Entertainment Technology 276 - February 2016 - page 11

Issue: 276
ETC introduces new ColorSource
ThruPower cabinet for 230V markets
LED technology not only turned the
industry on its head, it also created
new complications in power-control
system design. ETC has developed
the ColorSource ThruPower cabinet for
230V lighting systems with this concept
in mind. ColorSource ThruPower
gives customers a relay and dimmer
on every one of the cabinet’s 12 or
24 circuits. Changing settings from
switched to dimmed power, or vice
versa, can be done locally with the cabinet’s user-friendly interface,
while remote configurations are possible with integrated Remote
Device Management (RDM) functionality. Customers can also expand
the cabinet’s capabilities by adding DIN-rail accessories – such as
Ethernet, Echo Control Stations or Mosaic Show Controllers – for
added system functionality.
ColorSource ThruPower is a great solution for transitioning lighting
systems between tungsten and LED on a daily or weekly basis.
“Smaller venues and installations are very motivated to upgrade their
lighting rigs to LED and moving lights, but they may not initially have
the budget for it,” explains ETC senior product manager Erik Larsen.
“The ColorSource ThruPower provides the right kind of infrastructure
that small systems need to support new – as well as old – technology.”
Smaller systems will also benefit from the simplicity of designing with
a single-contact input – for single-look playback – and patchable
DMX512-A technology. In addition, its fan-free, quiet operation allows
it to be conveniently installed backstage and on catwalks and flyways
in small spaces where noise and space can be an issue. “Our goal
is to never limit the art of our industry due to restrictions of system
infrastructure,” explains ETC vice president of marketing David
Lincecum. “We are pleased that ColorSource ThruPower opens up
small systems to professional lighting at any level. Customers will
have the freedom to use any type of lighting instruments in their
creative landscaping with this product.”
iDR Installled in Vienna Concert Hall
One of Vienna’s finest concert houses, the
Konzerthaus, recently upgraded the public
address system serving its Great Hall and
Mozart Hall, selecting Meyer speakers
and Allen & Heath’s iDR installation matrix
Installed by ATEC Pro, the new system is
designed specifically for voice reinforcement.
The iDR DSP systems comprise an iDR-4
matrix mixer for the Great Hall, and an iDR-
8 for the Mozart Hall, with a PL10 8-channel
rotary panel for remote control, and a PL-8
logic box installed in the Mozart Hall for
interfacing to external systems.
Control of the entire sound system is via the iDR-8 and additional
PL10 controller, including management of a hand-held radio mic and
CD players for playback. The system default is stage manager mode,
enabling limited access and control of settings for simple use.
The iDR-4 and iDR-8 units can be switched in both rooms to technician
mode, enabling control of all the speakers which can be connected to
a mobile PA System. The PL-8 in the Mozart Hall is set up to change
the sound beam presets of the Meyer speaker system to switch
between coverage of the whole room and only the balcony, which is
used if a mobile PA is set up without delay speakers for the balcony.
Similarly, in the Great Hall, coverage of the main room and balcony
can be muted in technician mode.
“We selected iDR because it is simple to use, and most of the time
the system is used by the stage manager or other non-technical
staff. Settings, such as EQ, volume range and compression, can
be programmed in advance by the sound engineer, so that the user
only need activate the radio mic or CD player via the clearly arranged
PL10,” comments Konzerthaus’s head of sound, Ingeborg Doblander.
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