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14 l March 2012 showpreview Where?


www.prosoundnewseurope.com


Messe Frankfurt, D-60062 Frankfurt am Main


Prolight + Sound 2012


Following on from the success of NAMM and ISE, hopes are high for this year’s edition of Prolight + Sound. We round up the latest developments from the showfloor


The Concert Sound Area will return to Prolight + Sound in 2012, providing an opportunity to experience some of the next PA and line array systems available, including the IC2from Renkus-Heinz


JOHN MEYER’S NEW TAKE ON BASS


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MEYER SOUND will unveil the 1100-LFC “low-frequency control element”, a new self-powered “sonically linear” loudspeaker operating in the 28Hz-100Hz range, at PL+S. Ultra-low distortion coupled with exceptional headroom and optimised rigging options, makes the 1100-LFC a flexible tool for low-end directional applications for large-scale tours and installations, says the California-based company. However, Meyer Sound insists that it’s not just a subwoofer. “As an industry, we are


accustomed to subwoofers carrying a distinct harmonic tone. This ‘sound’ of any subwoofer becomes part of how a product is evaluated,” says CEO John Meyer. “Linear loudspeakers lack this enhancement, and are measured by their ability to precisely reproduce the electronic signals without altering the sonic characteristics. Bringing Meyer Sound’s linear technology and our advances in loudspeaker headroom and peak level control to the low-frequency domain makes


VISITORS from across the globe are preparing to descend on Messe


the 1100-LFC quite an exciting direction for us.”


This linear technology enables low frequencies to be steered and controlled where needed, so avoiding spill to “walls, neighbourhoods, and the stage”, says Meyer. Product manager Luke Jenks revealed to PSNEurope: “The 1100-LFC will be a key element in all large-scale Meyer Sound line array loudspeaker systems, including a new system we are currently developing. We invest in R&D for new products as much as our


Meyer Sound 1100-LFC


existing product offerings. The 1100-LFC will provide a huge benefit to users of our MILO, MICA, and JM-1P loudspeakers: with the benefit of our Galileo loudspeaker management system, it will work perfectly with [other] Meyer Sound loudspeakers.”


Jenks further disclosed that the LFCs will be first deployed on a high-profile tour in Europe later in the year.


Frankfurt ahead of Prolight + Sound/Musikmesse 2012. As well as a host of product launches, this year will also see a variety of product presentations and seminars. On the showfloor, Audient, sharing a booth with microphone manufacturer Sontronics (see story, p4), will be showcasing its latest analogue recording console, the ASP4816. Said to have all the benefits of a large-format recording console in a compact form, the main input channels feature Audient’s Class A preamp and four-band EQ. It also boasts 40 faders, 16 bus routing, six auxes, two dedicated cue sends, four stereo returns, stereo bus compressor and a comprehensive monitor section. Allen & Heath will unveil a


new ZED mixer as well as showcasing the new GLD digital mixing system, and other recent additions to the ZED and Xone ranges. The ZED60-10FX, a new mixer based on the ZED-10FX with the addition of premium


MEYER SOUND EXCLUSIVE


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