USA - LDI 2018 will be all about originality for Elation Professional with a string of premiere product launches set for display at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.
Showing at LDI Booth 931 for the first time anywhere in North America will be two all-new visual effects that feature TwinkLED, a novel, patent-pending LED twinkle effect that uses dedicated high-brightness pixels inside large front lenses to provide additional layers of creativity for the lighting designer. Both the RAYZOR 760 and IP65-rated Proteus RAYZOR 760 incorporate the TwinkLED system.
RAYZOR 760 is a compact yet powerful LED wash effects luminaire with 5 to 77-degree zoom projects intense, well-defined mid-air beams, as well as an exceptionally wide and even wash coverage.
The RAYZOR 760 is available in a compact and lightweight weather and dust protected IP65 version, the Proteus RAYZOR 760, for use in any environment. The Proteus RAYZOR 760’s multi-environmental design makes it the world's first IP65-rated luminaire with continuous pan & tilt rotation. It offers the identical feature set as the RAYZOR 760, including the TwinkLED system.
Elation will be showcasing a range of other lighting tools with impact, continuing the company’s efforts to bring innovation and best-in-class ROI products to the market.
USA - Robe launches its brand new T1 Profile luminaire at the LDI 2018 expo in Las Vegas next week – on booths 2503 and 2603 – revealed for the first as the show opens.
The exclusive reveal of the T1 “illustrates the strategic importance of the North American market to Robe and recognizes the growing international composition of the trade show and its visitors”.
In addition to this, part two of Robe’s Lost World Trilogy is set to wow the crowds - another stunning immersive theatrical stand design, complete with an energizing new live performance developed especially for this once-only occasion at LDI 2018.
The lightshow will include Robe’s newest technologies like the just launched SuperSpikie and iParFect - the first in a range of IP rated luminaires - together with Robe’s RoboSpot remote follow spotting system, Tarrantula, a large LED washbeam and the ever popular MegaPointes and Spiiders.
All of these and more will be incorporated into the booth design and the spectacular show which will run every hour on the hour.
Robe’s latest luminaire, the T1 Profile, is specifically designed to fulfil the challenging requirements of three very diverse disciplines – theatre, television and touring - in one comprehensive fixture. The new MSL (Multi-Spectral Light) LED light source is impressively bright, yet the T1 Profile is full of theatrical subtlety.
With CMY colour control, and a radical new custom colour creation system and wide ranging CCT control from 2700K to 8000K, all variations of colour are possible.
USA - UK immersive audio and showcontrol specialists Out Board will present the new TiMax 500S software for TiMax SoundHub, at AES New York 2018 (17-19 October).
TiMax 500S features the already popular StageSpace spatial rendering tools, which instantly auto-calculate multiple adaptive delay-matrix localisation objects using three-dimensional data imported from CAD files or entered directly. TiMax spatial objects can be rendered and adapted for a wide variety of stage, audience and sound system configurations, and fine-tuned in rehearsal by the user, because, as Out Board maintains “experienced sound designers will tell you it’s the last millisecond or dB of adjustment that really make the spatialisation work”.
TiMax 500S integrated TimeLine and PanSpace resources allow quick-and-easy intensive programming and control of multilayered immersive soundscapes, with intuitive and versatile task-based workflows tailored for live, presentation and experiential spatial reinforcement and immersive audio. New-look variable day/night skins are also available, optimised for outdoor, rehearsal and dark showtime conditions.
Also introduced at the show is the all-new TiMax FPGA dsp core, which features new creative tools for spatial reinforcement, 3D immersive audio and spatial acoustic enhancement. Currently the new core replicates all existing TiMax dsp resources, but with extended delay-matrix memory and completely new ultra-smooth dynamic delay morphing algorithms for totally transparent real-time vocal and instrument localisation as well as immersive la
USA - Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the LDI Conference and Tradeshow, Altman Lighting is preparing for the North American debut of the new AP-150 RGBW LED Par luminaire at LDI 2018. Located in Booth 2227, Altman Lighting will be showcasing the AP-150 next generation Altman Par, along with celebrating their own 65th Anniversary, and taking part as a sponsor of the inaugural USA Knight of Illumination Awards.
“As we make our preparations for LDI 2018, we are thrilled to not only be launching new product, but also to be celebrating a unique milestone of our own,” began Julie Smith, Altman Lighting general manager. “With a rich history spanning 65 years as a trusted lighting manufacturer, we are eager to both honour our past, and continue moving forward by continuing to offer state-of-the-art lighting innovations.”
The AP-150 is a compact and lightweight, 135-watt RGBW LED wash which produces deep, saturated colours and soft, delicate pastels, while maintaining a smooth, uniform beam throughout the entire motorized zoom range.
“As we discussed the design behind the AP-150 RGBW Par luminaire, we always had the mindset of the designer at the forefront,” added Pete Borchetta, Altman Lighting product innovation. “With that idea leading the way, we are very excited to be launching our next generation Altman Par.”
USA - With the opening of the 2018 LDI Conference and Exhibition approaching, PixelFLEX will be partnering with four industry leaders exhibiting at the show. As entertainment professionals from around the world gather to celebrate the organization’s 30th Anniversary, the tradeshow experiences for Avolites, Kinesys, and Vectorworks will all feature a FLEXTour LED video system, while the FLEXCurtain HD will be on display with Froggys Fog.
“LDI draws an elite audience of live design professionals that demand top-of-the-line products,” said Dan Monaghan, vice president of marketing at Vectorworks. “With this need in mind, we’ve partnered with PixelFLEX to use their state-of-the-art LED screens to showcase our award-winning entertainment design software.”
Located in Booth 3139, Vectorworks is a global design and BIM software solutions provider serving professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. With their 2D/3D cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout a project life-cycle.
“We are thrilled to be partnering up with PixelFLEX once again for LDI 2018,” said Scott Karan, director of marketing at Froggys Fog. “Because of the FLEXCurtain HD we have been able to create an unforgettable launch to our new machine line and 2019 marketing initiative. We absolutely love the FLEXCurtain HD, it is easy to ship, set up, operate and really kicked our trade show presence up to the next level.”
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USA - Chauvet Professional will be introducing an array of new products at LDI.
Additions to the company’s Maverick, Ovation, ÉPIX, COLORado, Rogue and WELL Fit series, the products debuting at the company’s LDI stand #1816 will offer designers an expanded range of lighting solutions.
Leading the way is the new Maverick Storm 1 Wash, a high-output (over 6000lm) IP65 LED fixture that features precision-engineered die-cast aluminum housing and 316 grade stainless steel screws that enable it to withstand even the harshest weather conditions, making it well suited for use in festivals, amphitheaters and other outdoor applications.
The Ovation Series is also expanding creative horizons at LDI with the rollout of new virtually silent 6” LED Fresnels, all of which feature motorized zoom and 16-bit dimming. The Ovation F-415FC offers the RGBA-Lime colour-mixing system that has made the Ovation E-910FC ellipsoidal so popular. The Ovation F-415VW creates nearly any temperature of white with a high CRI and CQS. For applications requiring a smooth even field of warm white light, the company is introducing the Ovation F-145WW.
Along with these Fresnels, Ovation will be introducing four virtually silent, single-source LED par fixtures designed to excel in a variety of applications:
The ÉPIX Flex 20 is an IP67-rated pixel mappable RGB flexible strip that can accommodate 75ft of extension cables, but can also be cut every 20mm at designated points.
“Our product development team has been busy all year,” says Albert Chauvet, CEO of Cha
Slovenia - Slovenian media server specialist Lightact has launched three new software licenses and a new version of its flagship software, Lightact 3.
Lightact 3 features an upgraded 2D projection mapping workflow and a deeper integration with Unreal Engine. The software licenses are One, Easy and Start with the pricing and features further strengthening Lightact's mission of supporting creative multi-media installations and events of all sizes.
Mitja Prelovšek, CEO of Lightact, comments: "We feel elated that after more than two years in development Lightact 3 enters maturity. It's got tons of features and some unique capabilities that we believe our users will love. We are also excited about One, Easy and Start software licenses which bring Lightact closer to an even wider range of users."
Lightact is an integrated suite combining standard media server functionalities such as projection mapping, multi-screen video output and DMX lighting control with realtime rendering capabilities and reliability features aimed at permanent installatons. The suite includes Lightact Cloud installation monitoring solution and Lightact WebUIs client user interfaces. Lightact also includes a real-time 3D rendering engine and Unreal Engine integration. Lightact v3.1.0 is available on Lightact's webshop.
USA - Orlando-based Professional Wireless Systems has announced the addition of the 1RU Alpha Quad-4 and 2RU Alpha Quad-8 to the Alpha Series, which was introduced earlier this year. The new units will make their industry debut at the AES show in New York City this month.
The Alpha Quad-4 and Quad-8 are designed for use with multiple Shure Axient AD4Q receivers in Quadversity mode. The units provide four individual unity-gain signals (A, B, C, D) to up to four quad receivers, with RF filtering at 470-616 MHz Power is supplied to the units with either the main or the Aux inputs or used at the same time for redundant power.
“The Alpha Quad distros serve as the ‘head end’ for the receive antenna system,” explains Professional Wireless production manager Justin Van Winkle. “Four antennas can be connected to the rear-panel input connections. The RF signals are then filtered, amplified and split into four (Quad-4), or eight (Quad-8), outputs per unit.”
The Alpha series features products designed to offer users the same durability and reliability that Professional Wireless products are known for with the features necessary to get simple jobs done smarter and more efficiently - at a price point that fits everyone’s budget. The new Quad distros will be an invaluable addition to users of the Shure Axient digital microphone system everywhere.
“These products fill a need in the industry,” concludes Van Winkle. “The Alpha Series is a cost-effective product line that offers the features users need every day without the expensive bells a
Europe - Wireless technology provider LumenRadio has released an update of their embedded operating system for wireless connectivity - MiraOS. One of the main features is the improved ultra-low energy consumption for battery operated solutions where they have “broken new ground”.
MiraOS enables products to become smart and connected through large-scale wireless mesh networks. With LumenRadio’s technologies and radio development expertise, product manufacturers can get an ultra-reliable and Future-Proof wireless solution.
In addition to decreased energy consumption, the main new features in the MiraOS v2.1 are BLE beacon support, high-precision time-stamping of data and the Mix&Match formation technology.
At LumenRadio, low energy meshing mode has been a dedicated focus for their research and development department and their goal has been to reach the lowest consumption possible. With the upgrade to MiraOS v2.1, the energy consumption in meshing mode for battery powered devices has been reduced to half compared to the 2.0 version released earlier this year.
This means it is reduced to less than 16uA, which enables more than 15 years operation in routing mode from an AA-sized battery, and a leaf node running on a coin cell battery can easily last for 10 years. This consumption is calculated when sending a 160B data message every minute. No other wireless technology can today match this ultra-low energy offer enabling Zero Wire technologyTM. In fact, the limitation is based on the lifetime of the battery which today is maximized to 1
UK - This year’s PLASA Show was a special outing for LITEC, as their new MyT Virtue truss was entered in the PLASA Awards for Innovation 2018 and won over many show attendees with its design, folding feature, compact form factor, and 60mm main chords that allow use of standard clamps. Its high load capacity was also a favourite, due to the use of high-strength EN AW 7003 T6 aluminium alloy for its construction and integral structural parts assembled with high grade steel nuts and bolts to optimize performance, eliminate issues related to weld heat affected zones.
Products from the EXE Technology range on display in the Area Four Industries UK stand allowed visitors to have physical hands-on demonstrations of selected models from the EXE-RISE hoist and EXE-Drive ranges, as well as the EXE-Cell Interface System. EXE-Rise chain hoists feature an 8:1 safety factor, with a compact size and lightweight design for better portability, reduced storage requirements and lower transportation costs.
The EXE-Drive controller range features standalone and digital multilinked controllers with both 4 and 8 channels. And the innovative EXE-Cell Interface system is a standalone load cell reader that fully integrates in a chain hoist body to provide riggers with a reading of the individual weight applied to a chain hoist during all rigging operations, in real time!
The new EXE-DST66 (dynamic stack tracks) multipurpose rail system was also presented at the show. Designed for larger projects, the DST66 claims amazingly high towing loads and extremely quick speeds.
USA - Void Acoustics will be showcasing some of their latest products at LDI (19-21 October). Those attending can see: the new models of the much-anticipated Bias Q5, Q2 and D1 amplifiers; the ArcM 12 - part of the range of passive and self-powered, multi-purpose loudspeakers that complement the Arcline series; and the Cyclone 8, enhancing the highly popular Cyclone family.
All three of the enhanced Bias amplifier designs are eco-friendly with energy-saving efficiency, resulting in low operational costs, power consumption, heat dissipation and carbon footprint. The Bias Q5 (4 x 5,200 Watts) is capable of being driven from a wide variety of supply sources, including single, dual or three-phase supply.
Specially designed with versatility and ease of use in mind, it is equally suitable for most low frequency enclosures, as well as high-power, full-range systems in any configuration. The lighter Bias Q2 (4 x 1,500 Watts) and Bias D1 (2 x 1,000 Watts), are Dante enabled amplifiers designed to work with lo-Z (from 2 Ohms) and 70V/100V distributed lines; any mixed configuration of low and high impedance output loads can be realised, making them suitable for all applications in installed sound reinforcement systems.
The ArcM 12 has multiple working surfaces, allowing it to be used as a near field booth monitor or a conventional stage wedge, as well as having the ability to be pole mounted or wall mounted for FOH purposes. In terms of mobility, measures have been taken to reduce weight, while maintaining an ergonomic design to appease manual handling requi
Europe - Sennheiser and Neumann have unveiled a limited edition vocal set that combines Sennheiser’s evolution wireless 500 G4 microphone system with the Neumann KK 205 true condenser capsule.
Named ew 500 G4-KK205, the kit brings the Neumann sound to a wider as until now the German company’s microphone heads had been reserved for Sennheiser’s 2000, 6000 and 9000 wireless series.
Based on Neumann’s award-winning series of wired KMS stage microphones, the KK 205 true condenser microphone head features exceptional clarity and the characteristic Neumann sound. The super-cardioid capsule delivers an immediate, emotional vocal sound with airy trebles and fast transient response. The KK 205 can take sound pressure levels of up to 150dB without clipping, ensures high gain before feedback and offers good lateral isolation towards other on-stage sound sources.
The ew 500 G4 wireless microphone system offers up to 50mW of transmission power and a switching bandwidth of 88 MHz, which gives engineers sufficient room to maneuver in the busy RF spectrum. The system is available in all standard UHF frequency ranges and comes complete with the handheld transmitter, capsule, rack-mount receiver, rack-mount kit, microphone clip and power supply.
The ew 500 G4-KK205 is available from 1 October until 31 December 2018.
USA - Altman Lighting has introduced the AP-150 LED Par luminaire, a 135W RGBW LED wash which produces deep, saturated colours and soft, delicate pastels, while maintaining a smooth, uniform beam throughout the entire motorized zoom range.
Weighing only 11lb (5kg), the AP-150 replicates the soft output of a traditional par wash light with control states from 8-bit, 16-bit, RGB, and HSIC. Its factory and custom colour pre-sets allow for the quick selection of the most widely used entertainment colour choices, and it also adds the ability to record colour pre-sets directly to the luminaire for custom colour playback.
In conjunction with its colour output, the AP-150 also offers a variety of strobe options ranging from pulse and fade, to a 30 Hz strobe rate. With the motorised zoom which produces a beam spread between 12-65 degrees, the luminaire also has built-in stops at five different set points ensuring precise beam spread repeatability.
Julie Smith, Altman Lighting general manager, comments: “Since our inception in 1953, Altman Lighting has always been a leading provider of quality and affordable lighting solutions, and we are proud to continue that tradition with introduction of the AP-150 LED Par.
“Knowing the challenges lighting professionals often face when selecting the ideal wash luminaire, we have included a number of new features into the AP-150 Par that will undoubtedly accentuate any lighting design.”
Pete Borchetta, Altman Lighting product manager, adds: “As we discussed the design behind the AP-150 RGBW Par luminai
Germany - Late last year, with the announcement of the Route66 Redundancy Manager, German network fibre giant BroaMan introduced the capability of full automatic redundancy switchover between devices, by harnessing the power of Optocore. This would enable switching between Route66 Video Router and Mux22 nodes - using smart mechanism to detect when one of the fiber links between the nodes is broken.
Now the same technology has been enabled in a very popular point-to-point system - between a pair of Mux22 devices. Mux22, which combines 3G SDI I/O and video sync, with Optocore and SANE digital audio networks, now also features full automatic redundancy. Thus, should one of the links fail, the system would automatically switch to the redundant path, enabling all video, audio and data channels to remain working. The switchover time is near instantaneous - implemented in just one sample length. Now this facility is available for any Mux22 device.
BroaMan technical sales manager, Maciek Janiszewski, says: “Optocore has been offering redundancy as a standard for years while in broadcast and video world redundancy has never been an important feature. All this changed when muti-format single-cable solutions like Mux22 appeared on the market. We realised we could use Optocore’s experience and smart fault detection algorithms for adoption into BroaMan’s best-selling series. Thanks to the Optocore technology we can make the redundant switchover both automatic and seamless.”
UK - Trussing manufacturer MILOS racked up another “overwhelmingly positive reception” at this year’s PLASA Show. With a selection of products from their extensive range of truss on display in the Area Four Industries UK stand, the company showcased the quality of their products and spoke with visitors about the many structural solutions they deliver for a wide array of projects.
Making its world debut was the new S10 deck from Xstage, sporting a light-weight, improved profile design, new cube lock leg attachment system (for both round and square legs), and hexagrip anti-slip surface. From the comments and praise received at the show, the future of the S10 certainly looks bright, says the company.
UK - Current RMS treated PLASA 2018 visitors to an exclusive look into some of the upcoming developments in the equipment rental management software.
The company said the show was ‘a great success’ for the team, who were offering visitors live demos of Current RMS on its stand, built by Red Peak Design.
The team demonstrated how the software can manage an entire rental cycle, from updating booking details to viewing accurate kit availability, allocating resources like crew and transport, and drawing up quotations.
Visitors to the stand were also given a sneak peek at Current RMS’s upcoming Automatic Costing and Purchasing modules, to be released in the coming weeks. These new modules will automatically pull through additional costs onto a job, including sub rents, freelance costs and any purchases. Users will also be able to create purchase orders to send from Current, and post these across to accounting software Xero and Quickbooks Online.
Europe - Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced it has completed EN54-24 certification for its compact R.35-3896-EN loudspeaker.
Community’s R Series has long been a standard for stadia and other large scale, all-weather applications worldwide. The company has consistently invested in improving performance across the range, introducing new models, and meeting increasingly stringent worldwide standards. Since gaining EN54-24 certification on the larger R1, R2 and R6 models, permitting their use in voice alarm systems in venues across Europe, Community has seen demand for these certified versions building significantly year upon year.
The R.35-3896-EN meets the need for a high performance compact loudspeaker for fill and supplementary areas in larger venues and for smaller venues wanting to conform to EN54 standards. The R.35-3896-EN is equally suitable for indoor and outdoor use in a wide variety of applications, including background and foreground music and announcement systems in corporate A/V, leisure centers, swimming pools, theaters, night clubs, shopping malls, stadiums, cruise ships, theme parks and factories.
The R.35-3896-EN is a fully horn-loaded triaxial three-way, full-range loudspeaker system, designed to provide high quality voice and music reproduction normally only associated with indoor loudspeakers. Featuring Community's innovative MultiSource Waveguide™ horn design, the output from the dual midrange compression drivers and 1-inch exit HF driver are combined seamlessly into a single time-coherent source, resulting in
Spain - During a two-day summit, at the end of May, held in and around Amate Audio’s HQ facilities in Terrassa, outside of Barcelona, members of the company’s worldwide distributor network were introduced to a range of new products and technological developments.
A highlight of the second day was a dramatic change of location. High in the mountains of the Catalonian countryside, at the Masia Restaurant Torre del Conill, splendid isolation, an extensive terrace and brilliant sunshine provided an idyllic location to audition a line-up of the very latest and yet to be released Amate Audio speaker systems.
Alongside new additions to its latest NÍTID plug & play ultra-compact, ‘smart’ loudspeaker series, the company unveiled an all new flagship line array system; the latest addition to Amate Audio’s top of the range Xcellence series.
The X212AF is a 2x 12” full range, high performance, 3-way active line array, featuring an advanced engineered V-shape cabinet that delivers 100° horizontal coverage and 8° vertical coverage. Complementing the dual 12” LF drivers, are four 6” mid-range drivers and two 3” HF neodymium drivers mounted on a proprietary waveguide. Latest 3rd generation Class-D integrated amplification delivers 4000 W of power and the system launches Amate Audio’s next generation DSP platform, providing state-of-the-art control capabilities.
Advanced FIR filtering provides enhanced performance parameters including improved phase alignment and minimal latency. Separate limiters, with differing time constants, are
UK - Robert Juliat was awarded a prestigious PLASA Award for Innovation for its SpotMe, a creative tracking system that works in association with followspots. The Innovation Awards took place at the PLASA Show (16-18 October) amid huge competition, with 47 entries and only eight Awards at stake.
SpotMe is Robert Juliat’s bespoke, 3D tracking system for followspots and the only performer tracking system to be driven via a real followspot. The SpotMe system communicates the X, Y, Z positions and the beam size parameters to the console. All parameters are then used by the console to control any automated or static lights, and coordinate stage lighting to follow performers, without the need for on-stage/performer sensors or cameras. It is a unique bolt-on system that can be added to existing followspots without the need to invest in complete new systems.
The judges considered SpotMe worthy of an Innovation Award because of 'the approach Robert Juliat has taken to followspot tracking using an open protocol to provide position data to, not just lighting, but also audio or video systems,’ and also that it was notable for ‘being a bolt-on unit rather than a replacement device'.
“We are delighted to have been given this Award by a panel of judges who are peers of the industry,” says Robert Juliat product manager, Ludwig Lepage. “It is an acknowledgement that, amid the high level of expertise that exists within our industry, Robert Juliat is still recognised as the leader in followspot development for almost 100 years.”
“To have SpotMe a
UK - Data Strategy says its stand was ‘buzzing with activity’ as it exhibited at PLASA 2018.
The company’s new VeriCal, which verifies that the Out Board PAT-4 testers are within their operational specifications, received particular attention. VeriCal is the latest Data Strategy product to combine hardware with intelligent software. The new product ensures the appliance test units within the QC-Check Workstation produce verified and accurate results.
Data Strategy MD, Iain Roche, comments: “We had a very busy show, seeing a combination of existing customers, contacts who have shown protracted interest and brand-new prospects. VeriCal attracted much interest especially from potential oversees customers who perceived its purpose, which is to ensure the Pat-4 remains in its operational specifications.
“Power-Check, the QC-Check distro test module, also attracted interest. Combined with the Out Board PAT-4, the RCD test solution automates an otherwise tedious, time-consuming manual task.”
Data Strategy’s QC-Check system provides fast and accurate safety inspections and the robustly packaged PAT-4 tester provides the perfect solution for Portable Appliance Testing (PAT), cable (continuity and insulation resistance) inspection and testing of equipment protected by RCDs (distro).
UK - In mid-September a small piece of Japan appeared in West London for three days - and it proved a real talking point as Yamaha and Nexo exhibited at PLASA 2018.
This year’s stand was the brainchild of Chris Irvine, Yamaha Commercial Audio (UK and RoI) marketing manager, and Gareth Collyer, Nexo sales manager (UK and RoI). PLASA London tends to attract a high number of students and, with a shrewd eye to making the most of any free publicity generated by the ‘Instagram generation’, they created a stand themed as a Japanese garden.
Yamaha highlighted the long-term success of the company’s digital mixing consoles by showcasing the latest Rivage PM7 system next to a PM5D, one of its most famous products. Loaned for the show by Britannia Row Productions, it featured along an information panel about the number of high profile artists that particular console has worked with, the PM5D was a major talking point.
“The PM5D really drew people in. It was notable how many professional engineers walked on to the stand and greeted it like a long-lost friend,” says Chris. “We then guided them to the adjacent Rivage PM7 and showed them how much more advanced our latest console is.”
Nexo, meanwhile, showcased a number of its latest products, including the ID Series, GEOM6, GEOM10, STM series, NXAMP4x2 MK2 amplifiers and DTD Controller. STM and GEOM10 loudspeakers were recently entrusted with relaying the Pope’s words and a dazzling array of entertainment to a sold-out audience at Dublin’s Croke Park stadium.
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UK - Holoplot’s ORION sound system was awarded a PLASA Award for Innovation. The judges were convinced by the technology and the product, which allows a radical new approach to sound reinforcement and provides audio engineers with a versatile tool for their work.
On the first two days of the PLASA Show, the judges visited the 47 nominated companies to learn more about the innovative products. Demonstrations were given, use cases were discussed, and functionality for rigging, maintenance, and installation was explained.
The Holoplot stand attracted many of the jury members a second or third time. In their eyes, “a system with such precise beam steering capabilities and flexibility in how audio can be projected, demonstrates a paradigm shift in the industry”.
Roman Sick, Holoplot’s CEO, comments: “The conventional speaker technologies are very established in the industry. It’s not easy for a young company to change the mindset. This award shows us, that the value of our product is recognized by the industry. This award is a great accomplishment for all the effort our team has put into the development of this amazing product.”
UK - At this year’s PLASA Show, UK immersive audio and showcontrol specialists Out Board demonstrated the new StageSpace object-based spatial environment auto-rendering tool within the new TiMax 500S software.
The stand featured a miniature booth-sized demo of TiMax’s ‘orchestral hugeness experience’, which has been trialled on some arena-scale and festival-sized stages across Europe this summer.
Out Board co-owner Dave Haydon comments: “Even under the slightly challenging conditions of a busy tradeshow floor, people were overwhelmed by the realistic spatial enhancement that StageSpace added to multitrack classical and jazz music playback. Of particular note was the adaptive nature of the StageSpace rendering that allows quick delivery of full immersion for audience members while using relatively minimal and flexible speaker system topologies.”
Haydon also contributed to the audio panel that led the discussion on System Design and the Future with Immersive Sound, held in the Audio & AV seminar Theatre.
He adds: “It was a pleasure to contribute to a healthy discourse on this very current theme. All in all, we had a highly productive and rewarding PLASA Show.”
UK - Allen & Heath has expanded its range of networking cards with the addition of a Waves SoundGrid option. The SQ Waves card provides any SQ mixer with a 64x64 96kHz or 48kHz interface to a Waves SoundGrid network using the I/O port.
Engineers can now fit the Waves card to any SQ mixer for Waves plugin processing, multitrack recording (at 96kHz or 48kHz), virtual soundcheck and audio distribution applications.
Waves SoundGrid is an Audio-over-Ethernet protocol developed by Waves for real-time professional audio applications. The card also enables the use of existing Waves plugins at a very low latency, using standard Gigabit Ethernet networks rather than a USB connection.
“Waves SoundGrid has been a very popular option among our dLive users, with many systems on tour deploying a Waves card on recording duties,” comments Allen & Heath’s Head of Product, Nicola Beretta. “Since the launch of SQ we’ve received requests for the same technology to be made available here and following the release of our Dante and SLink cards, we’re very happy to tick another box in the list of protocols and standards SQ supports.”