George Petersen is SVC's Senior Consulting Editor. He grew up in Italy, where he performed in rock bands, opening for acts such as The Searchers. Returning to America for...more


musikmesse logoOVER THE PAST COUPLE YEARS, the annual Frankfurt Musikmesse has grown considerably, now expanded with the companion ProLight+Sound convention, attracting some 2,340 exhibitors packed into 16 convention halls and nearly 110,000 visitors from 128 countries. The net effect is like going to a combination NAMM/InfoComm/AES/LDI and it’s as big as all four combined! It used to be just musical instruments—yes, it still has an entire exhibit hall of accordions—but is now a major showcase for pro audio and even contracting-related products. Want proof? Check out a few of these Musikmesse/PL+S debuts, representing some serious stuff—hardly kids stuff…

DiGiCo came on strong with its ( SD9, a small-footprint 32-in, 16-out (expandable to 64×32) digital live console that can simultaneously record 56 channels directly to multitrack software or DAW.

Need bass? The M421 from McCauley Sound ( is a sub box with four 21-inch woofers. Specs include 13,000-watt handling and 146dB max SPL peaks.

Designed for front-fill, under-balcony and small theater systems, Meyer Sound’s ( low-profile Mina curvilinear array is a 1.5-foot long, 47-pound package that outputs up to 128 dB.

Musikmesse/ProLight+Sound returns to Frankfurt next year April 6 to 9, 2011. Meanwhile, for more Musikmesse fun—including video demos from the show floor from our sister publications Mix and Electronic Musician—visit Auf Wiedersehen!

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George Petersen is an internationally recognized expert on audio production; he has written five books and more than 1,000 articles and lectured worldwide; he has been a writer and editor for SVC for 10 years and a leading voice at Mix since 1981. As an IATSE Journeyman, he has done sound reinforcement, 35/70mm motion picture projection, Dolby Stereo theater installs and film/video production. He also operates a record label, ASCAP publishing company, 24-track recording studio, and performs with the Bay Area rock ensemble ARIEL.
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