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Brief PLASA report DAW Software
Old 13th September 2011
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Brief PLASA report

Just for those that will not get a chance to attend and any others that are interested.

I visited PLASA yesterday. The main news from an audio side was the launch of the new Midas Pro 2. Basically a cut down version of the larger consoles with a starting price of around £15,000. A slightly larger configuration control surface was aimed to be around the £18,000 mark. This I was told, included a remote stage box, obviously this will probably sell well to a lot of the regional sound companies and the larger companies that already stock the larger consoles, but want to offer a compact version for smaller event's and venue's where space is a premium. from what I could tell it offered much the same facilities as the larger consoles with up to 56 input channels being available. More reverb and plug-in's are supposed to be in the pipeline.

Digico were not there, although some of their consoles where present on others stands.

Yamaha were pushing their Waves plugin availability.

Avid were showing Venuelink for Pro Tools allowing users to configure a Pro Tools session complete with track names copied from the Venue via ethernet. they also showed a new version of the Venue software allowing 32 tracks over Firewire for the SC48, although they would not confirm that this would be in the next release, it would appear likely.

Soundcraft showed their console range, pretty much as last year from what I could see.

GTO were showing their Outline system and there was a larger new system on the Bose stand. Martin again were showing their multicellular MLA range.

A few product were shown using Dante network, notably, JoeCo recorders.

The underlying buzz appears to be about AVB networking which Dante say they will be compatible as and when the standards are finalised, this I feel will be the major new development in the next 5 years or so, potentially everything connected via Ethernet and hub's.
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