The Netherlands / Israel - Kramer Electronics made two new product introductions aimed at long-distance, reliable and high-performance transmission at ISE 2015. Kramer is among the first to incorporate Valens' Colligo chipsets.

The TP-590RXR and TP-590TXR are "ground breaking" range extenders that let users connect any device over a single twisted pair cable without compromising on quality or performance. Kramer's range of extenders implement the entire set of features supported by HDBaseT 2.0, including USB 2.0.

"Kramer is one of the first to incorporate Valens' Colligo family of chipset in its new extenders. This will significantly expand the reach and functionalities enabled by HDBaseT, and benefits installers worldwide," said Eliran Toren, vice president of sales, at Valens.

"Kramer is at the forefront of developing and manufacturing HDBaseT prod

Germany - Prolight + Sound is set to provide the stage for J&C Joel to unveil a number of exciting new developments and products this April.

J&C Joel, one of the world's leading manufacturers of flame retardant fabrics and flooring for the entertainment and event industries, will also be celebrating its rich textile heritage at the Frankfurt show.

The British company has achieved global reach through an international network of offices and has been providing bespoke theatre curtains, drapes, canvasses, backdrops and stage engineering services for stage shows, events and exhibitions for more than 35 years.

As well as showcasing a number of new products and fabrics, which have been kept a closely guarded secret, the J&C Joel team will be launching its latest catalogue alongside a fresh new look for its website which will feature a number of technical enhancements to help custo

The Netherlands - Shure Distribution UK (SDUK) used ISE 2015 to focus on awareness of the importance of RF spectrum availability for all users of wireless microphones. Under the slogan 'Losing Your Voice', SDUK are aiming at the growing market of professional and semi-professional users of RF technology, from the conference audio and systems integrators at ISE to live performers and organisers of commercial and non-commercial events.

The goal is to better inform this wide range of users about the growing challenges to the unhindered use of wireless microphone systems as a result of continued UHF spectrum allocation to the mobile communications and data industries.

"Over the past few years, the user base for wireless microphone technology has expanded far beyond the professional touring, broadcast and theatrical industries, the programme making and special events sector, o

UAE - A new company, Broadcast Wireless Systems, has been established to offer expertise, agility and objective advice on specialist broadcast RF requirements and will make its debut at CABSAT 2015 in Dubai in March.

Formed by wireless experts Stuart Brown and Max Zaja, with more than 60 years' experience between them with the likes of Cobham, Link Research, Tandberg/Ericsson, Vislink and the BBC, Broadcast Wireless Systems now provides high-level sales, service and support of best-in-class wireless systems from a variety of manufacturers.

Broadcast Wireless Systems commercial director Stuart Brown said, "Our depth of experience means that we can design and implement bespoke wireless products and systems that precisely meet client needs for specific applications.

"New technologies now enable production teams to reliably reach places on land, sea or sky, limited onl

USA - The second edition of PLASA Focus Orlando, the regional event for the live entertainment technology industry, has been branded a resounding success by both visitors and exhibitors alike. Attracting record numbers of attendees, the popular event offered networking opportunities and hosted many over-sold education sessions presented by top industry speakers including Richard Pilbrow - lighting designer, theatre design consultant and author and Jim Hutchison, customer engagement and education manager for Chauvet Professional.

Taking place on 17-18 February at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, PLASA Focus Orlando proved to be a vibrant networking hub for 64 live entertainment technology brands and more than 840 attendees. "This has been by far the best PLASA Focus event so far," said Geoffrey Platt, product training specialist at TMB. "We had steady, quality visitors each

The Netherlands - AV technology pioneer Peerless-AV has announced its biggest year yet at ISE with o new mounts, stands and Emerging Technology products showcased on the stand, an increased number of European visitors, and a Best of Show award win for its innovative Twin Pole Modular Series product range.

Showcased to a European audience for the first time at ISE 2015, the award-winning Twin Pole Modular Series is designed to fit around twin columns, the components combine to fulfil multiple install requirements, from a single ceiling mounted display to an unlimited floor-to-ceiling video wall array in retail, transportation applications, control rooms screen arrays and leisure settings.

A major stand highlight was the announcement that Peerless-AV's Xtreme Outdoor Displays (42", 47" and 55") now have CE marking approval. The company has already seen phenomenal

UK - Source Distribution is hosting the world launch of several RØDE products and new Genelec loudspeakers at BVE 2015 in Lon don this week.

Source is making the exclusive world-wide launch and first public display of RØDE's new RØDE Link Digital Wireless System, NTG4 and NTG4+ shotgun microphones and the NTR ribbon microphone.

The RØDE Link Wireless system utilises 2.4GHz technology to provide a high-resolution 24-bit/44.1kHz digital audio signal at a range of up to 100 metres. The system consists of a number of receiver and transmitter options, and will be available in a number of kits targeting film, news gathering, presentation and stage use. The first kit to be available will be the Filmmaker Kit, which consists of a beltpack transmitter, an on-camera or beltpack receiver and RØDE's broadcast quality Lavalier microphone.

The NTG4 and N

UK - HHB Communications has been named RTW's distributor for the UK and Ireland with immediate effect.

RTW is a German professional audio manufacturer renowned for developing innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post-production and quality control. A leader in loudness technology, RTW pioneered the development of audio monitoring and metering with the TouchMonitor range by incorporating a top-notch loudness system.

RTW continues to innovate in the field of loudness monitoring with the introduction of the Loudness Tools Masterclass plug-in. RTW CEO Andreas Tweitmann commented, "The DPP's adoption of EBU R128 loudness standards has made the UK a very important market for innovative audio loudness tools. HHB is the UK's leading authority on loudness technology and we are confident in their expertise to deliver the best

UK - With little over a week to go before this year's ISCEx2015, the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers is reporting a record number of companies exhibiting.

The two-day networking event, taking place at the picturesque rural location of Coombe Abbey, a four-star country house hotel outside Coventry, will bring consultants, specifiers and manufacturers together under one roof. Following the AGM during the afternoon of Wednesday, 3 March, a networking dinner, with comedian Lea Roberts, will serve as a curtain-raiser for the following day's exhibition.

Wednesday, 4 March will also feature an active programme of seminars - building on the previous day's RF address by Alan March, in which he will provide updates on the Radio Spectrum.

Topics for Day 2 include: Is the market ready for audio over IP (presented by Kevin Sherwood, sales director, CIE-Group): T

Australia - Exhibitions & Trade Fairs (ETF) has announced the sale of its ENTECH trade show to the CX Network, which is headed by ENTECH founder Julius Grafton.

Having acquired ENTECH in 2004, ETF successfully operated the event for some time and also launched a satellite event, ENTECH-CONNECT which has run successfully in Melbourne in alternate years to the main ENTECH trade show in Sydney. ETF have advised that the forthcoming Sydney ENTECH, scheduled for July will now not proceed.

CX Network operates the CX Summer Roadshow, a touring 'pop-up' trade show. They plan to re-name the Roadshow as 'CX presents the ENTECH Roadshow' for 2016. CX Network head Julius Grafton confirmed today they have no intention of running a traditional trade show in any form.

ETF Managing Director, Gary Daly said: "We are pleased that the CX Network will continue with ENTECH. They an integral

Germany - At Frankfurt Prolight + Sound 2015, DPA's booth will be the place to go to if you want to learn the best placement of a microphone on your instrument, and how to get the best sound from your instrument or voice, says the company.

The booth (Hall 8, Booth B70) will feature workshops with live performances up to five times a day, hosted by DPA product specialists who will demonstrate vocal and instrument microphone placement on saxophone, acoustic guitar and upright bass. There will also be a listening area where visitors can compare sound samples from DPA microphones with those from other brands.

"At DPA, we know what it takes to make great sound and we are not satisfied with anything but the best," says DPA's CEO Christian Poulsen. "Getting closer to our customers and sharing knowledge is very important for two reasons: it helps us improve our micropho

The Netherlands - At ISE 2015, software providers Stardraw.com logged a record number of visits to the stand, extremely healthy sales and to cap it all, Stardraw Design 7.1 was voted a winner in the InAVation Awards in the category of Most InAVative Integration Tool. The Stardraw Design 7 suite of design and documentation tools has already been bestowed with a Commercial Integrator BEST award in the Project Management & Design/Web software category and a Highly Commended from InAVate.

Commenting on this latest award, CEO Rob Robinson said, "It's always extremely gratifying to receive recognition from our peers in the industry, but this award is particularly special, for three important reasons. First, the category of Integration Tool was a very broad one, encompassing all sorts of product types from other innovative software to some very novel and interesting hardware produ

Poland - Registration is open for the AES 138th International Convention, being held in Warsaw, Poland, 7-10 May 2015, at the Sofitel Victoria Hotel. Hosted by AES 138th Convention co-chairs Bozena Kostek and Umberto Zanghieri, the convention is set to be the largest European gathering of audio industry professionals of the year.

Warsaw is home to a number of recording facilities, movie studios, broadcast and media production houses and more, while boasting a thriving music scene, from classical and jazz, to electronic music and more. This first-ever AES Convention in Poland will host a wide range of tutorials, workshops, engineering briefs and paper sessions covering a wide range of topics relevant to the professional audio industry.

"The AES is once again excited to take our Convention to yet another new location with AES138," stated AES executive director Bob Mose

Germany - Funktion-One will launch the new Evolution series at Prolight+Sound Frankfurt 2015, along with a new system for smaller applications.

Evolution is a new series of high intensity loudspeakers from Funktion-One. Utilising the loudspeaker manufacturer's latest technology, the range is centred around the Evo 6 and Evo 7 enclosures. Both products are fully horn-loaded with 15in mid-bass, 10in Funktion-One signature midrange and a 1.4in compression driver solely for high frequencies above 4kHz. The Evo 7 has a 30-degree horizontal dispersion angle and very high efficiency, so just three wide gives 90-degree horizontal coverage for crowd sizes up to around 2,500 people.

The first users of these systems are reporting remarkable coverage and intensity. Evo 7s were deployed on the main stage at Boom Festival in Portugal last year (eight-per-side) for a crowd size of around 20,

Germany - Le Maitre's range of VS - virtually smokeless pyrotechnics is continuing to expand and receive excellent feedback from the market, followed up with increasing orders! At Prolight + Sound Frankfurt, Le Maitre will be launching several new effects to the range: VS Mines (15/25/35ft), VS Starbursts (Small/Medium/Large), VS Ice Waterfalls (8/15/20ft), VS Volcano Mines (Small/Large), VS Ice Gerbs (10/15/20ft) and VS Flashes.

In addition to much reduced smoke levels the VS range claims greater intensity and depth of colour compared to conventional pyrotechnics which although bright, tend to be less vivid. Le Maitre's VS products all have much deeper and more vibrant colours, particularly noticeable with the blue, purple and pink colours.

The VS range was originally conceived back in 2010 when Le Maitre's R&D team, based in Peterborough, UK were looking into improving the v

Germany - On 9 June 2015 Stage|Set|Scenery will open its doors. With Stage|Set|Scenery, Messe Berlin and DTHG, the organisers of the event, aim to address the industry's forward-looking international markets. Leading international manufacturers and service providers from various parts of the industry will be attending and showcasing their projects, products and innovations.

International interest in the event is high and exhibitors from the following 19 countries have registered to take part: Belgium, China, Germany, Finland, France, the UK, Italy, Canada, Latvia, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Serbia, Spain, Taiwan, the Czech Republic and the USA.

The participation of foreign associations cooperating with DTHG is a measure of the widespread interest in international dialogue. Thus, partnerships and sponsorships have been secured with the Organisation o

Germany - The Sinus - Systems Integration Award is presented this year for completion of the new ARD (Consortium of German Regional Public Broadcasters) 'Tagesschau' studio. This new production environment incorporates state-of-the-art technology and is innovative in terms of its optical design. It has been home to Germany's most successful news programme since April last year. The Sinus is awarded for the creative application of AV media technology and systems integration. The awards ceremony will take place on 16 April as part of Prolight+Sound and this pre-eminent industry award will be presented to the contracting clients 'Norddeutscher Rundfunk' and 'ARD-aktuell' along with the companies involved in the project.

In addition to the news presenters' innovative desks, the most conspicuous feature of the fully refurbished studio is the 17 metre long, semi-circular multi-media w

Mexico - Hi Tech Audio is exhibiting at sound:check Xpo and representing d&b audiotechnik in room Salon Tarasco when the show returns to Mexico City from 26-28 April.

Hi Tech Audio sales director, Fernando Roch says, "We have been working hard to build the d&b brand in Latin America and we welcome the opportunity to meet new and existing customers. It's the most important audio event in our region, it brings together the best in our industry and d&b is at the heart of that.

"Hi Tech Audio plans to enhance d&b market visibility during the show by targeting, theatres, permanent installations, and rental companies are areas in which d&b will continue to strengthen its position as market leader," explains Roch. "I look forward to being a part of this development, supporting the growth strategy and contributing to the further success of the company."

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Germany - Three international entertainment technology brands - Altman Lighting, Core Lighting, and Interactive Technologies will team up to showcase the latest in lighting and wireless control solutions at the Prolight & Sound exhibition in Frankfurt from 15-18 April. Visitors will find products from all three manufacturers located on Hall 9.0 Stand A65.

Core Lighting, the UK manufacturer known for its innovative, wirelessly controlled LED products, will debut its new LED batten - the StripPoint. Featuring 18 RGBW LEDs, the W-DMX controlled StripPoint delivers 4000 lumens of output and is powered by a lithium ion battery. Available in 1m lengths, the fixture also features individual pixel control and an IP65 outdoor rating. Also a first for Prolight & Sound, CORE Lighting will display the new PinPoint wireless LED pinspot complete with Bluetooth and W-DMX control. Joining these

Germany - Martin Audio has released a teaser print image and an accompanying video for a new product launch under the banner of The shape of things to come.

The print image features a striking icon which is said to represent the driver of this yet unnamed product. The video is a little more revealing showing an 'old' loudspeaker exploding and the words scrolling on the screen, 'Time to break with convention, time to evolve, time for a new breed, a breed that delivers sound like never before' before revealing the shadowing outline of the new product and a driver echoing the icon from the print image.

Luke Ireland, managing director, said, "This new product range will feature groundbreaking technology that will further Martin Audio's credentials as the true innovator in the marketplace and will deliver our customers a clear competitive advantage. We are extremely exc

Germany - Zero 88 is set to launch a new lighting console, FLX at Frankfurt. Says the company, "FLX creates more time to be imaginative, inventive and efficient ...Its clean, straightforward, intuitive user interface offers tools like Patch Wizard and Auto Palettes to take care of all the prep work, so LDs and operators can be free to work faster and more harmoniously."

The FLX will offer straightforward three-step programming - what, how and where - you want it, streamlining time and the operational process.

Further, "Even when working with fixtures that colour mix using different methods, the software will work everything out so all the fixtures respond correctly and accordingly.

"The simple yet sophisticated philosophy of FLX enables operators of all backgrounds and experience levels to feel instantly comfortable, due to familiar industry standard synt

Germany - The latest in LED dimming solutions and new additions to the groundbreaking Rogue series of moving heads are among the highlights to be expected from Chauvet Professional at Prolight+Sound 2015, Frankfurt in Hall 11.0, Stand D30.

The show marks the European debut of new fixtures from Chauvet Professional's Ovation line, created especially for stage and theatre. Among these will be the new Ovation ED-190WW ellipsoidal and the Ovation FD-165WW Fresnel wash. Both feature breakthrough technology, which allows them to be controlled by DMX or by traditional dimming systems, so that they can work with the dimmable incandescent fixtures already on an existing rig.

The new Rogue RH1 Hybrid combines a beam and spot effect in one unit that can produce a beam angle of 1° to 4.5° in the beam mode and a zoom angle of 5° to 19° in spot mode. The fixture emits 111,00

Germany - Avolites is powering up its latest consoles, dimmers and media servers for possibly the company's biggest ever presence at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt, on stand D40, Level 0, Hall 11.

On stand, visitors can experience the capabilities of Avolites Titan V9, new networking functionality, and display of the revolutionary Autoblend feature of Ai.

Autoblend allows blending of large projection surfaces using multiple projectors. In addition, there is a new Surface Modelling page for the creation of editable 3D sets, and performance is hugely improved, with render engine optimisation offering 50% increased video throughput. Compositing high-resolution background layers with low-resolution foreground layers is also much improved.

In Titan V9, expect to see a multitude of new features, including the amazing new Key Frame Shapes, providing the capability to create spectacular

The Netherlands - The latest version of Vivien Virtual Event Designer from CAST Software has recently enabled one of Holland's leading events producers to design bigger, better and higher-impact events. This is all thanks to Vivien's 3D pre-visualisation, planning, design and powerful sales tools.

Event producer Joey Wijnen started his company JOW Event Design & Production two years ago and has been using Vivien to successfully win new business and design a range of increasingly ambitious events and product launches, including major new building unveilings and a large-scale All American Christmas Dinner.

"As soon as I decided to invest in Vivien, I started to get more and more projects," says Wijnen. "We design and produce events in Holland, mostly business to business but also in the private sector.

"Our clients, such as caterers and event agencies hire

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