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Exhibitors prepare for busy PLASA 2012

PLASA 2012 is set for another busy show. This year will see a change of style for the Professional Development Programme that will form the backbone to the Earls Court professional AV exhibition.

Manufacturers are gearing up for this year’s PLASA 2012 with a host of new products set to be exhibited at the show.

Also new to this year’s is the revamped Professional Development Programme, which will feature no fewer than 80 free-to-attend sessions – all of which fall into one of the ten categories.

“The new-style programme forms a roadmap for the next twelve months in theatre, live concert and touring, live events and installed environments. PLASA 2012 continues to be the place where pace setters converge to share expertise and ideas, and we are delighted by the concentration of talent coming to London this September, it is simply phenomenal,” commented PLASA CEO Matthew Griffiths.

Professional Development Categories include, among others: Emerging Technologies, which will look closely at new technologies designed to improve services and facilitate work within both the lighting and audio environments. Seminars will include ‘The Art of Noise’ presented by d&b audiotechnik’s John Taylor; Future Trends, which will explore, amongst other issues, the proliferation of LED luminaries for theatrical applications; Back to Basics – scheduled to discuss ‘Sound System Fundamentals’; ‘LEDs and Lies’, which will explore questions about LEDs; Sustainability, which will discuss economic and environmental issues surrounding theatre technology and power solutions for events; and Olympics Uncovered Programme.

On the show floor, Bose Professional Systems Division will present its new ControlSpace SP-24 Sound Processor. Also on the company’s stand will be the latest Bose amplifiers, including the PowerMatch 8500N configurable power amplifier. Bose will feature in PLASA’s all-new Audio Lab, providing demonstrations of its RoomMatch progressive directivity array, with a mix of live band and recorded music presented for visitors to the space.

Elsewhere, Bosch Security Systems will introduce the newest addition to its range of DCN Next Generation Conference Systems: the DCN-D Discussion unit. The new system makes its debut UK appearance as the company brings its inventory of congress solutions to PLASA for the first time.

Meanwhile TOA will be offering a first look at its new Infrared Wireless Classroom System. The IR-820SP combines a 5in 2-way coaxial speaker with a built in 20W Class D power amplifier and 360º IR sensor. Also on show at the company’s stand will be its brand new plane wave speaker; a first look at the company’s new horn array speaker; and TOA’s recently upgraded channel 38 microphones. The space will be shared with affiliate company Trantec, which specialises in wireless microphones and will be exhibiting its range of Racked ‘n’ Ready Systems.

Taking centre stage at Nexo’s stand will be the NUAR (Universal Amp Rack). NUAR is a scalable amplification solution for NEXO concert systems. The company will also present four loudspeaker families: the new STM series of modular line array cabinets, scalable for audiences from 1,000 to 100,000; the GEO S12 all-purpose compact line array; the radical 45?N-12 stage monitors, shaped like a wedge of Brie; and the classic PS Series.

More from the show floor will see DPA Microphones share its stand with UK distributor Sound Network to present several new mics, including its new d:facto hand-held vocal mic and d:fine of headset mics.

In addition, making its debut UK appearance at Roland’s stand will be the Roland V-800HD Multi-Format Live Video Switcher. It features High Definition picture quality and eight multi format channels with independent scalers as well as a variety of output formats including a built-in multi-viewer.

Clear-Com will be showcasing its new HelixNet Partyline Intercom System after successfully implementing the system in 31 sports venues during the 2012 London Olympic Games, Partyline comprises the HMS-4X Main Station, HBP-2X Beltpacks, HLI-2W2 two-wire Interface Module and the HLI-4W2 four-wire Interface Module.

Finally, connectivity specialists Harting will be exhibiting new additions to the Han-Yellock series of rectangular connections, including the Han-Yellock 10: a smaller form-factor device with enhanced insert capabilities, accommodating numerous signal types such as RJ45, Ethernet, fibre optics and 10-40 (hybrid power and data). It will also showcase the larger Han-Yellock 30 and 60 housings; the Han-Modular for handling audio, video, data and power signals; the Han-GND; the Han-Fast and Han-Style.

Photography: Chris Toulmin.