Sustainable lighting solution for the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama
Situated at the heart of The University of Manchester’s campus, the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama recently underwent a significant refit, including the installation of a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient production lighting package, featuring a control desk, LED luminaires and power controls from ETC, and auditorium lighting from GDS, all supplied and installed by Stage Electrics.
An important arts venue for north-west England, the Martin Harris Centre offers students a fantastic space in which to study and perform, as well as hosting many professional musicians, performers and prize-winning authors. It provides an excellent space for contemporary and classic theatre, music and comedy events, and holds a reading series that has in the past featured such literary luminaries as Martin Amis, Will Self, John Banville and Clive James.
The project, which was made possible due to significant funding from the Faculty of Humanities, is part of a campus-wide initiative that supports the University’s commitment to environmental sustainability and saw a complete overhaul of the lighting in the venue’s Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall and John Thaw Studio Theatre.
Longstanding supplier to the University, Stage Electrics was appointed to design, specify and install a complete lighting system for the two multipurpose facilities. Karl Spencer, the venue’s technical services manager, worked closely with Stage Electrics’ Rob Beamer and Karl Formstone to ensure the right solution was selected and installed.
“Energy efficiency was a driving factor in this project, but there were other points to consider too, like flexibility,” says Rob Beamer.
“The venue hosts a lot of classical concerts where maximum light levels are critical, whereas colour rendering and colour mixing capability is important for lighting dramatic performances, for example. For power controls, space was at a premium, so we had to bear that in mind too.”
The comprehensive solution, specified following extensive demonstrations between Stage Electrics and the University, includes an Ion® console with two fader wings; a Unison Paradigm® power control system; Sensor® dimmers with ThruPower modules; and an array of ColorSource® PAR, Source Four® LED Series 2 Lustr® and Daylight HD fixtures and a comprehensive state-of-the-art house lighting system from GDS.
Rob Beamer adds: “We put a lot of time into getting it right. The challenge was to deliver a versatile, energy-efficient lighting solution to maximise the experience for both performer and audience, without compromising on quality. And I think we have succeeded.”
Karl Spencer, the Martin Harris Centre’s technical services manager said, “As part of this extensive lighting project, our spaces have been converted to energy-efficient LED, for both lighting performances and house lighting. The end result is excellent and our performers and audiences alike are already enjoying the improved lighting. The installation offers us a flexible, efficient and sustainable lighting solution which underpins the University’s environmental sustainability strategy.”
David Butcher joins ApexPro
ApexPro would like to officially welcome David Butcher to the team. David joined as of the first of March. He is the newly appointed Technical Support Manager. With more than 10 years’ experience in AV Design, Software Conceptual Design, Sound Design, Hardware Interfacing and Generic and Automated Lighting, David is an institution in the local industry. His addition is a major boost to ApexPro’s capabilities. Welcome David!
Pictured left to right are: David Butcher, Jeremy Roberts (Associate Regional Manager, ETC Ltd), Mathew Lewis (ETC Product Specialist) and Ian Blair (GM Lighting and Structures). With unmatched levels of practical experience and expertise and the right combination of the very best people in their respective fields, ApexPro is poised to make a huge success of 2017.
ETC prepares for Prolight+Sound
Germany – ETC is powering up to demonstrate a selection of its latest and most popular lighting and rigging solutions at this year’s Prolight+Sound, taking place in Frankfurt from 4–7 April. ETC representatives from around the globe will be available to answer your questions regarding lighting control, luminaires, rigging and complete system solutions, in hall 3.0 on stands E47, E51 and F51.
Hall 3.0 – Stand E51
Visit stand E51 to see the recently launched Gio @5 console. This lighting desk brings the acclaimed, professional-grade control of the Eos Ti® and Gio® consoles within reach of users with tighter spaces – and tighter budgets. Receive a demo using the Gio @5, another Eos-family console, or Cobalt Wings, and see in action a selection of ETC’s Source Four® LED Series 2 luminaires. The Lustr® array, with its x7 Color System, provides the brightest light in the colours you use most, and the Daylight HD and Tungsten HD can be tweaked to perfectly illuminate individual skin tones. Additionally, you can see the Irideon FPZ, a fixture that pairs the best of the Source Four Mini LED platform with exceptional output and a sleek industrial design to light spaces with elegance and subtlety.
Hall 3.0 – Stand E47
On stand E47, product specialists will show you all the features of the entire ColorSource family of products. Developed for those with limited budgets who want a complete, high-quality LED lighting system with plug-and-play setup, the family includes ColorSource and ColorSource AV consoles, ColorSource® Spot, PAR and Linear fixtures, and ColorSource Relay and ThruPower power control solutions.
Hall 3.0 – Stand F51
Talk to the experts on stand F51 about ETC’s selection of cost-effective rigging solutions, designed with halls and smaller stages in mind. Explore the features of QuickTouch® and Foundation controls, and the latest Prodigy P2 hoist, which expands the possibilities of upper stage machinery systems. This is also where you can find the latest innovations in Unison Echo® and Paradigm® architectural control solutions, and the new Sensor3 TPSR app, programmed to enable you to identify and change the mode a circuit is set to – all from within the app.
Also on stand F51, don’t miss special guest Birgit Mörtl, a multiple world champion in bodypainting, who will be demonstrating the artistic connection between body, colour and light, every day of the show.
ETC Student Session
ETC will host one of its internationally acclaimed Student Sessions, on Tuesday 4 April at 5pm, in Forum Level C, Raum Substanz. The always-energetic event gives students an exclusive look into ETC’s unique culture, service philosophy, and product development, with the opportunity to ask questions, learn about employment opportunities and win swag. To attend the Student Session, pick up a ‘VIP pass’ at ETC’s registration desk on stand E51 during show hours.
For further information about ETC at Prolight+Sound 2017, visit etcconnect.com/About/Events/Tradeshows/Prolight2017/.
No mountain too high for ETC
The recently opened Banff Gondola Terminal represents quite literally a high point in lighting installations for ETC. Perched on a mountain peak with an elevation of 2,281 metres (7,486 feet), the four-storey structure gives visitors access to restaurants, bars, retail stores and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. Brewster Travel Canada, working with a team of subcontractors, completed the 3,251 square metre (35,000 sq ft), $26 million reconstruction in 12 months. Video screens, reading panels and three-dimensional displays depict information of the park’s iconic flora and fauna, designed specifically to thrill and entertain the roughly 600,000 visitors who take the gondola annually, says Dave McKenna, president of Brewster Travel Canada.
Following a very “green” mandate from the end users, the entire facility uses ETC LED fixtures to create theatrical interior looks to match the spectacular exterior vistas. The project was not without its logistical challenges, as Michael Pyatt, of GES and project manager for the design team, explains: “We had to complete the install in three phases while the attraction was open to the public, and during the better weather months.”
With no access road, all the equipment had to make the eight-minute gondola ride to the oxygen-scarce heights, and – as opening day approached – the gondolas were running 24/7 to meet deadlines. Many of the bulkier pieces of gear had to be delivered by helicopter or in a specially enlarged gondola that could only be used outside of public opening times.
Pyatt’s previous experiences with GES, on their very successful touring exhibitions (Harry Potter and the soon-to-be-launched Avatar) were very much at sea level. He hired lighting designer Josh Starr whose background was exclusively in New York theatre and live events. “They wanted a theatrical twist on a permanent install, and I jumped at the opportunity,” says Starr.
Working only from renderings and photographs, his design uses ETC Source Four Mini fixtures and Selador Desire® D22 track-mount units. “I wanted to streamline the building, and these fixtures gave me the texture, colour and templates I needed for the job.” Because of Park Canada regulations on the exterior lighting of high-profile buildings, the design focused on the indoor retail, performance and interpretive spaces. After an initial contact with Warren Mays of Los Angeles-based ETC representative MPA, the sale was handled by Christie Lites’ Calgary office. Comparing this project to lighting a Broadway show, Starr says: “In the theatre, you get the electrician to move a light a few feet and it’s no big deal. In buildings, you are part of a huge team, where if you don’t plan ahead, you will have to live with your mistakes.”
With approximately 150 D22 LED luminaire packs, 100 Source Four Minis and 150 GDS ArcSystem Pro One-Cell fixtures, the Unison Paradigm®-controlled system has an amazingly small, three-phase, 25-amp power requirement.
ETC service technician Tyler Martin, who worked through Field Service CA, explains: “The whole building is automated for convenience using Paradigm control and the astronomical time clock feature.” At 7am as the sun is rising over the Rockies, the lighting system executes its early-morning look and at the end of the day, as the guests dine in the fading light, another cue dims fixtures that reflect on the glass surfaces to create an unimpaired view of the scenery.
Starr makes full use of the colour palettes in the Paradigm controller to “make the images pop.” Foliage breakups in the Source Four Minis add to the displays depicting Canada’s natural majesty. Unison racks drive the Source Four Minis, sconce lights, relay switches, and house, emergency and décor lighting. In another ‘first’ in this remarkable installation, a GDS ArcSystem is running wirelessly at 2,500m (8,200 ft) above sea level.
Despite its tiny power requirement, the building is well-prepared for future expansion as it gains popularity as one of Canada’s premier tourist destinations. The lighting tracks are powered but not fully populated, and each floor has extra nodes and push-button stations to allow for additional fixtures. “We are using about 1,500 channels of control, but have the mains power and control capability to add more universes in the future,” adds Tyler.
Despite “challenges associated with a project being on top of a mountain,” Michael Pyatt and the entire design team are more than ready to take a deep breath and move onwards, if not upwards.
Written by Marshall Bissett. Photos courtesy of Tyler Martin.
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Audio-Technica ATUC-50 Conference System Launch & Training
On the 21st of February Audio-Technica South Africa, distributed by ApexPro, officially launched the ATUC-50, an innovative new offering from Audio-Technica in the conferencing space. Audio-Technica’s Conference Business Development Manager EMEA, Sandra Kellerman, came all the way from Denmark to officially launch the exciting new ATUC-50 Digital Discussion System and offer in-depth training on its use and features. The event was held at the picturesque Blandford Manor conferencing venue in northern Johannesburg.
This new entry-level system has raised the bar for sound quality and speech intelligibility with its 24-bit/48kHz uncompressed digital audio and is extremely easy to use along with plug and play functionality. With a 5 year warranty the ATUC-50 offers reliable, clear and intelligible communication to significantly increase meeting efficiency and effectiveness.
Aadil Matwadia, National Sales Manager for ApexPro had this to say; “I really found the training to be very informative. It was very useful to see what we are up against in the market place with this system. The ATUC-50’s ease of set up and sound quality were the highlights for me”.
After two very successful training sessions in Johannesburg, Sandra went on to Cape Town where customers were again very enthusiastic about the system. We predict that the ATUC-50 will find many fans in South Africa as an easy to use, highly adaptable and great sounding system in the entry-level tier of conferencing.
New Brands for ApexPro
ApexPro, Prosound’s new Distribution company, is proud to announce that they are the official distributors of Symetrix, Atterotech and Stewart Audio in South Africa. The three brands complement one another perfectly in installed sound applications and are all extremely valuable additions to ApexPro’s product portfolio. The team at ApexPro are confident that these three prestigious brands will find many happy users and many applications around the country.
With a singular focus on installed systems DSP, Symetrix delivers high performance audio hardware and software, backed by the highest caliber of customer care. Symetrix continuously expands the scope and capabilities of their product offerings to range from simple single unit budget installations to state-of- the-art 100,000 seat stadiums, and everything in between. Their purpose is to lead by innovation: early-stage implementation of Dante™ network audio is just one example. Join with AV specialists around the globe who turn to Symetrix again and again for reliable, high-performance audio DSP and accessories.
Attero Tech is a leading provider of unique and cost-effective networked AV solutions for small and medium sized venues. Attero Tech solutions help AV systems integrators reduce cost, improve audio quality, future proof systems, and meet their most demanding design requirements. Leveraging their deep background in audio networking and audio theory, Attero Tech engineers have developed out-of- the-box solutions for virtually any connection scenario. If there is a need, Attero Tech has the solution.
Since 1982, Stewart Audio’s singular focus has been making a difference in sound reinforcement. Our broad array of compact standard and network amplifiers span both analog and digital worlds. With a commitment to innovation and quality, we provide our customers with a unique combination of features from RS232 control to DSP in a compact package.
System Snapshot: Aerial Enterprises selects X-Line Advance for Detroit Auto Show
For the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Aerial Enterprises was the PA system provider for the main Atrium Stage in the Cobo Center. To provide both the musicality required for artists like the Beach Boys and easy intelligibility for keynote addresses, black tie events, and awards presentations, Aerial selected the X-Line Advance line-array loudspeaker system from Electro-Voice, with EV power and processing.
The main system consisted of two nine-box line arrays of X2-212/90 mains, supported by twin six-box clusters of X2-128 subwoofers, deployed in a cardioid arrangement for bass control within the cavernous space. The system was powered by TG7 amplifiers and networked via the NetMax N8000 digital matrix.
To augment the mains, Xi-1122 full-range loudspeakers were used, with four for front fill, six for deck fill, and six more as a delay system for the first balcony of the large three-story hall. These were powered by CP3000S amplifiers with Dx46 processors.
“The key to choosing X-Line Advance for the Detroit Auto Show was its ability to sound good for a wide array of event types, from voice only to major entertainers,” notes Jim Lillie, President and Operating Partner for Aerial Enterprises. “It was a great example of how versatile the X2 system is. Everybody was extremely pleased.”
This article is originally from electrovoice.com
Photos by Jamie Hurschman
Audio-Technica expands their network mic offering at ISE 2017
The company’s complete ATUC-50 digital discussion system was also on display for the first time – with a variety of seminars on the ATUC-50 and general microphone specification and deployment occurring during the show.
The ATND931 Dante six-inch gooseneck microphone and ATND933 Dante hanging microphone are both available in a number of configurations, including black and white colour options and a selection of three polar patterns (cardioid, hypercardioid and MicroLine). All configurations come standard with the new ATND8734 ceiling-mount power module with Dante network output, offering a solution for integrating these new microphones with a Dante network without the need for a separate, standalone audio interface.
The ATND8734 comes equipped with an 80 Hz low-cut UniSteep filter, selectable for a flat response or low-frequency roll-off, as well as a three-position input gain level selector (+30 dB, +40 dB, and +50 dB) and green/red LEDs. All features may be configured and controlled remotely via third-party software.
ISE 2017 also represented the first showing of Audio-Technica’s complete ATUC-50 digital discussion system with the recently introduced ATUC-50INT interpretation unit. The ATUC-50INT received its first showing at ISE at the Audio-Technica booth.
Audio-Technica also hosted a seminar focused on the ATUC-50 on Friday 10 February. The seminar provided an introduction and guide to easy set-up, programming and system integration for integrators, end-users and distributors.
In addition, Audio-Technica technical director Zsolt Zold hosted two seminars as part of the InfoComm FlashTrack programme on Wednesday 8 February. The seminars dealt with microphone choice, performance and positioning for conference environments.
This article is originally from Audio Media International.
Prosound will be hosting a free Audio-Technica ATUC-50 Conference System Launch and Training Event
If you are a system integrator, audio-visual consultant, rental company or an existing or prospective conferencing system user, get your RSVP in for the launch of the exciting new Audio-Technica ATUC-50 Digital Discussion System. This new entry-level system has raised the bar for sound quality and speech intelligibility with its 24-bit/48kHz uncompressed digital audio and is extremely easy to use along with plug and play functionality. The ATUC-50 offers reliable, clear and intelligible communication to significantly increase meeting efficiency and effectiveness.
As well as an overview of the system’s features, this event will also feature more in depth training on its use. Please RSVP to email@example.com with your name, company name and the link to your website as well as the session time that you’d like to attend. Space is of course limited. We hope to see you there!
Audio-Technica at CES 2017: Purity of Sound
Audio-Technica took Las Vegas by storm at CES 2017 to unveil the latest and greatest in audio gear, ranging from phono cartridges to headphones to turntables.
Introducing Live Sound Series Headphones
Audio-Technica’s new line of headphones is designed to bring the concert experience with you everywhere you go. These new high-quality in-ear models utilize newly developed multiple-driver designs and additional innovations to deliver rich, powerfully immersive sound.
The Live Sound Series features five models, each furnished with an inline microphone and controller, as well as detachable 3’ 9” cables featuring their new A2DC (Audio Designed Detachable Coaxial) connector.
The ATH-LS400iS provides exceptionally detailed sound thanks to an innovative quad balanced armature driver design. The ATH-LS300iS features a triple balanced armature driver that provides powerful, efficient sound distribution and a smooth, even tonal balance across an extended frequency range. The ATH-LS200iS’ dual balanced armature design with a super-tweeter and a full-range driver delivers ultra high-frequency sounds. The ATH-LS70iS and ATH-LS50iS utilize their newly designed Dual Symphonic Driver, which aligns two full-range drivers in a single housing and powers them simultaneously, a configuration that yields a balanced sound with deep, articulate bass and clear midrange and high frequencies. The Live Sound Series will be available in Spring 2017.
Unveiling Sound Reality Hi-Res Audio Headphones
Music lovers and audiophiles seeking top-quality reproduction of their favourite music are in for a treat. Audio-Technica’s newest Sound Reality headphones were designed with the most critical listeners in mind. These new models allow listeners to fully enjoy the sonic benefits of high-resolution audio; it’s digital audio reproduction at its best. The Sound Reality series features six new models: the in-ear ATH-CKR100iS, ATH-CKR90iS and ATH-CKR70iS, the over-ear wireless ATH-DSR9BT and ATH-DSR7BT and the over-ear ATH-SR9. With such a wide range of models there’s something for every type of listener to enjoy. The ATH-DSR9BT Wireless Over-Ear Headphones with Pure Digital Drive made a splash at the show, receiving a CES 2017 Innovation Honoree Award from the CTA as well as a CES 2017 Editors’ Choice Award from Reviewed.com. The Sound Reality Series will be available in Spring 2017.
Meet the Next Generation of SonicFuel® Headphones
Audio-Technica’s SonicFuel line was designed for active, daily use; providing ATH-AR3BTlisteners with outstanding value and an immersive listening experience you can take them anywhere. CES is proud to introduce the next generation of SonicFuel headphones with four new models including the on-ear wireless ATH-AR3BT, on-ear ATH-AR3iS, in-ear ATH-CKR50iS and in-ear ATH-CKR30iS.
The ATH-AR3iS and ATH-AR3BT headphones feature a new dynamic driver with a powerful magnetic circuit to deliver impactful bass with extended frequency response. This new on-ear model is compact and foldable, making it perfect for life on the go. The ATH-CKR50iS in-ear headphones feature a redesigned shape that fits unobtrusively into the ear. The ATH-CKR30iS boasts a smaller-sized body and angled eartips, ensuring a comfortable fit for every listener. The newest SonicFuel headphones will be available in Spring 2017
Get Spinning With VM-Type Phono Cartridges
Audio-Technica’s new VM line of phono cartridges builds upon our history, dating back to the original A-T cartridges released in the 1960s. Nine new VM models include three different cartridges bodies and three different stylus shapes, to deliver optimized playback of all types of stereo, mono and 78 RPM records. Each model utilizes our patented V-shaped Dual Magnet design along with a host of modern improvements. The line-up is built around the 700 Series, 600 Series and 500 Series cartridge bodies, with various models utilizing one of three different types of styli – special line contact, elliptical or conical. The 700 Series delivers the highest levels of moving-magnet cartridge performance and includes three models: VM760SLC, VM750SH and VM740ML. The 600 Series features the VM610MONO and VM670SP cartridges, which are specially designed for the playback of mono and 78 RPM records, respectively. The 500 Series cartridges provide superior audio quality and outstanding value and includes four models: VM540ML, VM530EN, VM520EB and VM510CB. The full line of VM-Type phono cartridges will be available in February 2017.
ETC exhibits at ISE 2017
Integrated Systems Europe, often referred to as ISE, is the largest AV systems integration show in the world. In 2017, the annual four-day event takes place from 7th February to the 10th February at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam.
ETC’s booth at ISE 2017 will be packed with lighting solutions designed to meet the diverse needs of any installation. ETC employees will be on hand to answer your questions, discuss your project requirements, and demonstrate a selection of equipment, including:
Designed as a new way of thinking about building control, ETC’s visionary Unison Paradigm® system fuses architectural lighting control advances with entertainment lighting-control technology. ETC brings its award-winning expertise in both areas together to give you the best of both worlds.
Paradigm delivers a new level of comprehensive control – sophisticated facility-lighting and building systems integration. And it does so with unprecedented flexibility and simplicity: a green-minded energy management system that capitalises on daylight-harvesting, occupancy sensing and time schedules for maximum electricity and budget savings, combined with a deep library of lighting fixtures (LEDs, moving lights, and more) for dynamic effects, plus the power to speak fluently to different devices from different manufacturers over the same control system.
The Unison Paradigm family of products includes powerful software, elegant touchscreens, wall stations, modular control electronics, dimming and control enclosures, and accessories to offer the most customisable and people-friendly control systems available. Paradigm addresses the whole space – bringing the beauty of well-controlled light in line with today’s environmental concerns and real-life needs. Restaurants, hotels, casinos, schools and universities, museums, houses of worship, office buildings, and conference centres – Paradigm scales to all.
Making its international debut at ISE is the new portable version of the popular Irideon FPZ luminaire. The fixture pairs the best of ETC’s popular Source Four® Mini LED platform with exceptional output, flexible zoom optics and a sleek industrial design to light your space with elegance and subtlety. Available for use with Eutrac® three-circuit track with data, the feature-rich design is perfect for museums, lobbies, and retail environments.
Irideon FPZ boasts its own set of enhancements such as lockable 3-plane shutters, zoom optics, and the ability to dim using either remote DMX control or a local dimming knob located on the track adapter. FPZ puts out over 800 field lumens, with a wide selection of colour temperatures. This luminaire is fully convection cooled for fan-less operation and is available is a variety of colours, including custom options.
FPZ gives you the versatility you need to create the beautiful light you want from an integrated, unassuming design that won’t dominate your space.
To assimilate all of the different devices that a lighting system requires, ETC offers a range of networking solutions that ensure problem-free installation and smooth operations.
ETC pioneered Ethernet-based networking in entertainment-lighting systems, with the power to transmit DMX, video and remote-focus data on a single wire. ETC’s Net3 suite, powered by ACN (Architecture for Control Networks), goes beyond that, providing an open network with the highest degree of reliability and streamlined system control for greater flexibility and efficiency. And with the company’s leadership in the development of the ANSI standard for ACN, it continues to innovate in entertainment and architectural control using Ethernet-based protocols.
The ColorSource family of products was developed for those with limited budgets who want a complete, high-quality LED lighting system with plug-and-play setup. The newest additions to the ColorSource family are the portable ColorSource control desks, which are available in two sizes with optional audio visual capability, and provide hands-on control with the ability to run effects, mix LED colours, control moving lights and play back cues – all with the flick of a fader. The ColorSource® Relay can wirelessly switch power and transmit DMX and RDM to hard-to-reach places. And the ColorSource® Spot, ColorSource® Linear and ColorSource® PAR luminaires can create bright light with the broadest colour gamut possible from a four-colour LED, thanks to their unique RGB-Lime emitter mix.
The Gio @5 lighting control console, brings the acclaimed, professional-grade control of the Eos Ti® and Gio® consoles within reach of users with tighter spaces – and tighter budgets.
This portable console packs all the control necessities into a compact footprint, so external monitors and accessories are optional. With an articulating, 17-inch, multi-touch LCD display, five definable and page-able motorised faders and a master fader pair, Gio @5 is the perfect step up for Ion® users who want expanded hands-on access to playbacks, colour control, touchscreen Magic Sheets and more.
The console features the same full-function, backlit keyboard as the Eos Programming Wing and Gio console, providing an easy transition for experienced Eos users looking for a smaller desk – and a good platform for new programmers looking to gain professional skills that scale up.
For further information about ETC at ISE 2017, visit etcconnect.com