ETC to premiere new products and software at PLASA
PLASA Show returns to Olympia London later this month and visitors to the ETC stand – J30 – are in for a treat. PLASA Show 2017 will mark the global tradeshow debut of the recently launched Ion® Xe lighting desks and the soon-to-be released ColorSource® Cyc fixture. Also to be unveiled is the eagerly anticipated Cobalt® software version 8.0. Additionally, Source Four® turns 25 this year and ETC will be honouring the occasion on stand J30.
With compact footprints and full-featured Eos® software, the new Ion Xe and Ion Xe 20 consoles bring award-winning programming power to smaller venues. Since the new consoles feature the same backlit keyboard layout as their larger Eos family siblings, workflow can transfer seamlessly from desk to desk. Accompanying the consoles are the new Eos Fader Wings which provide 20 or 40 standard faders in handy, USB-connectable modules that match – and are compatible with – all the latest Eos family hardware.
PLASA visitors can get a sneak preview of the upcoming ColorSource Cyc fixture. Slated for release later this year, this purpose-built cyclorama light is bright, compact and affordable. It’s also the first ColorSource fixture to add a fifth colour to its LED array, incorporating indigo with the RGB-L mix to achieve rich, theatrical hues. The Cyc will be joining fellow family members on stand J30, including ColorSource Spot and PAR fixtures, ColorSource AV control desk, and ColorSource Relay wireless power control solution.
Cobalt version 8.0 software
Engineered for lighting on-the-fly, the Cobalt line of control was designed to rid the lighting process of unnecessary keystrokes and complicated syntax. Debuting at PLASA, Cobalt software version 8.0 introduces several key features and improvements, including a new multi-console network structure; a redesigned graphic interface; a clone feature to copy show data from a single channel to other channels; and a completely new Magic Sheet engine, giving users quicker and more manageable control of their rig.
Source Four turns 25
ETC will be commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Source Four fixture. The product has played a significant role in the company’s history, has made an enduring impact on the industry, and almost 3.8 million Source Four fixtures have been shipped since its launch, which gives ETC plenty of reasons to celebrate.
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Available for demonstrations, there will be a Gio @5® lighting control desk, which brings the acclaimed control of the Eos Ti® and Gio® consoles within reach of users with smaller spaces and tighter budgets. There will also be opportunities to see Source Four LED Series 2 fixtures in action and to speak to the rigging specialists about the Prodigy® P2 hoist system and QuickTouch® rigging controllers.
For more information on ETC and its products, visit etcconnect.com.
Lighting the 200-year-old rock star
Strange to say, but until this year there had never been a museum dedicated to the Revolutionary War. That all changed this past April when The Museum of the American Revolution opened in Philadelphia And the “rock star” of the museum, according to The New York Times, is George Washington’s field tent. Yes, that George Washington. The actual, more-than-200-years-old tent that General Washington ate in, slept in, and plotted in (it was called the original Oval Office) is on display at the museum. Making sure it can be seen, though, was a tough battle in itself. The museum had to satisfy the requirements of the conservators—making sure the centuries-old fabric was preserved—yet create an engaging show that would be compelling to modern audiences. To balance these competing directives, they turned to Ted Mather and Rachel Gibney from New York City’s Available Light. And they, in turn, chose ETC ColorSource fixtures.
Mather has extensive experience in museum lighting. “I started getting pulled into this in 1999, when exhibit designers were realizing they had to up their game,” says Mather. Museums realized that simply presenting a wall of information and artifacts behind dusty glass wasn’t connecting with modern audiences, and they were losing the battle for attention with the new generation. “What they started to do was create immersive environments that felt like science labs or operating rooms. When the environment around you changes based on your actions, you feel engaged and there’s a reason for you being there, as opposed to just sitting there,” adds Mather. “Visceral experiences stick with you afterwards.”
And while Mather and Available Light’s experience in the theatre realm gives them a keen understanding of the dynamic ways to use light to tell a story (color, contrast, texture, movement, angle, focus), their experience on the exhibit side means they know how to do it simply. “There’s no run crew in a museum,” explains Mather. “Available light has learned to use a theatrical lighting language without requiring the maintenance and support a show does. We are attuned to doing design work that can withstand the architectural environment.”
All of which is exactly why they were called in for George Washington’s tent. The museum knew they needed to produce a show that would get audiences emotionally invested, and had hired a video production team to create a film-like experience around the tent. The experience would show what the tent meant to George Washington and the success of the American Revolution, all while changing the times of day and locale, evoking a sense of the travels of Washington, depicting different locations of fields, foliage, frozen streams, snow and winter.
“Basically the video is different locations and times of year,” says Mather. “Our lighting needed to track those times of day, where the sun was coming from and going to, then light the scenery around the tent as if it were in that setting—gobos for patchy clouds, some dappled green for foliage.”
But now that the museum had a video exhibit, they had two competing directives — and a lot of restrictions.
Directive One: Docent viewing. The museum still needed a traditional “isolated jewel” look for the tent, showing it off under white light. “Whatever was lighting it had to reveal it as an artifact, a piece of historical material. The fixture had to do white very well,” says Mather.
Directive Two: Show looks. For the video show, the light needed to be able to show a variety of colors as well as have a variety of texture to wash the tent as if it was outside, in the actual environment being displayed on the video. “The whole point here was to show it ‘outside,’ out there with the men in the middle of winter, the middle of summer.” In this mode the light had to be carefully controlled so that it wouldn’t spill on the video projection surfaces, or out into the house.
In addition to these artistic guidelines, there were numerous technical demands that had to be adhered to. The light had to be UV and infrared free. And finally: There was a hard limit on how much light could hit the tent. The tent could handle no more than 50,000 lux hours per annum. “Whatever the brightness was, we had to meter all of that and add it all up – brightness, length of show, number of shows per day, week and year — at the end of the year it all had to stay below 50,000 lux hours per annum.”
The competing demands for viewing, combined with the hard restrictions on lighting output led to a museum staff that was skeptical the exhibit could happen without damaging the tent.
“The fact that I have a show background immediately raised red flags to some people on the museum’s staff. ‘Will they know anything about conservation?’ ‘Will they be responsible with the artifact?’ We had to build trust,” says Mather.
They did that by conscientiously listening to conservator’s requirements on UV, infrared, and ozone, and using in-depth measurements during thorough test runs. The hard cap of 50,000 lux hours per annum the tent could be exposed to annually? Mather brought in a color spectrophotometer to measure and record the output of lights. That hurdle crossed, the conservators demanded the lights had to be placed at least eight feet away from the tent. Why? “Fibers in the tent will expand and contract from heat,” says Mather. This requirement is a holdover from the days of halogen and has become irrelevant in the age of LED sources—but the conservators didn’t know that. “I had to leave a light on for a few minutes and then ask them to feel the fixture, to see how not warm it was. I took the time to educate the conservators about the lights, because it’s such a big responsibility for them.”
Mather and his crew also built a full-scale mock-up of the exhibit in Orlando. They used it to test several different fixtures, measure output and judge the quality of the light. “We tested several different fixtures: ETC’s LED Source Four Series 2 with the Lustr and Tungsten arrays, ETC’s ColorSource fixture and a few others,” says Mather. “We needed a fixture with a high quality white and good color. We wanted pick a fixture that would make the historians happy.” They chose the ColorSource line of ellipsoidals and PARs thanks to the quality of their light and their beam shaping capabilities. And the historians were happy—so happy, in fact, that they asked Available Light to design the light for the rest of the museum, too.
The result is a show – and museum – that preserves the historical artifacts of our nation, and also creates an excitement around it.
“I’m delighted to have been able to work with such a creative team dedicated to making the tent a meaningful part of our nation’s story,” adds Mather. “I’m thrilled with how it turned out! Rather than an embalmed artifact, it really breathes life into our relationship with George Washington.”
Not bad for a 200-year-old tent and the latest in lighting.
This article is originally from www.etcconnect.com
ETC’s Ion gets an upgrade: introducing Ion Xe consoles
For nearly a decade, ETC’s Ion® consoles have brought powerful control to theatres, concert venues, studios and events around the world. Now, with the release of two Ion Xe consoles and two new fader wings, the small but mighty workhorse of the Eos® family gets an upgrade.
Power in a small package
With compact footprints and full-featured Eos software, Ion Xe consoles bring high-level, award-winning programming power to smaller venues. Since the new consoles feature the same backlit keyboard layout as their larger Eos family siblings, your workflow can transfer seamlessly from desk to desk. Ion Xe desks support up to external two multi-touch monitors, so you can take full hands-on advantage of colour tools, Magic Sheets, Direct Selects and more.
Ion Xe consoles feature full main playback controls, fader controls, level and rate wheels, four rotary parameter encoders and support for up to five USB-connectable wings and devices. Ion Xe consoles are available in two output counts: 2K (base) and 12K (expanded), providing control for a wide variety of rigs. For extra security and flexibility, ETC has also released a new Ion Xe RPU (Remote Processing Unit), which can serve as a backup, remote programming station, or primary controller for your system.
“The Ion brand is much loved for its compact footprint and powerful feature set at a very attractive price,” explains Eos family Product Manager Anne Valentino. “We wanted to ensure its replacement maintained those attributes, while providing a more consistent hardware design with the larger products in the family. Ion Xe is a powerful addition to a product line-up that covers a broad cross-section of the market.”
Customise your faders
The new Eos Fader Wing accessories provide 20 or 40 non-motorised faders in handy, USB-connectable modules that match – and are compatible with – all the latest Eos family hardware. The wings share the profile of the Ion Xe and Eos Motorized Fader Wings, and they can be used with all Eos family products (with the exception of Element).
Fader wings make it easy to customise your Ion Xe to the specific needs of your show; you can connect up to three motorised or non-motorised fader wings to any Ion Xe desk. Want manual playbacks as a permanent feature of your work surface? The Ion Xe 20 model streamlines your control booth setup with a built-in bank of 20 page-able, non-motorised faders.
For more information, visit www.etcconnect.com/Products/Consoles/Eos-Family/Ion-Xe/Features.aspx
Join ETC’s video celebration of Source Four
This November marks the 25th anniversary of the birth of the Source Four® fixture at ETC. Between now and this year’s LDI tradeshow, we’re taking a look back at this product that has become such a major part of ETC’s story, the fixture that has made a long-lasting impact on our industry, and the product that has inspired many additional ETC fixtures.
When asked what he remembers about the first time he saw the Source Four, ETC CEO Fred Foster says “When I first saw the Source Four it was just a HPL lamp, glass reflector, and a lens on an optical rail in Dave Cunningham’s lab. But it was 40% brighter than a 1000W FEL and used only 575W of power. I was awestruck. It was even more fun to watch the looks on the faces of the LDI attendees when we launched the product a year later.”
Ellen White, outreach and training specialist at ETC, was working in ETC’s booth in 1992 when Source Four was first revealed. “We launched three products at that tradeshow and we really thought the talk was going to focus on the Sensor dimmers and the Obsession console. But Source Four started a small buzz that morning and became the topic of conversation at many dinners that evening.”
Since launching at LDI in 1992, ETC has shipped nearly 3.8 million Source Four fixtures. That gives us plenty of reasons to celebrate this milestone.
As part of the anniversary celebration, we’re creating a video showcasing the longevity of the Source Four fixture. We want to see as many of those millions of Source Four and Source Four LED fixtures as possible. As part of this crowd-sourced video project, we are asking you to send photos of your Source Four and Source Four LED fixtures hanging in your theatres, your churches, your schools, and your community centres.
You’ll find specific instructions and photo submission procedures here: www.etcconnect.com/sourcefouris25.
Between now and 1 October, please submit photos through this online form in exchange for a limited edition Source Four 25th Anniversary t-shirt (while supplies last) and the chance to win one of ten Source Four Mini LEDs.
The last 25 years with Source Four have been an inspiration. Here’s to the next 25!
Latest Eos family software unlocks output upgrades and empowers Element
When Eos® family console users install software v2.6, they may find that their systems get a serious boost. As announced at CUE, ETC’s professional development conference, Eos v2.6 brings major upgrades for Element consoles, and improvements to Snapshots and other programming features. The release also marks a change in the way the console family handles output upgrades for both new and existing users.
Eos v2.6 dispenses with the notion of incremental upgrades, by which customers could purchase consoles and output upgrades at a number of different levels. From now on, any upgraded console is a fully-upgraded console. Moving forward, each Eos family controller will be sold in two formats: base and unlocked. A base level Gio @5®, for example, will have 4,096 (4K) outputs, while an unlocked Gio @5 will have 24,576 (24K) outputs.
If a user wishes to increase a base-level console’s control potential, a one-time, very cost-effective upgrade may now be purchased to expand the desk to its full capacity. What does this mean for users who have already purchased incremental upgrades, or who have purchased a console above its base-level output capacity? Upon installation of v2.6, all existing upgraded desks above the new baseline – even those that have only been upgraded to partial capacity – will be automatically expanded.
Eos v2.6 brings massive upgrades to Element consoles, enabling a whole host of features previously reserved for the larger Eos family platforms. For entry-level Element users, day-to-day operation will not change. More advanced users, however, can now take advantage of multi-user control, partitioned control, virtual media server functions, full display controls, new timing options, filters, presets, highlight functions and more. Touring productions and receiving houses will also find the changes beneficial; a show programmed on an Ion® or larger desk can now more seamlessly transfer to a venue with an Element console.
More features for all
The software update also adds new display and playback features for all Eos family consoles. With the push of a button, users working in the live table view can now bring up part structures, output level, playback sources, or the DMX map. Manual timing masters enhance live playback options, and the ability to assign Macros to playback buttons unlocks a new layer of playback flexibility.
To download Eos v2.6, visit www.etcconnect.com/Products/Consoles/Eos-Family/Eos-Ti/Software.aspx
For a full rundown of Eos v2.6 features, download the release notes at www.etcconnect.com/Products/Consoles/Eos-Family/Eos-Ti/Documentation/
ETC Eos delivers dynamic looks for The Dream of Gerontius
As part of its summer programme, English National Opera appeared at the Royal Festival Hall for a captivating production of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius. Multi-award winning lighting designer Lucy Carter used light – controlled with ETC Eos® Ti and RPU3 – to create an additional layer of emotion and energy to support and reflect the music.
Widely regarded as Elgar’s finest choral work, The Dream of Gerontius relates the journey of a pious man’s soul from his deathbed to his judgment before God and settling into Purgatory. To evoke an otherworldly feel, Carter opted for simple staging with abstract lighting energies that combined with the music to create an ethereal quality.
“When I was researching this production and arrived at my eventual design decisions, I knew that in order to create the complex and detailed environments to match the expansive and evocative music and themes of the libretto, I would need an immense amount of flexibility from my rig,” says Carter. “I chose to work almost exclusively with the GLP impression X4 Bars and Eos pixel mapping, and to use video files to populate the designed structure of the lights with energies and light textures.”
Supplied by PRG, the rig consisted primarily of 163 GLP impression X4 Bars, arranged into six concentric triangles positioned over the orchestra, and three rows over the chorus. Lighting of the choir and orchestra was delivered by 12 Martin Mac Aura XBs, with the soloists and conductor lit by a combination of ETC Source Four® LED Series 2 Lustr and Vari-Lite VL1000 AS fixtures. The rig required in excess of 40 universes of DMX, delivered via 14 ETC DMX/RDM Four-Port Gateways mounted locally on the trusses by production electrician Martin Chisnall.
To deliver the dynamic range of looks required, Carter worked closely with lighting programmer Jenny Kershaw, with programming support from Andi Davis, on behalf of ETC. “Jenny and I have been working with these ideas for a few years, and the ETC desks are an essential tool for our design work,” says Carter. “I want the lighting textures to feel organic and not mathematically produced and Jenny is able to manipulate the effects tools to create the dancing light textures I want. These are not repetitive effects, but seemingly evolving and dynamic.”
“The Eos Ti’s ability to deliver pixel mapping via the on-board Virtual Media Server, along with its conventional channel-based control, meant it was the perfect solution for this project,” adds Kershaw. “The content was generated on-board via effect layers, allowing for fast and convenient creation and editing of the looks required.”
The demands of this project saw ETC further expand the capabilities of its celebrated Eos software by adding extensions to the existing Eos Family Virtual Media Server feature. The pixel map size limits have been enhanced, allowing for control of up to 16,000 pixels. Additionally, Virtual Effect Layers have been modified to enable generation and manipulation of content for much larger pixel maps, and a variable server smoothing feature has been added.
“Thanks to the fantastic support we received from ETC and Andi Davis, we managed to achieve the complexities I was looking for,” says Carter. “With almost 500 cues and effects and numerous cue lists running simultaneously, Eos never let us down.”
ETC introduces the Response DALI Gateway for architectural markets
ETC has announced the addition of the DALI Gateway – that accepts DMX input and outputs DALI protocol – into the company’s line of Response products. The DIN-rail-mountable Response DALI Gateway delivers a single loop of DALI control for up to 64 devices and 16 groups.
ETC Networking and Architectural Controls Product Manager Lowell Olcott explains: “This product allows for the control of DALI devices to be added to all of ETC’s lighting systems, making the product a great option for retrofits and new installations alike.” Users have complete control over their entire system with a patchable output map, allowing for the assignment of individual DMX addresses to each DALI device.
The Gateway supports auto-replace, allowing failed DALI devices to be replaced without the need for configuration tools. The DALI Gateway uses special calculations for individual, group, or broadcast DALI commands, to optimise fade performance and ensure dimming quality.
For more info about the ETC DALI Gateway, please visit www.bit.ly/erdalig.
Introducing the ETC ColorSource Starter Pack
Because everyone should have access to great LED
ETC is an industry leader in entertainment lighting and controls and with their ColorSource range of fixtures and consoles going LED is now even easier than it has ever been.
As the distributor of ETC in South Africa ApexPro is offering a special deal on a ColorSource starter pack that is designed to get any user up and running with quality LED. For users with small theatre spaces, school auditoriums, promo stages or houses of worship, the starter pack offers an excellent opportunity to either upgrade your existing rig or start fresh. And with ETC’s excellent quality assurance and technical support network, you can rest assured that you won’t ever be left in the dark.
The starter pack includes:
- 1x ColorSource 20 Console
- 2x ColorSource Spots with 26° lens tubes
- 4x ColorSource PARs with medium round lenses
- Associated DMX and Power cabling
Specially designed to work with LED fixtures and with up to 40 control channels and 1 universe of DMX 512 the ColorSource 20 is the perfect console for small LED rigs. It makes both programming and operation a simple and enjoyable experience for everyone from beginners to more experienced programmers. The console manages to balance ease of use with powerful capabilities helping to make your lighting look as professional as a Broadway production.
ETC’s ColorSource range of fixtures are unsurpassed in their class in the entertainment lighting industry. With their patented colour chip mixing system ColorSource fixtures can access colours on the spectrum that no other LED fixtures can, giving you smooth and rich colour fades and brilliant hue and saturation options that aren’t limited to just red, green and blue.
The ColorSource Spots offer brilliant lighting shaping options with shuttering, barrel rotation and gobo and iris slots. Anyone who has ever worked with a tungsten profile will feel right at home except that now you don’t have to waste time with gel changes and even gobos enter a whole new realm of possibilities. Equipped with the 26° lens tube which offers a beam angle to suit most spaces the spot makes for a superb addition to any rig.
Like its big brother, the ColorSource PAR offers all the same colour and dimming capabilities as the spot but in a compact and stylish PAR package. With a medium/wide lens it’ll give you great washes across the space you’re lighting immediately transforming it into a wonderland of colour.
The ETC ColorSource starter pack represents an excellent investment for your venue and with the savings you’ll make on electricity consumption and lamp replacements it’ll soon pay for itself. Whether this is all you’ll ever need, or is a good starting point from which to upscale later, the ColorSource starter pack is your chance to get your hands on some great LED.
ETC launches Dual Tech Sensors and Contact Interfaces for Unison Echo line
ETC has released two new additions to its Unison Echo® line of architectural lighting control. The new Dual Tech Sensors ensure spaces can adhere to stringent energy codes, while also ensuring occupant comfort. And two Contact Interface devices provide simple and seamless integration with other systems.
Dual Tech Sensors
For locations where no movement doesn’t mean a space is vacant, the new Dual Tech sensors offer a convenient and reliable way to make sure illumination is constant. Dual Tech sensors couple passive infrared (PIR) detection with acoustic detection and can support almost any room size or configuration. Available in wall, ceiling and switch mount configurations, with a range of finish options, the Echo Dual Tech sensors offer different models for Occupancy or Vacancy, meeting energy codes without the need for advanced configuration. The Dual Tech sensor features a walk test function to confirm coverage, supports small movement detection up to 45-feet, and includes coverage patterns for most applications. They are UL Listed and CE marked, and meet ASHRAE 90.1, IECC, and CA Title 24 codes.
For more info about the Echo Dual Tech Sensors, visit www.bit.ly/echodualtech
System integration is simple with the new Echo Contact Interfaces. Available in 4-input and 4-output versions, Contact Interfaces seamlessly join Echo systems to third-party, external control systems. The Echo Contact Input Interface (ECII) can receive wet or dry contacts and uses the closure to activate actions in your Echo control system. Anything from a basic toggle switch all the way up to an advanced enterprise A/V systems can trigger the Contact Input Interface. And with the EchoAccess® mobile app users can program the system for any Echo control action.
The Echo Contact Output Interface (ECOI) supplies contact triggers to external systems. A contact output can be generated as part of any preset or zone control to automatically trigger an external system, including functions like powering on a projector or deploying shades. Additionally, the Echo Contact Output Interface can send a contact to third-party management programs, keeping enterprise-wide systems updated of the lighting system status. Both Echo Contact Interfaces connect your Echo system to larger installations, bringing custom actions and high-level integration to a budget-friendly system.
For more info about Echo Contact Interfaces, visit www.bit.ly/ecinterface
New software for ETC’s ColorSource Relay implements wireless RDM
The ColorSource® Relay system kick-started a new era of power control, bringing budget-friendly system infrastructure with data distribution to theatres, houses of worship, schools and community centres. Now the ColorSource Relay is upgrading its simple configuration and wireless performance with the addition of wireless RDM.
The latest release of the Relay software – version 1.1.0 – is available to download and offers venues the ability to add wireless RDM to their ColorSource Relay system. RDM makes the convenient system even simpler to use, letting users identify and address their equipment wirelessly and then configure and monitor it, no matter where it’s placed in the rig. The Relay and ColorSource Transmitter have a 100-metre (328-foot) range and require minimal setup and no programming whatsoever.
“The ColorSource Relay system was already a ground-breaking tool, but now it’s even more powerful with the addition of wireless RDM,” says Ned Keitt-Pride, power controls product manager. “The ColorSource Relay makes it easy to get DMX, power and the benefits of RDM into remote locations.”
RDM is available in all ColorSource Relay units with an upgrade to software version 1.1.0. . In order to upgrade their units, users should contact ETC technical support. In addition to adding wireless RDM, the latest version of the ColorSource Relay software also includes upgrades for performance optimisation of wireless DMX.
The problem-solving ColorSource Relay offers configuration and control without cords and gives experts and beginners alike the superior ETC control experience.
For more information on the ColorSource Relay and the entire ColorSource family, visit www.etcconnect.com/ColorSource.