April 2010 Issue 128
TPi presents a snapshot of the new products showcased in Frankfurt at the industry’s biggest entertainment technology trade fair...
Nicknamed the ‘Red Snapper’, DiGiCo’s crimson-hued SD9 is the company’s new and most exceptionally priced mixing system to date. It’s a complete, integrated system that includes the mixing surface, a D-Rack digital stage interface and CAT5E digital multicore, with the additional ability to simultaneously record 56 channels direct to multitrack software or a DAW.
The SD9’s work surface features a giant full colour digital TFT LCD touch sensitive screen, 24 full-length motorised faders with touch-sensitive fader caps, high resolution bar graph meters, quick access encoders and buttons plus user-defined RGB backlit LCD scribble strips.
Most impressive of all, the SD9 includes the third generation Stealth Digital Processing software — its Super FPGA technology incorporates floating point processing for superior headroom, dynamic range and audio quality. It all adds up to a package that might just make a few competitors see red!
Line 6 made its surprise first steps into the pro audio world with the release of its revolutionary XD-V70 and XD-V70L digital wireless microphone systems.
An industry leader in digital modelling technology and known for its guitar-related products, Line 6 is the first company to develop digital wireless microphones that can be used anywhere in the world, licence free. (Read our Line 6 feature next month.)
The show marked Adamson’s launch of its Eklipsa series of horizontal arrays as well as the expansion of the M Series family of floor monitors. The Eklipsa array is available in both a 12” bi-amped version and a 15” bi-amped version. Both the Eklipsa 12 and Eklipsa 15 arrays boast Adamson’s Advanced Cone Architecture together with Adamson’s patented High Frequency Wave Shaping technology.
Lab.gruppen unveiled the new flagship of the acclaimed PLM (Powered Loudspeaker Management) Series systems. The new PLM 20000Q seamlessly integrates two fully-featured modules of Lake Processing with four channels of power amplification, each rated at 5,000W output.
This prodigious output capacity makes the PLM 20000Q the most powerful four-channel amplifier solution on the market. Because everything is housed in a 2U chassis weighing a modest 17kg (37lbs), the PLM 20000Q affords unprecedented power density for even greater utility in all types of sound reinforcement applications.
ProLight+Sound 2010 saw the unveiling of a new corporate image makeover for French digital console brand, InnovaSon. The move coincides with the arrival of a new international sales director, Marcel Babazadeh.
RCF presented new compact active speakers to the TT+ range, namely the TT051-A and TT052-A, along with the new TTL11A digitally steerable array. With the addition of the new TTS25-A subwoofer, the new column array becomes a powerful, compact and high definition live sound system.
The Art 4 Series is the new addition to the Art series portable speakers from RCF that combine the legendary audio quality and toughness of the Art 3 Series with the latest digital Digipro amplification technology developed for the ART 7 Series. RCF also expanded its legendary Precision Transducers range with new, top class neodymium coaxial designs.
Optocore was spreading the word about its new compact fibre line system, OptoRack, developed in conjunction with Wigwam’s rental division. The new data returns system provides a flexible solution to the restrictions which many hire/production companies are finding with CAT5 cable systems. (Read more in our May issue’s dedicated report.)
Meyer Sound exhibited Mina, the newest and smallest member of the acclaimed Milo family of self-powered line array loudspeakers that includes Milo, Mica and M’elodie. Mina is designed for live sound and installation applications facing size and weight limitations. It still benefits from the directional vertical coverage of a Meyer Sound line array.
Sennheiser launched its new EarSet microphones and introduced new product versions in its 3000 and 5000 professional series. With the EarSet 1 (omni-directional response) and EarSet 4 (cardioid response), Sennheiser is introducing its first single-sided earworn microphones for the stage and broadcasting. The new versions of the SK 5212 bodypack transmitter and EM 3732 twin receiver are available now.
QSC followed last year’s launch of its powered K Series with the introduction of the KW Series. Building on the same successful platform as the ABS-moulded K Series, it has been engineered to produce the same outstanding performance, but this time in a more compact, second generation wooden enclosure.
Shure’s newest in-ear monitoring system, the PSM 900 has exceptional audio quality, robust RF performance and innovative features allowing for ease of use and quick set-up.
d&b audiotechnik introduced the new E6 loudspeaker, which is destined to replace the d&b E3. The E6 is a high performance multi-purpose cabinet employing an integrated 6.5”/1” exit coaxial driver design with neodymium magnet and constant directivity horn loading, producing a maximum SPL of 123dB when powered by the d&b D12 amp.
Alcons Audio is bringing its pro-ribbon technology to the touring and larger installation markets with the LR24 system, the culmination of three years’ work by Alcons MD Tom Back and his team.
With 15dB less distortion than equivalent products in the mid-size line array category, the LR24 system sets new benchmarks in SPL, projection control and sound quality. The system comprises line array, line array bass, ground-stacked subs, multi-channel amplification and processing.
French loudspeaker manufacturer APG launched two brand new cabinets to its Dispersion Series — the DX15 and DX12 — and presented its new Uniline line array system, along with the new-generation multi-purpose monitor speaker, the SMX15. A new departure for APG, Uniline is the company’s first line array product.
The show saw the world première of Camco’s new V8 high-performance Class H amplifier, delivering 8,800W of power whether in 2 Ohm or 4 Ohm mode. The first of three planned additions to the Camco Vortex Series, the V8 shows off a new design aesthetic and streamlined user interface. In this brand-new format, the control of all parameters is via screen display and gain sliders.
The new KARA modular line source system was the main event on the L-Acoustics stand. Inspired by the K1 stadium system, KARA delivers the highest performance for the rental market. The system features a compact size and lightweight enclosure complying with rigging and visual limitations and the complementary SB18 subwoofer for reinforced LF contour applications.
The team from Bosch Communications Systems presented the latest from Dynacord and Electro-Voice. In response to numerous requests, Dynacord has developed the D 8A; the powered version of the popular D8 system from the D-Lite series, and the D 11A — a 2 x 400W Class D power amplifier, an electronic crossover and loudspeaker EQ.
Dynacord also exhibited the network-capable digital sound system processor DSP 600 and the new PowerSub 112, an extremely compact high-powered subwoofer.
Electro-Voice has raised the bar for pro audio electronics design with the new Dx46 FIR-Drive Sound System Processor, which extends the legacy of such legendary DSPs as the Dx34, Dx38 and NetMax N8000, combining ease of use and flexibility of control with the industry’s most advanced DSP technology: FIR-Drive.
Highlighted on the Allen & Heath stand was the newly-launched iDR-16 3U MixRack and iLive-R72 rack-mountable control surface, which together provide a space saving, lightweight digital live mixing system, bringing the same power, sonic performance and flexibility of the larger touring iLive systems to a significantly lower price point.
Nexo released its second product in the patented Ray Sub Series, first revealed 15 months ago and which has, in a short time, set new standards in versatility for subwoofers, re-igniting the cardioid/omnidirectional debate while proving successful in both touring and fixed installations.
With a frequency response of 31Hz-100Hz, the new RS18 is a compact 2x18” sub that performs equally ably in both directional and omni-directional modes, offering impressive output figures such as 143–146dB Peak (2x1,750W to 2 x 4,000/8Ω) in Omni mode, and 140–143dB Peak (2x1,750W to 2 x 4.000/8Ω) in Directional mode.
Nexo introduced its new concert sound specialist, revered FOH engineer and system designer Stuart Kerrison, who joins the company in the role of international touring manager, tasked with supporting current GEO Series users and encouraging new rental partners into the international network.
During the show, Link announced that it has executed a licence agreement with Audinate to implement Dante in Link’s DGlink stage box system, which will enhance the audio transport capabilities of the self-configuring, plug-and-play digital audio network while making it more flexible.
Klotz, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, presented a new, multi-functional, fourfold DI-Box that offers additional functions besides balancing. The ergonomic and space saving device was designed especially for groups of instruments on stage and represents a sub-stagebox with DI functionality.
For assignments that exceed normal strain, Klotz supplies a new generation of fibre optic cables for mobile use, the F-MF02F5U (Ultra) and F-MF02F5X (eXtreme).
As usual, the Harman empire of brands had much to shout about. With the Vi Series now firmly established, Soundcraft has taken the digital platform to another, more affordable level with the release of the new Vi1 console. Many users have asked for a smaller, lower-priced desk that still has the acclaimed Vistonics user interface, and the optimal sound quality established with the Vi Series — the Vi1 is the new solution.
AKG showed its new Perception Live series of microphones which features the P2, P4, P3S and P5 models. AKG has also updated its System Architect plug-in for the HUB 4000 Q to version 3.5 with the introduction of the Harman System Architect 2.1 release which allows greater compatibility between HiQnet devices from Harman Pro brands.
BSS Audio added a cost-effective signal processor to its acclaimed Soundweb London family of digital signal processors. The new Soundweb London BLU-100 represents a premium, open-architecture solution in the form of a highly flexible, cost-effective and scalable package.
Crown announced the next generation line of XLS Series amplifiers, providing a new benchmark for amplifiers in the MI category. The new PA+ builds on the strong reputation of the DriveRack PA by staying true to its predecessor while providing more great features and improved functionality.
JBL Professional exhibited its new VerTec line array sub-compact models. The VT4886 passive line array element and VT4883 cardioid-arrayable subwoofer are the smallest VerTec models to date, based upon many of the same acoustical design principles found in larger-scale VerTec systems as used on tour by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Lenny Kravitz and Gwen Stefani, at a size and price suitable for more intimate performance venues.
The brand also introduced its new DPDA (DrivePack Digital Audio) input module with BSS Omnidrive HD signal processing onboard, for use with all JBL DrivePack-equipped powered speaker systems.
Lexicon’s new Stereo Reverb/Effects Processor, the PCM92, utilises the latest DSP technology and the finest collection of classic Lexicon algorithms to offer the ultimate processor.
Out Board showed a preview of the TiMax SoundHub’s imminent S-Version audio show control software, whose features include multitrack timeline cue programming, clip editing, looping and volume-profiling plus waveform-based pan programming.
SoundHub was demonstrated with the TiMax Tracker real-time location system for tracking presenters, performers, attraction visitors and conference delegates to control audio localisation, playback, lighting and media servers.
Based on the four-channel DA 428 digital amplifier, K.M.E.’s new two-channel DA 230 is equipped with comprehensive DSP features like matrix router, six fully parametric EQs, two crossover networks, delay and dynamic processor per channel. As well as exhibiting in Hall 8.0, K.M.E. took part in the outdoor Concert Sound Arena with its Pano line array.
Powersoft’s Armonía Pro Audio Suite was on constant demo. A truly global tool that’s available in seven languages, Armonía’s features include LiveImpedance measurement with musical signal, TruePower limiting, and Active DampingControl. Armonía will be communicating with five new amplifier models in the M Series — two four-channel and three two-channel models ranging from 360W to over 1,500W per channel, with one rack unit and little more than 7kg.
Kling & Freitag presented three new innovations. The Sona Sub subwoofer joins the InstallSound range, while the Nomos XLC cardioid 3 x 18” sub has been added to the ProRental series. Also new is the Scena 15, a coaxial 15” stage monitor which satisfies all onstage requirements.
Upgraded wireless systems in Audio-Technica’s 2000, 3000, 4000 and 5000 Series made their Frankfurt début. The 2000a Series benefits from significant updates to receivers and transmitters, while the improved 3000b Series now offers up to 1,001 selectable UHF frequencies in six European bands. Improvements to the 4000a and 5000a Series include a new backlit LCD on transmitters and a new v3.0 of the AEW Control Interface Software.
ASL showed the DS 4000 M Master Matrix — the central element of a basic ASL Digital Intercom system for up to 40 users that can be expanded to accommodate up to 240 users by linking up to six DS 4000 M or DS 4000 S units.
DPA Microphones’ 4099 clip mic range has now been expanded with two new additions: the 4099B and 4099C, with mounting accessories designed specifically for bass and cello, respectively. All 4099 condenser microphones feature supercardioid polar patterns for high rejection and superior gain-before-feedback.
Eighteen Sound introduced several new loudspeaker models. The 18NLW9000 is a 3,600W, 5.3” ISV inside-outside winding voice coil, high performance 18” neodymium subwoofer. The 18NLW9400 is a 2,400W program, 4” ISV I/O winding voice coil, 18” neodymium sub, and the NSD1424BTN is a 1.4” exit, nitride titanium, 2.4” voice coil, HF compression driver.
Fohhn Audio won a MIPA award (in the Pro Audio category of Portable Sound) for its Linea Focus electronically steerable line array systems.
Yamaha announced the new BR ‘Bass Reflex’ series of five passive speaker models, all of which deliver high output right across the frequency range, significantly out-performing more expensive audio solutions.
Celestion introduced of the CDX1-1445 — a low profile, 1” exit ferrite magnet compression driver — and the CDX14-2420, a neodymium magnet, titanium dome compression driver. This product features a “next generation” phase plug, using patented technology that results in a more accurate sonic performance.
The Ersa Major is Ohm’s all new integrated line array, run in four-way active mode with Class D amplifiers flown in the array. The matching dual 18” PUKK subs can be flown or ground stacked. The mid/high cabinet has dual Ohm 10” mid-range woofers with a coaxial compression driver mounted on a proprietary waveguide.
Outline’s new wares ranged from an infra-sub with very high transduction efficiency (the LAB 21 HS SP) through a 3D acoustic simulation software package able to import dxf files (Openarray) to new amplifiers fitted with a USB interface and processor (DPA Series). The Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. VLA is now equipped with i-Mode technology and designed to offer “power over Ethernet”. Outline also unveiled EIDOS, an original series of loudspeaker enclosures for fixed installations.
Ateis Europe took a big leap forward in the development of its PA and voice alarm loudspeakers with the launch of the Messenger G2 and Orbit ranges.
LIGHT & VISION
Robe introduced no less than 11 new products. The Robin series of moving lights is expanded to include a powerful and versatile 600 range and a Classic 300 range of fully-featured, value-conscious units. The ColorBeam 2500E AT is added to Robe’s AT Series, taking the concept of concentrated high powered light sources into a new dimension, and Light4ce is a new range of indoor and outdoor LED fixtures.
Among the significant new products on the SGM stand was the brand new Ribalta Full Color. Thanks to its unusual horizontal design, Ribalta Full Color will diffuse uniform light, maintaining a consistent level of intensity and even light coverage. SGM’s new Stilo Led is an innovative LED colour-changer; Palco Full Color, the latest technical evolution of the Palco 3.
Kreios G, the new LED luminaire by Osram, is the first LED module suitable for use in gobo projectors, replacing the traditionally used 50W halogen luminaires and impressing with its high light output and small dimensions.
B&K Braun was showcasing its new premium brands. The Ignition range is a high quality line of LED lighting, including LED PARs, spots and blinders for professional applications, whilst the Kapego brand boasts the newest LED technology and highly flexible products that can be fitted together in a multitude of formats.
Amongst the lighting products on LED pioneer GLP’s stand was the Meisterstück — a 600W RGBW LED moving light for TV and theatre, based on numerous LDs’ requests for a better quality beam, no visible diodes, no pixels, and no split-colour shadows.
On the control side, MA Lighting highlighted its evolving hardware and software of the grandMA2 platform. With the development of the MA VPU (Video Processing Unit) MA Lighting has expanded its system solution with a fast, easy-to-use and powerful video control facility.
Global Design Solutions (GDS) showcased the LiteWare HO (High Output), a high output version of the original model, offering 80W of LED power. Designed to be completely compatible with the existing LiteWare range, the LiteWare HO product is the same footprint as the standard version and is calibrated to deliver colour-matched output.
Also launched was GDS’s TCP-IP CueSystem, a networked cue light system which bridges the gap for stage management environments.
ProLight+Sound 2010 marked the début of the first Alpha version of Coolux’s new BlackBox — a combination of hardware, positioning, interconnecting, communicating and speed for entertainment production.
Compulite displayed its new compact and powerful Vector Violet and Vector Ultra Violet consoles that come in sleek, compact and affordable packaging.
Philips Entertainment demonstrated the myriad strengths of its product lines from Philips Vari-Lite, Color Kinetics, Strand and Selecon. New from Philips Vari-Lite were the Vari*Lite VL550CD Wash and VL1100CD luminaires, the latest in eco-friendly lighting.
Color Kinetics débuted its powerful new TRX series of five-colour RGBAW luminaires while Philips Selecon showed the new Stage and Studio Wash luminaire, which uses three VLX Wash LED light engines to produce light levels similar to a 1.2kW fresnel or PC spot with a power consumption of only 400W.
ETC’s stand featured Selador’s Vivid Ice. Providing a palette of brilliant deep indigo, blue, cyan, green (and a touch of red), a Vivid Ice was set up beside a 575W PAR luminaire fitted with a Roscolux 80 Primary Blue gel, in order to compare brightness and accuracy of colour. Visitors were overwhelmingly impressed by the results: the LED fixture was proven to be nearly 15 times as bright as the PAR.
Robert Juliat showed the prototype of its AledIN LED profile — the first product of its type to achieve significant output and superlative framing and projection ability from an extremely low-powered LED light source.
Martin Professional exhibited its growing range of creative visual solution products. They included the cutting-edge MAC 350 Entour LED profile, the high-output MAC III Performance moving head profile, the next generation M1 lighting controller, the Easypix plug-and-play modular LED striplight, and from the Jem range, the upgraded Jem ZR33 Hi-MassT fog machine.
Coemar presented Infinity M, the “future-proof” new range of projectors. Available in ACL, Spot and Wash models, Infinity M products are so versatile that they will also be able to adjust to bulbs that may be designed in the future, as well as to the very current 575W fast-fit. As powerful as 1,200W projectors, they consume up to half the energy due to the quality of the parts used.
Clay Paky’s new Mirage is an innovative LED display consisting of thin horizontal bars alternated with gaps which give it an approximately 50% transparency ratio. The display consists of 640 x 640mm square modules that may be daisy-chained.
Starring on the AC-ET stand was the new Chroma-Q Color Force 72 (1.8m) and 48 (1.2m) LED batten range, featuring a mighty 12,000/8,000 lumens light output for lighting cycs of up to a 8m drop. Combined with an enhanced RGBA colour spectrum, a CRI of 92, theatrical grade dimming and all the benefits of LED technology, the Color Force is the ideal multi-purpose colour-changing fixture.
Cooper Controls introduced the ZerOS iPhone Remote App which allows users to remotely control the ZerOS consoles using a standard wireless network. The ZerOS iPhone Remote works with the Orb, Leap Frog 48, Leap Frog 96 and Frog 2 consoles. The company also débuted State Automation’s Solution Optical Fibre Dimmer Racks — the first fixed installation racks with an integrated Ethernet connection.
For those seeking an instant source of high quality media content, Green Hippo has launched Hippofeed — a range of DVDs featuring 50 PAL video clips in an easy-to-load, Hippotizer-friendly format, priced at £150. Contact Stephanie@green-hippo.com for info.STAGING, TRUSS &
Lift Turn Move announced a new partnership with COW Lifting Technology at the show, after buying 100% of the shares in the Aichach-based manufacturer of BGV C1 and SIL 3 chain hoists, winch and control systems.
The two companies presented their complementary solutions for most lifting and control applications, from a standard theatre hand winch to an automated BGV C1 hoist and control solution with variable speed, positional control and load monitoring.
Litec, together with master distributor Columbus McKinnon, has produced a new line of electric chain hoists named EXE-Lodestar, complying with BGV-C1 standards. Litec showed two new High Load roof systems that are cheap and easy to set up, supplied with self-extinguishing roof sheets, consist entirely of aluminium parts and are made up with almost exclusively standard elements.
It was similarly the world preview of Tomcat’s new Tomcat One Tower, which accommodates both trusses Tomcat One 390 and 290. Tomcat One Tower is now available with a new base, new outriggers and new stabilisers to make it become even more secure.
Litestructures presented the next generation LiteTower290 EVO. Building on the success of the original LiteTower290, the new LiteTower290 EVO is even faster and easier to assemble whilst maximising the fundamental benefits of strong, lightweight all-aluminium construction.
LitePro520 is the company’s latest addition to the LitePro high performance truss range which offers robust frame solutions.
Litestructures also showed the production version of its innovative LiteConsole performance platform, as previewed at PLASA08.
Nordic Staging Systems showcased its range of modular and lightweight podiums, cable bridges, and its flagship, easy-to-handle Nordic Staging System and Nordic Crowd Barriers.
Movecat presented the new I-Motion Basic Show Controller. The compact system controls kinetic drives for mobile and flexible project applications. Suitable for up to 72 drives, it is capable of controlling and supervising any application involving D8, D8 Plus and C1 drives, whether fixed or variable speed.
LASERS, EFFECTS & MORE
Arcstream AV has exclusively partnered with Ray Laser Technologies (RTI) to launch the new Nano laser range which was being demoed at their booth. It is a range of OPS, full colour laser systems ranging from 10W to 42W; the flagship model being the Nano Rainbow, reportedly the first and only OPS laser on the market with six individual wavelengths.
Lobo staged its new products — including ‘Bliss’, a new generation of diode lasers — on an impressive stand behind an astonishing hologram-like walk-through projection of its revolving logo. The effect was achieved with the company’s latest Holo Flow mist screens and a conventional video projector.
Hazebase showcased the Base Blizzard DMX Snow Machine, which has a variable speed allowing a light or heavy falling snow effect of dry or paper snow.
Last but not least, Rental Management Systems (RMS) showcased its complete planning and calculation software for rental companies, which is an easy-to-use management tool that incorporates built-in calendars, graphical plan boards, reservation details and pricing methods, as well as planning crew, transport, set up and breakdown activities.
RMS has a unique multisites capacity where branches can share all information through the Internet.
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