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Pro-audio’s creativity in full flow at PL+S 09

test 7 April 2009

GERMANY: Further to last week’s previews, Outline (pictured) and Shure were among the many other companies showing new products in Frankfurt, writes David Davies. There were also fresh items from the likes of ADAM Professional Audio, Alcons Audio, MAYAH, Meyer Sound and SSL, plus a major announcement from Shure Distribution/Clear-Com at ProLight+Sound 2009, which took place at the Frankfurt Musikmesse from April 1 to 4.

ADAM Professional Audio announced a fresh line of studio monitors. All six models of the new SX-Series feature the new X-ART (eXtended frequency response) tweeter, which incorporates the same fundamental principle of accelerating air as the proprietary Accelerating Ribbon Technology, but with a 4dB higher efficiency, a 3dB higher maximum sound pressure level, and an increase in frequency response of up to 50 kHz.

Alcons Audio exhibited a number of new products, including the LR7. the smallest addition to the L-series of pro-ribbon line arrays. LR7 is a micro-sized line-array system, designed to be used in stacked or flown configuration, for both portable and permanent installations. Alcons also held a series of demonstrations based around the VR8 compact monitor and the BF151 bass system.

HHB showed the UDP-89 ‘industrial-strength’ universal DVD/CH player. Already adopted by German broadcaster Antenne Bayern, the UDP-89 is housed in a compact 1U rack-mounting chassis and plays CD, Video-CD, SACD, DVD-Video and DVD-Audio discs. (As an aside, HHB last week announced that it had sold 1,000 FlashMics in Germany. The millennial device went to Radio BasiX, a web radio project for young people in the Kraichgau region.)

MAYAH showed its new audio codec generation, C11. All 14 C11 models offer a wide range of redundancy and monitoring/control concepts with advanced models supporting the logging of outgoing and incoming signals, and offering additional storage as well as optional POTS and 3G/ UMTS. The products provide full compliance to EBU N/ACIP, including MAYAH’s enhanced IP features.

Meyer Sound highlighted the newly launched Cinema Experience line of loudspeaker products and the D-Mitri digital audio platform, which is said to provide powerful signal processing and networked multi-channel distribution, multi-channel recording and playback, and audio show control automation. The company also exhibited items from its UltraSeries, Industrial Series, MILO and M’elodie ranges, among other products.

Possessing the same footprint as a Butterfly system, Outline’s new MANTAS Vertical Line Array element (pictured) is said to provide "leading edge performance" from a highly compact, lightweight cabinet. Two 8-inch mid-woofers with Neodymium magnets and a 3-inch compression driver ensure low distortion and reliable operation, while the high-frequency section is loaded with D.P.R.W.G. (Double Parabolic ReflectiveWave Guide), a technology already deployed on the Butterfly system.

Asked to explain Outline’s ambitions for MANTAS, Michele Noselli tells PSN-e that the objective is "very simple. It should be our best-selling VLA."

Shure Distribution UK announced the European launch of a raft of new products, including the PG27USB and PG42USB side-address condenser microphones, XLR versions of the PG27 and PG42 microphones, and the X2U XLR-to-USB adaptor. The company also released details of two new additions to the Shure SM microphone range, the SM27 and SM137.

Paul Crognale, marketing manager at Shure Distribution UK, tells PSN-e: "ProLight+Sound is the premier European trade show for the pro-audio industry and is therefore the ideal launch platform for new products. We’ve been showing several new products, including our new PG USB microphones, the USB to XLR converter (X2U) and the SE115 earphones, and have received significant interest from press and dealers alike."

In other Shure-related news, Shure Distribution Germany was announced as Clear-Com Communication Systems’ new distributor for Germany’s live performance market. The new arrangement complements Clear-Com’s existing distribution in the broadcast sector, where it is represented by Studio Hamburg MCI (Media Consult International)

"Clear-Com is delighted to announce this partnership with Shure Distribution Germany," commented Karlie Miles, director of EMEA Sales at Clear-Com. "Our goal is to further deepen our commitment to the German market by strengthening Clear-Com’s on-the-ground sales and support teams that understand the customers and their diverse needs. Shure is world famous for its pioneering work in the live performance business, providing superior products and outstanding service to a wide customer base. We are confident that Shure Distribution Germany will deliver the same unequivocal level of service to our live performance customers."

Solid State Logic announced the introduction of a "compact, versatile, portable" new mixer, X-Desk. The new product combines a 16-channel SSL SuperAnalogue summing mixer with a compact analogue audio hub for the user’s studio.

Look out for a final flourish of PL+S 09 highlights on the next edition of PSN-e.


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