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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.”

Prosound provides Electro-Voice PA for Tailor

Prosound provides Electro-Voice PA for TailorProsound were asked to help out with PA for Tailor, the London based South African artist at Music Box “Hotspot Concerts “on Saturday 21 April.

Always keen to help out local musicians where they can, and being able to provide a fit for purpose PA system for the intimate 60 seater venue, Prosound supplied the latest range of ELX200-10p tops with a single ELX200-12sp sub. Not too loud and obtrusive for the discerning music listener, with clarity essential for Tailor’s heartfelt lyrics and brittle melodies.

So impressed with the system that Glyn Berridge, owner of Music Box and curator of the Hotspot Concerts will be holding on to the EV ELX200 system for a while to come. With more top local acts booked to play at the “under house” parties, we’re certain this PA system is going to get some good use out of it.

Prosound have always been forerunners in providing equipment for bands, vocalists and DJs whether they’ve made it to the big time, or just starting out on their musical journey.

While Electro Voice has been the brand of choice for established acts like Wonderboom, Prime Circle and Just Jinjer for many years, Prosound will always be looking for ways to assist emerging talent, and have proudly supplied BCUC, DJ Soosh and Shortstraw with gear.

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.”

Prosound makes first Evolve 50 sale

Prosound makes first Evolve50 saleMichael Goodyear has become the first owner of an Electro-Voice Evolve 50 speaker system in sub-Saharan Africa. The system was sold through the manufacturer’s local distributor, Prosound, and will be used for smaller corporate events and shows.

‘The Evolve 50 was first shown in South Africa at Mediatech in 2017, but the system was only officially available for purchase in southern Africa in February 2018 as Bluetooth certification had to be resolved with local licensing authorities,’ explained Prosound pro audio sales specialist, Pepe Khumalo. ‘A long time has passed since Mediatech and we ran the risk of the impetus created at the show being lost. Having the first system sold and out there being used means we can promote the product much better and have some real-world references.’

With this first system now being used on events, Mr Khumalo is certain it will create more business for the company. ‘The Evolve 50 is such a compact system and offers exceptional audio quality, it is a truly versatile system that makes it very attractive for events companies,’ he reasoned. ‘Together with the back-up that Prosound offers – having been an Electro-Voice partner for over 40 years – makes it an even more attractive solution.

‘We have already received confirmed orders for a number of systems,’ continued Mr Khumalo. ‘We can also now demo the system with a bit more confidence and there has been great interest and excitement about the Evolve 50 – so we are expecting a lot more orders.’

Article from www.proavl-mea.com

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

ETC to unveil new products at Prolight + Sound 2018

ETC to unveil new products at Prolight + Sound 2018

At the upcoming Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt, ETC is set to present a cross-section of its extensive collection of lighting and rigging products across three stands in Hall 3.0 ­– E51, F51 and E47. The event will mark the European debut of a number of products from the company’s portfolio of lighting control consoles, LED luminaires and architectural control solutions. Trainers and product experts will be on hand to offer demos and advice on all the products on display.

Visitors can get a first look at the soon-to-be-launched Element 2 console – a revamp of the original Element desk – which offers the award-winning Eos software with an interface and price point that is accessible to a broad range of users and venues. Also making its regional premiere will be the ETCpad, a tablet accessory providing dedicated, touchscreen-based wireless or wired remote control for all Eos family consoles and controllers.

Several new additions to the successful ColorSource family will be previewed at the show. ColorSource Pearl fixtures feature cold and warm white LEDs for a seamless colour temperature range, from 2,700K to 6,500K. Available in PAR, Spot and Linear (1, 2, 4) configurations, they boast the same user-friendly interface as their established ColorSource siblings.

ETC is also introducing a new fixture for architectural spaces: the Irideon WLZ wash light. Engineered to be a companion to the popular Irideon FPZ framing projector, the WLZ has a zoom range of 10-68 degrees and is available in portable, canopy and 3-circuit track mount versions, all with remote DMX and local control.

The ETC Rigging area will feature QuickTouch and QuickTouch+ Controllers and a Prodigy P2 hoist with a new cable management solution. There will also be a dedicated section displaying ETC’s versatile and scalable architectural lighting control solutions – designed to suit installations of all sizes and budgets. Highlights will include sophisticated facility-lighting control and building systems integration from Unison Paradigm; flexible and intelligent control solutions from Unison Echo; and Unison Mosaic, for merging show control, LEDs, moving lights, media effects, and more into a single work of art.

Additionally, Michael Lichter, an ETC senior technical product manager, will deliver a 75-minute presentation, organised by the VPLT, entitled “Lighting: Communication protocols for stage lighting systems, an introduction.” He will present an English version on Tuesday 10 April, and a German version on Wednesday 11 April; both starting at 2.45pm in Hall 4, Level C.

One of ETC’s world-renowned Student Sessions will take place on Thursday 12 April at 5pm in Hall 3. This will be a great opportunity for students and apprentices to chat with ETC managers, product specialists and technicians, and have their lighting-related questions answered. This year, ETC founder, Fred Foster is planning to join the panel. Interested students should pick up a free entry pass in advance from ETC’s reception desk on stand E51.

Meanwhile, in Hall 4.0, on stand D59, ETC company High End Systems will be showcasing several consoles from the Hog 4 family, and an array of its acclaimed LED automated lighting fixtures. Also, High End will be hosting a visual spectacular not to be missed: the Hog Factor final. From 5pm on Wednesday 11 April, four teams of aspiring lighting professionals will compete to win this year’s title.

ETC releases Unison Paradigm 4.0

ETC releases Unison Paradigm 4.0

ETC releases Unison Paradigm 4.0ETC’s Unison Paradigm® system oversees the largest, most complex, and most demanding lighting installations in the world. And it just got better. With the release of its latest software, Paradigm 4.0, the flagship system incorporates: energy monitoring options, including Demand Response; improved support for tunable white and colour-changing fixtures; extended support for Paradigm Inspire stations, including faders; and many software optimisations to make programming and customising the system simpler than ever.

Energy monitoring, conservation and response are mission critical in today’s lighting systems and Paradigm’s latest release means building managers can reap the rewards. Demand Response is now a fully-integrated component to Paradigm. Individual channels, groups of channels or whole spaces can be set to shed load when the system receives a demand response command from the utility company. Standard actions are defined in Paradigm and can be executed from contact closures, UDP, RS232, or BACnet.

Power junkies have more tools in Paradigm 4.0, with reporting options to help keep track of energy usage. Load Schedule import and export functions make it easy to enter load information, and Paradigm’s software automatically calculates energy usage for all load types from any manufacturer. In fact, many ETC products communicate with the Paradigm control system natively using Net3 Energy Reporting to get accurate, real-time energy usage. The system is smart enough to accommodate multiple costs for peak, partial-peak, and off-peak consumption, too. All this information is available in interactive graphs showing energy consumption for up to 10 years, while users can also export daily usage information in a calendar format.

The public face of Paradigm receives an update as well, with improved support for Paradigm Inspire stations as well as tunable-white and colour-changing fixtures. The sleek and stylish stations were introduced in 2017 and now offer increased control options with button support for push, double-tap, and hold functionality. Plus, the new four-button with fader control station offers a simple and intuitive way for users to choose colour, intensity, hue, saturation, colour temperature, and tint – all from one knob. It packs an incredible amount of control into a station while avoiding the expense of a touchscreen. All that control can be used to its utmost, with full support of tunable-white and colour-mixing fixtures, including RGBA and RGBW fixtures.

Paradigm 4.0 makes life easier behind the scenes as well, with UI updates and design software improvements. Paradigm’s own design software, LightDesigner and ControlDesigner, both receive an upgrade. New features in LightDesigner make it easier than ever to put a system together, while new image handling functions in ControlDesigner mean customising every touchscreen is a breeze.

Paradigm provides the control options required for the most demanding installations. With version 4.0, Paradigm expands its scope to offer more power, colour and control choices while making every aspect of the system friendlier for everyone.

For more info about ETC’s Unison Paradigm, visit etcconnect.com/paradigm.

Please contact us or your nearest ETC dealer for more information.

The sound of Pata Pata

Pata Pata Beer Garden in Johannesburg’s Maboneng precinct

Pata Pata Beer Garden in Johannesburg’s Maboneng precinct


Pata Pata Beer Garden in Johannesburg’s Maboneng precinct has been equipped with a new sound system based on equipment from Electro-Voice and Rane. The solution was designed and installed by Prosound.

Maboneng precinct itself is currently undergoing a transformation into a new cultural hub for the city. Situated in the old diamond district, the area is now home to a variety of arts centres, entertainment venues and retail stores. As part of this process, Pata Pata has set itself out to be a multipurpose entertainment venue for live bands, DJs, sporting events and corporate functions. The venue approached Prosound to design a solution that would meet the various needs of these differing uses while keeping within a specified budget.

The main challenge for the project came from the 500-capacity venue itself. It is a large, hangar-style building with a raised mezzanine level to the rear which combined to create a number of audio issues. To tackle these, Prosound pro audio sales specialist, Lucky Lande, provided a bespoke solution to fit within the client’s budget while also overcoming the acoustic challenges.

The system comprises Electro-Voice EKX passive loudspeakers powered by the German manufacturer’s Q-series amplifiers. Processing is handled by a Rane HAL1. ‘The design provided great flexibility in allowing the client to plug into the system from various positions in the venue,’ said Mr Lande.

The audio system installation ran alongside a general renovation at Pata Pata, which created its own set of challenges. However, according to Mr Lande, ‘the installation was a great success, with the client very happy with the outcome and commenting that this is the best system he’s heard, and worked on, in a long time’.

Article from: www.proavl-mea.com