Germany - Bose Professional has drawn acclaim from end users and venue owners for its L1 portable array systems. At Prolight+Sound 2015, Bose expanded its portable P.A. offerings with the introduction of the F1 Model 812 flexible array loudspeaker and F1 subwoofer. Designed to serve an even broader set of applications than L1 systems, F1 Model 812 is the first powered portable loudspeaker that lets users optimise sound by creating up to four different vertical coverage patterns.

Offering exceptional power and clarity, the F1 system provides versatility for a wide range of applications and venues, easy setup, aesthetically pleasing design, and rugged durability.

The F1 system is an ideal choice for live music, DJ, corporate AV, house-of-worship, AV rental and general PA applications, says the company.

Craig Jackson, Bose Professional product line manager, portable products, s

Germany - Alcons Audio is celebrating its most successful Prolight+Sound ever, with two new pro-ribbon line-array systems, the LR28 and LR16.2, taking centre stage.

"This was our most successful Prolight+Sound to date," says Alcons co-founder Tom Back. "The LR28 created an incredible buzz. During the show, Norwegian rental company Trondheim Lyd was happy to announce the purchase of the first system in the world - a complete package of 32 LR28s, plus BC543 triple 18" cardioid subs and Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controllers."

The LR28 larger-format line-array marks an important advance for the company within the concert touring and large-scale installation market. Based on LR24 line-array, which was presented at last year's show, the LR28 offers a substantial increase in HF and LF output over its predecessor, the LR24, the system we spent the past

Germany - Prolight+Sound 2015 was a great success for Clay Paky. The 60 demos that were held one after the other in German and English during the four-day fair were seen by more than 10,000 people, with an average of 150-200 spectators at each.

The Clay Paky stand was designed to look like a large cinema where the Clay Paky lights were the stars of the show, thanks to a high resolution LED wall provided by Unitech Digital Media.

Pio Nahum, Clay Paky CEO, comments, "In my memory, I cannot recall another ProLight+Sound that was so busy and so full of visitors. Our demos were literally taken by storm and the interest in our new products was constant and widespread. We had some very interesting new contacts and noticed a general revival in the industry."

Clay Paky's stand stood beside the Osram stand. This year, Osram chose to be in the hall devoted to show technology

USA - PixelFLEX, the leading provider of flexible and lightweight LED video screens, will be returning to PLASA Focus at the Kansas City 2015 trade show with its new FLEXCurtain HD LED video wall, a physically lighter video product designed for a new variety of needs.

Displays for the FLEXTile, FLEX Lite and FLEXCurve will also be featured for the two-day convention that takes place 20-21 May at the Kansas City Convention Centre. This will be PixelFLEX's fourth time attending a PLASA Focus event, following the successful PLASA Focus in Orlando in February of this year.

"PixelFLEX has made a definitive mark in the LED world both in Nashville and through the rest of the country and world," said David Venus, PixelFLEX director of marketing. "Attending PLASA Focus as a vendor is a more intimate way for us to get the word out about how unique our products are, especi

Germany - French LED lighting manufacturer Ayrton surprised visitors and clients with the launch of no less than seven new products at Prolight + Sound 2015. The newest developments added three fixtures to Ayrton's Creative Solutions line, two specimens to its Imaging Displays portfolio and a further two additions to its Automated Luminaires range.

Heralded as the A61 Project prior to the show, Ayrton revealed a totally new technology that combines the first 94mm diameter narrow beam angle collimator with the latest generation high-power (40W or 60W) Osram multichip LED. Together these two elements create tighter beams with "an unrivalled centre beam intensity" that Ayrton has incorporated into three new Creative Solutions fixtures: MagicDot-R, CosmoPix-R and VersaPix-RS.

The latest member of the RADICAL series, MagicDot-R is the first professional moving head LED lu

Germany - The launch of Green-GO's new wireless extension of its Ethernet based multi-channel digital intercom system at this year's Prolight+Sound has been hailed a huge success by the company's sales manager Silvio Cibien.

He explained "We chose to début the new wireless system in Frankfurt as the event is always a highlight on our calendar and we are aware of the calibre of people that are drawn to the show. It is a truly international event and we wanted to introduce our new product to the world. It really is a remarkable development for the Green-GO system and as predicted, it was an amazing crowd catcher."

Silvio continued: "This year, we chose to take a display at the entrance of hall 8 which was instrumental in leading many curious customers to our booth. Visitors to our stand got to see the system in action and were extremely impressed with what

Germany - Robert Juliat served up an extremely well received menu of new products at Prolight + Sound 2015, starting with the presentation of its new asymmetrical LED cyclorama light, DALIS. The new 300W batten proved the hit of the Lightpower Village: DALIS stunned everyone with its powerful, smooth coverage and the huge variety of pastel and saturated colour generated by its 8-colour LED sources. "The spread and density of the light produced combined with the silent fanless operation makes it ideally suited to theatre and television," says sales director, Claus Spreyer. "We are really excited by the prospect of bringing this superb new Robert Juliat product to our customers."

Prolight+Sound also saw the official launch of Roxie, Robert Juliat's first LED followspot. The compact 300W wonder went down a storm with the visitors who said it is the ideal energy-

UK - Visitors to the upcoming PLASA Focus Leeds (12-13 May, Leeds Royal Armouries) will get the chance to see Meyer Sound's brand new LEOPARD and 900-LFC for the very first time in the UK.

Bradford-based Pro Audio Systems, Meyer Sound's official partner for the North of England and a long-term supporter of PLASA Focus, will be showing the brand new Meyer Sound Leopard and 900-LFC loudspeaker products on their stand (N-A18) throughout the show. Leopard and 900-LFC are the latest members of Meyer Sound's LEO family, and also by far the smallest and lightest, delivering extraordinary power and definition from very compact enclosures.

In addition to a large rental inventory of Meyer Sound equipment Pro Audio Systems also installs, sells and supports Meyer Sound products extensively.

In a remarkable coup for both PAS and the PLASA Focus, this is the very first showing of Meyer So

Germany - Philips has secured yet another successful year at Frankfurt's Prolight+Sound expo. The company launched a wide range of industry-anticipated new products from its entertainment lighting brands, including the Vari-Lite VL4000 BeamWash, Strand Lighting 500ML console and an array of innovative Showline luminaires, which garnered much excited feedback from visitors.

A dedicated Philips Vari-Lite booth was situated in the Lightpower village, where the VL4000 Spot and VL4000 BeamWash were product highlights.

"The new Vari-Lite VL4000 BeamWash gained much attention and a lot of praise at Prolight + Sound," says Bjoern Gaentzsch, Product Manager for Marketing and Public Relations at Lightpower. "Our customers were very happy with the fact that Vari-Lite has again developed a true masterpiece."

Alongside the Vari-Lite stand, Philips supported partner co

UK - Following a hugely successful Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt, ETC is getting ready to head to northern England, where its most popular new and updated products will be on display at PLASA Focus Leeds.

The new Source Four LED Fresnel adapter is set to take pride of place in the lighting area, alongside ColorSource PAR - the new addition to ETC's LED range which perfectly suits budget-starved venues without sacrificing the output quality or customer service levels that people have come to expect.

Source Four's miniature sibling, Source Four Mini, will also be on display, proving that bright, accurate light can come in a small package.

Meanwhile, an ETC Gio control desk will be joined by ETCnomad and ETCnomad Puck, each of which comes with powerful Eos-family software and provides similar lighting control features.

Gio is a compact control desk with big ideas: its fast, eas

Germany - MDG, the manufacturer of premiere fog, haze and low fog generators, celebrated its 35th anniversary at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt with the release of three new fog generators.

The Me Series has been designed as the next stage in MDG's evolution of fog and represents a new family of generators with a higher degree of controllability and a powerful output from a compact chassis.

Me1 is the smallest of the Me family with a single nozzle output that can produce up to 100m3 (3,521 ft3) of fog per minute. It is unique in offering a MAX 3000 configuration setting.

Me2 is the powerful twin of the Me1, housed in the same size chassis but with twice the power and a dual output of 200m3 (7,063 ft3) per minute.

Me4's powerful quadruple output produces up to 400m3 (14,126 ft3) of fog per minute and is the ideal generator for applications requiring seriously high quantities of

UK - Artistic Licence, the experts in lighting control, invite visitors to stand N-B23 at this year's PLASA Focus Leeds. Making its debut is versaSplit mini, a multi-functional modular DMX distribution system that promises to be the lighting control industry's equivalent of a Swiss Army knife.

versaSplit mini is housed in a compact metal case, suitable for desktop or truss mounting via an adapter. It comes with an inter-changeable input module, allowing the user to select between DMX/RDM, Ethernet (Art-Net, sACN & KiNET) or CRMX wireless DMX input.

The product features six splitter outputs, fitted with 5-pin XLR connectors. Moreover, all the input modules allow the user to switch to a 'fix mode' if any flickering is encountered.

The beauty of the product is that all the input modules (of which there are six types) can be purchased separately, making versaSplit mini an extrem

USA - Creative Stage Lighting is bringing its High End Systems Hog 4 training programme to PLASA Focus Kansas City 2015. As part of PLASA Focus Kansas City, CSL will hold a Hog 4 training course before the show at Harvest Productions, 18-19 May.

The ETC Ion Console May 18th training at XS Lighting is now sold out.

The PLASA Focus: Kansas City show floor and two days of additional Professional Development Programme seminars will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center 20-21 May.

The Hog 4 two-day hands-on training session will be taught by CSL sales engineer Phil Heid. Students will learn basic and intermediate Hog 4 programming techniques, including console layout, launching and managing shows, patching and editing fixtures, groups, palettes, directories and more. Students will be supplied their own HOG 4 controller to use for the duration of the class. Seats are priced

Germany - UK based motion control specialist Kinesys launched its new Pathfinder system at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt which was a great success.

The energy levels in Hall 9 of the Messe exhibition centre and specifically on and around the Kinesys booth were definitely up on 2014, and once again, the brand attracted a lot of interest from multiple market sectors and visitors from all over the world.

The launch of Pathfinder reinforced Kinesys' confidence in the exhibition as a major international gateway for the entertainment technology industry. It also built on the last 12 months' drive to get the brand further established within new territories, of which the company's inaugural Prolight exhibition in 2014 was an integral part.

"We were exceptionally pleased with the interest in Pathfinder and in Kinesys generally," underlines MD Dave Weatherhead.

"Followi

Germany - Power management company Eaton launched its new FLX lighting console - part of a new performance lighting control product line from Zero 88 - at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt.

The Zero 88 team helped generate a great buzz and enjoyed a huge response to the FLX from the public as well as amassed international press and media.

A special press event on the Thursday was attended by a slew of industry journalists from around the world, and FLX demonstrations involving multiple consoles took place throughout the show on the stand of Zero 88's German distributor Ultralight. This was right at the heart of all the action in Hall 11 - arguably and consistently the busiest of the expo.

FLX has been designed to maximize the creativity and time of lighting designers working on medium sized shows across all sectors of the industry.

This powerful and compact console offers a clea

UK - Fresh off a successful Prolight+Sound show in Frankfurt, Elation Professional heads to the Royal Armouries in Leeds for PLASA Focus, where premiere launch products like the all-new ACL Series of LED lights and the powerful hybrid Platinum FLX moving head will be on display, and much more.

Join the Elation team 12-13 May at Stand N-D32 for the opportunity to talk in depth with qualified Elation personnel and get an up-close look at Elation's line of versatile lighting solutions.

The new ACL Series features a new highly advanced collimator lens optic, the largest single multi-chip LED lens optic to date at the same size of a PAR 20 lamp. Using the newest high-output Osram RGBW 15W multi-chip LED, its large-size optical design produces a laser-like homogenized 4-degree beam from each lens for extremely high output efficiency. Five models are available - ACL Par, ACL Bar, ACL

UK - From its award-winning venue, to its business only focus and change in opening hours, PLASA 2015 has its sights firmly set on providing a show that delivers on every level.

"This will be our third year at London's ExCeL," says Christopher Toulmin, director of Events Division at PLASA. "Relocating events is never an easy decision to make but the closure of Earls Court made it inevitable. Our move to ExCeL- the only venue in London that can fully support the technical requirements of our industry- has proved the right decision and has enabled us to pursue our exciting plans for development."

With a track record of hosting world-leading events such as PLASA London, ExCeL is the UK's largest exhibition and conference venue and a compelling destination for business professionals. Part of a 100 acre campus, ExCeL boasts easy transport links to central London

UK - At PLASA Focus Leeds, KV2 will promote the newly released ESD 5. The ultra compact two-way 5" ESD 5 is the latest addition to KV2 Audio's passive ESD range. The ESD 5 has been developed in conjunction with prestigious sound designers working globally within the theatre industry. It was initially designed as a high quality delay unit for theatre applications where high quality audio is paramount but sight lines are also key.

The ESD 5 is equally at home as a discreet sound reinforcement product for entertainment venues, houses of worship, schools and boardrooms and can be used with KV2 Audio's ESD subwoofers to create an ultra-compact portable PA System.

The use of a conventional compression driver rather than a soft dome tweeter ensures that the ESD 5 offers KV2's renowned sound and ensures consistent performance throughout venues when augmenting existing KV2 systems

UK - d&b audiotechnik has announced its return to PLASA Focus Leeds for 2015. Taking place from 12-13 May at the Royal Armouries, the upcoming show follows a very successful Prolight+Sound for d&b. The company introduced three new products: the D20 amplifier, the MAX2 stage monitor and ArrayProcessing, a significant software update within ArrayCalc V8.

At stand NA-24 in the New Dock Hall this trio of products will make their UK debut.

ArrayProcessing is a new, optional, feature for optimizing the tonal and level balance of d&b J, V and Y-Series line array systems across an entire listening area, significantly improving the consistency of performance.

The D20 joins the D80 as part of the four channel, 2RU amplifier family. It features intuitive user interfaces and fast, responsive remote control and monitoring via Ethernet, through the OCA protocol.

The MAX2 is a flexible 1

USA - On 20 March, 2015 the awards for the second annual ASTC/USITT Venue Renovation Challenge were presented in Cincinnati, Ohio at the 55th annual USITT Conference and Expo. The Renovation Challenge was created to give student USITT members an opportunity to work with a practicing ASTC theatre consultant and to stretch their skills and knowledge by developing a scope of work for the improvement of an existing performance venue and present it, as they would in the real world to a client, at an USITT Panel with a live audience.

The members of the Yale University team were Jeong Sik Yoo and Mitchell Cramond with Gene Leitermann serving as ASTC mentor with Matt Welander as faculty advisor. The Yale University team selected their subject to be the University Theatre at Yale.

The members of the DePaul University team were; Jamie Davis, David Millard, Jackson Walsh, Alyse Porsella,

Germany - Optocore celebrated a 'triumphant return' to Prolight+Sound this year by successfully premiering its new MADI multi-interface switches and bridges.

Launching the new M8 (with four MADI ports) and M12 (eight MADI ports) to the world's press, Optocore founder Marc Brunke told the rapt gathering why they had prioritised the MADI standard. "Throughout the years there have been many voices that believed MADI would not survive the increased number of network protocols," he said. "However, we have observed the complete opposite - MADI is the easiest and most popular multi-channel protocol, and is built into almost any professional equipment."

With only a single cable connection needed to create a MADI-based system it is little wonder that the feedback at the stand was so positive - particularly as the company's DD2FR-FX and DD4MR-FX MADI devices are amon

UK - Long-term supporters of PLASA Focus in Leeds, Martin Audio returns to the Royal Armouries (Booth # N-C19) on 12-13 May where it will dedicate its stand to the UK premier of the new CDD installation series (which received its global launch in Frankfurt last month).

Combining distinctive curved enclosures with unique Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology, the series is designed to deliver class-leading performance, fidelity and coverage consistency to most install applications via six two-way full-range coaxial systems - ranging from the micro CDD5 to the powerful CDD15. These are complemented by a range of high-performance subwoofers.

The company will also be participating in the seminar programme, in the Wellington Room on both days (between 11:30 - 12:15) under the title The Shape of Things to Come.

Martin Audio product support engineer Robin Dibble will be

Germany - ArKaos PRO enjoyed a spectacularly successful show at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt with its stand constantly awash with new and existing customers eager to see the company's latest developments.

The stand's complex projection surfaces were a perfect foil to illustrate the capabilities of ArKaos PRO's Kling-Net, the protocol driving its LEDMaster LED show control, and the latest version of ArKaos PRO MediaMaster software.

Visitors to the stand were also able to witness for themselves the technical wizardry and simple operation of ArKaos PRO LEDMaster - an all-in-one solution which delivers LED show control in three easy steps. Designed to work in conjunction with ArKaos PRO's Kling-Net protocol, LEDMaster adds a layer of intelligence to any LED device by automatically recognising and configuring it to make it ready for mapping. Scenes can be triggered live, automatically

Germany - Entertainment motion control systems expert XLNT Advanced Technologies enjoyed a busy and successful Prolight+Sound show in Frankfurt with the launch of CyberHoist II, the second generation of the world's first intelligent, variable speed chain hoist.

The system has been designed for heavy-duty, worldwide touring and large-scale events. Already proven to be an instant hit with safety conscious professionals across the world, it went out on several productions immediately after initial customers took delivery. Amongst those was the Linkin Park tour, where it delivered fast and precise automation of the arena show's moving elements.

"We were delighted to have Ingo Koenzen, show operator for the recent Linkin Park tour, on stand with us at ProLight," says XLNT's Director of Sales and Marketing Marc van der Wel. "He, along with Sebastian Habrechtsmeier, Cy

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