PLASA reports record number of UK debuts at Leeds show

There will be more UK product debuts than ever before at this PLASA Focus: Leeds, the organiser says.

The show takes place at the Royal Armouries on May 12th and 13th, and a number of audio manufacturers will use the event to unveil their latest lines to UK visitors for the first time.

Here’s a rundown of some of the new gear attendees can expect to see next week:

CDC six, the new addition to Cadac’s digital console family, is based on a further development of the advanced gesture-navigation interface developed for the flagship CDC eight, and promises all of the same high quality audio characteristics of the existing larger model, including very low latency. It claims to offer the fastest, most intuitive user interface and highest possible audio performance of any audio mixing console.

Digico’s new S21 console, which harnesses the power of QuadCore SoC and is designed to deliver high functionality and sonic quality, can be seen on the Five Star Cases stand. “We’ve been exhibiting at PLASA Focus for a number of year, and it always works really well for us,” said Five Star’s Keith Sykes. “This year, we’re lucky enough to be showcasing Digico’s new S21 on our stand. It created an incredible buzz at its launch at Prolight + Sound and we’re sure it’s going to do the same in Leeds.”

Funktion-One will present its new Evolution Series. The two models – Evo 6 and Evo 7 – are both high intensity loudspeakers which utilise Funktion-One’s latest technology. “The first users of these systems are reporting remarkable coverage and performance,” according to the company.

Pro Audio Systems (PAS), Meyer Sound’s official partner for the North of England, has announced that the event will be the very first showing of Meyer’s new LEOPARD and 900-LFC anywhere in the UK.

"LEOPARD and 900-LFC are the latest members of Meyer Sound’s LEO family, and also by far the smallest and lightest, delivering extraordinary power and definition from very compact enclosures,” stated Dave Simpson, PAS sales manager. “PAS is a long-term supporter of PLASA Focus and is delighted to be able to debut these important products at the show.”

Source Distribution will be showing products from a range of its distributed brands, including the first-ever UK demo of the PreSonus StudioLive AI digital mixer linked via AVB to an RM series rack mixer.

Christopher Toulmin, director of the Events Division at PLASA, added: “PLASA Focus: Leeds 2015 is ideally positioned in the industry calendar and we are delighted that so many companies have chosen as the UK Launchpad for their new products. It’s a real testament to the success of the show and its relevance to the UK entertainment technology market.”