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ETC Gio @5 in control at the Rossini Opera Festival

The Rossini Opera Festival (ROF) is an international music festival held in August of each year in Pesaro, Italy, the birthplace of the opera composer Gioachino Rossini. The festival – and its technical team – have always paid close attention to technical innovation, often leading new trends in the field of operatic lighting.

“Here we’ve experienced the whole journey of theatrical lighting, starting forty years ago with analogue systems, incandescent or discharge sources. Then there was the transition to digital, the advent of the scroller, the first scanners, the yoke, the moving head and now we have LEDs used to their full capabilities,” says Fabio Rossi, head of the festival’s lighting department.

For an event like the Rossini Festival, where almost all the shows are like intricate works of art, the technical equipment used is of utmost importance. “The products used must be silent, high quality, versatile and, above all, reliable,” continues Rossi. “The equipment is subjected to intensive use, it must remain operative for up to sixteen hours a day, for more than two consecutive months in rather high ambient temperatures. In this context, the console – the heart of the system – must be absolutely guaranteed to work reliably.”

Serendipity played a crucial role in the inclusion of ETC’s Gio @5 lighting console in the festival. “My personal encounter with Eos was rather fortuitous,” says Rossi. “I was working in a theatre in Eastern Europe and a series of unexpected events meant I found myself working on an ETC Gio, without ever having seen one before. In about an hour I was able to configure it and have enough control to do exactly what I needed. This eventually led to Gio @5 becoming our core system here.”

Gio @5 is a powerful and versatile console, which takes full advantage of the features offered by Eos software, albeit in a compact package. “The features that convinced us to choose an Eos system over other brands are the simplicity of programming; the cue management system, the particularly high-performance tracking system; but most importantly the color management,” concludes Rossi.

During the course of the festival, several people were tasked with operating the console and their experiences were overwhelmingly positive. “The system appeared stable and well organized, the learning curve was fast and I immediately realized that Gio @5 offers a wide choice of options,” says operator Alberto Cannoni.

“The network configuration and the patch were simple and immediate. In recording and editing the cues I found the pleasure of working with a machine that meets the classic needs of a theatre console. Working in Blind also represents a quick and effective solution for tracking,” concludes Andrea Valentini.

ETC lights up Ballet Philippines’ 50th Anniversary

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ballet Philippines, the premier ballet company of the country. ETC is happy to be part of the celebration by providing lighting equipment to the celebratory ballet production, “Swan Lake.” Jennifer Tipton, renowned American lighting designer completed the lighting design for the production. Scenic design credit goes to the US-based Filipino set designer Eduardo “Toto” Sicangco. 

The ballet production ran August and September 2019, in the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). The Source Four LED Series 2 Lustr augments the lighting inventory of the Cultural Center. ETC’s x7 Color System brightens up the theatre, further enriched the color rendering, creating stronger audience reactions with deeper, richer dramatic scenes. 

With support from the Asian Cultural Council, Jennifer Tipton hosted several masterclasses for young and promising Asian lighting designers. Participants interacted with Tipton and experienced live demonstrations of lighting, focusing, and plotting a rig.

Apart from the anniversary activities of Ballet Philippines, ETC held a two-day Eos console training session with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, in Manila. Attendees learned basic and advanced skills on Eos consoles, delivered by ETC trainer, Audrey Leung.

ETC was honored to be such a large part of this celebratory event.

Broadway runs on Eos

This fall, ETC is proud to once again be involved in an overwhelming number of shows on Broadway as they begin or continue to run their performances on the Eos platform. ETC was founded through a love and an appreciation for the art of technical theatre, and is truly thrilled that its Eos Family consoles are considered the premier desk in the business.

“Our software and family of consoles have grown and expanded right along with the advancements in entertainment technology. We truly depend on the designers and programmers out in the field—their input and innovation drive what we build at ETC,” says Anne Valentino, senior product manager of entertainment controls. Built for venues of every scale, from Broadway theatres to smaller spaces like school auditoriums and basement theatres, the ETC Eos Family of consoles share a common programming surface and powerful software, based around what we hear from the industry.

Whether bringing new voices to life in groundbreaking new productions, or introducing younger generations to the classics, Broadway theatre is a pillar of culture and innovation in the United States. ETC is proud to be there, helping keep the magic alive every day.

Electro-Voice and Dynacord serve up superior sound at Becker Brau – HB

The latest renovation at the historic Becker Brau – HB in Bucharest has seen the installation of a new audio system that exploits the synergies of Electro-Voice loudspeakers and Dynacord electronics. The venue is the site of the first German brewery in the city and is a popular location for a variety of events, from live music and theatrical shows to weddings and corporate events.

It was this wide range of applications that provided the main challenge for HSA Audio, the Romanian Electro-Voice and Dynacord partner in charge of the system design. “We were challenged by both the architecture and meeting the needs of multiple people, from the owners and interior designers to the orchestra and the event planner,” recalls Adrian Colita, General Manager at HSA Audio. “Our main architectural challenge was to choose an audio system that could seamlessly blend into the design of the location while also meeting the technical and acoustic requirements.”

To achieve this, HSA Audio chose the Expandable Vertical Array (EVA) from Electro-Voice for fixed installations, which allows users to drive up to eight boxes (the equivalent of 16 line array elements) from a single amp channel. The main hangs consist of three EVA-2082S 920 per side, with low-frequency extension via two EVA-2151D subwoofer elements each side, all sporting a white finish. To complement this, EVID-S series commercial sound loudspeakers were also installed, providing superior sound quality with controlled coverage for keeping background music focused and paging intelligible. Sixteen EVID-S8.2W loudspeakers form the venue’s background music system, while also serving as delays for the main system and providing a seamless, linear sound that matches the elegant design.

Power and processing for the installed solution is via Dynacord L Series amplifiers with four L1300FD and a further pair of L3600FD units deployed. Dynacord’s Multi Amplifier Remote Control (MARC) software allows users to configure, operate and supervise up to eight amplifiers. “The L Series amplifiers have helped us a lot on the processing side for both the main audio system and the background music, all the more so as we can easily set the delay groups,” says Colita. A Dynacord CMS 1000-3 mixing console provides additional hands-on control.

“Our customer and their guests are very pleased with the audio quality and system performance, as well as the elegant design.” adds Colita.

ETC celebrates Augment3d award win at PLASA 2019

ETC and High End Systems celebrated a successful tradeshow following three days of busy stands, Tech Talks seminars and a win for ETC’s Augment3d at the PLASA Awards for Innovation.

The brand-new 3D programming environment which is part of the upcoming Eos v3.0 software release triumphed at PLASA in a ceremony that celebrates the year’s most pioneering product designs. Judges commented: “This will change the way lighting design and operation works by increasing speed in the lighting workflow and making the process from design to conception easier to manage.”

This was illustrated during the tradeshow at ETC’s Augment3d challenge event where participants were invited to create five focus palettes on an Eos family console in the quickest time possible using either encoders, a mouse click (in the 3D model) or the Augment3d Focus Wand. The quickest time recorded was 37 seconds on the Focus Wand, notably faster than the best time on the encoders which was 3 minutes, 32 seconds. “By combining the power of previsualisation, live interaction and augmented reality, Eos console users can now work quicker and more efficiently before and during production periods,” comments ETC Market Manager, Rory Fraser-Mackenzie.

Alongside Augment3d were several new innovations including the latest moving lights by High End Systems. The newly launched SolaWash 1000 and TurboRay fixtures were on the stand for visitors to see. SolaWash 1000 wowed crowds with its full-curtain four-blade framing system and dual frosts that give designers the ultimate versatility; while TurboRay caught visitor’s eyes with its classic face look backed up with modern technology to produce spectacular effects unseen in any other fixture.

Visitors to the stand were also able to explore the ArcSystem, BluesSystem and CueSystem product lines, recently acquired by ETC and demonstrated by product experts. The high quality architectural lighting solutions are already installed in leading venues worldwide and include new features such as additional color temperatures and RDM control.

Product specialists from ETC also hosted Tech Talks seminars at PLASA this year which hundreds of visitors attended. The topics included ‘Maximising your LED Color System’, ‘Power Up – managing your LED power infrastructure’, ‘The Illusion of Color’ and ‘Effects and Affects’ on both Eos and Hog.

Attero Tech incorporated into QSC portfolio

QSC has announced the acquisition of Attero Tech, a move which will combine the growing portfolio of Q-SYS audio, video and control (AV&C) products with Attero Tech’s range of networked AV endpoints and I/O peripherals. Attero Tech’s engineering staff will also be joining the QSC team.

‘This acquisition is a natural next step for our organisations given our long relationship, highly compatible portfolios and the exceptional shared values and company cooperation that have developed over the last several years,’ said Jatan Shah, chief operating and technology officer at QSC. ‘Both QSC and Attero Tech were early adopters of network audio transport technology, including CobraNet, Dante and AES67. In addition, when QSC expanded the control capabilities of the Q-SYS ecosystem in 2017, it allowed Attero Tech to become the first manufacturer partner to independently develop Q-Sys Control integration plugins, and has since developed 20 plugins for their portfolio of I/O devices.’

‘A primary guiding principal of our Q-SYS product development strategy has been a protocol-agnostic, software-based approach utilising the best hardware available, combined with innovation at the software and application layer. This approach allowed us to deliver a standards-based, powerful, flexible and scalable AV&C platform unlike anything on the market,’ commented TJ Adams, VP of systems product strategy and development at QSC. ‘Adding the Attero Tech peripherals to the greater Q-SYS Ecosystem will expand existing options for integration end points today, and enlist this new engineering talent pool to accelerate the pace of future software innovation and native end points for the platform.’

Rus Sundholm, president of Attero Tech, added: ‘Attero Tech has grown to become the premier provider of innovative, cost-effective audio networking I/O endpoints and AV connectivity solutions. Our catalogue of products have a reputation as highly robust, innovative products within the AV industry. We are excited and confident for the future of our combined organisation.’

Joe Pham, president and CEO of QSC, concluded: ‘This is such an exciting time for QSC and I am thrilled to welcome the Attero Tech team to the QSC family. We look forward to executing an integration strategy that prioritises the needs of our customers, incorporating Attero Tech into QSC sales, support, service, marketing and training for our channel, while always striving to ensure and maintain a positive experience for our customers.’

Symetrix releases Composer 7.2 software update

Symetrix has launched Version 7.2 of its Composer software designed to work with Edge, Radius NX, Prism and Solus NX DSPs, including a new email notification module and Amp monitoring. The email module enables sending of email notifications directly from DSP hardware, being triggered by any event in the DSP design. The module works via email to text gateways and also allows for SMS text messages to be sent.

Version 7.2 adds amplifier monitoring and control for the Powersoft Duecanali, Quattrocanali, Ottocanali, X4 and X8 amplifiers as well as Panasonic WP-DM9XX amps, enabling Powersoft amplifiers to communicate current, alarms, thermal and impedance statistics directly to the DSP for display on portable and fixed devices.

The amount of simultaneous TCP/IP connections that the control server can host has been increased from six to 1,000 with a new right click change unit type option being added to transform site file DSPs into other Symetrix DSP hardware types, with in-place copy transferring all processing, control assignments and SymVue control screens that are not connected to a physical device I/O, making every design file a viable template.  

Composer 7.2 also adds an UpDown fader type, changing fader images to create touch controls for incrementing or decrementing a parameter, with text able to be edited in place for buttons, label and text objects.

A host key also allows for changing of font size when designing control screens, with a reorganised toolkit in site view listing audio, network and control tools by type.

The display of the selected input is also now visible in matrix selectors, showing the input name instead of a channel number.