InfoComm 2015

I must have rattled it off a couple dozen times. “It’s only a few blocks, I can walk it.” Orlando cabbies just don’t understand that when you’ve endured the kind of winter we did in Upstate NY, 94° feels pretty darn good. Apparently I was not alone as scantily clad families (come on dad, put a shirt on!) from all points near and far seem to have selected the very same week as InfoComm to get their Mickey ears on.

While this assortment of nationalities and cultures expanded the wait times at the eateries, the interior of the OCC was the perfect getaway, alive with sound, lighting, technologies and drones that rivaled anything in the theme parks.

InfoComm is all about how audio and video peacefully coexist. It’s about creating systems and solving problems. Video remains the big thing… with ever increasing definition on screen that seem impossibly large. At the same time, the technologies on the audio end get ever more complex and powerful.

Our main reason for attending InfoComm is the tie to touring. It’s where we often times get a first look at the latest in digital mixing desks, get our first listen to cutting edge speaker designs and can stay atop developments such as the wholesale switch to a networking architecture for audio best represented by the fact that if you look closely at your lawnmower it is likely Dante capable. Time to brush up—or learn for the first time—those IT networking skills.

Many of the “new” products being shown (such as the S6L from AVID and S21 From DiGiCo)   carried over from NAMM and NAB, and have been previous covered  (LINK- http://splnetwork.com/nab-digico-s21-walkthrough/) so this time our focus was on the Roland M5000 and Yamaha Rivage PM 10. Video overviews of both of those mixers can be accessed By clicking on the photos with the “Play” buttons embedded.

There was obviously a lot more than two new consoles. InfoComm—while it is officially a contracting/install show—has become the de facto U.S. showcase for new Pro Audio stuff. VUE showed a peek at a new line of weather-resistant enclosures. Waves had the H-Reverb which the Rev. has been playing with and will be reviewing in the next few weeks. (A teaser: it’s tasty…). Meyer showed of its newest line of “linear” boxes called Leopard. Evidently John and Helen ran out of grandkids to name stuff after. And SSL showed of V3 of the software for their live consoles.

We’ll be covering some of this in greater detail in the coming weeks. For now, check out the videos on the Roland M-5000 and the Yamaha Rivage PM10 while we try to cool off and dry out.