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Integrated Systems Europe 2011

March 2011 - Issue 139

2011’s ISE show was the biggest av expo in Europe. TPi was amongst the record-breaking crowd...

This year, the annual Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam (February 1-3) had recognisably grown in both size and numbers, with a frantic show floor buzzing with visitors and positive feedback from every stand we dropped by.

Exhibitor numbers increased to over 700, visitor numbers rose by 22% to reach over 34,000 and the addition of two new halls saw the show’s gross floor area rise to 26,650m2. ISE 2012 has already sold out with re-bookings, and Hall 7 will be added to cope with demand.

ISE is the most important European event for anyone involved in AV solutions and electronic systems integration, whether related to event production, digital signage, visualisation, lighting control, unified communications or building automation. It’s also a pivotal launch platform for a multitude of new products...

Nexo debuted the first production models of its new 45°N-12 monitor loudspeaker, which introduces the new concept of line monitoring to stage sound. With its super low profile, the new wedge will appeal to anyone with concerns for sightlines and camera angles for stage and screen productions.

For its inaugural appearance at the exhibition, d&b audiotechnik was running demos of its new White range of integration loudspeakers, the xS-Series and the xA-Series. They open up the market for d&b to supply loudspeaker solutions for small or large installations, no matter what the colour, size or performance requirement is.

DiGiCo exhibited alongside its Dutch distributor TM Audio. As well as its flagship SD7 and mid-sized SD8 desks, the entry level SD9 and the new SDRack were on show, demonstrating DiGiCo’s commitment to the install market. The newest addition to DiGiCo’s SD Series of consoles is the SD9. This integrated system includes the mix surface, a D-Rack digital stage interface and Cat5E digital multicore.

Tannoy and Lab.gruppen jointly exhibited at the show for the first time with the international debut of the new Tannoy VX Series. The whole range of cabinets were on display including examples of the self-powered variant VXP Series, boasting newly developed integrated Lab.gruppen amplification.

Yamaha Commercial Audio Europe announced a new line of audio products designed for the contractor installation markets, produced exclusively for the company by Spanish manufacturer, Equipson SA.
On the AVnu Alliance stand was Lab X Technologies’ latest AVB Ethernet Switch, Titanium 411. The unit is designed specifically to meet the ever-changing, demanding needs of AV-networking applications.

As a market leader in cinema sound, Alcons Audio was invited to provide the sound system for the new 3D Theatre at the show, which consisted of a 5.1 surround system, based on three Alcons CRMS (15” LF, 8” MF, 4” pro-ribbon HF) front systems, two CB181/362 subwoofers and 10 CRMS surround speakers (which feature 8” MF and 4” pro-ribbon HF).
Meyer Sound was running live demonstrations of the Constellation acoustic system. Installed in world-class venues including the Nokia Concert Hall in Estonia, Constellation employs multiple small, self-powered loudspeakers in conjunction with patented VRAS digital signal processing algorithms to create variable acoustical environments with stunning effect. 

QSC ran a programme of back-to-back presentations over the three days which predominantly focused on its Q-Sys Integrated System Platform.

Targeting the challenges of modern indoor installations, the new Vortis series from HK Audio comprises of six high-performance full-range cabinets, all available with three different types of rotatable horns, thus allowing a total of 36 variants. Also on display was Elements, a scalable line source system.

RCF showcased its wide selection of Commercial Audio and Installed Sound products aimed for the AV, commercial audio and installations market segment. There were products from the advanced VSA digital steerable array, Forum Congress Systems, Evacuation Systems and a range of its different speaker, amplifier and audio source segments.

Optocore’s mission to deliver more energy-efficient, higher-capacity and cost-competitive product upgrades under the ‘R’ banner, has taken on new momentum with the announcement of the DD4MR-FX and DD2FR-FX dual MADI, video and data network devices. They have been designed for compatibility with Optocore’s new Cat5-based SANE platform, allowing up to 256 channels over Cat5.

The result of EAW’s partnership formed with Lab.Gruppen and Powersoft last June is a comprehensive sound system with the KF740 as its foundation, coupled with other key components that include the SB2001 subwoofer, UX8800 digital signal processor and the flexibility to use the on-board DSP capabilities of Lab.gruppen and Powersoft amplifiers.

From the Harman International umbrella company, AKG featured its sophisticated CS 5 Conferencing System and introduced the AKG Wireless App 2.0; BSS Audio introduced a new full-bandwidth Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) algorithm for its Soundweb London conferencing processors; Crown Audio announced the addition of the ‘Powered By Crown’ iPad/iPhone App, as well as the new ComTech DriveCore series of amplifiers.

dbx enhanced its product line with updated versions of its industry leading high-performance graphic equalisers, compressors and crossovers, and JBL Professional introduced the latest suspension hardware accessories for its VerTec sub-compact line arrays, while Soundcraft presented its Si Compact Series of digital consoles.

Funktion-One focused on its growing portfolio of installed sound solutions and showed for the first time a coherent cluster of AX88s with additional bass, as recently deployed in the 8,000-seat Kojice Steel Arena in Slovakia.

Big screen and videowall rental expert PSCo launched a new flexible LED technology from U.S. manufacturer NanoLumens, which can be wrapped around pillars and flexed into curves to create stunning digital displays for exhibitions and events.

The NanoLumens 112” screen is a 6mm LED screen that is thin and lightweight, with a potential bend radius of up to 48”. At only 41kg, it’s also cheap to transport and install.

On the Sanyo stand, visitors could experience a 360° panoramic projection with screen dimensions of 120m2 and a resolution of 14,370 by 1,080 pixels, 3D simulations with the new ultra wide angle projectors, and presentations on the world of the stereoscopic image.

Also on display were a host of new products: the new Sanyo flagship PLC-HF15000L; high end projector PLC-HF10000L; DLP all-rounder PDG-DHT8000L; compact presentation professional PLC-ZM5000L; the ultra wide angle projector with integrated 3D function, the PDG-DWL2500; the PLC-WL2503 for interactive presentations and the new standard monitor PID-47NE1.

First time exhibitor at ISE, leading videowall supplier Orion (distributed by PSCo in the UK) previewed the seventh generation of its bezel-less display technology, with both rental and permanent installation models.
Christie, a global leader in visual solutions, had two stands, one of which was dedicated to the event staging market. This area demonstrated a configuration of Christie MicroTiles (170 of which have been bought for an installation at Malta International Airport), alongside Christie’s much-trusted Roadster M Series transformed into digital luminaires; active, powered and lit via the recently-launched Christie Nitro Solutions.

The YK50, latest addition in the range, was on view,  whilst the larger YK100 and YK200 models were hung from a truss, controlled via the 42 Controls Single Point of Control (S.P.O.C.) desk. The S.P.O.C. media controller centralises control of multiple third party systems including projectors, media servers, matrix switchers and video processors, making it ideal for rental and staging applications, broadcasts and live events.

The other stand featured a preview of the Christie L2K1000, which is a 2K LCD 10,000 ANSI Lumen projector (2048 x 1080) using Christie’s 4D Color technology.

Barco announced a newly designed three-chip DLP platform for mid-sized event venues, the HDX-W14.

On the media server side, coolux GmbH’s Pandoras Box Version 4.7 was ‘Highly Commended’ at ISE’s InAVation Awards.

Elation Professional has launched a range of high resolution LED video panels, the Elation Pro Video (EPV) series, which are bright, compact and easy to hang, featuring pixel pitches down to 6mm, targeted towards installers, system integrators, commercial use and rental companies.

The EPV15 FLEX also generated interest with its flexible design for creating curved video walls. The static EPV6, EPV7.62, and EPV10 panels complete the range and come in three pitch sizes, with a slim cabinet design and seamless mechanical system, being controlled by a DVI-to-Network Interface.

Also showcased for the first time in Europe were new models from the Platinum moving head luminaire range, lighter, smaller, packed with more features and more cost-effective than leading competitors. The added models include the Platinum Spot LED – a cool-running LED lamp source with comparable output to, at minimum, a 250 discharge, but with half the power consumption. The fixture claims improved optics and a flat beam field with 50,000 hour solid state 90W LED lamp source life.

The Platinum Spot 5R Pro and Platinum Spot 5R Beam are newly-added versions. Both units feature the new Philips MSD Platinum lamp 5R, with increased features like zoom and focus, 16-bit CMY colour mixing and wireless DMX.