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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.”

SolaFrame Theatre Makes Bright Quiet Residency at the Bolshoi

While the founding of Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre dates back to 1776, its production team is looking to the future with the newest LED technology from High End Systems.

The world-renowned theatre – a cultural landmark and home to the Bolshoi Ballet, Opera and Orchestra – opened a second venue, the New Stage, in 2002 to host performances while the Historic Stage underwent refurbishment. By 2011, both neighbouring performance venues were offering a full schedule of events in the heart of Moscow.

In 2018, it was time to make some changes over at the New Stage. Lighting Designer Anatoly Samosadny was seeking an alternative to the older lamp-based fixtures. Preferring to work with a modern, LED-based automated luminaire in his productions, he turned to High End Systems’ Moscow-based distributor SiM, which recommended High End Systems’ SolaFrame Theatre fixture. Engineered without fans, it is the industry’s first LED automated luminaire to deliver a completely silent operation.

Before being awarded the starring role, the SolaFrame Theatre had to pass the audition. The “chorus line,” so to speak, was set up onstage at the Bolshoi with various contenders under consideration. The LD gave the SolaFrame Theatre high marks and his approval as the lighting fixture to solve their needs.

Eight SolaFrame Theatre units were supported, tested and delivered by SiM to the Bolshoi in September and made their premiere in productions shortly after that. The main tasks of the fixtures are to serve as back truss lighting and front support light.

“The absolute silent operation allowed me to install the SolaFrame Theatre units directly above the orchestra or in the auditorium,” says Samosadny. “These positions are very important when working with certain productions, such as The Orchestra Survey and Camille Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals.”

He adds, “The framing shutters are also extremely beneficial to my designs. The colour mixing, CTO, prism, zoom, gobo wheels, frost and iris add even more effects and solutions to a multitude of live situations. I like that the colours remain consistent with the LED source so that all my fixture colours match and don’t degrade as older lamp sources do. And the fixture has a bright white beam. I enjoy using the SolaFrame Theatre in my work.”

The LD has deployed the SolaFrame Theatres in other recent shows including the Bolshoi Ballet’s Etudes, Romeo & Juliet, Heroes Of Our Times, Russia Seasons, Golden Century, Petrushka, Paris, Joy, Undina, Lost Illusions, The Taming of the Shrew and Anuta. He’s also used it for the Bolshoi Opera’s Bogema, TPVG, Figaro’s Marriage, Idiot, Iolanta, The Stone Guest, Barber of Seville, Don Pasquale, and Rusalka.

The SolaFrame Theatres join other HES/ETC family products at the venue. In the New Stage, a Hog 3 console controls video while the ETC Titanium and Gio control lighting. Also in the house are ETC Sensor Dimmers, ETC Source 4 Fix Zoom 25-50 degrees and 15-30 degrees, and some Source 4 Lustr+ fixtures. The Historic Stage uses two Hog 4 consoles with DMX Processor 8000s to control video, while an ETC Titanium console controls lighting.

SiM’s Ivan Rumyantsev says, “With the SolaFrame Theatre, we solve typical and specific tasks for the creators. We are happy to supply high-quality solutions from High End Systems. We are thankful to the theatre; they trust our team and we are privileged to support the fixtures and consoles for the world-famous Bolshoi Theatre stages.”

Attero Tech launches Axon A4FLEX AVC interface for huddle rooms

Attero Tech has introduced the Axon A4FLEX networked AVC interface. Combining four studio-grade microphone preamps, logic I/O, a USB audio interface, and a two-channel power amplifier in a 1/3U form factor, the A4FLEX is suitable for huddle rooms. When paired with an enterprise DSP, the A4FLEX can be the only in-room interface needed for larger conference spaces.

The Axon A4FLEX can be powered over the network by PoE+ or locally using an optional +24 VDC power supply. The A4FLEX’s two Ethernet ports can be used to daisy-chain multiple units. Alternatively, the second Ethernet port can be set up to provide a control system interface in which the control system has complete access to the audio network but all non-control-related traffic is suppressed on the control port.

The unit’s audio signal processing includes input and output EQ, matrix mixing, and dynamics control. The AES67 network audio interface supports 8-in by 8-out, so when multiple A4FLEX’s are used in a room, much of the signal processing and routing usually done in the main DSP can be handled locally, freeing up DSP resources.

Included mounting ears enable under-table use, and a 1U rack shelf is optionally available for cleanly rack-mounting up to three A4FLEXs.

ApexPro Demonstration at the Fugard Theatre

Earlier this year, High End Systems launched a new addition to its family of automated framing fixtures – the SolaFrame 1000. ApexPro, the South African distributor of ETC lighting solutions, demonstrated the unit just weeks later in Johannesburg. Now, Cape Town has also had a chance to view the units in action, at a demonstration held at the Studio of the Fugard Theatre.

High End Systems was acquired by ETC two years ago, and we are seeing the early fruits of that union. Mathew Lewis, ETC product manager at ApexPro, tells us that “the first fixture that was conceptualised, developed, produced and released with those two research-and-development teams together is the SolaFrame 1000.”

“It’s the first fixture to mix the DNA of the two companies: the theatrical DNA of ETC and the rock n’ roll DNA of High End. The result is a really beautiful light that can do almost anything.”

Indeed the SolaFrame 1000 is an impressive beast. Boasting a 20’000 lumen output, a 470 Watt LED chip, full framing shutters, rotating and fixed gobo wheels, multiple colour systems, 12° – 40° zoom, animation effects “plus all the bells and whistles required by the modern LD,” the SolaFrame lives up to the rep. Lighting students and professionals alike gazed in wonder at what the fixture is capable of, particularly the strong, beautiful colours.

Available in Ultra-Bright and High CRI versions, the SolaFrame 1000 ships with a TM30 Filter that boosts the Ultra-Bright engine to 85+ CRI. Other features include Iris and Light Frost, Rotating Prism and High End Systems’ patented Lens Defogger System.

Also on display was the SolaFrame 750, the most compact framing fixture in the Sola Series family of automated tools. Featuring a compact footprint but a huge feature set, SolaFrame 750 is a perfect fit for smaller to medium-sized venues, and its 11’300 lumens can easily cut through the competition. With 6° – 50° degree zoom, a 270 Watt LED chip, rotating gobo wheel plus fully continuous animation and much, much more, SolaFrame 750 offers the widest array of effects currently available in a fixture of its size.

With all of this on offer, the SolaFrame series is ideal for the rental market.

“From a rental company’s perspective, they need something that can go and be an effect light in a corporate day, and then they need something that can do a theatrical show the next day. The problem has always been that you’ve then had to buy a beam light, a spotlight and a wash light… The idea behind the SolaFrame family is that it can be all of those in one. It can be a true, workhorse light.”

Also at the demonstration was the Source Four LED Series 2 Lustr, as well as the ColorSource fixtures. Using ETC’s x7 Color System, the Lustr combines a balance of up to seven colours to create evocative colour mixes that can use the full spectrum. A theatre was the perfect setting to view its capabilities, as, in Lewis’ words: “ETC’s heritage is theatre, so everything they do is really dedicated to being practical for a theatre environment.”

 “When the LED revolution hit, the colours wouldn’t always match, or there would be the dreaded flickering when you took it down to ten percent. ETC took their time coming out with their own LED offering, but when they did, what we have is a very high quality fixture.”

If you would like to know more about any of the above fixtures or book a demo, please contact Mathew Lewis at mathew@apexpro.co.za

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