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ETC deciphers Tree of Codes

Tree of Codes, based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer, was the opening programme at the most recent edition of the New Vision Arts Festival at the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Lighting designer Rob Halliday employed a range of ETC lighting products to bring the performance piece to life, including the Source Four LED Series 2 Lustr spotlight and Eos control system.

‘From early discussions about the show, it felt like we would need to create white light but with the ability to just subtly shift that white,’ said Halliday. ‘Also, that there would be moments where we’d want to move into deeper colours. The Lustr felt like the perfect tool for that, able to get to any colour but for all of those colours to have the richness and life, particularly when lighting human skin, that we have for so long enjoyed from tungsten Source Four fixtures. It was the perfect choice for the show.’

Halliday had prior experience in using the Eos control system to manage rigs on other shows. ‘Eos works in a way that just feels comfortable when creating theatrical shows, while also letting you work very quickly in the often limited time you have to create those shows. ‘It is particularly powerful when working with the Lustr fixtures, since the calibrated colour library allows you to set the Lustr fixtures to match gel colours you are familiar with, and to precisely control fades between colours. The powerful group controls also let us easily create graduations or wipes across our cyclorama.’

An Eos Ti main console was paired with a Gio @5 console for the Hong Kong performance of Tree of Codes. Data was carried from the console to rig via ETC’s Net3 networking system, which was already in place at the venue, while additional Net3 DMX gateways were provided.

The rig was installed by a team led by Hong Kong-based production electrician Maggie Law and the show’s UK production electrician John Delaney; Andy Tsui was the production manager for the New Vision Arts Festival; and Jim Leaver the production manager for Manchester International Festival.

ETC lights up India Fashion Week 2019

ETC’s ColorSource Spot Pearls lit this year’s Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week (LMIFW) in Delhi, India. The ColorSource Spots with Pearl LED array brought an impressive feature set, with bright tunable white output and simple user interface, and were perfectly designed for this installation where white light was vital on the catwalk. The fixtures lit signature autumn and winter fashion collections for 2019 at the event which was organized by the Fashion Design Council of India.

Delhi based rental company Modern Stage Services Pvt. Ltd managed the audio, video and lighting production during the four day event. Managing Director, Davinder Wadhwa commented: “A reliable lighting system was crucial for the fashion gala. 12 ETC ColorSource Spot Pearls were implemented for the first time at the LMIFW. The fixture is a variable white-light LED array which enables users to set the color temperature anywhere between 2700 K and 6500 K. The ColorSource Spot Pearls brought a much needed natural glow to the ramp.”

Renowned lighting designer Viraf Pocha, worked on the set for LMIFW autumn / winter 2019 and selected ETC’s ColorSource Spot Pearl to light the fashion show. “I prefer a more organic and subtle way of lighting. In a fashion show the light should enhance the fabric exhibited by the models on the ramp and ETC offers the right scope of lighting that compliments a fashion show”, explains Pocha. “I have been in the industry for over three decades and am well aware of ETC’s presence, globally. Everyone makes profile lights, but ETC just makes it better.”

ColorSource Spot Pearl features flicker-free operation and an impressively smooth dimming curve. Hi-Tech Audio Systems Pvt. Ltd is the distributor in India of ETC’s US-manufactured lighting fixtures and controls. Managing Director, Rajan Gupta comments: “ETC’s well regarded reputation in the market is recognized around the world. With regular demos of ETC products, we have been able to create a niche clientele that appreciates cutting-edge and world-class lighting products. Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week was a breakthrough event with Modern Stage Services Pvt. Ltd and ETC. With time, we believe that ETC products will be the first preferred choice in any live show inventory or installations in India.”

Bosch launches Flexidome fixed dome cameras

Bosch has unveiled its Flexidome IP starlight 8000i fixed dome cameras, enabling remote wireless commissioning and data analysis.

The Flexidome 8000i cameras are available in three different models: the HD 1080p, 6 megapixel and the 4K ultra HD resolution. The 800i series can be commissioned wirelessly and features built-in Intelligent Video analytics with camera trainer functionality, allowing users to customise video analytics to detect objects or situations defined by the user, able to be combined with existing predetermined alarm rules and object filters of Bosch’s Intelligent Video Analytics.

The cameras include Bosch’s starlight technology built-in and allows fast moving objects to be captured with frame rates of up to 60fps, with HDR of up to 134 dB.

The cameras also have a water resistance of IP66, vandal resistance of IK10+ and an operating temperature range of -50 degrees to 60 degrees Celsius.

ETC and High End Systems celebrate successful Prolight + Sound 2019

ETC and High End Systems at Prolight and Sound 2019

Tens of thousands of visitors arrived in Frankfurt last week for Prolight + Sound 2019. Crowds gathered at the ETC and High End Systems stands in Hall 12.1 to get a look at the latest product innovations and the Hog Factor 2019 competition final.

Attendees to the stands were able to catch demonstrations of Augment3d, ETC’s new fully integrated 3D programming environment in Eos v3.0. This innovation lets users control and design in a three dimensional space; as well as interacting with their fixtures through augmented reality. Augment3d made its European debut at Prolight + Sound, alongside High End Systems’ TurboRay.

TurboRay is the newest automated fixture in High End Systems’ FX family. Its distinctive appearance with a classic retro design and radial diffusers attracted many visitors to the High End stand. Used as a narrow-angle wash light or as a powerful hard edge beam, TurboRay produces stunning aerial effects and more.

ETC’s Relevé Spot was another main attraction at this year’s exhibition. The moving light, specifically designed for theatre brings a calibrated four-color additive mixing system and unique Ani-gobo wheel that creates textures like never before. It is an automated light that brings affordable, high quality color mixing to smaller venues.

Visitors explored the innovative Prodigy P2 hoist, with Prodigy Cable Management, and were introduced to ColorSource Raceway a lightweight power and data distribution system perfect for small venues.

High End Systems’ Hog 4-18 console was used for the Hog Factor 2019 final which drew big crowds as three teams went head-to-head in the academic lighting programming contest. Industry lighting professionals Jojo Tillman, Marco Silva and Sander Den Otter judged the teams and awarded first place to ‘Team Vienna Illuminates’. The winning contestants – Andreas Aichholzer and Sebastian Schmid from Austria, performed in front of some of the industry’s most well-known companies and professionals. ‘Team AKA’ from the UK won second place, followed by ‘Team STEX’ from Austria. The teams took home a host of High End products as prizes and lighting design software company Capture, provided software licenses to each team as part of the prizes.

ETC and High End Systems also delivered the annual Student Session in Hall 4.0. Experts from both companies hosted a Q&A discussion for aspiring lighting professionals and a behind-the-scenes look into the daily running of both companies.

This year’s exhibition saw countless visitors eager to explore ETC and High End Systems’ latest products. Both companies plan to continue raising the bar with new, exciting and innovative products at Prolight + Sound 2020.

Australia’s Largest Pub puts its Trust in Electro-Voice Sound

Nestled by the Swan River and right in front of Perth’s new $1.5 billion Optus Stadium, The Camfield boasts an impressive set of numbers: 9000 square metres, 3,000 person capacity, 2 km from CBD, 300 kegs of beer delivered every week, 125 kegs of beer made in-house, 80 m long bar, 175 beer taps, and 180 staff on an average night. Then there’s 96 Electro-Voice loudspeakers and amplifiers used to provide sound for functions, ambience and pure raw entertainment, whether it’s a game coverage or live music in its spacious beer-garden.

The pub is extremely spacious, and welcoming at the same time. It caters for a wide variety of patrons and uses: from the sports fan visiting next door, to workers popping in for lunch or an after work drink, through to meals with friends and family, or corporate events of all shapes and sizes. Not only does The Camfield provide the suitable spaces, extensive menus and a wide selection of beverages (including in-house micro-brewery products) for a wide variety of patrons, it also features the professional audio system required for a venue this size.

“The performance of both the indoor and outdoor speakers selected outdoes what was proposed to the client”

The Canteen

The bright and tasteful bistro space caters to reservations, walk in guests and small to large functions. The combination of bar, dining and lounge style seating offers an ideal space for meeting up with friends and family or networking with clients.

Electro-Voice’s EVID-S, the latest award winning commercial installation loudspeakers, provide background music in this space. EVID-S offers impressive performance, faster and easier installation, and great value for money. Due to the expansive area and changing volume in chatter from varying numbers of patrons, EVID-S loudspeakers are reinforced with Electro-Voice EKX passive subwoofers, to extend the frequency response of the system at all volumes.

The Terraces & Surrounds

There are a number of terraces with spectacular views of either the Swan River, Optus Stadium or the Beer Garden. Perfect for cocktail events, or just for chilling out, the spaces combine both high and low seating. Industry staples, the Electro-Voice EVID ceiling speakers are used across the terraces. Designed with both the contractor and the listener in mind, EVID ceiling speakers are aesthetically pleasing and sonically proven to provide exceptional sound for patrons. Corners of buildings feature ZX5 loudspeakers that easily fill the outdoor spaces with music.

The Beer Garden

The Beer Garden is at the heart of the venue. The space has access to the Main Bar, Garden Bar and the Container Bar with roof-top seating. The space has a huge, custom-built screen surrounded by an arrangement of high and low seating, as well as beanbags. Across the outdoor spaces a full-range of high performance Electro-Voice ZX5 loudspeakers provide sound for the big screen as well as outdoor entertainment.

The ZX5 is lightweight and combines audio performance, with versatility, aesthetics and a tremendous output capability. ZX5 loudspeakers are known in the industry for their installation versatility, durability and high-spec performance. They deliver 600 W power continuously (2400 W peak), produce a maximum SPL of 132 dB and have a very smooth frequency response.

The Amplifiers

Every amplifier used to drive the loudspeakers at the Camfield comes from the Electro-Voice CPS range. Engineered in Germany, the CPS 2 and 4 channel amplifiers are industry workhorses known for their reliability and value for money. The 2 channel models drive the low-impedance ZX5 loudspeakers while the 4 channel models drive the EVID-S 100 V line loudspeakers.

Words from the Integrator

Marcus Stackpole, Project Manager from Vision Cabling explains why Electro-Voice gear was chosen for the project. “Vision Cabling Systems designed the concept around the EVID-S wall-mount and the ZX5Pi weatherised range for the performance, quality and ease of installation. Backed with The Camfield being so close to the Swan River, speakers that could perform in an environment such as this were integral to deliver the project. Since the opening of the venue the support for the product from an integrator’s perspective has been outstanding and we look forward to working with Electro-Voice and Audio Source (Distributors of Electro-Voice in WA) again on upcoming projects. The performance of both the indoor and outdoor speakers selected outdoes what was proposed to the client, exceeding their expectations and delivering a higher quality of sound than previously thought with acoustic challenges throughout the venue including stadium ambience.”

Christian Reformed Church Sutherland Shire

The Christian Reformed Church was established in Sydney’s leafy Sutherland Shire in 1960 and is one of 45 Reformed Church congregations across Australia. Following three location changes the current church building was completed in 1991, in the suburb of Barden Ridge, and serves an average service attendance of 250-300 parishioners.

“The sound quality is great. Dispersion is very even throughout the church and the band are raving about how good they sound.”

PA History
The first loudspeakers installed in the new church were only good enough for speech and were not used for the amplification of the band. Few years later, Matthew James, the sound specialist at the church, sourced a pair of the ever-reliable Electro-Voice SX-100 speakers from Bava’s Music.

When asked how Matthew got introduced to EV audio gear he replied: “I’ve always been interested in sound and speakers and used to build my own speakers using the “loudspeaker design cookbook”. I soon learned that to get the most natural best sound it takes years of testing drivers, crossovers and cabinet design, something that is impo ssible to do in the garage on a very limited budget!

I think what got me first interested in EV speakers was when we used to go down to the Black Stump conferences once a year at the Cataract scout site. EV speakers were extensively used, and I thought they sounded great.”

The New Audio Visual System
Earlier in the year the church committee took the decision to upgrade the Audio Visual system for a number of reasons. Firstly, even though the SX-100 loudspeakers did a decent job for over a decade, the coverage they produced was not ideal around the back or sides of the church. “The EV SX-100 loudspeakers are great value for money and they sound nice, however they were just not designed for a church space of this size. There were a few areas where the sound was a bit thin.”

Apart from the church band screaming for a new system, the second major reason for a new audio system, was the introduction of two new projectors and projector screens. The SX-100 loudspeakers were in the way. Hence, Matthew James started researching which Electro-Voice loudspeakers might suit a church if this size and provide quality sound, even coverage and value for money. He came across the Vari-Intense model and sought advice from Bava’s Music and subsequently Electro-Voice product specialists who confirmed the choice was very suitable.

The EVC-1122-VI (Vari-Intense) in Detail
With the main floor of the church being 18 m long x 14 m wide, and ceiling height of 7 m or more, it made sense to use the EVCVari-Intense loudspeakers. As they are hung at just over 6 m, the unique driver, horn and waveguide combinations allows the EVC-1122-VI loudspeaker to throw and cover evenly across an area of 3 times their height position to the front, and 2 times their height to each side. This meant that just two of these would suffice to deliver quality sound across the entire floor.

The advantage of the VI approach is that there is reduced variation in sound level from the front to the back of the audience, compared to typical point source solutions. The high frequency section of the EVC 1122/VI loudspeaker comprises a single 1¼-inch pure titanium dome compression driver directly coupled to a compound waveguide that combines long-throw and short-throw behaviour in a single acoustical device. This unique waveguide creates uniform pattern control and smooth, linear response.

Dynacord L Series Amplifier
Dynacord’s L2800 amplifier was chosen to power the Vari-Intense loudspeakers. With 1400 W per channel at 4 ohms, the amplifier is more than capable driving the 300 W continuous (1200 W peak) Vari-Intense loudspeakers. The L Series amplifiers are engineered for demanding live music applications. They are ideal for live performances in venues such as houses of worship, sports venues, school auditoriums and clubs. The L Series power amplifiers comprise a best-in-class, tour-grade feature set that brings real professional performance to a new price point. Their high-quality components and professional processing power and performance characteristics enable exceptional sound quality with plenty of headroom.

An on-board DSP includes multi-band PEQs, crossovers, limiters, and delay per channel. It also has true channel grouping control with extra DSP capabilities like PEQ, GEQ and delay for each group. The amplifier is also equipped with advanced FIR-Drive, a premium  feature normally reserved for the highest quality tour-grade DSPs. It optimizes original factory loudspeaker settings, yielding a level of performance unheard of at this price point. Due to these reasons no additional DSP unit was required for this project.

EV PolarChoice Lectern Mic
An Electro-Voice PolarChoice lectern microphone was chosen for the spoken audio. PolarChoice is apremium lectern microphone that is very flexible in terms of pick-up patterns. The user can select between omni, cardioid, supercardioid or hypercardioid patterns.

The microphone is designed to provide a smooth and uniform frequency response, no matter what pattern is selected. An extended low frequency response and switchable high-pass filter can be utilised.

The Monitors
The band, featuring 3 vocalists, keyboard/organ/piano player, drummer, bass and guitar players, use three EV ZLX-12P powered loudspeakers as monitors. An EKX-15SP powered subwoofer for supplements the monitors and FOH speakers.

Electro-Voice and Dynacord audio upgrade for Twin Lakes Church

Located in Aptos, CA, Twin Lakes Church is a large faith community, offering three contemporary Christian services per week in a sanctuary seating about 1750. The church relies largely on the expertise among its 5000 members to drive its technical ministry, an approach that bore fruit in the selection and installation of a new premium audio system. The team chose Electro-Voice X-Line Advance X2 line array loudspeakers, powered by the latest in amplifier technology – the Dynacord IPX series.

Director of Technical Ministries Barry Schneider led the process, using an in-house tech team from design through physical installation. Twin Lakes sound engineer Karl Heebner, who designs and installs sound systems for AV Now Fitness Sound in nearby Santa Cruz, was tapped as the official integrator.

Having heard several sound systems demonstrated at trade shows, the X2 and a system from another major brand were selected for an on-site evaluation. After a shootout, the X2 system was the clear winner. “All the demo systems were good, but we really loved the consistency across varying ranges and levels with the X2,” says Karl Heebner of AV Now. “There was a conversational quality that we loved for spoken word, with immense clarity and power for full concert events like our Christmas shows.”

The system design was a collaborative process among Twin Lakes, AV Now and Electro-Voice. The main PA consists of twin 10-box line arrays of X2-212/120 loudspeakers, supported by eight X12-128 dual-18” subwoofers hidden beneath the stage. Eight ultra-compact EVU-2062 dual-6” speakers provide audio in the lobby area, while legacy loudspeakers remain under the balcony. The entire system is powered and processed by Dynacord’s new IPX series power amplifiers.

“We tend to take on these projects ourselves, so it’s a little different from the average church,” explains Schneider. “AV Now helped us to collaborate with Electro-Voice on the system design. It turned out to be an outstanding experience.” To aid in the transition from design to integration, a structural engineer was engaged to produce final drawings. The installation was done by the Twin Lakes technical team, then commissioned by Electro-Voice.

“The great thing about the X2 system is how completely it fills the space,” notes Schneider. “We no longer need front fills, and only about three rows are shaded by the balcony. We’ve got great uniformity across the room, without the need for a lot of additional support.”

Dynacord’s IPX series powers the entire X2 system, requiring just six IPX 20:4 and two IPX 10:8 models (four- and eight-channel respectively). The IPX 20:4 offers a power density of up to 20 kW from a single unit with all channels driven. IPX amps offer the highest flexibility both for low- and high-impedance applications with parallel and parallel/bridged power drive modes, and up to 50 percent less power consumption thanks to Dynacord’s Eco Rail technology. Fully integrated 96 kHz DSP with FIR-Drive processing and OMNEO IP architecture supports Dante audio networking and OCA protocol.

“We loved the idea of going forward with the latest technology, and the new Dynacord amps fit right into our Dante network,” notes Karl Heebner. “That allows us to send a full digital signal to the speakers. Our IPX amps were first run, commissioned prior to them hitting the market. With that kind of factory support, we knew we had made the right decision.”

Reactions from the congregation and tech team support that view. “Everyone loves the new system,” says Barry Schnieder. “I would like to say that direct support from the EV team played a big role in our success. They always answered our calls, and spent a couple days here commissioning the system to make sure everything was just as we wanted it. It really gives us confidence in the long term, knowing the kind of support that’s backing it.