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What’s happening at PLASA Focus Leeds 2017

Product launches and UK debuts from Martin Audio, Shure, Bose and Roland

PLASA Focus Leeds 2017 opens from 9-10 May, with a host of product launches and UK debuts confirmed, including Martin Audio, Shure, Bose and Roland.

Chris Toulmin, director of events division at PLASA comments: “If these exciting products weren’t enough, for the first time at PLASA Focus Leeds you can learn more about Dante networking by Audinate, participate in a BBC Yorkshire Tour, and discover the very latest industry insights at the free to attend seminar programme. We are also pleased to be working in collaboration with the Production Services Association (PSA) to deliver the first in a series of panel discussions highlighting the emotional and psychological issues faced by so many in the entertainment and creative industries as part of their working lives.”

The Dante Networking Event hosted by Audinate includes presentations, training workshops and live table-top displays from sponsors including Bose, d&b audiotechnik, Focusrite, Out Board (TiMax SoundHub) and Roland. This event is recommended to anyone involved with the installation of networked audio systems including design consultants, system integrators and live sound engineers.

Harman UK distributor Sound Technology will demonstrate new products from JBL Professional, Crown and Soundcraft – plus Harman’s Connected PA system – on its stand N-A11 at PLASA Focus Leeds, which opens tomorrow.

The company’s Connected PA concept, which was first announced at the NAMM Show in January and received its European debut at ISE, will be shown to UK customers for the first time at the Royal Armouries Museum.

The recently-released Soundcraft Ui24 forms the heart of the Connected PA ecosystem, together with JBL PRX800 loudspeakers, microphones & mic adaptors from AKG and dbx’s Di1 direct box. The Connected PA App then brings the system together.

Martin Audio is giving the Wavefront Precision Series of multipurpose line arrays a UK debut. The series draws on the research and technology behind the MLA Series, bringing coverage consistency and control to a broader range of touring applications, installations and budgets.

Bose is set to introduce its ShowMatch DeltaQ Array loudspeaker for both rental and installed applications. The compact and versatile loudspeaker features DeltaQ next-generation array technology, offering the ability to build traditional (J-Array or Constant Curvature) and DeltaQ array configurations.

Elsewhere, ClearCom is showcasing the FreeSpeak II distributed wireless communication system, which operates in license-free frequency bands 1.897-1.933GHz and 2.4GHz. A working system integrated into other ClearCom solutions will be on show at Autograph on Stand N-B20.

Additionally, Shure is exhibiting its Axient Digital Wireless System, which builds on the UHF-R, ULX-D and Axient wireless systems. The new wireless platform is said to be suited to all professional productions and situations.

Roland is showing the company’s VR-4HD AV mixer with built-in USB 3.0 for web streaming and recording. It is designed to be a complete HD studio and production solution for schools, churches, council meetings, corporate events, sports, training sessions or any other live event.

Along with the latest new products, PLASA Focus Leeds will also have a strong line-up of seminar content, providing the opportunity for further professional development.

Seminar highlights include the Pro Audio Panel: Is Point Source Fighting Back? Line array has had it all its own way for too long: the applications for point source loudspeakers are many and varied and some of the best designs are represented in the North of England. Chaired by Phil Ward hosting Douglas Jones – Danley Sound Labs, John Newsham – Funktion One and Jon Burton.