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Ten reasons to visit PLASA Focus: Leeds

PLASA Focus: Leeds opens its doors on Tuesday 29 April. Here's our pick of what will be on show.

PLASA Focus: Leeds opens its doors on Tuesday 29 April. The show will see many new products making their UK debut, following their international launches at Prolight + Sound and ISE. In total 130 brands will exhibit across two halls. Here’s our pick of what will be on show.

Cadac is showing the CDC eight production console running V2 software and SAM show automation. V2 OS innovations include more advanced automation features, new FX processing and Waves plug-ins integration. Also showing are the CDC MC Router and CDC MC MADI Bridge, integral to the MegaCOMMS System Network; an ‘end-to-end’ audio comms network with superior performance over greater distance than current network protocols. The CDC four compact digital console appears in a new CDC four:m variant, featuring 6 x 4 output matrix, 31-band EQ on all outputs and enhanced DSP processing, better spec’ing it for small theatre, AV and event applications.

d&b audiotechnik will showcase the next generation of its ‘system reality’, including an update to the d&b ArrayCalc simulation software. The show also sees the first public outing in the UK for the eagerly anticipated D80 amplifier, plus an addition to the d&b product range in the xC-Series column loudspeakers.

For the first time at PLASA Focus under the ownership of Eaton, the Cooper Controls business will be displaying products from its various brands. These include: Zero 88 SCD Server and SCD Server Pro – standalone event replay/show controllers for sophisticated permanent lighting installations; a new range of flexible LED strips from Cogent with improved output, along with full colour mixing LED downlighters; moving heads from Italian manufacturer DTS and products from theatre and performance lighting specialist LDR.

Highlights on the ETC stand will include the Source Four LED Series 2, a powerful spotlight with an expansive colour spectrum; and the Source Four Mini LED, an ultra-energy-efficient variation of ETC’s tiniest fixture. Also on show will be Nomad, a dongle that allows the user’s computer to work as a lighting control desk – so that people can program from home or while out and about.

Nexo‘s GEO M6 compact loudspeaker series will be making its UK debut. The series comprises the GEO M620 arrayable cabinet and the GEO M6B bass extension. The M620 is a compact, lightweight full-range unit for standalone, curved array or line array application. It delivers a frequency response of 80Hz-19kHz ±3dB, with nominal peak SPL of 127dB. The M6B is a low and mid-frequency extension box that shares the same physical footprint as the M620, allowing the cabinets to be arrayed together in the same column.

Orbital Sound is featuring its portfolio of sound and communication systems. Among the ‘firsts’ on show are Flare Audio’s SM15 Stage Monitor and X5 Vertical Point Source Array system, part of the company’s innovative range of loudspeaker designs based on Waveform Integrity.

Many of the newest lighting products from Philips Entertainment‘s premier brands will be making their UK debut. The Showline NITRO 510C LED strobe adds full RGBW capabilities into the same compact size luminaire as its predecessor while maintaining similar massive output, multiple zone control and continuous-on abilities. The Selecon LED RAMA Fresnel provides an adjustable cone of light, a soft edge, and is easily blended with adjacent beams for even illumination. Strand Lighting’s new NEO expandable control system includes a wide array of features, including a fully-featured graphics display, an effects ‘timeline’ feature and floating windows that allow the operator to configure their views as they wish.

RCF is introducing a number of products to the UK market for the first time, including the compact HDL10-A. Designed for both live sound reinforcement and installed solutions, the system is powered from a 1400W (peak power) 2-way digital amplifier, while the sound is processed from a powerful DSP. Also on show in Leeds will be examples from the new nine-strong L-PAD series of compact mixers, following the announcement at Prolight + Sound of the company’s new mixer division. The mixers provide will support everything from small combos and jazz quartets down to one-man bands, as well as mixing corporate and conference room style events.

With a focus on newly launched products for live mixing, switching, recording, and web streaming, Roland Systems Group is exhibiting the VR-3EX AV mixer, the M-480 and M-200i digital mixing consoles, the VR-50HD high-definition AV mixer, V-800HD live video switcher and S-2416 digital snake.

Just a few weeks after their launch in Frankfurt, Yamaha’s new QL series digital mixing consoles are making their UK trade show debut. “We were really pleased with the phenomenal interest shown in the QL series at ProLight+Sound and are looking forward to giving more sound engineers the hands-on opportunity at PLASA Focus to appreciate why we call it ‘The Quintessential Compact’,” says Karl Christmas, sales & marketing manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio (UK & ROI).

(Picture: Chris Toulmin)