ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls

ETC, a leading manufacturer of lighting and rigging equipment for studios, live entertainment, and architectural installations, will be in booth C4441 at NAB 2019. ETC will have a range of lighting-control solutions in booth for attendees to demo. With the sophisticated line of Eos consoles, budget-friendly ColorSource desks, and High End Systems’ latest Hog 4-18 console, ETC has a product for any level of control needs.  

For high-quality lighting that looks stunning in person and on camera, attendees can explore a range of luminaire offerings. Top-of-the-line ETC fixtures include the Source Four LED Series 2 range with a Daylight HD array designed specifically for studio use. For users on a budget, ColorSource products will be available for demo, including the Pearl variable white-light LED array. The booth will also feature automated fixtures such as ETC’s new Relevé Spot and High End Systems’ Sola Series of moving fixtures. 

https://www.etcconnect.com

Electronic Theatre Controls

New control and fixture options were on hand for NAB 2018 in the ETC booth.

For fixtures, ETC’s ColorSource Pearl is the newest array for our ColorSource® line of fixtures. Available for the Linear, PAR, and Spot, Pearl is a variable, white-light option that can be tuned to output white light anywhere between 2700K and 6500K.  The Pearl array includes the same great feature set and high-quality construction as its full-color siblings including an impressively bright output, a simple user interface, and a price point that is tough to beat.

Designed for installations that depend heavily on white light such as studios, houses of worship, and architectural installations, this array features flicker-free operation and an impressively smooth dimming curve.

ColorSource Pearl includes the recently-announced LED fixture warranty. With a five-year warranty on the fixture and an unmatched ten-year warranty on the LED array, these fixtures are definitely built to last.

Also shown for the first time from the Irideon® line of architectural fixtures, the WLZ or, Wash Light Zoom fixture, is no exception. This feature-rich design is ideal for museums, lobbies, and retail environments.

Similar to the other fixtures in the Irideon family, the WLZ is available in a wide variety of color temperatures ranging from 3000 K to 5000 K, and several mounting variations; DataTrack, portable with c-clamp, canopy, and special request baby pin.  This fixture is ideal for low ceiling applications or in spaces with drop ceilings where a small, powerful, yet agile lighting option is needed.

The most innovative feature of the WLZ is the built-in rotating zoom adjustment at the rear of the fixture housing. This enables beam angle adjustment within an impressive range of 9-78 degrees. The zoom position markers on the fixture make fixture-to-fixture referencing quick and easy.

The Irideon WLZ now also comes with ETC’s updated fixture warranty of five years for the fixture and 10 years for the LEDs.  Shipping of the Irideon WLZ will begin in May.

ETC’s new acquisition High End also was on display in the booth and can be seen in the accompanying High End Post in this report.

Suited for studios, the new Element 2™ console adapts the award-winning Eos family control platform for venues with modest rigs and maximum hands-on fader control needs.

Affordable and easy to use, Element 2 brings the fundamentals of lighting control to the forefront while allowing access to a wealth of advanced control features below the surface. Simply record cues and fade times into Element’s cue list for basic playback, or use effects, palettes, cue parts, discrete timing and follow times to create intricate lighting looks and transitions.

Need a setup that can be run by students or volunteers? Customizable Magic Sheets let you create a simple topographical or abstract interface to quickly control your rig from a touchscreen monitor.

With 40 faders and available in 1024 or 6144 outputs – this desk is incredibly flexible.

https://www.etcconnect.com

Baxter Controls

BCI announces THE BEST BOY 2 POCKET CONSOLE®-DMX. The popular Best Boy Pocket Console®-DMX just got better with the emergence of the improved Best Boy 2. The Best Boy 2 is a vastly improved and armored version of the ubiquitous POCKET CONSOLE®-DMX.

This new Best Boy 2 Pocket Console comes built into a “Mil-Spec” water resistant case that is superior in all aspects to the prior style case; it is smaller and lighter; comes with a DMX umbilical as opposed to a flush-mount data port, no longer requiring a DMX jumper; has a much smaller power supply; comes with Playback-8 Software. It can be patched just as always with up to 512 DMX addresses, while still recording up to 8 discrete “Submasters” of the 8 Channels. Whether for LEDs, discrete control of 12/24 dimmer packs or for setting or tech-ing a moving light, The NEW Best Boy 2 is ready to take on the job.

https://dmx2go.com/

Baxter Controls Pocket Console

The newest thing at BCI / Pocket Console was their Best Boy.

This is their  Playback-8 model which features 8 Sub-masters which gives you the same 8 Channels of control as the Basic model, however with the added ability to Record up to 8 Sub-masters for calling back 8 exact looks.

What makes the Best Boy different is that it comes with a custom pelican style protective case specifically built for the unit.

https://dmx2go.com/

Dove Systems

This year at LDI Dove had a handy tool that could come in useful for some applications, an 8 Channel DMX to Analog Interface.

The MTX-DE8-WM decodes signals from DMX control desks to analog dimmers, LED, and fluorescent lighting fixtures whose drivers / ballasts accept 0 to +10VDC dimming control. It is used to integrate controllers into theatrical or television lighting systems. The decoder is mounted on a wall, and each driver is connected to one of eight channels on the internal terminal strip. Up to 64 decoders may be chained together for systems of up to 512 fixtures. A thumbwheel switch on the front panel selects the starting channel, and an LED indicates the presence of the DMX signal.

Features:

  • Compatible with USITT DMX-512
  • Standard 0 to +10VDC output
  • Eight channels
  • Terminal strip outputs
  • Thumbwheel starting channel select switch
  • DMX in and out
  • DMX termination switch
  • Load test function
  • Wall mount (screws not included)
  • 120/240V 50/60Hz 25mA power input
  • Dim. 9.25″ X 3.20″ X 3.00″
  • Wt. 1.5 pounds
  • One year warranty

https://www.dovesystems.com/

TMB

When asked where TMB makes an impact most on the professional lighting industry, most people would say that cables and networking were TMB’s bread and butter. But with their new FLARE fixture series, things are certainly turning a few heads. From the new Rayzr to the tried and true Q+, TMB’s approach to bright and colorful led fixtures is worth noting. With the FLARE series, options are plentiful.

Do you want outdoor use? The FLARE IP.  Linear performance? The FLARE LR and Rayzr. Wireless? The FLARE Jr.

Are you looking for marquee lighting or festoon lights for your next outdoor event?   Take a look at the IMS and Firefly Fairy lights.

On the control side, the line of TMB ProPlex data distribution devices are now available in DIN Rail mount.  Opto splitters, Ethernet-DMX Converters, and RGB Drivers.  Many are also available with RDM also.

https://tmb.com/

Enttec Americas

Enttec has created a bunch of new options to assist with networking and LED tap/pixel mapping control. First up, is their new Hyperion HP1 intelligent gigabit switch. Designed to be a simple plug and play rack mountable network switch that can be easily integrated into almost any system. With 6x front etherCON connectors and 2x rear connectors, the ability to easily configure, and ability to prioritize professional lighting protocols this switch has it all.

Next up, is their new Pixel Port unit. Designed to be a more portable an all in one unit that you can build into your set pieces so that you can get control/power to your pixel controllable LED tape. Each unit has a powerCON in & thru, etherCon in & thru, and 4 pin DMX output.

Finally, we thought this was neat, if you ever wanted LED tape on a black background, Enttec can hook you up as all their tape comes on both black & white ribbons now. The black ribbon blends in a lot better if you wanted to make it disappear on a dark surface!

Follow-Me

Follow-Me is an independent, affordable, network-based software package that requires no proprietary hardware, sensors or belt packs. Follow-Me allows the users to attach unlimited fixtures from any manufacturer in any orientation to multiple targets from one operating system. Where traditional methods of using FOH or truss mounted follow spots impose costs and rigging implications, Follow-Me offers a cost saving, quick to implement alternative.  The functionality of preset spot positioning and the ability to assign any fixture to any target gives users the freedom to be creative. The additional functionality to release all or individual fixtures to full console control by snapping or crossfading them by means of a control channel makes Follow-Me fully flexible.

Follow-Me offers a range of advantages over traditional follow spot usage. Lower labor costs, freedom in lamp positioning, improved follow-spot angles, eliminating kill seats, offering accurate timing for color bump cues, following performers with gobo effects or color chases.

Follow-Me is available in North America through AC Lighting.

https://follow-me.nu/

Avolites

Avolites was at LDI with updated software for their line of control desks and media servers.

Updated for 2017 the entire range of the TITAN console line was on display.

SAPPHIRE TOUCH- The flagship console of the Avolites line is a high-performance console with more submasters, flash and executor buttons, and power to control the large shows than ever before.  45 motorized touch-sensitive playbacks, 15.6” touch screens for programming, 8 physical DMX and up to 16 over ArtNet or streaming ACN and a built-in battery back up make this desk ready for the road. Should you really need it you can also connect to Titian Network processors for up to 64 universes of DMX. Remember when we all used to think that was crazy?  For additional live control, you can connect up to 2 Sapphire Touch wings to each sapphire Touch.  There is an expandable fixture library for up to 14,000 devices, there are 20 programmable macro buttons, and MIDI in and through.  The Screen is also articulating, it’s just a small touch that makes it a very adjustable console.

The ARENA desk is uniquely suited for festival applications but just as at home in other music venues and theatres.  This console has a brand new optical output for enabling fiber connections directly to the console, eliminating signal loss over the long runs to FOH, essential for low latencies in large outdoor venues.  The Arena has a main display and a touch screen for extra workspace, there are also 6 LCD display screens with legends for the 30 faders for easy labeling.  This desk also has a built-in UPS and can be used in a master, backup situation, or allowing for multiple programmers to work simultaneously before the mail console takes charge.

Think of this console as a Tiger Touch II with a wing.  It does have more bells and whistles but on the surface it is basically the same.

Tiger Touch II- One of the best thing about the Titan line of consoles is that no matter which console you are using you have access to the same software.  The Tiger Touch II has the same great features, 4 physical DMX universes, with up to 16 over ArtNet or streaming CAN.  If you are using Titan Networking you can expand up to 64 universes.  I never ever thought we would need that many but I have seen the jobs that do so let’s not pretend they aren’t out there.  With 10 playback faders, 20 executor buttons and 3 encoders programming is quite efficient.  You can add a Tiger Touch Fader Wing to add to you playback options.

Quartz – Is the mobile version of the Titan software.  A compact console that you can put in your brief case and carry with you anywhere you need to go.  If you want add a Mobile Wing to add some programming and playback functions.

There is always the Titan 1 the entry-level version.  The USB Dongle allows the user to output one line of DMX with the full functionality of AVOLITE Titan software.

Now that most any medium to large show includes some sort of video, media servers have become an integral part of a show.  Bring in Avo’s AI v10 Media Server- AI is a powerful media server, we all know how important the power of your media server is no matter how good your content.  You have to have a program that you can use and will be rock solid.  AIv10 of AI has added some great features.  There is a fully redesigned timeline.  Add tracks for each layer of each screen fixture and drag content to the track.  Then attribute and control tracks can be added, which are easy but precisely edited all within the one interface.  Once some layers are controlled via the timeline, it’s still possible to perform live with other layers simultaneously – great for live music, but also for corporate events where the goalposts can move at any time.

In V10 of AI the designers have worked hard to make the user interface very intuitive and easy to use.  Their goal is to address the concerns some user’s regarding the interface.  The team at AI have implemented an overhaul of the icons used in the program and will continue to improve the interface.

V10 also bring Projective Keystone, also known as Mesh-Warp.  It applies a projective keystone which stops a straight line from warping or curving.  This is especially helpful when technicians have little time on site.

NOTCH- is a new way to build and record your effects.  Once you have the effect you want, export it as a “Notch Block” and load it in AI.  AI will then run the block and send the generation to what layer you select.

NDI (Network Device Interface by New Tek)- Sending a 4k video from machine A to machine B is now a breeze. Use NDI to send video over Ethernet, you can send large amounts of video data quickly and accurately.  AI supports 8 inputs of NDI which do not require any additional hardware, as long as something sends NDI then AI V10 can receive it.

https://www.avolites.com/

Lyntec

Lyntec introduced NPAC this year to the entertainment community.  NPAC is a rack-mounted relay system for controlling the power-up sequence for sensitive electronics.  The NPAC system works stand alone or remotely controlled using Telnet, HTTP, DMX512, sACN or contact closures.  To take it one step further, end users can set up control zones and tie them to installation relay panels from Lyntec for complete control of power throughout the building.

https://lyntec.com/

Pathway Connectivity

New for LDI 2017 Pathway introduced the Vignette system of modular button and slider wall station inserts that allow you to snapshot four universes of E1.31 sACN or one universe of DMX512. This flexible system can be set up using CAT5 over a network or using existing wire and 485 Architectural Gateway to provide new control features to an existing system.

https://www.pathwayconnect.com/

High End Systems

The SolaFrame 750 automated luminaire from High End Systems offers many of the effects capabilities of the company’s flagship white light LED products, making it suitable for theaters, houses of worship, nightclubs and other medium-sized venues. Delivering 11,300 lumens, the fixture includes a full framing shutter system, CMY/CTO- linear color mixing, replaceable fixed color wheel systems, rotating gobo wheel plus rotating animation, frost, iris, 6º to 50º zoom, and a three-facet rotating prism.  In other fixture news, the SolaFrame Theatre fixture received the 2017 PLSN Gold Star Product Award for Best New Light For Theater.

On the console side, High End showcased the new release of Hog 4 OS v3.7.0 software running on their desks at the show.  Hog 4 OS v3.7.0 contains major new features including plot icons, fixture color-coding, plot images, support for additional touchscreens, effects synchronization, MIDI note macros, many smaller enhancements.

High End also held their  2017 HOG Factor National Collegiate Lighting Show Programming Competition at LDI. Of the three finalists, the Long Beach Three from California State University, Long Beach won the competition with their show.

https://www.highend.com