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Pro audio prepares for PLASA

As PLASA London 2013 prepares to open its doors this Sunday, several pro-audio manufacturers will be debuting new products in the UK including PreSonus Mackie and Avid.

Source Distribution has chosen PLASA as the UK debut for its new PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI digital mixer and StudioLive AI series 3-way active PA loudspeakers, all of which are shipping in Q4 of this year. StudioLive 32.4.2AI is the flagship model in the new AI series of PreSonus mixers (with 24 and 16 channel models shipping later this year), which features more processing power, enhanced workflow features and Active Integration technology: a complete, networked, tightly integrated hardware/software ecosystem that provides the 32.4.2AI with 64 times the processing power and 10,000 times more RAM than the previous top-of-the-range StudioLive 24.4.2. PLASA 2013 also marks the UK debut of the new Avid S3L live sound system. During the show, Avid will present free daily training sessions that will deliver an in-depth walk-through of the Avid S3L’s HDX-powered processing engine, new VENUE software features, AAX DSP plug-ins, scalable remote I/O, compact EUCON-enabled control surface, and Pro Tools software integration for live sound mixing and recording. POLARaudio will occupy a larger space than in previous years to accommodate the increasingly diverse range of brands on offer. This will be POLARaudio’s first opportunity to exhibit Mackie, who will be debuting its enhanced SRM loudspeaker range, the new VLZ4 analogue mixers and the completely redesigned MRmk3 series powered studio monitors at PLASA. Another new member of the POLARaudio family is Danish installation speaker manufacturer Cornered Audio. AD Systems will also feature for a first PLASA appearance, with a range of professional PA solutions on show. Shure Distribution UK will be showcasing three of their distributed brands on their PLASA stand. Specific displays will focus on some of the most recently introduced products from the SDUK stable, including Shure‘s new SE846 quad driver earphones, QSC‘s new CXD and PLD amplifiers, and new interfaces from Radial Engineering. More equipment, including installation products such as QSC AcousticDesign speakers and Shure Microflex wireless microphones, will be demonstrated in SDUK’s off-stand Audio Solutions Suite, where a rolling programme of seminars will also take place throughout the show.
There are also plenty of educational opportunities at this year’s PLASA Show, including the new AudioLab, which Yamaha is making a significant contribution to. Working with Roland Hemming and the team from RH Consulting, Andy Cooper – manager of the Yamaha Commercial Audio Support Centre Europe – will be co-presenting seminars on the first two days of the show. The Ultimate Network Shootout is presented at 16:00 on Sunday and 13:30 on Monday. Cooper will assist in demonstrating a number of different audio networks including Dante – the core networking technology of Yamaha’s CL series digital mixing consoles. Does Network Latency Really Cause Problems? is being presented at 11:30 and 16:00 on Monday 7 October. This session examines whether audio latency really is a problem and, if so, how much system delay is acceptable to a musician playing live on stage? Online registration for PLASA London will be open for the duration of the show so you can still register for £10 and save 50% off the door ticket price.