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Introducing the Response MIDI Gateway

Introducing the Response MIDI Gateway

Introducing the Response MIDI GatewayETC streamlines MIDI integration for its Eos-family consoles with the introduction of the Response MIDI Gateway. The Response MIDI Gateway is a reliable, portable device that can send and receive info in all formats of MIDI: Note, Show Control (MSC), and Time Code (MTC). It can also translate MIDI to UDP and UDP to MIDI for advanced applications.
It is now available for ordering.

The Response MIDI Gateway lets you directly integrate MIDI with your console to trigger events or to control objects. It has In, Out, and Thru MIDI connections and connects directly to your console via USB or via the network thanks to a wired RJ45 connection. It is powered via USB or PoE. The clear LCD menu screen and four simple buttons on the top of the unit make setup and configuration easy. All of this in a package that’s compact enough to be used anywhere: onstage with the band, next to the show control station, or tucked away behind your console.

ETC debuts EchoTouch controller

ETC debuts EchoTouch controllerAt Lightfair 2018 ETC debuted EchoTouch, the perfect controller to create customised lighting looks for a variety of spaces. A stand-alone or integrated controller in ETC’s Echo line of architectural lighting solutions, EchoTouch also offers advanced lighting controls like sequence programming and colour tuning, all from a 7-inch touchscreen.

Combining three powerful capabilities into one elegant device, EchoTouch can:

  • Act as an interface into a stand-alone or integrated Unison Echo® control system
  • Provide status and control of all Echo products
  • Directly control DMX/RDM or sACN fixtures and devices

EchoTouch shines in all environments, whether it’s controlling lighting zones for general use, managing white-tuning, creating dramatic looks for restaurants and hotels, or creating a welcoming environment for museums, houses of worship, and more.

The graphics on the screen support customised layout and naming for any application. The touchscreen interface provides three standby modes to conserve screen life: displaying a user-provided logo, dim, and off; and returns instantaneously to normal functionality with any user interaction.

Because EchoTouch is part of the Echo family, it works flawlessly in an Echo control system. All Echo control and power products are compatible: control stations, responsive controls, interfaces and EchoDIN power controllers. Integration and control for DMX and sACN fixtures and devices is also straightforward.

Building managers can use EchoTouch to program Echo zones and preset looks so day-to-day use of a space is easy. Special sequences can easily be created via the intuitive interface with easy-to-use faders and buttons displayed on a vibrant 7-inch screen. Native RDM makes discovering and managing lighting fixtures even easier. Colour control is simple and accessible with a colour picker and customisable colour chips to let users take full advantage of their system.

The stylish, sleek, and durable design is built to withstand daily use in high-traffic areas. Its modern style matches common architectural finishes, and it’s designed to be neutral to fit anywhere. The black glass front is offered in four bezel colours: cream, grey, white and black.

Anne Valentino inspires LDs in Johannesburg

Anne Valentino inspires LDs in Johannesburg

Anne Valentino inspires LDs in JohannesburgApexPro, the South African distributor of ETC Lighting, hosted a talk with Anne Valentino at the Market Square Auditorium on 13 June. The event was attended by an impressive number of young lighting designers, who were treated to a two-hour long presentation on the philosophies behind the development of modern lighting control consoles.

Valentino spoke with Pro-Systems Africa News following the presentation and shared with us her extraordinary professional journey in entertainment technology, spanning some 30 years. During her career, Valentino has taken the lead in developing some of the most renowned lighting controllers to enter the market and has been a true trail-blazer in the evolution of digitised lighting control.

Despite advances in gender equality over the past two decades, one cannot deny that the manufacturing and technology fields remain largely dominated by men. Valentino has set herself apart not simply as an outstanding woman but, more importantly, as an outstanding innovator and thought– a leader among her peers on the global stage.

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Bosch adds interpreter unit to Dicentis

Bosch adds interpreter unit to Dicentis

Bosch adds interpreter unit to DicentisBosch has expanded its Dicentis family with an interpreter desk that supports up to 100 interpreted languages.

The design of the desk logically separates the incoming and outgoing languages in two vertically aligned columns via a high-contrast screen for quick comprehension and intuitive operation. Three assignable buttons provide the interpreter with short-key functions for quick access to supporting functions such as “video select.” The HDMI output enables an external video screen to be added, so the interpreter can see the participant speaking or the participant’s presentation.

Dicentis uses encryption standards for all audio and data. Audio and control is handled by Omneo IP technology, which also allows for system integration with third-party solutions. Omneo also enables the use of existing network infrastructure.

The Dicentis interpreter desk is fully compatible with the Dicentis platform and complies with the simultaneous interpreting equipment standard ISO 20109. It enables the creation of passive overflow rooms adjacent to the main meeting room in case there are more participants than can be accommodated at the main meeting location.

Using the Dicentis Meeting application, all languages and interpreter desks can be remotely configured and managed.

ETC’s Irideon fixtures showcase vintage instruments in a new light

ETC’s Irideon fixtures showcase vintage instruments in a new light

ETC’s Irideon fixtures showcase vintage instruments in a new lightAfter avid musical instrument collector Steven Kern Shaw passed away, Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee received a generous donation of more than 500 vintage instruments. 100 of them are now on display in a unique venue that is part art museum, part performance hall.

The grandson of one of America’s great composers, Jerome Kern, Steven Kern Shaw grew up surrounded by music. Spending much of his life acquiring iconic stringed instruments, it was Shaw’s wish that “these instruments be played and heard.”

Belmont is known for high-level graduates in the music and entertainment industry and seemed like a natural place for an instrument donation of this magnitude to be housed. The focus on the history of stringed instruments is apparent. One exhibit shows the history of the mandolin and includes renowned instruments designed by Lloyd Loar in the 1920s. There are only a handful of their kind in existence in the world.

When asked to light the iconic instruments, Wallace Powers from SESCO Lighting in Nashville, Tennessee, agreed. Working with a tight timeframe and even tighter installation constraints, Powers knew a call to ETC was the first step. “We had less than three months from design to shipment to museum opening,” remembers Powers. “We couldn’t have made this happen with anyone other than ETC and the fixtures we had.”

With only 139 square metres to work in, Powers chose DataTrack* with DMX system and track-mounted Irideon FPZ fixtures. “The ceilings are low at only 9 feet [2.7m] tall and the DataTrack had to be installed only one-foot [30cm] away from the wall to maximise space. This means the throw distance is substantially shorter than many traditional lighting options can accommodate.” Powers goes on to say, “They wanted the look and functionality of theatrical lighting which meant individual fixture control was a necessity.”

ETC’s Irideon FPZ fixtures were up to the challenge. Every FPZ fixture was programmed to be dimmed and controlled individually throughout the museum.

Because of the nature of the collection, with its premiere model acoustic guitars from Martin and electric guitars from Fender, not to mention the collector himself, it was a very high-profile job. “Security was definitely a concern,” says Powers. “Everything had to be well lit.”

It’s been one year since the museum known as the GIG or, Gallery of Iconic Guitars, opened. It continues to attract the attention of music fans with its intimate experience of both music and the history behind it.

ETC’s Anne Valentino to talk lighting control in Cape Town and Johannesburg

ETC’s Anne Valentino to talk lighting control in Cape Town

ETC’s Anne Valentino to talk lighting control in Cape TownETC’s (Electronic Theatre Controls) senior controls product manager, Anne Valentino, will be conducting a talk about lighting control philosophies and the ideas behind what makes a good lighting console in Cape Town on 11 June. The event will be hosted by the manufacturer’s South African distributor, ApexPro, and takes place at the Artscape Arena Theatre from 1pm. The event will repeated in Johannesburg on 13 June at The Market Square Auditorium.

Ms Valentino has amassed 30 years of experience in lighting and entertainment technology, having worked for the likes of PRG as VP of marketing, Vari-Lite as director of marketing, and Strand Lighting as dimming and control product manager in addition to ETC where she has previously served as director of R&D. Throughout her career, she has been responsible for some of the most renowned lighting controllers to enter the market, including the early Strand consoles, the Vari-Lite Virtuoso and the ETC Eos family.

If you are interested in attending either event, RSVP with your name and contact information to mathew@apexpro.co.za before 6 June.

Atlona and Symetrix team up to simplify A/V over IP

Atlona and Symetrix team up to simplify A/V over IPAtlona and Symetrix have formed a strategic partnership to ‘accelerate integration, and tighten interoperability, across the A/V over IP ecosystem’. The overall aim is to simplify the process of designing and deploying networked systems to and from a digital signal processor (DSP) using intelligent on-off ramps for audio, video, and peripherals such as USB signals, that are easy to configure, control and manage.

‘As the DSP is the central part of most A/V systems, Symetrix is continually seeking ways to help our integration partners build the most cost-effective and flexible systems possible,’ commented Trent Wagner, senior product manager at Symetrix. ‘As our industry moves toward everything over IP, we’re committed to addressing the new time-consuming challenges our customers face in building out a networked architecture. Our collaboration with Atlona simplifies the programming and control of these systems, and help us build stronger IP bridges and on/off ramps for audio, video and USB.’

The partnership benefits from the common architectures that both companies share, such as Dante audio support, and the fact that their product catalogues complement each other rather than overlap.

‘Working together with Symetrix, we have developed a clear problem-solving solution for systems integrators that have found it time-consuming and difficult to program and control disparate components of a broader A/V over IP ecosystem,’ stated David Shamir, director of product management at Atlona. ‘Our collaboration will remove the mystery behind the design and integration of an interoperable networked system, and clearly communicate how to leverage the individual strength of each component outward from the DSP.’

Symetrix and Visionary Solutions expand strategic alliance

Symetrix and Visionary Solutions expand strategic alliance

Symetrix and Visionary Solutions expand strategic allianceSymetrix and Visionary Solutions are excited to announce the native integration of Visionary Solutions’ PacketAV® Duet Dante™-enabled IP video encoder and decoder products into Symetrix’ Composer DSP programming and control software. The integration, co-developed by Symetrix and Visionary Solutions, enables PacketAV Duet and E/D4100 video encoders and decoders to appear as native units in Composer 7.1 and later. Harnessing the flexibility and scalability of converged IP networks, PacketAV Matrix products ultra low-latency 4K UHD video can be streamed over IP together with a Dante-enabled Symetrix DSP system, offering a complete Audio, Video, and Control solution, all while bypassing the constraints of traditional switch matrix systems.

Scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2018, Symetrix Composer 7.1 takes full command of the PacketAV Matrix products, with drag and drop configuration, network discovery, video routing, and video wall control. Live video previews for at-a-glance confidence monitoring of both encoders and decoders are supported, and may be freely placed on custom user interfaces deployed to Windows®- or Web-based devices.

Composer also fully manages the Dante audio interfaces on Duet products, including discovery, device naming, channel naming, and audio routing. Using Visionary’s PacketAV Duet encoders and decoders, audio from an HDMI source may be stripped off and routed through the DSP for processing, mixed with other sources, and distributed to sound reinforcement systems throughout a facility, as well as re-embedded into the IP video stream for local playback at the displays.

A design can be completed offline, without hardware. Once the hardware is installed, Composer efficiently locates all hardware on the network; updates and reconciles network names, IP addresses and channel configurations as necessary; and configures initial audio and video routes.

“We are very excited to have Visionary Solutions as an integration partner,” declares Symetrix Senior Product Manager Trent Wagner. “PacketAV Matrix products elegantly bridge the IP video and IP audio worlds, while Symetrix DSP and control makes system management effortless.”

“System designers will reap major benefits from this new level of integration,” observes Scott Freshman, Chief Operating Officer for Visionary Solutions. “Composer is well known for its ease of use, and with version 7.1, configuration and management of PacketAV Matrix products becomes faster and simpler than ever.”

ColorSource Pearl, a variable white light LED array by ETC

ETC’s ColorSource family line of products has become a known staple for affordable theatrical systems. Showing up in venues around the world including schools, houses of worship, and restaurants, these products offer a full system of lighting, control, and power for a variety of installations. Today ETC adds the ColorSource Pearl to the ColorSource family of fixtures.

ColorSource Pearl is a variable white light LED array for ColorSource Spot, Linear, and PAR fixtures. This array utilises a mix of two different white LEDs that enable a user to set the colour temperature anywhere between 2700 and 6500 K.

The Pearl array includes the same great feature set and high quality construction as their full colour siblings including an impressively bright output, a simple user interface, and a price point that is tough to beat.

Designed for installations that depend heavily on white light such as studios, houses of worship, and architectural installations, this array features flicker-free operation and an impressively smooth dimming curve. It’s finally possible to install a full LED rig that gives adjustable white light, without breaking budget.

ColorSource Pearl holds the notable LED fixture warranty recently announced by ETC. With a five-year warranty on the fixture and an unmatched 10-year warranty on the LED array, you can be sure these fixtures are built to last.

Symetrix Prism brings combined DSP power to Vietnam’s Nam Nghi Resort

Symetrix Prism brings combined DSP power to Vietnam’s Nam Nghi Resort

Symetrix Prism brings combined DSP power to Vietnam’s Nam Nghi ResortNestled on the shores of the exquisite Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc, the secluded resort of Nam Nghi is among Southeast Asia’s most exclusive holiday destinations. But while guests enjoy the breathtaking natural landscapes and luxuriate beside Vung Bau Bay, behind the scenes a wealth of technology works seamlessly with processing across multiple zones courtesy of just three Symetrix Prism DSPs.

 The audio system designed by HCMC-based professional audio-visual solutions specialist DesignLive Technologies utilizes just a single Prism apiece to easily accommodate the current and future needs of three primary zones: the Rock Bar, the Tree House Restaurant, and the main hotel complex with all-day dining and spa/gym facilities.

For Phu Tran Pham, DesignLive’s founder, there was never any doubt that the Prism processors would be a perfect match for Nam Nghi Resort. “They offer a great blend of processing power, functionality, and attractive price points,” he says, adding that DesignLive “implements Symetrix DSPs for all our hotel projects, and indeed for all of our audio projects of any kind over the last seven years.”

In all three zones at Nam Nghi, the Prism processors are integrated into a Dante network for maximum flexibility. In the Rock Bar, varying background music and DJ requirements are catered for with a single Prism 8×8 DSP used in conjunction with Attero Tech Dante interface wall-plates. A similarly streamlined configuration is found in the Tree House Restaurant, where a Prism 4×4 processes Ashly amplifiers.

The setup in the all-day dining area is more complex as it also caters to the adjacent spa/gym area. In the dining area, a Prism 4×4 manages the BGM system, including Ashly amplifiers. A single Symetrix xIO 4×4 expander extends the system to the spa/gym amplifier rack via the hotel LAN, where local analogue inputs are available for instructors to connect their preferred music sources. Fiber and network drops also run from the all-day rack to the pool area, allowing for future expansion via Symetrix I/O expanders.

In tandem with delivering as much processing power from as little rack-space as possible, the DesignLive team was also asked to guarantee flexible control for hotel operations to allow easy adjustment of volume and other settings. Symetrix ARC-2e wall interfaces have been provided for ‘physical’ control at each zone, while SymVue provides the hotel’s technical personnel with an integrated master control panel via laptop, enabling them to make tweaks on the fly via the ARC-Web interface for iPad and smartphone.

“Yet again, the Symetrix processors have proven to be a match for the many and varied requirements of a modern luxury resort,” says Phu, adding that a single Symetrix Jupiter 4 has also been supplied for a mobile PA system that is used in various spaces around the complex. “In particular in the spa/gym area, they have given Nam Nghi Resort a degree of futureproofing so they can add more functionality as their requirements evolve.”

Most importantly, Nam nghi’s entertainment & events manager, Wassili Quist, is delighted with the result. “The Symetrix DSP system is probably the best network audio system processor we have worked with so far. It’s a strong and efficient DSP that’s surprisingly easy to work with. The Dante digital audio network and the ARC controls work perfectly for our resort. We have created multiple zones throughout the space, and having smartphone control of volume, source, and zone selection makes this installation very efficient and easy to work with.”

Quist concludes, “the DesignLive team did a fantastic job recommending, installing, and explaining the unlimited options and possibilities. It’s definitely an industry standard that I will recommend for any future project.”

Article from: www.pro-systems.co.za