GERMANY: A 'revolutionary' audio editing technology from Celemony, SSL's latest mixing console, the launch of a European operation for Ohm and a flurry of announcements from Adamson Systems Engineering were just some of the highlights of the 2008 ProLight+Sound Expo, which took place in Frankfurt last week. Packed halls and an impressive quantity of brand new product from manufacturers large and small ensured an overwhelmingly positive mood throughout the four-day event, writes David Davies.
If one new development can be said to have dominated talk at the show, however, it was undoubtedly a 'revolutionary' new audio editing technology developed by Celemony for its Melodyne software. Direct Note Access - set to debut with the release of Melodyne plugin 2 later this year - enables the editing of individual notes within polyphonic audio material. Possible applications range from the simple correction of errors to the complete refashioning of harmonies and timing.
"We are delighted, with Direct Note Access, to have made a reality something of which we - and others too - have long dreamed," said Melodyne inventor Peter Neub_cker. "The access to, and ability to edit, individual notes within polyphonic audio material is the logical continuation of something that has always been our aim with Melodyne: to offer users a musical form of access to the content of their audio material that is as intuitive and far-reaching as possible and that can serve equally well for making corrections as for the creative refashioning of material."
Also proving to be a popular topic of conversation was Matrix, a new 16-channel, 40-input mixing console from Solid State Logic. Developed "to bring the soul of analogue sound into the process of digital workflow by providing the tools to work effectively in both domains simultaneously", Matrix incorporates built-in signal router and multi-layer digital workstation control.
Elsewhere, UK loudspeaker manufacturer Ohm took the opportunity to highlight newly-formed standalone company Ohm Europe. Based in Nuremberg, the operation is headed up by Daniel Danzer (pictured here with Ohm UK's Jo Olenski and Clive Kinton) and Sebastian Kamm, both of whom have considerable experience in the sale of Ohm products, and in the rental and installation business in general. Product-wise, Ohm showcased its new single-driver TRS speakers, the LA Series amplifiers, the DSP-A3 amplifier with Internet monitoring, and BootiQue, described as "a packaged professional sound system in a box" and intended for use in small venues.
Adamson Systems Engineering, meanwhile, announced the official launch of Adamson Europe GmbH, intended to streamline day-to-day European operations, warehousing and banking. The manufacturer also revealed that long-established distributor Trius is to take on Adamson products for the German and Austrian markets.
Among the innumerable other new or recent products on display at the Musikmesse were Genelec's 6010A active loudspeaker and 5040A active sub; the latest, compact additions to JBL's AE (Application Engineered) loudspeakers; a new MI-oriented portable loudspeaker range from KV Audio, to be sold under the brand name of KX Audio; the Neumann TLM 103 D digital microphone; Sennheiser's evolution e 965 large-diaphragm true condenser microphone; Dynacord's Promatrix 8000 system; and a whole batch of new items from Neutrik, including ConvertCon, billed as "the first unisex XLR cable connector".