August 2001 sees the launch of the new XtraMusic service from AEI Music. The new satellite service offers instant access to 47 channels of professionally programmed music for every genre, without the need for complex and expensive hardware or software. XtraMusic offers 47 channels of programmed music of every genre, from current chart hits and dance music to jazz, blues and the independent scene. Special events present no problem for XtraMusic with a range of channels, such as Salsa, 70s, 80s etc, perfect for theme nights. Using the latest digital technology XtraMusic is broadcast via satellite 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With no adverts and no CDs or tapes to change or replace the music is completely uninterrupted. No complex hardware or software is needed just a 60cm satellite dish, an XtraMusic listening card and a satellite receiver - all easily connected to an existing sound system. An unlimited number of zones can be run off just one satellite dish.
Salisbury-based Stagecraft unveiled its new Prolyte Arc Roof at this year's Salisbury Festival. Stagecraft is the first company within the UK to offer this unique staging system for hire. The Arc Roof can be adapted to suit individual events and will be seen in action throughout the summer at The Big Chill festivals, West Green House and Brockstock, a fundraising event for local charities. Stagecraft's involvement in this year's Salisbury Festival ranged from the hiring of stage equipment to the full installation and supervision of projects such as Prolyte Arc Roof's use in both the opening ceremony and fireworks finale in the Cathedral Close. Stagecraft also constructed a giant outdoor cinema screen in front of The Cathedral School to show silent movies, supported by the French band, Art Zoyd, as well as constructing a two storey front-of-house position, split level stages and PA wings, all fully weather proofed.
At PLASA 2001, TMB will be showing a number of new products. The Cam-Lok E2000 series power connectors are high-quality, single-pole locking connectors conforming to 2002 European safety standards and specifications. Available in current ratings to 400 Amps, and cable sizes to 150mm2.
New additions to TMB’s PowerPAR daylight fixture range include a hot restrike version, a remote ballast unit for an even lighter-weight and lower profile; an HID150 unit, using a high-output 10,000 hour lamp for architectural use, and multiple colours for company identification and corporate shows. Additionally, the original best-selling version now has reduced fan noise for quiet operation in Theatre and TV applications and an improved ballast with hot restrike capability.
Other new products inlcude the ProPlex Ethernet Cable - now available with two choices of extremely durable and innovative RJ45 Connectors (RJ-Lnxx or Neutrik EtherCon); RJ Lnxx RJ45 Connectors - standard RJ45 over-moulded in a robust durable housing, with an IP67-rated connection; Neutrik EtherCon RJ45 connectors - standard RJ45 enclosed in an XLR-style die-cast shell; Dataplex cables - for applications where an economical data cable is preferred. ProCable Head to Ballast Cables - a full selection of premium-grade HMI Head to Ballast cables; available assembled with Link or Spacecraft HMI connectors. ProCan - a mains voltage Birdie, now available for use with 240V GZ16 lamp, for 240V mains-voltage applications; Sassonics 19-pin cable tester - the first multi-cable tester that really does it all and the ProXS - TM
NXT, the developer of flat-panel loudspeaker technologies, has launched a new PA speaker system, featuring its SurfaceSound technology, in Europe and Asia. The system will be marketed in Europe by Carlsbro, a leading PA and music instrument amplification manufacturer based in the UK as the 'nlightn' and has been exhibited in prototype in Asia at PALA by Architectural Audio, part of the Singapore-based Swee Lee Group.
The new NXT-based PA speakers represent a departure from existing technology. Features of SurfaceSound include the fact that the dispersion characteristics from each of the PA speakers cover a 180° arc across all frequencies within their bandwidth so that there is no change in clarity, irrespective of the listening angle. Aside from the acoustic qualities of the flat panel speakers, NXT also offers a lightweight and compact design. Free of the heavy magnets of other speakers, NXT PA speakers can be easily transported. Additionally NXT speakers are capable of carrying images and pictures and can be adapted to carry the logo of a performing band in much the same way, for instance, as a drum kit does today.
With the development of CAD drawing packages over recent years, it’s now possible for professional lighting designers to make a living designing in the virtual world.
Using WYSIWYG by Cast Lighting of Canada or the Martin Show Designer from Denmark, designers can create artistic lighting images and present them either as stills or as an animated movie providing an accurate photo-realistic rendition of environmental and show designs. Since he’s been one if its higher profile users, we invited LD Durham Marenghi, to explain why he’s so keen on the virtual route . . .
Over the past month I’ve been commissioned to create virtual designs with WYSIWYG for a temporary exhibition and event environment and a major car launch reveal, the intention in each case to provide a graphic presentation of what will eventually become reality.
Historically, artistic impressions have been used to provide the client with a pictorial representation of a concept, in some cases this led to disappointment or even refusal of payment when they realised the event looked nothing like the art work originally sold. Recent technology has seen CAD draughtsmen using architectural lighting programmes to illuminate their 3D models which provide reasonably realistic lighting treatments, but no knowledge of how to physically achieve them.
It is now possible for lighting professionals to illuminate these CAD models with accurate ‘virtual’ luminaires which behave realistically in terms of photometrics, colour and shadow. Aside from the realism of images rendered using thi
The Rubber Box Co is launching two new products at PLASA - a stage box designed for mounting on trussing and a 16A Y-Cord splitter. The stage box is fitted with 19-pin male and female connectors and six 16A sockets. By using two lightweight half couplers, the box can be quickly and securely clamped to trussing in seconds. The Y-Cord splitter removes the problem of trying to connect two cables into a plug. Manufactured from 2.5 sq.mm HO7RNF rubber cable, it can be supplied as a cable or fitted with plug and couplers.
Rubber Box can be found on Stand E13.
The Mach brand has experienced increasing success worldwide over the past years. In order to meet increasing demands from customers, engineers working with professional sound reinforcement today, even more products have been added to the comprehensive line of Mach loudspeaker systems. At PLASA 2001 Mach will present no less than four new products. The M20.06 digital loudspeaker management system, the Ballista subwoofer for demanding long-throw touring applications, a new line of nearly invisible Mach ceiling speakers for the architectural segment and a complete range of white products for versatile installation purposes will all be launched at the Show.
Also new is the Mach M20.06 - a one unit, state-of-the-art, loudspeaker management system capable of operating all speakers in the Mach product range. This digital circuitry is based on BSS Omnidrive DSP technology and comes equipped with the latest 24-bit A-D and D-A converters. Fast and easy set-up of Mach speaker systems is ensured by 50 preset programs with settings for all Mach speaker models. Each preset offers carefully optimized crossover points and slopes, polarity, delay and EQ settings to exactly fit the individual characteristics of each Mach loudspeaker. "To show our customers the versatility within the Mach product range, we will present Mach in an interesting interactive environment under the title: Mach Experience," states Danny Cross, Mach product manager in the UK.
Mach can be found on Stand E56.
MC2 Audio is launching the latest addition to its T Series - the T1500 (750W per channel). This model joins the highly successful T1000 (500W per channel) and T500 (250W per channel), which were launched at PLASA last year and have been enjoying buoyant worldwide sales throughout 2001. As with all other amplifiers in both the MC range and T Series, the T1500 will be covered by a full five-year warranty. It is anticipated that it will be available for shipping from the end of September.
MC2 can be found on stand S28.
In conjunction with its UK distributor Raper & Wayman, Australian manufacturer ARX is showing for the first time in the UK the ZA series of 4-channel, 6-channel, 8-channel and 5.1 multi-channel amplifiers, all in a 2U chassis. New additions to the SPL range including the SPL 20 powered arrayable trapezoidal sub woofer, the SPL 8 powered compact full range loudspeaker and the SPL 28 powered compact sub woofer to complement the SPL 8. The 8 Pre, 8-channel microphone preamp, featuring variable gain, 20dB pad, phase reverse and phantom power is ideal for use as a console extender, ADAT/hard disk recording and acoustical analysis. The BarMix zone mixer, ideal for all applications requiring switchable multiple-input selection and multiple outputs, featuring remote level control and mic override in a compact 1U package.
ARX can be found on Stand H36.
Canford has announced it will be launching its Multipower at PLASA. The unit is a means of replacing up to 14 PSUs in a single 1U device. Also the EZ-PC pro-interface will get its UK launch at the show. The MIDI distribution amplifier and the MIDI mains switcher will be seen in their full production form for the first time after their recent launches.
The Multipower replaces up to 14 ‘wall warts’ and provides a neat solution freeing up mains sockets for other uses. The unit can supply devices of 6volts, +12 volts, -12 volts or 24 volts making it at the same time compact, versatile and cost effective. The EZ-PC pro-interface converts PC sound cards from unbalanced to balanced inputs and outputs and fits neatly into a standard PC card slot alongside the PC’s existing soundcard and negates the need for an external pro-interface. Canford is also presenting the full range of EMO products, including a variety of DI boxes, microphone splitters and power supplies. The CSM41 studio condenser microphone will also be on display.
Essential testing and measuring equipment, such as Canford and EMO cable testers, Quick Check test CDs and DAT’s, the Terrasonde Audio Toolbox and the Canford phase checker will also be on display. A selection of the huge range of cabling and connectors to be found in Canford’s catalogue ‘The Source’ is on display. The latest edition of The Source is available free from the stand and details all the products on display fully includingtechnical specifications.
Canford can be found on Stand H18.
Visitors to PLASA 2001 will witness the debut of the ‘brand new’ as well as the ‘relatively new’ in the High End Systems and Flying Pig Systems product family. Shown only at a sneak preview at Lightfair this year, High End is introducing C-16, the first in its Atmospheres series of interior architectural luminaires. C-16 is a compact, affordable, colour-changing spotlight that lets you change your environment, space, atmosphere or mood with utter simplicity. An MR16 lamp gives the fixture long life. It weighs in at a lightweight six pounds but packs a powerful colour punch, offering pastel highlights to deep saturates.
The modular construction of the x.Spot automated luminaire allows for new feature modules to be introduced as they become available. Debuting at PLASA are two new modules: Lithomotion wheels and the framing shutter system. The Lithomotion wheels offer oversized, rotating images which bring a lively, ever-changing look to a set. Mike Wood, vice-president of engineering, commented: "This allows us to go back to a more organic effect. With the Lithomotion feature, you're getting motion in two or three different directions at the same time, so you can't tell where the motion is coming from. The whole thing is very alive, very 3D. It's a look that we've not managed to achieve on any other product before." The LithoMotion feature should be shipping between September and November.
The framing shutter system caters to lighting designers' requests for accuracy and reliability in framing. "The system features eight motors - tw
PLASA 2001 will be the first viewing of XTA’s remote control software for the company’s Seriously Intelligent Digital Dynamics unit - SiDD. Designed for ease-of-use and downloadable from the XTA website (www.xta.co.uk), the software will permit full control of up to 32 units (64 SiDD channels) for all EQ, compression, noise gate/expansion, limiting and dynamic EQ functions of SiDD. Having all these on a single screen gives any engineer fast access to all parameters and instant visual response. Remote interface via MIDI, RS232 (cable runs up to 25m) or RS485 (up to 1km) allows connection and control from any PC running Microsoft Windows 95 or later. Innovative ‘bouncing ball’ metering enables instant set-up, and can be toggled with traditional VU meter mode for clear indication of dynamics/gain control and comprehensive 'Showtime' monitoring. The latest version of XTA’s proven Audiocore control software is also now available, and enables both SiDD and DP Series processors to be connected on a single network and controlled from a solo PC or laptop. With a wireless PC communication link, dynamics (SiDD) and loudspeakers (DP Series) can now be fully controlled from any part of a venue, not just a single mixing/control position, for complete flexibility.
XTA Electronics can be found on stand T32.http://www.xta.co.uk
Today Trantec is the largest manufacturer of DTI-approved radio microphones in Europe. Established approximately 10 years ago, Trantec originally only supplied to the music industry. However, the company’s marketplace has now increased to include broadcast companies, theatres, film producers, council chambers and others. This year, Trantec is bringing its products and expertise to PLASA, along with its latest updates to the S5000 beltpack. Features of the S5000 beltpack include: Power via single AA battery, giving approximately eight hours of use; programming capabilities for gain, frequency and user name via Infra Red sources such as Palm Pilot and compatibility with existing S5000 receivers.
Trantec can be found on stand D14.
At this year’s PLASA Exhibition Prolyte is introducing new product including a brand new delay tower system, available in 550 kg, 1100 kg, 1600 kg and 2100 kg versions. The large version is being displayed on the stand of Lightfactor - one of Prolyte’s UK distributors. The smaller version can be seen on the stand of another prolyte distributor in the UK, Unusual Rigging. Also new is a completely restyled and updated version of the MPT tower system, to bring the product in line with future demands and regulations.
The updated version of the Prolyte catalogue is also available, featuring over 100 pages of product information and background knowledge from the world of truss. Furthermore the company invites visitors to the cosy surroundings of their stand to enjoy some fun and business gossip at the famous ‘Prolyte Bar’ or to meet Prolyte’s distributor representatives in the UK.
Prolyte can be found on stand D10.
Tascam is showing its expanding digital DJ product range on the Tannoy Professional stand. On show are a brand new digitally powered DJ mixer and the very latest update of the company’s top flight DJ CD decks. Guest spots from top UK DJs on the stand are also being lined up. The Tascam X-9 is a uniquely powerful and appointed professional 4-channel DJ mixer which utilizes high resolution digital processing to offer a range of features including on-board sampling, recallable sweepable EQ and internal effects. 24 bit A-D convertors provide for the highest possible signal resolution from vinyl, with four sets of phono stage or stereo line level connections. Digital inputs enable CD decks and external devices, like MiniDisc players, to be directly connected without loss of quality.
Balanced and unbalanced Master outputs feature attenuation control. Pre-Master booth monitor (with independent level) and digital outputs (e.g. for recording) are also featured. Independently adjustable level and EQ is provided for headphone outputs on both the top and front panels. A balanced mic input also features independent level and EQ control. The X-9 is the only DJ mixer to currently feature three-band, fully sweepable, parametric EQ. Settings can be stored in up to a 100 recallable programmes. The powerful EQ can also deliver real time filter-sweep effects like no other DJ console, say Tascam.
Also being shown for the first time at PLASA is the CD-302 V4.0. This latest upgrade of Tascam’s highly acclaimed CD deck system builds on the astoundingly realistic scratch and break c
This year Marquee Audio will be offering a relaxed atmosphere with a room for conversation over coffee, along with the traditional tempting assortment of audio delicacies. There will be the opportunity to view the latest developments within Marquee and the manufacturers the company works with, including the recent appointment of Marquee as a main UK dealer for Sony. Products demonstrated will include the Optocore LX4 fibre-optic multicore system, latest developments of BSS Soundweb software and hardware, Crestron control systems integrated with other audio processing devices, Yamaha PM1D digital console (latest software release) and the Sony digital console, radio mics and playback equipment.
At PLASA this year, Sound Department will be demonstrating products from Crest Audio, Community Professional Loudspeakers and Level Control Systems - featuring a live demonstration of the VRAS reverberation system and Sound Advance Systems flat panel loudspeakers. Product launches will includethe new ST Series amplifiers and X-Rack Series mixers from Crest Audio, and new additions to the CPL Installation Series from Community.
Crest’s ST series amplifier is the flagship in a family of ‘elevated efficiency’ amplification. The ST amplifier represents a new benchmark in switching amplification - providing the expected advantages of low-weight and reduced heat, while preserving the sonic integrity for which Crest Audio is known. With the latest in switching technology onboard, this feature-rich product has the contemporary look, feel and sound of a touring class amplifier.
The XR-20 is the first in a line of professional Crest Audio X Series rack mount mixers, which address a wide range of applications. The XR-20 meets the varying needs of project studios, houses of worship, broadcasters, musicians and all facets of live sound reinforcement where it can be used as the primary mixer or as a highly flexible sub mixer.
New to Community’s CPL Installation Series are the CPL26 and CPL28. Outfitted with a pair of 8" low frequency drivers, the CPL28, like the CPL26 (which houses dual 6.5" woofers), employs a two-way design using Community's UC-1 compression driver coupled with a newly-developed, 120° x 60° high frequency horn which can be rota
Audio-Technica will be unveiling a number of new products during this year's PLASA exhibition. Taking centre stage will be the second generation of the popular Engineered Sound series of microphones, which has been expanded to include boundary, gooseneck, suspension, lavalier and handheld models. The ES series now also features new capsules, practical switches and redesigned mounting arrangements, making it the perfect solution for all high quality audio installations. Also displayed for the first time will be a limited edition T4033 anniversary model. This commemorative version of the company's flagship microphone is launched as part of the celebrations of the 40th Anniversary of the Audio-Technica Corporation.
Finally, PLASA sees the AT3031 (cardioid) and the AT3032 (omni-directional) microphones added to the 30 Series range for home and project studios. Both microphones are end-fire pencil condensers and feature verow self-noise (16 dB SPL) and a flat, extended frequency response.
Audio-Technica is exhibiting on PLASA stand H16.
BSS Audio will be showing the Soundweb 9088ii at PLASA this year. Its DSP engine builds on the highly successful Soundweb platform, and brings a higher performance to the audio path. The latest generation 24-bit converters are used to give a dynamic range of better than 107dB, plus a new AES/EBU digital input card extends the applications and source options for the Soundweb system. Also on show will be the Minidrive loudspeaker management systems, comprising the FDS-334 (2 inputs 4 outputs) and the FDS-336 (2 inputs 6 outputs), together with the FDS 366 Omnidrive Compact Plus.
BSS Audio can be found on Stand S30.
Adam Hall Ltd, a leading manufacturer of cabinet and case hardware and audio products, will be launching several hot new products at this year's PLASA Show including 'Racklight' - an innovative way of illuminating 19" racks. Racklight will never get hot or burn out as it doesn't use conventional bulbs and comes in seven cool light source colours! Also on show this year will be many new additions to the company’s extensive range of hardware components for case, 19" rack and cabinet building, Palmer Audiotools and devices for PA, studios and installation, Adam Hall's very own brand of Bulk and Premade cables for sound and lighting, stands, the Defender II cable crossover system and Amphenol connectors, including the new 'A' type XLR for OEMs and manufacturers.
Adam Hall can be found on Stand E32.
Martin Professional, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of automated lighting, will head to this year’s PLASA Show with a number of new products and product upgrades. These include the MAC 2000 Forma - a new version of Martin’s successful 1200W MAC 2000 profile spot which features an internal framing device for precise stage lighting and new sub-gobo rotation wheel, useful for theatrical fire and water effects. Also launched is MAC 600 NT - a new version of the popular MAC 600 featuring improved colour mixing, a CTC system and noiseless operation, perfect for noise-sensitive markets such as theatre and TV.
Also new is Wizard - a one-of-a-kind DMX-controllable ‘full-house’ effects light featuring what Martin claim is an extraordinary, magical effect never before seen in the effects lighting industry. The Wizard, which uses a high-output 250W discharge source, has two independent color/gobo wheels offering seven colours, plus two white and six gobo patterns, as well as a separate shutter for fast strobing. The Wizard delivers more than 80 agile light beams, each beam chasing the other while continuously changing colour and gobo pattern. Instant ‘show time’ is now possible with Martin MC Showtime - a user-friendly, plug and play show controller for the Martin MX series of scanners. MC Showtime is a pre-programmed ‘ready to go’ controller offering 30 ever-changing light shows.
On stand from Jem is the new Heavy Fog. Incorporating the latest in refrigeration technology, Jem’s newest heavy fogger is a more com
Lamba plc will host its most expansive presentation of new products ever at the PLASA Show this year. In addition to showcasing new mixer and limited edition cartridges from Stanton - on the back of having signed up new endorsement agreements with London’s top dance venues - the company will also be presiding over a number of other major events. The full range of newly-launched Nady microphone and processing products, aimed at four distinct market sectors, will have the additional impetus of a visit from company founder John Nady, who will give an address to dealers and press in the Kensington Room on the Monday of the Show.
Lamba will also introduce their newly-acquired high-end amplification range from PSS in France, having recently been appointed exclusive UK distributors. This series will be seen for the first time in the UK. Also radically different will be a new range of purpose-designed plastic enclosures from Cerwin-Vega!, in addition to their established range of MI and installation enclosures, bearing the legendary ‘earthquake’ sub bass. At the entry level end, Lamba will have ‘complete kit’ packages from Homemix and KAM. Finally, as if that wasn’t sufficient, Lamba will also be hosting their annual party on the Tuesday evening of PLASA, at London’s legendary Limelight Club in the West End.
Lamba can be found on Stand F54.
A special 'ready-to-tour' deal has been announced for Allen & Heath's flagship ML5000 27-buss live sound VCA console. In addition to the mixer, each ML5000 Pro Touring Package includes a high quality Amptown touring console flightcase, a pair of rugged MPS14 power supplies with autoswitching in a wheeled 7U Amptown flightcase with 3U lockable drawer, a console dustcover and four Littlites.
Allen & Heath and Amptown have gone to great lengths to devise the ideal case for the ML5000. Among the features created to meet the needs of the touring industry is a specially designed cable compartment with a hinged lid that can be easily slotted in and out to allow full access for patching. The console is protected by rubber shock absorbing, enabling the ML5000 to safely travel upright on six heavy-duty castors. Up to 20 handles are provided, and the inside of the case is fully foam lined and strengthened latterly to improve rigidity. Martin Daley, UK Sales Manager at Allen & Heath, commented: "As well as taking the hassle out of getting cases and accessories together for a new desk, the Pro Touring Package makes it easy to arrange finance for the whole deal rather than individual elements. With a lot of help from John O'Neill and the Amptown team, I think we've come up with a really robust, practical solution, that can make life that bit easier on the road."
The ML5000 pro touring package is only available in the UK and can be purchased for 32-, 40- and 48-channel consoles. Allen & Heath's 24-channel sidecar expanders for ML5000 can now also be supplied in matching Amp
Aura Sound Design, a leading specialist in sound design for theatre and themed exhibitions, have fulfilled a long-held ambition: the release of the first volumes of the Aura Sound Effects Collection. With a long-term plan to make all of the sound effects from Aura's extensive collection available on CD, the first release consists of four CDs: Volume 1A Steam Trains, Volume 1B Steam Trains, Volume 2 Subway including New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and Hamburg, and Volume 3 Sea and Water. Most of the sound effects featured on the CDs are original, digital recordings made by Aura's team on HHB and Sony Pro DAT recorders using the best quality microphones, and the CD's include comprehensive descriptions of each track with any particular nuances identified.
The effects have long been used in shows by Aura's team of sound designers, including John A Leonard and Fergus O'Hare, whose recent shows include Noises Off at the National Theatre and in the West End, King Lear at the Theatr Clywd, Lulu for the Almeida at Kings Cross and in the USA, God Only Knows in the West End and on tour, A Lie of the Mind at the Donmar Warehouse and The Prisoner's Dilemma for the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as the Madame Tussaud's Exhibition in New York. However, the release of the CDs has also already seen these effects used in shows as far apart as Colchester and the United States. Appropriately, given the transport-related theme of three of the CDs, the effects have also been incorporated into the re-design of the ultimate transport musical, Starli