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ETC and High End Systems’ showcase at Prolight+Sound NAMM Russia

ETC and High End Systems’ dealers will present the newest product innovations from both companies at the 2019 Prolight+Sound NAMM Russia tradeshow. From 12-14 September, visitors to the Sokolniki Exhibition Center in Moscow will find the latest additions to ETC and High End Systems’ fixtures and controls families in Hall 4.

DOKA Center will demonstrate Augment3d, ETC’s new fully integrated 3D programming environment in Eos v3.0 on stand C6. Users can interact with their fixtures through augmented reality as well as controlling and designing in a three-dimensional space. Augment3d will be shown on an Eos family console desk.

They will also present Relevé Spot, ETC’s moving light specifically designed for theatre which brings affordable, high quality color mixing to smaller venues.  Alongside this there will be EchoTouch, a standalone intuitive touchscreen that provides control of lighting in architectural spaces and can work as an interface with other Unison Echo products.

ETC dealer, Sistema Ltd will be on stand C8 and will showcase the acclaimed Source Four LED fixtures as well as the compact and powerful Ion Xe, and Gio console desk which has the full programming power of the Eos family software.

Theatre Technical Corporation, a partner of ETC, will be on stand C12 at Prolight+Sound NAMM. A Gio @5 and selection of Source Four LEDs will be displayed on the stand. The portable console offers powerful and professional-level lighting control for smaller sized venues.

On stand B27, dealer LLC Imlight-Showtechnic will also provide a demonstration of Augment3d and present a selection of ETC products including Relevé Spot and Eos family control.

High End Systems’ dealer SIM will exhibit the company’s latest LED automated fixtures and powerful Hog 4 consoles on stand C5. Attendees can look out for the renowned Hog 4 product family of consoles which have led the world of large scale automated lighting control. High End Systems’ LED automated fixtures such as the SolaFrame 3000, SolaSpot 1000 and

SolaFrame 1000 will be on display including much more to be revealed at the tradeshow.

Product specialists and trainers from both ETC and High End Systems will be on hand during the 3-day tradeshow to support all dealers and partners, provide demonstrations and answer any questions that visitors may have.

Symetrix’s royal installation

For the Royal Coronation Ceremony in Bangkok, Fuzion Far East was assigned with the task of supplying, designing and installing the audio systems for the event. Working alongside the Thai Royal Army, Fuzion provided a Dante digital audio network managed by Symetrix processors.

Taking place over three days, the Royal Coronation Ceremony included the Royal Procession, in which the new king paid homage to the main Buddha images at three major temples before returning to the Grand Palace. Fuzion  deployed a Dante digital audio network which consisted of 11 loops in a star configuration. These were all managed by 49 Symetrix Radius 12×8 EX DSP units. The network racks included gigabit hubs, wireless antenna couplers for active antennas, wireless mic receivers, power amplifiers and power supplies. An analogue Allen & Heath mixer helped to combine the signals while the computers aided the system administrator, engineer, operators and CCTV feed.

‘The parade had many microphones for instruments and for announcements, and so the audio routing needed to change many times along the way,’ said Varuit Rattapongfrom, Fuzion Far East’s technical director ‘For example, from Point A1 to A5 was one band, then after that was a different band playing different instruments and using different microphones. We also provided the broadcast feed.’

The Symetrix Radius processors were chosen as the best solution to this challenge. ‘The Symetrix processors and Dante network worked very well, we didn’t need technical support, and our client was very satisfied with the results,’ furthered Rattapongfrom. ‘The Radius is reliable, the sound quality is very good, and it’s easy to control. We mostly used the DSPs for routing and EQ.’ User control was provided for monitoring, levelling, feedback suppression and the EQs.

Electro-Voice rises to the challenge at El Patron

A newly built restaurant and cocktail lounge in Mozambique called El Patron has reinforced its sound solution. Prosound’s Durban and Johannesburg team was appointed to deliver the audio system. With the venue being divided into sections, comprising a dining area, bar, VIP/performance area and a private room, the audio needed to be distributed evenly throughout and allow for a divisable source, as well as volume controls for each section. 

The first thought was to go with a wall-mount loudspeaker solution, however being on the ground floor of a residential building, audio level control was an overriding factor in the choice of the EVID ceiling-mount loudspeakers. Acoustic consultant Bruce Gessner was called in to advise on how to contain/dampen the sound so as not to disturb the residents above.  

The final installation included EVID 4-inch and 8-inch ceiling-mount 2-way coaxial loudspeakers and EVID 10-inch ceiling subwoofers, along with EV CPS 8 and 4-channel Class-D amplifiers. A Symetrix Prism was used for DSP and control. In the performance area, an Electro-Voice Evolve 50 column array was supplied and installed for performances, while the DJ booth was kitted out with Pioneer CDJ2000 Nexus2 Media Players with a DJM900 Nexus2 DJ Mixer. 

Symetrix Prism Provides Ease of Use and Expandability at St. Thomas High School

More than a century old, St. Thomas High School enjoys a gorgeous campus on prime Houston real estate. The Catholic institution’s current building dates to 2002 and includes a gymnasium with a surprising history: The gym originally was an aircraft hanger for B29 bombers, located 110 miles north of campus, until it was donated by an alumnus, moved to St. Thomas, and reassembled.

The gym’s sound system has been through changes over the years, too, culminating in a new Dante-enabled system designed and installed by Houston multimedia systems-integration firm Touch Thirty Three. The current system features two Renkus-Heinz loudspeaker clusters managed by a Symetrix Prism 16×16 DSP, which works very well—but it didn’t all come together at once.

“This installation started out very piecemeal,” recalls Touch Thirty Three owner and principal design consultant Bruce Coffman. “They had a terrible-sounding system in here and asked us to see if we could do something to improve it. The first thing we did was to install a new AMX control system, which dramatically improved how they were able to use the old sound system. Once we made it easier to use, they recognized the limitations of the system’s sound quality.”

As a result, about three years later, St. Thomas asked Touch Thirty Three for a more extensive upgrade to the gymnasium sound system. Because it’s the largest indoor gathering space on campus, the room periodically doubles as a sanctuary for masses, hosting up to 1,200 worshippers. “For mass, they put carpet over the entire floor, they bring in folding chairs, and they have a stage that goes at the far end of the room,” Coffman reports. “It’s completely different than when the room is used for sports. Because of the room’s dual use, we couldn’t put in a typical sound cluster over center court, so we put a big Renkus-Heinz T15-series Reference Point Array cluster at one end of the room.”

To feed the array, Touch Thirty Three installed a Dante network, centered around the Symetrix Prism 16×16 DSP. The Prism is equipped with a Symetrix xIn 12 12-channel analog input expander, which accommodates the school’s existing 12-channel audio snake. With this rig, notes Coffman, “If they want to have a choir or a musical ensemble, they’ve already got the wiring, and it all shows up on faders on the AMX control system.”

The Renkus-Heinz T15-series array consists of four self-powered full-range point-source loudspeakers, each with a 15-inch woofer and a Complex Conic horn. “The cluster acts like one big speaker,” Coffman observes. “You can walk the floor, and you don’t hear any seams between coverage.” Coffman also specified two Renkus-Heinz two-way, 8-inch down fills to cover the “money seats” at the edge of the main pattern from the main cluster.

The single array, managed by the Symetrix Prism 16×16, sounded great and delivered good coverage but challenges remained. During basketball and volleyball games, it seemed odd to have the sound coming from the far end of the room. And during mass, when less experienced users turned the system up to reach the back of the room, they encountered feedback problems with wireless lavalier mics and the PZM mic atop the altar. So recently, when the school was doing a major renovation, Touch Thirty-Three addressed the directionality and feedback issues by installing a second, identical Renkus-Heinz T15-series array over center court. The central array operates as the main system for sports events and serves as a delay fill for the center and back of the room during mass, enabling the front cluster to operate at a lower volume and averting feedback.

Adding the second array and unifying the system went smoothly, thanks in large part to the Symetrix Prism and SymNet Designer software. “The great part about Symetrix equipment, along with the AMX controller, is that we were able to give the school anything they wanted,” Coffman offers. “All we had to do to expand the system was reprogram the Prism, and Symetrix’ phenomenal support staff helped us do some of that reprogramming work. SymNet lets us tailor how the components operate together to turn it into a single, seamless system.”

Coffman especially likes the combination of Symetrix and Renkus-Heinz products. “Symetrix processors and Renkus-Heinz speakers are a great match for each other,” he asserts. “The Renkus-Heinz clusters sounded great just the way they came from the factory, so I could use SymNet to tweak the system’s functionality, rather than its sound quality. The Symetrix Prism processor determines how the components work together, depending on how the room is set up and the purpose for which it’s being used.”

One of Touch Thirty-Three’s strengths as a company, notes Coffman, is making a sophisticated system, such as the one in St. Thomas High School’s gymnasium, easy to operate for the end user. “Symetrix allows me as a system designer to do some pretty amazing stuff in the background to make the system simpler for a user,” he posits. “Whatever the school wants to do, whether for sports or mass, the Symetrix processor, Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers, and AMX controller allow them to do it seamlessly, and someone with a minimal amount of experience can get very consistent, good sound. This works very well for St. Thomas High School.”

Electro-Voice EVOLVE 50 offers impressive audio solution for Langford High School gymnasium

  • Flexible system blends permanent ZX3 loudspeakers with time-aligned dual EVOLVE 50 portable column speaker systems
  • Truth Seeker Productions designed selectable-zone system for full coverage of both sporting and musical events
  • EVOLVE 50 systems are employed for a wide range of applications, both on and off campus

Burnsville, MN, July 2019 – With a gymnasium that is used for music and theater events as well as athletics, Langford Area High School in rural Langford, SD was searching for an economical – but high performance – sound system that would provide clear, high-fidelity audio in multiple seating configurations. The solution they found combines permanent and portable systems from Electro-Voice for unique flexibility and ease of operation.

The system design came from Ohio-based Truth Seeker Productions, where President Dave Horn is well aware of the sonic issues involved in a multipurpose gymnasium. “For games, you’ve got to cover the bleachers on both sides of the court, but that creates both coverage and localization issues for auditorium activities like a play or concert,” he explains. “Fortunately, Electro-Voice makes a portable system, the EVOLVE 50, which offers quick set up and great sound quality with a very low profile, so there’s no visual distraction. With two of them, we can create a full-range stereo concert system that can combine with the bleacher speakers, plenty loud and very clear. Both we and the school are thrilled.”

The main PA system consists of six fixed-installed Electro-Voice ZX3 loudspeakers; Truth Seeker used EASE modeling to place three per side for full coverage of the bleachers. All are powered by a single Dynacord C1800FDi two-channel DSP power amplifiers for installed applications. For auditorium set-ups, two self-powered EVOLVE 50 column systems provide full-range audio with full stereo capability in a very compact footprint, and are time-aligned with the ZX3 speakers to ensure clear, cohesive audio for stage productions.

From there, Dave Horn created a series of coverage zones, making it easy to select home and away bleachers, with or without the EVOLVE 50 systems. Having two portable systems also allows the high school to deploy them anywhere on campus and for outreach events in the community.

“That’s why we chose the EVOLVE 50,” says Horn. “They sound great and they’re easy to implement. Plus, the narrow speaker columns give wide horizontal coverage and a strong stereo image without creating a visual obstacle. When they’re combined with the ZX3s for the bleachers, you’ve got a true multipurpose solution for a fraction of the cost of two systems.”

ETC’s Eos family controls international Aix-en-Provence Festival

ETC’s flagship Eos range of lighting consoles have been selected to run all three venues of the established Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence in the south of France.

Continuing its success in the French market, over a hundred Eos family consoles have been installed in France so far, with this number continuing to rise. The technical team at the art and music festival, stage an average of five operas a year, bringing expertise, speed and efficiency to the event. They have run the entire event on the Eos brand with nine consoles used across the three main venues in the city of Aix-en-Provence.

Chief Electrician, Jean-Pascal Gauchais selected ETC for the quality of its products, award-winning color tools and the consoles’ ability to handle all types of luminaires, both traditional and automated.

“Thanks to ETC evolving its product range, it has been possible for us to program using Eos console desks on our budget,” comments Jean-Pascal. “The philosophy of consoles in tracking mode is an element that I particularly like, it is really convenient in the programming of the shows. When deciding on which console to use, we recognized that Eos was the best and most effective choice as we had worked with it previously in several large opera houses. We ran the festival last year and had great support from ETC and dealer Texen, with Philippe Roy – Field Project Coordinator at ETC France – who provided great assistance during that time.”

In addition to the Eos consoles, there were a total of 44 Source Four fixtures, 36 Source Four PARs, 32 ColorSource PARs and 22 High End Systems’ SolaWash 2000s positioned across the city as part of the festival.

The first venue of the annual festival, Théâtre de l’Archevêché, received a set of three Eos family console desks: a flagship Eos Ti for programming in the auditorium during rehearsal, a Gio @5 for the set as well as an Ion Xe Remote Processor Unit (RPU) system with an Eos Programming Wing.

“ETC’s consoles work together reliably and efficiently as a complete system. By default, the Eos Ti is a remote control of the RPU system. We ran tests prior to the set up during which cables were pulled out, and the Eos Ti instantly took control without any faults or changes to the show,” remarks the Chief Electrician.

A similar set up was completed at the next two venues – Grand Théâtre de Provence which ran on an Eos Ti, Gio @5 and Ion Xe 20 and the Jeu de Paume Theater with Eos, Ion Xe 20 and an Ion Xe console desk as back up. “The lighting operators are especially delighted with the arrival of Eos and the new features they have discovered, such as the “Undo” button, a sort of Ctrl + Z that allows you to go back to the previous state of the lighting show.”

During the creation phase, an ETCnomad was used to complete the planning of the lighting showcase. “One of the events at the festival made significant use of live screens and the video operator chose to use his own Eos interface from a laptop to create color consistency between the video screens and the board. This is where ETCnomad was particularly useful, allowing us to have additional control, and program the shows from any location with just a USB key,” says Jean-Paul.

“The lighting control of the productions in all three venues worked smoothly together thanks to ETC’s Eos family of control. A strong team effort was vital in combining the festival light shows, specialist networks and scenic materials to ensure the whole festival was a success,” adds Jean-Paul Gauchais.

ETC Source Four Mini LED lights filmmaker’s artwork at Thyssen Bornemisza

ETC dealer, Stonex has supplied 19 Source Four Mini LED fixtures to light the installations of acclaimed Indian artist and filmmaker Amar Kanwar at the Thyssen Bornemisza National Museum in Madrid.

The renowned art museum in Spain hosted the work of Amar Kanwar – ‘Testimonios Relámpago’ and ‘El Bosque Soberano’. ETC lighting was used to enhance his exhibition which focuses on the concepts of nature, landscape, climate and human presence whilst criticizing the political state and lack of justice in his native country, India.

Kanwar’s artwork in ‘La Sala de Las Semillas’, is characterized by taking elements of nature from India and using them as an activist proposal. Different types of rice grains were collected and carefully categorized in small drawers. The room required a dim light that created a warm and intimate atmosphere. Kanwar selected ETC for the installation based on his previous experience with the company from exhibiting in different parts of the world.

Lighting Designer Carlos Alzueta specializes in theatrical and museum lighting and worked on the project at the Thyssen Bornemisza. “Amar Kanwar has in-depth lighting knowledge and having used ETC before, was especially interested in using Source Four Mini LED fixtures for their reliability and superior optics,” comments Alzueta.

“For lighting in museums and exhibitions, it is useful to have the option of focusing, adjusting or cutting out light. We worked with a combination of neutral filters with different densities to adjust the light of the fixtures,” remarks Kanwar.

The lighting design involved a CAD program to calculate light output in the Thyssen Bornemisza. “The distance of light projection to the walls of the equipment room and the angle of the optics – 50°- were determined, as well as the amount of equipment required to cover the entire wall,” says Carlos Alzueta. The decision to have LED lighting, resulted in saving energy consumption and saving time from the lighting installation, which was simplified with ETC’s products.

“ETC’s Source Four range is the industry standard in Spain when it comes to theatre lighting. Considering the European regulations which are setting energy efficiency requirements in lighting, ETC’s Source Four products are a strong fit for lighting in museums which are becoming increasingly LED. The high-quality standard of ETC products will see it lead the change towards LED and color control that we have been experimenting with for some years,” concludes Alzueta.

ETC’s exclusive dealer in Spain, Stonex supplied the fixtures and assisted in delivering the project thanks to over 39 years of experience in providing professional lighting and stage engineering solutions.

ETC now distributing ArcSystem, BluesSystem, and CueSystem globally

ETC has completed the acquisition of the ArcSystem, BluesSystem, and CueSystem product lines from GDS. From 2015 to 2019, ETC manufactured and sold these product families in North and South America only. Now, ETC takes over the entire development and distribution process of these products across the globe.

“Bringing these family lines into the ETC fold allows us to reach more parts of the world with ETC’s quality architectural lighting solutions and unmatched customer service,” said David Lincecum, ETC Vice President of Marketing. “With this expansion, ETC increases venues’ access to beautiful and efficient LED lighting in auditoriums and other front-of-house public spaces.”

With the transition complete, customers should now request quotations and orders from ETC. Products distributed by ETC will be fully serviced by ETC and fall under its standard product warranties.

Already installed in many of the world’s leading venues, ArcSystem is firmly established as the leading solution for auditorium house lighting, multi-purpose venues, houses of worship, and anywhere that requires a premium quality of light with flawless dimming. Optional wireless connectivity facilitates easy and non-destructive installation into an existing building.

Those ordering ArcSystem solutions now have more options to build into their auditorium lighting system. The line now includes new color temperatures, RDM control, and Fade to Warm options. Among the new fixture variants is the Pro One-Cell Micro, comparable to an MR-16 lamp, offering a compact recessed option controlled by its corresponding D2 ArcMesh Driver. For projects requiring exceptional brightness, the new Pro One-Cell High Output packs more than 8000 lumens into the same fixture size as the standard Pro One-Cell.

HOGS Rule Robbie Williams’ Vegas Residency

Following the success of Robbie Williams’ first U.S. residency in March, the British pop phenom returned to Las Vegas for another sold-out run this summer. In all performances, High End Systems Hog lighting consoles were networked for the lighting, lasers and media servers’ video content.

To make a splash in the American market, Williams put together his “Live in Las Vegas” setlist at the Wynn’s Encore Theatre to include more well-known Rat Pack standards, with fewer of his own #1 U.K. hits.

LD Sean Burke not only designed the production and the lighting but also programmed and served as lighting director. Barry Lather worked with him as the show director and set co-designer.

“The design came from Barry,” Burke notes. “He had this vision of a ‘swing’ show with dancers, props, and so on. The band is pretty big for this small stage, so trying to fit it all in was a challenge. Different levels were needed to give a visual perspective in this small space.”

To deal with the narrow width and low proscenium, Burke added six vertical ladders which flank the video screens and the downstage areas. “This gives a lot of really good looks toward the audience; it’s right there in front of them and being low produces a big impact visually,” he explains.

Having been a Hog console user for many years, Burke dedicated specific desks for different segments of the production.

“We used a Full Boar 4 and a Playback Wing 4 for the lighting and video content control. The video content on a media server is triggered via ArtNet. We also had a second set as full back-up on the network.”

The LD continues, “We had four DP 8000 units on the show: two active and two spares, for a full redundancy on the system. Two units ran as a Hognet network, which went to the rental lighting gear. We ran the HogNet DPs to aSCN devices giving us DMX. The other two DP 8000 units were outputting ArtNet, which took over the house system. We also had a Road Hog to run the laser system.”

Burke’s company, Holes in the Dark, provided the Full Boars and the Playback Wings. Christie Lites supplied the DP 8000 processors for the consoles along with other rental gear, and ER Productions brought in their Road Hog as part of the laser control package.

ER Productions frequently uses Hog consoles. For this stint, Lawrence Wright programmed, and Shane Davis operated the lasers.

“We were excited to support Robbie Williams with a large, visually impactful rig,” Wright says, adding that the Road Hog “triggered a vast array of laser effects and cues perfectly on time via timecode each night.”

Opera de Lyon shines with ETC and High End Systems

The world famous Opéra de Lyon in France has added ETC’s Sensor3 Power Control system to its extensive range of lighting equipment which includes Source Four LEDs, Eos consoles and High End Systems’ SolaFrame fixtures.

Opéra de Lyon, home to 700 automated fixtures, is recognized for its high quality technical equipment. Head of lighting, Philippe Rebboah commented positively on the design of ETC’s power control system: “The ETC interface has several impressive advantages such as the detection of faults in direct connection with the dimmers, the possibility of switching between direct line and dimmed line from the software and the backup of various configurations on which we can work offline.”

In total, nearly 800 modules will now equip the Opera with 3, 5 and 10kW circuit variations in fixed and mobile cabinets on 3 sites: the grid, the stalls and the auditorium. As ETC’s modules are more compact than the previous ones, the cabinets fit an even higher quantity in a smaller footprint which greatly benefits the opera.

“The technical team agreed that Sensor3 was the right choice for the Opéra de Lyon. The established ETC brand is also an important criterion. We feel confident that we will always have the company’s support and that the business will continue on a successful path for a long time,” adds Phillippe.

The Opéra de Lyon is equipped with four Eos family consoles and an ETCnomad. This includes the leading Eos Ti which is used in the creation phase of the opera shows, an Ion Xe 20 in the amphitheater, a Gio for the Opera ballet tour and one more Gio to control the main show. The Eos family consoles were installed in-between two productions. “It was risky with the short time-frame but the technical team made it a successful and smooth transition,” adds Philippe.

The newest additions to the fixtures at the Opera are two SolaFrame 3000s which were selected for their versatility, power and silence. The powerful LED fixture produces 37,000 lumen output without being noisy – an essential factor in such an environment. The fixtures, which were provided by High End Systems dealer Eclalux, join six SolaFrame 2000s, two SolaFrame 1500s and thirty-four ETC Source Four LEDs at the Opéra de Lyon.

Integrating high-power LED stage lighting was an obvious choice for Philippe, who recognizes the advantage of saving time with LED as opposed to traditional tungsten lighting when changing colors on the entire rig. “We selected the Source Four LED fixtures 3 years ago and are very pleased with this and the other ETC and High End Systems products that we have chosen for the Opéra de Lyon.”