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Restart For Fairs: Prolight + Sound Guangzhou 2020

Messe Frankfurt has been organising its first trade fairs in China again since mid-July, including Prolight + Sound, which was held for the 18th time in Guangzhou from 21 to 24 August 2020. In compliance with strict hygiene and safety regulations, 677 exhibitors and around 41,500 visitors took part in the trade fair. Largest sourcing…
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DPA Microphones Will Soon Land On Mars

DPA microphones will soon land on Mars! On July 30, 2020, the Mars 2020 Rover of NASA was sent on its way to Mars - fully equipped with technical equipment of DPA microphones.

Microphones are supposed to give insight into the soundscape

In order to gain insights into the soundscape in the Martian atmosphere, the Mars 2020 Rover will be equipped with audio devices from DPA microphones. During the journey, the audio devices will be at rest, but as soon as the rover enters the Martian atmosphere, the microphones will record the sounds of the descent.

The first sounds of the Martian atmosphere could already be heard on December 1, 2018. A highly sensitive seismometer on board NASA's InSight Mars Lander recorded vibrations caused by the Martian wind. In addition, the vehicle's air pressure sensor also recorded the wind noise. However, the sounds were recorded with instruments made for other purposes, so the recordings can only give an idea of what the soundscape really sounds like.

Which DPA equipment is used ?

NASA has extensively tested a variety of microphones and selected DPA equipment. The 4006 omnidirectional microphones will be the "ears" of the rover; they are mounted on the vehicle and paired with modular active MMP-G cables that act as ultra-transparent preamps. An MMA-A digital audio interface will be located inside the vehicle body, which serves as the auditory part of the "brain". The MMA-A will digitize the sound to the highest quality and transmit it to a computer in the rover via a USB connection.

The journey to Mars will certainly not be a walk in the park, as the rover is exposed to extreme temperatures (down to -100°C), fluctuating travel pressure and intense vibrations. A special housing is to ensure that the equipment arrives unharmed. In addition, work is underway on a special MMP-G amplifier housing that can be screwed to the outside of the rover.

Special microphone from DPA should capture soundscape

Entering the atmosphere, descent and landing are the most risky parts of the whole mission. No one has ever seen or heard a parachute open in the Martian atmosphere or the rover being lowered on a line from its descent stage to the Martian surface. The task of the DPA microphones is to capture these sounds for NASA. The special microphone is to be used when entering the atmosphere and finally on the surface of the planet.

Sample Music Festival: “We are looking forward to Frankfurt!”

The Sample Music Festival is Berlin's annual meeting place for an international audience of creative people who want to explore the boundaries of contemporary digital performance art. Since its founding in 2015, it is currently developing into a pop-up event in collaboration with established industry giants such as Prolight+Sound Frankfurt and Dubai. In the interview…
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New business segment for VisionTwo: UV-C disinfection lamps

Despite current circumstances new ways take - completely after this slogan the distribution assumption VisionTwo takes over the selling of a comprehensive product series of UV C disinfection lamps. Originally as exclusive selling partners for professional technology of different sections in Event, TV and theater at the market positioned, opens vision Two now a new…
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Mondo awards: 2020 Winners Announced

The mondo awards were presented for the third time this year. The atmospheric event took place in the past two years as part of Prolight + Sound. Prolight + Sound sponsors the "Venue of the year", which unfortunately could not take place this year. The winners of the mondo awards 2020 However, the winners in…
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Fair Visits In The Times Of Covid-19

The impact of the Covid 19 pandemic has changed the entire event industry and will lead to further changes. As a trade fair, congress and event organizer, but also as a site operator, the well-being of all those involved is very important to Messe Frankfurt. For this reason, Messe Frankfurt has developed a concept and…
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Digital Events – hybrid or virtual?

The event industry is in a constant state of change. Even before the Corona crisis, digitalisation has also changed the classic event and has produced various forms of online events. Most specialist events have now become virtual. event planners around the world have had to acquire new skills, choose new technologies and adapt their events…
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Four Digital Exhibitions In An Unique Location

Until January, an extravagant exhibition will be held in Bordeaux, France, in a unique location. In a former submarine base, Culturespaces has opened the largest digital art centre in the world: the Bassins de Lumières. Four monumental immersive digital exhibitions dedicated to the most important artists of art history and contemporary art are currently presented…
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Zero Waste. Recycling Management. Upcycling.

For some years now, the topic of "sustainability" has also been gaining importance in the event industry. This includes not only the use of LEDs and energy-saving technologies, but also solutions for the environmentally friendly implementation of events. The team from TRASH GALORE has such an idea, who want to create an online second-hand goods…
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“Save The Summer”: Festival-Feeling With Megaforce

Summer, sun, festivals ... unfortunately there is no such thing this year. All big festivals had to be cancelled due to the Corona crisis - a bitter loss for bands, fans and organizers. Megaforce sets a statement and wants to "Save the summer". The specialist for stage construction, event construction and special constructions, initiates the…
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Prolight + Sound Sets The Course For 2021

Following the cancellation of the 25th anniversary edition, Prolight + Sound and the sector are now looking ahead to 2021, a key year for the events sector. Prolight + Sound would like to contribute to stimulate the buying power in this badly hit sector and restore it to its former strength. Large parts of the…
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This Is Prolight + Sound 2021!

Prolight + Sound is now more important than ever! Become part of the biggest international meeting place for the sector's technologies and services in the fields of entertainment, shows and events, audiovisual system integration and content creation. The next Prolight + Sound will take place from 13 to 16 April 2021!

Event Industry Goes Online

Due to the lockdown of the past weeks many events have been cancelled. Although there is now a gradual easing of the situation, a normal situation is hardly conceivable at the moment. Nevertheless, the industry has not let itself be beaten and has set up numerous projects that can be called up virtually. LD Systems…
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