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PLASA EVENT REVIEW Earls Court, London September 12th-15th

manager Andrew Richardson. “The event has given us a great chance to promote some existing relationships and also start some new ones. Only time will tell if this has been truly successful, but early signs are encouraging. Strong interest for LD Premium products, Audac, the Eminence Flux Density Modulator and the show favourite, the Dave 12G2.” >


PLASA was a huge success for Joe Co according to its MD, Joe Bull. “PLASA is a great opportunity to meet new customers and distributors, as well as a chance to meet existing users and show them new products such as the digital I/O versions of the Blackbox recorder and to preview the Blackbox player,” Bull states. “We were impressed with the amount of show traffic we saw over the four days, which clearly indicates that PLASA is an event valued by audio industry professionals." >

DIGICO “Our new products, the Little Red Box, Little Blue Box and SD Rack, created a lot of interest from existing users who attended and also got a lot of attention from those who aren't already part of the Digico family, which meant the show was a

great success for us,” comments David Webster, the marketing director at Digico. >

ROLAND SYSTEMS GROUP RSG highlighted its pro audio portfolio alongside the Edirol video products, including the new M-300, 32-channel digital audio mixer, S-MADI (REAC- MADI bridge), V-1600HD multi-format video mixer/switcher plus professional audio and video field recorders, presenters and processors. Simon Lowther, general manager at Roland Systems Engineering, explains: "We have a lot of staff and customers coming from around the world and it's great to get them all together. “It has been a great year for us and the show’s been great, so we’re happy. Our market is quite diverse and PLASA brings in lots of people from the theatre, installation and live events markets, plus a lot of end users – and they’re all coming here to see the equipment." >

MC2/XTA Bill Wood, group sales and marketing director for MC2 and XTA, comments: “I would say PLASA 2010 has been the best for years. Sharing space with our UK distributor, Polar Audio, continues to work brilliantly for us. “We had a fabulous reaction to the DP548 and the iCore release from XTA, as well as the E100 from MC2 Audio. We also had huge interest from the home-based visitors and were able to do very good quality

demonstrations to a very receptive audience.”


“We felt that it was important that we were here,” notes Phil Price, UK director of sales at RCF. “We've been working with a range of consultants and system integrators on potential projects that if they come to fruition will have made this a genuinely worthwhile event.” >

TC GROUP Tannoy teamed up with sister audio brands Lab.gruppen, Lake and TC Electronic to jointly exhibit at this year’s show. Tannoy showed its fixed installation and live sound products including the flagship VQ series (incorporating the latest developments in its ‘tour ready’ VQ Live guise) and smaller footprint, compact V-series range of point-source loudspeakers. Lab.gruppen featured its C series range of installation-dedicated power amplifiers, the FP+ series and the new PLM 20000Q four-channel powered loudspeaker management system (featuring onboard Lake processing and 5K per channel output).

The new System 6000 mk2 from TC Electronic was also featured. The 6000 mk2 is said to ‘bring the almost ubiquitous industry-standard system 6000 mastering and reverb DSP platform bang up to date for the 21st century with cutting edge features and powerful new capabilities”. >


The appointment of John Hornby Skewes as a sub-distributor of Tannoy’s VQ Live touring PA system was released before PLASA.

The company was able to talk to visitors about the joint venture with TC, while displaying new gear from its other distributed pro audio brands, HK Audio, Allen & Heath and LA Audio. Among this was the Elements PA system, a new compact PA that can be configured for use as from a small conference PA to a full band stage rig. It features an integrated, cable-free internal E-Connect coupler for quick set up and versatility. >

DYNACORD Dynacord launched the Powermate 3 at the show. This new addition to its powered mixer offers an expanded bus- structure and

other new features, despite considerable reductions in weight, size and power consumption.

The latest incarnation is equipped with a professional mixing surface optimised for live performance, with a choice of ten, 16 or 22 channel strips. Features include vocal voicing filters, six aux busses, low-noise microphone preamplifiers, low cut filters and 11- band graphic equalisers. Its USB 2.0

audio interface offers simple live recording, playback and interval music. >


Belgium-based Apex Audio launched the new Intelli-X series of audio system management devices on Red Square Audio's booth.

The two new units – the Intelli-X 26 and 48 – feature internal processing up to 192kHz as standard, high-end studio-grade analog circuit designs and mastering-grade compressors. This new series builds on the success of the original Intelli-series and SL series by providing full control of processor parameters via an intuitive front panel design and the Apex Intelli-Ware software control platform. >

ALCONS Alcons MD, Tom Back, reports that its new range of subwoofers drew live sound engineers to his stand. The new subs features the high output BQ211 quarter-wave loaded, all-carbon 21- inch subwoofer and the BC543 triple, all-carbon-coned triple 18-inch in bass-reflex

configuration: a self-contained cardioid

subwoofer or: with cardioid controllable

dispersion pattern. Visitors were also introduced to the new LR24

mid-sized pro-ribbon line-array touring system. >

AVID Avid displayed the latest products in the Venue live digital mixing range, including the new MADI option card. The new card is designed to simplify

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