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Opus Winner Mark Fisher: Stage Designer Par Excellence

Opus Gewinner: Mark Fisher

He worked with artists like Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, U2 and Madonna: Mark Fisher, architect and set designer par excellence, passed away in June 2013 at the age of 66. Thanks to his work, he will never be forgotten. At this year’s Prolight + Sound, Fisher was posthumously awarded the Opus Award in the Technical Realisation category for ‘The Wall 2013’ with Pink Floyd, as well as receiving the jury’s [honorary] award.

It was a great opportunity to honour Mark Fisher’s work and contribution to the community”, said Lucy Davenport of Stufish Entertainment Architects, the architectural and production design studio that Fisher founded. “He was capable of fusing a creative concept with technical finesse without ever compromising the idea and its visual beauty.”

PIPA Award: Prize-winning Sound by Microtech

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At this year’s Prolight + Sound, a new prize was awarded for the first time: Prolight + Sound International Press Award (PIPA), for outstanding products in the categories of Recording, Pro Audio, and Lights/Video. 120 trade journals and magazines from across the globe took were tasked with deciding which products were to be honoured with the new prize.

In the ‘Best Studio Microphone 2014’ category, Microtech Gefell, a microphone manufacturer based in the state of Thuringia in central Germany, was rewarded with the coveted trophy. It can thank technology that remains peerless to this day.

Laserworld: New Laser Series for DJs

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At this year’s Prolight + Sound, Swiss laser show specialists Laserworld treated visitors to no less than two spectacular laser light displays, and presented their newest products, including the RTI ATTO and RTI FEMTO series laser systems.

The laser manufacturer has now brought a new product line to market: the Pure Diode Series, designed to bridge the gap between entry-level and professional systems. Its flexibility makes it particularly suitable for club operators and mobile DJs. 

Prolight + Sound 2015: Download the New Hall Layout

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It’s already been four months since PLS 2014, and the preparations for next year’s event are already being made at full speed. Almost 900 exhibitors will be presenting their light, sound, and event products at Messe Frankfurt, where both the ‘Musikmesse’ music trade fair and Prolight + Sounds have been taking place every year since 1996. More than 42,000 trade visitors came to see the latest in LED trends, audio technology, and even spectacular laser shows. It was also the perfect chance to meet colleagues from the same field, and to attend some of the numerous presentations. Next year, we intend to make Prolight + Sound an even better experience – so we’re bringing SHOWTECH from Berlin here to Frankfurt.

Behind the Scenes: 90 Years of beyerdynamic

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It all began with the ‘talkies’: in 1924, electrical engineer Eugen Beyer founded his own company in Berlin, laying the foundations for one of the world’s leading producers of headphones, microphones and conference systems. Beyerdynamic can now look back on a 90-year history marked by historic successes, including producing audio equipment for stars like ABBA, the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Udo Lindenberg.

“The Three Investigators”: The Audio of Tomorrow, Today!

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It’s not just 3D displays that have been pushing into the mainstream over the last few years – three-dimensional sound is one of the hottest audio trends. Way back at Prolight + Sound 2012, Fraunhofer IDMT introduced its ATMOSPHEA sound system for creating custom room acoustics. A couple of years ago, this ground-breaking new technology was installed for the first time anywhere in the world, in Hamburg Planetarium, to give visitors an unforgettable audio experience. Now there’s going to be another world premiere: Germany’s most successful series of audio dramas, Die drei ??? (The Three Investigators), is about to begin a unique 3D sound adventure there.

Technology of the Stars: Rolling Stones Rock Adam Hall

Rolling Stones Kabelserie für Adam HallWhether in the studio or on stage: The Rolling Stones are one of the biggest rock bands of all time. Songs like “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction“, “Angie“, “Gimme Shelter“, and “Paint It Black“ elevated them to music Olympus. But they couldn’t have done it without the right equipment. So it’s no surprise that The Rolling Stones have brought out their own line of cables for microphone and guitar in cooperation with Bravado and audio manufacturer Adam Hall (based in the town of Neu-Anspach close to Frankfurt).

Adam Hall is a frontrunner in the audio and events industries. Prolight + Sound 2014 was another opportunity for them to present their latest products, including customised flight cases, the DAVE 18 G3 compact speaker system from LD Systems, and two new Audac power amplifier ranges.

Musiktheater Linz: Technical Masterpiece

Bühnentechnik im Musiktheater LinzThe Musiktheater Linz caused a real buzz at Prolight + Sound 2014 Theatre and Film Colloquium. Why? Its revolving stage, operational for a year now, makes it one of the most modern and technologically best-equipped theatres in the world. For everyone who wasn’t able to make the presentation at Messe Frankfurt, here’s another chance to find out about this technological masterpiece.
The project was carried out by Austrian steel engineering specialists Waagner-Biro. “Our stage technology department has proved beyond doubt that it can deliver the biggest technical challenges to plan,” said Rudolf Estermann.

Technology of the Stars: Fohhn makes Bobby McFerrin happy

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Bobby McFerrin’s number one hit song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” brought the American singer, musician, and conductor to the world’s attention. A ten-time Grammy winner, he can even imitate instruments with his unmistakeable voice. And he was also a guest at the recent 15th Leipzig International Festival of Vocal Music, appearing with his seven-man a cappella group in the Gewandhaus concert hall. The critically-acclaimed artist received technical backup from Fohhn Focus Modular systems.

SHOWTECH goes Prolight: Aaand Action!

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SHOWTECH is going to be represented for the first time at next year’s Prolight + Sound 2015. The PLS team has asked Regine Hergersberg, managing director of Germany’s ‘The Filmmakers’ Federal Society of Film Industry Associations (Die Filmschaffenden – Bundesvereinigung der Filmschaffenden-Verbände e.V.what we can expect at Messe Frankfurt between April 15th and 18th 2015.

Why should the film industry be represented at the Frankfurt Trade Fair?

Regine Hergersberg: Film is a multidisciplinary affair, one not quite like any other form of creative expression. All the areas of expertise that are combined in the production of a film are intertwined and dependent on each other. This is what ‘The Filmmakers’, as the umbrella organisation for the film and TV industry, is presenting at PLS, this connection between technology, creativity, and organisation.

20 Years of GLP: Lighting Experts with Heart and Soul

GLP - Jubilaeum 20 JahreWhen Udo Künzer founded German Light Products (GLP) in 1994, he couldn’t have guessed that 20 years later, the company would be at the forefront of LED technology, and that devices from his ‘impression’ line would be at home on the world’s biggest stages – from London’s West End to New York’s Broadway. The development of one of the very first products, the Patend Light, lead directly to the breakthrough. The hybrid spotlight stood out due to its fast mirror movement and a large field of pan/tilt movement, fulfilling all market demands in one product.
The introduction of the Patend Light was met with a massive response, and further products soon followed, including MAX, Mighty Scan, Pocket Scan, and from 2007 the development of the successful ‘impression’ series. The spotlights were already being used in some notable productions including top-rated German light-entertainment show “Wetten, Dass..?”, filmed on Mallorca.

Sennheiser Innovation: Cinema is for Everyone!

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In order to develop innovative new products, Sennheiser has been conducting audiological research for more than 40 years. The audio specialists, based in Wedemark, Germany, introduce their latest products every year at Prolight + Sound. One product that is guaranteed to be making an appearance in Messe Frankfurt in 2015 is Sennheiser’s very latest piece of cutting-edge technology: CinemaConnect. Audio experts Sennheiser see this novel live-streaming system as an opportunity to make culture accessible to everyone. Exactly how it will work was demonstrated just recently in Hamburg’s Abaton cinema.
The way CinemaConnect works is simplicity itself: cinemagoers connect to a specially set up WiFi network via a free smartphone app. Live-streaming gives them real-time access to additional soundtracks for visual descriptions or assistive listening, making it possible to experience the film via headphones.

FIFA World Cup 2014: Perfect Technical Preparations

FIFA World CupThe FIFA World Cup in Brazil is just around the corner to begin. In the past weeks and months, the German national team and its staff have been giving 110% in preparation for the big event. And they weren’t the only ones. At the LMP and V:LED ‘training camp’, research was conducted at high pace. Their mission: making the World Cup into unique ‘Public Viewing’ events throughout Germany and neighbouring countries, using newly-developed LED screens from V:LED.
Along with renowned German event organisers, V:LED has developed the new VSF6 LED-video system, presenting it at trade fairs including Prolight + Sound 2014. Trade visitors were highly impressed. It was soon clear that with the VSF6, V:LED was going to the be the first choice for many events organisers planning Public Viewing Events for the FIFA World Cup 2014.

SHOWTECH goes Prolight + Sound: 2015 at Trade Fair Frankfurt

Plans for Prolight + Sound 2015 are already in top gear. The first big new attraction for the upcoming year: from April 15th to 18th, Prolight will be accompanied in Frankfurt by SHOWTECH. In future, lighting, sound, and events and stage technology will be joined by theatre and film in a big way. The organisers…
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PLS 2015: Secure your early bird discount today!

secure your ticketFor many exhibitors, Prolight + Sound is one of the most significant trade fairs of the year. This is where the entire industry meets, the latest developments are presented and the hottest trends are discussed, and where new customers are brought on board. Prolight has something new and exciting to offer every year. Best of all: if you book your stand in the Frankfurt Trade Fair centre now, you won’t just be securing your ticket for Prolight 2015, you’ll be saving money as well.

Discounts are available until July 31st 2014, starting at a basic €109/m2. One square metre of outdoor exhibition space at Messe Frankfurt costs €113. Stands start at €175/m2. From August 1st, the standard Prolight + Sound pricing structure applies, so remember: the early bird catches the worm!

MAYDAY Dortmund: Electrifying Meyer Sound

Meyer Sound auf der MAYDAY Full Sense

MAYDAY has been a genuine electronic music institution since 1991, attracting tens of thousands of music fans who make it Germany’s biggest indoor rave. On the last weekend in April this year, it was that time again: more than 21,000 partygoers packed into Dortmund’s Westfalenhalle 1. The motto of MAYDAY 2014: Full Senses. Visitors were able to enjoy star DJs like Fedde le Grand, Paul van Dyk, Maguai, Sven Väth and Sander van Doorn with all their senses – not least thanks to a perfect technical set-up by Meyer Sound. Meyer Sound had already received an enthusiastic response to its brand new LYON loudspeaker system from visitors to Prolight + Sound 2014 at Messe Frankfurt - and they were able to show just how much their latest product has in its locker under live conditions just a few weeks later at MAYDAY Full Senses. “The sound was clean, clear, crisp, and had acres of headroom,” said Bernd Görgen, co-manager of Wiesbaden’s schokopro, the full-service-provider for sound, light, video and SFX which also made a noteworthy contribution to the event.

Anticipating Prolight 2015: Hands on energy

After Prolight is before Prolight – this is the spirit in which the Trade Fair Frankfurt team is already busily tackling the preparations for Prolight + Sound 2015. New ideas are being discussed, planned and refined. From April 15th to 18th 2015, the world’s biggest trade fair for light, sound and event technology will once again be attracting an international audience to Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds.