Attero Tech interfaces prove crucial at Southlands
Nestled in the heart of this Denver suburb, the beautiful Southlands Shopping Center’s four-block Main Street and multiple cross streets are lined with retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Visitors gather in the Town Square to relax and enjoy such activities as a children’s pop jet fountain in summer and ice skating in winter. A covered stage in the northeast corner of the square hosts a popular summer concert series as well as other events.
Southlands’ original sound system featured mushroom-style speakers situated in planting beds. The speakers were cute, and you could hear them when you were close, but as you walked away, the level faded, so coverage was uneven, including dead spots. Also, the planting beds contain trees, mulch, and flowers, which are lovely in the spring and summer. But mulch crept into the bottom of the mushroom speakers in warm weather, and snow covered them in winter, seriously compromising the sound.
To address these issues, Southlands contracted with systems integrator, Premier A/V, who installed a new sound system featuring Attero Tech unDIO2x2+ Dante-networked audio interfaces. A two-In, two-out audio I/O interface, the unDIO2x2+ provides a convenient way to add analog inputs and outputs to a Dante-enabled audio network. The unDIO2x2+ also includes switchable mic/line gain and switchable 48V phantom power on the inputs as well as software-adjustable output volume control. Audio flow assignment, input gain, and phantom power are all controllable over the Dante network.
“We replaced the old system completely,” recalls Premier A/V’s Brendan Clancy. “We installed 174 new JBL Control-series speakers covering the walkways around each building and the Town Square, mounted to light poles with special brackets. We utilised the fibre optic network infrastructure at Southlands to distribute the audio program over a VLAN using Dante to 10 Crown CDi DriveCore-series amplifiers around the campus. Nine Atterotech unDIO2x2+ interfaces ‘offramp’ the audio program to the amplifiers.”
The system is centered on a rack in one of the buildings, which holds a licensed audio player, a BSS Soundweb London BLU-806DA DSP, and the power amplifier that serves the speakers outside that building. The local power amplifier gets a direct analog feed from the DSP. The DSP also routes audio via Dante to and from the nine Dante zones for the nine remote amplifiers spread around the shopping centre. Each Dante zone employs an Attero Tech unDIO2x2+ to feed the amplifier for that zone and provide auxiliary audio inputs into the system that are routed back to the DSP via Dante. A mic connects directly to the DSP for announcements, during which an override ducks program audio.
“The system just serves the sidewalk adjacent to the streets,” Clancy points out, “except in the Town Square. We fill the centre of the Town Square with additional speakers that cover that area heavily to enhance it as an entertainment and leisure area.”
Although the unDIO2x2+ aux inputs are not currently in use in every zone, the ability to use them when desired is a valuable benefit. The inputs proved immediately useful in the Town Square, however. “The ability to use auxiliary inputs to send audio back to the head end is amazing -and it wasn’t something I had looked into that much,” admits Clancy. “But when I saw that the Attero Tech unDIO2x2+ provided this feature, I came up with a need and a way to use it.”
The most compelling use of the audio inputs will be during the summer concert series, when bands bring in a small concert system to handle the sound in the Town Square. “When they’re performing, we can mute our speakers at the Town Square and the buildings surrounding it,” Clancy explains. “But the unDIO2x2+ lets us provide a wireless mic input that bands can use to send a feed to the unDIO2x2+, which converts the feed to Dante and sends it to the DSP. We can then pipe the music up Main Street and to the other areas our system serves. Southlands can also use the unDIO2x2+ stereo audio input to plug an iPad or whatever they want into our system.”
The Southlands project was Clancy’s introduction to Attero Tech products. “I needed a good, affordable way to offramp just one or two Dante audio channels per zone to feed the amplifiers,” he recalls. “It made no sense to buy the expensive eight-channel systems I saw elsewhere. I found Attero Tech with a Google search, liked what I read, and contacted them. They put us in touch with Darby Reps, the regional sales rep here in town, and we took it from there.”
His experience at Southlands sold Clancy on Attero Tech. “The Attero Tech unDIO2x2+ is plug-and-play, so it is very easy on my end,” he observes. “I didn’t have to do additional configuration. The ability to bring local audio into the Dante system provides functionality I’ll use in the future. Their tech support is great too: I called them once, and the support rep I spoke to was super helpful. It turned out to be a network issue unrelated to the Attero Tech interface, but he helped me figure it out. Now I love Attero Tech’s stuff, and I’m looking at putting it in most of my future projects. Attero Tech makes it way easier to use network audio.”
Article from: www.pro-systems.co.za
Electro-Voice X2 line array system covers Dublin’s 3Arena for Celtic Woman
- Electro-Voice X-Line Advance line arrays delivered perfect coverage across fan-shaped 3Arena for Celtic Woman homecoming show
- Compact size of Electro-Voice X2 system provides ideal sightlines for filming
- Front of house engineer praises X2 line array system as “sounding great”
As one of Ireland’s most successful musical exports, Celtic Woman received a rapturous welcome upon returning to Dublin for a sell-out homecoming show. As expectations ran high amongst the four piece vocal ensemble’s legion of fans, the challenge for front of house engineer Michael Manning was to achieve the best possible audio coverage within the 3Arena,. Helping him to do so was leading regional rental and events specialist Murt Whelan Sound, and the sonic superiority of X2 line-array loudspeakers from the X-Line Advance family by Electro-Voice.
“X2 is so versatile that it can be used for any kind of show”
Combining traditional Irish music with orchestral backing, Celtic Woman is currently touring the world in support of the group’s recent Billboard number one album, Voices of Angels. But with tickets sold-out for concerts across six continents, it was the special one-night only return to Dublin’s 3Arena that added a sense of pressure for the group and crew alike.
“We did a couple of days of pre-production rehearsals in the venue and then the event was recorded for DVD, so the pressure was on,” recalls Murt Whelan, founder and MD of Murt Whelan Sound. Adding more pressure was the fan-shaped configuration of the arena itself. “It’s a very wide venue which can be challenging in terms of achieving even dispersion,” explains Whelan. “We had to ensure that every seat had the same quality of sound.”
Intelligibility is vital for the Celtic Woman sound, adds Michael Manning, describing it as “big and warm, almost comforting, and there are a lot of orchestral tracks so it’s important that the vocals aren’t harsh. It’s not a rock and roll gig, in fact it probably edges more towards theatre in terms of sonic quality and precision.”
With a company ethos that emphasizes quality of service above all else, Murt Whelan is no stranger to solving the challenges of the 3Arena. Accordingly, he immediately recommended the Electro-Voice X2 line-array system.
“Using Electro-Voice X2 212/90 and 212/120 cabinets meant that we benefited from a choice of 90-degree or 120-degree dispersion angles,” he explains. “With a mixture of both we were able to get perfect coverage.”
“In total, we flew four hangs of X2. The two main hangs comprised 12 X2-212/90 loudspeaker elements plus three X2-212/120 elements per side. Then there were two out-hangs of nine X2-212/90 elements plus three X2-212/120 elements per side, acting as side-fills.” Front fills and out-fills were served by a further 12 X2 212/90, while 18 X12-128 subwoofers provided low-end extension. The system was powered by 40 Electro-Voice TG7 amplifiers fitted with RCM-28 Remote Control Modules.
“X2 is so versatile that it can be used for any kind of show,” continues Whelan. “It’s all about the compact size of the cabinets, the ease of rigging and the quality of the sound. For a concert like Celtic Woman, where the show was being filmed, it’s a huge advantage that the hangs are so unobtrusive, yet the quality and power on offer suggests a much bigger system. That combination is phenomenal.”
The Celtic Woman concert was Manning’s first experience of using X2, but he’s equally enthusiastic: “It works perfectly. It sounded great during the concert and I didn’t hear a single complaint. I found it very easy to use and to achieve the coverage we needed. I just enjoyed using it.”
With the 3Arena homecoming declared a success, Celtic Woman is now back on the road, taking 12 Electro-Voice X-Line Advance X2 enclosures with it, as well as a number of Electro-Voice XLE compact line array enclosures. “I have to say that it is still sounding great,” Manning concludes.
Article from: www.electrovoice.com
ISE 2018: Audio-Technica presents new wireless systems
The new 3000 Series systems, with their 60 MHz tuning range, are available in four frequency bands – DE2 (470–530 MHz), EE1 (530–590 MHz), EF1 (590–650 MHz) and FG1 (650–700 MHz). The systems, which are available spring/summer 2018, let users set a backup frequency that can be quickly swapped by pressing the transmitter’s multifunction button in the event of unexpected interference.
The third generation of the company’s 5000 Series wireless systems are designed for use on professional tours, in stadiums, concert halls, festivals, houses of worship and other demanding audio environments. The receiver has been updated with a tuning bandwidth of 230 MHz: 470–700 MHz and users now have the option of selecting a standard receiver with two balanced XLR outputs (ATW-R5220) or a receiver that also includes a Dante output (ATW-R5220DAN).
Other new features include an antenna cascade output that connects up to eight receivers so a single pair of antennas can feed up to 16 channels of wireless, and a backup frequency that can be quickly swapped by pressing the transmitter’s multifunction button in the event of unexpected interference. The updated 5000 Series systems will be available mid-2018.
The 3000 Series Frequency-Agile True Diversity UHF Wireless System from Audio-Technica was one of the winning products in Newbay’s Best Of Show Awards at ISE 2018.
Audio-Technica’s new 3000 Series wireless system is the next generation of the company’s frequency-agile true diversity UHF offering, designed for live sound in theatres, installed sound and music applications.
Article from: www.audiomediainternational.com
ETC makes the news at Fox Studios
The Los Angeles Bureau of the Fox News Channel has seen its share of rising and falling news personalities but a constant star is ETC.
The small studio in Culver City serves as the Left Coast broadcast centre for several prominent US TV presenters, including Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity and Geraldo Rivera. In the late 80s and early 90s it was the home of the late-night talk show, The Pat Sajak Show. In 2017, the stage underwent a complete overhaul – out with the wood-panelled look in favour of a Plexiglas and stainless steel design with a curtain track backdrop that can switch from night to day faster than you can say “breaking news.” With its unusually high ceiling and excellent acoustics, the stage is now home to The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton Sunday night broadcast.
The revamped set design came with a much-needed new lighting package provided by 4Wall Lighting’s Los Angeles office. Lighting Director Eric Reinig and his counterparts in New York specified a mostly ETC LED system. “It only made sense to go LED, for the flexibility and the reduction of heat onstage and the running costs,” says Reinig. “The old rig of standard 1K and 2K fixtures and old Strand gear was well past its prime.”
The new rig features 32 ETC Source Four LED Series 2 fixtures with Lustr arrays and a range of lenses (19, 26 and 36 degrees), serving as the new key lights for the talent and colour washes on the scenic panels. A few classic Source Fours are used as specials, powered by an ETC 24-channel Sensor3 dimmer pack. “Even though we have to colour correct them to 4300 degrees, the conventional fixtures give me a softer look. But you can’t beat the Lustrs for flat field and coolness to the touch.”
Describing the change in lighting control, Reinig jokes: “We went from a ‘baby starter’ two-scene, preset to an ETC Ion 1500 with a 2×20 Universal Fader Wing.” The learning curve more than paid off in the ability to set up pre-programmed looks for Fox shows and any incoming rentals. The nearby Fox Sports One/Fox Deportes studio, where Reinig is also an LD, uses an Ion console.
Reinig’s career path was equally transformative. While he worked in construction, he maintained an interest in photography and operated a DJ company with several DJs and mobile systems for private parties and nightclubs. When he was injured on a construction job, he went back to school – first to Moorpark College, followed by a degree in cinematography at California State University, Northridge. “I was lucky to have a friend at Fox who let me play with equipment and learn the gear – I also was also an apprentice with cinematographer Bill Bennett (a member of ASC) and fell in love with lighting.”
Today Reinig uses studio down time to experiment with new lighting looks and get deeper into the workings of the Ion. Pointing out the extremely long top hats on the Lustr fixtures around the news desk, he explains, “Our host Steve Hilton is bald and we use this technique to reduce hot spots on his head. I am guessing other shows have faced the same challenges in controlling multiple points of light off of the top of their host – it’s a great trick.”
Looking ahead, Reinig already sees a need for 12 more Lustr fixtures and 12 spares, as the studio may expand into more of an entertainment stage. “Every time I go to LDI, my mind starts racing with the possibility of new gear. It’s an exciting time in lighting.”
Elton John uses Audio-Technica AE6100 Microphone at the Grammy Awards
Elton John performed live at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, 28 January, 2018, broadcast live on the CBS Television Network.
The legendary British recording artist employed the Audio-Technica AE6100 hypercardioid dynamic handheld microphone for his lead vocal.
According to Audio-Technica, the Artist Elite AE6100 hypercardioid dynamic vocal microphone delivers clean articulation, fast transients and high-output, assertive sound for vocalists. With a polar pattern tailored for impressive on-axis response, the microphone offers maximum feedback rejection and anti-shock engineering for low handling noise.
For protection against vocal plosives, the mic’s steel outer grille is lined with steel mesh and a layer of open-cell foam. A foam disk positioned on top of the element assembly provides the final layer of “pop” protection.
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy.
Article from: www.audiomediainternational.com
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
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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