Youth Month – Celebrating ApexPro’s Next Generation
Keith Karimi | ApexPro Sales
Keith became interested in the industry through music production & studio equipment while in high school. He began with an internship in Marshall Music Woodmead while in Grade 10, handling brands like KRK, Arturia, Kaotica, and other studio orientated products. He also produced while in school for local artistes like, Boyz N Bucks, Stilo Magolide, Maraza, The Big Hash & Shane Eagle to name a few.
In 2017 Keith joined ApexPro initially handling internal sales and supporting the Retail Sales Executive Neill Venter but has grown a client base of his own, focusing on studios and houses of worship sectors.
His favourite piece of kit is the DPA 6066. Packed in a 3mm capsule it has an IP54 rating, chic design, comfortable head-worn mounting design, it is a phenomenal headset delivering clear and consistent audio.
After hours you will often find Keith in a recording studio.
Faye Mc Quire | ApexPro Sales
Having studied at Northlink College in Cape Town, Faye completed a two-year Legal Secretarial Diploma, after which she joined an insurance brokerage as an administrator. Eight years ago, she realised it was time for a change and sent her CV to an agency which brought her to an interview with Prosound. Justin Acres interviewed her and gave her the position of administrator for the Cape Town branch. Faye’s scope of works extended past administration and she made a natural move into a Sales position three years ago, upon the launch of ApexPro. Faye comments that, “You are always learning something new at Apex, it is simulating and get you out to see clients and not stuck behind a desk.” She says of the company directors, “They are always available to teach and advise and are very hands on.” She feels there are always opportunities for growth and development within the company. When it comes to representing the brands, her current favourite product is the Electro Voice Evolve 50.
“Who doesn’t like the elegance, easy to setup, fantastic sound and yet so affordable. Plus, less is more – right?”
Mathew Lewis | ETC Product Manager
Mathew joined ApexPro in February 2016. Before that he had spent most of his time out of the country on various international theatre tours, including Chicago, Sound of Music and Dirty Dancing, serving as Head of Lighting. It was there that he came into contact with the ETC Eos family of consoles for the first time and a love affair was born.
Having come off the road, Mathew now dedicates his time to spreading the good word about the excellent products on offer from ETC. In particular their ColorSource range of LED fixtures have proven very popular.
There is also the new and exciting development following ETC’s acquisition of High End Systems which means that Hog4 consoles and the excellent new SolaFrame series of moving lights are being represented through ApexPro as well. Mathew is currently enjoying seeing what these new products can do.
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!
ApexPro Demonstrates the New SolaFrame 1000
High End Systems, an ETC Company, recently launched the latest addition to the SolaFrame family of automated framing fixtures, the SolaFrame 1000. South African distributor of ETC lighting solutions, ApexPro, has demonstration units of the fixtures, just two weeks after its European launch.
Mathew Lewis, ETC product manager at ApexPro, spoke to ETECH at a demonstration of the new fixture, hosted at the University of Johannesburg Arts and Culture Centre on 06 March.
“The High End Systems Solaframe 1000 is the first product that is the result of the combined research and development of the High End Systems and ETC teams, following ETC’s acquisition of High End Systems two years ago,” explains Lewis.
SolaFrame 1000 is designed to be a workhorse automated framing fixture, which is highly versatile and can be used for both installation and rental markets, for medium-sized venues.
The Solaframe 1000 delivers 20,000-lumen output, full framing shutters, rotating and fixed gobo wheels, multiple colour systems, 12°-40° zoom, and animation effects, which is suited for all professional production environments. Lewis concurs, stating that “the fixture offers a good value proposition, as it is a high-end lighting fixture that is well suited for either the rental or installations markets and is competitively priced, especially if you look at its impressive range of features.”
Available in Ultra-Bright and High CRI versions, the SolaFrame 1000 ships with a TM30 Filter that boosts the Ultra-Bright engine to 85+ CRI. Other features include Iris and Light Frost, Rotating Prism and High End Systems’ patented Lens Defogger System.
ApexPro currently has demonstration units available at their Johannesburg offices. If you would like to find out more, or book a demo, kindly contact Mathew Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 076 057 7571.
ETC’S Motorised Rigging Systems in SA
ApexPro, the local distributor of Electronic Theatre Control’s full range of lighting, control and automation technologies, recently hosted a brace of launches featuring ETC’s motorised rigging systems in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Nils Becker, the global ETC rigging products manager, spoke with ETECH during the Johannesburg leg of the launch, held at The University of Johannesburg in October.
ETC has been a global leader in the design and manufacture of lighting and rigging technologies for the theatre, film and television studio environments for more than 40 years, and has a well-established reputation for innovation, responsiveness and outstanding customer service. ApexPro, the distribution arm of Prosound, has a long-standing relationship with ETC, having distributed the company’s lighting and control systems for a number of years. With the rapid adoption of automated staging technology in theatres across the globe, ApexPro decided to invite Becker to introduce ETC’s innovative range of stage automation solutions to the South African market.
In 2009, ETC introduced the Prodigy range of automation solutions: a new class of over-stage machinery systems that were custom-designed to meet the needs of medium-sized theatres, studios and corporate venues. According to Becker, ETC’s Prodigy family enables smaller venues to access to motorised staging technology that, as little as a decade ago, was only accessible to the world’s largest and most affluent professional venues.
Prodigy hoists are built around a groundbreaking sloped drum, which makes for a smaller, lighter machine that fits into more places and requires less structural support. There are a variety of models, each of which can be installed in a number of configurations, with a slender design that enables close line-set placement.
All Prodigy hoists use ETC’s unique compression-tube technology, which allows the system to be connected to a structure with fewer brackets, independent of the loft-line placement. This technology cancels out the lateral forces usually created by traditional rigging systems, meaning it can reduce new-installation costs and allow for retrofits in spaces not traditionally designed for stage-machinery systems.
SIMPLICITY DELIVERS RESULTS
The Prodigy system requires an extremely simple infrastructure, as each hoist needs just one cable for power and one for control. A package of 24 machines only requires a single Cat5e cable to connect the hoists to the controller. Prodigy can include a low-profile cable-management system that cleanly hides cabling, as well as pantographs or traditional power options. They accommodate many circuits of power, including emergency circuits, and can contain DMX or network-based data communication.
ETC’s automation controllers deliver high functionality at an affordable price and have been designed with the end-user in mind. From the most basic QuickTouch series to the flagship Foundation controller, the user interface features easy-to-understand displays, such as current weight and position. Also, the system offers a range of installed and remote options to fit the specific requirements of the particular venue, enabling the end-user to execute set changes efficiently and effectively.
ETC’s commitment to safety means that operational safety is a priority of the design and everything in the load path is engineered in terms of a ten-to-one safety factor. The ETC Prodigy hoist has built-in sensors that constantly track, test and log information, such as distance travelled and weight load errors. Every model includes a slack-line sensor and load cell displaying the real-time weight, coupled with an intelligent profiling technology; each motor will instantly halt when it unexpectedly encounters an obstacle in its path.
“In response to increasing awareness about the importance of safety and risk reduction in the workplace, there is a growing aversion among universities, professional theatres and corporate venues to placing people on ladders and within fly rails to access equipment. As a result, there is a growing demand for affordable motorised rigging systems that make it possible for equipment to be lowered and adjusted, which is exactly what the ETC Prodigy range allows,” says Becker.
“One of the most important features of the Prodigy family is that it offers venues a highly scalable and customisable solution, that is easy to install and cost-effective to maintain. Also, the system is highly flexible and can be implemented in phases. A venue may invest in just two or three hoists to start with and add to the system as the need arises over the years. As a result, the capital cost of changing from a counter-weight to a motorised system can be managed over a number of fiscal cycles,” Becker concludes.
ETC’s Prodigy offers a package that is user-friendly, affordable to install and increases both the functionality and safety of flying equipment. The Prodigy family promises better access to your flown systems from an approachable interface, thereby making your venue safer and more efficient.
Kindly visit www.etcconnect.com/Products/Rigging-Systems for more information about ETC’s innovative motorised rigging solutions.
Anne Valentino inspires LDs in Johannesburg
ApexPro, 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
ETC’s Anne Valentino to talk lighting control in Cape Town and Johannesburg
ETC’s (Electronic Theatre Controls) senior controls product manager, Anne Valentino, will be conducting a talk about lighting control philosophies and the ideas behind what makes a good lighting console in Cape Town on 11 June. The event will be hosted by the manufacturer’s South African distributor, ApexPro, and takes place at the Artscape Arena Theatre from 1pm. The event will repeated in Johannesburg on 13 June at The Market Square Auditorium.
Ms Valentino has amassed 30 years of experience in lighting and entertainment technology, having worked for the likes of PRG as VP of marketing, Vari-Lite as director of marketing, and Strand Lighting as dimming and control product manager in addition to ETC where she has previously served as director of R&D. Throughout her career, she has been responsible for some of the most renowned lighting controllers to enter the market, including the early Strand consoles, the Vari-Lite Virtuoso and the ETC Eos family.
If you are interested in attending either event, RSVP with your name and contact information to email@example.com before 6 June.
Audio-Technica Sponsors DJ Codax
DJ Codax had been using the same brand of headphones for the past 10 years, however in June 2017, he was sponsored a pair of ATH-M50x Audio-Technica headphones from ApexPro. He was highly satisfied with his headphones and had the following glowing review:
“The design of the headphones is practical and versatile as the earcups fit on my ears perfectly, instead of around my ear. This is paired with a very comfortable and cushioned headband, making it a pleasure to wear. I am able to play long sets without feeling any pressure around my head.
As a turntablist, I need a set of headphones that allows me to move around freely without fearing that they might swivel off, and the ATH-M50x allows me to do just that. The 3-cord feature allows you to select the best cord in various DJ booths, which I have found to be practical and convenient.
As for the sound of the headphones, the remarkably crisp and clear quality is second to none. I use the headphones for DJ’ing as well as for mixing and mastering in studio.
I am definitely satisfied with the product and would gladly recommend it to other DJ’s in the industry.”
ETC ColorSource Console and Fixtures Training
ApexPro and ETC are proud to announce a 1-day training course to take place on 2nd March 2018 at the ApexPro offices in Weltevreden Park.
The course will cover programming on ETC’s range of ColorSource consoles. The course will also introduce participants to ETC’s range of LED fixtures, providing them with a working knowledge of the different types of fixtures, the light that they produce and how to spot a bad LED fixture as well as where the pros and cons of LED over Tungsten truly lie.
The aim of this training course is to offer young technicians who are keen to learn, the opportunity to get hands on experience with real-world lighting equipment in an atmosphere that is fun and not intimidating while also being informative and above all, useful
By the end of the day participants will leave with the ability to program on ETC’s ColorSource Consoles as well as have practical knowledge on various kinds of performance lights and how to deploy them properly to get the best results.
All participants will be presented with a certificate upon the successful completion of the course confirming that they have undergone the training.
The ColorSource Console and Fixtures Training course offers an excellent opportunity for those looking to get into lighting to give themselves a boost into the industry. Absolutely anyone is welcome from any one or more disciplines so please don’t feel shy. The only real pre-requisite is a desire to learn, and perhaps pick up a few new tips and tricks along the way.
Space is limited but don’t worry, if you miss out on this session, there will be more later in the year.
ETC’s ColorSource Lights up the Theatre on the Square
This Wednesday, 6 September, ApexPro would like to invite you to the Theatre on the Square at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton to view a performance of Freud’s Last Session. Lit by award winning lighting designer Denis Hutchinson, the show utilises the latest ColorSource LED technology from ETC as well as the ColorSource 20 Console.
If you would like to come and see LED lighting technology used in a theatrical context, where subtlety of colour and dimming are paramount, then this is definitely the production for you. There will also be a Q and A session after the show hosted by Mathew Lewis, ApexPro’s ETC product specialist, who will be joined by Denis so that they can answer any questions that you may have about the lighting and how to utilise it.
Theatre on the Square has generously offered half price tickets for the night, so if you would like to watch some excellent theatre and find out more about the latest in lighting technology, then book your seats by contacting computicket on 0861 915 8000 or by going to www.computicket.co.za.
If you would like more information about the Q and A session you can email Mathew Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electro-Voice X2 Launch & Demo Event
Prosound is excited to invite you to the launch of the new Electro-Voice X2 high-performance compact line-array loudspeaker systems.
The launch will be hosted by Mark Malherbe, Naledi Award winning sound designer and Technical Director for Prosound.
Come and have a listen to the new benchmark for outdoor line-array systems!
Andreas Koestlinger from Electro-Voice Europe (who is responsible for the technical training of Electro-Voice Concert Sound Equipment in EMEA, particularly the X2 system) will be hosting workshops between the X2 demos on:
- Line array theory and the design concept behind the X2
- Houses of Worship system design and application
- Electro-Voice portable sound systems
Dates: 12 & 13 September
- 10:00 / 12:00 / 14:00 for the X2 demo & launch hosted by Mark Malberbe
- Workshops by Andreas will be from 09:00 onwards