Germany - Fraunhofer IDMT and Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup will be presenting the new Polaris evolution mixing console, which features Fraunhofer's SpatialSound Wave technology.

With SpatialSound Wave (SSW), integrated in the new Polarisevolution mixing console by Salzbrenner, sound engineers will have the opportunity to work with 3D sound objects in a highly individualized and personalized manner.

The world's first mixing console with SSW 3D audio technology can be used for mixing live and playback sound as well as for producing impressive shows. SpatialSound Wave can be integrated as an add-on solution with practically any multimedia system available on the market. How SpatialSound Wave works together with Salzbrenner's 'POLARIS evolution' mixing console will be demonstrated in Frankfurt. System control is either automated or can be done in real time via an intuitive user

Germany - In 2004, L-Acoustics released Soundvision, the first 3D sound system design programme capable of operating in real time. Rapidly adopted by sound designers around the globe, L-Acoustics has since stayed committed to keeping Soundvision up to date with users' needs and compatible with current software and hardware platforms.

Today, the company announces the release of Soundvision 3.0, fully re-designed on a new architectural platform and up to 40 times faster when calculating the most complex files. The new release is fully compatible with the most recent graphic cards and with PC operating systems from Windows Vista and above and will be available as a free download.

While Soundvision's code has been fully renewed, the user interface has been kept identical to previous versions, so that current users will be able to apply the updated software instantly. The updated v

Germany - Outline has announced that the brand will be a key player at this year's Frankfurt expo.

"We want to make certain every visitor is aware of our mission, the result of the 'added value' of people and products," states business development manager Luca Giaroli, who is making his debut with the company at Prolight+Sound.

"Outline was founded 42 years ago, manufacturing special (electro-acoustic) components, which it still does to this day. Frankfurt, one of the world's most important showcases, is the perfect opportunity for inducing trade members to visit us and realize 'there's something interesting here - we better find out more'. Seeing is believing. Stand B36 - Hall 8.0," concludes Giaroli.

Visitors will be able to see the new 2x18", Eidos 218 S, a super-powerful subwoofer featuring an exceptional size-to-power ratio (148.5 dB SPL peak @

Sweden - LumenRadio AB has launched Mira - the solution to deploying large scale Internet of Things (IoT) installations in machine to machine (M2M) and building communications applications. Built on years of experience in creating highly reliable wireless lighting controls, the LumenRadio Mira platform offers best in class radio performance, unmatched reliability and most importantly - is easy to integrate, shortening your time to market, says the company. Mira can be used to link practically any device - light, energy, environment, security, transport, weather, presence and just about anything else you can think of.

LumenRadio has been developing wireless lighting controls for more than six years, and their products have been used around the globe on high profile events including the Coachella music festival, London Eye New Year's celebrations and the world tour of Wicked th

Germany - Today, at the opening of the Prolight+Sound conference, L-Acoustics announced the launch of the X Series, a new line of coaxial speakers for the installation and rental markets. The three new enclosures in the X Series family represent the most recent engineering innovations at L-Acoustics and directly benefit from the research and development breakthroughs that led to the launch of K2 last year, says the company.

The new X Series responds to the demands of the industry's top sound designers. Improvements include high-excursion neodymium drivers, ellipsoid directivity, laminar vented ports and up to 30% weight reduction. Used as a stage monitor, the X Series offers low latency monitor presets and a 7% lower profile. In installation applications the X Series comes with a complete range of flexible rigging accessories and a RAL custom colour programme. With improved radi

Germany - Martin Professional today announces the RUSH Club Smoke Dual, part of a new line of atmospheric effects from RUSH by Martin. The new fog and haze hybrid machine will be on display this week at Martin's stand A93 in Hall 9 at Prolight+Sound 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany and is available now for pre-order.

The RUSH Club Smoke Dual features six heads across three zones via DMX or an on-board digital display. This versatile multi-head system allows the user to deploy fog, haze or a combination of both thanks to a specially formulated fluid. The unit's separate base can be installed in a convenient remote location and holds up to 10 litres of fluid to ensure uninterrupted use during busy nights.

Based on the Magnum Club Smoke system installed in prestigious venues around the world, the RUSH Club Smoke Dual is a stalwart new companion for lighting designers and ideal in clubs

Germany - Audiologic has unveiled of key brand Phoenix Audio's new Smart Spider USB speakerphone. Designed for medium to large sized conference rooms the Smart Spider can connect to smart devices, tablets or video codecs with the ability to bridge between the different interfaces.

Retaining the original Spider's breakthrough technology in echo-cancelling, noise suppression and automatic gain control, the Smart Spider's beam-forming technology is enhanced by LED lights beneath the grill that follow the direction of a person's voice. Its pickup range exceeds 20 feet and it can be daisy-chained to up to 14 additional units to accommodate larger spaces. Since the Smart Spider communicates through USB interface with any computer under any operating system and is compatible with all soft video applications, it proves to be an ideal solution for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and UC (Uni

Germany - Allen & Heath has announced the introduction of the Xone:43C, a sister product to the new Xone:43, which is supported by leading DJ software, Serato DJ, and provides the gateway to digital DJing and DVS performance with the addition of a 16 channel internal soundcard and X:LINK to connect compatible Xone:K Series MIDI Controllers.

The 96kHz 24bit 16 channel USB soundcard enables replay and recording from any chosen DJ software, offering users all the benefits of digital DJing using the controls of a "real" mixer. With the purchase of Serato DJ Club Kit, Xone:43C will work plug 'n play with Serato DJ and is Serato DVS enabled, eliminating the need for an external interface*.

The Xone:43C also allows plug 'n play connection of a Xone:K series controller via the X:LINK connection without using additional USB ports. There are a huge number of pre-mapped functio

Europe - Hitachi Digital Media Group has announced two new models that feature HDBaseT connectivity. The CP-WU8451 and CP-WU8461 are able to receive high definition signals from a distance of up to 100m using standard LAN cabling (min. Cat 5e/6). Both models also feature enhancements including a 60% increase in contrast performance

"Hitachi can now offer customers a convenient and cost effective approach to lossless high definition projection at distances of up to 100m. With a higher contrast ratio of 5000:1 these two new models deliver the high-quality widescreen images that customers expect of the 8000 Series but with the added benefit of support for HDBaseT," said Axel Kutschke, senior manager, presentation products for Hitachi Digital Media Group. "By supporting this emerging standard Hitachi ensures that customers with a need for remote or long distance high

USA - PreSonus is now shipping its SL-AVB-MIX Audio Video Bridging (AVB) audio networking option card for StudioLive AI-series console and StudioLive RM-series rack-mount Active Integration mixers. These options allow you to create a complete, networked live-sound solution, using Cat 5e or Cat 6 cables instead of a snake.

AVB enables precisely synchronized, real-time, low-latency, streaming of audio across an Ethernet network with no-hassle, self-configuring, true plug-and-play convenience. All StudioLive RM-series mixers already have the SL-AVB-MIX option card installed and just need a firmware update to enable the new AVB networking functionality. The card is offered as an upgrade option for StudioLive AI console mixers.

With this first phase of AVB support, you can use the StudioLive RM32AI or RM16AI as a stage box and monitor mixer for any StudioLive AI-series front-of-hou

Germany - High End Systems has announced the launch of the SolaWash Pro 1500, billed as "the brightest in a line of incredibly bright, white light LED products".

With an output, approaching 30,000 lumens from a 600w LED source, the SolaWash Pro 1500 comes packed with CMY, Variable CTO, two fixed colour wheels, framing and a nine to 55 degree zoom range.

Alongside this full feature set, the SolaWash Pro 1500 includes High End Systems' patented thermal control software ensuring that the fixture's cooling system is as efficient as possible while being whisper quiet. Further to this, there are various cooling modes in order to meet differing customer requirements such as opera and broadcast.

"Following on from the incredible success of the SolaSpot Pro 1500, launched at LDI 2014 it is exciting that we have, in such a short space of time, been able to set the bar e

Germany - Cadac held the worldwide launch of its new CDC six digital live sound production console on its booth, on the opening day of Prolight+Sound 2015.

The CDC six, for which the company claims the fastest, most intuitive operation and highest possible audio performance of any mixing console, is based around the further development of its advanced gesture-operation user interface.

Speaking immediately after the launch, Cadac brand development manager Richard 'Fez' Ferriday, said, "We have been overwhelmed by the response of the visitors we have had on the opening day of the show. CDC six has been very well received by the pro audio community and, on day one of the show, we have already sold the first production run of this innovative live sound console."

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Germany - Martin Audio announced a major new dedicated installation loudspeaker range - the CDD Series - at this year's Frankfurt Prolight+Sound show. Combining distinctive curved enclosures with Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology, the series is designed to deliver class-leading performance, fidelity and coverage consistency to venues that demand the ultimate in cutting-edge technology and style.

Whether it's a bar, an AV installation, a church or a prestige nightclub, the CDD Series has it covered, says the company. CDD has been conceived as a one stop solution; six two-way full-range coaxial systems - from the micro CDD5 to the powerful CDD15, complemented by high-performance subwoofers - cover the majority of install applications; all models come in black or white as standard and all RAL colour variants are available to special order.

The CDD Series has the audience

Germany Frankfurt 2015 sees the launch of Yamaha's TF series digital consoles, designed for small to medium scale mixing requirements.

The TF series offers "advanced features and renowned Yamaha reliability at an exceptional price point". With key features aimed at new users and experienced professionals alike, the TF series offers the kind of facilities and performance enjoyed by large-scale productions for even the most modest sound reinforcement applications, says the company.

The TF series comprises three compact Yamaha digital mixing consoles. The TF5, TF3 and TF1 respectively feature 33, 25 or 17 motor faders along with 32, 24 or 16 rear-panel analogue inputs, which feature recallable Yamaha D-PRE preamplifiers for the first time in a digital console. This facility provides greatly improved support for live music and events where full setup changes need to be m

Germany - With the G-1 Beam moving head, launched this week at Frankfurt, SGM is offering numerous cutting-edge features in a physically compact chassis.

A sharply defined, flat and uniform beam that operates rapidly in every movement provides intense mid-air beam effects through a high power white LED light source and a colour wheel as well as a gobo wheel. The results are high contrast levels and an extreme brightness. Adding to its uniqueness, this moving head is not only IP65-rated and maintenance-free, but also offers the choice of being either battery-driven with an impressive 10-12 hours operation in typical use or being connected wired mains power.

It provides an output of 61,910 lux at a 3m distance and a colour temperature of 6,500K on pure white light. The G-1 is equipped with a 2.8? fixed beam angle; however, it can deliver an aperture zoom adjustable down to 0.3?.

Germany - Funktion-One has launched the new Evolution Series at Prolight+Sound Frankfurt 2015. The loudspeaker manufacturer introduced the Evolution 6E and Evolution 7E to distributors and visitors at the international tradeshow, which is likely to attract around 60,000 attendees. Both models are ground-stacked members of the Evolution Series, with touring versions coming later this year.

The Evo 6E and Evo 7E are both 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 7E 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 Evo 6E has the same cabinet height and width as the Evo 7E but with a wider, 45-degree horizontal dispersion, making it ideal for mid-scale

Germany - Studiomaster has launched digiLiVE on the company's stands at both Prolight+Sound and Musikmesse. The new hybrid concept digital mixer marries fader and touch-screen control and remote tablet operation - with a form factor of just 350 x 380 x 150 mm. Its ultra-compact size belies its mix power.

The combination of fader and switch and touchscreen operation, enables capabilities and features that would normally require a far greater physical control surface. In addition, tablet operation facilitates both extended fixed position and remote functionality. In FOH position a tablet provides an additional graphical interface for enhanced metering and other channel and buss functions, as well as enabling remote mixing and soundchecking from almost any position in a venue.

digiLiVE features proprietary mix algorithms, for EQ, dynamics and FX, powered by fourth generation SHAR

Germany - MA Lighting has introduced a new range of compact lighting control solutions - the dot2.

The dot2 range consists of three lighting consoles; dot2 core, dot2 XL-F, dot2 XL-B; two playback expansion wing solutions; dot2 F-wing and dot2 B-wing and the dot2 Node4 (1K) network output node as well as the dot2 onPC console software and the dot2 3D visualisation software solutions.

Designed for small and mid-sized projects and venues, dot2 offers advanced functionality with ease-of-use. Full tracking backup is available via plug and play networking.

Intuitive operation is the core of the dot2 philosophy and with all connectivity onboard, the dot2 range is suitable for most theatre, touring, corporate, television and education lighting environments.

The easy to operate dot2 software is available in multiple languages and provides onboard Help and Direct Hints to guide a n

Germany - sE Electronics has announced two new products debuting at the 2015 Musikmesse show in Frankfurt: the RNT, a large-diaphragm multi-pattern tube microphone designed with Mr. Rupert Neve, and the guitaRF, "the world's first Reflexion Filter" created specifically for double-miking and recording guitar amp cabinets.

Over 10 years in development, the RNT combines a high-voltage tube circuit within the microphone itself, a floor box with a discrete, class-A amplifier circuit using the same custom op-amps as Rupert Neve Designs' flagship 5088 analogue mixing console, two of Rupert's custom transformers, and a custom mic capsule designed by sE to provide extreme headroom (153dB) and high-bandwidth frequency response.

Given its substantial headroom, the mic has no need for a pad, but the amplifier circuit in the floor box has three gain settings of -12dB, 0dB (flat),

Germany - At Prolight+Sound 2015, audio manufacturers Shure and Soundcraft announced a new collaboration that enables native monitoring and control of select Shure wireless systems on Soundcraft Vi Series digital consoles.

The initial implementation was revealed on the new Soundcraft Vi5000 and Vi7000 Digital Mixing Consoles which were introduced at the show, and will support Shure's ULX-D and QLX-D Digital Wireless Systems.

This new integration with the mixing console enables automatic Shure device discovery, identification, and mapping of each wireless system to the appropriate mixer channel. When that channel is selected on the console, all essential wireless parameters are displayed. This enables live monitoring of the channel's RF and audio metering, with the ability to adjust receiver gain from the console, much like trim adjustment for a wired mic. In addition, battery

Germany - Six years ago, when he bought his first SD9, Sammy Freh, owner of Belgian rental company GSF knew that there was a need for a mixing console at a lower price point, but with the same great quality as the rest of the DiGiCo range. At Prolight+Sound 2015, his dream of owning one came true as he purchased the first S21 off the production line.

"When I visited ISE at the beginning of the year, DiGiCo's managing director James Gordon hinted that there was going to be something that would fulfil the request I'd made when we first met. Even without knowing what it was, I knew I wanted it. I trust James absolutely, so if he says it's right for my business model, I know it is! So I signed up to buy the first one there and then.

"I think having this type of product is a strategically important move for DiGiCo and for GSF. It really opens up the opportunity for smalle

Germany - At Prolight+Sound 2015, HK Audio unveiled the latest additions to its Linear 5 loudspeaker range, the L5 LTS A long-throw satellite and the L SUB 4000 A subwoofer.

An alternative to conventional compact line arrays in terms of both price and audio performance, the L5 LTS A is an efficient, easy-to-handle sound reinforcement tool for professional hire companies, and is sure to impress when installed in clubs, says the company.

The L5 LTS A pairs the concept of an integrated line array with the physical format of a classic compact point source, and the enclosure can be flown or deployed in ground stacks. Although a single satellite achieves the long-throw performance of a conventional compact array, the L5 LTS A's special audio characteristics also let you set up acoustically correct head stacks and horizontal clusters, and the two configurations may even be combined i

Belgium - The Apart PCR3000RMKIII is a professional multisource CD/USB/SD-card music player with integrated FM RDS and DAB+ tuner. In addition the unit now also has an internal Bluetooth receiver which can be connected to any music source, smartphone or computer equipped with a Bluetooth connection. Furthermore PCR3000RMKIII is equipped with multiple independent analogue outputs, coaxial and optical digital output for the CD/USB/SD player and a RS232-port for use with integrated control systems.

There is a USB and SD-card slot on the front and another USB-input on the back of the unit (to avoid people from taking the memory stick out). The unit has an operation mode switch at the back to choose between Auto Play and Cue. When the PCR3000RMKIII is in Auto Play mode, the unit will always start playing automatically when it's powered on. In Cue mode the unit will always wait for a

Germany - The Roland O.H.R.C.A M-5000 Console has won the award for Best Mixing System (Live) at the pipa/Prolight & Sound International Press Awards - voted into first place by the global press.

Representatives from Roland Japan and Roland Europe picked up their accolade at the mipa/pipa awards ceremony attended by more than 300 press, manufacturers and distributors from around the world.

Commenting on the success of the M-5000, Peter Heath, head of Roland ProAV in Europe said: "We are incredibly proud to win this award against tough and established competitors such as Midas and Soundcraft. Recognition at this level and in this category is a tremendous achievement."

This year was the second time that the pipa/Prolight & Sound International Press Awards have been presented during the awards ceremony of the mipa/Musikmesse International Press Awards which are now in

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