UK - After several years of investment in R&D resources, more than doubling the department's engineering staff, and following on from research projects into loudspeaker protection and adaptive protection, the APA Series makes its PLASA debut this year.

The completely new power and DSP platforms have been designed to interact intelligently and adapt to prevailing conditions, protecting drivers, and significantly enhancing performance from all speaker systems.

Waring Hayes, XTA's technical brand manager explains why this is at the centre of the design ethos for APA. "It's not so difficult to add a DSP module to an existing amplifier design in the form of a plug-in card, but to provide the level of monitoring and feedback within the amplifier that we wanted - that took a little longer!"

The tight coupling of the power supply's behaviour through real time monitoring of

UK - Visitors to PLASA London 2014 are invited to twice daily light shows on the Philips Entertainment stand L80, where they will be able to see Philips Selecon's latest innovation in LED technology, the RAMA LED Fresnel, in action.

Designed for 230v operation, the RAMA LED Fresnel combines the superior control and light quality of a Philips Selecon Fresnel but with added LED advantages. It provides an adjustable cone of light, has a soft edge and is easily blended with adjacent beams to provide even illumination.

A key benefit of the exciting new luminaire is that it is no longer necessary to change lamps and as a 3000K LED source, designers can use colour filters, in a similar way to a tungsten unit. It is also the ideal tool for general stage lighting as it has a smooth dimming curve and offers significant reductions in power consumption over traditional 1/1.2kW Tungsten Ha

UK - Faster rigging of stage and sets combined with improved safety are just two of the benefits offered by Doughty Engineering's Modular Rigging System, shown at PLASA for the first time.

A strong, safe alternative to 'home made' drop arms, which until now have been the only option for riggers, the system uses tried and tested connectors to give a SWL of 100kg and enables the safe and speedy rigging of luminaires from truss or fixed tubes or barrels. It also provides for a range of configurations to open up the possibility for highly innovative lighting design.

The Modular Rigging System uses 48mm diameter aluminium barrels in conjunction with a truss style conical coupling and is designed as two parts - Modular Drop Arms, which are single arms designed to be suspended with a coupler, and H-Frames, which can be suspended or floor-standing with tank traps.

Mark Chorley, desi

UK - Venues with limited budgets that wanted to update their lighting systems with LEDs have until now often had only one option: flimsy, noisy and undependable fixtures with incredibly limited, fake-looking colour that drifted as soon as they were turned on. Now ETC has a new solution: the ColorSource PAR, an LED luminaire developed by colour experts and backed by ETC's industry leading service department. Schools, houses of worship, small theatres and other venues with tight budgets now have a way to affordably upgrade to LEDs, without losing out on beautiful colour.

Since ETC began developing LED luminaires, the company has spent a lot of time experimenting with colour, inventing LED products whose colour capabilities go well beyond what is available on the market today. ETC has applied this expertise to the ColorSource PAR, which uses a proportionate blend of red, green, blu

UK - ELC Lighting's Buddy has made its PLASA debut. Launched in summer 2014, the pocket sized Ethernet to DMX node has already won rave reviews from industry lighting designers and those who visited stand C03 at this year's show were amazed at just how capable the little device is. Designed and engineered as an entry level product, the Buddy was originally aimed at students, but is already being hailed as an essential piece of kit that established designers want carry in their back pockets, with several hundred units already sold.

Speaking at the ELC-Lighting stand, Silvio Cibien said, "Buddy has all the functions required to enable a user to get DMX out of their laptop at an entry level price. We feel that those taking their first tentative steps in the industry need to be able to experiment without the fear of doing something wrong, or losing all their work.

"The B

UK - At PLASA 2014, Shure Distribution UK (SDUK) has announced the addition of the PSM300 Stereo Personal Monitor Systems to the existing Shure line of In-Ear Monitoring (IEM) technology.

PSM300 introduces the clarity and precision of stereo, 24-bit digital audio processing to the PSM line, while still offering users the customised mix control for which PSM systems are renowned. The PSM300's two-tier entry-level/pro-grade control interface allows any user to get a personal monitoring mix up and running with speed and confidence, whether they're experienced engineers or new to IEM systems.

PSM 300 will be offered in two system configurations. The baseline PSM 300 Stereo Wireless Personal Monitor System includes SE112 Sound Isolating™ Earphones and delivers detailed 24-bit digital audio processing and reliable wireless operation over a range in excess of 90 metres. Shure-pa

UK - Solid State Logic has announced a major expansion to its Live console range with the release of the SSL Live.L300 console and a new V2.5 software release that brings significant developments to the SSL Live console platform.

The release of the new L300 console and a major new software update signals SSL's dedication to remaining at the leading edge of the live sound industry for many years to come, says the company. L300 and the new V2.5 software release embodies the SSL tradition of listening to engineers and customers and demonstrates our commitment to rapid continuous development. The L300 will be shown at the 137th AES show in Los Angeles this week.

The new release means there are now two models available in the SSL Live console range, the larger L500 and the new more compact L300. Both consoles are equipped for applications in touring, installation, Houses Of Worship

USA - At AES in Los Angeles this week, British reference loudspeaker manufacturer PMC will launch the QB1 Active, a large-scale, ultra-high-resolution main studio monitor with analogue and digital (up to 192kHz) inputs.

Designed for either soffit-mounted or free-standing use, each QB1-A incorporates the latest generation of PMC's driver designs, Class-D amplification, Advanced Transmission Line (ATL) bass-loading technology, DSP control, and a quartet of 10-inch carbon fibre/Nomex piston bass drivers to create a single reference monitor that has "the transparency, resolution, dynamic range, frequency response, forensic sense of detail, and wide, consistent imaging demanded by the international audio elite".

The QB1-A has its roots in the observation by PMC's design team that there were no large-scale active studio monitors on the market taking advantage of the latest

UK - PLM+ is the new touring platform launched in London this week by Lab.gruppen. It offers "all the performance characteristics, flexibility, and raw power of the 20000Q, but with twice the processing power, twice the throughput and a whole host of additional features and improvements designed to deliver real world benefits and make the life cycle of any production easier, smoother and more efficient, from the system design stage, operating, through to the final load out".

PLM+ range offers two models - PLM20k44 and the PLM12k44 - each combining a true 4in/4out configuration for audio IO as well as four modules of Lake Processing.

PLM 12K44 - which is targeted as a successor to the PLM 10000Q - offers "a giant leap forward" in its power segment with Universal power supply, PFC, 8 x Dante Break in/out, and other hugely significant benefits never before ava

UK - Visitors to the Shure Distribution UK stand at PLASA 2014 took the opportunity to learn more about Shure's QLX-D Digital Wireless system, which is making its UK trade show debut at PLASA. Delivering exceptional wireless performance with transparent 24-bit digital audio, QLX-D features networked control and compatibility with Shure's intelligent rechargeable battery technology.

QLX-D Digital Wireless transmits accurate audio with extended, flat frequency response. The system's automatic channel scan and IR sync make finding and assigning an open frequency quick and easy. Ideal for live sound events as well as installations at public and corporate facilities, academic institutions, houses of worship, hotels, music venues, and more, QLX-D's solid RF performance enables users to confidently cover applications with diverse requirements.

"This system packs in a lot of soph

The Netherlands - The Apart Microphone Discussion System is a highly flexible small to medium size tabletop discussion system. This easy to set up and easy to use audio system is designed for meeting rooms, board rooms and medium conference rooms. This discussion system consists of a chairman unit (MDS.CHAIR) and up to 19 delegate units (MDS.DEL). The connection interface (MDS.INT) is located at the beginning of the microphone chain.

This MDS system has a unique circuit loop design with an easy set-up using standard Cat 5 cables for linking up to 20 units in a daisy chain (every microphone and switching adaptor can be located anywhere in the loop). When the chairman presses the mute button, only the chairman unit will be active and all delegates will be muted and deactivated. The delegates can press a button to talk into the flexible gooseneck microphone (no mute function).


USA / UK - WorxAudio Technologies, a division of PreSonus Audio Electronics has announced that the company's new TrueLine X2i-P/D, X3i-P/D, and X5i-P/D line array systems and X115i-P/D and X118i-P/D subwoofers will incorporate PreSonus Active Integration technology and PreSonus' SL-Dante-SPK card. The TrueLine X2i-P/D, X3i-P/D, and X5i-P/D will be the first line arrays to offer Audinate's Dante technology with PreSonus Active Integration.

All Active Integration loudspeakers feature a powerful CPU that enables many advanced functions and come with a USB Wi-Fi LAN module to connect to free SL Room Control software over a wireless network.

SL Room Control is an impressive system-configuration application for Mac OS X, Windows, and iPad that provides both individual and grouped speaker control and includes graphic and parametric EQ, notch filters, compressor, limiter, muting, solo

USA - Astera will be attending LDI, in Las Vegas from 21-23 November, 2014. Booth 1286 will be occupied by Astera and their totally wireless event lights.

Sebastian B├╝ckle, sales and marketing director at Astera, commented: "We're delighted to be going back to the LDI. It's the biggest show on the calendar to showcase our event range and this year we have a complete line of state-of-the-art wireless fixtures as well as our new app."

The AsteraApp will allow users to control and target any or all lights, group lights, change the effects of lights, as well as brightness, fade, speed etc.

The Lightdrop is a waterproof fixture equipped with a 15W Cree LED chip and many types of application, including magnetic underside, diffusors, hanging hooks, bracket, wall-washing ability, and truss applications via clamps.

The younger brother of the SpotMax (AX10), the SpotLite

USA - Audio-Technica unveiled the latest addition to its flagship 50 Series studio microphone range at the AES Convention in Los Angeles. The AT5045 is a hand-built, large-diaphragm, stick-design side-address condenser instrument microphone with a cardioid polar pattern designed to deliver natural, well-balanced sound with exceptional realism and depth. Available separately or as stereo pairs (AT5045P), the mics are engineered to meet the most critical requirements of professional recording.

The AT5045's large diaphragm design allows for fast transient response, low noise, high SPL handling (149 dB SPL) and impressive dynamic range (141dB). Such specifications make it an inappropriate instrument microphone, particularly suited to use on overheads, percussion, acoustic guitar, strings and other acoustic instruments requiring the capture of dynamic, detailed sound.

Featuring a p

UK - Wireless battery powered lighting manufacturers Core Lighting reports an excellent PLASA 2014 exhibition at London's ExCeL Centre, which they seized as an opportunity to launch the new little PinPoint fixture.

Core's PinPoint - made in the UK as with all their product range - attracted serious attention.

Already in production, the tiny IP65 rated wireless pin-spot / birdie weighs just 700 grams while its single LED lightsource outputs a punchy 300 lumens.

The head is connected to the base of the PinPoint via a flexible stainless steel 'gooseneck' for maximum focusability, and the brushed aluminium housing gives a contemporary, streamlined finish which looks fabulous in any environment.

Further options are added with the base capable of vertical or horizontal orientation making it ideal for sitting on shelves.

In another touch of innovation, the base is magnetic for

UK - Flare Audio has launched what they believe to be the world's first 'fully' open back headphones. The Reference R1, aimed at the pro audio and audiophile market, uses Flare's unique new approach to produce distortion free sound, even at full volume, enabling true transfer and transmission of source material.

Revealed at PLASA 2014 in London, the R1's were nominated for the show's Award for Innovation and are stopping people in their tracks with their undeniably crystal clear sound. This is enabled using Flare's groundbreaking new approach based on 'Waveform Integrity'.

"Traditional headphone designs are based around two main formats, closed and open backed. Both of these traditional approaches suffer from sound distortions in some way caused by enclosed residual pressure interference (ERPI)," explains Flare managing director and R1 creator, Davies Roberts.


UK - At PLASA London 2014, Chauvet Professional previewed several products to be launched at next month's LDI in Las Vegas, including two new Rogue Wash fixtures, an addition to the COLORado family and a house light from the Ovation line. The show also marked the European debut of a selection of exciting fixtures including the Next NXT-1 moving head LED display and the ÉPIX Tile 2.0.

Making their international debut at the show were two new additions to the successful Rogue family, the R1 Wash and R2 Wash. The Rogue R1 Wash is a powerful wash unit with smooth colour blending and zone-segmented LED control for stunning visual effects. A versatile and bright LED wash, it is "guaranteed to give you the coverage you need at the speed you require". The Rogue R1 Wash features smooth pan and tilt operation, a 3° to 34° zoom range that gives you the spread to co

Europe - Panasonic has unveiled an ultra-narrow, 3.5mm bezel display for video walls, promising high picture quality and high reliability.

The new 55" TH-55LFV70 display, available next month (November), has been designed with the industry's narrowest bezel, allowing configurations of powerful and natural images with the screen borders barely visible.

The TH-55LFV70 series features a 'failover system'. With two DVI-D ports, HDMI, DisplayPort, DIGITAL LINK, and USB, if the main video and audio signals are interrupted, the system immediately switches to alternative signals, making it suitable for critical applications in control rooms and surveillance centres.

The TH-55LFV70 is also capable of continuous 24/7 operation and supports portrait installation.

Enrique Robledo, marketing manager at Panasonic, said, "Because of the in-plane switching (IPS) panel, the displ

France / UK - Robert Juliat chose PLASA London 2014 to unveil its latest followspot, Merlin revealed both its name and its presence on the Robert Juliat stand, shared with exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere, to give visitors the first opportunity to see the new touring model.

A complement to Robert Juliat's extensive range of premium spots, Merlin is the culmination of an ambitious project to produce a powerful, rugged followspot for the touring market. With an output that belies its 2500W HMI lamp and a massive 3-12° beam range, Merlin covers both long and medium throw ranges in one unit. Merlin delivers a performance that outshines the ever-increasing power of LED lighting and videowall backlighting, while newly designed bodywork ensures Merlin is easy to install and maintain, tough enough for the road and supremely tourable.

Merlin has been created to reflect the spe

Denmark - Martin Professional reports that the Rush DC 1 Aqua LED light for nightclub and DJ effects is now shipping. The ultra-compact yet powerful DC 1 Aqua combines Martin's advanced LED technology with a host of additional innovative features to project vibrant aquatic decoration effects.

Designed for use in nightclubs, bars and other entertainment venues, the Rush DC 1 Aqua provides bright and compact LED water effect lighting for washes through crowds, lounges, across walls and above bar counters. The fixture features full electronic dimming, variable manual focus, variable effect speed/direction control and five selectable colours, including open white and split colour options.

"We understand the challenges integrators face when designing lighting solutions for entertainment and leisure environments," said Mark Buss, product manager, Rush by Martin. "The

UK - A must-see highlight on stand P80 at PLASA London 2014 was the Colorist Series from Iluminarc, the architectural and architainment lighting brand of Chauvet.

Making their European debut at PLASA London, these IP65-rated, high-output colour-mixing RGBA LED pods, panels and linear fixtures have the adaptability to be used across markets. They come housed in sleek, low profile white cases that are designed to blend into all types of architectural installations, as well as provide an elegant look when used in public spaces for event lighting. Robust and weather-resistant, the Colorist fixtures are also very economical and easy to set up and/or install.

All Colorist models come standard with IP-rated DMX tails that can be permanently installed in a covered structure or used for chaining together fixtures at temporary outdoor events like festivals. For added flexibility, the fi

UK - The worldwide premier of the new Y-Series loudspeakers from d&b audiotechnik took centre-stage at Stand D80 in the d&b corner of PLASA London 2014.

With utility and flexibility in mind, the design of the new Y-Series from d&b audiotechnik presents both point source and line array modules. The Y7P and Y10P point source and the Y8 and Y12 line source loudspeakers each feature two 8" drivers with neodymium magnets mounted in a dipolar arrangement around a 1.4" compression driver. All models are passively crossed over, keeping amplifier channels to a minimum.

The Y-Series line array modules bear more than a passing resemblance to their larger cousins, the V and J-Series. All three Series have the same rigging design in common, while the new Y8 and Y12 share the familiar 80° and 120° horizontal dispersion characteristics, with horizontal dispersion control do

UK - Manchester based rental and staging firm AtoV are amongst the first in the UK to purchase Panasonic's new PT-RZ670 laser light projectors. AtoV has purchased six of the high brightness, 6,500 lumen 1-chip DLP laser projectors which will be delivered this month.

Allan Hindley, Partner at AtoV, said: "These projectors hold a number of benefits over lamp based projectors; a wider colour gamut and better lumen maintenance, ease of installation and less maintenance. They'll prove to be a valuable asset to our inventory."

Panasonic product marketing specialist, Tom Gibson, said: "There has been a truly phenomenal response to Solid Shine laser light source projectors since we launched the first in the series at ISE2013.

"The PT-RZ670 compliments the company's existing line-up of projectors, and features 20,000 hours of working life without lamp replacement

USA - Metric Halo has announced the immediate availability of its new MH Dirty Delay plug-in.

Dirty Delay is a visceral, gritty, fantastic-sounding musical feedback delay processor with integrated Character and filters in the delay path. It can create "awesome vintage echo and tape-delay style sounds as well as lush and subtle spaces in a mix". New users are already finding that it is more "real" sounding than alternative in-the-box delay processors.

Not just a musical feedback delay, MH Dirty Delay is something special. With the integrated filters and character in the feedback path you can make it clean or dirty, vintage or futuristic, subtle or nasty.

With dual delay lines, cross-feed, feedback and distortion control, Dirty Delay is capable of creating extraordinarily rich and complex textures and patterns from your audio. Dirty Delay adds texture and m

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