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Symetrix Radius introduces NX Series of audio DSPs

Symetrix has announced the Radius NX 4×4 and Radius NX 12×8 1U rack-mount audio signal processors. Each model supports 128 (64×64) channels of redundant Dante network audio.

The two Radius NX processors are programmed using Symetrix’ Composer software for Windows, offering identical DSP resources provided by a next-generation SHARC dual-core processor that places the burden of large matrices in one core, while freeing the second core for general-purpose signal processing. This makes it possible to design very large and complex systems around a single Radius NX.

A configurable, 4-port gigabit switch serves both the Dante and control networks. This reduces or eliminates the need for external switches and prevents 100 megabit bottlenecks. Each Radius NX model offers two 1000 Base-T Dante ports, two 1000 Base-T Ethernet ports for Symetrix Composer host control and third-party accessory control over IP, an RS-232 serial port for third-party accessory control, and an ARC port that distributes power and RS-485 data to one or more Symetrix ARC devices. A USB audio I/O port interfaces with soft codecs or recording and playback software on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. The USB adio port can be configured for up to 8×8 line I/O, 2×2 line I/O, 1×1 speakerphone, or 1×1 echo cancelling speakerphone profiles.

Both Radius NX models feature a card slot that supports all currently available, optional Radius and Edge I/O expansion cards, including VoIP, ATI, and USB cards. Either Radius NX also can connect directly to a complete lineup of software-controlled, Dante-enabled, analog I/O expanders to add larger numbers of analog inputs and outputs.

An optional AEC co-processor, available in single-core or dual-core versions, enables up to 16 channels of wide-band acoustic echo cancelling for clarity and intelligibility in AV and distance learning applications. Each core corresponds to a single AEC module in Composer, providing up to eight channels with a single reference or up to four channels with independent references for each channel. Radius NX Composer AEC modules are fully virtualized-AEC can be applied to any source and routed to any destination.

Radius NX supports a virtualised and scalable AEC co-processor module, providing up to 16 full bandwidth AEC channels.

Bosch equips Mouka Foam factories with video-based fire detection solution

Headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, manufacturing company Mouka Limited has built a leading position on the country’s household and industrial markets since its founding in 1959. With 800 employees and production facilities in Lagos, Benin and Kaduna, Mouka is now Nigeria’s foremost supplier of branded mattresses and foam-based products for sleep solutions. Products such as foam blocks, beddings and duvets, and polyurethane blocks are widely available throughout retail and wholesale channels in Nigeria.

Due to the highly flammable nature of foam and polyurethane materials, fire safety at manufacturing facilities is a prime concern. However, when Mouka Limited was looking for a solution that detects fire and smoke in less than 30 seconds – before fire can spread and potentially harm employees – the market had nothing to offer. The reason: Common point-type detectors, detecting smoke particles in the air, rely on smoke particles to rise, which can take several minutes – especially when detectors are mounted on high warehouse ceilings.

Fortunately, Bosch offers an innovative product sensitive enough: AVIOTEC, a VdS-certified solution for visual fire monitoring detecting smoke and flames at the source, which is much faster than common point-type detectors. Software inside each device analyzes the video images for visual patterns associated with fires like specific motion and shape characteristics or colour changes. When connected to IP-based video management solutions the video images provide additional information, e.g. for alarm verification or localization of the fire. AVIOTEC was much closer to the insurance’s requirements than any other solution on the market.

Working closely with the teams at the three Mouka Limited factories in Lagos, Benin and Kaduna, Bosch provided 34 AVIOTEC devices for video-based fire detection, alarm sounders, strobes and a third-party sprinkler system, all connected to a Bosch addressable Fire Panel 1200 Series.

With its ability to detect flame and smoke at a very early stage, the Bosch video-based fire detection system is a real asset at all three facilities. First, it significantly raises the safety of hundreds of employees at Mouka Limited factories. Second, it shortens alarm response times and thereby minimizes the risk of potential damage to equipment and product inventories. And third, analysis of video images of a fire allows for root cause analysis after an incident. In addition, the fact that the system offers fire detection at industry-leading speeds has been appreciated by the insurance provider responsible for setting the insurance premium for Mouka Limited’s facilities.
Meanwhile, word about the new state of the art in early fire detection at industrial manufacturing sites is spreading throughout Nigeria – and beyond.

ETC and ArcSystem bring high-tech lights to Silicon Valley

When the San Jose McEnery Convention Centre needed a new lighting system that could support the multi-use, high-production-value conventions their clients expect, they turned to ETC. Now they have a lighting system as advanced as the industry around them.

“The previous sodium light fixtures were from the ‘80s,” says Gabriel Nemeth, director of event operations.  “Advances in technology and changing client demands put us behind the times.” This was particularly true for trade shows that demand a space that serves multiple functions, with some sections being used for keynotes and others for trade show booths. Clients would ask for dimmed lights over the keynote area and bright light in the tradeshow sections – something the old system couldn’t do, costing the client more money to get the effect they wanted.

The sodium fixtures were also unflattering. “It felt like you were in an old warehouse or a big box store,” says Tim Foster, director of production at Team San Jose. Foster, Nemeth, and their team wanted the cooler, bluer colour temperature lighting of 4000K to give the space the feel of natural sunlight.

Finally, whatever new system they adapted had to work on 277V power, so the convention centre wouldn’t have to install an expensive transformer. With their needs outlined, Team San Jose Chief Operating Officer Dave Costain entrusted General Manager of Convention Center Operations Ewell Steiner, Nemeth and Foster to make it happen.

For guidance to a solution, Team San Jose turned to Mike Wunder, CEO of Wunder Lighting and Controls, Inc. in the Bay Area. Wunder pointed them to the GDS ArcSystem*. “There were a lot of positives with ETC and GDS,” says Wunder. In addition to being able to give them the 4000K color temperature, individual fixture dimming, and operate at 277V, the output from the ArcSystem fixtures was high enough that they were able to reduce the number of fixtures they needed to install. “Because of output we were able to use 300 fewer fixtures – a significant amount.”

“The ArcSystem fixtures were easy to install and we were knocking out four or five rows of fixtures a day because they were they were so user-friendly,” says Curtis Barkle of Stronghold Engineering, the electrical contractor on the project. Barkle and Stronghold were responsible for demolishing the old ceiling structure, prepping and updating the ceiling infrastructure, then installing 554 ArcSystem Pro Eight-Cell fixtures. “When the fixtures arrived they were exactly as anticipated, making it quick and easy to install and wire the system to the client’s expectations. The on-time completion of this project could not have been possible without the help and coordination of ETC and Michael Wunder.”

Team San Jose also credited the help of San Jose Public Works Senior Engineer Tony Andary and Associate Engineer Huimin Mu for allowing the whole renovation to meet a very tight timeline. The end result wasn’t just user-friendly, it was user ecstatic.

“Every lighting designer who’s come in here in and tied into the system has told me this is one of the coolest buildings they’ve ever been in,” says Foster. Lighting designers love the ability to control individual fixtures, whether for large sections of the hall like a keynote, or to dim the house lights above a booth to highlight the special lighting for one particular client.

This granularity of selection is possible thanks to ETC’s advanced control system. “From the get-go we knew we were going to use ETC control,” continues Foster. “Nobody understands large lighting control systems like ETC.” That control is achieved using a Unison Paradigm® architectural system networked through the building, sending control signal to the fixtures as well as managing and monitoring the Echo Relay and Sensor IQ panels, which provide 277V power. Access to the system is provided through Paradigm’s 7-inch and 18-inch touchscreens, which Team San Jose can customise for each show. “I think for me one of the highlights of the system is controllability, “adds Nemeth. “Controllability of either a whole hall, a row of lights, or an individual fixture, with flawless dimming from 100 per cent all the way down to zero. I think it’s unprecedented.”

Designers aren’t the only ones who are happy. Accountants love not having to pay for extra equipment or more set up time. “Clients tell us they’re seeing cost savings on everything from equipment rental to trucking and labour because they don’t have to bring in additional gear. All of those costs are gone, and the savings are showing up,” adds Foster.

Broadcasters love the colour temperature and the extra lumens from the fixtures. “They wanted to get as much light as possible for broadcasting,” says Wunder, who raves about the end result. “It turned out stupendous. The light output is amazing and, because of the fixture design, there isn’t any annoying glare.”

“The selling point now is all about imagination,” says Nemeth. “Whatever our client wants to do, they can do with this system. If they want to do something traditional, we can do that. If they want to stay away from the traditional, do something different, they can do that.”

In the end, the San Jose Convention Center got the high-tech lighting system that befitted the Silicon Valley venue. “We’re in the middle of the epicentre of innovation,” says Foster. “We should take advantage of the most advanced technology on the planet. And we felt we did that by partnering with ETC.”

ETC lights up Geneva International Motor Show 2018

ETC lights up Geneva International Motor Show 2018

ETC lights up Geneva International Motor Show 2018The Geneva International Motor Show attracts more than 700,000 visitors every year and hosts the largest and most renowned car manufacturers from around the globe. It is one of the world’s three most prestigious and influential car shows, alongside the Detroit Auto Show and the IAA in Frankfurt. This year in Geneva, Source Four fixtures from ETC were among the luminaires selected to highlight the new models unveiled by premium car manufacturers Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

The task of lighting automotive shows can be a challenging one, with some naming them among the most demanding lighting design projects. Lighting plays a crucial role in such events – brands want to draw attention to their displays with precise illumination, without skewing the appearance of the colour finishes of the vehicles. Consequently, only the best systems on the market are selected to showcase the major car brands’ latest and greatest creations.

For the 2018 edition of the Geneva Motor Show, German-based company rgb GmbH was entrusted to supply bespoke lighting solutions for the exhibition spaces of Audi and Mercedes-Benz. In order to perfectly illuminate global premieres from Mercedes-Benz – including the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé and the extensively redesigned C-Class –the rgb team specified only the highest quality luminaires. Among the fixtures selected were 141 Source Four PAR 750, 43 Source Four Profile 750 and three Source Four LED Series 2 Daylight HD from ETC. Meanwhile, an exclusive press event for Mercedes-Benz called for an additional 49 Source Four LED Series 2 Daylight HD fixtures, a further 25 Source Four PAR 750 and 28 Source Four PAR 575.

Additionally, almost 140 ETC fixtures were positioned to complement the Audi exhibition area, including 54 Source Four Profile 750 and 53 Source Four LED Series 2 Daylight HD luminaires.

Dirk Feuerstein, CEO of rgb GmbH, stated: “We ensured that the Mercedes-Benz and Audi vehicles were lit precisely with high quality daylight colour temperature; while the stands were bathed in a warm, pleasant glow from the LED luminaires, which emit less heat.”

Bosch DCN solution for Mozambique National Assembly

Bosch DCN solution for Mozambique National Assembly

Bosch DCN solution for Mozambique National AssemblyChitara Sound from Mozambique, a long-time Prosound client, recently supplied and installed a Bosch DCN delegate discussion and interpretation system to the Mozambique National Assembly in Maputo.

The system was purchased from Prosound, with assistance from Pepe Khumalo, senior technical sales person from Prosound’s Johannesburg offices, offering advice and technical assistance.

Chitara Sounds successfully installed and commissioned two delegate meeting rooms at the Assembly.

Crotchet Music WOWs The Baseline with ETX Rig

Crotchet Music WOWs The Baseline with ETX Rig

Crotchet Music WOWs The Baseline with ETX RigAaron from Crotchet Music has long been a big fan of the Electro-Voice ETX range of powered loudspeakers. Having purchased a pair of ETX35’s and ETX18SP subs initially, he has been doing numerous gigs with great success and has steadily grown his stock of ETX speakers to also include ETX12P’s and ETX15P’s.

Crotched Music was contracted to provide PA and a recording for a sold-out Live Gospel show at the infamous Bassline. Aaron came to the venue with his Electro-Voice ETX rig consisting of the 2 x ETX35’s, 4 x ETX18SP’s and two ETX12P’s as side-fills. The initial response to his proposed rig was of disbelieve and a sense that the system will not be sufficient for the gig – however everybody was blown away by the performance of the system, and was full of praise how great it sounded.

Bosch solves Interpreting challenge for Valencia Conference Centre

Bosch solves Interpreting challenge for Valencia Conference Centre

Bosch solves Interpreting challenge for Valencia Conference CentreThe Palacio de Congresos, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, is a state-of-the-art conference and exhibition centre in the heart of Valencia, Spain. Also known as the Palace of Light, due to its glass-fronted façade and distinctive roof design, the Palacio regularly accommodates large-scale international conferences organized by multinationals, trade associations and government organizations. Most events gravitate around the main auditorium with room for up to 1,481 participants, as well as smaller auditoria with capacities for 467 and 270 people. If needed, an IP-based video and audio network can connect up to 2,250 participants across these separate conference rooms.

Given the international character of most of the conferences it hosts, simultaneous interpretation is essential at the Palacio. The building management sought a solution that would take this into account, along with the facility’s existing architecture and infrastructure. Two of its three auditoria are equipped with fixed interpreter booths. Although the smallest auditorium and the conference center’s ten smaller meeting rooms do not include interpreter booths, simultaneous interpretation is also often required in these spaces. It was also important that the new conferencing system would not require any additional investment for wiring or cable connections.

The  from Bosch provided the perfect solution. Because the system is IP-based and Ethernet compatible, the existing IT infrastructure of the Palacio de Congresos could be used. The OMNEO* Interface allows transportation of the language channels via the IT network from the auditoria with fixed interpreter booths to the meeting areas that don’t have these facilities. DICENTIS streams the language channels from the interpreter desks to the DICENTIS Conference devices in the main auditoria, and also to all the active conference devices in the Palacio’s smaller meeting areas. The floor languages of the active conference devices, regardless of their location, are streamed back to the interpreter desks.

To serve the smaller meeting areas, the DICENTIS central equipment is installed in a small mobile rack for easy transportation and setup. Additionally, the DICENTIS Conference devices with channel selector can be transported from one room to another in specially made, high-quality, lightweight and sturdy cases for protection during transit. The mobile rack simply connects to the room’s IT network plug to connect to the equipment in the various meeting rooms.

This smart, mobile DICENTIS solution meets the requirements of all the meetings held in the Palacio de Congresos. The capacity for simultaneous interpretation in all the meeting areas means 2,250 participants can be connected across all conference areas big and small.

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.

Article from www.pro-systems.co.za