he attendance figures issued by show organisers at the conclusion of the event reinforced the impression of an overwhelmingly upbeat show. Collectively, the (MI-oriented and simultaneous) 30th Musikmesse and the 15th Prolight + Sound attracted 111,000 visitors from 125 countries – an increase of approximately 1,300 over last year. Specifically, PL + S received 33,631 visitors – 7.5% more than in 2008 – with Germany leading the way in visitor numbers, followed by The Netherlands, Austria, Italy and Belgium.
From my perspective, as a quick visitor to the Frankfurt show (in for less than 24 hours for meetings) – it was busy but a much smaller show.
They did a good job of making smaller so it seemed to be busy and happening despite the reduced visitors (official visitor numbers are always over stated – they are badges bought many of which are bought before the show and do not reflect if they deiced not to come).
Unlike the recent NAB show where many parts just seemed like dead space and the bars at the Hilton were empty – not only did it seem like 50% less people, but the people at NAB all seemed to be told don’t spend any money – felt sorry for Vegas if that is possible.
M-Audio introduced the new Studiophile CX8 and CX5 studio monitors
NEXO – celebrating its 30th anniversary throughout the show.
Optocore presented its new converter devices, X6R and V3R.
Trantec showed its new S6 wireless system
Yamaha announced a Version 2 update for its M7CL digital mixing console.
JBL announced that the new LSR2300 Series Studio Monitor System.
HME publicised its WS200 Wireless Speaker station and CL200 Call Light Actuator.
HK AUDIO announced special limited edition versions of its ConTour Array systems.