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Introducing the Response MIDI Gateway

Introducing the Response MIDI Gateway

Introducing the Response MIDI GatewayETC streamlines MIDI integration for its Eos-family consoles with the introduction of the Response MIDI Gateway. The Response MIDI Gateway is a reliable, portable device that can send and receive info in all formats of MIDI: Note, Show Control (MSC), and Time Code (MTC). It can also translate MIDI to UDP and UDP to MIDI for advanced applications.
It is now available for ordering.

The Response MIDI Gateway lets you directly integrate MIDI with your console to trigger events or to control objects. It has In, Out, and Thru MIDI connections and connects directly to your console via USB or via the network thanks to a wired RJ45 connection. It is powered via USB or PoE. The clear LCD menu screen and four simple buttons on the top of the unit make setup and configuration easy. All of this in a package that’s compact enough to be used anywhere: onstage with the band, next to the show control station, or tucked away behind your console.

ETC debuts EchoTouch controller

ETC debuts EchoTouch controllerAt Lightfair 2018 ETC debuted EchoTouch, the perfect controller to create customised lighting looks for a variety of spaces. A stand-alone or integrated controller in ETC’s Echo line of architectural lighting solutions, EchoTouch also offers advanced lighting controls like sequence programming and colour tuning, all from a 7-inch touchscreen.

Combining three powerful capabilities into one elegant device, EchoTouch can:

  • Act as an interface into a stand-alone or integrated Unison Echo® control system
  • Provide status and control of all Echo products
  • Directly control DMX/RDM or sACN fixtures and devices

EchoTouch shines in all environments, whether it’s controlling lighting zones for general use, managing white-tuning, creating dramatic looks for restaurants and hotels, or creating a welcoming environment for museums, houses of worship, and more.

The graphics on the screen support customised layout and naming for any application. The touchscreen interface provides three standby modes to conserve screen life: displaying a user-provided logo, dim, and off; and returns instantaneously to normal functionality with any user interaction.

Because EchoTouch is part of the Echo family, it works flawlessly in an Echo control system. All Echo control and power products are compatible: control stations, responsive controls, interfaces and EchoDIN power controllers. Integration and control for DMX and sACN fixtures and devices is also straightforward.

Building managers can use EchoTouch to program Echo zones and preset looks so day-to-day use of a space is easy. Special sequences can easily be created via the intuitive interface with easy-to-use faders and buttons displayed on a vibrant 7-inch screen. Native RDM makes discovering and managing lighting fixtures even easier. Colour control is simple and accessible with a colour picker and customisable colour chips to let users take full advantage of their system.

The stylish, sleek, and durable design is built to withstand daily use in high-traffic areas. Its modern style matches common architectural finishes, and it’s designed to be neutral to fit anywhere. The black glass front is offered in four bezel colours: cream, grey, white and black.

Anne Valentino inspires LDs in Johannesburg

Anne Valentino inspires LDs in Johannesburg

Anne Valentino inspires LDs in JohannesburgApexPro, 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 Irideon fixtures showcase vintage instruments in a new light

ETC’s Irideon fixtures showcase vintage instruments in a new light

ETC’s Irideon fixtures showcase vintage instruments in a new lightAfter avid musical instrument collector Steven Kern Shaw passed away, Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee received a generous donation of more than 500 vintage instruments. 100 of them are now on display in a unique venue that is part art museum, part performance hall.

The grandson of one of America’s great composers, Jerome Kern, Steven Kern Shaw grew up surrounded by music. Spending much of his life acquiring iconic stringed instruments, it was Shaw’s wish that “these instruments be played and heard.”

Belmont is known for high-level graduates in the music and entertainment industry and seemed like a natural place for an instrument donation of this magnitude to be housed. The focus on the history of stringed instruments is apparent. One exhibit shows the history of the mandolin and includes renowned instruments designed by Lloyd Loar in the 1920s. There are only a handful of their kind in existence in the world.

When asked to light the iconic instruments, Wallace Powers from SESCO Lighting in Nashville, Tennessee, agreed. Working with a tight timeframe and even tighter installation constraints, Powers knew a call to ETC was the first step. “We had less than three months from design to shipment to museum opening,” remembers Powers. “We couldn’t have made this happen with anyone other than ETC and the fixtures we had.”

With only 139 square metres to work in, Powers chose DataTrack* with DMX system and track-mounted Irideon FPZ fixtures. “The ceilings are low at only 9 feet [2.7m] tall and the DataTrack had to be installed only one-foot [30cm] away from the wall to maximise space. This means the throw distance is substantially shorter than many traditional lighting options can accommodate.” Powers goes on to say, “They wanted the look and functionality of theatrical lighting which meant individual fixture control was a necessity.”

ETC’s Irideon FPZ fixtures were up to the challenge. Every FPZ fixture was programmed to be dimmed and controlled individually throughout the museum.

Because of the nature of the collection, with its premiere model acoustic guitars from Martin and electric guitars from Fender, not to mention the collector himself, it was a very high-profile job. “Security was definitely a concern,” says Powers. “Everything had to be well lit.”

It’s been one year since the museum known as the GIG or, Gallery of Iconic Guitars, opened. It continues to attract the attention of music fans with its intimate experience of both music and the history behind it.

ColorSource Pearl, a variable white light LED array by ETC

ETC’s ColorSource family line of products has become a known staple for affordable theatrical systems. Showing up in venues around the world including schools, houses of worship, and restaurants, these products offer a full system of lighting, control, and power for a variety of installations. Today ETC adds the ColorSource Pearl to the ColorSource family of fixtures.

ColorSource Pearl is a variable white light LED array for ColorSource Spot, Linear, and PAR fixtures. This array utilises a mix of two different white LEDs that enable a user to set the colour temperature anywhere between 2700 and 6500 K.

The Pearl array includes the same great feature set and high quality construction as their full colour siblings including an impressively bright output, a simple user interface, and a price point that is tough to beat.

Designed for installations that depend heavily on white light such as studios, houses of worship, and architectural installations, this array features flicker-free operation and an impressively smooth dimming curve. It’s finally possible to install a full LED rig that gives adjustable white light, without breaking budget.

ColorSource Pearl holds the notable LED fixture warranty recently announced by ETC. With a five-year warranty on the fixture and an unmatched 10-year warranty on the LED array, you can be sure these fixtures are built to last.

New architectural wash light from ETC

Wash Light Zoom fixture

Wash Light Zoom fixtureThe Irideon® line of architectural fixtures from ETC features exceptional light output and a sleek, unassuming industrial design that blends in with any space. The newest addition to this family, the WLZ or, Wash Light Zoom fixture, is no exception. This feature-rich design is ideal for museums, lobbies, and retail environments.

Similar to the other fixtures in the Irideon family, the WLZ is available in a wide variety of colour temperatures ranging from 3000 K to 5000 K, and three mounting variations; Track mount, portable and canopy.

When using a track data distribution system, both 3-circuit EUTRAC fitting for the 230V market and 2-circuit DataTrack fitting for 120V markets are available. Each fixture can be individually addressed for DMX-controlled dimming or adjusted using the trim pot located on the track adapter. In addition to the DMX control option, canopy fixtures can be purchased with either 0-10V or DALI protocol as well. The smooth, bright wash light can be shaped with the optional barn door accessory.

The most innovative feature of the WLZ is the built-in rotating zoom adjustment at the rear of the fixture housing. This enables beam angle adjustment within an impressive range of 9-78 degrees. The zoom position markers on the fixture make fixture-to-fixture referencing quick and easy.

Because the entire family of Irideon fixtures, including the newest WLZ, was designed using the same platform as the Source Four Mini, you are guaranteed an equally high-quality standard of light output, durability, and operation.

The Irideon WLZ now comes with ETC’s updated fixture warranty of five years for the fixture and 10 years for the LEDs themselves, and as always, ETC’s unmatched 24/7/365 customer service and support.

To watch the short video or read more about Irideon WLZ, visit our website at etcconnect.com.

ETC celebrates successful Prolight + Sound

ETC celebrates successful Prolight + Sound

ETC celebrates successful Prolight + SoundVisitors flocked to ETC’s stands in Hall 3.0 at the recent Prolight + Sound tradeshow in Frankfurt to get a glimpse of the company’s latest innovations. Among the main attractions were several brand new products – the Element 2 lighting control console from the award-winning Eos family, ColorSource Pearl variable white-light LED fixtures, and the Irideon WLZ architectural wash light – all making their European debut.

Launched at the show, the Element 2 control desk is designed for venues with modest rigs and maximum hands-on fader control needs. It brings the fundamentals of lighting control to the forefront while allowing access to a wealth of advanced control features below the surface.

ColorSource Pearl, a variable white-light, LED array produces an impressive range of colour temperatures at an affordable price point. Engineered for applications in need of tunable white-light such as studios, houses of worship, and architectural installations, Pearl is available in the ColorSource PAR, Linear, and Spot form factors.

The Irideon WLZ, or Wash Light Zoom architectural fixture, features exceptional light output and a sleek, unassuming industrial design that blends in with any space. This feature-packed luminaire has been designed with museums, lobbies and retail environments in mind.

Meanwhile, in Hall 4.0, High End Systems teamed up with colleagues from parent company ETC to deliver a packed programme of product demonstrations, hourly light shows, and the latest instalment of the ever-popular academic lighting programming competition, Hog Factor. The two companies also collaborated to deliver a Student Session, giving aspiring lighting professionals behind-the-scenes access to ask questions and learn more about the two companies.

Additionally, at the 2018 Prolight + Sound International Press Award (PIPA) ceremony, ETC CEO Fred Foster was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. The jury, comprised of journalists from over 100 trade magazines, wanted to acknowledge Foster’s “outstanding reputation in the sector – not only for his successful products and innovations, but also as an exemplary leader who puts a focus on the greatest assets his company has to offer: its employees.”

Foster said of the honour: “While this is an individual award, I believe that it belongs, as well, to the thousands of people who have worked for ETC over the last 42 years. Each person’s contribution has led to the success that ETC has enjoyed.”

Introducing Element 2, Irideon WLZ, and ColorSource Pearl

ColorSource Pearl

Element 2 consoleIntroducing the Element 2 console and a new Eos family brochure

The new Element 2 console brings a significant hardware upgrade to the hands-on, entry-level desk, including an updated keyboard layout that matches the rest of the Eos® family.

The Element 2 console will require the upcoming Eos v2.7 software, which is anticipated to release within the next month. Once the new console begins shipping, the classic Element console will be retired and supported as a Legacy product.

A new Eos family brochure is also available in multiple languages. It can be obtained via download or literature request.

For more information, visit the Element 2 product page.


Wash Light Zoom fixtureNew architectural wash light from ETC

The Irideon® line of architectural fixtures from ETC features exceptional light output and a sleek, unassuming industrial design that blends in with any space. The newest addition to this family, the WLZ or, Wash Light Zoom fixture, is no exception. This feature-rich design is ideal for museums and retail environments.

Similar to the other fixtures in the Irideon family, the WLZ is available in a variety of colour temperatures ranging from 3000 K to 5000 K, and three mounting variations; Track mount, portable. and ceiling canopy.

The most innovative feature of the WLZ is the built-in rotating zoom adjustment at the rear of the fixture housing. This enables beam angle adjustment within an impressive range of 9-78 degrees. The zoom position markers on the fixture make fixture-to-fixture referencing quick and easy.

Shipping of the Irideon WLZ will begin in May.

Click here to watch the short video on the many benefits and features of the Irideon WLZ.


ColorSource PearlColorSource Pearl: the many colours of white

ColorSource Pearl is the newest array for our ColorSource® line of fixtures. Available for the Linear, PAR, and Spot, Pearl is a variable, white-light option that can be tuned to output white light anywhere between 2700K and 6500K.

And because it is part of the ColorSource Family, the Pearl array includes the same great feature set and high quality construction as its full colour siblings including an impressively bright output, a simple user interface, and a price point that is tough to beat.

Designed for installations that depend heavily on white light such as studios, houses of worship, and architectural installations, this array features flicker-free operation and an impressively smooth dimming curve.

Click here to watch the product video and find additional information.

ColorSource Pearl fixtures will begin shipping in May.


Contact us or your nearest ETC Dealer for more information on ETC products.

Historic Tallinn theatre chooses ETC

Historic Tallinn theatre chooses ETC

Historic Tallinn theatre chooses ETC

Built in the 14th century, the unusually shaped Hobuveski building in Tallinn, Estonia originally served as a mill and was later used for storage. In 2003, the circular structure was converted into a theatre and events venue, and has since become recognised as one of the most extraordinary theatres in Europe. A recent refurbishment saw the installation of state-of-the-art technology, including a Gio @5 console, ColorSource luminaires and Sensor3 power control from ETC.

Until recently, the 140-seat venue relied on makeshift solutions for performances. With no real infrastructure, changing from one production to another involved building a new, temporary lighting and sound system, almost every time. In 2017, the Hobuveski received the investment and permission it needed to proceed with a major refurbishment. The revamp included a much-longed-for permanent installation of lighting and audio equipment.

The renovations were undertaken as part of a Green Theatre Programme and were designed to meet the latest energy efficiency guidelines. Unsurprisingly, emphasis was placed on LED lighting. The package selected comprised around 95 per cent LED luminaires, including 12 ColorSource Spot fixtures from ETC. Although dimmers were not required for the LED solution, the venue personnel were keen to retain the option of using tungsten fixtures for some productions. This led to the addition of an ETC Sensor3 power control system, with ThruPower modules, capable of accommodating all loads – tungsten, LEDs, arc-source movers, and the unknown.

“The decision to use ETC’s ThruPower modules with dimmer and relays offers the option to switch freely between dimmer and hard power,” says Kalle Karindi, from OÜ Focuspoint, the ETC dealer involved in the installation. In addition to saving time and simplifying the day-to-day operations for the theatre technicians, the solution offered further advantages. “If you consider the expense involved in having separate dimmer and relay racks, including the extra cabling and labour, versus the Sensor3 solution, the cost is comparable,” adds Karindi. “Furthermore, the electrical company said it saved at least a week of installation time for everyone involved in the project.”

More proof that ETC fixtures are built to last

Over the past couple of years, ETC have started sending more of their fixtures to a nationally-recognized, third-party lab for testing to the LM84 standard. This standard gives an accurate representation of the lifespan of the LEDs in a complete fixture as it’s used in a real-world environment. Some of the information that comes out of testing to this standard is an L70 rating; an increasingly common rating used throughout the LED fixture industry.

The L70 rating was created as a way to measure when the LEDs of a fixture are no longer “useful.” This rating gives a representation of the amount of hours it will take for LEDs to depreciate to 70% of their original output.

As they continue to get official test results back from their third-party lab for more of their fixtures, ETC are proud to say that the numbers continue to exceed even their original expectations.
Proof that their fixtures are, and always have been, manufactured to the highest quality.

Increased warranties
ETC has always put product quality first and the recent L70 ratings reaffirm that commitment. Their fixtures are built to last. To solidify this dedication to quality they’ve decided to pass the peace of mind along to you.

This warranty applies to the following LED products sold after January 1st, 2018. All full LED fixtures now hold a:

  • 5 year full fixture warranty
  • 10 year LED array warranty

All Source 4WRD products continue to hold a 3 year warranty with an unmatched technical support team around the world, we’re proud to stand by a decade of coverage and a lifetime of support.

Additional information on L70 and the warranty extension can be found at www.etcconnect.com