UK - Continuing its drive toward offering the broadest possible range of options to its customers, leading provider of professional audio equipment, Audiologic has secured the exclusive distribution of Xilica's high performance audio DSP systems.

With its complete line-up of DSP project solutions, Canada-based Xilica has established a strong global platform, with its products installed across a huge range of applications including houses of worship, hotels, conference centres, theme parks, sports facilities and recording studios,.

Audiologic's Andy Lewis was keen to stress the importance to the company of covering every aspect of the audio field on behalf of its customers:

"In recent times we've acquired a number of exclusive, high profile, high quality brands. What's important to Audiologic is that all our brands cater for every conceivable requirement our customers ca

Portugal - After extensive engineering work the new PFA Series is in production and they are ready for delivery.

The PFA speaker series features passive and self-powered speakers, designed to deliver high output and dynamics, extreme linearity and fidelity at a very competitive price, making them an affordable solution for the professional market.

Recommended for use in either fixed installations or mobile applications the PFA12 and the PFA15 are effective both as a stage monitor or as a compact FOH system.

Entirely made in Portugal, the PFA series uses quality custom made components, mounted on birch plywood enclosures, coated by a scratch resistant textured paint to assure an outstanding sonic performance and extreme mechanical ruggedness.

The heart of the new Next-proaudio powered speaker series, is a powerful, 1650Wrms (3300Wpeak), lightweight, highly efficient Class D

The Netherlands - Elation Professional has announced the world premiere launch of a "truly innovative game-changing product that is unlike anything on the market today". The Sniper is a new type of hybrid multi-effect lighting fixture and laser simulator that gives the creative LD an all-new tool to create stunning light shows.

Unveiled at the PRO Show in Birmingham, England, the Sniper is a revolutionary hybrid beam, scanner and laser simulator in one. Emitting a powerful, precise and ultra-narrow 3° beam, a high-speed X/Y scan and Z rotation mirror system allows the Sniper to spread laser-like effects including liquid sky, laser wave, and laser cone effects, all moving at speeds never seen before. What's more, Sniper allows these effects to be projected and "scanned" into the crowd and without the hassle of laser regulations.

"The Sniper is unlik

The Netherlands - The 'third chapter' of Yamaha's Dante R-series i/o units received its worldwide launch at IBC 2014, with the introduction of the RMio64-D rack unit for Dante/MADI conversion in broadcast and live sound applications.

Launched with the CL series digital mixing consoles in 2012, Yamaha's Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D i/o units were followed in 2013 by the Ri8-D and Ro8-D, all delivering outstanding sonic performance and flexibility for Dante-based audio systems.

Scheduled to be available in late 2014, the new RMio64-D enhances this legacy further by allowing audio from a CL/QL live sound (or other Dante-equipped) system, to be converted to MADI and fed to an OB vehicle or other recording facility. Alternatively, it can allow a MADI-based console to be easily integrated into a Nuage system for post-production.

Word clock synchronisation can be an issue when convertin

The Netherlands - At IBC, Audio-Technica unveiled its new AT8024 mono/stereo camera-mount microphone at IBC2014, aimed at bringing quality audio to DSLR video shooters in a simple and easy-to-use format.

The short shotgun microphone is powered by a single AA battery and connects to cameras with an unbalanced stereo 3.5mm TRS jack. Aware of the challenges of recording high quality audio in demanding, often fast-moving situations, Audio-Technica has also equipped the AT8024 with a low cut filter to reduce low frequency rumble and -10dB and -20dB pad settings to minimise the chance of overloading the camera's audio input.

Switchable mono or stereo operation extends the new microphone's flexibility. Additionally, the AT8024 features an integrated shockmount and foam windscreen with wind muff.

IBC2014 will also saw demonstrations of Audio-Technica's new ATND971 Cardioid Condenser

Spain - WEQ 231 is the new stereo equalizer of 31 + 31 bands with constant bandwidth (constant Q) by Work Pro. The main feature that makes WEQ 231 different is the addition of feedback alert function.

The feedback alert allows to check in real time if there is any signal peak on a specific frequency. This warning is visible through the lighting of the LED that belongs to the detected frequency. The system adds a general sensitivity adjustment control in order to hit the right frequency value in the hypothetical case of feedback detection on adjacent frequencies; thereby, the user is warned with greater accuracy about the feedback point and is able to modify the response curve removing the one-time feedback.

In addition to this main feature, WEQ 231 adds features that are usually incorporated in this kind of device, such as high-pass and low-pass filters, the possibility of adj

Germany - With the new SL Interpreter console, audio specialist Sennheiser expands its Tourguide conference and presentation system with a complete solution for controlling language interpreting channels.

As a self-contained unit for simultaneous interpreting, Sennheiser's SL Interpreter brings together all the key functions of an interpreting console. When combined with the rack-mount SR 2020 Tourguide transmitter and Tourguide receivers for the audience, it delivers scalable language interpreting solutions that ensure simple installation and user-friendly operation.

"Whether you're doing a small product presentation or an international conference with hundreds of participants - SL Interpreter will impress with its flexibility and ease of use," explained Wienand Mensendiek, manager Portfolio and Channel Development Integrated Systems at Sennheiser.

In combination

The Netherlands - HHB Communications debuted several important broadcast audio products with co-exhibitors TC Electronic, Dynaudio Professional, Roland and Mogami at IBC 2014.

With a strong focus on the latest loudness hardware and software technologies, HHB can assist you in meeting the Digital Production Partnership's 1 October deadline for AS-11 file delivery and R128 loudness criteria. As such, HHB hosted the world debut of the TC Electronic's aNorm adaptive normalisation algorithm and the 1U Loudness Pilot, plus the latest software for TouchMonitor audio and loudness meters.

This is in addition to new and enhanced versions of Nugen Audio's range of loudness plug-ins, including the latest version of the LMB Loudness Management Batch processing plug-in featuring DynApt loudness compliant dynamic adaptation.

HHB highlighted several of Roland's newest AV technologies, inclu

The Netherlands - At IBC 2014 Clear-Com introduced the LINQ product line. LINQ interfaces are compact devices that enable connection of two-wire partyline with call signaling and four-wire audio over LAN, WAN or Internet IP infrastructures. Based on Clear-Com's patented I.V.-Core technology, LINQ provides the industry with the next step in intercom/audio linking technology, says the company.

LINQ is available in two-wire (LINQ-2W2) or four-wire (LINQ-4W2) options. The LINQ-2W2 is both Clear-Com and RTS TW compatible. The LINQ-4W2 can interconnect with devices, such as analogue ports of any matrix intercom system, analog telephone circuits, two-way radio gateways and audio consoles. A maximum of six LINQ IP interfaces can be linked together in any two- or four-wire combination.

LINQ uses the Opus high quality audio codec. The bitrate, bandwidth, and delay can be changed quickly

The Netherlands - Lawo chose this year's IBC as the launch platform for the mc²36 audio console - an all-in-one mixing desk, with a comprehensive feature set that covers broadcast, theatre, house of worship, live and install applications. Along with uncompromised sound quality and Lawo-grade mic preamps, it offers unprecedented value for money, says the company.

The compact size of the console belies its power. A powerful DSP micro-core with internal 512x512 port audio matrix, and integrated I/O make it ideally suited to permanent installations with limited space, as well as to rental companies looking to optimize transportation. As it is natively equipped with RAVENNA/AES67 technology, the mc²36 integrates seamlessly into IP infrastructures. And for operational security, the console not only has redundant power-supplies but also DSP redundancy.

The Lawo mc²36 was designed

UK - Every so often one of those invaluable lighting 'gadgets' comes along that is simple yet indispensible. The Lightsock is such an accessory, say the designers.

Made of flexible, flame-retardant fabric (rated BS5867 Type B), The Lightsock is a reusable, environmentally-friendly cuff that fits easily around the lens tube of a lantern and any accessory attached to it, whether it be a simple top hat or a colour scroller with top hat. The Lightsock eliminates light spill without the use of conventional heat-resistant adhesive black tape.

"There is nothing worse than white light spilling out of the back of colour scrollers or the sides of colour runners into the auditorium and spoiling the audience's enjoyment of a production," says Lightsocks co-director, Peter Lambert. "We have carried out extensive research in collaboration with lighting technicians and product

UAE - Sennheiser is set to conduct the first live demonstrations in the Middle East of its recently launched TeamConnect and ADN-W audio conferencing systems at InfoComm MEA 2014, to be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre and taking place in parallel with GITEX Technology Week 2014 between 13 to 16 October, 2014.

The company is participating together with its professional audio distributor, Venuetech, and will highlight its range of audio solutions that are increasingly being utilized by the education and hospitality sectors for conferencing and translation applications.

"InfoComm MEA provides a platform for us to launch new products and showcase our latest range of audio solutions in the field of sound reinforcement, conference systems and visitor guidance systems," said Mig Cardamone, director of sales and marketing at Sennheiser Middle East. "Also the conver

UK - Luton-based Cadac Holdings Ltd is showing its CDC eight-32, CDC eight-16 and CDC four digital consoles, as well as the LIVE1 compact analogue desk, at this year's PLASA London, on stand B50. The company is launching the latest V2.3 CDC eight software, which brings a host of new features to the flagship concert sound console, as well as exhibiting the CDC MC Router and MC MADI Bridge - integral components of the high performance MegaCOMMS network.

Notable highlights of the new CDC eight software update include a Waves interface card integrated within the console, providing connectivity to the Waves MultiRack server and control via the console touchscreens. This allows up to 64 channels of Waves studio-grade processing tools to simultaneously run alongside CDC eight's own native effects options. The Waves GUI is displayed for viewing and editing on the CDC eight touchscreen.

UK - Although absent for PLASA London's move to ExCel in 2013, Yamaha Commercial Audio returns to the show this year to help fly the flag for the professional sound industry.

Exhibiting on Stand B85, Yamaha will be highlighting its new RMio64-D Dante/MADI converter for broadcast and live sound applications, as well as the new Version 3 software for CL and QL digital mixing consoles. Both launched at IBC Amsterdam on 12 September, PLASA London will be their first showing at a UK trade event.

The RMio64-D allows audio from a CL/QL (or other Dante-equipped) mixing system to be converted to MADI and fed to an OB vehicle or other recording facility. Alternatively, it can allow a MADI-based console to be easily integrated into Yamaha's Nuage system for audio post-production.

Bringing a range of enhancements to CL and QL consoles, Version 3 software will be of particular interest t

UK - Source Distribution is set to host the European debut of key products from WorxAudio and PreSonus at PLASA 2014 in London.

Newly acquired by PreSonus, WorxAudio has been at the forefront of loudspeaker development for the US pro touring and contractor markets for over 30 years. The WorxAudio range boasts a comprehensive line-up of more than 20 loudspeaker models that feature integrated rigging hardware for streamlined installation and pack-out.

Source will be joined at PLASA by WorxAudio's Hugh Sarvis, who will be showcasing for the first time in Europe a selection of the company's compact line array and subwoofer products - including the V5, X2, X115 and TL118 models.

Also new for PLASA is the PreSonus RM-series of rack mount digital mixers, which offer complete recallable touch control. Based on the proven StudioLive AI-series mix engine and controlled with battle-rea

UK - Next month, Philips Entertainment is set to have one of the biggest and most successful PLASA London shows to date, with the launch of brand new luminaires, exciting demos of the latest additions to its three premier brands, Selecon, Strand Lighting, and Vari-Lite along with its product range Showline, exclusive afternoon-tea-with-a-twist press event, party in a super special venue and celebrations for Strand Lighting's 100th anniversary.

Philips Entertainment will be found on stand L80 at the ExCeL exhibition centre, where members of the Philips team will be chatting to visitors and demo-ing the new products through interactive daily light shows.

The Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot luminaire will be making its first major UK trade show debut. PLASA visitors will be able to get to grips with all its exciting features, including its high-resolution optics, entirely new colou

UK - Le Maitre will be exhibiting at this year's Plasa London show at ExCel.

The HazeMaster, the highest output haze machine on the market along with the G300 smoke machine, MVS hazer and a range of pyro and pyro controllers will be featured on the A.C. Entertainment Technologies stand and the Le Maitre team will be on hand to greet you.

The HazeMaster will be in action on the A.C. Entertainment Technologies lighting stand P41 along with a truss mounted G300 operated by DMX.

The MVS with its unique sweeping projected haze will be located on A.C. Entertainment Technologies partner stand Q46 - Jack Goff.

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The Netherlands - Sennheiser's Esfera surround microphone system has been recognised with an IABM Design and Innovation Award. At the awards ceremony held on 13 September during the IBC in Amsterdam, the audio specialist received the award within the Audio category.

"We feel extremely honoured that the IABM's independent panel of experts has selected Esfera for the Audio award," said Claus Menke, head of portfolio management pro for Sennheiser's Professional Division.

"Immersive audio is one of our focus areas, an area which truly creates a difference for the viewers' TV experience. Esfera makes the lives of broadcast professionals a lot easier. The system enables them to efficiently capture authentic ambience using just two audio channels, and to convert this audio information to 5.1 at any point in the workflow, whether live or in post-production."


Denmark - Martin Professional has introduced the JEM Hazer Pro for advanced atmospheric haze effects.

With the introduction of the JEM Hazer Pro, Martin now offers "the most complete range of efficient, reliable and compact professional hazers in the industry". The JEM Hazer Pro includes advanced pump technology, 2.5 L of fluid capacity that provides 10 hours of operation on full output, a user-friendly on-board control panel with preset functionality, and a host of additional new features.

As the newest member of Martin's professional hazer family, the JEM Hazer Pro is built with a lightweight and compact design suitable for theatres, cruise ships, bars, clubs, theme parks and medium to large shows. An innovative high-quality air pump system ensures the small-particle haze disperses evenly and continuously with superior optical clarity and reflectivity, perfect for

The Netherlands / South Africa - Wild and Marr, a leader in the distribution and installation of professional audio equipment in Southern Africa, has won the Studer Outstanding Achievement Award at a function held in Amsterdam during the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC).

Studer recognised Wild & Marr for their proactive approach to business development in their territory, their strong technical support infrastructure and winning focus on customer satisfaction.

"This is a great honour for Wild & Marr and reflects our commitment towards providing solutions and value to our customer experience," says Andrew Sorrill, sales and marketing manager at Wild & Marr.

Wild & Marr were the very first partner to set up a series of Vista Infinity seminars across the three main broadcast hubs in their territory and followed this up with a very successful series of On Ai

UK - Robert Juliat will exhibit at PLASA 2014 with its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions, where a new Robert Juliat followspot will be unveiled.

Rumours of a new product from these masters of followspot design have been permeating the industry over the last few months. PLASA 2014 will give visitors the first opportunity to see the new model which has been created to reflect the specific requirements of those working in the touring, live music and large event market - indoors and out.

Designed to complement to Robert Juliat's Grand, Compact & Ultra-Compact ranges, the new followspot is the result of in depth consultation with rental companies and professional followspot operators. Easy to transport, install and maintain, the new model incorporates Robert Juliat's superlative optical and ergonomic qualities into a robust package that beats the rigours of touring. T

UK - The market's newest light sensation - the Elation Sniper - created a buzz when released at the PRO show in mid-September and is now heading to the PLASA show in London (Stand K70) for an encore. Elation Professional will be showing the newly released multi-effect and laser simulator along with a host of other lighting innovations that includes the hybrid Platinum SBX, a 3-in-1 beam, spot, and wash fixture with an innovative, new optical system.

"We are very excited to be returning to London this year, showing exciting new and innovative products. Last year's PLASA show was surprisingly good and we are optimistic that with all the fresh new products we and other manufacturers have come out with recently, customers will make the time to come out to ExCel in East London and see them all in action first hand," says Eric Loader, director of sales, Elation Professional.

UK - Ayrton will be exhibiting at PLASA, London (5-8 October, Stand R70) with an array of new products, all of which have been introduced to the market in the last few months. The new Radical Series and the full NandoBeam Range will both receive their UK premieres, with a world premiere reserved for the launch of the new NandoBeamS9.

The latest in the NandoBeam family, NandoBeam S9 is the big brother of the NandoBeamS3 and NandoBeamS6 LED moving head fixtures. Aimed at large musical, television and spectacular productions, NandoBeam S9 offers 55 x 15W RGBW LED and the same massive 8° to 40° zoom range in a highly controllable, rock-solid package. NandoBeam's independently controllable centre LED and ring configuration ensures the creation of a multitude of graphic effects.

A new-generation power supply offers over 95% total output efficiency and enables continuous use

UK - ArKaos PRO will exhibit at PLASA 2014 in conjunction with its exclusive UK distributor, White Light (Stand F50). There they will demonstrate the new MediaMaster 4.1 the latest, ever-more powerful version of ArKaos PRO's media server software. A plethora of new features includes new aspect ratio and cropping tools, new hue, saturation and lightness tools, layer-based volume control and a redesigned interface.

MediaMaster 4.1 brings more flexible protection via an optional dongle and many additional features, yet retains the simplicity of operation familiar to its users.

MediaMaster 4.1 is no longer restricted to use on only one machine. A completely redesigned licensing system allows the user to register and deregister any machine remotely from their own account.

Also making its PLASA debut is LEDMaster, the new all-in-one solution delivering LEDshow control in three eas

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