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Chess Club Wins with Attero Tech

Played by more then 605 million adults and countless children, chess has long been one of the world’s most popular pastimes. Since 2008, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis has led the way for U.S. chess education and competition, including hosting the prestigious annual U.S. Championship, U.S. Women’s Championship, and U.S Junior Closed Championship, as well as housing the World Chess Hall of Fame. Along with chess classes, summer camps, and field trips, the center offers a variety of community events, including a family day, film night, and monthly music series.

Designing an advanced audio system for the Chess Club might not be as daunting as playing chess with a grandmaster but it was challenging nonetheless. “This is a group of very creative people, and they’re constantly coming up with new presentations, displays, and other projects,” praises Cignal Systems vice president Brian Rice, who headed up a design team that also included Project Manager Doug Hill and control systems manager Mark Olsen. “We had to step up our creativity to give them an audio system that matched the flexibility and creativity they demonstrate all the time. Using a Dante network connected with Attero Tech unD6IO 4-in, 2-out Dante wall plate interfaces, we were able to provide sophisticated audio distribution throughout the three floors of the facility and make it easy to use.”

Attero Tech’s role in the project went beyond supplying unD6IO interfaces. “Early in the project, we discussed with Attero Tech what we were trying to do,” confirms Rice. “They corrected some of our assumptions and pointed us in a more appropriate direction for best using their technology. And because they keep pushing their technology forward, the interfaces we ended up installing had a lot more inputs and outputs than we had originally specified. With their help, we brought a lot more value to the customer, and we were able to achieve greater results within the implementation of the design. We appreciated that.”

The Chess Club features three galleries and an assortment of classrooms and other spaces on the first two floors and a performance space on the third floor. Also on the ground floor are an outdoor patio and the Q Boutique, hailed by the local media as one of St. Louis’ best gift shops. The club wanted to be able to send audio from any source, including the performance space, to any speakers in the network, including in the gift shop and patio.

Rice’s team specified a distributed, IP-based sound system based on SoundTube IPD Dante-enabled IP speakers and a Symetrix Prism 8×8 DSP, with a unD6IO interface in each space. “Attero Tech unD6IO interfaces offered the best way to get inputs and outputs into each of the front galleries through our Dante network,” Rice reports. “We route the Attero Tech unD6IOs to a switch, which is connected to a Symetrix Prism DSP that manages our analog wireless systems and playback devices throughout the facility. From the DSP, digital audio goes into the Dante backbone, where it is routed and distributed. The IP speakers have onboard processing so we can adjust them to the acoustic environment. The DSP mostly manages the Dante network and provides some auto-mixing.”

The third-floor performance space also uses a distributed speaker system but with the addition of subwoofers. “It’s not a big room but they wanted a bit more intelligibility and a bit more lift,” Rice recalls. “The musical performances are acoustic, so they don’t need a lot of volume. When they do want big, booming bass-they have some rap battles, hip-hop, and other contemporary audio in their chess videos-they can hook up a subwoofer. We’ve done sophisticated programming with our control systems that crosses over the distributed system, rolls off the low end, and channels that to the subs when needed.”

All sources can be routed to any combination of speakers throughout the network. “If they have a multi-level showing, and someone comes in to speak about a particular chess set or exhibition, they can put a wireless body pack or handheld on the lecturer,” Rice details. “As the person moves from floor to floor, that audio can be piped to any or all floors. There’s no awkward microphone changeover; audio just flows from one space to the next.”

The monthly musical performances became so popular that the club wanted to pipe the music out to the patio in front of the museum. “The Chess Club is part of the cultural atmosphere of the Central West End,” offers Rice. “Immediately adjacent to the patio is a Starbucks coffee house, and people buy coffee and then sit on the patio and enjoy their drink while listening to the performance. The club also can channel the music to the first and second floor galleries.”

Attero Tech interfaces proved so useful that the Chess Club requested more of them. “We used at least six unD6IO interfaces to begin with,” Rice states. “When the customer saw the system’s potential, they had us add a couple more Attero Tech interfaces to expand their inputs and outputs. They’re pleased and excited about their new audio system-and so are we.”

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See Attero Tech’s New AES67 Endpoint Products at InfoComm

Attero Tech will be debuting five new AES67 endpoints, as well as a 32 input Dante/AES67 1RU audio interface at InfoComm 2017 in Orlando.

The new AES67 endpoints include these 2-gang wall plate products:

unAX4I – 4 XLR inputs + 2 balanced outputs
unAX2IO+ – 2 XLR inputs, 2 XLR outputs + 2 separate balanced inputs
unA6IO – 2 XLR inputs, 2 RCA inputs, 3.5mm stereo input, 3.5mm stereo output + 2 balanced outputs
unA6IO-BT – Stereo Bluetooth audio input, 2 RCA inputs, 3.5mm stereo input, and a 3.5mm stereo output

The new flange-mount AES67 interface is the unAIO2x2+, which features 2 balanced mic/line inputs and 2 balanced line outputs.

The Synapse D32i allows up to 32 consumer or pro level line inputs to be introduced onto a Dante or AES67 network.  The D32i includes primary and secondary RJ-45 ports as well as primary and secondary SFP fiber ports to make long distance connections simple.  Options for 3-pin depluggable or DB-25 balanced audio connectors means the D32i will be at home in almost any venue.

QSC Q-SYS plugins for several Attero Tech Dante and AES67 endpoints will also be shown, along with the new Version 2.3 of Attero Tech’s unIFY software.

We look forward to seeing you at InfoComm and showing you the great solutions we have to make make your projects easier and more cost effective.

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ETC introduces the Response DALI Gateway for architectural markets

ETC introduces the Response DALI Gateway

ETC introduces the Response DALI GatewayETC has announced the addition of the DALI Gateway – that accepts DMX input and outputs DALI protocol – into the company’s line of Response products. The DIN-rail-mountable Response DALI Gateway delivers a single loop of DALI control for up to 64 devices and 16 groups.

ETC Networking and Architectural Controls Product Manager Lowell Olcott explains: “This product allows for the control of DALI devices to be added to all of ETC’s lighting systems, making the product a great option for retrofits and new installations alike.” Users have complete control over their entire system with a patchable output map, allowing for the assignment of individual DMX addresses to each DALI device.

The Gateway supports auto-replace, allowing failed DALI devices to be replaced without the need for configuration tools. The DALI Gateway uses special calculations for individual, group, or broadcast DALI commands, to optimise fade performance and ensure dimming quality.

For more info about the ETC DALI Gateway, please visit www.bit.ly/erdalig.

Please contact us or your nearest ETC Dealer for more information.

Introducing the ETC ColorSource Starter Pack

Because everyone should have access to great LED

ETC is an industry leader in entertainment lighting and controls and with their ColorSource range of fixtures and consoles going LED is now even easier than it has ever been.

As the distributor of ETC in South Africa ApexPro is offering a special deal on a ColorSource starter pack that is designed to get any user up and running with quality LED. For users with small theatre spaces, school auditoriums, promo stages or houses of worship, the starter pack offers an excellent opportunity to either upgrade your existing rig or start fresh. And with ETC’s excellent quality assurance and technical support network, you can rest assured that you won’t ever be left in the dark.

ETC ColorSource Starter PackThe starter pack includes:

  • 1x ColorSource 20 Console
  • 2x ColorSource Spots with 26° lens tubes
  • 4x ColorSource PARs with medium round lenses
  • Associated DMX and Power cabling

Specially designed to work with LED fixtures and with up to 40 control channels and 1 universe of DMX 512 the ColorSource 20 is the perfect console for small LED rigs. It makes both programming and operation a simple and enjoyable experience for everyone from beginners to more experienced programmers. The console manages to balance ease of use with powerful capabilities helping to make your lighting look as professional as a Broadway production.

ETC’s ColorSource range of fixtures are unsurpassed in their class in the entertainment lighting industry. With their patented colour chip mixing system ColorSource fixtures can access colours on the spectrum that no other LED fixtures can, giving you smooth and rich colour fades and brilliant hue and saturation options that aren’t limited to just red, green and blue.

The ColorSource Spots offer brilliant lighting shaping options with shuttering, barrel rotation and gobo and iris slots. Anyone who has ever worked with a tungsten profile will feel right at home except that now you don’t have to waste time with gel changes and even gobos enter a whole new realm of possibilities. Equipped with the 26° lens tube which offers a beam angle to suit most spaces the spot makes for a superb addition to any rig.

Like its big brother, the ColorSource PAR offers all the same colour and dimming capabilities as the spot but in a compact and stylish PAR package. With a medium/wide lens it’ll give you great washes across the space you’re lighting immediately transforming it into a wonderland of colour.

The ETC ColorSource starter pack represents an excellent investment for your venue and with the savings you’ll make on electricity consumption and lamp replacements it’ll soon pay for itself. Whether this is all you’ll ever need, or is a good starting point from which to upscale later, the ColorSource starter pack is your chance to get your hands on some great LED.

Please contact us or your local ETC dealer for more information.