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ETC & High End Systems return to ABTT 2019

ETC and High End Systems prepare to showcase the latest line up of products at the 2019 ABTT Theatre Show on stands R1 and S1.

ETC will display its first integrated 3D programming environment: Augment3d on stand R1. The new and exciting Eos tool lets users control and design in a three dimensional space as well as interact with their fixtures through augmented reality. Visitors are welcome to attend in-depth presentations on Augment3d which will be held at 2.30pm on the 5th June and 2pm on 6th June in the Londesborough Room. Eos v3.0 will be available for use with all Win7 Eos family consoles, and will be shown at ABTT on the flagship Eos Ti and Gio @5.

High End Systems’ leading Hog 4-18 console will be on stand S1 during the tradeshow. The powerful console uses the very latest technology and is designed for the largest stadium shows, theme parks, concert tours and more.

The newest addition to the SolaFrame family – SolaFrame 1000 – will be on the booth for visitors to explore. Boasting a 20,000 lumen output, full framing shutters, rotating and fixed gobo wheels, multiple color systems and much more. Alongside this will be the SolaFrame Theatre, the industry’s first and only fanless automated LED luminaire that operates completely silently. It features a special high-CRI Bright White LED engine and is a natural fit for theatres or similar venues where fixture noise is not an option.

ETC’s first automated fixture in over a decade will be on show at ABTT. Specifically designed for the theatrical lighting designer, ETC’s Relevé Spot boasts a calibrated four-color additive mixing system and a unique Ani-gobo wheel.

Product experts will be on the stand to talk about ETC’s Stage Technology solutions including Prodigy P2 hoist. The complete package hoist is easy and fast to install and suitable to fit any venue’s needs.

Visitors can discover further highlights on stand R1 including the ArcSystem family of high-quality LED products, ColorSource CYC and Irideon.

This year’s exhibition will take place at Alexandra Palace, London on the 5th and 6th June. 

ETC names new CEO

Continuing the 40+ year tradition of strong company leadership, the ETC board of directors has appointed Dick Titus as President/CEO of ETC.

The company is dedicated to maintaining the legacy of its co-founder Fred Foster who passed away earlier this year. As ETC continues to grow and develop, Fred’s people-focused and high quality leadership perseveres. The company remains privately held with an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) that helps to secure the business as an independent company for the future.

ETC’s objective to continue providing the most innovative products, services and solutions to its markets remains upheld with its new President/CEO.  Titus has led the management team at ETC for 17 years as President and five years before that as COO. He started with the company in 1990.

“It’s an honor to lead the executive staff,” Titus says. “Together we have a vast amount of experience serving the people of ETC and our customers. We have a unique culture, and I’m committed to building that for years to come. We have always been a company built on a model of personal responsibility. Our path of consistent growth continues to come from the wide variety of talents of our dedicated staff around the world.”

With a diverse market from architectural to entertainment and rigging systems, ETC achieved stellar revenue growth between 2014 and 2018.. In 2017 ETC acquired entertainment lighting company, High End Systems. In 2018 they grew their commercial sales division by completing the acquisition of EchoFlex Solutions and earlier this year, they increased their presence in France when they acquired former partner, Avab Transtechnik France and added a corporate office in Paris. This summer, distribution of the ArcSystem, BluesSystem, and CueSystem products completes the acquisition of these product lines from the UK-based company, GDS.

ApexPro invites you to the ETC / High End Systems Open Day

20 – 21 May 2019

ApexPro, in conjunction with Jeremy Roberts from ETC, will be hosting dedicated sessions for all new and existing ETC/High End dealers in order to provide skills and knowledge for all those on the ground selling and supporting this excellent brand.

As a valuable member of the ETC/High End family in South Africa, we would like to formally invite you to join us so that you can be empowered to make a success of your dealership.

Sessions will include presentations on ETC and High End, as well as product overviews and a chance to meet face-to-face with the ApexPro ETC team.

As ApexPro, we are here to provide the necessary support to help you and we encourage you to make the most of this opportunity as future discount structures will be influenced by attendance.

We look forward to seeing you there as we forge ahead in growing the ETC/High End brand in South Africa.

There are four available sessions for you to choose from:
Monday 20 May: 10h00-13h00 | 14h00-17h00
Tuesday 21 May: 10h00-13h00 | 14h00-17h00

Venue: ApexPro Offices, Unit 39 Hillfox Centre (lower level), Weltevreden Park, JHB
*light lunch time snacks will be served

We look forward to personally welcoming you to the South African ETC family as we help grow this fantastic brand together!

RSVP: rsvp@apexpro.co.za

ETCNOMAD USB Key Unlocks the Power of HOG 4 PC

With the High End Systems release of Hog 4 OS 3.12, the ETCnomad USB key will now support Hog 4 PC. All existing ETCnomad USB key users, including those with the Education Package, will have access to Hog 4 PC software as a direct controller.

ETC’s VP of Marketing David Lincecum commented, “Thousands of existing ETCnomad users just gained access to the PC version of the best live event console in the world — the Hog 4. We hope they enjoy learning and using Hog 4 PC on their next event.”

The ETCnomad USB key gives users access to Eos Family, Cobalt, and now Hog 4 PC software on laptop and desktop computers. The device has been especially successful in the education market through the Education Package, which offers students and educators special discount pricing. More details about the products are available online at www.etcconnect.com/etcnomad

“We’re very excited to bring Hog 4 PC to the ETCnomad family,” console product manager Sarah Clausen commented, “Users of our Educational Package will now have yet another control system option to expand their horizons. Professional users will enjoy the new options for data distribution using Hog 4 PC and the ETCnomad USB key.”

Electro-Voice EVA powered by Dynacord C series amps: A high-performance, cost-effective audio upgrade for Grace Church

“EVA has the right tone, covered the space very evenly, and there was nothing abrasive or harsh. We knew right away that we had found the right system.”

Located in suburban Akron, Ohio, Grace Church is a contemporary Christian church with eight locations. They sought a more musically coherent sound system to replace the aging point-source system in their main Bath Campus location. Integrator Kevin Root of Rootaudio saw the 620-seat sanctuary as an excellent candidate for a line-array system, and suggested Electro-Voice as a solution.

“Electro-Voice systems deliver amazing sound quality without breaking the budget, so I spoke with my representative, CL Pugh,” says Root. “They set up demos of the X1 system and Expandable Vertical Array (EVA) for us. The larger-format, longer-throw X1 was more than this sanctuary – which seats just over 600 – needed, and the EVA filled the room perfectly. EVA has the right tone, covered the space very evenly, and there was nothing abrasive or harsh. We knew right away that we had found the right system.”

Working with EASE software, CL Pugh and Rootaudio designed a highly efficient system based around two five-box hangs of EVA-2082S dual-element array modules. The top three boxes have 90-by-6-degree dispersion, transitioning to the 120-by-20-degree version beneath them for nearfield coverage. This layout provides full HF coverage from about three feet off the stage, eliminating the need for front fills, side fills and delay speakers. The arrays are each paired with three EVA-1151D subwoofers, flown separately, directly behind each line array. As a final touch, three Electro-Voice ETX-18SP self-powered subwoofers are mounted beneath the front stage extension.

The entire system is powered by just four Dynacord C3600FDi DSP power amplifiers. Each array requires just one amplifier, with one channel for the top three modules and the other feeding the bottom two boxes. Each flown set of three EVA1151D subs is powered by a single amplifier.

“These are great amps,” says Root. “With the power they have, and the efficiency of the EVA arrays, there’s so much headroom that they haven’t even hit the limiters yet, even during services.”

The actual installation went very smoothly, with all speakers flown in just one day, followed by time alignment and final tuning. Root reports that the EVAs sounded great right out of the box, requiring very little system EQ beyond a bit of filtering due to the room shape, which is 60 feet wide at the back and about 100 feet wide in the front. The entire process was completed in less than a week. The EVA’s installation-dedicated design also ensures a clean, architecture friendly look, with hidden rigging.

“Working with churches, budget is always a driving force, so some people end up designing a system around the budget instead of the room,” says Kevin Root. “That’s what makes EV and Dynacord such a great value. We designed the right system for the room, which turned out to be within budget and with no compromises, which is how it should be. Everyone involved is thrilled at the result.”

EV Rig Shows its Clout

On Friday May  3, beloved Bedfordview venue Bailey’s Live welcomed the iconic South African rock band Clout. With the gig powered by a new Electro-Voice (EV) rig, the crowd were treated to a night of great music and top-quality sound.

Musician Gary van Zyl has played bass in some of South Africa’s most esteemed bands, including Juluka and now Clout, who are best known for their hit single, “Substitute.” He explains that Prosound have been sponsoring him since the 80s, though he has worked at the company – as repairs manager – for the last 11 years.

This relationship led to Prosound sponsoring the rig for the Clout show at Bailey’s. The rider featured new gear from US company Electro-Voice, including two EV ETX35P speakers and two ETX18sp subs for the main PA (left and right), solutions which have been praised around the world for their power and portability. This was complemented by a stage setup of one EV TourX TX 1122FM 12” monitor speaker; three EV Phoenix PX 1122M 12” monitor speakers; one ZLX 15p powered speaker and two EV Q1212 amplifiers, with EV PL series drum microphones to ensure fantastic low-end response and snappy snare drum sounds.

Murray Grassow, the full-time sound engineer at Bailey’s Live, says that he “likes the EV rig, because for its weight and size, it packed a hell of a punch.”

He also mentions the attractive look of cabs, and says that – in his experience – the company makes durable and reliable gear.

“For example, I have been working with a second-hand TourX single 15” tops and single 18” subs for many years, and they just keep pushing on like they’re brand-new.”

Reflecting on the show, Grassow says “it was great to work with Prosound and Clout are still some of the best musos I have worked with.”

From the band’s perspective, “We had a fantastic night and Lee Brune (of Prosound) did a great job as always,” van Zyl says. “Bailey’s is a beautiful venue and Murray, their sound technician, was very helpful. The EV rig kicked butt!”

ETC deciphers Tree of Codes

Tree of Codes, based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer, was the opening programme at the most recent edition of the New Vision Arts Festival at the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Lighting designer Rob Halliday employed a range of ETC lighting products to bring the performance piece to life, including the Source Four LED Series 2 Lustr spotlight and Eos control system.

‘From early discussions about the show, it felt like we would need to create white light but with the ability to just subtly shift that white,’ said Halliday. ‘Also, that there would be moments where we’d want to move into deeper colours. The Lustr felt like the perfect tool for that, able to get to any colour but for all of those colours to have the richness and life, particularly when lighting human skin, that we have for so long enjoyed from tungsten Source Four fixtures. It was the perfect choice for the show.’

Halliday had prior experience in using the Eos control system to manage rigs on other shows. ‘Eos works in a way that just feels comfortable when creating theatrical shows, while also letting you work very quickly in the often limited time you have to create those shows. ‘It is particularly powerful when working with the Lustr fixtures, since the calibrated colour library allows you to set the Lustr fixtures to match gel colours you are familiar with, and to precisely control fades between colours. The powerful group controls also let us easily create graduations or wipes across our cyclorama.’

An Eos Ti main console was paired with a Gio @5 console for the Hong Kong performance of Tree of Codes. Data was carried from the console to rig via ETC’s Net3 networking system, which was already in place at the venue, while additional Net3 DMX gateways were provided.

The rig was installed by a team led by Hong Kong-based production electrician Maggie Law and the show’s UK production electrician John Delaney; Andy Tsui was the production manager for the New Vision Arts Festival; and Jim Leaver the production manager for Manchester International Festival.

ETC lights up India Fashion Week 2019

ETC’s ColorSource Spot Pearls lit this year’s Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week (LMIFW) in Delhi, India. The ColorSource Spots with Pearl LED array brought an impressive feature set, with bright tunable white output and simple user interface, and were perfectly designed for this installation where white light was vital on the catwalk. The fixtures lit signature autumn and winter fashion collections for 2019 at the event which was organized by the Fashion Design Council of India.

Delhi based rental company Modern Stage Services Pvt. Ltd managed the audio, video and lighting production during the four day event. Managing Director, Davinder Wadhwa commented: “A reliable lighting system was crucial for the fashion gala. 12 ETC ColorSource Spot Pearls were implemented for the first time at the LMIFW. The fixture is a variable white-light LED array which enables users to set the color temperature anywhere between 2700 K and 6500 K. The ColorSource Spot Pearls brought a much needed natural glow to the ramp.”

Renowned lighting designer Viraf Pocha, worked on the set for LMIFW autumn / winter 2019 and selected ETC’s ColorSource Spot Pearl to light the fashion show. “I prefer a more organic and subtle way of lighting. In a fashion show the light should enhance the fabric exhibited by the models on the ramp and ETC offers the right scope of lighting that compliments a fashion show”, explains Pocha. “I have been in the industry for over three decades and am well aware of ETC’s presence, globally. Everyone makes profile lights, but ETC just makes it better.”

ColorSource Spot Pearl features flicker-free operation and an impressively smooth dimming curve. Hi-Tech Audio Systems Pvt. Ltd is the distributor in India of ETC’s US-manufactured lighting fixtures and controls. Managing Director, Rajan Gupta comments: “ETC’s well regarded reputation in the market is recognized around the world. With regular demos of ETC products, we have been able to create a niche clientele that appreciates cutting-edge and world-class lighting products. Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week was a breakthrough event with Modern Stage Services Pvt. Ltd and ETC. With time, we believe that ETC products will be the first preferred choice in any live show inventory or installations in India.”

Bosch launches Flexidome fixed dome cameras

Bosch has unveiled its Flexidome IP starlight 8000i fixed dome cameras, enabling remote wireless commissioning and data analysis.

The Flexidome 8000i cameras are available in three different models: the HD 1080p, 6 megapixel and the 4K ultra HD resolution. The 800i series can be commissioned wirelessly and features built-in Intelligent Video analytics with camera trainer functionality, allowing users to customise video analytics to detect objects or situations defined by the user, able to be combined with existing predetermined alarm rules and object filters of Bosch’s Intelligent Video Analytics.

The cameras include Bosch’s starlight technology built-in and allows fast moving objects to be captured with frame rates of up to 60fps, with HDR of up to 134 dB.

The cameras also have a water resistance of IP66, vandal resistance of IK10+ and an operating temperature range of -50 degrees to 60 degrees Celsius.

ETC and High End Systems celebrate successful Prolight + Sound 2019

ETC and High End Systems at Prolight and Sound 2019

Tens of thousands of visitors arrived in Frankfurt last week for Prolight + Sound 2019. Crowds gathered at the ETC and High End Systems stands in Hall 12.1 to get a look at the latest product innovations and the Hog Factor 2019 competition final.

Attendees to the stands were able to catch demonstrations of Augment3d, ETC’s new fully integrated 3D programming environment in Eos v3.0. This innovation lets users control and design in a three dimensional space; as well as interacting with their fixtures through augmented reality. Augment3d made its European debut at Prolight + Sound, alongside High End Systems’ TurboRay.

TurboRay is the newest automated fixture in High End Systems’ FX family. Its distinctive appearance with a classic retro design and radial diffusers attracted many visitors to the High End stand. Used as a narrow-angle wash light or as a powerful hard edge beam, TurboRay produces stunning aerial effects and more.

ETC’s Relevé Spot was another main attraction at this year’s exhibition. The moving light, specifically designed for theatre brings a calibrated four-color additive mixing system and unique Ani-gobo wheel that creates textures like never before. It is an automated light that brings affordable, high quality color mixing to smaller venues.

Visitors explored the innovative Prodigy P2 hoist, with Prodigy Cable Management, and were introduced to ColorSource Raceway a lightweight power and data distribution system perfect for small venues.

High End Systems’ Hog 4-18 console was used for the Hog Factor 2019 final which drew big crowds as three teams went head-to-head in the academic lighting programming contest. Industry lighting professionals Jojo Tillman, Marco Silva and Sander Den Otter judged the teams and awarded first place to ‘Team Vienna Illuminates’. The winning contestants – Andreas Aichholzer and Sebastian Schmid from Austria, performed in front of some of the industry’s most well-known companies and professionals. ‘Team AKA’ from the UK won second place, followed by ‘Team STEX’ from Austria. The teams took home a host of High End products as prizes and lighting design software company Capture, provided software licenses to each team as part of the prizes.

ETC and High End Systems also delivered the annual Student Session in Hall 4.0. Experts from both companies hosted a Q&A discussion for aspiring lighting professionals and a behind-the-scenes look into the daily running of both companies.

This year’s exhibition saw countless visitors eager to explore ETC and High End Systems’ latest products. Both companies plan to continue raising the bar with new, exciting and innovative products at Prolight + Sound 2020.