The upcoming Prolight + Sound will introduce visitors to a ‘silent-stage’ concept with a new special area, giving event-technology professionals and musicians the chance to learn how this kind of set-up can help improve the mix but also the act’s performance.
The advantages of a silent stage will be explained and opportunities for implementing the concept illustrated by live demonstrations featuring a presenter and band.
The idea behind it is to cut on-stage noise levels to a minimum using, for example, amp simulations, isolation boxes, drum cages and electronic musical instruments. Equally, no monitoring loudspeakers are used and the musicians hear themselves and the other band members via an individually adjustable headphone mix.
Numerous event-technology companies are involved in realising the special area and will be showing their products and technologies there. They include Audio-Technica, Box of Doom, Cymatic Audio, Fischer Amps, Hearsafe, InEar, Kemper, Klang Technologies and Vision Ears.
The concept has several advantages for the acoustic irradiation. Sound from the PA system competes less with that emanating from the stage, while there is less crosstalk between the individual signals that can be clearly separated in the mix. In addition, the silent-stage concept makes it easier to control the overall volume of an event, meaning that live music is also possible in situations where noise levels may not exceed a certain limit.
The silent stage area will be a new feature in Hall 4.1 (audio + multimedia) at Prolight + Sound 2017, where visitors can discover products and services revolving around miking, portable sound, concert sound, installed sound, production, radio and network and media technology.