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Attero Tech launches audio extension module

Attero Tech has released its Axiom ML1 audio extension module, the latest addition to the company’s audio extension I/O modules. The Axiom ML1 provides extension of analogue mic and line level audio sources in a single gang wallplate.

The Axiom ML1 features a combination of XLR and a ¼ -in connector, with +4 dBu nominal input level.

A 3.5mm jack is included with -10 dBV nominal input level, featuring 20dB of adjustable gain.

Audio signal-level indicator LEDs are included for each input, providing input gain adjustments.

Selectable sum-to-mono options for both inputs are featured, allowing  two ML1s or an ML1 and another Axiom device to be daisy-chained on a single bus.

The Axiom ML1 sends mono or stereo analogue audio for up to 100 metres (total run length) over the Attero Tech Axiom bus via a CAT5 or CAT6 cable to an Axiom AXP20 expander unit.

In turn, the AXP20 outputs balanced analogue audio on 3-pin depluggable connectors for connection to commercial audio equipment. 

Mason Sound adds Dynacord SONICUE to the mix at the Illinois State Fair

Each year, Mason Sound (Jacksonville, IL) provides the sound system and crew support for the concert series at the Illinois State Fair’s main grandstand stage. New for 2019, Mason Sound utilized Dynacord’s SONICUE sound system software to streamline the control and configuration of their Dynacord TGX-powered Electro-Voice X-Line Advance line-array loudspeaker system.

Requiring a 250-foot throw across a dirt racetrack to the very wide grandstand, the Illinois State Fair in Springfield is one of the region’s more challenging outdoor concert venues, so controlled coverage is key. Additionally, the fair’s diverse line-up of performers requires a sound system with the flexibility to accurately and easily deliver a wide range of musical styles in the hands of the various visiting mix engineers who run the rig over the course of the eleven-day concert series. This year’s line-up included Reba McEntire, Snoop Dogg, Old Dominion, Pentatonix, Dan + Shay and Bad Company, among many others.

SONICUE elegantly assisted in addressing all the above for this year’s deployment. SONICUE is system-focused software that uses an intuitive “speaker view” GUI that provides direct access to every system parameter on the fly, resulting in amazingly fast and precise set-up and tuning. With reduced preparation time on several days, due to horse and auto racing events on the racetrack in front of the stage, SONICUE proved to be a big help: “Our older system would take an hour or so to set up,” says Mason Sound system tech Jason Hebron. “This one takes about 20 minutes. All the engineers have been very happy with it.”

Ian Zorbaugh, FOH engineer for country stars Old Dominion, was among those with positive reviews for the Electro-Voice and Dynacord system. “It exceeds all expectations,” he says. “I mix pretty dynamic with Old Dominion, and had no issues with running out of headroom. As soon as you turn sound on, you feel comfortable mixing. It’s been a very pleasant experience.”

This year’s system included twin 18-box hangs of Electro-Voice X2-212 line-array modules, with Mason Sound opting for the 120-degree dispersion model. Six more boxes were ground-stacked to ensure full coverage of the very wide venue. Massive low frequency capability was supplied by two banks of 16 X12-128 dual-18” subwoofers stacked on the deck under the main arrays. Side-fills of three X2-212/120 were stacked on top of a pair Electro-Voice X12/125F subwoofers. The entire system was networked together for central control through 16 Dynacord TGX20 DSP amplifiers, providing 320,000 watts of clean, efficient power.

Being invited back to provide sound at the Illinois State Fair for several years now, Mason Sound President Dave Mason credits his personnel and sound system. “There are a lot of sound companies in our area, and Electro-Voice is one of the main reasons we stick out above the crowd,” he notes. “Their products and support are second to none.”

High End Systems Introduces Solawash 1000

High End Systems introduces the newest member of the Sola Series, the SolaWash 1000 automated luminaire. SolaWash 1000 is available in two versions; either with an Ultra-Bright engine producing 20,000 field lumens or a High CRI Engine featuring incredibly accurate colour rendering. 

The fixture includes a full framing shutter system, CMY/CTO linear colour mixing system, a seven-plus open position replaceable colour wheel, iris and dual Linear Frost systems for medium and heavy frost. Sharp edge focus performs throughout the entire 12° – 55° zoom range. A TM-30 Filter boosts the Ultra-Bright engine to 85+ CRI.

Automated Lighting Product Manager Matt Stoner commented, “The SolaWash 1000 offers an elegant feature set for our users.  Whether you are using the fixture as an Ultra-Bright wash light with framing, a High CRI key light for face lighting or even a wide and soft edge wash fixture, the SolaWash 1000 is designed to give designers a great light, a wide gamut of pure and even colors, and a beautifully simple feature set.”

“From a feature perspective, the SolaWash 1000 is a wash light with the best of the basics: fantastic colour mixing possibilities, great output and near-silent operation,” says High End Systems Brand Manager Tania Lesage. “The fixture is designed with fast serviceability in mind and is of course equipped with High End Systems’ patented lens defogger. SolaWash 1000 will be a great complement to our SolaFrame 1000.”

ETC and High End Systems showcase new products at PLASA 2019

ETC and High End Systems return to PLASA on stand J38A/B with a selection of their latest products, ‘Tech Talks’ seminars by ETC specialists and an evening of networking and Augment3d games.

Visitors to the Olympia London from 15-17 September can explore the newest innovations including High End Systems’ TurboRay effects fixture, ETC’s Augment3d software being added to the Eos family of controls and the ArcSystem range of house light fixtures.

Augment3d is ETC’s first integrated 3D programming environment which will be a part of the upcoming Eos v3.0 software. The power of previsualization, live interaction and augmented reality are combined in this Eos tool allowing users to work more effectively before and during production periods. Visitors to the stand on Monday 16th September can attend ETC’s networking event from 5pm where there will be an extra chance for attendees to experience first-hand how to program from a new perspective with Augment3d.

A range of the latest moving lights will be displayed at the tradeshow including High End Systems’ SolaWash 1000, TurboRay and ETC’s Relevé Spot. The newly launched SolaWash 1000 includes a full framing shutter system, CMY/CTO linear color mixing system, a seven plus open position replaceable color wheel, iris and dual Linear Frost systems for medium and heavy frost. Sharp edge focus performs throughout the entire 12° – 55° zoom range.

TurboRay’s radial diffusers give it a classic retro look. It is truly versatile and can be used as a punchy narrow-angle wash light or as a powerful hard edge beam producing beautiful aerial effects and spectacular textures unseen in any other fixture.

Relevé Spot is the first member of a new automated lighting family for ETC. Specifically designed for use in theatre Relevé Spot brings the color quality, control, and consistency of the ETC LED product lines to the automated lighting world.

ETC’s Eos and High End Systems’ Hog 4 family of entertainment control systems will be on show and available for demonstrations at PLASA. The powerful console desks, including Hog 4-18 and Eos Ti, use the very latest technology and are suitable for all sized venues.

ETC’s newly acquired ArcSystem, BluesSystem and CueSystem product lines will be present on stand J38A/B alongside interactive product presentations with product specialists on hand to provide demonstrations of the new options and features ETC has added to ArcSystem such as Fade to Warm and RDM versions of the entire ArcSystem range.

Product specialists will present ‘Tech Talk’ seminars throughout the three days covering a range of topics including ‘Maximising your LED Colour System’, ‘Power Up – managing your LED power infrastructure’, ‘The Illusion of Colour’ and ‘Effects & Affects’ sessions on both Eos and Hog.

Bosch, Dynacord and Electro-Voice provide professional sound solutions for 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup

The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held in Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan and Dongguan from August 31 to September 15, 2019. This is the first year in which China is hosting the event, which features a record number of participating teams and anticipates record attendance numbers. Accordingly, the demands on infrastructure – including sound and security systems — are higher than ever.

Thanks its rich experience in stadium system installations and an extensive product portfolio, Bosch and its professional audio brands Dynacord and Electro-Voice were chosen to provide integrated sound and security solutions for four of the tournament’s major venues: Beijing Cadillac Center, Shanghai Oriental Sports Center, Wuhan Sports Center and Foshan International Sports and Performing Arts Center.

According to the different requirements of each site, Bosch PRAESIDEO public address and voice alarm, Dynacord IPX and Electro-Voice TG multi-channel amplifiers, Electro-Voice X1 line array loudspeakers and EVH horn-loaded loudspeakers, and a range of other high-performance products have been installed to help elevate the game-day audio experience for fans and help share the excitement of the FIBA Basketball World Cup with the world.

Cadillac Center

Beijing’s 18,000-seat Cadillac Center, formerly known as Wukesong Station, served as a competition venue for basketball matches during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Since it is the venue for semi-finals and finals of this year’s FIBA Basketball World Cup, its reconstruction project has attracted a lot of attention. Thanks to its location and advanced facilities, Cadillac Center is among the busiest stadiums in the world, with a particularly high utilization rate in recent years. The installation was successfully completed within a tight time frame, significantly reducing the impact on daily activities at the venue.

The placement of the X1 arrays was limited by having just four hoisting points available on the stadium’s ceiling structure. The choice of horizontal coverage patterns – 90 and 120 degrees – and rigging hardware options meant that a total of 48 X1 full-range elements were installed across the space with no compromises in coverage or sound quality. These are supported by 12 X12-128 subwoofers distributed in four groups, ensuring excellent low-frequency reproduction. Four EVH horn-loaded loudspeakers cover the court area, ensuring the players and team members hear announcements clearly. The system at Cadillac Center is powered by 21 Dynacord IPX series multi-channel power amplifiers, which offer presets to optimize the performance of the Electro-Voice loudspeakers.

Foshan International Sports and Performing Arts Center

Compared with Cadillac Center, which has been in use for over ten years, Foshan International Sports and Performing Arts Center — built in 2018 – is an up-and-coming star. Within just one year the stadium, designed to host international NBA games and the FIBA Basketball World Cup, has become one of the most important sports and cultural facilities in south China.

“In order to meet the customer’s strict requirements for the sound reinforcement system, together with Electro-Voice team we installed a total of 54 X1 line-array loudspeakers in six groups with 12 Xsub subwoofers to cover the spectator area, as well as 20 TG7 power amplifiers to satisfy system drive needs for transient peaks and low impedance,” explains Wang Yong, project manager at Bosch partner Nanjing Hiwin. “To ensure that spectators throughout the venue hear games and announcements clearly during every match, we selected 28 EVF loudspeakers as auxiliary fills (powered by seven TG5 amplifiers), and eight ZX3 loudspeakers as mobile sound fills (powered by two TG5 amplifiers), delivering the exciting competitive atmosphere to every corner of the venue.”

In addition, an Electro-Voice N8000 digital audio matrix controller provides comprehensive and extensive management for the entire system. Wang Yong adds,“depending on the requirements for places of various sizes, such as deluxe boxes, chairman lounges, VIP lounges and club lounges, we have installed hundreds of EVID and ZX1i loudspeakers together with Dynacord C-series power amplifiers, ensuring that personnel in different areas can hear sound clearly and synchronously. In addition, a Bosch CCS 1000 D digital conference system also allows effective communication between stadium and FIBA staff for meetings during the event.”

Wuhan Sports Center

1000 kilometers away from Foshan, the Wuhan Sports Center has also transformed its sound reinforcement system for the upcoming Basketball World Cup. The Electro-Voice and Dynacord team installed four EVH loudspeakers to cover the court area, with 36 flown EVA compact line-array elements in six groups to cover different zones of the spectator area. Utilizing the powerful processing functionality of 24 DYNACORD C-series amplifiers, the system provides consistently excellent performance for major events at the venue.

Shanghai Oriental Sports Center

Bosch and Electro-Voice solutions are also providing a combination of sound and security at the 18,000-seat Shanghai Oriental Sports Center. This large indoor sports facility installed Bosch and Electro-Voice products soon after its completion. 10 years later, their excellent performance continues to extend the value of the initial investment.

Key products include EVH horn-loaded loudspeakers and N8000 digital matrix systems to coverage and intelligibility across multiple audio zones. The PRAESIDEO Digital Public Address and Voice Alarm System from Bosch, combined with a range of ceiling and surface-mounted speakers in zones, enhances the venue’s overall operating efficiency, safety and security. More than 1000 high-performance Bosch cameras are installed on site to ensure personnel safety and to conduct real-time surveillance inside and outside the stadium.

Bosch, Dynacord and Electro-Voice are proud to play such an integral role in hosting the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Like every player on court, each brand strives for excellence in every project.

Electro-Voice X-Line Advance powers the college baseball party in Omaha

Each June the city of Omaha is invaded by roughly 300,000 college baseball fans over the two weeks when the city hosts the NCAA’s college baseball championship tournament. Just outside the stadium is the Omaha Baseball Village, located at the parking lot of The Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill, a local-favorite sports bar. With family-friendly activities by day and DJ-driven parties by night, “The Matt” is the go-to place for hanging out near the stadium.

Event producer Pinnacle Productions (Sioux Falls, SD) decided the time had come for a better sound system, so Pinnacle founder Chris Hintz brought in NLFX Professional of Bemidji, MN to complement their lighting, video and staging. NLFX Pro President Ben Stowe chose an Electro-Voice X-Line Advance system for the job. “They needed full-volume coverage for DJ parties that draw 8000 on a good night,” he says. “We knew the EV X2 system would be perfect for that.”

Stowe’s system design consisted of twin eight-box X2-212 line arrays, with six 90-degree boxes flying above two 120-degree models. Beneath the stage, eight X12-128 subwoofers kicked out plenty of low-frequency energy to keep the party moving. The entire system was powered by 12 Electro-Voice TG7 amplifiers, each equipped with RCM-28 OMNEO network and DSP modules.

The system created smooth, even coverage across The Matt, while its networking ability allowed Stowe to customize the volume levels. “We wanted full volume the first 100 feet or so, then there’s a giant beer tent and all the food vendors,” he explains. “So I engineered a 10 dB drop out there so that the vendors could work effectively. For the people up front, there was still plenty of volume. In fact, I had 20 dB of headroom to spare, so everyone was happy.”

To ensure sufficient volume on stage, NLFX Pro installed an Electro-Voice ETX-35P three-way loudspeaker coupled with an ETX-18P subwoofer at both ends of the booth on stage. “Lots of DJs like it extremely loud, so we made sure they had what they wanted,” says Stowe. Performers included national artists like DJ Skribble, Kryoman, James Kennedy, and DJ Spryte, along with top local talent like DJ JAB.

Entertainment producer and talent booker Leah Johnson reports that that the X-Line Advance system was a clear upgrade. “The EV system was an incredible step up for us, and Ben from NLFX Pro was fantastic to work with,” she says. “It really improved the entire experience for concert-goers at The Matt. We were very impressed.”

The X2 system handled 13 nights of Omaha weather, from blazing sun to torrential rains. “The stage was covered, but the main arrays were exposed,” Stowe notes. “Those boxes got plenty wet, but we never had a failure. When we get home, we’ll take them apart and drain them, and they’ll be as good as new. That’s why I love using the X2 outdoors: It delivers the reliability and control we need with the sound the customer wants.”

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.”