PSN-e previews PLASA09 (part 1)1 September 2009
UK: Allen & Heath, Cadac and HK Audio (whose ICON LTS system is pictured) are just three of the companies to have announced their PLASA09 plans, reports Jim Evans. Billed as the UK’s largest entertainment technology show, PLASA will return once more to Earls Court for its 2009 edition, which is scheduled to run from September 13 to 16.
Alcons Audio’s main focus will be on the LR7 and LR7B, the latest additions to the L-series pro-ribbon line arrays. The LR7 is a micro pro-ribbon line-array system, designed to be used in stacked or as a flown configuration, for both portable and permanent installations. As in previous years, the company will also exhibit a new design study. This year it’s the turn of MSRA, Modular Stacked Ribbon Array.
Celebrating its fortieth anniversary during the show, Allen & Heath will feature the iLive digital family of desks, alongside its analogue and DJ mixers. Following the recent launch of RAB2, iLive’s latest remote audio card, it is now possible to mix and match the flagship modular iLive hardware with the iLive-T fixed I/O MixRacks and control surfaces, increasing hire inventory flexibility and system integration, says the company.
ASL Intercom will highlight the addition of four new tabletop-format speaker stations to its expanding Digital Intercom line. The DS 830 Speaker Station, an eight-channel unit mounted in a 3U cabinet, will be on show on the stand of ASL’s UK distributor, Polar Audio. Three more companion tabletop units – offering 16, 24 and 32 channel capacities – will also be available in the near future/early 2010.
Cadac’s S-Digital Live desk will be shown alongside the Cadac ME2 mic pre-amp, which takes two of the J-Type mic pre-amps and EQs, slots them in a single rack unit and adds an AES digital output and stereo mix bus. Multiple ME2s can be bussed together with the addition of the MA2 summing amplifier to make a small format mixer. The company says that S-Digital will be shown next to the "old classic analogue Cadac", enabling visitors to "listen to the past and see and hear the future."
DAS Audio will highlight the Aero Series2 line array system, which is "designed to possess the qualities needed to dominate the fiercely competitive world of sound touring". Also on display will be the portable Avant Series.
dBTechnologies’ Opera Digital and DVX loudspeaker systems will be shown alongside the latest additions to the FlexSys and DVA ranges. Opera Digital is the successor to the Opera range. Features include digital bi-amping, more power, dual active limiter, new high performance transducer, switching power supplies (SMPS), digital sound processor and asymmetrical horn. Meanwhile, the final four units that complete the FlexSys active speaker series are the F8, F10, F12 and F15 2-way speaker cabinets, which are designed to give maximum performance at minimum weight and size.
Denon Professional, Marantz Professional and Denon DJ, represented by D&M Business & Professional Group (Europe), will introduce a total of eight new products. D&M Professional will launch the DN-V500BD Blu-ray disc player and introduce the DN-F Series of solid state audio players (comprising the DN-F300, DN-F400 and RC-F400), DN-S700 CD/MP3 player, DN-HC5000 and HC1000S media controllers, DN-HP500 headphones and DN-X1700 digital mixer.
Equipson will promote the Digiline series, an all-in-one solution for audio control and processing including the Digiline-8, a 8x160W power amplifier and processor controlled by TCP/IP (up to 256 units from a same computer). Also on display will be the Digiline MX audio processor and WORK Net Control, which is a complete software designed to control the whole series. On the installation front, Equipson will feature HomeAMP, a wall mount audio controller and 2 x 12W amplifier designed for hotels and meeting rooms.
Funktion One is set to unveil three new products: the F101 loudspeaker enclosure comprising 1 x 10" bass/mid driver and 1" high frequency device is a larger version of the F81; the Resolution 3 is an all-in-one three-way enclosure comprising a special horn loaded 18" bass loudspeaker with 5" voice coil, a new Axhead loaded 10" loudspeaker for midrange and a 1" compression driver for high frequencies; and the ASPC1 audio system polarity checker is a tool for live sound and installation engineers to ensure the optimisation of high performance audio systems.
HK Audio will debut the Icon LTS (Long Throw System). The primary design brief of the ICON LTS was for use in ground-stacked configurations at events where conditions or budget constraints prevent sound crews from flying a PA. Icon LTS is a self-contained active system. The horn-driven 12"/1.4" IC 112 LA mid-/high unit incorporates an 60_ x 40_ CD horn design and features an onboard digital controller that serves as the stack’s control centre. Two 18" band-pass subwoofers provide the low-end kick for the full stack. Class D power amp technology delivers the reach and range to throw these signals across great distances at "remarkable sound pressure levels". The IC 112 LA mid/high unit is driven in biamp mode with a 1,000-watt/4-Ohm amplifier for the midrange and a 600-watt/4-Ohm amp module for the highs. The IC 118 BA subwoofers each have an integrated 2,000-watt/4-Ohm amp module. Maximum SPL of the system is 136dB (peak) in half space.
For more PLASA coverage, see next week’s PSN-e and the September issue of PSNE.