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ABTT 2013 sets stage for 50% exhibitor increase

“We’ve responded to positive feedback from exhibitors and visitors and expanded into the lower hall to provide more space for stands and to improve visitor circulation,” says the ABTT Theatre Show administrator. The new layout also creates interlinked halls to provide visitors with a circular route around the whole show.

Returning to The Old Truman Brewery in east London for the second year, the ABTT 2013 Theatre Show will be bigger than ever with expansion into three interconnected exhibition halls creating space for around 50% more stands.

Theatre Show administrator Isobel Hatton said: “We’ve responded to positive feedback from exhibitors and visitors and expanded into the lower hall to provide more space for stands and to improve visitor circulation.” The new layout also creates interlinked halls to provide visitors with a circular route around the whole show.

Hatton added: “This new layout has also enabled us to expand the café and add a bar area so we can offer more comfortable and relaxed areas for the all-important networking opportunities.”

As well as showing the latest advances in sound, staging and other technologies for the theatre industry, a key element in the expansion of the Association of British Theatre Technicians’ event this year will be extra seminar space to accommodate over 100 people at a time and more than three times as many seminars as last year. ABTT Seminars 2013 cover a range of subjects, including advice on theatre training and practice and updates on recent regulations. The programme will run in two separate rooms over the two days of the show in June.
Visitors will be able to meet representatives of more than a dozen specialist manufacturers and distributors including Amber Sound, Autograph, Bose, Canford, d&b audiotechnik, Duran Audio, FBT Audio, HD Pro Audio, LMC Audio Systems, MTpro, Orbital Sound and Yamaha.
DiGiCo ‘T’ software for the SD9 and SD10 consoles will be centre-stage on the Autograph booth. This development has come out of the collaboration between Autograph and DiGiCo to create a live sound desk tailored to the specific needs of theatre sound designers and operators.
Bose will showcase a selection of RoomMatch modules, now available in a total of 20 different coverage patterns, as part of its Progressive Directivity Array technology. The arrays perform as a “single loudspeaker to ensure optimal sound coverage for a particular listening area”, says Bose, and are particularly suited to fixed installations in theatres, arenas and conference venues. Also featured on the Bose stand will be products from both the Panaray and FreeSpace ranges including new EN54-compliant speakers, the L1 Model II portable line array system, and Bose Modeler software together with the Auditioner listening station. This is the first time that Bose has exhibited at the ABTT show for many years, and underlines the company’s commitment to its re-entry into the theatre market.
Canford is launching several significant additions to its Tecpro range at ABTT, including new loudspeaker station designs – including desktop, wall and rack mounting versions – and a plug and play Tecpro to RTS system interface. All new stations feature ‘remote mic kill’ circuitry to help keep intercom lines free of unwanted noise.
d&b audiotechnik will offer the opportunity to test drive the latest version of ArrayCalc software on its booth. Version 7 offers the ability to perform acoustic simulations quickly, easily and intuitively. One can now choose from a selection of d&b audiotechnik point source loudspeakers, notably the xS-Series from the White range as well as Black range Q and E-Series loudspeakers. “The sophisticated additional algorithms of Version 7 address the requirements of a d&b audiotechnik-style simulation and planning tool for a complete installation project as well as theatre and corporate rental markets,” says the company.
MilTec (UK) will launch a whole new collection of MTpro speakers at the show. In addition to its recently announced Blakite range, which has just started production and notched up its first installation, the ABTT 2013 Theatre Show will be hosting the launch of two more new speakers: a compact stage wedge, and an innovative multifunction speaker with two 6” drivers and a 1.7” compression driver – interchangeable horn flares simply convert this speaker from a single source into part of an array. Blakite speakers are designed and manufactured in the UK, incorporating custom speaker drivers from Fane and other “quality UK manufacturers”, says MilTec.
Orbital Sound will be showing its full range of pro-audio brands, including Clear-Com’s HelixNet all-digital intercom platform, and the popular HME DX210 radio comms system. From d&b auditotechnik there’ll be T-Series compact line arrays, alongside a selection from the brand’s extensive range of small, high-performance loudspeaker systems. The TheatrePro miniature microphone range is specifically designed for theatre applications and the latest models include the E-60MP low profile earset microphone, featuring a unique hangar earpiece design and exceptional water-resistance. Visitors will also see the latest CSC Theatrical/Live Sound Show Control Software package for Windows 7, which can be used to tie together all aspects of live sound control, enabling extremely complex performances. There is also an entry-level option, the CSC Lite.
Stage Electrics will showcase the award-winning Green-GO digital intercom over Ethernet. Green-GO offers a range of outstations from beltpack to desk-to-wall stations that integrate seamlessly with any PoE Ethernet network. It includes show relay and text messaging facilities and free Mac/PC network management software. News of exhibitors and free seminars is available on the show website and blog, as well as Facebook and Twitter (@abtttheatreshow and @abttexhibitors).