Prolight + Sound kicks off from April 4-7 in Frankfurt. From product launches, to a special area to demonstrate the silent-stage concept, plus an exhibition called ‘Faces Behind the Voices’ comprising 30 stories, portrait photos and unique voices – from James Bond and Bruce Wayne to SpongeBob – a lot is going on at the show.
Audio-Technica, Box of Doom, Cymatic Audio, Fischer Amps, Hearsafe, InEar, Kemper, Klang Technologies and Vision Ears will be showing their products and technologies in the silent stage area. Prolight + Sound presents the advantages and the technologies required, on a special stage erected in accordance with the silent-stage principle, on which a professional band will play several times a day throughout the fair. The idea behind the silent stage is to cut on-stage noise levels to a minimum using, for example, amp simulations, isolation boxes, drum cages and electronic musical instruments. Equally, no monitoring loudspeakers are used and the musicians hear themselves and the other band members via an individually adjustable headphone mix.
Meanwhile, Adam Hall Group’s LD Systems, will unveil its near-production concept for a future-oriented sound product, which has been developed in collaboration with Porsche Design Studio. “This integrative design has never been seen before on the market and makes no compromises on sound quality, but is technically unique,” says Porsche Design Studio designer Jörg Tragatschnig. The MAUI 5 GO (pictured) – the world’s first mobile, battery-powered column-PA system – will also be on display. With six hours of battery life from a single charge, the MAUI 5 GO guarantees total freedom and excellent sound quality, the company says.
Gravity is also extending its range. Further innovations such as a revolutionary laptop stand or a highly flexible keyboard table, as well as products from the lifestyle sector, will hint at the brand’s future direction at the show.
Alcons Audio will be previewing two new products. These include a wide-dispersion version of the LR28 Larger Format Line Array and an extension of the QR24 series, the company’s modular high-output line-source column. In a development which will be of interest to larger live productions and festivals, the 110º horizontal dispersion LR28/110 is designed as an extension of the existing three-way, 80º dispersion LR28/80, the company says. Featuring the same faceprint downfill and components (two 14” woofers, four 6.5” midrange and a RBN1402rsr pro-ribbon driver) on a 110º waveguide, the LR28/110 is powered and controlled by four channels of the Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controller. Like the LR28/80, it has a rigging system that enables angle-setting on the cabinets without lifting the array, resulting in safer and faster set-up with minimal handling.
Alcons is also showing its new extension of the QR24 series modular high-output line-source column. Designed for acoustically challenging venues, the QR24 delivers high output and razor sharp dispersion control, without the need for active beam steering.
A special collaboration between Astro Spatial Audio (ASA) and Adamson Systems Engineering will allow visitors to experience true object-based 3D audio for live entertainment. The two companies will combine their market-leading technologies to host a series of demonstrations using Adamson Point 8 enclosures driven by ASA’s recently launched SARA II Premium Rendering Engine (pictured).
The Astro Spatial Audio booth will be encircled by 15 compact yet powerful Adamson Point 8 enclosures and accompanying subwoofers, forming a high quality audio canvas. Using the power and versatility of just one SARA II engine, ASA will illustrate the new creative possibilities of object-based 3D sound in a live entertainment environment, plus variable room acoustics and stage tracking features. Demonstrations are set to take place every two hours. The 3U, rack-mountable SARA II Premium Rendering Engine harnesses SpatialSound Wave technology, developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT. With a 2.8” touchscreen display plus hardware refinements such as ultra-low noise cooling and redundant on board SSD drives, each SARA II engine can accommodate up to 64 MADI or 128 Dante configurable network pathways, all of which are assignable to at least 32 audio objects.
Crestron’s flexible table-top meeting room system, Mercury, will also be available for attendees to see. The sleek, all-in-one console transforms meeting rooms into highly effective collaboration spaces. The company is also set to display its new modular utility amplifiers, the AMP-1200 and AMP-2100.
The Danley Sound Labs J3-94 Jericho Horn will make its first European appearance. Like other members of the Jericho Horn family, the J3-94 delivers incredible SPLs with fidelity that is closer to reference monitors than to conventional PAs or line arrays, the company says. Danley’s Pure Groove PG-J94 Jericho Horn, aimed at the club and live sound markets, will also be at the show. In addition, Danley will demo the SH-50, its flagship Synergy Horn loudspeaker, along with the Danley TH-Mini15, which uses Danley’s Tapped Horn subwoofer technology. Both units are representative examples of the much broader Danley Synergy Horn loudspeaker and Tapped Horn subwoofer product ranges, which cover all the necessary output pattern and size configurations. The team will also be looking to speak to companies who want to distribute Danley products in several countries worldwide.
d&b audiotechnik will offer visitors the first chance to explore the ArrayCalc Viewer app, launched at the show, as well as the new R1 Array verification tool. The ArrayCalc Viewer app is a mobile interface providing key information needed for positioning and flying an d&b loudspeaker system in a quick and easy format, including all relevant rigging, setup and system details. Staff will be on hand to demonstrate the app. The R1 Array tool works by identifying the position of a loudspeaker in an array, then comparing its order within the array to the one in ArrayCalc.
Away from the stand, two d&b presentations will be hosted at the Manufacturers’ Forum, located at level C, in room ‘Substanz’. On Wednesday 5 April from 2-3pm, David Claringbold, former technical director of Sydney Opera House, will explore the theme of sound in the environment as part of the d&b audiotechnik Sound Futures program. On Thursday 6 April, from 3-4pm, Dr Elena Shabalina and Daniel Belcher take on the topic of noise emission management. Following the launch of NoizCalc at last year’s show, the presentation will focus on its first year in the field.
DPA will be showing its d:facto vocal microphone range, which includes an extremely linear version for sound engineers. It combines the best of cardioid and supercardioid directional characteristics to ensure minimum bleed, high SPL before feedback and a natural sound. As the range is entirely modular, capsules can be removed and replaced with any other d:facto capsule to suit different recording or performance requirements. The microphone can also be transformed from a wired version with a handle to a handheld wireless microphone capable of seamless integration with all leading wireless solutions such as Sennheiser, Shure, Sony, Wisycom, Lectrosonics and Line6. There will also be the d:dicate MMP-G Modular Active Cable for MicroDot, a preamp that gives users the ability to create a completely wireless microphone setup offering studio quality audio during live performances.