Bigger and busier, it’s undeniable - the PLASA Show has got its buzz back! Celebrating 40 years at the heart of the industry, the show returned to West London’s Olympia this September with more brands on show, more international visitors in attendance and - crucially - more support from the pro audio industry. For all the news, developments and highlights from the showfloor, see our review which starts on page 58 of this issue . . .
The latest advances in 3D audio provide a strong theme this month as we take a look at d&b audiotechnik’s new Soundscape system in use for electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk’s 3D tour (pages 28-29), before Phil Ward presents an overview of the very latest 360° immersive sound techniques available in 360 Degrees of Separation (pages 104-108).
Also inside, Elliot Herman reports from the International Auto Ausstellung, where state-of-the-art technology is used to showcase the latest vehicles being launched. To discover how BMW utilised entertainment technology at the show, see pages 34-40 . . .
Meanwhile, Sharon Stancavage takes at look at the production behind U2’s latest tour, as the band - known for their ground-breaking concert tours - take 1987’s classic album The Joshua Tree back on the road. This is the first U2 stadium production since the sad passing of the late, great entertainment architect Mark Fisher who collaborated with the band on many of their iconic productions, including their last stadium outing, the 360 tour. Thankfully, Fisher’s absence hasn’t caused a shortfall in innovation, as The Joshua Tree tour sees the PA flown high above an expansive screen. To find out more, see pages 46-54.
From iconic tours, to iconic products: Rob Halliday charts the history of the Source Four as the lighting fixture celebrates its 25th anniversary. Plus, alongside all your regular favourites, Julie Harper goes behind the scenes at the Little Angel puppet theatre; Kate Lyon chronicles 50 years of Lee Filters and I report on a touring theatre success story. Enjoy!