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PLASA Focus Leeds: AC-ET showcases leading technologies

PLASA Focus Leeds: AC-ET showcases leading technologies

Thursday, 5 May 2016

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) are showcasing the latest product highlights from their extensive brand portfolio at the PLASA Focus Leeds 2016 Show - Royal Armouries, Leeds, UK, stand N-E02, 10-11 May.

A leading one-stop provider of professional equipment to the entertainment industry, AC-ET will be showcasing a selection of the very latest lighting, audio, rigging, video, and film & TV solutions available from their vast portfolio of over 200 leading brands and five specialist sales divisions.

The stand will feature the very latest premium performance entertainment & broadcast LED solutions from Chroma-Q. Designed and built to exacting standards in North America, the award-winning range has been adopted by many leading designers and specifiers for some of today's most demanding and prestigious lighting applications.

Highlights include the innovative new Space Force LED space light; the Color One 100 full colour-mixing, homogenous output LED PAR; award-winning Inspire family of colour-changing LED house lights; the hugely successful Color Force multi-purpose LED washlights, and various models from the 'Studio' range of white LED lighting solutions.

Also showing are the award-winning Jands Vista lighting & media control solutions range and award-winning Jands Stage CL console for extremely simple control of LED lighting & dimmers. In addition

Behind the Scenes Happy Hour returns to LDI 2016

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

USA - The Behind the Scenes Happy Hour, hosted by ESTA, will return for its third year as the biggest pre-LDI party of the year and will take place on Thursday, 20 October from 6pm-8pm at the Westgate Las Vegas. Sponsorship opportunities are now available to LDI exhibitors and attendees, and tickets will go on sale in the Summer.

The Behind the Scenes Happy Hour features an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and music with all proceeds going to benefit the Behind the Scenes charity, the only industry charity that provides grants to ill or injured entertainment technician professionals. Since its inception in 2014, the Behind the Scenes Happy Hour has raised over $120,000 in sponsorships and ticket sales.

ESTA is currently seeking additional sponsorships for the 2016 event. Information on how to become a sponsor is available online at or by emailing

Current returning sponsors for the 2016 Behind the Scenes Happy Hour include: Altman Lighting (Executive), 4Wall Entertainment (Platinum), IATSE (Platinum), Ultratec, (Platinum), LDI (Gold), Vectorworks, Inc. (Gold), Stage Equipment & Lighting (Gold), Barbizon Lighting (Silver), Columbus McKinnon (Silver), ENTTEC Americas (Silver), iWeiss Theatrical (Silver), Musson Theatrical (Silver), Stan Pressner (Silver), Sapsis Rigging Inc (Silver) and A.C. Lighting (Lighting Sponsor). Official media sponso

Technology meets theatre at the RSC for PLASA tour

Technology meets theatre at the RSC for PLASA tour

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

UK - Following on from PLASA's backstage tour of Sadler's Wells in March, a visit has been arranged to the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

The Royal Shakespeare Company will be welcoming PLASA members on 24th May 2016 to take part in an immersive backstage tour covering the transformation of Elizabeth Scott's iconic 1932 cinema-style Royal Shakespeare Theatre into a definitive new environment for performing the works of Shakespeare.

This was a major construction programme and Stage Electrics were involved on-site in the realisation of this transformation for over four years working to the design brief created by Charcoalblue (theatre consultants), Buro Happold (engineers) and Bennetts Associates (architects).

This project was a huge collaborative effort with a number of different contributors all handpicked by the RSC. More recently Stage Electrics have been engaged by RSC in a technical refit of The Other Place, a space created to house the company while their main theatre was being transformed.

The RSC technical team will be leading the tours along with Jonathan Porter Goff of Stage Electrics.

Tickets are only £25+VAT and include a buffet lunch and afternoon tea and cake. Bookings can be made by clicking here.<


What will our theatres look like in 40 years?

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

UK - The Theatres Trust has announced that booking is now open for its tenth annual conference: Conference 16: Protecting Theatres, to be staged at the New London Theatre.

Says the Trust, "In this milestone year in the history of the Trust we will examine the state of our nation's theatres and discuss their future. We will consider the past and present influences on theatre architecture and design; the provision of existing and new theatres in response to city and government devolution; changing demographics; housing delivery and community and audience demand.

"We will then look to the future, and the potential for the next 40 years, and ask: What kinds of theatres will we need to build, and how will we find the resources to do so? How should we be asking existing buildings to adapt and change? What impact will the popularity of digital distribution of live theatre have? How will we ensure that the right spaces are available in the right locations for the next generations of theatre makers?"

Protecting Theatres will also examine the wider cultural landscape, including the role of theatres in stimulating cultural and economic development, and the increasing technical demands being placed on theatre buildings.

Mark Shenton, Conference 16 chair, associate editor and joint chief theatre critic for The Stage, says, "This is the perfect opportunity not j

PLASA Focus Leeds: ETC majors on innovation

PLASA Focus Leeds: ETC majors on innovation

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

UK - Following a successful Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt, ETC is heading to Leeds for the annual PLASA Focus event, taking place at the Royal Armouries, 10-11 May. The company will present a selection of its newest innovations and most popular products on stand N-C06.

The latest additions to the budget-friendly ColorSource family will be making their UK debut at the show. The just-launched ColorSource consoles deliver hands-on control for modern, small-scale venues. Each console offers plug-and-play setup, an integrated touchscreen, and the ability to run effects, mix LED colours, control moving lights and play back cues. The consoles are available in two sizes, 20 and 40, with optional audiovisual capability.

ETC's popular ColorSource Spot and PAR fixtures are newly available in Deep Blue versions. These affordable fixtures use an array that offers richer, more saturated blues and strong magentas in exchange for the more jewel-toned blues available in the original ColorSource fixtures. Alongside these will be the ColorSource Relay, which can wirelessly switch power and transmit DMX and RDM to hard-to-reach places, and ColorSource ThruPower a solution for transitioning lighting systems between tungsten and LED.

Also on ETC's stand will be the Irideon FPZ, a compact LED framing projector based on the Source Four Mini LED platform. It's 33% brighter than the Sou


PLASA Focus Leeds: A-T presents full showcase

Friday, 29 April 2016

UK - Audio-Technica is set to showcase a wide range of products from its microphone and headphone ranges and the latest offerings from distributed brands Allen & Heath and Apart Audio at PLASA Focus 2016 at The Royal Armouries in Leeds on 10-11 May.

In addition, Rodrigo Thomaz (Audio-Technica senior technical product specialist) will be hosting a seminar entitled Exploring The Advantages Of 100 Volt Line Audio Systems on Wednesday 11 May at 2pm in The Royal Armouries' Wellington Room. Presented in conjunction with The Institute of Sound and Communication Engineers, the session will look at the difference between low impedance and 100 Volt Line speakers, tackling the myths of installing 100V Line systems to make installations easier and quicker.

The recently launched Audio-Technica ATM350a clip-on condenser microphone - with its exemplary range of instrument mounts (from piano to woodwind to drums) - will appear alongside the new ATM230 hypercardioid and AE2300 cardioid dynamic instrument microphones, System 10 PRO digital wireless, affordable AT-One UHF wireless systems and M50x and M70x professional monitoring headphones.

Having taken on UK distribution for Apart Audio earlier in 2016, Audio-Technica will be showing the Belgian brand's expansive range of installation and AV audio products for the first time at PLASA Focus. Set to appear are Apart spea


PLASA Focus Leeds: Elation debuts three

Friday, 29 April 2016

UK - Elation Professional invites lighting professionals to Stand N-D32 at PLASA Focus Leeds for an up-close look at an impressive line-up of new lighting solutions that includes three all-new product series.

On display May 10-11 at the Royal Armouries in Leeds will be Elation's new Fuze Series, a dynamic range of LED wash luminaires with single-lens RGBW COB LEDs for a wide choice of colours and extremely homogenized field of light. Available in moving head or IP65-rated PAR versions, all Fuze Series fixtures (Fuze PAR Z60, Fuze PAR Z120, Fuze Wash Z120, Fuze Wash Z350) house a wide 5-50-degree zoom.

Also showing will be the DTW Series, a new variable white LED series of products designed specifically for the broadcast and video market. DTW Series fixtures are color temperature adjustable and can emulate the "dim to warm" look of conventional tungsten / halogen fixtures. The ZCL Series, a new family of high-output LED effect lights with RGBW multi-chip and Zooming Collimator Lens system for high-performance effect lighting for stages and clubs, will also feature.

Elation will also be showing a new, seven-colour wash luminaire, the Platinum SEVEN, which houses 19x 25W multi-chip LEDs for an unprecedented choice of colours. It also features a fast 5° to 50° zoom, 3x pixel ring control and advanced low-noise cooling and movement control systems. The the

Stage|Set|Scenery at Stage Technology Conference

Stage|Set|Scenery at Stage Technology Conference

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Germany - From 15 to 17 June Stage|Set|Scenery will be represented at the Stage Technology Conference (BTT), which is organised by Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) and will be taking place in Bremen.

The BTT is the most important advanced training event organised by the theatre and event technology industry in German-speaking countries. A total of 80 companies will be represented there, including established family-run firms and innovative enterprises, ranging from small start-ups to major market leaders. The Stage Technology Conference can look back on a history that spans more than 100 years and this year will be taking place for the fifty-eighth time.

The extensive programme of supporting events comprises around 70 lectures, seminars, round table discussions, workshops and excursions. High points of the conference will include the SoundLab, specially designed for the BTT and Stage|Set|Scenery, a trainee project on 'sustainability in stage scenery manufacturing', and technology presentations at the Anatomical Theatre.

Stand 80 is where Stage|Set|Scenery will be presenting its concept. Companies who would like to book a stand at Stage|Set|Scenery 2017 can take advantage of mid-season offer of special reduced rates. This offer ends on 17 June 2016, the last day of the event.

(Jim Evans)

PLASA Focus Leeds offers topical advice

PLASA Focus Leeds offers topical advice

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds (10 -11 May, Royal Armouries) seminars this year offer visitors the chance to attend sessions on a variety of topics and to demo new products from leading brands in the world of entertainment technology.

Highlights include sessions from d&b audiotechnik, MA Lighting console training from Ambersphere Solutions and HOG4 training from High End Systems.

The seminar from d&b audiotechnik's Steve Jones explores how loudspeaker size affects its whole performance including its directivity, the direct to reverberant ratio and what loudspeaker throw actually means.

The three sessions available from Ambersphere Solutions on MA Lighting dot2 compact lighting consoles will provide visitors with an overview of all the features of the new console, including hands-on instruction covering all the basic operational features. High End Systems will also offer training for their latest HOG4 Platform which offers 10 lighting consoles on one platform with state-of-the-art hardware coupled with a tried and tested backbone.

Industry-focussed sessions give visitors advice and insight on topical issues facing the live entertainment technology industry. Tony Lennon, from the media and entertainment union BECTU, offers Tax Essentials for Freelancers including top tips for freelancers - from offsetting business expenses against income, to understanding th

ISCE confirms dates for ISCEx2017

ISCE confirms dates for ISCEx2017

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

UK - After the success of ISCEx2016, the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers will return to the picturesque location of Coombe Abbey on March 7-8, 2017 for ISCEx2017.

The Institute certainly raised the bar at ISCEx2016 once again. "It was unquestionably our most successful exhibition yet," said Ros Wigmore, manager, secretariat at the ISCE. "Of our 28 exhibitors, four were first timers - Leisuretec Distribution, Monacor (UK) Ltd, Nexo SA and Yamaha Commercial Audio. And away from the exhibition, I am delighted to say that all the seminars were packed throughout."

Monacor (UK)'s UK field sales manager, Leighton Castle, said, ''The event provided us with a great opportunity to network with industry peers and to reach out to those who may not have been overly familiar with the Monacor brand and service. We very much look forward to ISCEx2017, and to many years exhibiting that follow."

This year's event also proved popular with visitors. Hanieh Motamedian, of Sound Directions, said, "It was a pleasure to spend the day at ISCEx with such an experienced and knowledgeable crowd; it was good to see a variety of exhibitors - ranging from manufacturers to distributors and installers. The quality of the visitors was high and it's a great time to be able to share ideas with like-minded professionals."

Another visitor David Howe, of Audomation Software, wa

ASTC - USITT Venue Renovation Challenge 2016

ASTC - USITT Venue Renovation Challenge 2016

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

USA - Three teams presented their projects for the 2016 ASTC-USITT Renovation Challenge on 18 March at the USITT Conference in Salt Lake City. The Renovation Challenge has been designed to engage undergraduate and graduate students in real world theatre renovation problem solving. Students work under the guidance of a faculty advisor and a mentor from the American Society of Theatre Consultants. Each team selected an existing venue, developed a scope of work for improvements and presented their ideas to a live audience and Jury of ASTC members at a USITT Conference Session.

The $750 Honor Award was given to KelseyLiz Habla and Charles Canfield, undergraduate architecture students from University at Buffalo for their adaptive-reuse project in which they proposed to renovate the historic Cyclorama Building in Buffalo, which currently houses an accounting firm, into a new indoor home for the theatre company Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Their Theatre Consultant mentor was Steven Friedlander, ASTC, with faculty advisor Jon Shimon.

The Merit Award was given to Nick Saiki, Adam Crowell, Andrew Diamond, and Jeremy Dominik of the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music for their comprehensive renovation proposal for the Patricia Corbett Theatre. Their Theatre Consultant mentor was Paul G. Sanow, ASTC, and their faculty advisor was Stirling S. Shelton.

White Light returns to PLASA Focus Leeds 2016

White Light returns to PLASA Focus Leeds 2016

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

UK - Following what has been an extremely busy and exciting year for White Light, the complete production solution specialist will be returning to PLASA Focus Leeds at the Royal Armouries Museum from 10-11 May. With over 130 different exhibitors working across audio, lighting, video and rigging, along with presentations, technical demonstrations and panel discussions, this year's PLASA Focus Leeds promises to be the biggest one yet.

Since its previous visit to PLASA Focus Leeds, WL has grown exponentially. Alongside expanding its audio department along with acquiring video technology company Shock Solutions, the company has worked on a whole host of projects, including the Rugby World Cup, the NME Awards, London Fashion Week and many more. For all of these projects, WL drew on its unparalleled inventory of entertainment technology; many of which will be showcased at PLASA Focus Leeds.

One of the several products on show at PLASA Focus Leeds includes ImageCue: an easy-to-use image server for which WL is the exclusive UK distributor. The product has already made a huge impact in the world of playback devices, having won the LDI 2015 PLASA Member's Choice Award for Best Gadget. The server provides control of high definition still images and videos, using only twelve channels of DMX512. It is extremely fast, with images a

PRG Alliance marks second year with Frankfurt summit

PRG Alliance marks second year with Frankfurt summit

Monday, 25 April 2016

Germany - Production Resource Group, L.L.C., (PRG) recently marked the two-year anniversary of its global partner network programme with the second PRG Alliance Summit. Under the theme Gearing Up To Success, the Summit took place during the Prolight + Sound 2016 trade fair at the Festhalle Messe Frankfurt.

Since its inception, the PRG Alliance has grown in both size and reputation, and now offers technology, services and support to event producers in a total of 25 countries.

There are now 15 member companies which make-up the PRG Alliance. The newest addition is DB Schenker - the first member supplying services other than audiovisual. DB Schenker supports the Alliance members with specialized logistics for events with a large worldwide presence and multi-modal transportation requirements.

The PRG Alliance Summit is already a key date on the calendar for members, allowing them to meet face to face, share knowledge and best practices, and increase their collaboration. The location of the Summit at Prolight + Sound also enables them to meet at an event where the newest and most exiting technology is on display.

This year's Summit included a presentation of the PRG Alliance's future plans from Alliance director, Tom Van Hemelryck, and account manager, Luciana Rosa, which include expansion into new regions, opportunities for training, and the aim to include a

PLASA Focus Leeds: d&b GB has plenty to offer

PLASA Focus Leeds: d&b GB has plenty to offer

Friday, 22 April 2016

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds has become something of an annual highlight for team GB at d&b audiotechnik - a chance to welcome new faces, catch up with the local pro audio community, and regionally introduce all the latest international product launches.

From 10-11 May at the Royal Armouries Museum stand no. N-A24 will make things simple, with mobile products on one side and installation solutions on the other. In the mobile corner, the award winning V-Series point sources will make their Leeds debut, plus both the line array optimization tool, d&b ArrayProcessing, and the R1 Remote control software will be available to demo. And for anyone who's not yet heard about d&b NoizCalc - the far field noise immission modelling software - there'll be opportunity to see it in action, virtually of course.

Premiering on the installation side will be the two four channel installation specific amplifiers 30D and 10D, each offering targeted power outputs and features for permanent applications. And if that wasn't enough, the Dante enabled d&b DS10 Audio network bridge now puts d&b even further up the signal chain, straight from the console, with all the signal processing carried out in the d&b amplifiers.

Meanwhile returning visitors can rest assured that Steve Jones and Oran Burns of d&b Education and Application Support will contribute wit and wisdom once again to the PLASA se


PL+S: Shure SHURE KSM8 wins pipa 20126 award

Friday, 22 April 2016

Germany - The Shure KSM8 Dualdyne Vocal Microphone introduced this January was awarded the pipa award in the category Live Microphone / IEM. The ceremony took place during the 2016 Prolight+Sound / Musikmesse in Frankfurt on 7 April.

Ron Hautzinger, product manager pro & retail at Shure Europe says, "With the KSM8, Shure set out to develop a microphone that turns the world of dynamic microphones upside down. Offering a brand-new patented cartridge design with two diaphragms, the KSM8 has virtually no proximity effect and a flat off-axis attenuation for superior rejection of unwanted sound sources. We are honoured to receive the pipa and would like to thank all voters."

(Jim Evans)


PR Lighting extends BWS hybrid range

Friday, 22 April 2016

China / Germany - PR Lighting's new hybrid BWS (Beam Wash Spot) hybrid attracted much interest at the recent GET Show in Guangzhou and Frankfurt Prolight+Sound, two of the global production industry's major shop windows.

The Chinese manufacturer has wasted no time in capitalising on these lightshow extravaganzas, and has followed up last year's XR 330 BWS release with the new XR 440 BWS, which is now shipping.

This new range of high-output moving heads integrates three features in one unit, and adopts PR patented technology.

The XR 440 BWS houses a powerful Osram Sirius HRI 440W lamp, and features include an advanced colour index with CYM linear colour mixing system, with macro; colour wheel with 12 colours and CTO plus open; bi-directional rainbow effect at variable speeds; step/linear colour change.

There is a fixed gobo wheel with 13 fixed gobos plus open, bi-directionally scrolling at variable speeds - plus a shake effect at variable speeds.

The fixture also contains a rotating gobo wheel, with nine rotating gobos plus open, bi-directionally scrolling at variable speeds - plus a shake effect at variable speeds. Either glass or metal gobos can be fitted.

(Jim Evans)

PL+S: Triple E celebrates ModTruss launch success

PL+S: Triple E celebrates ModTruss launch success

Friday, 22 April 2016

Germany - Track systems specialist Triple E is celebrating its successful launch of ModTruss in Europe at Prolight + Sound, Frankfurt.

The Triple E team constructed an iimpressive stand at the Messe Frankfurt for the event, showcasing the versatility of the ModTruss product line, which lends itself to endless configurations using standard accessories, ensuring ideas that once took extensive custom design and fabrication are constructed easily and fast.

Triple E launched the US-designed ModTruss in the UK in June 2015, immediately winning 'Engineering Product of the Year' at the ABTT Theatre Show in London.

"This year's Prolight + Sound marked a milestone in the history - and future - of Triple E as we undertook the biggest launch for our company yet - ModTruss, Europe-wide," says Triple E's managing director, David Edelstein. "We've put in a lot of hard work to bring this product to the European market and are extremely excited about what it can achieve for the industry. ModTruss is now available in Europe exclusively from Triple E and interest is incredible. There is nothing else like it on the market.

"During the show we attracted very positive interest from major worldwide theatre consultants, theatre supply companies, events companies, theatre architects, TV companies and many more. We're extremely excited about the possibilities of ModTruss - it real

Innovation showcase at PLASA Focus Leeds 2016

Innovation showcase at PLASA Focus Leeds 2016

Thursday, 21 April 2016

UK - Opening in three weeks, PLASA Focus Leeds 2016 will welcome the latest products recently launched in live entertainment technology from 10 - 11 May. Robe, Avolites, Triple E and Pioneer Pro Audio will join over 175 brands showcasing their new technical solutions for the live entertainment industry.

After recently launching a variety of new and innovative lighting products, Platinum Sponsor Robe, returns to Leeds with its new Spikie, a super-fast LED WashBeam, on stand N-B30. The fixture produces sharp, multi-coloured spikes of light, rotating in both directions at variable speed, while a unique beam effect engine transforms the output into three piercing narrow beams. It has continuous pan and tilt rotation and weighs only 5.5 Kgs.

State-of-the-art professional audio solutions will also be on offer, including the recently launched XPRS Series from Pioneer Pro Audio on stand R-A18. The XPRS Series of high-powered active speakers combines the company's heritage with the reliable, energy efficient power of Powersoft amps, giving users a versatile plug-and-play system that fills the room with a natural sound.

FBT UK will also debut several brand new product ranges for the first time in the UK on stand N-B08. New products include the Vertus CS1000, FBT's Ventis range, the ProMaxX range, the Vertus CLA 406A portable active line array and the CLA 118SA sub woof


PLASA Focus Leeds: Theatres Trust offers strategy to protect theatres

Thursday, 21 April 2016

UK - The Theatres Trust celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016 with a new strategy and visual identity that sets us on a new chapter - championing the past, present and future of live theatre by protecting the buildings and what goes on inside.

At PLASA Focus Leeds, the organisation will be holding a seminar Theatres Trust 40 on 11 May at 2.15pm, where show visitors are invited to join discuss "what we need to be doing today to protect theatres for live theatre tomorrow". The Trust explains, "Throughout PLASA you will also be able to find out how we can help you with advice on planning and development, resources to make theatres sustainable, and financial assistance through grants, and hear about our latest work with theatres at risk."

The discussion and debate from Theatres Trust 40 will be developed at Conference 16: Protecting Theatres on the 21 June at the New London Theatre. Registration for Conference 16 will open shortly.

(Jim Evans)


PL+S: Robert Juliat brings changes to Frankfurt

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Germany - Robert Juliat was very happy with its position in the middle of the Lightpower Village in Hall 3.0 where its products attracted a constant stream of visitors for the whole duration of the show.

The array of RJ Zep LED profile and Fresnel fixtures drew much attention from theatre, event and display technicians, as did the Merlin 2500W HMI touring spot and the 300W LED Roxie followspot, which both continue to lead the way in followspot innovation.

But perhaps the biggest scene-stealer was the Dalis LED cyclorama light which brought with it some exciting new developments to the technology that took the show by storm in 2015. In addition to the award-winning Dalis 860 Cyclight, which has been flying off the shelves since last year, Robert Juliat also unveiled a new Dalis footlight batten and a Dalis wash light.

The Dalis LED Footlight 862 is a 150W LED batten with 48 white LED sources arranged in a double row. It shares the Cyclight's exclusive patented optical system of 48 micro optical asymmetric reflectors giving an even spread of light and perfect dimming from 100% - 0%. The two rows are arranged to give long or short throw options, to give low level lighting on performers from the front to the back of the stage. Each row is controlled independently or in groups of four via DMX /RDM, Art-Net and sACN with 16-bit control.

Four small, DMX-controll


FBT to premiere new ranges at PLASA Focus Leeds

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

UK - FBT UK is promising the UK debut of several brand new product ranges at this year's PLASA Focus, being held in Leeds on 10-11 May.

Leading the new arrivals will be FBT's Vertus CS1000 column line array which offers a modular, scalable system suitable for both live performance and installation applications. A biamplified design, the system comprises a long excursion 12" bass reflex subwoofer and a passive mounted satellite, linked via a Neutrik SPEAKON connector and equipped with six full-range neodymium 3" speakers. Onboard, the subwoofer is a Class-D, two channel amplifier, complete with a switch-mode power supply, delivering 600W RMS to the subwoofer and 400W RMS to the satellite, both of which are housed in birch plywood enclosures.

Also on show for the first time in the UK will be FBT's Ventis range of passive and active speakers - the Ventis 115a, 112a, 110a and 206a. Using a powerful combination of B&C compression drivers and FBT's own custom, long excursion woofers, the 115a, 112a and 110a models are two-way, bass reflex designs housed in 15mm birch plywood enclosures. A full grille design backed by specially treated acoustic cloth delivers the characteristic FBT style, while fully rotatable constant directivity horns ensure accurate coverage.

Also new, the ProMaxX range represents FBT's latest refinements to a long established leader in polypropy

PL+S: Ayrton impresses with nine new product launches

PL+S: Ayrton impresses with nine new product launches

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Germany - Ayrton presented a number of new products at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt, exhibiting with its German distributor, Vision Stage, on a 'double-decker' stand where this year's new creations were shown to spectacular effect in a dazzling light show. Designed by Stéphane Migné, the show, featured over 650 fixtures in a 224sqm booth, and culminated in a surprise ending which wowed the crowds who came to see the new creations in action. There were plenty of new and innovative ideas, with no less than nine new products launched.

Yvan Pe?ard, Ayrton's visionary Chief Design and Technology Officer, delivered an array of innovations which have enlarged the scope of several of the Ayrton ranges: the largest and most efficient optics on the market have been incorporated into the XT range to provide an optimised version designed for large-scale venues; the SX range marks the start of a new series that introduces a zoom capacity to the options available in Ayrton's product line; and the MagicDot family has been extended to incorporate fixtures to suit all sizes of venue. Ayrton continued to surprise visitors with more new innovations, including the world's first laser-source automated profile, a MagicPanel fixture with square optics, and the world's only motorised strobe.

Here's a run-down of the newest Ayrton fixtures to hit the market:



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