Germany - d&b audiotechnik previewed two new products and a significant software update at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt. The update to the ArrayCalc simulation software includes a new feature called ArrayProcessing, to further elevate the performance of d&b line arrays. d&b also announced the introduction of the D20, the latest addition to the company's four-channel amplifier family, and the MAX2, a flexible 15" stage monitor.

Sabina Berloffa, director of marketing and product management at d&b, says: "The launch of ArrayProcessing is a testament to our commitment to advancing our technology and proves that any investment in d&b is a strategic one for the future."

Both the D20 amplifier and MAX2 stage monitor were on display at the stand. Visitors were also able to explore the d&b Workflow, comprising ArrayCalc simulation software, the d&b R1 Remote control softwar

Germany - UK wireless LED lighting manufacturer Core Lighting enjoyed a busy and successful Prolight+Sound 2015 - the first time the Core brand has exhibited directly under its own banner at this show but with the usual support of White Light as exclusive European distributor.

Core with White Light took advantage of the dynamic international mix of Prolight's visitor base to launch its new StripPoint LED batten fixture, as well as using the opportunity to meet potential new dealers from Europe and further afield.

Having just appointed Keylight as dealer in the Netherlands to supplement other dealers in other European countries, Core is keen to further expand its network worldwide.

They additionally showcased the tiny new PinPoint units and best-selling ColourPoint Mk2 range of wireless battery-powered up-lighters together with other innovative luminaires, all proudly 'Made i

Germany - Following the successful ISE launch of Liviau R, the new, all-in-one conference room control system from Apex, the company has unveiled the latest in the series, Liviau S. Based on the same sleek, yet robust hardware platform as Liviau R, S offers all the same audio functionality as R but with greatly enhanced video and lighting capabilities for bars, clubs, retail, houses of worship and corporate applications.

Seen for the very first time at ProLight & Sound 2015, Liviau S features a fully integrated DMX controller for powerful and sophisticated lighting control. As well as architectural lighting, up to sixteen intelligent lighting devices may be controlled. Moving heads, strobes, RGB devices, lasers, dimmers and more are all controllable via the DMX512 protocol.

In addition to the DMX controller, Liviau S also incorporates a programmable lighting mixer offering 24

China - With a lot to show and a lot to say, d&b audiotechnik (China) Ltd took care to focus their product displays at this year's PL+S Guangzhou and at InfoComm Beijing, placing the professional concert systems of J, V and Q-Series together in one area, with the more installation oriented systems from the xS and xA-Series placed discretely elsewhere.

"We chose to differentiate the systems in a clearly visual sense," said Freddie To, director, d&b China, "but with the emphasis firmly on how the many elements of the d&b product range can be integrated in any combination."

Highlights included elements from the xS-Series, the 4S, 5S, 8S and 12S loudspeakers, along with the dedicated 18S-SUB subwoofer. The 4S, 5S and 8S are light weight coaxial 2-way loudspeakers with a 100° conical dispersion, while the larger 12S is a biaxial bass reflex loudspeaker with

Belgium - The Apart VINCI Series has been expanded with a new VINCI4-16 bass reflex cabinet loudspeaker. VINCI4-16 has an impedance of 16 ohms, what allows the connection of up to 4 VINCI4-16 loudspeakers in parallel on a single amplifier channel, capable of handling a 4 ohm load.

The VINCI4-16 is a small yet true high-end speaker specifically designed for fixed install applications. VINCI4-16 loudspeakers are highly recommended for use in small to medium-sized projects where design and sound quality really matter. VINCI series loudspeakers are ideal for use in retail stores, high class restaurants, boardrooms or any other application where stylish design and a HiFi sound experience are expected.

The loudspeaker has a 4" coated paper cone woofer and a ¾" silk dome tweeter. VINCI4-16 is compact, audiophile, neutral but also captivating... with great dynamics and a cr

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

Italy - Based on leading edge technology and customer demands, the 18XL1800 subwoofer from FaitalPRO is designed to recreate the very low natural audible frequencies of 20 to 30Hz, and give an intense acoustic performance.

It has a very high mechanical excursion, which is at least one and a half times greater than the other 18" woofers in the FaitalPRO catalog.

With a rated power of 1600 W and declared 3200 W maximum (according to AES standard), it maintains a good operating reserve allowing for optimum performance even in extreme conditions.

It offers 95dB sensitivity and is equipped with two demodulation rings to reduce any unwanted harmonic distortion and modulation of inductance.

Pro Audio division manager of Faital Flavio Naggi said, "Although the new 18XL1800 has an average efficiency of 95 dB and is not exactly suitable for pure horn applications (to empha

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

USA - Chauvet Professional has added a versatile LED house light to its award-winning line of Ovation stage and studio fixtures. The new Ovation H-105WW is a warm white fixture that features COB LED technology to produce an exceptionally flat, even, flattering field of illumination when used as a house light in any environment.

Powered by a 100-watt, 50,000-hour-rated, 3048K (at full operation) LED source, the Ovation H-105WW is suitable for theatres, houses of worship, colleges and other venues that want to bring the energy-saving, low-heat, low-maintenance advantages of LEDs to their house lights. Additionally, it features convection cooling for completely silent operation, as well as adjustable PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) to eliminate flickering, making it a perfect choice for applications that involve TV and video filming.

"Many theatres and churches are so happy wit

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 - The Nexo Geo M6 will be taking centre stage on Orbital Sound's stand (R-D14) at PLASA Focus Leeds, following its recent appointment as Nexo's UK full-service main dealer and approved rental partner. As Orbital Sound's principal loudspeaker brand, the Nexo line-up offers a range of new compact modular designs, including the Geo M6 - a high quality all-purpose AV and musical theatre system, suitable for deployment in a wide variety of situations.

Commenting on Orbital Sound's recent appointment as the UK main dealer, director of sales Andy Simmons said, "The Nexo Geo M6 packaging has been thought out really well and, for both our installation and rental teams, this will be a workhorse product, as will the STM M28, which really impressed all of us when we heard it in many evaluations.

"We found great synergy with the engineers at Nexo, they're receptive to ideas an

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 - At NAB 2015 in Las Vegas, Shure debuted the Motiv MVL Lavalier Microphone, the latest addition to the company's Motiv line of digital recording solutions.

Suitable for capturing quality audio for field recording, dictation, news reporting, audio/video recording, and more, the MVL omnidirectional condenser lavalier microphone connects directly to any iOS and Android device for ultimate convenience and mobility.

Connecting directly to tablets and smartphones, the MVL is designed to be used with Shure's newest iOS app, ShurePlus Motiv Mobile Recording App, which is loaded with smart features for high-quality digital recording on-the-go and enables users to share audio files by email and text.

"With the MVL, we are expanding the options in our new Motiv product line to help professionals and consumers record quality audio on-the-go through mobile devices. MVL is a lav

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.


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

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