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ETC Eos Ti for Criss Angel’s ‘Mindfreak Live!’

Criss Angel’s Mindfreak Live! at the Luxor Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, upends people’s views of magic and awes spectators with a goth-horror vibe mixed with rock ‘n’ roll spectacle. The production has the largest number of moving lights on the Las Vegas Strip and combines movering heads, lasers, video and more into one seamless show.

The large number of fixtures and media demands may be taxing some consoles, however ETC’s Eos Ti performed optimally for the task at hand. ETC’s recent online video release follows lighting programmer Josh Selander and gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how he pulled together one of the most technically demanding shows on the Strip, demonstrating why the Eos Ti, in the hands of a master programmer, delivers.

Some of the features of Ti that Selander highlights include syncing the console to music and multiple versions of time code for the different ways needed to call a show; using absolute effects to work intensity and colour changes, adding a charge to an illusion’s finish; and leveraging the pixel mapping feature to treat the console as a media server and easily snap between content on LCD panels.

Criss Angel pushes magic to extreme new edges in his show, and ETC’s Eos Ti console delivers unreal lighting for it all.

This article is originally from www.pro-systems.co.za

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Attero Tech now shipping AES67 networked audio products

Attero Tech now shipping AES67 networked audio products

Attero Tech now shipping AES67 networked audio products

Built from the ground up, these AES67 products enable Attero Tech’s innovative audio connectivity technologies to interface with the AES67 enabled Q-SYS Platform from QSC. The new AES67 enabled products are also designed for interoperability with all Dante AES67-enabled technologies, providing maximum flexibility for systems leveraging AES67 as a bridge between modern audio networking platforms.

“The addition of AES67 interoperability allows Attero Tech to bring our networked audio connectivity solutions to integrators and end users who have adopted the Q-SYS platform as their primary AVC solution, without the need for additional interface cards or conversion products,” observes Josh Arnold, Attero Tech, product manager.

“QSC is excited to see Attero Tech supporting AES67, joining over 200 compliant products in our industry,” adds Martin Barbour, product manager for installed systems, QSC. “Furthermore, the software-based architecture of the Q-SYS Platform is allowing manufacturers like Attero Tech to develop and support their own integration plug-ins for Q-SYS, bringing incredible ease of use to installations.”

In addition to basic audio interoperability, all Attero Tech endpoints will offer control integration into Q-SYS Designer software using Q-SYS plug-ins, developed and supported by Attero Tech. Some of these plug-ins are already shipping with Q-SYS Designer v6.2, with additional plug-ins made available through Attero Tech’s customer portal for download available at https://portal.atterotech.com/home/.

Attero Tech’s new plug-ins provide the ability to configure parameters, including preamp controls and I/O levels, routing configurations, and device status updates. Real-time control of Attero Tech product parameters can be easily added to Q-SYS native touchscreen controllers, and other Q-SYS enabled software user control interfaces, eliminating the need to integrate and program costly third-party controllers.

Attero Tech’s AES67 solutions offer 48kHz, 24-bit uncompressed digital audio with 1ms end-to-end latency and system-wide sample synchronization, support for PTPv2 master or slave operation, and SAP (Session Announcement Protocol) based stream identification for use with applications supporting SAP Stream Discovery (Dante Controller, Q-SYS Designer, unIFY Control Panel v3.0 and greater).

ApexPro is the sole distributor of Attero Tech products and technology in the South African market. Kindly direct any queries to earl@apexpro.co.za

Symetrix helps to restore Italy’s Politeama Theatre

Symetrix helps to restore Italy's Politeama Theatre

Symetrix helps to restore Italy's Politeama TheatreIn the small, central Italian town of Tolentino, the Politeama Theatre sat neglected for a quarter of a century before efforts began to return it to its rightful place at the heart of the local community. In October 2016, however, the project took on new significance when Tolentino and its surrounding region were struck by a series of earthquakes, including a 6.6 magnitude event that reduced other historic local buildings to rubble. Now the Politeama Theater and its comprehensive refurbishment have become symbols of Tolentino’s own resurgence.

The newly rejuvenated theatre was officially inaugurated in May 2017, and it already boasts a full schedule of theatrical, cinematic, musical, and educational events. Work originally began, however, in 2014, when ambitious plans were laid out for the venue’s return, including state-of-the-art technical systems. The audio design was devised by Claudio Giacomelli of AV Service, with technical support from Simone Santarelli of Symetrix distributor SISME. At the core of the solution are Symetrix DSPs routing and managing audio across multiple spaces.

On the ground floor, the entrance and main multipurpose performance space are covered by a single Symetrix Radius AEC DSP handling audio requirements ranging from background music to emergency announcements and paging. Equipped with the same 128 (64×64) redundant Dante channels as the original Radius, the Radius AEC adds the benefit of high performance wide-band acoustic echo cancellation featuring zero latency direct outputs and discrete references. Background music sources like Spotify and iTunes are integrated into the Dante network, supported by the Radius DSP. For ease of use, Giacomelli and his team used SymVue software to create a fully customised GUI, making it simple for the theatre’s staff to send different signals to different zones as required.

Meanwhile, in the basement area, Symetrix Prism 8×8 DSPs have been specified for a trio of multipurpose rooms available to host musical performances, workshops, exhibitions and other cultural events. The systems can be combined if required for specific larger-scale events, while Symetrix ARC-SW4e panels facilitate easy and seamless control. An additional Symetrix Radius AEC DSP has been specified in the 170-seat second-floor cinema, optimising the performance of the installed sound reinforcement system.

The combination of Dante networking and Symetrix DSPs has delivered a powerful solution for the restored theatre, observes Santarelli: “We are really happy with the results achieved with this new audio system. My role was to assist in the set-up of the Dante network and to support the Symetrix DSP programming, the results of which have been remarkable. The collaboration with Claudio Giacomelli, who is an excellent technician, has resulted in a really high-quality audio and video system for this iconic theatre.”

This article is originally from www.pro-systems.co.za

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ETC celebrates Thea Award winners

ETC celebrates Thea Award winners

ETC celebrates Thea Award winnersThe Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) recently announced their 2018 Thea Award winners. And even with the diversity of winners – including theme parks, museums, visitor centres, and spectaculars – a majority of the winners had one thing in common: control products from ETC. Overall, ETC had a hand in nine of the Thea Award-winning projects.

“We’re delighted for each of our partners recognised with a Thea Award, and congratulate the winners on their vision,” said Karl Haas, national sales manager for architecture at ETC. “These projects showcase ETC’s dedication to creating lighting system solutions that are powerful enough to control entire park lighting systems, and creative enough to fit in to these highly specialised environments.”

ETC’s Unison Paradigm and Mosaic lines, Sensor3 power dimming technology, Response data distribution, Echo Relay panels and more were the unseen backbone for the projects, providing reliable, accurate, user-friendly systems, and supporting the most demanding venues. ETC celebrates the creativity of our partners and congratulates them on this honour.

Since 1994, the Thea Awards have been “bringing recognition to achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry.” In addition to recognising industry luminaries and classic parks, TEA gives Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA) across several categories. The awards will be presented at the Thea Awards gala, 7 April 2018. A complete listing of 2018 Thea winners can be found here.

ETC appreciates the opportunity to partner and support these talented artists and organisations.

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ETC’s ColorSource CYC makes an award-winning debut at LDI 2017

CYC wins LDI award

Visitors to the 2017 LDI Show in Las Vegas this November found ETC’s booth awash in colour, thanks to the new ColorSource® CYC luminaire. Two 5.5m-tall cyc panels bookended the booth, each lit evenly and brightly in a range of tints and hues by the new LED fixtures. Show-goers were impressed – as were LDI’s judges, who honoured the ColorSource CYC with a Best Debuting Lighting Product award at a ceremony on Saturday night.

Technical Product Manager Dave Cahalane accepted the award on behalf of the development team. “With the ColorSource CYC, we tried to provide a fixture that had a broad range of beautiful colour in a compact size,” he explained in his acceptance speech.

The cyclorama light is the latest addition to the ColorSource family of products, which bring high-quality LED lighting and control to a more affordable price point. The ColorSource CYC adds a fifth emitter colour to the standard RGB-Lime array: indigo LEDs that help achieve rich, deep blues.

Other new products on ETC’s stand included the Ion® Xe and Ion Xe 20 control consoles and the Eos Fader Wings. ETC also commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Source Four® spotlight with a special, crowdsourced video displayed on the booth.

CYC wins LDI award

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Symetrix makes system control easy at Shorewood Elementary

Symetrix makes system control easy at Shorewood ElementaryHighline Public Schools serve a half-dozen communities south of Seattle, including Burien, where Shorewood Elementary educates approximately 550 pre-kindergarteners through sixth-grade students. The school’s “cafetorium” is actually two spaces: a cafeteria/auditorium and a gymnasium, separated by an air wall. The cafetorium’s sound system, which is separate from the school intercom, was installed in 2010, and the power amplifiers and speakers worked well. However, the DSP that was initially installed proved too difficult to use. In search of a more user-friendly solution, the school contacted Dave May of Impulse Audio in Seattle.

May’s firm wasn’t involved in the original install, but he understood the issues. His solution: Retain the amplifiers and speakers but replace the problematic DSP with a Symetrix Solus NX 8×8, controlled with a pair of Symetrix ARC-3 wall panels. “An elementary school typically wants a mixer on a virtual tablet and replicated on a wall control in case something happens to the tablet,” May asserts. “They have 20 minutes to get things set up, and they just want it to work, so we have to put the ‘smarts’ into the DSP and make it as easy to use as possible. The old DSP’s remote control was so cryptic that nobody could figure it out, so they rarely used the system.”

In contrast, declares May, “the new Symetrix ARC remote controls are so easy to use, I have to do very little training, and that’s huge. I train people with these new remotes by letting them train me. I say something like, ‘please look at this remote and adjust the volume of microphone 2.’ They start pushing buttons, and they figure it out right away. I don’t have to explain.”

The gym side of the cafetorium employs one microphone input for the gym coach’s wireless headset microphone and one music input. The cafeteria/auditorium side boasts a wireless mic input, four microphone inputs on a small stage, and an auxiliary combo input on the back wall to employ an MP3 player or another audio source. “We gave them a portable analogue mixer in a case, and they can plug it in the rear of the room and run a complete show from a tactile mixer if they want,” details May. All sound sources go directly to analogue inputs on the Solus NX, and the DSP sends analogue out to the power amps and speakers.

The school’s Solus NX manages two audio systems, one for the gym and the other for the cafeteria/auditorium, with an ARC-3 wall panel in each space. Combining the two spaces is as simple as opening the air wall and touching a button on either wall panel. The system also can be controlled from a Windows tablet, thanks to Symetrix’ SymVue network-based runtime application for Windows PCs, touchscreen-enabled PCs, and tablets. SymVue displays control screens for Symetrix Radius, Edge, Prism, and Solus NX DSPs authored in and exported from, Symetrix Composer programming software.

May chose the Solus NX because it was a cost-effective solution that fully met the school’s needs. “On a larger project, where they need Dante, expandability, and lots of inputs, I’d put in a Radius or a Prism,” May explains. “Both of those pieces are fantastic. I put in Prism more than anything else; that’s our bread-and-butter. But the school never would have used all of that, they won’t need to expand the system, and the Solus NX costs less and works flawlessly.”

Symetrix’ Composer DSP-programming software is another reason May chose Symetrix DSPs. “Symetrix has become my absolute go-to because of its power and simplicity,” he confirms. “Composer is all drag-and-drop. It’s so much more straightforward and elegant than any of the other major brands. I installed a new DSP at a hotel recently, and I had the whole thing programmed in three hours. Designing the Shorewood Elementary system probably took us an hour and a half.”

In addition to the advantages Symetrix DSPs provide, May appreciates the way the company does business. “Symetrix’ tech support folks have always been able to answer my questions perfectly and quickly. I can’t even tell you what a great thing that is,” he praises. “The other day I called a vendor and was on the phone for 20 minutes waiting for them to answer, then didn’t get the right information.That’s awful. At Symetrix, they answer the phone immediately.”

For the customer, of course, it’s about results and cost-effectiveness. “Shorewood Elementary went from having a clunky mixing system that they couldn’t use to a cost-effective DSP with a full automixer, compression, and EQ on every channel. They don’t know that it’s there, but it is. We installed the Solus NX a month before school was out, and there were many events at the end of the year, yet they didn’t need any tech support. I trained one person, and everybody else just figured it out. They configured it for multicultural events, a talent show, a choral concert, a band concert and I didn’t have to do anything. They’re delighted, and so am I.”

This article is originally from www.pro-systems.co.za

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Symetrix reveals new Control Server, USB Audio Card and Composer update

Symetrix reveals new Control Server, USB Audio Card and Composer update

Symetrix reveals new Control Server, USB Audio Card and Composer updateSymetrix has announced a haul of new technologies including a Control Server platform, a USB Audio Card for its Dante-enabled Radius and Edge DSPs, and an update to Composer v5.6, its award-winning open architecture design software.

Control Server is a web services platform for control of network AV systems, including Symetrix Radius, Edge, Prism, and Solus NX DSPs. Programmed using Composer, Control Server offers wired connections for the AV network and Wi-Fi connectivity for control. The platform comes equipped with one instance of Symetrix’ Mixer app, which provides 32 channel strips, each with an assignable fader and a mute button, and offers dynamic screen-sizing and orientation, making it easy to mix events with virtually any mobile device or computer browser with multi-touch functionality.

Symetrix’ USB Audio Card for Radius and Edge DSPs enables audio devices connected to these DSPs to send audio to, and return audio from, any computer that supports USB Audio Class 1 or Class 2. Most operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS, and UNIX, provide generic USB Class 1 drivers. A Class 2 driver for Windows is provided by Symetrix.

The USB Audio Card provides two modes of operation: Speakerphone and Line In/Out. Each mode offers two configuration settings. Speakerphone mode provides plug-and-play connectivity, and enables one input channel and one output channel. Soft-codec acoustic echo cancelling (e.g., Skype, WebEx, and GoToMeeting) can be disabled in favour of Symetrix’ wide-band, low-latency AEC processing. Line In/Out mode is configurable for 2×2 or 8×8 recording and playback, using courtroom recording or audio production software. The USB Audio Card adds eight USB audio inputs and eight outputs to a Radius AEC or Radius 12×8 EX, and up to 32×32 input and outputs for Edge DSPs. A high-retention Type B USB port provides a standard and robust connection between DSP and computer.

Supporting the Control Server and the USB Audio Card, Symetrix has also released Composer v5.6, the latest version of its programming software for Windows. The web interface diagnostic page for Composer v5.6 now shows Dante-related diagnostics, and each DSP unit supports connections with up to four Shure devices.

Noteworthy is the addition of Juice Goose Super-modules to control Juice Goose iP Series power sequencing and control devices. These Super-modules, which feature Symetrix’ custom graphic user interface, provide simultaneous user control of each individual pod, enabling the user to individually or sequentially power the pods up and down.

This article is originally from www.audiomediainternational.com

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Bosch assists Serralves Museum to manage rising numbers of visitors

Bosch assists Serralves Museum to manage rising numbers of visitors

Bosch assists Serralves Museum to manage rising numbers of visitorsPorto is home to one of Portugal’s most important art and architecture foundations, the Serralves Foundation, which governs the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art and Serralves Park. Both are National Monuments, Portugal’s most important heritage classification.

Over the past years, the Serralves Museum has become Portugal’s most popular museum: visitors now exceed 300 000 per year. They are drawn by world-class cultural events – such as a recent exhibition of Spanish artist Joan Miro. Many of the more than 80 works had never before been shown publicly. With such high visitor numbers, the Serralves Foundation searched for support in managing their visitor flow. Administrators wanted to identify high- and low-traffic days, so they could adjust staffing levels and thereby prevent long queues at entrances and dangerous overcrowding of exhibition rooms.

Bosch supported the Foundation by installing FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 video cameras inside and outside the museum. Then the cameras were connected to the Bosch Remote Portal.

The cameras provide a complete 360-degree view of a certain scene without blind spots. Thanks to their build-in video analytics function, the panoramic cameras are enabled to interpret what they see. In this way, they not only capture and transmit video images, but they can also transmit associated data, like object type, size, speed and much more. Remote Portal is a software that as a service allows installers to access via the cloud any Bosch IP camera to configure applications, monitor the health status of the camera or set up camera counter reports.

Thus, this solution enables the Museum’s administration to count visitors – and report the count in real time. The Remote Portal allows for the creation of visitor traffic reports over a day, a week or several months. All data can be easily exported to other applications.

With the help of this information, the Serralves Foundation plans and relocates staffing as well as other resources well in advance. Also, if needed, security guards can avoid the entrance of more people inside the Miró Museum. It manages visitor traffic over the course of the year, so all visitors can indulge fully in experiencing fine art – rather than the art of being stuck in a crowd.

This article is originally from www.pro-systems.co.za

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ETC introduces ColorSource CYC

ETC’s newest addition to the ColorSource® fixture family is the ColorSource CYC. A dedicated cyclorama fixture with a sole purpose of creating beautiful, smooth washes of light on a cyclorama or wall, ColorSource CYC produces a wide range of bold colours using a unique, all-LED, five colour mix of red, green, blue, indigo, and lime.

ColorSource CYC eliminates the need to replace expensive lamps and highly saturated, coloured gel that burns through after a couple of shows. Furthermore, these fanless, LED fixtures consume a fraction of the power of other standard CYC fixtures. However, lower power consumption doesn’t equal reduced light output. In fact, it’s possible to light a full cyclorama with a fraction of the fixtures typically required.

With a compact and lightweight design, this affordable fixture practically blends in with the background. ColorSource CYC can be quickly set up on a stage floor, or hung from a pipe with ease, meaning it’s no longer necessary to lug around large, clunky, boxy fixtures or setup ground row after ground row or border after border.

Each fixture includes an optional hanging yoke, power in and thru connections for easy installation, and standalone presets and sequences, making installation and set up a breeze.

With the new ColorSource CYC fixture, comes an update to ETC’s CYC Tool. This powerful fixture app will do the work for you – calculating the number of fixtures required and how far apart to space them to get full cyclorama coverage. The latest version of the CYC Tool is available to download now via iTunes and Google Play.

Learn more about both the ColorSource CYC and the CYC Tool on the ETC website at etcconnect.com/ColorSource.

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Bosch ensures efficient energy use in Morbegno, Lombardy in Italy

Bosch ensures efficient energy use in Morbegno, Lombardy in Italy

Bosch ensures efficient energy use in Morbegno, Lombardy in ItalyThe town of Morbegno in the Italian Alps near the Swiss border will be relying on the competence of Bosch Energy and Building Solutions Italy to boost energy efficiency in its public buildings and other facilities within the scope of a long-term project financing contract.

Among other things, it includes installing LED technology in all public lighting and in the interior lighting systems of municipal buildings, upgrading the municipal heating systems while continuing to maintain the existing district heating network, bringing the fire protection systems and warning signs in all municipal buildings into line with current standards, installing new public lighting systems within the scope of the “Progetto Parchi Sicuri 2017” (2017 Safe Parks Project) and carrying out both routine and any required special maintenance of the upgraded systems.

The contract also calls for modernising panelboards and replacing over 15,000 meters of power lines, installing a solar power system and an air-water heat pump, and implementing a number of “smart city” functions such as a 24/7 call center, remote control and management of systems, and new photovoltaic systems on municipal facilities with total capacity of 45 kW.

Under the terms of the contract, Bosch Energy and Building Solutions Italy will plan and implement all of the measures and ensure that everything works properly over the next 20 years. “The contract with Bosch will give our town technologically advanced, high-quality equipment and systems,” says engineer Giorgio Ciapponi, who is responsible for the project on the Morbegno town council. “We’re also confident that we will save money in the long term by having Bosch maintain and operate our systems.” Carlo Papi, commercial director of the public administration division of Bosch Energy and Building Solutions Italy, explains: “Working with a certified energy service company (ESCo) like us is a way for small communities like Morbegno to significantly improve their energy efficiency. The available public funding often isn’t enough. We’re going to invest 2.63 million euros in this project.”

This article is originally from www.pro-systems.co.za

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