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10 April 2012

Just a week to go!

PLASA Focus: Leeds 2012 opens its doors at 10am on Tuesday 17 April for two days of unparalleled access to the newest and most innovative products on the market for the entertainment technology industry.

The high demand for places on the popular Professional Development Programme means that some of the seminars are nearly fully booked. If you want to attend book now as places are very limited.

In addition to the sessions already announced, ETC will present Discussing the implications of introducing LED light sources into theatrical lighting design in the Wellington Room. Mark White (Regional Manager) and Erik Larsen (Marketing Manager) will be investigating how to blend narrow-band LED light source with traditional tungsten broad-band light sources to create layers of light on stage. Will the result be better, worse or just different? Are seven colours in your toolbox a better choice than three, four, five or even six? A must-see for lighting designers, desk programmers and, in fact, anyone who seeks to explore the possibilities of melding ETC's range of LED fixtures with traditional tungsten luminaires.

Confirming that PLASA Focus: Leeds is the place to debut new product for 2012, exhibitors have released more details about what will be unveiled next week.

Hall Stage will be premiering the new, innovative Chaindrive system for T60 and T70 track systems that enables heavy curtain motorisation through tight and complex curves, even in 'rearfold' format - without the need for additional and expensive 'off-stage' storage space.

Entertainment lighting specialist White Light will showcase lighting solutions from their exclusive product line including, amongst others, the Satellite Mk. II from i-Pix, the Point 20 and Point 30 fully weatherproofed battery LED wireless uplighters from Core Lighting, Prism Projection's RevEAL Profile - an LED System with an output equivalent to 16,000 lumens or a 2,000W Tungsten lantern, Interactive Technologies' products including the CueServer Family of advanced lighting playback devices, the 595S and 600R Light Action LED Softlights from Galaxia and from CITC FX the Super Shotmax Confetti Cannon.

Chauvet Europe will unveil the new Chauvet Professional products including the MVP 12 modular video panels, Legend 412 pixel-mapping moving yoke, Q-Wash 560Z-LED moving yoke, COLORado 2 Zoom Tour and COLORado 1-Quad Tour wash fixtures.

Rigging Services will be conducting live demonstrations of the features, benefits and changes to its online shop, RSDirect, from its stand RA-C14. One of the first companies to offer online services, the shop site does far more than just allow online transactions as director, Paul Fulcher, explains, "The re-launched site is packed with extra features; essential to an industry that is nomadic and working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visitors will be able to access a host of new products, high quality images, technical information, load tables, instructions for safe use, and regular special offers."

FBT Audio has announced its new Installed Sound division, incorporating indoor and outdoor IP55-rated enclosures, digital steerable line arrays and multimedia automation systems. The Installed Sound division consists of: Vertus digital steerable loudspeaker arrays MLA 801A and MLA608A; Archon permanent installation loudspeaker series and Shadow all-weather loudspeaker series. This expands FBT's already vast range of products including FBT professional audio equipment, Qube Sound products, Cicognani guitar and bass amplification, and Kempton Essential Audio products, providing audio solutions for all market levels and segments.

Stage Electrics will be showing an array of audio products from EM Acoustics. The company has recently become the UK dealer for this up-and-coming independent British loudspeaker manufacturer. Also on Stage Electrics' stand this year is a display of Prolyte Trussing, the new ELC Green-Go communication systems, the company's custom-built Table Top Stage Manager's Desk, Interspace Theatre Cue, Altair Wired & Wireless Communication System, DiGiCo's SD11 console, Pulsar's latest model LED Chroma Flood 200, a variety of Chauvet lighting including the Colorado 1 IP LED Wash and the Colorado 144 LED Batten all being controlled by Avolites Tiger Touch, plus the Panasonic HD 12K Lumen projector, Swisson DMX tools and GDS's LiteWare and ARCSystem.

Midas will showcase its new Generation-II Software and the new XL48 'digi-log'mic preamp. The new Generation-II software brings the advanced navigation features pioneered on the ground-breaking MIDAS PRO2, and retro-fits this innovative methodology into the entire range of MIDAS digital consoles. In addition to the new console navigation modes, Generation-ll software includes many new high resolution FX plug-ins, designed not only to exceed the performance of third party algorithms and hardware devices, but also to operate within MIDAS' automatic latency management technology, ensuring a phase-coherent mix, regardless of how and where the processing is deployed. Alongside the Generation II will be the new XL48 'digi-log' mic preamp which packs eight MIDAS XL4 mic pres into a 1U box, bringing the classic MIDAS mic preamp sound within the reach of live sound engineers everywhere. Applications include mobile recording, analogue and/or digital splits between consoles, and upgrading other brand digital consoles with MIDAS mic pres and a reference-grade clock.

Studiospares will give visitors the opportunity to experience their new M1000 studio headphones at their stand in the Royal Armouries. The M1000 Monitor headphones enable critical listening for long studio sessions delivering the highly detailed, transparent response expected from professional grade headphones. Featuring breathable protein leather ear pads for long-term listening comfort, 42mm neodymium closed-back drivers with a 10Hz to 26kHz frequency response and 64 Ohm impedance, the M1000s have been designed from the ground up for professional mixing and monitoring.

Highlite International will present the UK launch of a brand new range of Pipe & Drape products from Wentex for which they have exclusive distribution in Europe. The new system uses a "revolutionary" and patented 4-way connector with an auto-lock system which guarantees solid connections of the uprights and drape supports. Also debuting is the new DMT P10 SMD Tour Pixelscreen. Each panel is 640 x 740 x 90mm, and weighs 18kg, making it easy to rig. The panels are IP65-rated and have a luminance output of 5500 Nits. This is alongside the unveiling of the new range of Showtec Spectral Led light fittings, including the new Smart white fixtures. Finally, the upgraded version of the Indigo 4500, the Indigo 4600, using a smaller LED chip source (3 x 10W white LED chips) but giving out a higher light output, will also be shown. Visitors to Stand S-E7 can collect the company's Spring/Summer 2012 New Products catalogue, with over 200 new products which Highlite is launching to the market.

Ambersphere will bring new products from Clay Paky and MA Lighting. The limelight will be shared by Clay Paky's GlowUp, Alpha Spot QWO 800 and Aleda LED moving head fixtures, and the MA onPC command wing. As managing director, Glyn O'Donoghue explains, "It's really exciting to come to Leeds with the dazzling array of new products that Clay Paky and MA Lighting have recently brought to market. This is such an important show for us as it allows us to meet our customer base in an informal exhibition setting, and for them to see these new products in a less pressurised environment than they would normally experience at a trade show."

This friendly, informal setting is a vital ingredient to the Show's success, as Events Manager Sophie Atkinson explains, "We are very busy putting the final touches to the preparations for the event next week and we can't wait to welcome everybody to the show. As ever, we will be providing a free lunch for everybody on both days. The relaxed and sociable atmosphere that people have come to expect from PLASA Focus remains pivotal in providing the best possible experience for our visitors."

"The combination of the Professional Development Programme which profiles both using products effectively and exploring areas of special interest through seminar and discussion, together with the dozens of new products for people to get their hands on, are guaranteed to make this a show that cannot be missed!"

Further details of the Professional Development Programme and information on how to book your ticket can be found on the show website

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.