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PLASA07 PREVIEW PART 2

September 2007


PLASA07 wilil see the debut for PLASA Events, a new division of the Association, which foresees record exhibitor and visitor numbers over September 9-12.

PEARLY BEAST
Avolites will launch the latest in its popular series of Pearl consoles — the Pearl Tiger — which is a powerful, streamlined 10 roller playback version of Avo’s famous and most popular ‘live’ lighting console. It offers everything the LD, programmer or operator needs for quick and easy programming of small to medium sized shows, with all the power, ease of use and versatility of a full-sized Pearl.


Features include Theatre Playback, timecode and MIDI triggers, 2,048 channels to 240 moving lights on four isolated DMX outputs, 10 playback submasters, expandable to 15 with external playback wing and full personality library in the console, with free updates on the website, amongst many other aspects.


Also featured at the show will be the new ‘D4 Infrastructure’ products — specifically Avo’s Showsafe system; the Tablet PC for remote desktop control, and the D4 Pilot Parallel control.


Showsafe is a completely independent back-up system for the Diamond 4 and Pearl Expert consoles. The Tablet PC for remote desktop control allows full remote wireless access to all the D4 console’s functions from anywhere in the venue.


The D4 Pilot Parallel control addresses the more frequent requirement for TV lighting directors and DOPs to have direct control over a selection of fixtures for key and camera lighting. Avolites will also open its famous Caipirinha Bar for the last hour of the show, complete with belly dancing... and perhaps a display of Steve Warren’s boogie technique?


Martin Professional will be showing an exciting range of new and unique lighting and fog effects applicable to a wide variety of markets.


On display will be two new moving heads in the MAC range. The SmartMAC is a fanless 150W moving head offering unprecedented reliability, long lamp life, long service intervals, no noise and lower cost of ownership. It houses a high performance optical system, eight interchangeble dichroic colours, a six-position rotating and indexing gobo wheel, variable focus, and more.


The MAC 575 Krypton is based on the MAC 700 and features two gobo wheels, two colour wheels, motorized zoom and focus, rotating prism, dimmer, iris and more.


Several other new products will also be ready for a PLASA debut including new LED luminaires, effect lights, lighting control systems, digital media servers, and new Jem and Martin smoke machines.


HSL Group Holdings is highlighting its diverse range of products and services at the show, plus the team’s indomitable abilities to run a superlative bar and social area. This will be located just behind the Robe Show Lighting stand.


One of the fastest growing and most energetic lighting and rigging rental companies in the UK, HSL will pick its display from the large stocks of all the latest lighting technology, including moving lights, LED light sources, media servers and PC-controlled automation systems from all the leading industry manufacturers and brands.


HSL also has a vast array of trussing, rigging and ground support systems, plus its own specialist-designed products like the Totem PA, lighting and video tower range.


Clay Paky will launch three small moving body projectors for professional use designed with the big features of the whole Alpha Series: the Alpha Spot HPE 300 and Alpha Spot 300 effects projectors and the Alpha Wash 300 washlight.


The Alpha Spot HPE 300 is compact, light, silent, easy to install and extremely bright, with superior graphic and optical performances; it is the most complete spot light in its category, with a wide Zoom, CMY, 8 1 Colour Wheel, 15 gobos (of which eight are rotating) combinable together, Rotating Prism, Linear Frost, Smooth Frost, 0-100% Dimmer on dedicated channel, iris and stop/strobe.


With the same optical, lighting engineering and constructional qualities as the Alpha Spot HPE 300, the Alpha Spot 300 is ideal for the most essential applications with contained investment levels. It is fitted with two 8 1 colour wheels combinable together, 15 gobos (eight rotating) combinable together, Rotating Prism, 0-100% Dimmer on dedicated channel and stop/strobe.


The Alpha Wash 300 is a compact, light and very silent washlight that is easy to install and extremely bright. The CMY system and 8 1 colour wheel can provide any required tonality and an unrivalled colour quality.


PixelRange’s stand has been designed by lighting designer Vince Foster to showcase the innovative new PixelArt video batten — a modular LED video product allowing designers to build their own custom display surfaces from a range of interconnecting modules. The first product in this new range is a 6 x 72 pixel linear batten with 15mm pitch. Data to each module is supplied by industry standard CAT5 cable which connects to a master control unit and supports a variety of video input standards. Configuration software allows each module to be positioned at any point in the video space for ultimate flexibility.


Other new fixtures include two PixelLine micros, compact versions of the PixelLine 1044 and 110 battens, and the architectural PixelArc series — two advanced self-contained units offering the choice of detachable and interchangeable circular or rectangular heads.


Littlite has announced a price decrease for all LED gooseneck products, effective immediately. Recent improvements in material and production costs have enabled Littlite to lower the price of its LED products by an average of 15%. The company continues to explore new LED technologies in order to provide the industry with state-of-the-art gooseneck task lights.


With a solid reputation for innovation in the art of visual technology, G-LEC is once again leading the way, showing its new Phantom II 30 at PLASA. With a resolution four times higher than the original Phantom II, the Phantom II 30 meets all the requirements for a transparent, super bright, high resolution, lightweight LED system that can be used indoors and out — whatever the weather.


Zero 88 will launch the next generation of Jester lighting desks. For users seeking an easy to use, fully featured moving light desk, at an affordable price, the Jester ML is the perfect solution.


Offering all the features found in the existing Jester consoles (monitor support, USB storage and easy patching), the new Jester MLs also provide the tools needed to work effectively with moving lights, palettes, effects engines and a full fixture library.


Two versions of consoles will be available. The Jester ML24 offers users control of up to 20 intelligent lights and 24 generics. Shows can either be recorded as a theatrical cue stack or by using 24 submasters. The Jester ML offers users the ability to work with 20 moving lights and record these on to a cue stack if used as a stand alone console.


Using the ‘DMX In’ it is also possible to link the Jester ML to existing Jester desks giving users the option of adding moving lights to existing products at an affordable price.


FocusTrack, the production lighting documentation software, is now available in the new version 1.300. The new version adds a multitude of new features, many requested by lighting designers and programmers who are already using FocusTrack to document the lighting of their shows. FocusTrack can be downloaded from the FocusTrack website at www.focustrack.co.uk; the download version includes a 'mini-show' and will operate in Demo Mode for 14 days, allowing those interested to experiment with real show information as quickly as possible.


ETC will be showing two of its newest consoles at PLASA: the multi-award winning Eos lighting control system and SmartFade ML, the super compact, portable and easy to use desk which brings professional moving light control to any production — no matter how small or budget-challenged.


Also on show will be the ETC Congo which despite its theatrical heritage was recently hired out by ETC dealer Northern Light for an Erick Morillo DJ dance night.


The SmartFade ML is a smart choice for small touring acts, schools, product launches, corporate events and countless other applications, as it brings professional features like palettes, parameter ‘fan’ and built-in dynamic effects to novice and experienced users alike.


A.C. Lighting’s stand at PLASA will feature several new product innovations from the one-stop entertainment technology supplier’s vast stockholding of leading equipment, accessories and consumables brands. The stand features dedicated areas for the company’s lighting, audio, rigging and special projects divisions to showcase the wide range of products and services available.


As the exclusive worldwide distributor for Chroma-Q, A.C. will be showing the new Color Split. The modular LED fixture’s dual side by side RGBA cells provide lighting designers with the opportunity for single colour or dramatic split colour. Also featured will be a prototype of the new Chroma-Q Color Punch. The unit is extremely bright for its compact size, providing a very punchy 1200 Lumens output. It’s also IP rated, features convection cooling for completely silent operation and a tough machined aluminium and high impact plastic casing, making it suitable for even the most demanding indoor and outdoor lighting applications.


The new Color Web Ethernet power supply will be shown. The PSU provides control for up to 20 Color Web 250(mm) panels or five Color Web 125(mm) panels, or a combination of the two up to 320 pixels.


Also the exclusive European, North American and Middle East distributor for Jands lighting products, A.C. will show the new Vista M1 playback-only control surface and FPX 12-channel dimmer.


The M1 is an extremely cost-effective solution which provides all the playback benefits of a Vista show in a portable hardware control module that's perfect when users don't have the space or budget for a full sized console. The FPX is a professional touring quality, high density 12-channel dimmer designed to provide a cost-effective and reliable way to fade lights up and down.


A.C. Lighting will be showing Litec’s new EXE-Lodestar 650C1 — the first entirely BGV-C1 multi-function electric chain hoist designed for use in the entertainment industry. Meeting the highest standards in control and safety, the chain hoist reads the dynamic load applied and detects overloading, underloading and any hoist operating anomalies. It controls the operation of the two brakes independently, and the hoist can be made class D8 for maintenance and storage using a security key switch.


The new Manfrotto Black Magic lifting system is another product on the A.C. stand. The unique design includes five black anodised aluminium columns with a special anti-rotation feature. The operator can easily move a maximum weight of 200kg from a manageable load height of 1.65m up to a max height of 6m. The swift lift mechanism is based around three forklift chains and a double handle crank mechanism to produce a smooth simultaneous extension of the columns.


A.C.’s audio division will be demonstrating the very latest professional touring level digital mixing consoles, speaker systems and other technologies from just a selection of the many leading brands stocked, including Yamaha, Allen & Heath, Kling & Freitag, KV2 Audio and APB.


Artistic Licence will be showcasing Dali-Scope — a hand-held tool for testing, programming and configuring DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) devices. Dali-Scope is the first hand-held tool specifically designed for DALI.


The product can be used to: set the fixture address including group assignments; auto-patch fixture addresses; test the fixture; transmit single levels, group levels and scene selects; walk test; automatically cycle though channels groups and scenes; read all current and latest DALI levels for channels, groups and scenes; read back configuration information; read back status information such as lamp hours, lamp voltage, mains voltage and curve selection; and test the DALI buss power supply.


The product display uses high brightness LEDs making it easy to use in low light conditions. The moisture proof keypad uses single function keys for ease of operation. Dali-Scope is powered by two AA batteries and offers over 12 hours continuous operation. The product is compatible with rechargeable batteries and provides a programmable power off timer to further extend battery life.


Dali-Scope is an industry first test tool for the DALI protocol. The low cost allows both individual and company ownership. Historically, commissioning or modifying a DALI installation required expensive equipment or laptop with interface cards. Dali-Scope changes all that.


TMB’s stand will feature Blues System, Falcon, Hippotizer, Interactive, ProPower, Tempest, and Toplight, and will exhibit with partners A&O and Global Design Solutions.


A&O will be introducing a brand new, revolutionary Falcon xenon fixture, as well as the complete range of Falcon fixtures by Alpha One of Germany.


Global Design Solutions (GDS) will reveal the GDS E System — a complete emergency lighting system, developed from the strengths of GDS’s Blues System — and the revolutionary E-System Dimmable Exit Signs, recently installed in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford and at the Royal Court Theatre London.


FinnLight will unveil the Space Bag Accessory for the Toplight. This innovative device creates a ‘Space’ type pattern overhead light that significantly outperforms traditional Spacelites.


Tempest Lighting will introduce Tempest outdoor fixture enclosures, which ensure that lighting investments are protected from environmental challenges of all kinds: architectural exteriors, humid or wet interiors, extreme cold, and dry dusty heat.


Interactive Technologies will launch the new Mini-Cue Server playback processor, a scaled down version of the popular self-contained, web enabled solution for fully integrated show control and playback.


TMB will show the full range of ProSeries Professional Products, including ProPower RMD Rack Mount and HPS Hot-Patch Power Distribution systems. ProPower provides portable power distribution, signal processing and dimming in rugged, rack-mount flight cases. HPS offers patchable dimmed and/or non-dimmed circuits in 24 or 48 way configurations.


TMB will introduce two new product families, co-operatively developed by TMB and GDS with their customers. ProCue cue-light system features 4, 8 and 12-way control units and remote light systems. ProPower Motor Control is the first solid state push-button chain-motor control system.


Distributor Miltec (UK) Ltd will host its clients Ecler, Fal, PR Lighting, Universal Effects, VMB and Cornored Audio on its stand, as well as its own range of amplifiers and lighting under the name of MT. The stand will also feature a new LED dance floor, LED battens, LED moving heads and a moving head smoke machine.


Barcelona-based audio brand Ecler will exhibit the new Dacord speaker range, the MPA-R amplifier series and a new series of small amplifiers called AMPACK.
China-based Fal will show a number of theatrical lighting products, while another Chinese brand, PR Lighting, will be showing its new range of XL Series moving heads. Universal Effects will exhibit new CO2 machines, and VMB will be showing some new stands and trussing for line array systems.

MOTOR MOVEMENTS
Lifting and rigging specialist Lift Turn Move (LTM, a.k.a. The Lodestar People) will launch several new products including the Carbon Cub, a small twin-lifting wire rope hoist for lifting banners and small lighting and PA systems; a wireless motor controller and its new range of Guardian motor control systems will be highlighted.


The Carbon Cub is a compact, portable, ‘plug-and-play’ mini hoist system, suitable for a variety of lifting applications and perfect for theatres, broadcast studios, museums, sporting productions, worship and retail venues.


The Guardian range has steadily grown from the first simple four-channel units to also incorporate complex multi-channel controllers, and LTM is now launching a standard range of three models. These are available as rack mounted, movable flight cased units or wall mounted systems for permanent installations.


LTM launches a motor controller with radio controlled remote at the show, giving riggers the complete freedom to roam around a venue and operate the system without the same restrictions imposed by wired versions.


The idea behind the v-Base yoke (16-bit resolution) of Brother, Brother & Sons, presented by MA Lighting International, is to motorise a series of high power projectors (10-20,000 ANSI Lumen). The control of pan (410°), tilt (280°) motorised zoom and focus is done directly from motor drivers to ensure good repeatability and timed movements. Using the built in DMX to RS232 interface, selected parameters of the video projectors can be controlled via a standard DMX512 lighting console.


The v-Base can be used for different projector brands like Digital Projection, Barco R-Series, Sanyo, Christie Roadster Series.


Automation specialist Kinesys will highlight two newly-launched hoist control products — Smart 8 and Sentinel — along with other innovations including Kinesys’ innovative K2 control software.


The Smart 8 expands on Kinesys’ existing Power 8 product and offers full positioning facilities built into a standard hoist controller. Sentinel is a range of fully BGV C1 compliant controllers designed to work with CM Lodestar BGV C1 chain hoists. On display at the show will be the Sentinel 8-M, the eight-channel manual control entry level unit.


Central to the stand will be the K2 motion control programming and playback system which allows complex cues to be programmed and played back for instant feedback.


Also, the Elevation Beam Trolley system is a perfect compliment to Kinesys’ renowned Elevation Chain Hoist system, and literally adds a new dimension to the Elevation range.


Out Board will be showing the all-new LV-Series Low Voltage Hoist Controllers and DV-Series Direct Hoist Controllers, plus new ergonomic RC handsets and accessories. Features include built-in phase detection and selection, integral E-Stop and linkable Remote Go and E-Stop functions.


LV6 and LV12 controllers are configured in multiples of three channels of control and power mixed on two or four Ceep (Socapex19-style) connectors, to match the widely-adopted standard established by Out Board’s former CM Series controllers.


LV8 provides two sets of four-channels of control and power on separate male and female Ceep connectors respectively. New LV4 and DV4 units deliver four-channels each of low voltage or direct control via rear panel C-Form connectors.


Also on show will be the Savant fully-automated PAT and cable testing systems with database logging, including single-user PATPack or multi-seat networked workstations. On demo will be the TiMax Audio Imaging and show control delay matrix system with new enhanced smooth panning firmware algorithms, as well as the TiMax SoundTablet sound effects playback and editing. Watch out for a sneak preview of the forthcoming TiMax2 multi-channel installation matrix and playback products.

HIPPOTIZED
Green Hippo will be displaying the new Hippotizer V3 software for its media server range. Although V3 hardware has been available for several months, all systems to date have been supplied with V2 software alongside a Beta Version of the latest incarnation.


Features new to Version 3 are timeline, media synchronisation across servers, HippoNet multi-system communications and built in media encoding capabilities. The acclaimed frame-blending and full HD playback capabilities remain, as does the intuitive user interface, albeit now with multi-monitor integration.


ShowSupport, the sole UK technical partner for Coolux GmbH, will be exhibiting the latest Coolux Pandora's Box digital media server and media player products. MD Rich Rowley and projects director Dave Mulcahy will be on hand to give demonstrations.

 

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