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Bluetooth PA speakers added to EV ZLX series

Electro-Voice has added two Bluetooth-equipped models to its ZLX series of portable powered PA speakers.

The ZLX-12BT (12-in 2-way) and ZLX-15BT (15-in 2-way) models are suited to music

playback or accompaniment and offer the same features as standard ZLX models.

QuickSmart DSP processing offers setup via four presets, sub/top system-match, two-band EQ, five user-programmable presets, visual monitoring of limiter status, input level control and meters and master volume control to optimise gain structure. Functions are accessed via a single-knob controller with LCD.

The speakers have 1000 W Class-D power amplifiers delivering up to 127 dB peak SPL using transducers designed and engineered by EV.

They contain EV-patented Signal Synchronised Transducers (SST) waveguide design. A three-handle design is integrated into a rugged composite enclosure.

Attero Tech adds four button IP paging unit

Attero Tech is targeting large sporting venues, airport terminals, train stations, convention centres and corporate facilities with its Zip4 four-button IP audio paging interface.

Paging audio and bi-directional status data can be routed over a Dante or AES67 network to a DSP or other Paging Management System (PMS) controller to distribute paging audio to up to four zones or zone groups.

The Zip4 integrates directly with QSC’s Q-Sys PA router functionality running on a QSC Core series DSP, using the Zip4’s Q-Sys Designer control plug-in.

Bi-colour (red/green) Ready, Busy, and Zone Status LEDs provide visible indication of zone and system status.

TX Theatre Productions install Electro-Voice at Moses Molelekwa Art Centre

TX Theatre Productions contracted Prosound to provide an audio installation solution at the Moses Molelekwa Art Centre in Tembisa.

Prosound installed a 6m x 9m Eurotruss box structure, and chose an Electro-Voice EKX powered system as the audio component. The installation is currently underway, and once complete, an ETC lighting solution is being considered as the lighting option.

Prosound install EV EKX system at Afro Bru in Maboneng

Afro Bru, a brand new upmarket lounge in Maboneng has installed an Electro-Voice EKX series PA system in their prestigious venue.

Situated in the heart of Maboneng, Afro Bru is set to become the go to venue for the Sunday jazz sect, as they host live bands every Sunday in the recently completed split level room.

As per clients brief, Prosound supplied 8 x EKX12 tops and 4 x EKX15 subs, driven by the ever reliable EV Q Series amplifiers. Processing is done by a Rane Hal 1. This PA was chosen as it’s suitable for a venue that lays live music, but has to keep one eye on noise levels, as this is also a residential neighbourhood. The PA has been installed and flown on Eurotruss Tritruss. All work has been undertaken by Prosound, which includes flightcasing, cabling and install. The project has been overseen by Pepe Khumalo, who is also charged with making sure the events run smoothly and all equipment is up and running. Part of the after sales service offered by Prosound.

The parties on a Sunday in Maboneng are legendary, and Afro Bru’s Sundays Kool are set to up the ante in terms of where to get your groove on before Carte Blanche starts.

Situated in the heart of downtown Johannesburg, Maboneng has been a beacon in the progress made in the inner city rejuvenation currently underway. It’s been described as more hipster than Williamsburg, and it truly is a melting pot of creatives, artists, restaurants, bars and live music venues, as well as being a desirable residential area. While the area continues to expand and grow, Afro Bru is right in the heart of Maboneng.

Afro Bru, 299 Fox Street Maboneng

Releve Spot – New from ETC

Relevé Spot is an LED automated fixture combining nearly a decade of optical engineering research with more than four decades of stage technology expertise. The feature set of this fixture leaves no doubt that it was created for the stage. With calibrated four-color additive mixing, a unique Ani-gobo wheel, and patented Whisper Home technology, you’ll love what Relevé Spot brings to your stage.

Relevé Spot turned heads at PLASA in London where it won a 2018 Product Innovation Award. Judges commented that Relevé Spot “is a moving LED light with professional features at an attractive price. It’s commended for its fast calibration and resetting as well as the modular nature of the electronics making it easy for non-technical people to maintain the fixture.”

Please contact us for more information on ETC products and pricing.

EVOLVE 50 Portable Powered Column System

Sleek Sounds Stunning

 

Designed to deliver an uncompromising combination of light weight, low‑profile looks, and superior Electro‑Voice audio quality, the EVOLVE 50 sets a new performance standard for powered column systems.

The perfect choice for DJs, mobile entertainers, bands, singer/songwriters, and any venue where high‑output portable sound is needed — no other column system currently available sounds as good, looks as good, or is as easy to use. The smooth clarity of the EV sound in a sleek new form factor.

Weight Net 57.87lbs (26.25kg)
Depth Sub: 18.5 in; 471mm Column: 6.9 in; 172mm Pole: 2.2 in; 55mm
Width Sub: 13.6 in; 345mm Column: 4.0 in; 102mm Pole: 1.9 in; 48.5mm
Height Sub: 20.9 in; 230mm Column: 32.5 in; 825mm Pole: 36.6 in; 929mm
Available Color Black
Connector Type 2x XLR/TRS combo jack input 1x 3.5 mm Input 1x Stereo RCA input 1x Wireless Bluetooth® audio input 1x XLR THRU output 1x XLR MIX OUT output

 

Contact us or visit www.electrovoice.com for more information.

ETC & High End Systems to reveal all at PLASA 2018

This year at the PLASA show, ETC will be joined by High End Systems at the exhibit which will be held in Olympia on the 16th-18th September.

Visitors to the stand (J38A/B) will be in for a treat as both companies present their latest products and software, including a not-to-be-missed reveal of the first member of a new product family for ETC.

Alongside ETC’s launch, the new flagship luminaire in High End System’s Sola Series range, the SolaFrame 3000, will be on the stand – as well as the SolaFrame 750 and SolaFrame Theatre. The SolaFrame series is recognised as the most advanced complete line of LED frame fixtures on the market.

ETC’s award-winning Source Four LED Series 2 family of fixtures, will be on display along with the budget-friendly line of ColorSource products including the new ColorSource Pearl variable white-light fixtures.

Consoles available for demonstrations at the show include the Road Hog 4 and new Hog 4-18 from High End Systems and ETC’s Ion Xe and Gio @5. The Hog 4-18 console is the most recent update to the Hog family, embracing cutting-edge technology while retaining the familiar control surface of previous generations. ETC’s Gio @5 packs all control requirements into a compact desk, ideal for venues with smaller spaces.

Stage engineering solutions including the Prodigy P2 hoist and QuickTouch control will feature, with specialists on hand for visitors to speak to. The new EchoTouch offers standalone intuitive touchscreen control of lighting in architectural and smaller entertainment spaces and can act as an interface with other Unison Echo products.

RC Lurie outfits new HQ with ETC controls

Most dealers and rep companies have offices, a storage area, and a small demo room to show off the products they represent.  Arizona ETC sales representative RC Lurie flipped that dynamic upside-down and made every area of their new 24,000-square-foot facility in Phoenix into a virtual demo room.

“The move to the new building not only brought the company together but launched a new image, logo and coherent direction for the 21st century,” said Stuart Pieloch, V.P. of Controls and Technical Services for RC Lurie. Previously the company of 60 employees had been operating out of separate buildings. Using the real estate model of creating sample rooms, they were careful not to present the building as a retail showroom, or series of vignettes, but rather as “spaces that our customers would want to create for their clients.”

The impressive two-story lobby, grand staircase and event center are all controlled by ETC’s Paradigm Central Control Server, allowing individual control of each space. The large conference room and larger event space has RGB color changing lighting either up-lighting a soffit or wall wash on a cove, all controllable by a virtual touch screen.

In addition there are multiple DMX output Gateways tied to a Mosaic Controller which manipulates color washes on an exterior wall visible from Interstate 10. Pieloch describes the effect as: “Not Las Vegas – but to stimulate the idea that customers could do that on the outside of their building.”

The private office lighting draws on fixtures from the over 80 different lines that RC Lurie represents. Each office employs subtly different techniques and instrumentation to give excellent lighting and a sales opportunity to visiting architects, engineers and consultants.

Symetrix Prism enables expansion at The Shops at Willow Bend

Inspired by classic prairie-style, early 20th-century architecture and design and featuring soft lighting, rich wood, masonry, and etched glass, The Shops at Willow Bend shopping centre oozes Texas ambience paired with contemporary convenience. Anchored by Dillard’s, Macy’s, and Neiman Marcus, the big mall presents a wide variety of stores, including a focus on home décor shops. Sitting in a sweet spot along the Dallas Parkway, the North Dallas-area mall continues to grow, with new spaces still in development.

“My partner designed the original system there 15 years ago, and we’ve overseen and maintained it ever since, replacing and fixing the amps and so on,” begins Senior Systems Engineer Patrick Burke of Dallas systems integrator BBD Technology Group. “But the system needed a lot of updating. They had an outdated old DSP and a computer that was still running Windows 98. We’ve been after them for years to replace that old DSP, and recently they agreed to our proposal to install a Symetrix Prism 16×16 with an xIO 4×4 Dante-enabled analogue I/O expander. The Prism and Dante let us improve and expand their system in ways we couldn’t have done before.”

A 45-year industry veteran, Burke was an early adopter of DSP systems and has long been a fan of Symetrix processors. “Symetrix has always been a brand I like,” he confirms. “Symetrix sound quality is excellent, their DSPs are reliable, and they’re easy for me to work with. Of course, a true understanding of analogue electronics is required to program any DSP. Gain structure is a crucial issue. But assuming you know what you’re doing, Symetrix Composer software makes the job a lot easier. For The Shops at Willow Bend, we built a GUI using Symetrix software, which we haven’t done before. It’s working very well.”

The main mall requires five audio zones, with another eight zones in the parking garages. “We’ve got messages that play in the parking garages, music that plays in the main mall, emergency messages that play in the main mall and the garages, and paging that plays everywhere,” Burke relates. “We are going to install another Symetrix xIO 4×4 expander to serve a new area outside some restaurants by the Dillard’s store, and we’ll pass signal back and forth to the main unit and create another DSP string for sound going to the outside area.”

The mall’s loudspeakers are old but serviceable, and Burke is not inclined to replace them. “They have more than 400 ceiling speakers that have been there for 15 years,” he explains. “They still work, and they don’t sound bad. We have five Crown CTs 1600 power amplifiers and eight Crown CTs 200s in the central control room.”

BBD replaced the ancient Windows 98 PC with a new HP computer running Windows 10, including a touchscreen to run the new custom GUI. “Right now we’re trying to get it on their network so their operations guy can pull up the GUI on his machine and control volumes and such,” Burke expounds. “Security does it right now, and they have to go back into the rack room. I’ve got them providing me with a fibre link between the two racks, with a copper transceiver, so we can do Dante between the main machine and the other rack. I really like Dante, and with the Symetrix Prism, we now have a system that can handle all that.”

Although the upgraded system is up and running, the BBD team is by no means finished at The Shops at Willow Bend. “This mall is one of the few brick-and-mortar places that’s still surviving and growing,” he observes. “The client is happy with the improvements, and they continue to invest in the upgrade, so this project is expanding, and I see more work coming. Symetrix Prism DSPs with Dante enable us to build out the system as needed to accommodate their growth. It’s a very interesting project, and I’m enjoying it.”

Bosch Plena serves BGM with fries

Bosch Plena mixer amplifiers are at the heart of the sound setups at the new McDonald’s ‘flagship’ restaurants. These feed LC6-100S-L ceiling-mount speaker systems, which consist of 8-inch subwoofer modules and a crossover network to support four 2-inch satellite speakers, delivering BGM.

Bosch designed a configuration of its commercial sound speakers especially for each flagship restaurant using EASE Address. ‘With the acoustic analysis, we customised the sound system for each individual restaurant, to provide nothing but the best sound in each location,’ said one of the designers.

The projects were awarded to Bosch after the manufacturer presented a series of relevant case studies of previous restaurant installations to McDonald’s. Key McDonald’s decision-makers were also invited to the Bosch experience centre to hear the products in action.

‘McDonald’s has invested a lot in background music, because we know that it gives customers a good experience and brings more business,’ said Ma Lijie, director of the development department for McDonald’s China. ‘McDonald’s needs a good music system and Bosch’s wide product range meets our needs very well.’