Archive for Month: June 2018
Bosch DCN solution for Mozambique National Assembly
Chitara Sound from Mozambique, a long-time Prosound client, recently supplied and installed a Bosch DCN delegate discussion and interpretation system to the Mozambique National Assembly in Maputo.
The system was purchased from Prosound, with assistance from Pepe Khumalo, senior technical sales person from Prosound’s Johannesburg offices, offering advice and technical assistance.
Chitara Sounds successfully installed and commissioned two delegate meeting rooms at the Assembly.
Crotchet Music WOWs The Baseline with ETX Rig
Aaron from Crotchet Music has long been a big fan of the Electro-Voice ETX range of powered loudspeakers. Having purchased a pair of ETX35’s and ETX18SP subs initially, he has been doing numerous gigs with great success and has steadily grown his stock of ETX speakers to also include ETX12P’s and ETX15P’s.
Crotched Music was contracted to provide PA and a recording for a sold-out Live Gospel show at the infamous Bassline. Aaron came to the venue with his Electro-Voice ETX rig consisting of the 2 x ETX35’s, 4 x ETX18SP’s and two ETX12P’s as side-fills. The initial response to his proposed rig was of disbelieve and a sense that the system will not be sufficient for the gig – however everybody was blown away by the performance of the system, and was full of praise how great it sounded.
Bosch solves Interpreting challenge for Valencia Conference Centre
The Palacio de Congresos, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, is a state-of-the-art conference and exhibition centre in the heart of Valencia, Spain. Also known as the Palace of Light, due to its glass-fronted façade and distinctive roof design, the Palacio regularly accommodates large-scale international conferences organized by multinationals, trade associations and government organizations. Most events gravitate around the main auditorium with room for up to 1,481 participants, as well as smaller auditoria with capacities for 467 and 270 people. If needed, an IP-based video and audio network can connect up to 2,250 participants across these separate conference rooms.
Given the international character of most of the conferences it hosts, simultaneous interpretation is essential at the Palacio. The building management sought a solution that would take this into account, along with the facility’s existing architecture and infrastructure. Two of its three auditoria are equipped with fixed interpreter booths. Although the smallest auditorium and the conference center’s ten smaller meeting rooms do not include interpreter booths, simultaneous interpretation is also often required in these spaces. It was also important that the new conferencing system would not require any additional investment for wiring or cable connections.
The from Bosch provided the perfect solution. Because the system is IP-based and Ethernet compatible, the existing IT infrastructure of the Palacio de Congresos could be used. The OMNEO* Interface allows transportation of the language channels via the IT network from the auditoria with fixed interpreter booths to the meeting areas that don’t have these facilities. DICENTIS streams the language channels from the interpreter desks to the DICENTIS Conference devices in the main auditoria, and also to all the active conference devices in the Palacio’s smaller meeting areas. The floor languages of the active conference devices, regardless of their location, are streamed back to the interpreter desks.
To serve the smaller meeting areas, the DICENTIS central equipment is installed in a small mobile rack for easy transportation and setup. Additionally, the DICENTIS Conference devices with channel selector can be transported from one room to another in specially made, high-quality, lightweight and sturdy cases for protection during transit. The mobile rack simply connects to the room’s IT network plug to connect to the equipment in the various meeting rooms.
This smart, mobile DICENTIS solution meets the requirements of all the meetings held in the Palacio de Congresos. The capacity for simultaneous interpretation in all the meeting areas means 2,250 participants can be connected across all conference areas big and small.
Introducing the Response MIDI Gateway
ETC 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
At 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
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
Bosch adds interpreter unit to Dicentis
Bosch has expanded its Dicentis family with an interpreter desk that supports up to 100 interpreted languages.
The design of the desk logically separates the incoming and outgoing languages in two vertically aligned columns via a high-contrast screen for quick comprehension and intuitive operation. Three assignable buttons provide the interpreter with short-key functions for quick access to supporting functions such as “video select.” The HDMI output enables an external video screen to be added, so the interpreter can see the participant speaking or the participant’s presentation.
Dicentis uses encryption standards for all audio and data. Audio and control is handled by Omneo IP technology, which also allows for system integration with third-party solutions. Omneo also enables the use of existing network infrastructure.
The Dicentis interpreter desk is fully compatible with the Dicentis platform and complies with the simultaneous interpreting equipment standard ISO 20109. It enables the creation of passive overflow rooms adjacent to the main meeting room in case there are more participants than can be accommodated at the main meeting location.
Using the Dicentis Meeting application, all languages and interpreter desks can be remotely configured and managed.
ETC’s Irideon fixtures showcase vintage instruments in a new light
After 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.