HOLLAND: A total of 28,489 people attended this year's ISE - 14.4% more than in 2009, writes David Davies. Audio-Technica, Digigram and Harman Pro are among the companies to feature in PSN-e's final round-up of audio highlights collated from the 2010 edition of Integrated Systems Europe.
At ISE 2010's close last Thursday (February 4), 83% of space had been rebooked for 2011 - compared with 71% at the same point last year. E-Audio and Martin Audio are among the companies to have asked for a significance increase in capacity for next year.
"We are delighted to have once again hosted a record-breaking event here in Amsterdam," says Mike Blackman, MD of ISE organiser Integrated Systems Events. "To have posted a substantial increase in attendance after such a tumultuous business year is a reflection of the long-term strength of our industry, and a vindication of our marketing programme which was more extensive than ever this year."
Steerable microphone array product MicArray was one of several new developments highlighted by Ate_s Europe. Integrated feedback elimination and the ability to alter the opening angle of the array digitally head the specification of a product that is due to be made available in April.
"We expect MicArray to appeal to anyone wanting to use a microphone to address groups, such as those in churches or auditoriums," says international sales & marketing manager Albert van der Hout.
Audio-Technica has announced the introduction of a new three-channel boundary microphone. A fresh addition to the Unipoint sound reinforcement series, the U843R condenser mic is designed for surface-mount applications and is said to be ideal for audio- and video-conferencing. Incorporating three cardioid condenser elements, the mic has a default setting with an angle of 120 degrees between them to provide complete 360-degree coverage. For added flexibility, two of the three elements may be reoriented to give angles of 90/90/180 degrees between elements.
Biamp announced a new acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) algorithm, Sona. The new technology is said to offer features that will deliver enhanced audio quality and increased efficiencies for integrators when installing audio networks. Available now, the algorithm can be obtained as a free firmware upgrade to existing Biamp distance conferencing systems, or as part of the AudiaFLEX AEC-2HD card and VC/TC series processors.
DiGiCo introduced a variation on its highly successful SD8 console. The new SD8-24 is said to pack all the 'punch' of the SD8 into a unit which boasts a footprint of less than a metre in width. The spec includes the same number of inputs and outputs as the SD8, along with the same fixed architecture and Super FPGA. The console also incorporates DiGiCo's Stealth Digital Processing and the newly-developed OverDrive software.
Digigram showcased its AudioManager VU software. A software solution allowing for the planning, deployment, management and supervision of multi-zone audio systems, AudioManager VU is based on the Visiblu network audio operating system and is described as a "time-saving wonder" for integrators assembling complete systems entailing events and scripts. Transport facilities, theme parks and hotels are among the suitable applications for the new package.
From the Harman Professional family came the AKG CS5 digital conference system, which offers one/three/five-step voting, interpretation of up to 63 languages, and infrared distribution of up to seven languages. Crown's XLS Series comprises four models to suit a host of live performance applications, with features including Class D amplification, integrated DriveCore Technology, the PureBand Crossover System and Peakx limiters. BSS added to its BLU range of networked signal processors with the BLU-100, which provides a fixed configuration of 12 inputs/8 outputs, configurable signal processing and a high-bandwidth fault-tolerant digital audio bus.
Other manufacturers making notable launches included Yamaha (new M7CL variant, the M7CL-48ES) and Alcons (CRMS three-way reference system).