PSN-e previews PLASA (part 2)8 September 2009
UK: JoeCo (whose Blackbox Recorder is pictured), Out Board and XTA will all be showing new product at PLASA next week, reports Jim Evans. Newly-developed loudspeakers, multi-track recorders, wireless systems, audio management systems and much more will be on display at PLASA09, which begins at London’s Earls Court this Sunday.
JoeCo will show its Blackbox Recorder, the first units of which are starting to ship now. The 19-inch, 1U rack-mounted recorder captures multi-track live audio (24 tracks at up to 24-bit/96kHz) without the need to have a laptop or DAW at the performance. The Blackbox Recorder attaches to the insert points of any live mixing console and records in industry-standard Broadcast WAV format onto a regular USB2, FAT32 formatted drive. A 500 GByte drive will store approximately 20 hours of 24-track material at 24-bit/96kHz and over 40 hours at 48kHz.
Klein & Hummel’s IS 62 Installed Loudspeaker promises "exceptionally linear pattern control through crossover", making it suitable for applications including nightclubs, auditoriums, houses of worship, performance halls, arenas and stadiums.
Link will introduce the new DGlink digital audio distribution system. "The primary objective was to offer a solution that will replace, or integrate with, traditional audio distribution systems (analogue and digital) during live applications, utilising one, or multiple, digital transport protocol standards over Cat 5 or 6 cables," says Marco Piromalli, president of Link. DGlink is a modular touring grade digital audio distribution snake (48 kHz/24-bit) designed for live applications leveraging the architecture of traditional stage boxes.
MCS will be exhibiting for the first time to demonstrate how its MCS-rm hire solution product can support the business needs of the AV hire market. Nick Thomson, sales manager at MCS, explains: "We have been working hard on the detail of our hire solution to ensure it meets the specialist requirements of the AV market and believe we offer all the specific functionality the AV market demands."
PLASA09 will mark a milestone for Ohm, which celebrates 30 years of producing sound equipment in the UK. To honour this anniversary the company has brought back, with newly-designed Ohmdrivers, the SS-3 Smack Stack bass bins. Also featured on Ohm’s stand will be the Ersa Minor compact line array with the lightweight DSP-A3 amplifiers.
Out Board will demonstrate the TiMax2 SoundHub mix engine, playback server and delay-matrix providing up to 64 channels in a compact 2U chassis. In its audio-showcontrol ‘S’ version, the TiMax2 SoundHub software has advanced showcontrol features for programming and running major theatrical shows and live events, while the systems integrator ‘R’ version is configured for shows and AV installations requiring comprehensive audio processing resources, playback, networking and automation.
Polar Audio will feature the Opus 600 wireless microphone system from Beyerdynamic and additions to the Revoluto conference system range. From Biamp there will be the RED-1 Remote Ethernet Device – a remote control device for Audia/Nexia systems, it connects via standard Cat-5/6/7 and is powered over Ethernet. New from Australian Monitor will be the Zone revolution – a multi-zone solution for the bar and club market and the AV Revolution for the AV Market. Dynacord’s Promatrix 8000 system incorporates large-scale sound reinforcement, audio/video and all relevant evacuation functions in one device.
RCF, dB Technologies and SGM Technology for Lighting will be exhibiting for the first time together as the RCF Group. This follows on from the Group’s announcement in April of the acquisition of the Italian lighting company, SGM. RCF Group now covers all aspects of the sound and lighting industry and, whilst RCF and dB continue to develop new products in a wide range of audio fields, with the addition of SGM, various synergies across the audio and lighting sides of the Group are being developed.
Originally developed with the house of worship market in mind, Tannoy’s VQ Series has since found itself suited to a wide range of applications, having already enjoyed high-profile installations in large capacity nightclubs like Es Paradis in Ibiza and Obsessions in Romania, as well as sports venues such as Selland Arena in California and Coop Arena in Sweden. After introducing the VQ Series with two full-range devices (VQ 60 and VQ 100) at last year’s Prolight+Sound show in Frankfurt, Tannoy always intended to expand the range of tools available to the systems designer. This new phase of VQ product comes in the form of three new PSW horn formats and a new 15" sub module.
Building on the success of its S6000 range, Trantec is launching its new S6 Wireless System. The rack-mounted S6 receiver comprises eight receiver modules, internal antenna distribution, headphone monitor, and USB connectivity – and now incorporates a comprehensive user interface on the front panel allowing the user to configure and monitor all channels, with or without an external PC.
When used in standalone mode the operator can modify frequencies, user names and mute levels. RF levels, AF levels and battery status can be viewed and individual audio channels can be monitored through the headphone output. The frequency set can also be downloaded to the transmitters via an infrared port. Under PC control the system can be monitored remotely, giving the additional functionality of RF walk tests and RF spectral analysis. The S6 transmitter offers an 80MHz RF bandwidth as well as an economic 10+ hours from a single AA cell. The S6 System is also fully compatible with the existing S6000 beltpack and handheld transmitters.
XTA Electronics has announced the diversification of its product portfolio with the arrival at PLASA 2009 of its first installation product, the DC1048 integrated audio management system. 24-bit high-end converters coupled with 96k sample rate ensure a bandwidth in excess of 30kHz and a dynamic range of over 112dB. With its four inputs and eight outputs all electronically balanced on three-pin Phoenix connectors, the DC1048 also has GPIO interface built in along with the USB easy access front panel connector and RS485 networking.
Yamaha Commercial Audio will promote the theme of connectivity with the stand split into five areas connected together using a variety of audio formats and network protocols, including Dante, CobraNet, EtherSound, MADI and AES/EBU. Making their UK trade show debuts will be the Audinate Dante-MY16-AUD interface card, the IMX644 digital rack-mount mixer, IPA 8200 power amplifier, DME Version 3.5 and the recently-announced updated M7CL V2 mixing console. The SB168-ES scaleable digital stage box solution will also be celebrating "a massively successful" first year since it was launched at PLASA 2008. Complementing these will be all of Yamaha Commercial Audio’s current ranges, including the PM5D, DSP5D and LS9 mixing consoles, a full range of touring and installation amplifiers, Installation Series loudspeakers and the wide range of interface solutions which allow Yamaha digital audio products to "seamlessly dovetail into virtually any audio systems".
PLASA09 gets underway this Sunday and concludes on Wednesday September 16. For part one of PSN-e’s PLASA preview, click here. There will also be extensive coverage in the September issue of Pro Sound News Europe.