The award nominees are available to view throughout PLASA Show at the Innovation Gallery. This is a great opportunity to get upclose to the next generation of live entertainment technology. The winners are announced during a special ceremony on the Monday evening of the show.
Proudly announcing the 2019 PLASA Innovation Award nominees and winners...
GOLD AWARD WINNER! Artistic Licence sunDial quad
The Judges felt that this solves innumerable dimming problems in one box with the multiple, programmable dimming curves being the icing on the cake. The Judges said it was as “Versatile as an egg and we can say goodbye to loadlamps.”
sunDial quad is a trailing edge mains dimmer unlike any currently found on the market. It offers a professional DMX512/RDM controlled solution (Xicato wireless control optional) with advanced safety features.
There are four channels, each providing 250W (or up to 500W per pair) - more than ample for LED, but also suitable for crossover markets that might have legacy technology.
The product works 'out of the box' with dimmable replacement LED bulbs (also dimmable incandescent or CFL sources). Performance is optimized through the selection (via RDM) of one of four editable dimming curves on a per-channel basis.
WINNER! NEXO P12 point-source loudspeaker
The Judges described this as the 'loudspeaker version of a source 4' having interchangeable horns with tool-less interchangeability.
The compact P12 is a powerful high-technology versatile loudspeaker, 2 way passive or active, with coaxial 12” LF and 3” diaphragm HF. Frequency response is 60Hz-20kHz, and SPL is an 138dB Peak (passive)/140dB Peak (active mode), making it the most powerful point-source design in its class in today’s market. It can be used for FOH or monitoring, with or without its complementary subbass cabinet, or as part of a distributed system. The P12 cabinet is user-customisable; the horn flanges can be interchanged to deliver a variety of directivities – 60degrees x 60degrees, 90degrees x 40degrees or an asymmetrical 50degrees - 100degrees x 40degrees.
WINNER! Shure TwinPlex Subminature Lavalier & Headset Microphones
In the words of the judges, “two heads are better than one when you’re getting sweaty!” This product has a selection of innovative features that will make it popular in many theatres.
In dialogue or monologue. Song or speech. A single word can affect the whole story. Through sweat, noise, and wear and tear, your little lavalier has an enormous job to do.
Shure TwinPlex stands up to the toughest conditions to make every word a clear statement of quality.
WINNER! Elation Professional Artiste Monet™
The judges felt that applying wireless charging technology from phone chargers to enable continuous shutter movement will prove to be a useful tool for lighting designers, though they did note it was a shame it doesn't charge your phone as well!
The Artiste Monet™ is a full-featured, 45,000-lumen LED profile (950W 6,500K) offering outstanding projection quality, cutting power, and a wide color-mixing gamut through its SpectraColor color mixing system. SpectraColor uses traditional CMY and adds variable RGB for richer primary colors. In combination with variable CTO, the Monet produces colors that were previously impossible to achieve. A fixed color wheel offers UV and high CRI options. A comprehensive FX package includes 14 gobos, animation wheel, dual prisms, dual frost and high-speed iris. It includes a 6.8 to 55-degree zoom and full blackout, 4-blade framing system with unlimited indexing and continuous rotation.
WINNER! ETC Augment3d
The Judges felt that this will change the way lighting design and operation works by increasing speed in the lighting workflow and making the process of design to conception easier to manage.
Augment3d (pronounced ‘augmented') is a 3D programming environment that will be part of the Eos v3.0 software. It combines the power of previsualisation, live interaction, and augmented reality to allow Eos console users to work more efficiently before and during production periods. Augment3d is more than just a visualiser – it is designed to assist programmers and designers beyond the point where traditional visualisation software stops.
WINNER! The SSE Azimuth
The Judges said that this really will help audio companies to “bring accurate panning to the angle of the dangle in immersive audio applications." They also noted it is simple, effective and well-engineered.
The SSE Azimuth enables a line array hang to be directed at a specific location with ease and accuracy in the horizontal axis. The Azimuth is attached to a truss and has a safe working load of 1.6 tons per hang. The Azimuth allows a rigger to adjust the angle of the line array in increments of one degree in the horizontal plane before it is flown, meaning that a series of line arrays can be accurately positioned in relation to each other - essential for the accurate deployment of multiple line array hangs in an immersive sound application.
WINNER! Theatrixx 8-bay Reversible Rackmount Converter
In the words of the judges, "a simple solution to the wired mess that media conversion can entail which is robust and effective."
The Theatrixx Reversible Rackmount Converter system is the natural extension of the award-winning xVision Converter line, where all modules are now available in a new modular rackmount format with the same processing quality and reliability that is the hallmark of the xVision brand. In a continuous effort by Theatrixx to eradicate unprofessional DC adaptors from our industry, the modular design allows each system to be configured exactly as needed, and even reconfigured on-the-fly, with a host of modules available, featuring SDI, HDMI, Fiber, HDBaseT and more. The 8-Bay Reversible Frame eliminates the need for existing rack shelves, DC adaptors and Velcro, providing a professional solution for video distribution and conversion.
WINNER! Robe Esprite
The Judges felt that this advanced technical practice by increasing the potential lifespan of LED fixtures, hopefully setting a model for other manufacturers to follow.
Esprite™, pioneering a new era in luminaires using white source LED engines. The Robe reputation for innovative design, earned over the last 25 years, is the result of asking questions, listening to customers and constantly redefining the boundaries of technology. We have the most forward-thinking engineers and designers in our industry. We wanted to address the problem that white source LED engines cannot last forever and vary in colour consistency over time.The result of this intensive, and indeed extensive process, is the ground-breaking WTE™ 650W (White Transferable Engine) light source. We designed, developed, patented, and manufactured an interchangeable module in our own factory, where we could ensure the very best performance and consistency.
COMMENDED! TMB ProPlex GBS Network Selector
The Judges noted that this is a neat tool to solve a networking problem that many techs have on festivals large shows.
A 4-way Ethernet source selector with instantaneous selection of input sources. Select between four network sources, up to two at once. Primarily intended as a console switcher allowing consoles to be selected instantly, with a simple button press, it is ideal for redundant backups and also prevents networking delays between shows or acts.
With up to 1 Gigabit high-volume capacity, it works seamlessly with the largest, fastest systems. Auto-memory saves all inputs in EEPROM, allowing zero-lag switching. Compatible with a wide range of entertainment-specific Ethernet protocols. Rugged, tour-ready ProPlex RackMount chassis, shock-mounted electronics, Neutrik® connectors throughout.
COMMENDED! GDTF group GDTF v1.0
The Judges commended this for advancing interoperability design, visualisation and consoles. Talking together is good, and even better when it is free!
Introduced by Vectorworks, Inc., MA Lighting and Robe lighting, the General Device Type Format (GDTF) and My Virtual Rig (MVR) are closely related data transfer file formats, specially designed for the entertainment industry. The concept is to establish universal standards for the transfer of data, similar to how IFC and BIM are now the recognized standards for the AEC industry worldwide.
GDTF (General Device Type Format) is the next evolutionary step for fixture personality libraries for DMX controlled devices and is part of the MVR foundation.
MVR (My Virtual Rig) is a file format designed for the bi-directional transfer of data and geometry between any participating application.
COMMENDED! City Theatrical Multiverse® Transmitter
The Judges wanted to commend this for advancing the dark art of wifi in lighting control.
The Multiverse Transmitter (P/N 5911) opens a new world in wireless DMX/RDM. Its Ethernet input allows it to take in streaming ACN or Art-Net and transmit up to ten user selectable universes of DMX/RDM in the 2.4GHz band, using a fraction of the radio energy of any present-day single universe wireless DMX transmitter. Multiverse Transmitters include a built-in Bluetooth radio receiver that allows communication with the DMXcat app from the user's smartphone. This gives the user smartphone control of any lighting fixture that is part of a Multiverse wireless DMX system setup or wired fixtures downstream of Multiverse devices.
Infinity Furion B401
The Infinity Furion B401 is a very powerful, versatile, fast and razor-sharp Beam. But the feature which really defines the B401 is the Colour-bump feature. Colour-bump on any Beam is usually limited to red, white and blue. With the Furion B401 there is virtually no limit on available colours for the Bump-feature.
The dichroic colours available in the B401 have no fixed position which adds flexibility and speed in generating the desired colour. Besides having the choice to be able to bump between colours, the amount of white visible in the beam can also be determined.
D.T.S. Alchemy 5
Alchemy 5 is an innovative re-imagining of the moving head Fresnel. Forgoing multi-LED arrays common to modern moving head wash lights, Alchemy 5 couples a large Fresnel optic with an LED engine capable of perfectly emulating any class of light source, from tungsten lamp up to high colour temperature discharge lamps.
The operator can select from a wide variety of emulated gel filters which will adapt to any given CCT, which in turn can be changed linearly; the chosen gel filter can be finely tuned to generate complex colour mixes or to precisely match other fixtures.
Bose ArenaMatch Loudspeakers
Bose Professional ArenaMatch loudspeakers bring award winning Bose proprietary DeltaQ array technology to outdoor sound reinforcement installations.
DeltaQ technology allows directivity or “Q” to vary in each module so that coverage can better match the audience area and improve sound quality consistency from seat to seat.
ArenaMatch array modules offer vertical patterns with 10-, 20- or 40-degree coverage and field changeable waveguides for 60-, 80- or 100-degrees horizontal coverage, providing nine distinct coverage patterns.
With unmatched flexibility, ArenaMatch loudspeakers are the perfect choice for a range of venues – from large professional sports stadiums, to smaller educational athletic facilities and outdoor entertainment complexes.
Artistic Licence rackSplit octo
rackSplit octo is a budget friendly 1U rack-mount DMX/RDM opto-splitter. The metal enclosure is a mere 50mm deep allowing products to be doubled up (front and back) in touring racks for maximum packing density.
rackSplit octo heralds the new ‘skinny rack’ range from Artistic Licence which also currently comprises a gateway (rackLynx octo). The product features an optically isolated input and 8 Neutrik XLR5 outputs which are electrically protected from transients.
rackSplit octo is also equipped with the unique Artistic Licence 'data fix' mode for use in situations with problematic fixtures that do not implement DMX/RDM correctly.
Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Profile
Breaking the boundaries of LED technology, Chauvet Professional introduces the new Maverick MK3 Profile. A fully featured 820W LED moving profile fixture, the MK3 Profile has a blistering output of over 51,000 source lumens and offers a plethora of high-performance features, including a 4-blade shutter system that rotates up to 60° in each direction, precise CMY + CTO color mixing and a fast 9:1 zoom ratio that maintains flat field and focus. Thanks to its two overlapping prisms, two gobo wheels, two frost options and animation wheel, the fixture creates captivating static, and dynamic rotating and animation effects.
Martin Audio WPS
WPS is a state-of-the-art 8” line array with a peak SPL of 133dB and is designed for small-to-medium scale touring and install applications that require a high output array with reduced weight and footprint.
It is a passive 3-way system which integrates a high density of drive units in a very compact enclosure. It features two 8” LF drivers, four 4” midrange drivers and four 1” exit HF compression drivers loaded by a moulded HF horn which occupies the full width of the enclosure — defining the 100° horizontal constant directivity coverage pattern of both the HF and midrange sections.
The new Bluetooth® system sends data straight to your iOS or Android device, bringing affordable wireless load monitoring to smaller scale rigging applications. A 3.25t Crosby shackle with integrated Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 that provides high precision, static weighing direct to the BroadWeigh App, for easy viewing on your iOS or Android device. The BroadWeigh app is available to download on Google Play (for Android devices) or the Apple App Store (for iOS devices) and contains all the tools required to configure and display data from the shackles and requires no other accessories.
High End Systems TurboRay
Xtylos is a compact beam moving light with unique optical and chromatic characteristics, making use of a tailor-made laser source (Patent Application filed). This laser source, lasting for 10,000 hours, is enclosed in a fully sealed module and it is the powerful engine of a never-seen-before array of colours.
The beam aperture is less than 2° and it can be decreased further to 0.5°. The Xtylos is definitely the first moving head light with a laser light source, and this opens up new, surprising prospects for the development of the entire entertainment lighting world.
Coda Audio N-APS
Data Strategy VeriCal
d&b audiotechnik A-Series
Speed, great colors and beautiful gobos have always been our top priorities. Our SilverScan celebrates 25 years of ROBE lighting fixtures and their continuing evolution. With super-fast mirror movement, the bright and colorful SilverScan utilizes all the massive improvements technology has made and brings it back to its roots - a small form factor, good-looking performant LED-based scan. The 350W white LED light engine, with a total lumen output up to 8.200 lm, gives an extra punchy beam with even flat field and an incredible 20.000 hours of operation. Smooth color transition and fixed, vivid and radiant colours can be applied from the CMY mixing system and colour wheel, with 7 rotating or 9 static gobos added for projections or mid-air effects. The smooth zoom can go out to 27° at its widest while the minimum 9° zoom produces a piercing beam that can be trimmed with an ultra-fast stepless iris for punchy output.
Elation Professional Proteus Maximus™
The 50,000-lumen Proteus Maximus™ is an all-purpose power luminaire and the brightest LED profile on the market. With flexible use as a profile, beam or wash light and IP65 rating, it excels on applications requiring radically bright output. Maximus houses a 5.5 to 55-degree zoom, CMY mixing with variable CTO, and color wheel. An FX package includes two gobo wheels, two prisms, animation wheel, two frost filters, and high-speed iris. 4-blade framing is included. With 180mm front lens and 950W White LED engine, it delivers an unmatched level of brightness with the power to cut through, even at great distances.
Elation Professional Proteus Rayzor 760™
The Proteus Rayzor 760 is an LED wash and unique specialty effect light in one. Driven by seven, independently controlled, 60W RGBW LEDs and housing an extreme 5 to 77-degree zoom, the fixture can produce an intense and well-defined mid-air beam of over 8000 lumens and then spread exceptionally wide for even wash coverage. Its innovative SparkLED system – 2W white LEDs placed inside the lenses that create a unique sparkle effect – give designers a fresh way of creating interest and depth on stage. Its IP65 design makes it the world's first IP65-rated luminaire with continuous pan & tilt rotation.
GDS Prodigy Series
Prodigy a compact and powerful DMX and DALI hybrid with ArtNet. With a variety of control outstations to create the Prodigy Series, the intelligent lighting controller is equipped with an onboard web server, making it simple to connect and intuitive to configure. Easy to programme, with scene capture and snapshot editing, the scene scheduler offers a built-in light desk that can be scalable for small to large venues. Prodigy Series offers a new way of thinking, a lighting control system that is accessible for all.
Global Truss Standard F34 DNA Truss
Prolights Mosaico XL
Prolights PixiewashXB fuses the classic styling and single source of a traditional wash luminaire with a custom engineered LED engine. A proprietary 280W RGB+WW LED source, tied with a PC lens and 6° - 45° zoom, creates a workhorse washlight with high CRI, TLCI and a stunning chromatic range that is compact, bright, fast and quiet.
Luminex Araneo is a free software tool that provides a complete graphical overview of a Luminex Network, showing connections, data flow and problems in a simple, clear and graphical manner. Araneo removes the cloud of confusion from networking, making everything visible to the AV professional without requiring specialist networking knowledge. Araneo provides the visibility and confidence in a fully converged network to ensure a seamless experience, regardless of complexity.