED RGB and White Strobes. The show was also the first public appearance for the newly appointed European Sales and Marketing Director, Darren Jackson.

Next-proaudio debuted its HFA speaker series - fully powered PA systems designed to deliver high output and dynamics, extreme linearity and fidelity for unrivalled performance at a very competitive price. The heart of the new series is a powerful, 2,200W, lightweight, highly efficient class D power amplifier module, with switch mode power supply.

Optocore announced its new DiGiCo software implementation. Already partners with multiple console manufacturers, DiGiCo has advanced OEM Optocore and is running the native 2.21 Optocore protocol. At the stand demonstration, users were able to see each Optocore interface as a part of the combined network, showing how their X6R and V3R microphone preamps can be controlled directly from the console.

Out Board launched the first of a new suite of TiMax networking interfaces dubbed Connectivity by the company. The new MADI-64 and Dante-64 Connectivity devices fit into the rear option slots of the TiMax2 SoundHub audio showcontrol matrix and playback server to provide 64 channels in and out on the respective transport protocols.  

Outline announced its best-selling Eidos range is to further expand with the addition of three new members, the X123W, the 6.5 and the 12 SP. In addition, the Movie Series welcomed a new member with the FX 101.

Pangolin showcased its award-winning lineup of ScannerMAX products, including the Compact-506 and the new Saturn 1 high-performance scanning system, which were on display at its booth projecting three graphics shows, from a single projector, all at the same time, and all at a true 90k scan speed.

Peavey made a presence with its own venue at the show: the Agora Stage. The stage was kitted out entirely with Peavey Commercial Audio equipment including Versarray loudspeakers, Crest amplification, Nion and Digitool processors looking after speaker management. It was also the first test outing for the yet to be released Waves System, which offers simultaneous lighting and audio controlling in one console.

Philips Entertainment’s four premier brands - Selecon, Showline, Strand Lighting, and Vari-Lite - debuted a raft of exciting new products. Philips Vari-Lite unveiled the VL4000 Spotlight, Showline Premiered the SL NITRO 510C, Selecon premiered the LED RAMA Fresnel, and Strand Lighting unveiled its brand new expandable control system.

Making its debut at this year’s show, Pioneer Professional Audio showcased its flagship GS-Wave series club system, released in 2013, and its XY series professional installation speakers. The show proved incredibly successful for the Pro Audio team with the GS-Wave series commanding a great deal of interest from influential Pro Audio distributors, end users and members of the press.  

Powersoft unveiled its X Series, consisting of two models. The X8 is the largest amplifier in the range, boasting eight channels in a 2U chassis, while the X4 features four channels in a single rack unit. Both models share the same power density, being capable of delivering up to 5,200W at two ohms per channel.

PR Lighting previewed a new flagship LED moving head and no fewer than six other, fully featured lighting projectors: the XLED 2007 Beam, the XR230 Spot, the XR330 Spot, the XR1000 Spot, the XR1000 Beam, the LED Studio 3400 and the Car Show Lamp.

Prolyte launched a series of new products including the LinLine deck, the LiteStructures range of truss, the AETOS controllers and the 250kg hoist. The stand was frequently brimming with people, there were some really productive meetings, and some great feedback on numerous products launched at the show. 

Pulsar launched the LumaFlood 130i and the LumaWash 130i. These two LED lighting fixtures combine high power, high efficacy and white LEDs to output up to 13,000 Lumens with a rated power of just 13W.

When RCF last year took the decision to overhaul its pioneering TT22-A and TT25-A speakers from its Theatre & Touring range, the new RDNet-ready TT1-A, TT2-A and TT5 represented a significant upgrade in specs.

Explained Director of R&D, Alessandro Manini: “What we have with the new TT22-A II and TT25-A II is precisely that. These are two multi-purpose systems that offer great value - carrying less weight but offering greater flexibility - they look better and are better presented. Also included in the new range is the TT25-CXA (Coaxial Active) monitor.

Renkus-Heinz displayed its full line of Iconyx steerable line array systems. Full IC Live and IC Live Dual systems were also on display, as well as IC2, and all configurations of third-generation Iconyx IC-R-II systems with triple tweeter technology.

Riedel presented its MN-ST-AL-2, the company’s new MediorNet expansion card for Studer consoles. The MN-ST-AL-2 card provides two ports, each with redundant interfaces, for connecting Studer mixing consoles via the Studer A-Link protocol.

Celebrating its 20th year, Robe introduced several new products including the LEDBeam 1000, CycFX 4, PARFect 100 and the Actor 3, 6 and 12. Also on display from Robe were a series of new battery powered products - a result of Robes recent investment in UK company GDS, manufacturer of the LiteWare series of battery powered LED products.

Robert Juliat exhibited its range of lighting fixtures and showcased its expertise in followspot design with examples of its Lancelot, Cyrano and Victor followspots on the stand.

Roland Systems Group launched its S-2416 Stage Unit. The new Roland S-2416 digital snake stage unit expands the current line up by offering 24 analogue pre-amps and 16 analogue outputs. The S-2416 also hosts an eight by eight AES / EBU port to provide a digital input / output environment enabling direct connection to speaker processors, amps and other devices.  

Sennheiser’s interactive stand with live music and DJs formed the backdrop for its MK8 studio microphone launch. The long-awaited sister model to the MK 4, this professional recording microphone features five switchable polar patterns (omni-directional, wide cardioid, cardioid, super-cardioid, figure-of-eight) to adapt to any recording situation. Sennheiser also unveiled its 1.8 GHz– to the benchmark Digital 9000 system wireless microphone systems.

SGM celebrated several milestones at the show. First, Michael Herweg, head of SGM Deutschland GmbH, was able to present Fürth based dry hire company, Motion Light with a special golden P-5 to mark the 1000th sale of the high-selling / high-powered energy efficient wash light. In addition, PRG placed a massive order of 250 P-5’s with SGM UK.

ShowLED unveiled its curtain Animation Hybrid; designed for the biggest set up possible, yet still a very budget friendly solution. It is both immersible and highly UV-resistant. It has a standard LED density of 25 / 33 / 42 LEDs / yd squared, and allows individual programming and control of each LED.

Sommer Cable once again presented its product portfolio at its 100sqm large booth. The focus of attention lay on the novelties from its in-house brand Cardinal DVM, who announced the broadening of its DVM 120 series with the single-channel model versions DVM-120-DIS and DVM-120-DISH.

Spotlight exhibited its FollowLED 250 RGBW, a world first offering full RGBW LED illumination with only 300W and a sophisticated optical system. The design allows illumination in an area of approximately six meters wide and seven meters in height, positioned at a distance from the backdrop of only one and a half meters.

Solid State Logic announced a trio of major new developments for its acclaimed Duende Native range. The three new plug-ins complement the existing range with two plug-ins (X-Saturator and X-ValveComp) designed to bring some analogue saturation and distortion emulation to your digital DAW and the third (X-Phase) delivering high precision frequency specific phase correction. Visitors to its booth could enjoy a demonstation of the SSL Live Console which featured the new V2 software, enabling more than 25 new features to the desk.

Steinigke Showtechnic presented three Infinity models to add to Futurelight’s range: the DMH-75 spotlight with its powerful 75W LED, rotating gobos, many colors, motorised focus and a rotating prism; the PLB-130 beam with its Osram Sirius HRI 132W discharge lamp and the Eye-7 RGBW with Seven Quadcolour LEDs. 

Symetrix co-exhibited on the stand of German distributor Trius with a selection of its most popular solutions for installed applications and an upgraded version of SymNet Composer software. One of the key appearances was the latest version of SymNet Composer software - a product that offers user-intuitive experience for integrators.

There were many new products to be seen on Tarm Showlaser’s stand. Among these included the LaserDot, an ultra-compact DMX controllable laserdiode with 1.5W output in red, green and blue; and the Tarm LaserJacket - a product that has already been enthusing audiences. Ralf Lottig, Managing Director, drew positive conclusions from the show, and stated: “We made a lot of new contacts and had many interesting conversations. The show provided the ideal platform for our customers to experience our newest products through live demonstrations.”

Universal-Effects presented in preview three new brands at the show: United FX - customisable, specially created for the DJs and small clubs; Design Aroma - fragrance diffuser and bright design, a new range destined for any professional or business sector; and finally Premium Fluid - a new range of fluids with a revolutionary concept of new packaging - both economic, practical and ecological.

VER enjoyed fresh interest from new clients based in the Middle East, especially with regard to its higher resolution products on display such as the Revolution RS5, a 5mm indoor / outdoor product which was used during Bruno Mars’ set on the Superbowl Half Time show. 

Verlinde added a heavy loads version to its range of new generation Stagemaker SR hoists. With its one-metric ton lifting capacity, Stagemaker SR10 is ideal for the handling of grids and scenographic equipment of large capacity. Stagemaker SR hoists are the only ones on the market to be equipped as standard with double brake, special Chainflux chain guide, patented Perfect Push hoist load wheel, retractable carrying grips and protective rubber coating where necessary.

Visual Productions showed its latest innovation with the product launch of Cuety: Lighting Control for iOS. Cuety is a new generation lighting controller that can transform an Apple iPad into a powerful lighting console. The app works together with the new LPU-1 lighting engine.

Vue Audiotechnik officially introduced its new hs-20 subwoofer with Active Compliance Management (ACM) technology. Originally developed for the highly praised hs-28 and hs-25 systems, Vue’s patent-pending ACM technology combines a unique hybrid transducer alignment with sophisticated onboard electronics to deliver more output and low frequency impact than more conventional vented designs, while minimising the need to increase overall enclosure dimensions.

White Light debuted its latest exclusive product - the 150W Phoenix LED profile from American manufacturer Altman Lighting. The 150W Phoenix shares the same high quality optics and functional features as its compliment, the award-winning 250W Phoenix LED, but offers lower power consumption and a fan-less convection cooling system for drastically reduced noise.

Wireless Solution announced the debut of its new W-DMX triple band technology which will meet the latest European-wide regulations, with 5.2GHz in all W-DMX BlackBox and ProBox units as standard. With the 5.2GHz frequency, the maximum allowed output power is 200mW, which will provide a distance of approximately 100mW output power on the 2.4GHz.

XTA followed on from the success of its flagship DP548 dynamic management system by introducing its newest family member, the DP544. The DP544 includes all the features of the DP548 but now comes in a four input - four-output format. Other products on show included the 4 Series, DC1048 installation management, the DS8000 and the DS8000D digitally enabled audio distribution, as well as live connected AudioCore and iCore.

While the launch of the QL series digital mixing consoles was the headline event of Yamaha’s presence at the show, Yamaha also unveiled the brand new R Remote, a software solution that allows engineers to control the head amps of R Series I /O units from a Windows PC - already being used on at least one touring production.


Prolight+Sound 2015 takes place on April 15-18