Archive for Month: January 2018
Audio-Technica Sponsors DJ Codax
DJ Codax had been using the same brand of headphones for the past 10 years, however in June 2017, he was sponsored a pair of ATH-M50x Audio-Technica headphones from ApexPro. He was highly satisfied with his headphones and had the following glowing review:
“The design of the headphones is practical and versatile as the earcups fit on my ears perfectly, instead of around my ear. This is paired with a very comfortable and cushioned headband, making it a pleasure to wear. I am able to play long sets without feeling any pressure around my head.
As a turntablist, I need a set of headphones that allows me to move around freely without fearing that they might swivel off, and the ATH-M50x allows me to do just that. The 3-cord feature allows you to select the best cord in various DJ booths, which I have found to be practical and convenient.
As for the sound of the headphones, the remarkably crisp and clear quality is second to none. I use the headphones for DJ’ing as well as for mixing and mastering in studio.
I am definitely satisfied with the product and would gladly recommend it to other DJ’s in the industry.”
ETC takes balloon museum to new heights
The Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum in Albuquerque showcases the beauty, ingenuity and history of lighter-than-air flight in a building that has become a beloved landmark in its hometown. Thanks to new control products from ETC they were able to modernise their lighting control, offering a dynamic lighting environment that was also more energy efficient.
The museum doesn’t just house balloons, it also is meant to look like one. Its striking facade is the silhouette of a hot air balloon, with the top of the building a dome – newly washed with colour-changing LED fixtures. The museum wanted to take advantage of capabilities of the LED fixtures and reinforce the iconic nature of the building. The solution was an ETC Paradigm system. Lighting looks were programmed into the system and now the museum staff can choose custom colours for different themes or special events.
“Because we are used a lot and we do a lot of activities all year round in the very early morning or late at night, it gives us a way to add an element of beauty to the building,” says Paul D. Garver, manager of the museum. He has plans to let the lights react to weather conditions like temperature, wind speed and more, and when he’s ready to do that ETC’s system will be able to accommodate that as well. As it is, the lights are still a big hit. “They’re a living, breathing part of what’s going on and it’s a big benefit to us.”
The Paradigm system is also a hit inside. The Museum’s event spaces are now easily changeable thanks to Paradigm control and the 7-inch Touchscreen station. Positioned near the ballrooms, the museum can easily shift preset looks in the ballrooms, showcasing the flexibility of the space.
“We use the Touchscreen and its ease of use as a selling point to potential clients,” says Garver. “Everyone is really impressed.
“Museums are educational and engaging venues. We’re always looking for creative ways to get people involved and connected to us, lighting is one way to do that.”
Now, thanks to ETC, it’s easier than ever for the museum to take its patrons to new heights.
Bosch equips Golden Tower Panama Hotel with comprehensive security system
With 285 upscale bedrooms and suites offering panoramic views of the city, the 30-story Las Américas Golden Tower Hotel Panama, designed by Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, is a landmark in the heart of Panama’s financial and business district. Its auditorium for up to 460 people and seven flexible conference rooms including restaurants and bars host illustrious events ranging from the Panama Film Festival to the International Meeting of Economists, to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Panama.
Bosch provided the new hotel with a comprehensive, state-of-the-art safety and security system covering fire protection, public address, access control and video security. The objective was the highest safety and security for guests, visitors and staff, with security being as unobtrusive and invisible as possible, blending in with the interior design of rooms and common areas so it would not interfere with the generous, luxurious look and feel of the hotel. Another requirement for the hotel was to manage the entire system centrally from one platform.
For fire protection, more than 1,000 fire detection sensors were installed in corridors, conference rooms and common areas, all controlled by the Bosch Modular Fire Panel 5000 Series.
Also controlled by the central fire panel is a Plena Voice Alarm System with 250 loudspeakers, which was integrated into the interior design and distributed among common areas of the hotel as well as in corridors and conference spaces. It serves several purposes: playing ambient music, paging guests and – in the case of emergency – making evacuation announcements.
For video security, a mix of 220 Bosch network cameras have been installed: AUTODOME IP 7000 cameras to monitor the perimeter of the hotel, DINION IP bullet 5000 HD cameras for the parking area, and inside the hotel FLEXIDOME IP 5000 HD cameras for the corridors. All network cameras are managed centrally via the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS).
The Bosch, access control system, makes sure only employees, and authorised hotel staff can enter restricted areas. FLEXIDOME IP 5000 HD cameras have been integrated with the access control system to improve levels of security by enabling access authorisation of hotel staff via video verification.
The complete Bosch safety and security solution can be monitored and managed from one control room thanks to the integration into one single platform: the Building Integration System BIS from Bosch.
This article is originally from www.pro-systems.co.za
Please contact us for more information on Bosch products.
ETC ColorSource Console and Fixtures Training
ApexPro and ETC are proud to announce a 1-day training course to take place on 2nd March 2018 at the ApexPro offices in Weltevreden Park.
The course will cover programming on ETC’s range of ColorSource consoles. The course will also introduce participants to ETC’s range of LED fixtures, providing them with a working knowledge of the different types of fixtures, the light that they produce and how to spot a bad LED fixture as well as where the pros and cons of LED over Tungsten truly lie.
The aim of this training course is to offer young technicians who are keen to learn, the opportunity to get hands on experience with real-world lighting equipment in an atmosphere that is fun and not intimidating while also being informative and above all, useful
By the end of the day participants will leave with the ability to program on ETC’s ColorSource Consoles as well as have practical knowledge on various kinds of performance lights and how to deploy them properly to get the best results.
All participants will be presented with a certificate upon the successful completion of the course confirming that they have undergone the training.
The ColorSource Console and Fixtures Training course offers an excellent opportunity for those looking to get into lighting to give themselves a boost into the industry. Absolutely anyone is welcome from any one or more disciplines so please don’t feel shy. The only real pre-requisite is a desire to learn, and perhaps pick up a few new tips and tricks along the way.
Space is limited but don’t worry, if you miss out on this session, there will be more later in the year.
ISE 2018: ETC presents architectural lighting control solutions
ETC will showcase a selection of its versatile and scalable architectural lighting control solutions at ISE 2018. Stand 15-R260 will be dedicated to a collection of reliable, well-supported and easy-to-maintain architectural systems from ETC – designed to suit installations of all sizes and budgets – from a single room to office complexes, large museums, convention centres and entire theme parks.
Unison Paradigm control system
Designed as a new way of thinking about building control, ETC’s visionary Unison Paradigm system fuses architectural lighting control advances with entertainment lighting control technology. ETC’s award-winning expertise in both areas together, providing the best of both worlds.
Paradigm delivers a new level of comprehensive control – sophisticated facility-lighting and building systems integration. And it does so with unprecedented flexibility and simplicity: a green-minded energy management system that capitalises on daylight harvesting, occupancy sensing and time schedules for maximum electricity and budget savings, plus the power to speak with different devices from different manufacturers over the same control system.
Making its debut at ISE, Paradigm version 4.0 boasts several additional features, including energy management monitoring and display, colour control support for conversion to RGBA and RGBW, and comprehensive Paradigm Inspire support in LightDesigner.
Unison Echo control system
The Unison Echo control system offers flexible, intelligent, and scalable control – simply. Whether it’s turning lights on and off, a need for multiple presets, daylighting and occupancy controls for energy savings or the ability to control hue, saturation and intensity of colour-changing LED luminaires; Echo has a solution to fit your requirements.
Mosaic control system
Everyday life has become the staging ground for entertainment technology experiences. The art and wonder of interactive lighting, automation, audio and visual spectacle, kinetic-art displays, water effects, and more are captivating people’s attention – differentiating a venue, creating a landmark, making a truly memorable event. ETC’s Unison Mosaic is a control solution that allows users to merge show control, LEDs, moving lights, media effects, and more into a single work of art, seamlessly closing the distance between technology and life.
“ISE 2018 presents the perfect opportunity for visitors to explore the full range of architectural solutions from ETC,” says Rosi Marx, ETC’s European marketing manager. “Whether you’re looking for one control system used independently as a focused control solution for a specific room or small venue, or multiple systems integrated together to form a single powerful system, our team of professionals will be on hand to discuss options to suit your specific requirements.”
This article is originally from www.pro-systems.co.za
Mexico’s second largest airport expands with 4th terminal and Bosch video security system
It is Mexico’s second busiest airport, after Mexico City, but the biggest for international passengers: Cancun Airport, situated on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, serving a growing number of visitors coming from all over the world to visit Cancun’s Maya heritage or to enjoy the beautiful beaches.
The number of passengers has been growing quickly, from 7 million in 1999 to approximately 23 million annually today. To handle the growing number of passengers, a fourth terminal has been put into operation this year, making it Mexico’s only airport with four terminals. With the number of visitors increasing sharply, passenger safety and security has become more demanding and has required a comprehensive new security solution.
That is why Airport Operator ASUR decided to redesign video security to have one system operating across all four terminals. Bosch was selected not only to equip the new Terminal 4 with video cameras but also to integrate the existing video security systems of Terminals 1, 2, and 3 into one comprehensive video surveillance solution which could be managed centrally from one unified platform.
In Terminal 4, nearly 600 cameras of different series and types have been installed to cover the specific needs of the different areas both inside and outside the terminal.
The cameras are used for a wide range of applications: inside the building they monitor the security and baggage check, the waiting areas, the offices and flight tower as well as the convenience stores; outside the terminals they check the airport perimeter areas and all access points to the airport as well as the airfield and runway.
Fulfilling a key requirement set by Airport Operator ASUR, all new cameras in Terminal 4 are integrated into one video security solution that includes the existing cameras of Terminals 1 to 3. The Bosch Video Management System (BVMS) serves as the joint platform to centrally manage a total of almost 1800 cameras across the four terminals, including their recordings. The video streams of all cameras are safely stored on multiple Bosch DIVAR IP network video recording units with a total of 92 Terabyte of available storage capacity.
For reliable and easy management of the large data volumes, the video security solution includes four Video Recording Managers (VRM) from Bosch. The Video Recording Managers enable the cameras to stream relevant video data directly to the available DIVAR IP storage devices without the use of network servers. This saves costs and server maintenance while eliminating a possible single point of failure, thus increasing reliability. The available storage capacity is used most efficiently because the VRMs automatically balance the video stream load to the free storage volumes. Less redundant storage is required, and it is easier to respect retention times with minimal risk of overwriting.
Cancun Airport uses a central monitoring centre, manned by ten security managers around the clock. Every security manager has a screen that shows video captured by up to 25 cameras. To monitor the video cameras, security personnel can select camera positions manually, or they are automatically notified by alarms in the event of predefined alarm rules being breached based on the cameras’ built-in video analytics or motion detection.
This article is originally from www.pro-systems.co.za
Please contact us for more information on Bosch products.
Industry professionals praise Audio-Technica’s AT5047 mic
Audio-Technica’s new AT5047 cardioid condenser studio microphone has recently been used on a wide variety of projects from top producers and engineers in the industry.
Multi-Grammy award-winning engineer/mixer/producer Ross Hogarth (Keb’ Mo’, Flogging Molly, Van Halen) has been in the studio with the AT5047 and shared his thoughts.
“When I first heard about the innovative multi-capsule technology of the AT5047 microphone, it really tickled my curiosity,” said Hogarth. “In testing out and using the AT5047, I found the microphone to be incredibly flat and uncoloured. One can choose to colour it with different preamps and compression choices. The headroom and flat response makes the 5047 an extremely versatile microphone.”
Niko Bolas, known for his work with Neil Young, Melissa Etheridge and Warren Zevon, added, “In all, the AT5047 is a very unique microphone, having the character and dynamics of a great condenser but the shape and size of a really good ribbon. We used it on a recent project for The Mavericks, on all the acoustic guitars, most of the percussion and electric guitar.”
“It’s not often that you come across a new microphone that’s so outstanding, you would use it on any instrument or vocal,
– Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Van Morrison, The Eagles)
Multiple-Grammy award-winning engineer and producer Al Schmitt (Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Diana Krall), a long-time Audio-Technica user, revealed, “I just used the AT5047 on a male vocal at La Fabrique in Provence, France. I’m just knocked out by how good this mic sounded, now it’s on my bucket list to have in my personal arsenal.”
Robert Carranza (pictured), whose extensive work includes a wide variety of artists including Marilyn Manson, Salvador Santana, Jack Johnson, The Mars Volta and more, commented, “In this new age of making records in hotel rooms, on tour buses or just about any place with a power outlet, the AT5047 is as elegant as a photographer’s Leica camera, yet rugged enough to take anywhere and capture the nuances of any tone.”
“It’s not often that you come across a new microphone that’s so outstanding, you would use it on any instrument or vocal,” stated Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Van Morrison, The Eagles). “Occasionally I’m asked, if I can only afford one mic, what should I get. The AT5047 is that microphone.”
The most recent addition to the company’s 50 Series, the AT5047 is a premier studio microphone that features the same capsule as the AT5040 but with a transformer-coupled output and optimised electronics, designed for capturing instruments as well as vocals.
This article is originally from www.audiomediainternational.com