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Prolight + Sound 2017 show preview

Spring in the world of entertainment technology means only one thing: Prolight + Sound. Here’s a taster of what will be on show in Frankfurt this month.

This year’s Prolight + Sound will introduce attendees to a new ‘Silent Stage’ concept and show area. The idea behind the Silent Stage is to cut on-stage noise levels to a minimum using, for example, amp simulations, isolation boxes, drum cages and electronic musical instruments. Equally, no monitoring loudspeakers are used and the musicians hear themselves and the other band members via an individually adjustable headphone mix.

The advantages of a Silent Stage will be explained and opportunities for implementing the concept illustrated by live demonstrations featuring a presenter and band. Numerous event technology companies are involved and will be showing their products and technologies.


A collaboration between Astro Spatial Audio and Adamson Systems Engineering will allow visitors to experience true object-based 3D audio for live entertainment. The two companies will combine leading technologies to host a series of demonstrations using Adamson Point 8 enclosures driven by Astro Spatial Audio’s recently launched SARA II Premium Rendering Engine. The Astro Spatial Audio booth will be encircled by 15 compact Adamson Point 8 enclosures and accompanying subwoofers, forming a high-quality audio canvas.

AUDAC will present its new bass cabinet named NOBA. With its curved shape, 4mm-thick aircraft-grade aluminium and powerful 8in woofer, the NOBA can deliver an unheard-of low-frequency response for its small woofer size, the company says. Stijn Vandebosch, product manager at AUDAC, explains: “When the idea for developing the NOBA arose over three years ago, we didn’t want to develop just another active bass cabinet to be hidden in the room’s darkest corner.”

Fohhn Audio will bring its next generation of beam-steering systems and Class D amplifiers, along with audio solutions from its upcoming Media-Series. The latest generation of Linea Focus beam-steering systems is now equipped as standard with digital AES/EBU and Fohhn AIREA inputs. The systems are also optionally available with digital inputs for Dante and Optocore, as well as analogue inputs. The same digital and analogue input options are also a feature of Fohhn’s brand new DI-Series amplifiers.

A further highlight is the new Media-Series: two-channel audio systems that can be seamlessly integrated into media stations for optimum speech intelligibility during web conferences.

Klotz is set to exhibit a selection of products from its Premade, System and Bulk cable categories. New products at the show will include the OL22P OmniLIVE – PUR – AES/EBU Multicore cable, and the VD083LP, for transmission distances of up to 70m with the PUR outer jacket making the cable suitable for drum storage and abrasion-resistant. The completely redesigned Premade DMX and AES/EBU series will also be exhibited as well as a selection from the new Hybrid Cable range.

RTS Intercoms will join Optocore to introduce the ROAMEO system wireless intercom system, based on the DECT standard with a protected frequency band.

Video and lighting

Analog Way will be showcasing the VIO 4K multi-format converter, along with its new set of optional interfaces able to support 4K60 4:4:4, as well as the Ascender 48 – 4K – PL, a powerful multi-screen seamless switcher based on the LiveCore platform.

Crestron will be exhibiting a selection of its collaborative, immersive solutions for big and small meeting room applications. Highlights on the stand include the DM NVX Series, which makes it possible to transmit the highest resolution possible 4K60 4:4:4 HDR video over standard 1 Gigabit Ethernet network, with no latency; and Mercury, Crestron’s flexible table-top meeting room system. In addition, Avia DSPs, which streamline audio programming, commissioning and expansion in meeting rooms and videoconferencing rooms, will be on show. Crestron is also set to display its new modular utility amplifiers, the AMP-1200 and AMP-2100, and new interfaces, DMPS units, and its HD-WP-4K-401 multi-window video processor and HD-MD400, a scaling auto-switcher and extender.

Christie is to launch an addition to the Pandoras Box show control product line. Pandoras Box Octo Server, as the name suggests, provides up to eight outputs. These can operate at full bandwidth without compromising performance. Two hours of 4K60 uncompressed video can be stored and played back.

The addition of the Octo Server means that Pandoras Box servers can now provide a flexible output configuration with between one and eight independent outputs. Each output can be individually warped and blended, allowing for mixed-resolution set-ups. All players and servers feature Nvidia Quadro GPUs and Intel Xeon processors.

In addition to product demonstrations of its latest lighting and rigging solutions, ETC is also bringing representatives to answer questions regarding lighting control, luminaires, rigging and complete system solutions. On stand E51 in Hall 3.0 will be the recently launched Gio @5 console, which features control of the Eos Ti and Gio consoles. Stand E47 will feature the entire ColorSource range of products, developed for those with limited budgets who want a complete LED lighting system. The QuickTouch and Foundation controls will be exhibited on stand F51 as well as the latest Prodigy P2 hoist, which expands the possibilities of upper stage machinery systems. This is also where visitors can view the latest innovations in Unison Echo and Paradigm architectural control solutions, and the new Sensor3 TPSR app.

eyevis will present a range of new products and upgraded versions from its eyeLCD display series, on a joint stand with SmartMetals Mounting Solutions. From the eyeLCD-QHD-Series will be various displays between 58in and 98in, and the optional IR touch system will feature on two of the displays on the stand. In addition, there will be the latest generation of eyevis’ 4K/QHD series, videowall LCD displays from the ESN-Series, and new front-service options for the LED modules from the ePANEL S Series. The reason for the joint stand is a Totem Display System from SmartMetals, which will feature an eyevis 46in LCD screen designed for airports, railway stations or shopping malls.