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.
When Michael Bublé goes on tour, then his fans can expect great things. The singer and multiple Grammy winner, who became famous with songs like “Feeling so Good”, “Everything” and “It’s a Beautiful Day”, is so multifaceted that his stage technology has to be able to keep up. The technical equipment for his current “To be loved” world tour is from the TAIT company. Giant moveable LED displays, video screens and ingenious lighting set the stage for his performance. However, all this technology has to be set up and taken down before and after each performance. Today’s find shows you how all that works. Enjoy!
“Let there be light” is the recurring theme at Prolight + Sound. In 2014, lighting technology will continue to develop, especially LED technology. At the Frankfurt Trade Fair, from March 12-15, 2013, the exhibitors will present their newest developments. Just like the GLP Light Products GmbH. The newest coup from GLP, for which Prolight visitors do not have to wait until the next fair, is the Volkslicht Spot. This moving head LED is reaching for the stars; it wants to top the success of its predecessor.
Tim Bendzko keeps good company. Just like many other stars, including Shakira, Pink, Xavier Naidoo and Seal, he also uses the proven quality of Sennheiser audio technology. At his summer concert at the Waldbühne Berlin, the singer and songwriter performed his hits “Nur noch kurz die Welt retten”, “Sag einfach Ja” and “Am seidenen Faden” in front of almost 20,000 fans. He used wired and wireless microphones as well as IEM solutions from Sennheiser, which have consistently been exhibited at Prolight + Sound.
Sex sells. That is way it has always been, the way it is, and the way it will always be. At least that is what the Danish headphone manufacturer, AIAIAI thought. In October the company created a provocative as well as catchy ad which caused a sensation. The headphones, including cable, are modelled after the female body. AIAIAI’s message, “Making sound sexy since 2006”, isn’t trying to avoid attention either.
The Danish manufacturer is specialized in everyday quality audio products and promises clear and sharp sound with its stylish and minimalistic headphones. Their current ad definitely leaves you wanting more.
While the preparations for Prolight + Sound 2014 in Frankfurt are running at full speed, Shanghai is taking stock. 444 exhibitors from 17 countries presented their companies and their newest products in the audio, lighting and event categories at Prolight + Sound Shanghai. Nearly 24,000 visitors came to the Shanghai News International Expo Centre from October 10-13, 2013. The biggest fair trend included LED.
Headphones, microphones and headsets have been beyerdynamic’s profession for the past ninety years. “Technological advantage, constant innovation and the highest quality standards” are the axiom of the audio manufacturer from Heilbronn. The customers are always the main focus and also have a say in the design. That’s why the company had the first worldwide Crowdsourcing Design Contest for headphones, whereby 4,902 headphone designs were up for vote. More than 355,000 people voted, and we have a winner.
Pitbull is one of the most well known rappers of his time. His song, “Give Me Everything” made it to number two on the German charts. Currently, together with Kesha and “Timber”, he is in charge of good times on the dance floor, and he is also heating up the American concert halls with his “Global Warming” Tour. With him on tour, are the Moving Head Spotlights, MAC Viper Family, from Martin Professional.
An open air concert on a frozen river just above the Arctic Circle, “Those are challenges which make life exciting,” says Sven Sören Beyer. “And when you can live it up artistically, as we could, it is the perfect combination.” Beyer is Creactive Director of phase7 performing.arts, an artist network based in Berlin. Currently he is preparing the opening ceremony for the Cultural Capital 2014, Umea, Sweden. The frozen river is a completely new experience, but Beyer knows what matters most.
Phase7 was founded in 1999. At the Prolight and Sound 2013 the artist received the Opus Award in the category of Technical Realization for his 3D operatic enactment “Neither” from Morton Feldmann and Simon Beckett. “We are very proud that we were nominated for a project so close to our hearts,” he says. Sometimes it is important to artistically “find your away back”.
How do you fill a concert hall with sound so that the customers in the last row have the same listening experience as those in the first row? The Fohhn Company raises acoustics to a new level with their Focus Modular System which delighted the visitors at Prolight + Sound 2013. Daniela Bohl, PR and Marketing at Fohhn Audio AG, explains in an interview how Focus Modular works.
Sylvester Stallone celebrated his life’s successes with the “Rocky” film series. “Rocky - The Musical”, based upon the film, is now doing the same. The show has been playing in the Hamburger Operettenhaus for the past year. According to the New York Times, it is convincing because it combines the intimate and the epic. The acoustics play an important role, too. Meyer Sound knows what it takes.