Prolight + Sound

Safety at Events: Movecat has everything under control

Andrew Abele, CEO von MovecatInnovative product development, new features and optimized systems, those are Movecat's goals for Prolight + Sound 2014. At stand D84 in hall 9.0 they will present their newest products from their chain hoist, winches, electrical drives, steerings, cable systems and special solutions. “As our trade fair highlight, we will present the first units of the new Lastmess-Series. They have intelligent sensors, can be operated analog and with a network, work in stand alone mode as well as with a network or remote controlled and are flexible, modular and certified safety,” said Andrew Abele, CEO of Movecat.

Kling & Freitag at the PLS: “Sound is our passion”

Kling & FreitagThat is the name of the game at the Hannover audio manufacturer, Kling & Freitag. “Whether in the symphony hall or in a stadium, at classical or rock open air festivals: It’s not what you present, but how you present it. To feel, you must hear! If you want to listen, then you have the right to an unforgettable sound experience,” is written on their website. And using this motto Kling & Freitag developed their products. From March 12 to 15, 2014 they will be showing their newest developments at the Prolight & Sound in Frankfurt. Lars Heinrich, director of sales and marketing, told us what the visitors can be excited about.

Technology of the Stars: Pink flying high with Sennheiser

Pink Sennheiser Mikro Grammys

When the singer Pink goes on stage, the audience can have high expectations. And so the power voice singer of such chart topping songs as “True Love”, “Try” and “Just  Give Me a Reason” was going to do things in style at this year's Grammy Awards. In her performance she did an acrobatic show high above the 20,000 spectators, she got help with the technology from the experts at the Wedemaker audio company Sennheiser.

Pink turned and twirled thru the air over the head of the crowd at her performance. “That's why we needed an absolutely dependable microphone and an in ear monitor system, that not only sounds good, but is as inconspicuous as possible,” said Jon Lewis, Pink's monitor engineer.

PLS 2014: A taste of what is to come at the I-ESC

Sabine Funk I-ESC

Sabine Funk

A warm summer evening, good weather and many happy people, the ideal conditions for a good open air concert. So that such evenings can be a happy experience, you need good organization and planning.

Sabine Funk, among others, is responsible for such things. She is one of the leading experts for event safety and crowd management and is currently working on the German adaptation of the event safety guide. At the PLS she will be speaking about safety regulations at German events at the International Event Safety Conference in the Eventplaza. Prolight + Sound team asked her a few questions ahead of time.

einstein & sons: “Lighting is passion!”

Lichtdesign-Kuehbandner-Greil einstein & sons

Michael Kühbandner (l.) und Roland Greil

For several years, in the lighting design, lighting direction and programming industry, Michael Kühbandner and Roland Greil have felt right at home. They have been a part of turning various projects into reality, from the Eurovision Song Contest to the Echo and including accompanying the band "Die Ärzte" on tour. In 2013 they created the joint venture, einstein & sons. At the PLS 2014 they will be at Avolite's stand in Hall 11.0 and show their own demos for the interactivity of the Ai Server from Avolitesmedia. They tell us in an interview, what makes their job so special.

Win tickets to Prolight + Sound 2014

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The countdown is on. In one month Prolight + Sound 2014 will open its doors at the trade fair in Frankfurt. The Prolight team is eager to see the manufacturer's newest product highlights, the technology trends, live shows, exciting presentations, stirring conversations in the halls and many more surprises. In order to sweeten the wait, we are raffling off 10 pairs of tickets to Prolight + Sound.

Light, Sound, Safety: Monacor International at the PLS 2014

Subwoofer-Box-MEGA-215SUBThey are old hands at Prolight + Sound trade fair. Monacor International is a  provider of professional stage and DJ equipment, ELA and safety technology, as well as high quality speaker technology and has been at the trade fair in Frankfurt for more than 30 years. They will be there again in 2014. However, not only technology has advanced in the past years. The audience has too, as Marketing Director Michael Korte knows, "The show us your newest things contingent is definitely getting smaller." Today the visitors come to us with very specific product questions. They have informed themselves ahead of time. There will, however, still be surprises at Monacor International's stand.

3D Lighting Art from Urbanscreen: “We will never get enough!”

Urbanscreen Bremen

They have illuminated the most famous facades in the world, from the Sydney Opera House to Rice University in Houston. The Bremen artist group URBANSCREEN shows how fascinating light can be. Starting in April, they will open one of the worldwide biggest and most upscale inside projections, almost 20000 square meters of lit area, in the Gasometer in Oberhausen. "320° Licht" is a superlative project.

Here’s what’s new at Prolight + Sound 2014

Musikmesse -prolight+sound 2014

March is getting ever closer and the suspense surrounding this year's Prolight + Sound is growing. The slogan this year, just as last year, is “Energy for Emotion”. However, that is the only thing that is staying the same. From March 12 -15, 2014 there are many exciting new products for the visitors, not just at the stands of the exhibitors, but also in the halls of the convention center itself.

Now the convention center greets its visitors with a comfortable lounge area for conversations in a relaxed atmosphere. The showstopper, on the new 4K displays from Atmosphere, a German manufacturer, visitors can compete in daily karaoke contests with virtual musicians.

Opus winner Bertil Mark: “No feelings, no ideas”

Bertil Mark Lichtdesign

A picture, an nice song and Bertil Marks inner cinema starts. He is a lighting designer with heart and soul, has worked with Sportfreunde Stiller, Sarah Brightmann, Selig, Zemfira, The Notwist, Melody Gardot and Gentleman. At Prolight + Sound 2012 he won the Opus Award. In an interview he tells us about his work.

Meyer Sound brings its young lions to the PLS

Meyer Sounds Soundsystem LYONAt Prolight + Sound Trade Fair in Frankfurt this year, there will be many interesting new products at Meyer Sound's stand. The public address system specialist will present its newest linear Loudspeaker System LYON. The self-powered sound system is the newest member of the LEO family. It is has an extremely light and compact case and is therefore very versatile.

“With the LEO system we can show that a system can stay linear on all frequencies and with very high levels. That offers a whole new listening experience for everything from the New York Philharmonic to Bassnectar,” says John Meyer, CEO and co-founder of Meyer Sound.

VDT Academy 2014: The program is now online!

The Verband deutscher Tonmeister (VDT) invites you to a free seminar at the Prolight & Sound on March 14, 2014. At the VDT Academy experts from the industry will give you first hand knowledge about their experiences and give information about the newest developments in acoustic and sound technology, trends in film and TV, theater…
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New Years in Berlin with wicked lighting from ROBE

New YearsGermany's biggest New Year's Eve Party 2014 was once again held in Berlin. About a million visitors moved about between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column. Music acts such as Frieda Gold, Adel Tawil and The Trans-Siberian Orchestra covered the musical section of events. The highlight of the evening was the spectacular fireworks. show. A big part of the success of the capital's mega party, however, was  ROBE's eclectic event engineering.

Especially on the main stage at the Brandenburg Gate and at the party on the Strasse des 17. Juni, the spots, beams and flood lights of the Czech Republic's lighting technology producer, ROBE, were utilized. 14 Pointes were used on mobile LED wall risers for accents. 18 Pointes were attached to the roof's truss substructure, 12 additional ones were mounted in the side wings and six Pointes were mounted on the stage floor.

Sennheiser develops media for hearing and sight impaired

In Germany every fifth person is hearing or sight impaired. However at concerts, cinemas or theaters there haven't been any adjustments to help them. More than 50 percent of the affected people don't go to cultural events. This was the result of a TNS Emnid survey commissioned by the audio specialist Sennheiser. Therefore, the Wedemaker company is working on new streaming technology for cinemas and theaters which utilizes the inclusion principle, so that seeing and hearing impaired people are no longer excluded.

Sennheiser App

LED-Innovations from Osram: Long Live Light!

LED-InnovationsWhen light diodes fail, then it is often because of one reason. The heat was too high, the light bulb is burned out. Lighting manufacturer Osram has developed a new LED, that is stable even in high temperatures. Olson Square, the name of the innovation, was optimized so that the depletion layer temperature could be raised. The lighting of large buildings, events such as concerts, trade fairs or other stage productions should be greatly improved.

Binaural recording: Awesome 3D-Illusion

We only believe what we hear. But how real is it really? Modern 3D sound technology can trick your brain and pulls us into events as if we were really in the middle of them. These illusions are possible using the so called binaural recording or homophonic audio, where audio signals are recorded with two microphones. The perfect deception for your brain. Close your eyes and open your ears! And don't forget your earphones. Only then can you experience the truly impressive effect. Have fun with today's find!