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PLASA Focus Leeds – show preview

PLASA Focus takes place next week at the Leeds Royal Armouries Museum on 10-11 May. Here’s our rundown of what visitors can expect to see at this year’s show.

Yamaha is sharing a stand with Nexo to highlight the interconnectivity of the company’s professional audio systems for installation, broadcast and live production.

A focal point of Yamaha’s presence will be the MRX7-D open architecture signal processor, the RMio64-D Dante/MADI conversion i/o unit and the RSio64-D Dante/mini-YGDAI convertor. In addition, the latest V4 software for CL/QL series digital mixing consoles will be showcased for the first time at a trade show in the UK.

The V4 software includes the ability to remotely control and monitor Shure ULXD4D and ULXD4Q digital wireless receivers, and features the new Premium Rack MBC4 four-band multiband compressor. Additionally, it has a second cue bus, graphic EQ control from Touch & Turn Knobs, and the ability to write CSV files and control of head amplifiers in the Tio1608-D i/o unit for TF series consoles.

Yamaha/Nexo stand: N-B02

The focus for Martin Audio is three product ranges with patented Coaxial Differential Dispersion (CDD) technology. In a short space of time the company has rolled out a dedicated install series of full range and subwoofer enclosures, followed by a weatherised version (CDD-WR) and now a portable series CDD-LIVE! – all featuring onboard Class D amplification, DSP and Dante Digital Audio networking.

Stand: N-C19

RCF is using the show to build on several of its innovations from Prolight + Sound. The HDL6-A is a new mini-format entry to the composite D-Line line array series, this active two-way powered system is partnered by the HDL6-AS sub.

At the other end of the spectrum is the HDL50-A large-format, three way active line array module. The flagship of the D-Line range contains two 12in bass drivers, four 6.5in mid-range and two 3in compression drivers, offering maximum 10° splay angle. It is partnered by the HDL53-A flyable bass extension, containing three 12in bass units, a choice of subwoofer (SUB 9007-AS or SUB 9006-AS) and a complete integrated control package.

Other products on show include the NXL44-A two-way line source, TTL6-A full-range three-way active line source coupled with the new TTL6-AS sub, and the M18 digital mixer.

Stand: N-D20

Next week d&b audiotechnik will have a twin focus with mobile products and installation solutions side-by-side.

On the installation side, the install-specific 30D and 10D four-channel amplifiers will be showcased, each offers targeted power outputs and features for permanent applications. Also on show will be the Dante enabled d&b DS10 audio network bridge.

Elsewhere Steve Jones and Oran Burns of d&b Education and Application Support will contribute to the PLASA seminar program. On Tuesday 10 May at 12:00, Burns will discuss ‘The next level of Democracy for listeners’ and on Wednesday at 12:00, Jones will reveal ‘Why size matters’ by explaining how the size of a loudspeaker affects its whole performance.

Stand: N-A24

d3 Technologies will be showcasing the d3 4x4pro, which has enough power to push every pixel over four 4K outputs, or up to 16 HD outputs. One 4x4pro can replace four conventional media servers with four outputs each.

d3 claims an industry first with its Video Format Conversion cards, offering the ability to transition from HD to 4K. With Standard 4 x DP1.2 outputs or expansion up to 16 SDI or DVI outputs in a single d3 4x4pro system, signals can also be mixed on one system and large multi-projector shows can be delivered with fewer machines, no downstream splitters, and practically no signal latency.

Stand: R-D12

Robe returns to PLASA Focus with Spikie, a small, super-fast LED WashBeam using a single 60W RGBW lightsource with a specially designed 110mm wide front lens producing a solid beam. The Flower Effect creates sharp multi-coloured spikes of light, rotating in both directions at variable speed, while a Beam Effect engine transforms the output into three piercing narrow beams.

Stand: N-B30

The Maverick MK2 from Chauvet Professional will be on show, boasting even output, custom designed optics, and full pixel mapping. Powered by 12 (45W) Osram RGBW LEDs, it is suited to a number of applications including aerial washing. Also on show will be the Maverick MK2 Spot, a moving yoke spot featuring a 440W LED engine and two 6-position rotating slot.

Stand: N-A14