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Soccer championship 2014: Full luminosity ahead

The soccer world championship is just around the corner and host country Brazil is bracing itself for its big debut. A total of twelve cities will host the games. One of them will be held in the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paolo, where things are running at full speed. When completed, 68,000 fans will fit in the stadium. They will not only be presented with great plays on the field, but in the true sense of the word, the arena shines. In the area of lighting design, OSRAM is setting new standards in the Arena Corinthians.

“The high tech lighting solutions go far above the stringent standards set by FIFA,” says Michael Pleuser, Vice-President of Sales & Marketing for OSRAM. Energy efficient LED and metal fume lamps light up the field with a total of 5000 Lux. In addition, it has the largest LED stadium screen, which measures 170 m x 20 m, in the world. “It is a one of a kind concept developed specifically for the customer,” Pleuser continued.

Video and lighting designer Matt Finke: “I love technology”

Matt FinkeBeing able to show emotions at the push of a button, that is Matt Finke’s profession. For more than twenty years, he has been giving business events, concerts and other events the right visual structure. Video and lighting are his profession. The following words prove it, “To be able to see first hand how your own concept moves people is thrilling and wonderful!”

Finke works for such companies as Audi and SAP as well as for the artists Mando Diao and Katie Melua. How does he do it? Finke doesn’t know, “I haven’t bribed anyone,” he laughs. At Prolight + Sound 2013, the Marburger resident was honoured with the Opus Award for his creative work. The prize means a lot to him, “The nominations are done secretly; you don’t know anything is going on. That’s why I was very surprised and felt extremely honoured.”

BaSiGo: For more safety at mega events

safety at mega eventsWhen does pedestrian congestion occur? How does it turn into pushing and shoving, and when does it become life threatening? What can visitors at mega events do to keep out of harms way and to avoid a catastrophe like the one at the Loveparade in Duisburg 2010?

Safety at mega events was extensively discussed the 1st International Event Safety Conference at Prolight + Sound 2013 and will be tackled again at the coming trade fair on March 12th 2014 from 11 am to 6 pm in the Eventplaza of the Frankfurt fair.

Steinigke Eurolite: At home on the stages of the world

Booming bass, happy people, a gigantic show arrangement and more than two million watts: The Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas is not only one of the biggest, but also one of the most elaborate festivals in the USA: This year one more record was broken, the biggest stage ever built in the USA, which naturally had to be lit just right. An honor for Steinigke Showtechnic, who took the USA by storm this summer with their spotlights and lighting effects.

Behind the scenes – how is a trade fair booth made?

Behind the scenes and days before the doors to Prolight + Sound open, busy helpers scurry around the exhibition halls. Forklifts transport materials from a to b, scaffolds are built, carpets unrolled, cables laid, spotlights aligned, speakers positioned and finally the products are staged.

Every movement has to be just right; everything is exactly planned. Coordinating all of this is a huge project and is of utmost importance. It takes hours, if not days until everything is ready. However, it can all be done very quickly as this funny time lapse video edited by the show technology wholesaler B&K Braun shows. Enjoy and get ready to be amazed!

30 years of Adamson: 3 questions for the founder Brock Adamson

Brock Adamson

Thinking outside of the box is a well known English phrase. The Canadian audio manufacturer Adamson Systems Engineering has switched the motto and turned "outside" to "inside". Inside the box? One could think the company is not big on progress. However, the exact opposite is true. For the past thirty years the box with the biggest success is the Adamson profession.

Answer to the Picture Puzzle: Tips for the Perfect Sound

tips for the perfect soundAt the end of last week, Prolight + Sound team challenged you to a little game. We showed you a picture and asked you to tell us what the picture was about. We had lots of guesses on Facebook. Chocolate marshmellows were a hot topic, but unfortunately that is wrong. One guess came quickly and was naturally correct. The photograph was taken at the Sennheiser stand and pictures the interchangeable omni capsule for the new Digital 9000 series.
In the past 70 years, Sennheiser's microphones have taken the world by storm. They are some of the most loved stage microphones. Stars such as Pink, Rihanna and Xavier Naidoo use them during their live performances. At Prolight + Sound 2013 the audio specialist from Wedemark had one of the biggest stands, at which the visitors could see and test the newest products.

Picture Puzzle from Prolight + Sound 2013

Prolight + Sound team browsed its virtual photo album and found a wonderful picture reminding them of Prolight + Sound 2013. Naturally, we don’t want to keep it from you. However, we are not going to make it too easy. Using Photoshop we played with the control knobs, picked a small cut out and saved it as a new picture. Can you figure out which stand the picture is from and what is going on? We look forward to your comments!

Bilderrätsel Prolight + Sound 2013

Get ready for Prolight + Sound 2014!

When spectacular light shows and outstanding sound fill the halls, when the technology elite gather, exhibit, discuss and examine the newest trends at the Frankfurt Convention Center, then it’s once again time for Prolight + Sound. From March 12th till 15th, 2014 the exhibitors at the trade fair will present the newest products from the areas of stage, light and sound, AV media technology, system integration, as well as broadcasting and recording. The motto of Prolight + Sound 2014 is “Energy for emotions”.

This year, there were more than 900 exhibitors from all over the world. 42,000 industry visitors from 114 countries attended the trade fair in Frankfurt. Can that be beaten next year? The team of Prolight + Sound is eagerly awaiting 2014 and all the exciting new products.

Keep your fingers crossed for “Elegance”

EleganceTechnology doesn't have to just be functional, it can also be elegant. The microphone stand 26200 "Elegance" from König & Meyer is living proof. With its Red Dot Design Award 2013 the stand has automatically qualified for the German Design Prize. Now 35 products and “Elegance” are competing for the coveted trophy. The winner will be decided on September 12, 2013.

What makes this stand do special? Gabriela König of König & Meyer explains, "The microphone stand 'Elegance' distinguishes itself through its unique shape of the tubing combination. Instead of the common round tubes, it uses tubes which are trilobular in shape. On the technical side the stand offers the comfort of silent and easy height adjustment and an integrated knurled-screw that won't get lost. According to König, the base has also been completely redesigned.

Lego goes concert

Lego goes concertStage mechanics, light and sound - those are the themes of the Prolight and Sound. However, it is not only in the spotlight at this trade fair. Even little Lego figures know how it works. This funny video shows just how much work goes into building a stage, which most concert attendees never see. From the first truck, that brings the material for the build, followed by the tech check and finally the band's performance, everything is animated with Lego bricks and Lego figures.

Springtime is Exhibition Time – Prolight + Sound Worldwide

Spring time is exhibition timeFor the exhibition teams of international manufacturers of event technology, the beginning of each new year means one trip after another. In spring there is not only Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt but also China and Russia lure exhibitors to their country. Then you suddenly hear, “Ni-hao!” and „привет!“ instead of a simple „Hallo“!
Since the beginning of March, many manufacturers have packed their bags and travelled to Guangzhou. The Trade Show Frankfurt has expanded its Prolight + Sound concept this year there; in turn exhibitors and visitors are celebrating the premiere in south China. After that warm up, there was the German International Fair of Technologies and Services for Events, Installation and Production.

The countdown is underway!

countdown is underwayJust 16, 15, 14 … no not days, hours! The opening of Prolight + Sound 2013 is close at hand, and we are just as happy as you are that it is finally here! Just one more nights sleep, counting down the last hours and then it’s all about the Messe Frankfurt!

The countdown is underway…. everything is prepared, the exhibitors, you and all of us are at the ready. In the next three days we will be reporting live from the trade fair. We will introduce new products, have a few chats with several trade visitors and of course, keep you informed of any changes and the up to the minute news! We are counting the hours….. 13, 12, just 11…

Picture source: : http://www.sxc.hu/photo/458069

Tip 6: Don’t forget!

Tip 6Tomorrow is the big day. Prolight + Sound is starting the next season and is presenting technologies and services for events, installations and productions. So that nothing goes awry, we are going to give you a few tips to help you prepare for your visit.
A day at the trade fair can be very long, that’s why we strongly suggest you wear comfortable shoes. The convention center complex is enormous, as we have learned from past experience. It will take a lot of time to discover everything, which means you are going to be on your feet all day.
Comfortable shoes won’t help you much if you don’t know your way around the complex. We’d like to remind you once again about the convention center map, which you should always have in your pocket, or the practical app which you can have at the ready on your phone. The programme is just as important, so don’t miss one exciting minute of the action that you have put on your “to do list”!
Finally and most importantly, bring your curiosity with you! What would Prolight + Sound 2013 be without the visitors, who are fired up to see the products and want to hold the very newest innovations in their hands?

Picture source: Bildquelle: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1335425

Exhibitors at Prolight + Sound, please take your places!

exhibitors at PLSThe most important thing at Prolight + Sound 2013, besides you the trade fair visitor, is of course the many, many exhibitors. It is their stands that fill the halls and allow you to gain valuable insight into the newest technology and innovations in the event industry.
Today, two days before the trade fair begins, the first manufacturers are arriving with their products in tow. Then the massive undertaking of unpacking, assembling and staging the products in the halls begins. The exhibitors look for their stands, place their highlights in the spotlight and get themselves ready for the rush. No later than the first morning of the trade fair everything is truly finished, the halls are filled and the exhibitors are ready.
However, the massive bustle really only starts that morning; when they open the trade fair doors and tens of thousands of visitors pour into the halls. We are looking forward to it!

Picture source: 4iMEDIA Agenturgruppe

Tip 5: The new hall „International Sourcing“

„International Sourcing“The organizers of Prolight + Sound 2013 have made a big change this year. The hall plan, which we previously wrote about, already gave you a little hint. There will be an entirely new hall. That way even the Prolight experts among you have something new to discover at the trade fair. Hall 9.1 is titled “International Sourcing”. As the name reveals, here you will find foreign exhibitors from all over the world. They are presenting their product highlights in the area of “Lighting and Acoustics”.

Tip 4: Frankfurt city info

Tip 4The trade fair is quickly approaching, and in the few days before it starts, we want to give you some more valuable tips. This time we are not focusing on Prolight + Sound itself, rather on the city in which it is held. Frankfurt am Main does not only have a huge convention center, but also a snazzy city center with numerous restaurants and endless shopping.
In the host city the lights do not go off early, even if the doors of Prolight + Sound have long been closed for the day. So, the motto for the adventurous is “hustle and bustle here we come”!

Tip 3: How, What, Where- Hall Plan 2013

Tip 3Certainly many of you are visiting the trade fair yet again and are therefore true Prolight fans. Surely you know Prolight + Sound area like the back of your hand. Yet, this year there are some changes. Therefore, we would like to give you the new hall plan information, so that you are very well equipped and can find everything!
Prolight + Sound 2013 is once again divided into the categories: “Audio and Stage” in Hall 8.0 and “Lights and Stage” in Hall 9.0. Hall 9.1, International Sourcing, which we will explain in more detail in another blog, is new this year. Everything surrounding “Lighting and Effects” is still in Hall 11.0. The exhibitors are in their corresponding halls. Publishers, organizations and service companies are in the gallery 0 and 1.