Audio puts in strong showing at ISE 2010

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.
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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).



Pro-audio set for increased presence at ISE 2010

HOLLAND: L-Acoustics, HK Audio and XTA/MC2 are among those due to make their ISE debuts in February. Event organiser Integrated Systems Events says that the show is continuing to grow because its attendee base "offers manufacturers the chance to broaden their market horizons".

Pro-audio gearing up for ISE 09

HOLLAND: Audio-Technica and Tannoy are among the companies to have revealed their ISE plans, writes David Davies. The 2009 instalment of Integrated Systems Europe is set to play host to a comprehensive showcase of new and recently introduced pro-audio product when it takes place at the Amsterdam RAI from February 3rd to 5th.

Audio Demonstration Rooms at next ISE

HOLLAND: Integrated Systems Events' MD, Mike Blackman, says that ISE 2010 is set to be "the most compelling B2B event for Europe's systems integration industry". Located in the upper floors of the Amsterdam RAI's new Elicium building, the Audio Demonstration Rooms will enable exhibitors to show the latest in audio technology in an invitation-only environment, and at higher levels than previously possible at ISE.

Pro-audio in full flow at ISE

HOLLAND: Soundcraft was among the many manufacturers launching new products at this year's show, writes David Davies. The Harman Pro company unveiled a new addition to the Si Series of digital consoles: the Si2. Lab.gruppen and Klein+Hummel also showcased new products at the show, which attracted 24,912 visitors (subject to finalisation) - 11% more than the 2008 edition.

Genelec among the audio stars at ISE 07

HOLLAND: This year's Integrated Systems Europe event - held at Amsterdam RAI - drew to a close last Thursday having attracted a predicted total of 16,000 visitors. Genelec and Audiotonas were among the audio companies present at a show which draws exhibitors from all areas of the AV world, writes David Davies.

ISE adds nearly 6,000 visitors at 2008 event

NETHERLANDS: The 2008 instalment of Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) recorded an impressive total attendance of 22,199, compared to 16,300 last year. All professional AV sectors were well-represented at an event that saw a number of new or recent audio products in the spotlight, among them items from Community Professional, Meyer Sound and D.A.S. Audio, writes David Davies.