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Audio-Technica showcased new studio microphone additions to the 20 and 40 Series – the AT2035 and AT2050 large diaphragm condensers, and the AT4021 cardioid and AT4022 omnidirectional condensers – along with the new BP4071 line+gradient microphone in the Broadcast & Production range. The company also publicised the new ATH-M35 monitor headphones and the ATCS-60 infrared conferencing system, which is described as one of Audio-Technica’s “key products for 2009”.

At an event with particularly strong coverage of lighting technology, ETC showcased its new LED-based Selador Series of fixtures. According to ETC, the three Selador models – which incorporate the patented x7 Color System – produce a light and colour quality that cannot be duplicated by conventional LED systems. ETC also highlighted its new Element lighting control desks, which are oriented towards smaller theatrical venues and schools that depend on single desk operators or volunteer staff.

Trade supplier Impact Products (Europe) exhibited a selection of lighting fixtures from Chauvet which have never previously been shown in the UK. These items included the two, three or six-channel COLORado 1VW wash, which produces variable shades of white from its 18 warm white and 18 cool white LEDs; the compact LED Pinspot, which gives a 9_ beam angle from its single high-power white LED; and the Q-Series Q-Spot 250-LED and Q-Spot 150-LED DMX-512 moving yokes.

Impact also showed a number of audio products, including the XPRO Multi-Purpose and FPRO Bracketed ranges of full-range and subwoofer speakers from Brooke.

Lightfactor Sales showcased products from manufacturers including SGM, LDR, Novalight, SFAT and LightProcessor. Among the specific items in the spotlight were the new SGM Giotto Digital 1500, which combines digital effects generation with a fully featured moving head fixture; LDR’s new Nota moving head fixture, which is designed for applications requiring a true theatrical luminaire plus the added flexibility of remote movement and focus; and Novalight’s Nova-Flower, which is billed as the first full programmable ‘flower effect’ with full DMX controllable pan, tilt and colour shutter.

Martin Professional highlighted its growing range of LED lighting solutions, which includes the LC Plus Series of LED video panels, incorporating the new DMX-controllable and IP65-rated P3-100 processor. Martin also displayed its first LED moving heads – the MAC 401 Dual and MAC 301 Wash – along with a chrome version of the classic MAC 250 Wash and the new Maxxyz Modular control solutions series.

Martin Professional’s UK managing director, Tony Browne, told II: “The show was a resounding success for Martin Professional. From the minute the doors opened there was a constant stream of high-quality people. The location in Leeds meant that it exposed us to an audience that perhaps would not make the trip to Earls Court. As we were only showcasing new products on our stand, it generated a lot of interest and activity. Well done, PLASA, for a great show.”

Stage Electrics, meanwhile, exhibited a wide cross-section of products, including QMAXZ moving lights, the SPLNet sound monitoring device, the Altair intercom system, DiGiCo’s SD8 console, RCF’s TT08-A and TTS12-A speakers, and a Prolyte truss. The company also held a number of demos revolving around its newly launched LED screens.