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installation”. The simple to use architecture does not require any intricate matrix mixing or presets and no virtual wiring is necessary to distribute pages and background music to multiple, even hundreds, of zones. Peavey will also be in

Frankfurt (Hall 8 stand F80) with its Elements C weatherproof loudspeaker enclosures. The IP45-rated series is available in three two-way, full-range configurations and as a flyable subwoofer.

EVENTS As in previous years, Prolight + Sound will provide an opportunity for the live sound and concert sound industries to show off their wares in specialised outdoor locations. The Concert Sound Arena,

located in Outdoor Area F 13, is designed to highlight PA and line array systems

under realistic conditions. Demos run from 10:00 to 18:00 daily with kit from Montarbo, TW Audio, Norton Audio, KV2, LAX, Axiom, K.M.E., and Coda Audio. Across the way in Outdoor

Area F 10, the Live Sound Arena also features a number of mobile PA systems set up under similar conditions. Systems from Coda Audio, dBTechnologies, Audio Center, Nova, RCF, ProAudio Technology, NEXT, and Norton Audio will be demoed in 15 minute slots.

CONFERENCES For 2014, Prolight + Sound is grouping together all of the events under the Prolight + Sound Conference banner in one exhibition hall (Hall 9.1 and the Cosmopolitan Lounge in Hall 9.T). The Conference is split into

three main sections: the Prolight + Sound Forum,

The outdoor areas give live sound companies the opportunity to show off their kit under realistic conditions

Media Systems, and VDT Academy. While the Prolight + Sound

Forum is designed to raise awareness of safety in the event sector, the Media Systems section is a forum for manufacturers to present technologies, processes, and solutions from the fields of AV media technology and systems integration. Lastly, the VDT Academy is the information event of German Sound Engineers – an association for professionals focusing on audio in the fields of art, the media, and communication. The event’s lectures aim to offer insights into developments in the world of acoustics, as well as about studio technology and

trends in film, TV, theatre, research, and development.

PIPA –THE PL+S AWARDS For the first time ever, the annual Musikmesse International Press Award will be complemented by a pro audio-focused award ceremony. The Prolight + Sound Press Awards will be presented during a ceremony held on 13 March. The new award includes

categories for Portable Sound, Concert Sound, Live Microphone/IEM, Mixing Systems (Live and Studio/ Broadcast), Studio Microphones, and Studio Monitors, as well as awards focusing on the lighting and AV industries.

Other awards being

presented during the show include the Opus – German Stage award, which seeks to honour outstanding new approaches in the creative use of technology. This year, the Lifetime Achievement award is going to stage designer Erich Wonder, while the award for Technical Realisation and the Jury’s Special Prize are being presented posthumously to Mark Fisher for his work on The Wall 2013. Fisher began his career as an architect for Pink Floyd and later worked with Madonna, the Rolling Stones, and U2. The award is presented on 12 March at 18:30 in Hall 5.0.

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