March 2010 Issue 127
TPi brings you the headlines from 2010’s ISE direct from the show floor in Amsterdam...
Organisers of the seventh Integrated Systems Europe trade show, which took place at the Amsterdam RAI from February 2-4, reported the most successful event in its history, in terms of visitor numbers.
The 2010 event had a 14.4% increase on visitor numbers compared to 2009, with the figure reaching 28,489. Many of the 640 exhibitors showcased new and innovative products and projects from the worlds of digital signage, professional audio, collaborative conferencing, LED technology and building automation.
Completing the ISE experience were education sessions organised by CEDIA and InfoComm, along with seminars in the theatre.
Allen & Heath highlighted the newly launched iDR-16 3U MixRack and iLive-R72 rackmountable control surface, which together provide a space saving, lightweight digital live mixing system.
The Soundweb London BLU-100, the latest addition to the London family of digital signal processors by BSS Audio represents a premium, open-architecture solution in the form of a highly flexible, cost-effective and scalable package and was on show at ISE for visitors to sample.
Soundcraft released a new range of small multi-purpose mixers, some with integral digital FX, bearing the name of the now-legendary Notepad series. The new Notepad 102, 124 and 124 FX models boast Soundcraft audio performance with the acclaimed GB30 mic pre-amp and EQ technology in a highly compact and solid chassis.
Yamaha introduced a new version of its popular M7CL console — the M7CL-48ES — and a software upgrade for all existing M7CLs. M7CL-48ES replaces the 48 internal mic pre-amps with two EtherSound ports.
Kling & Freitag presented the prototype of the Sona Sub. This passive subwoofer system is the ideal bass extension of the Sona 5 for any kind of media installation.
Christie launched two new projectors, the Christie LX505 and Christie LX605. Targeted to the Pro A/V market, these versatile projectors offer the latest in LCD technology enhancements. Christie also introduced the new digital canvas, Christie MicroTiles, based on display technology that creates a virtually seamless digital canvas in almost any size/shape.
L-Acoustics introduced the new Soundvision 1.6 electro-acoustic simulation software.
Lab.gruppen teamed up with a number of prominent pro audio manufacturers to provide a special training seminar on Audinate’s Dante networking solution.
It was the ISE début for DiGiCo’s new SD8-24 and EX-007 consoles, launched last September. The SD8-24 packs all the punch that has made the entry-level SD8 console such a phenomenal success, but in a footprint which is less than a metre wide.
The EX-007 is designed to substantially increase the number of available faders and number of channels controllable at any one time on a DiGiCo SD7 mixing console.
Among the products on the Tannoy stand was the recently launched and award-winning QFlex range of self-powered digital beam-steering array loudspeakers, specifically designed to overcome intelligibility problems associated with highly reverberant surroundings.
Martin Professional exhibited a range of indoor and outdoor LED display systems, as well as other product innovations like an advanced video signal processor, a complete range of automated moving head luminaires and user-friendly lighting controllers and media servers.
Out Board showcased the TiMax2 SoundHub processor controlled by a Crestron remote touch-panel, using Out Board’s new AVControl ethernet interface, which is also configured for AMX and Medialon control systems.
Sonus celebrated the sale of its 5,000th Sonus ZX compact line source at ISE, whilst at the same time introducing an even better sounding and more flexible compact line source, the Sonus Pipeline 2N.
By the end of day three, more than 83% of the exhibition space had already been booked up for ISE 2011 which will take place at the Amsterdam RAI from February 1-3 2011.