Prolight + Sound 2017 presents new ‘Silent Stage’

Prolight + Sound 2017 presents new ‘Silent Stage’

Innovative stage concept for a transparent sound, effective monitoring and ear protection - Event-technology companies present products and methods for implementation

The coming Prolight + Sound will introduce visitors to the silent-stage concept with a new special area and give event-technology professionals and musicians the chance to learn how this innovative stage set-up can help improve not only the mix but also the performance of musical acts. The advantages of a silent stage will be explained and opportunities for implementing the concept illustrated by live demonstrations featuring a presenter and band.

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 advantages of the silent-stage concept

The idea behind the silent stage 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.


This has several advantages for the acoustic irradiation. In the first place, the sound from the PA system competes less with that emanating from the stage. Secondly, there is less crosstalk between the individual signals that can be clearly separated in the mix. When correctly implemented, the quality of the sound reaching visitors from the PA system can approach that of a studio recording. Moreover, 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 advantage for musicians on the stage: they are able to concentrate fully on the sound via the in-ear monitoring system, which can be mixed according to their individual preferences. This can result in an improved overall performance. Last but not least, the reduced noise level protects the musicians’ hearing.


The new special area in Hall 4.1

Prolight + Sound presents the advantages and the technologies required on a special stage erected in accordance with the silent-stage principle, on which a professional band will play several times a day throughout the fair. Initially, visitors only hear quiet music via the PA system. However, via listening terminals in front of the stage, they can immerse themselves in the band’s world of sound and discover the transparent sound made possible by the silent-stage concept. Additionally, visitors interested in headphones will be able to test the various in-ear and on-ear products from the exhibitors taking part in the special area. Together with the band, a presenter will explain the techniques used on the stage in detail and answer questions. Thus, the Silent Stage is not only an attractive infotainment event for visitors but also a new platform for companies wanting to demonstrate solutions for reducing noise levels and in-ear and on-ear monitoring under realistic conditions. The programme will be held in English.

The Silent Stage special area will be a new magnet in Hall 4.1 (audio + multimedia) where visitors can discover products and services revolving around miking, portable sound, concert sound, installed sound, production, radio and network and media technology.


Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating more than €640 million in sales and employing 2,364* people. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 30 subsidiaries and 55 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in 175 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at approx. 50 locations around the globe. In 2016, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 138* trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.
Comprising an area of 592,127 square metres, Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres. The historic Festhalle, one of the most popular venues in Germany, plays host to events of all kinds. Messe Frankfurt is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.