Audio-Technica, Duran Audio, Nexo and Tascam were among the exhibitors at the regional entertainment technology event, which took place at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, last week, reports David Davies. Visitor attendance surpassed 1,800, representing an increase of 30% on last year's inaugural event, while the 130-plus exhibitors included 33 who were new to the show.
The event also featured an extensive Education & Learning Programme, with sessions including an examination of The Warehouse Project (click here for PSNE's recent story on the clubbing concept).
Show director Nicola Rowland reflected: "We'd anticipated a good turnout after the great response to the first PLASA Focus, but the past two days have exceeded our highest expectations. The show is becoming a 'must attend' gathering of the audio, lighting, video, rigging and stage engineering communities in the north of England. The number of new products on show and the unique atmosphere of PLASA Focus underline how effective and popular the show is for the industry, where it can come together and do business, in the right place, at the right time."
Product highlights included the UK debuts of Audio-Technica's updated 2000, 3000, 4000 and 5000 wireless systems. Updates to the Artist Elite 4000a and 5000a Series, for example, included a new backlit LCD on transmitters and locking battery door on UniPak body-pack transmitters, as well as new 25 kHZ spacing that provides up to 996 selectable frequencies. The company also publicised the fact that its 3000, 4000 and 5000 Series wireless systems are covered by the Upgrade Pass scheme, which enables users to a 55% discount on all eligible wireless systems bought as a result of UHF frequencies being auctioned off by the telecoms industry. More information on the scheme at www.atupgradepass.com.
Harvey Roberts, Audio-Technica senior UK marketing manager, tells PSN-e: "Audio-Technica had a very positive PLASA Focus, and we were very pleased with visitor response to the upgrades to our wireless systems in particular. We have significantly improved features and functionality across the 2000, 3000, 4000 and 5000 Series (now 2000a, 3000b, 4000a and 5000b), adding a wider choice of frequency bands across the ranges, and visitors welcomed the changes very warmly. Overall it was a great show, and perfectly placed for customers based in the north of the country."
Elsewhere, Allen & Heath showcased new products including the iDR-16 3U MixRack and iLive-R72, iLive v1.6 software, Xone:PB, Xone:D40 headphones, and ZED-10 and ZED-10FX mini mixers; Ateis International presented its new ECS-Teleconference unit echo-cancellation system; and Cloud Electronics showed the new MA60MEDIA combined mixer/amplifier/digital music player.
Duran Audio showcased its AXYS Beam Shaping Subwoofers, which allow DDS processing capability to be brought to standard AXYX boxes - specifically Scope Range 6, Scope Range 2 and Target Range 2 - via software interaction. The results, says Duran Audio, is a level of flexibility that enables users to bring "definition and punch" to the low-end and to minimise noise pollution at large outdoor events.
Nexo exhibited the second product in its patented Ray Sub Series, while Trantec exhibited its Channel 38-ready S6 wireless system and S-D7000 fully digital wireless microphone system. Products on display at the Yamaha stand included the new M7CL-48ES digital console, MY8-SDI-ED interface card and TLF loudspeaker technology.
The next PLASA Focus: Leeds event will take place on 19/20 April 2011. Free registration is already available via the first link below.
Image Credit: Chris Toulmin