They 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.
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.
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.
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.
At 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.
Germany'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.
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.
When 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.
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!
Ancient sounds mixed with the finest rock are their trademark. In Extremo, the medieval rock band from Berlin has been winning people over since 1995 with their own unmistakable sound. At their live shows they use a mix of old and new instruments. In addition to E-Guitars, bass and drums, instruments such as a symphonia and harp, bag pipes and dulcimer are used. When it comes to the technology, however, they only use the most modern devices on stage. On their current "Kunstraub" tour they got help from the professional stage lighters at Lightpower.
In the beginning there was music. In 1963 the Italian brothers Bruno Baldoni and Vinicio Tanoni joined forces in order to produce high quality guitar amplifiers. 50 years later FBT Elettronica S.p.A. has grown from a small handcrafted business to one of the leading international providers of music and audio electronics and is looking back on a successful history. In honor of the anniversary the company has produced an anniversary video which shows excerpts from the daily activities in development and production and in which Alan Parsons, who worked with the Beatles and Pink Floyd commentates.
The tree is decorated and the presents are wrapped. Slowly the excitement of Christmas Eve is growing. In order to shorten the wait for all those of you who are impatient, we have compiled a "Best of..." the most unusual Christmas videos on YouTube. Electronics are not only one of the most wished for items, but are used more and more in Christmas decorations.
Lots of fun while watching... Hohoho!
Prolight + Sound is not only the annual trade fair for event technology, installations and productions. It is also used to make new contacts. Jochen Cronemeyer, chief executive of DSPECIALISTS Digitale Audio- und Messsysteme GmbH, knows this all too well. His company equips theaters, home theaters and churches. In an interview he describes which trends are awaiting the industry in the new year and why it pays to visit the Prolight 2014.
2013 was a triple good year for the Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup. At the beginning of July, the Stagetec Developement Association for Professional Audio Technology celebrated its twentieth anniversary. In September it was Salzbrenner's fiftieth anniversary of the businessman Friedrich Salzbrenner laying the foundation stone for the media group. Just a few days ago, the third member of the media group celebrated a birthday. The Delec Audio and Video Technology GmbH turned 25. There's no shortage of highlights in 2013 for the consortium, and in 2014 there are more exciting projects.
At first glance the colorful foam squares look like toys. However, they are filled with the most modern technology, microphone technology to be exact. Catchbox is the name of the world’s first throwable microphone. It is wireless, hard-wearing and made to fly across rooms. It is ideal for plenum interaction in conferences, classrooms, meetings and workshops. Under the colorful foam cover of Catchbox, you will find ingenious technology that is also a lot of fun.
A functioning microphone with a 2.4 Gigahertz frequency gives a crystal clear sound. If the Catchbox is thrown thru the room or falls on the ground, it automatically suppresses the sound, so that there aren’t any squeaking sounds. The Catchbox can be used anywhere in the world, without a special license, which is not the case with some other wireless microphones. The colorful throwable microphone comes with a separate receiver which can be connected to various sound systems, such as stereos, computers or other professional audio technology.
Christmas is just around the corner, mulled wine, cookies and candlelight. On New York’s famous Madison Avenue the yearly Christmas window decorating contest has begun. No longer are the displays using only traditional props; now elaborate technology with the highest standards are utilized. The Canadian projector and display manufacturer, Christie, has created something extra special this year.
The year is slowly coming to an end, and the excitement over Prolight + Sound 2014 is growing. Here are the most important facts at a glance.
The 2014 PLS-Motto: Energy for Emotions
The upcoming Prolight is from March 12 to 15, 2014. Just like always, the venue is the Messe Frankfurt. The motto this time is “Energy for Emotions”. Although the motto is the same, their will be several new ideas and products, as Director Michael Biwer told us in an interview.