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ETC & High End Systems return to ABTT 2019

ETC and High End Systems prepare to showcase the latest line up of products at the 2019 ABTT Theatre Show on stands R1 and S1.

ETC will display its first integrated 3D programming environment: Augment3d on stand R1. The new and exciting Eos tool lets users control and design in a three dimensional space as well as interact with their fixtures through augmented reality. Visitors are welcome to attend in-depth presentations on Augment3d which will be held at 2.30pm on the 5th June and 2pm on 6th June in the Londesborough Room. Eos v3.0 will be available for use with all Win7 Eos family consoles, and will be shown at ABTT on the flagship Eos Ti and Gio @5.

High End Systems’ leading Hog 4-18 console will be on stand S1 during the tradeshow. The powerful console uses the very latest technology and is designed for the largest stadium shows, theme parks, concert tours and more.

The newest addition to the SolaFrame family – SolaFrame 1000 – will be on the booth for visitors to explore. Boasting a 20,000 lumen output, full framing shutters, rotating and fixed gobo wheels, multiple color systems and much more. Alongside this will be the SolaFrame Theatre, the industry’s first and only fanless automated LED luminaire that operates completely silently. It features a special high-CRI Bright White LED engine and is a natural fit for theatres or similar venues where fixture noise is not an option.

ETC’s first automated fixture in over a decade will be on show at ABTT. Specifically designed for the theatrical lighting designer, ETC’s Relevé Spot boasts a calibrated four-color additive mixing system and a unique Ani-gobo wheel.

Product experts will be on the stand to talk about ETC’s Stage Technology solutions including Prodigy P2 hoist. The complete package hoist is easy and fast to install and suitable to fit any venue’s needs.

Visitors can discover further highlights on stand R1 including the ArcSystem family of high-quality LED products, ColorSource CYC and Irideon.

This year’s exhibition will take place at Alexandra Palace, London on the 5th and 6th June. 

ETC names new CEO

Continuing the 40+ year tradition of strong company leadership, the ETC board of directors has appointed Dick Titus as President/CEO of ETC.

The company is dedicated to maintaining the legacy of its co-founder Fred Foster who passed away earlier this year. As ETC continues to grow and develop, Fred’s people-focused and high quality leadership perseveres. The company remains privately held with an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) that helps to secure the business as an independent company for the future.

ETC’s objective to continue providing the most innovative products, services and solutions to its markets remains upheld with its new President/CEO.  Titus has led the management team at ETC for 17 years as President and five years before that as COO. He started with the company in 1990.

“It’s an honor to lead the executive staff,” Titus says. “Together we have a vast amount of experience serving the people of ETC and our customers. We have a unique culture, and I’m committed to building that for years to come. We have always been a company built on a model of personal responsibility. Our path of consistent growth continues to come from the wide variety of talents of our dedicated staff around the world.”

With a diverse market from architectural to entertainment and rigging systems, ETC achieved stellar revenue growth between 2014 and 2018.. In 2017 ETC acquired entertainment lighting company, High End Systems. In 2018 they grew their commercial sales division by completing the acquisition of EchoFlex Solutions and earlier this year, they increased their presence in France when they acquired former partner, Avab Transtechnik France and added a corporate office in Paris. This summer, distribution of the ArcSystem, BluesSystem, and CueSystem products completes the acquisition of these product lines from the UK-based company, GDS.

ApexPro invites you to the ETC / High End Systems Open Day

20 – 21 May 2019

ApexPro, in conjunction with Jeremy Roberts from ETC, will be hosting dedicated sessions for all new and existing ETC/High End dealers in order to provide skills and knowledge for all those on the ground selling and supporting this excellent brand.

As a valuable member of the ETC/High End family in South Africa, we would like to formally invite you to join us so that you can be empowered to make a success of your dealership.

Sessions will include presentations on ETC and High End, as well as product overviews and a chance to meet face-to-face with the ApexPro ETC team.

As ApexPro, we are here to provide the necessary support to help you and we encourage you to make the most of this opportunity as future discount structures will be influenced by attendance.

We look forward to seeing you there as we forge ahead in growing the ETC/High End brand in South Africa.

There are four available sessions for you to choose from:
Monday 20 May: 10h00-13h00 | 14h00-17h00
Tuesday 21 May: 10h00-13h00 | 14h00-17h00

Venue: ApexPro Offices, Unit 39 Hillfox Centre (lower level), Weltevreden Park, JHB
*light lunch time snacks will be served

We look forward to personally welcoming you to the South African ETC family as we help grow this fantastic brand together!

RSVP: rsvp@apexpro.co.za

ETCNOMAD USB Key Unlocks the Power of HOG 4 PC

With the High End Systems release of Hog 4 OS 3.12, the ETCnomad USB key will now support Hog 4 PC. All existing ETCnomad USB key users, including those with the Education Package, will have access to Hog 4 PC software as a direct controller.

ETC’s VP of Marketing David Lincecum commented, “Thousands of existing ETCnomad users just gained access to the PC version of the best live event console in the world — the Hog 4. We hope they enjoy learning and using Hog 4 PC on their next event.”

The ETCnomad USB key gives users access to Eos Family, Cobalt, and now Hog 4 PC software on laptop and desktop computers. The device has been especially successful in the education market through the Education Package, which offers students and educators special discount pricing. More details about the products are available online at www.etcconnect.com/etcnomad

“We’re very excited to bring Hog 4 PC to the ETCnomad family,” console product manager Sarah Clausen commented, “Users of our Educational Package will now have yet another control system option to expand their horizons. Professional users will enjoy the new options for data distribution using Hog 4 PC and the ETCnomad USB key.”

Electro-Voice EVA powered by Dynacord C series amps: A high-performance, cost-effective audio upgrade for Grace Church

“EVA has the right tone, covered the space very evenly, and there was nothing abrasive or harsh. We knew right away that we had found the right system.”

Located in suburban Akron, Ohio, Grace Church is a contemporary Christian church with eight locations. They sought a more musically coherent sound system to replace the aging point-source system in their main Bath Campus location. Integrator Kevin Root of Rootaudio saw the 620-seat sanctuary as an excellent candidate for a line-array system, and suggested Electro-Voice as a solution.

“Electro-Voice systems deliver amazing sound quality without breaking the budget, so I spoke with my representative, CL Pugh,” says Root. “They set up demos of the X1 system and Expandable Vertical Array (EVA) for us. The larger-format, longer-throw X1 was more than this sanctuary – which seats just over 600 – needed, and the EVA filled the room perfectly. EVA has the right tone, covered the space very evenly, and there was nothing abrasive or harsh. We knew right away that we had found the right system.”

Working with EASE software, CL Pugh and Rootaudio designed a highly efficient system based around two five-box hangs of EVA-2082S dual-element array modules. The top three boxes have 90-by-6-degree dispersion, transitioning to the 120-by-20-degree version beneath them for nearfield coverage. This layout provides full HF coverage from about three feet off the stage, eliminating the need for front fills, side fills and delay speakers. The arrays are each paired with three EVA-1151D subwoofers, flown separately, directly behind each line array. As a final touch, three Electro-Voice ETX-18SP self-powered subwoofers are mounted beneath the front stage extension.

The entire system is powered by just four Dynacord C3600FDi DSP power amplifiers. Each array requires just one amplifier, with one channel for the top three modules and the other feeding the bottom two boxes. Each flown set of three EVA1151D subs is powered by a single amplifier.

“These are great amps,” says Root. “With the power they have, and the efficiency of the EVA arrays, there’s so much headroom that they haven’t even hit the limiters yet, even during services.”

The actual installation went very smoothly, with all speakers flown in just one day, followed by time alignment and final tuning. Root reports that the EVAs sounded great right out of the box, requiring very little system EQ beyond a bit of filtering due to the room shape, which is 60 feet wide at the back and about 100 feet wide in the front. The entire process was completed in less than a week. The EVA’s installation-dedicated design also ensures a clean, architecture friendly look, with hidden rigging.

“Working with churches, budget is always a driving force, so some people end up designing a system around the budget instead of the room,” says Kevin Root. “That’s what makes EV and Dynacord such a great value. We designed the right system for the room, which turned out to be within budget and with no compromises, which is how it should be. Everyone involved is thrilled at the result.”

EV Rig Shows its Clout

On Friday May  3, beloved Bedfordview venue Bailey’s Live welcomed the iconic South African rock band Clout. With the gig powered by a new Electro-Voice (EV) rig, the crowd were treated to a night of great music and top-quality sound.

Musician Gary van Zyl has played bass in some of South Africa’s most esteemed bands, including Juluka and now Clout, who are best known for their hit single, “Substitute.” He explains that Prosound have been sponsoring him since the 80s, though he has worked at the company – as repairs manager – for the last 11 years.

This relationship led to Prosound sponsoring the rig for the Clout show at Bailey’s. The rider featured new gear from US company Electro-Voice, including two EV ETX35P speakers and two ETX18sp subs for the main PA (left and right), solutions which have been praised around the world for their power and portability. This was complemented by a stage setup of one EV TourX TX 1122FM 12” monitor speaker; three EV Phoenix PX 1122M 12” monitor speakers; one ZLX 15p powered speaker and two EV Q1212 amplifiers, with EV PL series drum microphones to ensure fantastic low-end response and snappy snare drum sounds.

Murray Grassow, the full-time sound engineer at Bailey’s Live, says that he “likes the EV rig, because for its weight and size, it packed a hell of a punch.”

He also mentions the attractive look of cabs, and says that – in his experience – the company makes durable and reliable gear.

“For example, I have been working with a second-hand TourX single 15” tops and single 18” subs for many years, and they just keep pushing on like they’re brand-new.”

Reflecting on the show, Grassow says “it was great to work with Prosound and Clout are still some of the best musos I have worked with.”

From the band’s perspective, “We had a fantastic night and Lee Brune (of Prosound) did a great job as always,” van Zyl says. “Bailey’s is a beautiful venue and Murray, their sound technician, was very helpful. The EV rig kicked butt!”