Returning to Frankfurt Prolight + Sound and MusikMesse for the second incarnation of the restructured show was again a slightly unsettling experience. Most long term attendees of the combined shows felt they were visiting an entirely different event to the outing our industry has long depended on as a touchstone for everything music, audio and entertainment related.Depending on whom you spoke to, you could be forgiven for thinking that participants were discussing an entirely different show to the one taking place in the next hall, and in some cases, on the next stand.

Pro audio has established a firm foothold in hall 3.1 where most of the major brands were represented, with console manufacturers dominating the centre of the space, and new or updated speaker products everywhere you looked. Notable launches included 10 new speaker, stage monitor and amp products from Martin Audio, as well as LD Systems’ collaboration with Porsche Design Studio on a column PA system, and new spe