Germany - Elation Professional has never headed to a trade show with such a complete line-up of professional lighting and video products as it has for this year's Prolight + Sound show. The number of new technologies optimized for professional stage applications to be shown at Stand D50 in Hall 11 is a testament to the company's R&D prowess and position as a major player in the professional lighting market, says the company.

From flexible hybrid moving heads to a raft of new LED spots, battens, wash lights, strobes and LED panels, not to mention the award-winning Sniper hybrid multi-effect light, Elation is "set for a record setting show".

New luminaires in the company's Platinum range of professional moving heads will feature including the world premiere of the Platinum WFX, a new wash effects luminaire with full range zoom; and the European premiere of the hybrid P

UK / Germany - Prolight+Sound 2015 (15-18 April) will see a raft of new product launches from Inspired Audio. A year ago the company previewed its intention to broaden its offer from a live sound based range to encompass products for portable sound and fixed installation. The 2015 show will deliver the production-ready products that will deliver on that promise, the company says.

Portable products aimed at all aspects of live performance will be represented in the form of the MQ series, which features three full range enclosures. The MQ12 and MQ15 enclosures feature mid/bass cone drivers, with 3.5" aluminium voice coils for improved transient response, and neodymium magnet structures for reduced weight, combined with 1.4" exit compression drivers mounted on CD waveguides. The enclosures have a front trapezoid section, combined with a rear wedge angle to enable them to

Germany - This year at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt, lighting control specialist Visual Productions will officially launch the availability of three new products. The Dutch manufacturer will be located on its own stand in Hall 11 within the show area of the company's German distributor, LMP. These new products will also be highlighted in the LMP "New Product" area and available from their stock after the show.

Showing will be the QuadCore - a new solid-state lighting controller in the CueCore family. It features 2,048 DMX channels across 4 DMX outputs. The on-board flash memory allows for storing DMX shows. Playback can be fully automated and triggered by various IP based protocols.

The QuadCore is bundled with the CueluxPro software-based lighting control desk and includes a 4-universe license of CueluxPro. Larger universe numbers are achieved by stacking

Germany - Keeping digital music files safe is the focus of a special panel being hosted by the Music Producers Guild at this year's Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt.

Producers Tony Platt, Gareth Jones and Stevan Krakovic will take part in the event which aims to highlight the care that should be taken of recordings and session information, especially when an entire album's worth of creativity can now be contained on one memory stick.

"In the days of analogue recording, the tape box and track sheet logged all the important information, "Stevan Krakovic says "In this new digital age we have become very casual. Too many sessions are badly labelled and too much information goes unreported. Some people even entrust their valuable music to cheap hard drives without paying any attention to how accurately it has been copied. We really need to up our game and get

Germany - Lawo will present IP-based audio, video and network solutions for theatre and live applications in Frankfurt (Hall 8.0 / Booth B50). On show will be numerous Lawo products natively equipped with SMPTE 2022 and Ravenna/AES67 demonstrated in a fully operational setup, including the new mc²36 console designed for live performance applications utilizing RAVENNA and MADI, as well as both V-line and A-line video and audio processing and routing devices.

The new mc²36 is a Ravenna-based all-in-one mixing desk with a comprehensive feature set that covers theatre, house of worship, live and install applications. It delivers Lawo's high quality and reliability along with extensive routing options and flexible performance capabilities. Since it is natively equipped with Ravenna/AES67 technology, the mc²36 integrates seamlessly into IP infrastructures, which is indispensable fo

Germany - Movecat is bringing a wealth of new products in the fields of control, load measuring, chain hoists and services to this year's Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt. "The increasing demands of today's stage and show productions in terms of networking, flexibility and safety in the field of kinetics have really challenged our engineers," reports Andrew Abele, the company's CEO. "We are presenting the results of these engineering processes at our booth, Stand D84 in Hall 9, and are already looking forward to hearing the opinions of planners and users."

Load measuring products on show will include the LoCo R3 load measuring controller with analogue, digital and wireless inputs, a 4.3" touchscreen and web server functions as well as the only integrated load-measuring system for combined single- and dual-chain-fall operation without loss of installation heig

UK - CLD Distribution is co-hosting a stand with parent company Penn Elcom at the ever-popular PLASA Focus Leeds 2015 (11-12 May, Leeds Royal Armouries). Showcased will be the group's vast range of 19" racking and accessories and world-renowned flightcase hardware.

CLD will also have available its exclusive COMUS audio and power cable solutions on show. COMUS Cable is now available to all Penn Elcom Group customers along with the full ranges from GIG, Studio and Stealth Series Leads as shown on the CLD Website (www.cld-dist.co.uk) samples of which will be on display throughout the show.

Germany - Robe goes Large at the 2015 Prolight+Sound expo in Frankfurt with an expanded booth and lots of action, showcasing 10 new products on Stands B51 and B61 in Hall 11.0.

These include the BMFL Blade - the next fixture in Robe's new signature Bright Multi-Functional Luminaire (BMFL) range, which joins the successful BMFL Spot, launched six months ago.

The latest additions to the DL range include the DL7S Profile, DL4X Spot, DL4S Profile and the DL4F Wash; there are two new versions of Robe's ParFect LED PAR fixture, a new LED batten fixture, the CycBar 15 as well as a brand new LED moving light spot fixture - VIVA.

Robe prepares to rock the LED strobe market with its innovative and powerful Strobe (pronounced stro-bay to rhyme with Robe). The Strobe from Robe brings the ultimate flash factor to any show or event!

In addition to these 10 exciting and diverse products,

UK - The 2015 Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) has launched and submissions are already coming in for Television and Concert Touring and Events.

This year marks the eighth KOI Awards, which celebrates the creative talents of international lighting and digital content designers working in the UK in the sectors of TV, Theatre and Concert Touring and Events.

With a new award category in Concert Touring and Events for smaller club venues, this year's KOI will widen its reach to celebrate LDs from all stages and scales of touring. Concert Touring and Events is also welcoming a new member of the judging panel in the form of Total Production International magazine editor, Kelly Murray.

Submissions are open for the Television and Concert Touring and Events categories and shows performed or broadcast between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015 in the UK are eligible. As with pre

Germany - At Frankfurt this year, Pan Acoustics will feature the Dante option for Pan Beam series, Pan Speaker series and Pan Powerline.

The Dante option offers some interesting features: for example, Pan Beam columns can be operated with two independent audio streams with a sampling frequency of up to 192 kHz. The priority circuit in the Pan Beam columns allows automatic switchover of the audio source, for instance switching between programme and announcement signals.

Pan Acoustics' Dante option provides a primary and secondary port, which can be used in redundant or daisy-chain mode. The latter enables other compatible Dante devices, such as a digital stagebox, to be added into the network. Pan Beam models can be set and monitored via the Dante audio network (directivity, EQ, delay, etc) Switching presets, saved in the Pan Beam column speakers, is also possible.

The Pan Sp

Germany - Panasonic will present a 3D video mapping, on a scale model of the Bucharest Palace of Parliament, at Prolight+Sound 2015 in Frankfurt.

Using the newly launched DZ21K Evo series and the all new PT-DZ780, Panasonic will recreate a 3D video mapping projection used to celebrate the 555th anniversary of Bucharest, on the façade of Ceausescu's People's Palace.

The DZ21K2 Evo maintains the 20,000 lumens brightness of the original DZ21K, but features extended lamp life, lower operating noise, improved image clarity and connection, thanks to DIGITAL LINKTM compatibility and two 3G-SDI inputs.

"The projection mapping we'll have on our stand, delivered by our new flagship projector is incredibly impressive. It illustrates perfectly how scalable our projection solutions for rental and staging are," said Jan Markus Jahn, European director of visual system solutions

UK - Stage Electrics' hire department has announced a Product Showcase at its Bristol headquarters to give customers an opportunity to try out some of the latest in professional audio, lighting and video technology.

The event is being held on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th April. Products being put through their paces include: Clay Paky Mythos & Sharpy Wash, Martin Professional MAC Quantum Profile &

MAC Aura XB, the Roland V-800HD vision mixer, L'Acoustics ARCS Wide & Focus system, as well Yamaha and DiGiCo audio consoles plus two new lighting consoles; the Zero 88 FLX and the MA dot2.

Business development manager Mark Burnett commented: "We have made some significant investments in the Stage Electrics hire inventory in the last few months and customers have been asking for an opportunity to get their hands on the equipment and really put it through its paces. The aim of

Germany - ArKaos PROwill exhibit at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt in Hall 11.0 Stand A49 and will introduce and demonstrate the latest version of its successful professional MediaMaster software.

MediaMaster 4.2 now adds an integrated cue player and 4K support to the many tools already offered by this ever-popular software.

The new Cue Player is an important addition for users who require reliable, accurate playback of visual sequences, for example, on shows or installations requiring repeated automated playback. The Cue Player is built on top of MediaMaster's Theater Mode interface and can also be driven by Time Code as required. MediaMaster 4.2 is available as a free upgrade to MediaMaster 3.x or 4.x

ArKaos PRO's complete range of media servers will be exhibited. Comprising the Stage, Studio and Stadium servers, this range offers up to two-, four- and six-outputs respectively

Germany - Robert Juliat will be out in full force at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, where the company will exhibit alongside its German partners, Lightpower GmbH, in Hall 11 Stand D76.

Robert Juliat will celebrate the official launch of Roxie, its new 300W LED followspot. Roxie was previewed at JTSE 2014 and LDI 2014 and is the first LED followspot in the Robert Juliat portfolio.

At the opposite end of the scale, the rugged Merlin 2500W HMI touring spot - launched at PLASA 2014 - will be shown for the first time at Prolight + Sound. The first shipments of Merlin will soon be delivered to customers across the world through RJ's international distributor network.

Robert Juliat will extend its popular ZEP Fresnel range with the presentation of the new 360LF 300W LED Fresnel, a complement to its 150W little sister, the 340LF.

Finally, Robert Juliat will introduce a completely

Germany - MDG, manufacturer of fog, haze and low fog generators, will celebrate its 35th anniversary at Prolight+Sound.

Serving entertainment, industrial, fire-fighting and military customers since 1980, MDG will mark the occasion with the release of limited edition models of a new product line.

Throughout its history, MDG has developed the MAX Series of fog generators, the world-famous Atmosphere haze generator, winner of LDI's Best Lighting Product in 1997, and the award-winning theONE digital atmospheric generator, LDI's Best Debuting Product in 2010. These were followed in 2013 by the e-series which brought increased efficiency and total electronic control to the product range. Now, Prolight+Sound 2015 will see the launch of three new products, the latest in MDG's evolution of fog which will expand the range still further.

MDG's anniversary will also be marked by the lau

Germany - Ayrton will be "pushing the envelope once again at Prolight+Sound 2015" with the release of "a truly new innovation in LED luminaire design".

Code-named the A61 Project, the details of this new product are a tightly kept secret until the first day of the show when all will be revealed to visitors to Ayrton's stand (Hall 11.0 Stand D67).

A foretaste has just been released by Ayrton and can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/123426064. More details will follow soon.

"We are enjoying the speculation around our latest development and will be very excited to hear the reaction of our customers when we finally spring this surprise on them at the show," says Ayrton's Valère Huart-Gyors. "We believe that it is destined to be a real inspiration to lighting designers."

Following its successful launch at PLASA 2014, Ayrton's NandoBeam S9

Germany - UK-based automation and motion control specialist Kinesys launches a major system of new products at this year's Prolight+Sound - The Pathfinder System - which has been designed specifically for 3D path flying.

Kinesys exhibits at 2015's Prolight+Sound after a highly successful first time at last year's show which boosted its international business within the entertainment technology sector.

Kinesys is also highlighting its existing systems; the Velocity 2 SIL3 winch controller, the EVO and Elevation variable speed hoist systems, the DigiHoist fixed speed digital chain hoist controller and the Libra range of load measurement products.

Pathfinder uses the latest technology to provide a robust, customisable entertainment solution for the flying of performers, cameras and other objects in 3D. The system is designed with versatility in mind so that it can be used in an

Germany - ARX Systems, the Australian-based designer & manufacturer of digital and analogue interface and signal processing products will be releasing their new MIXXMaker multi format Bluetooth USB and Analogue audio mixer at Frankfurt.

ARX's managing director Colin Park said; "Here at ARX we're excited about releasing the new MIXXMaker which is the solution wherever users of audio systems need to connect the sometimes bewildering variety of audio protocols & connectors quickly, easily and faultlessly.

"SmartPhones, tablets, laptop computers and other Bluetooth, USB and MiniJack enabled devices have rapidly become the programme source of convenience for corporate A.V presentations, seminars, musicians, DJs, entertainment venues, gyms, system demonstrations and testing, and many other pro-audio playback applications.

"At ARX we've integrated Bluetooth, USB and

Germany - For Sennheiser, Musikmesse is all about the European launch of the evolution wireless D1 microphone series. The digital systems are totally self-configuring and have both intelligent frequency management and automatic sensitivity adjustment.

"We are really looking forward to our new location at Musikmesse," declares Ingo Angres, marketing manager of live performance and MI at Sennheiser. "The move to Hall 5 brings Sennheiser closer to the users, the music and the stage, and this is also reflected in the new stand design."

A visit to the evolution garage, a stint with the product specialists to talk shop, or a chat at the Sennheiser bar - all this is possible at the Sennheiser stand. A large "information pool" at the centre of the stand provides virtual access to all the necessary background information on the subjects of music and Sennhe

Germany - Baldwin Boxall will be on stand E39 in Hall 8 (with Laauser & Vohl) at this year's Prolight+Sound show.

Visitors to the stand will be able to preview VIGIL3 (Baldwin Boxall's next generation voice alarm system), see demonstrations of the new remote monitoring interface for VIGIL2 voice alarm systems and the forthcoming touchscreen microphone.

The forthcoming VIGIL3 will have many new features and advantages compared to other systems on the market today. The new VIGIL3 will include an Ethernet backbone with IP interfacing for simplicity and will be built for complete reliability and longevity - qualities that customers have come to expect from this UK manufacturer. VIGIL3 will be modular in format with various options available with regard to configuration and programming methods for the engineer and end user. The system will have the ability to include abundant input

Germany - Netherlands-based manufacturer and supplier of truss constructions, stages and complete event hardware, Eurotruss displayed its four main product groups: structures, stages, lifters and stage decks. In terms of structures, Eurotruss showed its upgraded Pre Rig Truss (PRT), the new Ladder Beam truss HD22 and the reinforced Mega Truss Series TTU and TTS.Next to that the brand new Eurotruss Lifters range (wind up stands) will be presented.

Within the product group the new Tunnel Roof series will be featured along with the PR15 Monster Roof. A special spot is reserved to display the fully integrated stage frame (Ballast Safe) that integrates towers in steel scaffolding stages. The established Eurotruss Stage Decks will also be present.

(Jim Evans)

Germany - The OCA Alliance is continuing its promotion of the OCA message at this year's Prolight+Sound exhibition, both on the exhibition floor and in the activities of its members at the show. Among exhibiting member companies, d&b audiotechnik is launching its next generation D20 amplifier, a major new OCA enabled product, on booth H8 J46.

The alliance's booth - H8 A11 - features a live demonstration of control and monitoring across networked audio devices from different manufacturers, and will be a point of contact for manufacturers and audio professionals looking for information, or wishing to consult with experts from the OCA Alliance.

Activities to promote the OCA vision of a common remote control standard include the alliance Manufacturers' Reception, at 18:00 on Wednesday 15 April on the Bosch Communications booth H8 A22. Leading technical and product specialists from

Germany - ETC's stand at this year's Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt, 15-18 April, is set to be their best yet. With so many products to display, ETC will have two stands (B65 and B66 in Hall 9), giving visitors the opportunity to see and try the company's newest products.

On display will be ETC's two console families, with Eos Ti and Gio, and Cobalt 20, Cobalt 10 and Congo jr powered by Cobalt.

A range of fixtures from Selador Desire washlights to the Source Four LED Series 2 range will also be available to demonstrate. The Source Four LED Series 2 comes in the full-colour Lustr array, as well as the two new white-light specialists of the family - Tungsten HD and Daylight HD. ETC will also show the variety of accessories and adapters that the Source Four LED system accepts, including the brand new Source Four LED Fresnel adapter.

The new ColorSource PAR fixture will also be dis

Germany - UK wireless LED manufacturer CoreLighting will launch its new StripPoint wireless LED batten at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt next week on Stand A65 in Hall 9.0.

Core will also show a selection of its other best-selling wireless LED products including the new PinPoint, the workhorse ColourPoint Mk 2 and the highly practical Flood30.

Core and White Light, exclusive distributor for the brand, have also just announced the appointment of Keylight as a dealer in Holland and Belgium, and will use the popularity and strategic positioning of Prolight to seek other potential partners in Europe and further afield.

The StripPoint expands Core's current range of robust products, as the trend and demand for good quality wireless LED fixtures for all types of events continues to grow apace.

The 1m long StripPoint unit features 18 mappable RGBW LEDs which emit an impressive 4000 lu

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